Saturday, July 22, 2006

More about the solar energy business



Well it has been a very busy week. We finished up building the new kit for converting diesel engines to burn various vegetable oils etc., and put our new electric scooter into the final testing phase.
I had a call from a gentleman in the Mid West who has has a problem with storm damage on his solar electric system on a remote island in the Carribbean. So, we made him a set of drawings showing him how to rewire the system, and get it back in service. Speaking of service, he was never our customer, but we are helping him anyway. Now he will be our customer in the future! I have experienced this many times before. I always say that you get exactly out of life as much as you put into it. The same rule applies in business! Now this got me to thinking that we should post these diagrams on our web site. That way everyone can refer to them and it will help them solve their problems with solar electric systems.
The solar electric business is really not that complicated. I have it divided into two categories, water pumping and home power supplies for lighting and all the other good home electrical appliances. You can easily teach yourself this business and then all you really need is a good supplier. My rule, by the way, since I got older and wiser, is never try to build what you can buy already manufactured for a reasonable price. That will leave you more time to sell products and make money. If you want to pursue this business further there are thousands of articles on www.google.com that you can read and become a self taught expert.
The top drawing depicts a series-parralell 12 volt solar module hook up. You may add as many modules as you can afford. The voltage will always be 12 t0 16 volts from the modules, but with the addition of each 12 volt module the charging amperage will increase. Make sure that your voltage regulator will handle the amperage output of the combined solar modules.
Please leave your comments so that we will know we are not wasting our time here.
Thanks,
Walt

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Saving Energy -- Saving Money

Fuel prices are high because it is a supply and demand business. They are also high because our government has been very short sighted since the major fuel crisis we suffered in 1973. Congress had thirty-three years to enact legislation that would have kept us out of this terrible energy quagmire we are steadily sinking into ( Please remember that at election time.) and perhaps we should clean house literally. Well, we know we cannot depend on congress any longer. Congress has left us to the "mercy" of the foreign oil suppliers. So it's time that we go back and take another look at conservation on our own.
Conservation starts with simple inexpensive things like turning off lights and appliances when they are not in use. All those little transformers you have plugged into your walls constantly draw power whether in use or not. Computers and monitors can be either turned off or placed in sleep mode.
Another cheap fix is when it comes to your cars and trucks. Cars are the sacred cow in the USA " O boy, now he's going to screw with my car syndrome!" Did you ever stop to think of how many unnecessary trips that some people take with their motor vehicles? When I see the figures on how many gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel we use in a week I cannot help but wonder why we have not totally used it all up already! There are some simple things you can do to save fuel (money) without spending a fortune. Keep your tires inflated properly. I keep mine at the highest range allowed by the manufacturer because higher pressure reduces the friction on the highway, thus saving fuel. Do not over inflate though because over inflation will wear out the center of the tire treads prematurely. Make sure your engine is tuned up and running properly. Try to slow down. Besides saving fuel, it is much safer. I think the number one fuel saver is planning the number of trips a day that you make with your car. Even better, if you can share a ride to work and back you are really saving a lot of fuel and money, never mind the wear and tear on your car. Remember, it takes a lot of energy to build a car. If you drive a diesel you can convert it to vegetables oil very cheaply and drive virtually free thanks to your local neighborhood fast food guys that are paying to have their used cooking oil hauled away. Also, remember that Detroit doesn't make a lot of money building econo cars, and you better get rid of that giant SUV gas hog before it's too late!
A solar hot water heater (30 million now used in China) will save at least $300.00 a year for the average family. Solar Hot water systems are now available for well under $1000.00 on a DIY basis. Turn that oil burner off for the summer!
Never heat water with electricity. It is far too expensive and will go higher soon, as will fuel oil, natural gas, LPG and of course gasoline and diesel fuel. Turn down your thermostat a few degrees and save even more in the heating season. Reverse the process in the cooling season.
For a more expensive fix you can make sure that you are insulated properly and that you have energy saving windows installed. Put film on them to block out the summer heat from the sun. Get a free energy audit performed on your home from your State Energy Office.
Use your head, think of other ways to save energy. Who knows, you might even invent the next leading edge energy saving product. We have to take it more seriously this time around, or we are going to feel very foolish within the next three years.
If you are a multimillionaire who could care less about the energy crisis and has money to burn, then you could disregard all of the above. But if you are not, remember -- When the consumption goes down -- The fuel prices go down, and you save even more money! Money, money, money, money, money!
Please pass this along to your friends. This informational reminder should be shared.
Thanks,
Walt

Friday, July 14, 2006

Rapidly Rising Fuel Costs by Walter H. Barrett

Well it looks like it has finally hit the fan regarding fuel costs. Things are rapidly deteriating in the Middle East and the American motoring public is paying the price as usual! Our policy at China Depot is that we are developing inexpensive products to help cut down on the use of foreign oil. Our most recent effort is that we are manufactuing dual fuel diesel -- vegetable oil conversion kits at our plant in India and are about to offer them at very low prices in the USA.
We are currently offering dealer opportunities as these kits will be available within 60 days at very attractive pricing. There is money to be made in both selling to the DIY market and installing these systems for people who just can't be bothered. We will also soon be offering a major line of diesel generators that will be dual fuel too. A dual fuel unit will run on either diesel fuel or straight filtered vegetable oil. There has never been a better time to get in on a leading edge of a new business! www.Chinadepot.com and our sister site www.solar100.com offer many alternate energy products to dealers, and prospective dealers. Don't miss your big chance-- act now!
Sincerely,
Walt
You may contact Walter H. Barrett at: info@chinadepot.com. He is the President of www.chinadepot.com

Friday, July 07, 2006

The Solar Energy Business by Walt Barrett

If you are looking to start a part time or full time business you should consider purchasing a twenty foot or forty foot container load of USA certified solar hot water heaters from China, or a load of solar electric modules. We have suppliers for these items in China. If you need more information on this business please contact me. I have forty years experience in the field and there is serious money to be made in your local area, but you need inventory. You can't sell from an empty wagon is what the old timers in sales always told me. You customers want it now, not two months from now. With high energy prices going even higher, the time is ripe!
Walt

Saturday, June 24, 2006

A business opportunity in Green Fuel

I have encouraged a couple of my friends locally in New England to begin collecting and storing used vegetable cooking oil from the local restaurants. Most of them have to pay to have it hauled away. If you take this oil and let it "settle out" over a month or two in barrels it cleans up very nicely. The next step is to build or buy a simple filtering system consisting of a pump and a filter that is rated at five microns. We have recently made a decision to build these filters using stainless steel at our plant in India, but they can be locally purchased from any number of suppliers on the Internet. Once you have a filtering system you can begin filtering and selling this oil by the 55 gallon drum loads. Never pump from the bottom of the barrel as most of the water and sludge is there and that would defeat the whole purpose of the initial settling process. There are many web discussions about filtering and using Straight Vegetable Oil (SVO) if you search them out on www.google.com. I do not claim to be a leading authority on the subject, but the main goal is to get all of the debris and water out of the oil. A good SVO system on a car or generator using a diesel engine will include a device to capture any water that escapes the settling and filtering process. We are currently building and testing SVO systems at our plant in India. There is a complete education on SVO systems and Bio Diesel fuels on the Internet if you take the time to search out the info on www.google.com. SVO fuel is one of the most simple of the energy businesses and one of the main side benefits is that SVO is very low in pollutants, besides being much lower in cost as compared to diesel fuel. Do not attempt to use it in gasoline-powered engines.
I will try to think of something interesting for next time.
Walt