Anyone want to do peer review? Open source product devellopment

I made the pulser pump 20 years ago.
(A low tech trompe airlfit pump combination to use low grade water power.
It never attracted scientific research funding and never got tested because it is simple and doesn't produce electiricity.
I put up an instructable about how to make a model but nobody has made one.
Last year I made the "mechanical mathematician" which is a new simple device to allow people to make moulds for parabolic dishes from cob or mud.
The same constraints apply and official science will never check it out.
This year, there is the tracking solar accumulator, the clock based dripper tracker and the 2 bucket dripper tracker. (Guess I am on a bit of a roll because I needed solutions to make the solar tracking accumulating barbecue a reality.)
Official science will not be interested in this either.
It is all very low tech stuff. Cheap simple trackers have been identified by solarcooking.org as an important part of getting solar cooking widely introduced.
The clock based tracker especially could change things a whole lot for many people. It can be cheap and accurate enough to provide all day semi-automatic solar cooking.
I have adapted a few clocks for this but there are probably many models on the market and you might find the ideal one or a better way of adapting one to help make better trackers for solar cookers.
It takes years for new (even appropriate technology) to be introduced.
Please help these things get introduced much faster by making some of them yourselves.
And if you already have made some, please post them! Do not be afraid of doing a bad job. Places like the full belly group would be good to post your stuff or video or text responses to my utube videos.
I will happily take down my instructables if someone posts better versions!
I have made all these things but my versions were just demo's to show what could be done. There are no patents on any of them.
Please join in.
Brian White

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Kiteman8 years ago
When you say "it never attracted scientific research funding and never got tested", who exactly did you ask? When did you ask - the general attitude to "green" projects is changing all the time.

Your pump looks very interesting, but maybe the reason it didn't attract so much attention here is because you posted a video, rather than an actual Instructable, and the video includes sketches with unreadable labels?

I'm not sure your more imaginative uses (washing machine etc) would prove viable, but I think it could prove useful for irrigation (if you have a gulley or drain taking the water away from the top of the pump to a slightly-distant field), or for providing water for livestock in fields that are not next to the river.

I'm afraid that I, personally, cannot test your device (I don't have access to a river), but I am willing to offer independent ideas and advice to anybody else who wants to try this for themselves.

Some things potential builders will want to know about your existing installations:

  • Depth and speed of the river.
  • Diameter of inlet pipe.
  • Depth below river-bed of the chamber.
  • Size of the chamber, and position of inlet and outlet.
  • Diameter and length of outlet pipe.
  • Output flow of your existing models.
Anyhoo - good luck.
. And:
  • How to adjust the inlet so the proper amount of air is entrained.
gaiatechnician (author)  NachoMahma8 years ago
If your input height is constant, you do not need anything to control air intake. It works automatically! But you can have a controller to either get more water through the pump (less efficient use of water but more energy produced) or to have cyclical use of water. (When there is not much water flow the controller allows the pump to start and stop automatically and work at an efficient rate when it IS going). Perhaps I could put a wiki about the pump somethere so it doesn't always have to be me writing the stuff?
. I think Patrik has the right idea. Your solution could be very valuable to those ppl whose lives would be greatly improved if they could pump even a small amount of water using (usually) readily available, renewable resources. The almost zero maintenance aspect of the contraption is a big plus. . > Perhaps I could put a wiki about the pump somethere . Your information is already scattered about the Internet - why add to the problem? As far as I can tell, you have posted most of the information on your current pages. It would be a big help to those wanting to investigate your ideas if you would consolidate everything into one site. Maybe you can find a fellow enthusiast who will help you rewrite some of the text. . Second only to the construction information, a forum will probably be your best resource. It will give experimenters a place to exchange info - what works, what doesn't, I get this much lift/flow with this configuration, &c
. It might help get the attention of the scientific community if you will find someone who will work out the physics/math of how your pump works. If you've done this, I didn't see it. . This would also be a tremendous help to anyone wanting to design a unit to do a specific job.
...scattered across the internet...

I didn't realise that. I would suggest focussing on one site (maybe a blog) as your gaiatech site. Don't delete the other locations, but add prominent links to bring them to your main site. You should be able to embed your YouTube videos in your site as you can here.

...so it doesn't always have to be me writing the stuff?

I'd avoid making any more comments in that tone if you want other people to help you - it sounds like you're getting fed up with your own ideas. If you are truly passionate about your ideas, the fact is that you are going to have to do most of the work to get it seen and used.

I asked who you had asked for funding, but you didn't answer. Does this mean you have just put your idea on the internet and waited for people to come to you with money?

Sorry, that will never happen - researchers and engineers do not spend their days hunting the web for ideas to check out and fund. You will have to go to them - prepare a presentation, make appointments and go and see people.

As Patrik said, change your target audience from scientists to engineers - you don't need to find out if it works, you just need to make it work better and find more applications.

My first thought as a receptive audience would be somebody like The Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales (you are in the UK, aren't you?)
gaiatechnician (author)  Kiteman8 years ago
I am in Canada. I was not seeking funding for me. I am not qualified to research low head airlift, or low pressure trompes. (The pulser pump is a combination of the 2). I have presented it to a host of different alternative energy organizations over the years. I recently asked wikipedia to verify and improve their definition of trompe. (They will not enter pulser pump) Anyway, after a bit of verbal fighting, someone did verify it. (I wrote the trompe definition on wikipedia about a year ago but it didn't have references) and I didn't have access to them so it had this huge "no references" doubt written over it for all this time! Trompe references in any book are very rare nowadays. I am indeed totally fed up with the pulser pump. Why hide it? A physics lecturer in Carlow, Ireland did try to secure funding to research it 15 years ago but didn't get any. Norman Mcmillan, He is english, I think, and he had a good reputation. (He coached a couple of kids who won the young scientist of the year award back in the 1980's in Ireland). Research funding goes to the exciting new stuff not to new or rejigged ways of using old stuff. I have not found alternative energy centres to be receptive at all. Brian
Where abouts are you in Canada (( No I don't want your street address just a local area like Edmonton Alberta ? )) I can more then likely find a stream to play in by me, and have you considered agricultural uses for it right here at home, there are some pretty inventive farmers who seem to have all the time in the world to tinker with things like this, and some thing like your pump could be used for watering animals, lots of farmers are going in Solar watering systems, which can be huge money and some are huge maintance (( Yes a cow will break it if they can break it and some weighing in at 1200 Lbs they can break small solar panels with out trying ))
It sounds like you need to walk away from this for a while, give yourself some time with other projects, or even no projects.

CAT, though, isn't an energy centre, it deals with all kinds of alternative technologies, which is why I suggested it.
gaiatechnician (author)  Kiteman8 years ago
Thanks for trying, I was to CAT in Wales way back then and they were not interested. I am done with the pump and I have no stream to play in. But I am sure it can give easier lives to thousands of people. So my info is available to them and to my peers via the internet. I got an email from Austria today. An ngo wants to do the tracking solar accumulator in asia somewhere. They want figures and performance data! I don't even have sun this summer! and I only made the thing in April! I put that stuff on utube for a reason, eh? So that other people in sunny climates who are not away at work for 10 or 12 hours a day, can make their own. Someone at a CAT in a sunny country could do it. And there have all those university courses about appropriate technology now too! And the alternative lifers who live in cob houses in ecovillages! There is a limit to what I can do in my backyard on the weekends. If instructable devotees do not do anything, real scientists or engineers or students have to get involved. Thats not going to happen!
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