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Icepck 5 points ago +5 / -0

Fire protection and maintenence of the facility. Capital costs money. The grid itself has capital costs and maintenence costs. In not an environmentalist, but for small scale amix of both has its benefits. STG's are great for large scale and more efficient that way.

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Truglow 3 points ago +3 / -0

Two gens of what I recommend wouldn’t take anymore space than a average two story 2000sq ft residential home. Buried transmission cables is the big cost. No aerial cable maintenance just stationary transformers. It would all pay for itself in a few years and you could be paid for the excess powered generation.maximum of 150-200 homes including solar battery backup. Don’t laugh but years ago I used a creek , made a very small spill way and used some water paddles in conjunction with auto alternators to power up a few 12 volt battries to light up a hunting hut and power a few other gadgets. Getting to old now to do bigger thing!

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Icepck 4 points ago +4 / -0

Very nice! I am trying to figure out how to use a stirling engine, the right refrigerant, and my hot attic space to make power during the day to power my air conditioning.

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Truglow 1 point ago +1 / -0

That sounds intriguing . Ill have to look into that. Thx

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Icepck 1 point ago +1 / -0

Also interested in using gallium and an alpha emitter to move electrons, like a long lasting DC battery. I have too many ideas to figure out which ones are worth chasing.

On the refrigerant-stirling engine thing, thinking about whether a tesla turbine has any advantages or not. Thoughts?