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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-09-2007, 05:42 AM
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I'm no expert on coal bed methane but there was a HUGE fuss when CBM exploration got going in the Palmer - Wasilla area. Best I understand, CBM uses a LOT of water or produces a lot of water that may be quite polluted - water tables can be disrupted or polluted with disposal. Its my understanding that CBM development in Wyoming created quite a mess in some places.

Add to that, some elected (now formerly) officials were making deals and pulling some other questionable activities that added to the fuss in a big way. One guy resigned and I'm not sure if the other was re-elected or maybe was barely re-elected.

For a lot of land owners, when CBM exploration came to town, it was the first time they learned they didn't have subsurface rights and that CBM could set up on or near their land and drill away.

So there was a big grass roots movement to halt the CBM. Haven't heard much about it in the last 2 years. Anchorage is running out of gas and they're gonna need something very soon.

New coal exploration near Chickaloon has created a new fuss.


When I lived in Sand Point (AK) in late 80's we had several wind power units but one by one the big storms (100+ mph) took them out. Actually while they ran power was a mess and my computer screen jumped around like crazy. Once the last wind driven generator died, our power settled down. Those were small units.

IN the late 70's Nelson Lagoon had a big wind turbine experimentally built by Grumman. They spent all summer fixing it. I think the blades were 25 foot each or so. Many of our places just have too much wind.

Galena was making progress on the nuclear option but may have scrapped it when the military quit paying for runway maintenance and some other facilities. I just haven't heard lately. The market might be too small now. I have friends there I should ask them.

But for the cabin dweller, there ARE viable power systems available. I think one place is called R.E.E. or something - Rural Energy Enterprises at www.rural-energy.com. Wind, solar and combustion combinations are used along with battery storage I think. Or do a google. I've seen stuff out there - try University of Alaska Extension service too.


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GrassLakeRon, I ain't no sourdough for sure, I live in Florida, but instead of the regular bulbs you are using, you could go to flouresent or even better, LED technology. LED is 80% efficient, Floresent at 40-50 and regular around 25%. Might save you enough to stay on-line for a little longer or even heat up a cold moose sandwich.
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Well, first off, where is this 400 square foot cabin going to be. With the 5 different climates in Alaska, the electrical requirements and costs vary way too much to recommend anything. Along the coast some solar works in Southeast and South central. Wind would work on many places along Alaska Peninsula. I've used diesel for my private home generation for over 27 years. It is expensive. Right at this time and with my electrical requirements, I use approximately 210 gals a month running a 20 kw gen set for about 10 hours a day. The rest of the time I run off a battery bank of golf cart batteries connected to an 1500 W inverter. The inverter runs the computer system and entertainment center. TV/VCR/DVD/DISH/ and satellite Internet connection. I can run the computer setup another 10 hours before the batteries need recharging. IM me personally if you'd like further info and I'll be glad to answer your questions.

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What would you use in my situation? I would like to do both Solar and Wind as well as a gas backup. 10 20w compact bulbs. 1 1w clock. and a small frig/freezer (Apartment size). Maybe charging the laptop. I was thinking 4 - Solar Panels at 700w a 1 kw wind generator and a 3000w backup. I will be there from April till November. I am still try to nail down a site.

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Buy some more wire and run a small 12v system in the building. Buy a 1250 W or approximately sized inverter and connect to a battery bank of 10 6v golf cart batteries connected in series/parallel for a 12 v output and put a good 12 volt battery charger on it with topping regulation. Connect the solar panels and wind generator to the battery bank with the appropriate regulation and you should be fine for the electrical consumption you plan on using. However, remember that once you have electricity, you will use more than anticipated, no matter what your intentions are. Run the gas generator only when needed to recharge the battery bank. Plan on spending a bit of coin to do this.

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Candles, coleman fuel, pressure canner. hahahaha, theres a power source for you.

You would be surprised at how much light a real lantern will put out, it'll even keep up with a light bulb ;-)


If you have low power needs that dont need a constant supply (aka you can empty the fridge) but need to be on all the time when you are there, you could get rechargeable batteries (the big kind) and charge them with a generator, then when they have enough juice for a trickle power flow for a day or two, turn off the generator. When you need to charge them, turn it back on for a while. Less noise, less fuel consumption, constant power flow, reliable.

If you need lots of power right away, you have your generator, and can be running stuff off the generator while you are charging your batteries.

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Remember this is not a year around place. I also will be outdoors alot. I just need a place to crash. I don't plan on it being a big screen TV, stereo mecca of toys. Just a simple place to hang my hat at night. Thanks for all the advice.

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