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Surviving a Power Grid Collapse Part 2
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Solar panels are costly on the front end and once installed they cannot be easily removed and transported if evacuation is necessary. However, solar panels are ideal as a supplemental energy source and they can be relied upon when your community’s power grid goes down as long as you have a stand-alone system that is not connected to the grid. You will need battery storage along with gas or diesel powered generators to make sure you have an uninterrupted supply of electricity. Solar panels can be damaged, by a natural disaster or by vandals so it is important that they not be your sole source of electricity.
Wind and water can be used to generate electricity by powering an electrical generator, which would generate Direct Current and would work similar to a stand-alone solar system. One problem is of course that excess electricity must be bled off into batteries capable of handling the load. Direct Current is flow directly from the source to the load, such as refrigerators, air conditioning units and so forth. Households usually use AC so the DC must be converted for most appliances. The current does not stop flowing when the turbine is operational so it is important you have the system properly configured to handle any excess electricity. Read more
This is a guest post from our friends over at Power Research Inc. They make a great product. I’ve used it myself.
Preparedness – Emergency Power
Emergency power is a critical lifeline when disaster strikes. But experience has shown that fuels stored to operate the emergency standby diesel or gasoline generators are too often neglected.
In fact – when disaster strikes – these failures are quite predictable. During Hurricane Sandy for example, generator failures at three New York City hospitals forced mass patient evacuations in the midst of the storm. When Hurricane Irene hit Connecticut in August 2011, backup generators failed at the Johnson Memorial Medical Center in Stafford, with 41 patients evacuated.
Generator manufacturers estimate that more than half of all generator failures in emergency situations are the result of fuel gone bad. When stored for months and years at a time, fuel will deteriorate and become unusable – disabling engines, plugging filtration systems, damaging engine components with excessive carbon – and in some cases – refusing to ignite. This neglect of stored fuel is one of the weakest links in disaster preparedness. This stored fuel can be preserved and insured against such deterioration and performance failure. The solution is application of industrial grade PRI-D for diesel fuel, or PRI-G for gasoline, to the stored fuel.
By simply applying a small amount of PRI-D or PRI-G at the time of storing, the fuel will remain refinery fresh and stable. This freshness will hold for a minimum of 18 months, and often many years depending on storage conditions. With periodic re-treating of the fuel, it will remain fresh indefinitely.
PRI chemistry is much stronger than “lawn and garden” fuel stabilizers, and ensures quick startups each and every time. PRI chemistries are also used to restore de-graded fuels to refinery freshness.
Vice President, Technical
Power Research Inc.
Surviving a Power Grid Collapse Part 1
To be truly independent from your local power grid and still have the capability of generating electricity during a disaster, you would need a stand-alone photovoltaic (solar panel) system with or without a battery backup. The basic concept is that the solar panels are directly connected (direct-coupled system) to a Direct Current (DC) load. This means that when the sun is shining you are generating electricity and can directly power devices once converted from DC to Alternating Current (AC).Typically households operate using Alternating Current. You can of course purchase appliances that operate on DC such as appliances found in recreational vehicles/campers and so forth. You can use the solar panels in conjunction with a diesel generator and wind turbines for nighttime use and during cloudy days. Once the sun goes down the panels stop generating electricity and there is no storage capabilities. Read more
I am a father, a son and a husband… I am terrified of violence for my family if I am not there to protect them. There are people (monsters) who have guns and should not have them. But we are where we are and disarming the law abiding populace won’t fix the problem. This is stolen from a yahoo comments section by a poster named “Four Points Shy of Genius”
“I sympathize with people who want to ban guns, but I can’t agree with them. We have to be careful in our zeal to abolish guns that we don’t wind up with counter-productive legislation that will leave armed only the people most likely to do harm with them.” Read more
Thank you to those readers who emailed me asking if I was ok… I am. As many of you know prepping is a hobby and not a job so when time gets tough – prepping falls into second place. I apologize and appreciate my loyal readers!
I was moving some furniture around this weekend. Not your run of the mill “does the table look better here or here?”-type moving, but move, load, transport, unpack and relocate type moving. Of course, as any good prepper would – I had my gloves. In fact, I have at least 5 pairs of quality gloves in the house at any time. Just in case… well, I don’t need to explain it to you! Read more