Instructables: exploring - technology - science - solar - green http://www.instructables.com Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:40:51 PDT BLOX v1.01 Alternative to Scheffler solar kitchens http://www.instructables.com/id/Alternative-to-Scheffler-solar-kitchens/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F7R/QQS6/G68H9ZNH/F7RQQS6G68H9ZNH.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F7R/QQS6/G68H9ZNH/F7RQQS6G68H9ZNH.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F7R/QQS6/G68H9ZNH/F7RQQS6G68H9ZNH.SMALL.jpg gaiatechnician Scheffler solar kitchens are a great solar cooking option.  He has designed a paraboloid that he mounts at one end of an equatorial axis and he puts the kitchen at the other.   The paraboloid rotates slowly all day and the sun shines into the kitchen on the one spot all day too. This provides heat f...
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Tue, 9 Mar 2010 13:17:33 PST
Cheap solar heater http://www.instructables.com/id/Cheap-solar-heater/
Cheap solar heater - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FRH/EZ1E/G68HE57Y/FRHEZ1EG68HE57Y.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FRH/EZ1E/G68HE57Y/FRHEZ1EG68HE57Y.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FRH/EZ1E/G68HE57Y/FRHEZ1EG68HE57Y.SMALL.jpg unknownpocketnerd A video can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-9wcDqM8qs Here is what you'll need: -Plywood and some assorted pices of wood -Copper tubes, elbows, couplings, connections, etc. -copper or brass sheets -Plumbers solder and paste -A plumbers torch -sand paper -Used engine oil (just a little...
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Sun, 7 Mar 2010 20:16:41 PST
Solar design t-square for designing solar cooker reflectors http://www.instructables.com/id/Jig-for-designing-solar-cooker-reflectors-for-unat/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FAQ/0UPS/G23UTZPE/FAQ0UPSG23UTZPE.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FAQ/0UPS/G23UTZPE/FAQ0UPSG23UTZPE.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FAQ/0UPS/G23UTZPE/FAQ0UPSG23UTZPE.SMALL.jpg gaiatechnician I tried this on a small scale model and then scaled up. It can better be  used on a larger scale. You could also  design flat parabolic "plates"  with mirrors  on a sheet of  plywood  to make powerful mock parabolic dishes.  (In that case only one laser shining straight down is needed) This shows  h...
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Wed, 2 Dec 2009 15:31:40 PST
The Scientific method? It has its failings, how can we make it better? http://www.instructables.com/id/Why-is-science-not-working-properly/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F30/OZBR/FGXS2KVP/F30OZBRFGXS2KVP.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F30/OZBR/FGXS2KVP/F30OZBRFGXS2KVP.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F30/OZBR/FGXS2KVP/F30OZBRFGXS2KVP.SMALL.jpg gaiatechnician  Ambjorn Naeve invented a neat solar device over 30 years ago. But the practical idea and the mathematical concept fell through the cracks in the system.Once upon a time, well to do people did "science" privately for fun. Peer review was not  the formalized process we have now. It was people copying...
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Sun, 6 Sep 2009 21:38:39 PDT
Using an art of illusion scene file to make, test and compare a funnel cooker with other solar cookers! http://www.instructables.com/id/Using-an-art-of-illusion-scene-file-to-make-test-/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F7S/C495/FROA0NFV/F7SC495FROA0NFV.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F7S/C495/FROA0NFV/F7SC495FROA0NFV.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F7S/C495/FROA0NFV/F7SC495FROA0NFV.SMALL.jpg gaiatechnician This video shows you how to use an art of illusion scene file to do useful solar testing before you make anything. The scene file will be available for download (It contains parabolic, deep parabolic, and other dishes and you can also make your own. Please feel free to improve the scene file and te...
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Sun, 2 Aug 2009 17:40:58 PDT
Software for solar design suggests improvements to reflectors. http://www.instructables.com/id/Software-for-solar-design-suggests-improvements-to/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FEB/3D0Y/FTK8AGQ6/FEB3D0YFTK8AGQ6.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FEB/3D0Y/FTK8AGQ6/FEB3D0YFTK8AGQ6.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FEB/3D0Y/FTK8AGQ6/FEB3D0YFTK8AGQ6.SMALL.jpg gaiatechnician The video at http://blip.tv/file/2429375/ is about using software to help design better reflectors for solar cookers. and the video above shows some of the first results of tests made using this software. Do you think it is worth it? If you do, start using the software and design a great dish! Havi...
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Mon, 20 Apr 2009 18:18:06 PDT
Software for solar design. Help improve the explanation. http://www.instructables.com/id/Use-software-to-design-a-better-solar-cooker/
Software for solar design. Help improve the explanation. - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F4C/WVA3/FS6PQ190/F4CWVA3FS6PQ190.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F4C/WVA3/FS6PQ190/F4CWVA3FS6PQ190.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F4C/WVA3/FS6PQ190/F4CWVA3FS6PQ190.SMALL.jpg gaiatechnician It IS working! 2august 2009 and the latest scene file is wfunnelandotherstiltedforward and is available for download and improvement belowhttp://blip.tv/file/2429375/ is the latest how to about using the art of illusion software.check it out! (It is 11 minutes but worth it and I could not edit the ...
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Sat, 21 Feb 2009 15:12:31 PST
"Compound" parabolic solar cooker, make a template with technical drawing http://www.instructables.com/id/Compound-parabolic-dish-making-a-template-with-te/
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Wed, 17 Dec 2008 14:50:32 PST
Solar rc conversion http://www.instructables.com/id/solar-rc-conversion/
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Sat, 9 Aug 2008 17:49:15 PDT
Adapt a clock today! Cheap trackers boost solar panel and solar cooker performance. http://www.instructables.com/id/Clock-based-dripper-tracker-for-solar-cookers-and-/
Adapt a clock today! Cheap trackers boost solar panel and solar cooker performance. - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F30/OZBR/FGXS2KVP/F30OZBRFGXS2KVP.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F30/OZBR/FGXS2KVP/F30OZBRFGXS2KVP.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F30/OZBR/FGXS2KVP/F30OZBRFGXS2KVP.SMALL.jpg gaiatechnician The Sun's path across the sky has been known and has been predictable for a very long time. People with solar panels and solar cookers take either a high tech approach to solar tracking (light detecting electronics, etc or they manually adjust the cooker or panel. High tech is very expensive and ma...
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Mon, 2 Jun 2008 11:24:00 PDT