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Battery Bank Workshop – Now With Solar Power

On February 20-22 we are running an awesome workshop at the TSP homestead with Steven Harris.  You can get all the details on it at this link,

Back Up Power Workshop with Steven Harris

Up until now I have been saying that doing solar after this workshop will be easy to do because adding solar to this type of system is easy.  Well, Steve and I just discussed it and we are going to simply add it in.

Yep we will be adding solar power to some battery systems as well.  What this means is if you attend this event, not only will you know how to make a mobile power station out of a vehicle, not only will you know how to build back up systems in your home, you will also know everything you need to know to build off grid solar power systems.

I mean everything, you will know exactly how to size a systems and install all components of it.  Exactly how for instance to set up off grid solar at a BOL cabin or hunting cabin.  We will even show you how to augment that with your mobile power station as well.

This will be an incredible workshop and hey it just got better!  Imagine being able to bring power to any location, having the exact knowledge you need to do so and do so on your own terms and as affordably.  Our goals at these workshops is to empower students with actionable knowledge and give them an incredibly fun time as well.  So come join us, gain new skills and have a blast at the same time.

Back Up Power Workshop with Steven Harris

Episode-1205- John Fedock on Wood Gasification

John Fedock of PowerItYourself.com

John Fedock of PowerItYourself.com

John Fedock is a mechanical engineer with a passion for renewable energy systems, sustainable living, and Permaculture.   John’s childhood was dream to become an “Inventor”; now as professional engineer, he has decided to focus his efforts on designing practical renewable energy systems that can be constructed by any handyman.

To accomplish his goals, John is utilizing his mechanical design and manufacturing experience to help wood gasification technology become a practical solution for both rural and urban lifestyles.  His goal is to help others sift through the”Energy Scams” to find practical technologies that will actually fulfill their current needs.

John joins us to discuss building your own wood gasifier and other practical renewable energy systems today.  We start by asking the question are there any renewable energy technologies are mature enough to replace fossil fuels?

We then examine the renewable energy technologies that have the greatest potential to sustain humanity in the future.  From there we discuss John’s gasifier that is currently under construction and why he is taking his own unique approach.  We then discuss some of his other D.I.Y. energy projects and examine the technology behind solar air conditioning, yes it does exist.

Resources for Today’s Show…

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Episode-1040- Steven Harris on Battery Back Up Systems Part 2 of 2

Steven Harris – CEO of Knowledge Publications

Special Note – Steve put all of the info in these two shows and more into over 5 Hours of professionally produced HD Video that walks you though every single thing about batteries and back up systems you could even want to know. For all TSP Members these videos are available for only 24.95 at Battery1234.com.

Steven Harris returns to TSP this time to discuss battery back up systems. As is typical with Steven he did so much research and prep that we had to break this into two episodes. Today we cover everything you will need to know to build a battery back up system from the most basic to a highly powerful vehicle mounted mobile system.

Steven Harris is a consultant and expert in the field of energy. He is the founder and CEO of Knowledge Publications, the largest energy only publishing company in the USA.

Mr. Harris came to his current position to do full time work on the development and implementation of hydrogen, biomass and solar related energy systems after spending 10 years in the Aero-Thermal Dynamics department of the Scientific Labs of Chrysler Corporation.

Steve is always full of great ideas, knowledge and projects we can use to improve our personal energy independence and today is no exception. The work that went into these two shows took over a month of work and an investment of over 3,000 dollars. Every item mentioned was purchased, tested and personally used by Steve to insure all the systems he teaches you about will preform as expected.

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-1039- Steven Harris on Battery Back Up Systems Part 1 of 2

Steven Harris – CEO of Knowledge Publications

Special Note – Steve put all of the info in these two shows and more into over 5 Hours of professionally produced HD Video that walks you though every single thing about batteries and back up systems you could even want to know.  For all TSP Members these videos are available for only 24.95 at Battery1234.com.

Steven Harris returns to TSP this time to discuss battery back up systems. As is typical with Steven he did so much research and prep that we had to break this into two episodes. Today we cover everything you will ever need to know to choose the right battery for your needs.

Steven Harris is a consultant and expert in the field of energy. He is the founder and CEO of Knowledge Publications, the largest energy only publishing company in the USA.

Mr. Harris came to his current position to do full time work on the development and implementation of hydrogen, biomass and solar related energy systems after spending 10 years in the Aero-Thermal Dynamics department of the Scientific Labs of Chrysler Corporation.

Steve is always full of great ideas, knowledge and projects we can use to improve our personal energy independence and today is no exception.  The work that went into these two shows took over a month of work and an investment of over 3,000 dollars.  Every item mentioned was purchased, tested and personally used by Steve to insure all the systems he teaches you about will preform as expected.

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-1028- Technologies, Products and Ideas for a Transitional Society

For Acorns to be a Food, First a Market Must be Created

For Acorns to be a Food, First a Market Must be Created

There are a lot of things wrong with modern business, finance, agriculture and manufacturing.  Many of us understand the current system is far from sustainable but we also know for now it is all we have.  Today I will discuss some business and product ideas that are just bouncing around in my head.

Some of these are honestly very easy to do, others may require a lot more work then I imagine but most of them do have a potential to change things for the better long term.

Like most ideas though, they are pretty much worthless unless someone make them happen.  Some of what you will hear today isn’t new at all, in fact some if it is how we can take old ideas and actually make them work.

Join Us Today As We Discuss…

  • First you have to understand how a market is “created”
  • Second you must understand human nature is to be lazy
  • Third you must understand that people naturally resist change
  • Ideas for Transitional Products and Businesses
    • Stop taking about acorns and make them edible in mass quantity
    • Develop small scale affordable hullers and presses
    • Make methane biogas but do so for others on their own sites
    • Develop a pond based back yard aquaponics system
    • Cheap modular (snap together) aquaponics systems
    • Building electric motorcycles
    • Building battery back up systems

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-1005- Steven Harris on Everything Generators Part 2 of 2

Steven Harris – CEO of Knowledge Publications

Special Note – If you don’t get over to Solar1234.com during or after this interview you are cheating yourself out of a HUGE range of resources that Steven Has Made Available to you that go along with an clarify many things in these two episodes.

Steven Harris returns to TSP this time to discuss generators and I mean everything generators. As is typical with Steven he did so much research and prep that we had to break this into two episodes. Today we cover fuel options and multiple ways to set up fueling and tie your generator into your home to power your critical needs.

Steven Harris is a consultant and expert in the field of energy. He is the founder and CEO of Knowledge Publications, the largest energy only publishing company in the USA.

Mr. Harris came to his current position to do full time work on the development and implementation of hydrogen, biomass and solar related energy systems after spending 10 years in the Aero-Thermal Dynamics department of the Scientific Labs of Chrysler Corporation.

Steve is always full of great ideas, knowledge and projects we can use to improve our personal energy independence and today is no exception. Today he covers generators with us in part two of a two part series.

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-1004- Steven Harris on Everything Generators Part 1 of 2

Steven Harris – CEO of Knowledge Publications

Special Note – If you don’t get over to Solar1234.com during or after this interview you are cheating yourself out of a HUGE range of resources that Steven Has Made Available to you that go along with an clarify many things in these two episodes.

Steven Harris returns to TSP this time to discuss generators and I mean everything generators. As is typical with Steven he did so much research and prep that we had to break this into two episodes.  Today we cover the 7 main types of generators, their uses, determining your needs and where to source generators for the best pricing.

Steven Harris is a consultant and expert in the field of energy. He is the founder and CEO of Knowledge Publications, the largest energy only publishing company in the USA.

Mr. Harris came to his current position to do full time work on the development and implementation of hydrogen, biomass and solar related energy systems after spending 10 years in the Aero-Thermal Dynamics department of the Scientific Labs of Chrysler Corporation.

Steve is always full of great ideas, knowledge and projects we can use to improve our personal energy independence and today is no exception. Today he covers generators with us in part one of a two part series.

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-998- Solutions to Some of the Big Problems

Last week I had a great interview with James Howard Kunstler, a man I find interesting yet I also find many places where we disagree.  Many wondered why I allowed some of his comments to go unchallenged, the reality is simple, I don’t bring guests on for debate sparing.  I bring them on to give their view and trust that the audience will distill what they need, as each individual sees fit.

I also have been around long enough to understand that it is a sorry ass weak mind that can’t stand to listen to a differing opinion.  It is an even weaker mind that can’t learn from that opinion, even if it is wrong.  Each individual perceives every problem, event, item, reality etc. from their own point of bias.  If you only see the point of a nail and I only see the head, neither of us really knows what the nail looks like, but together we are much closer to the picture of what the whole is all about.

Join Me Today as I Discuss…

  • The real reason many insist “total collapse” is in our future
  • Why we will not see a total energy collapse in our lifetimes (good and bad)
  • Why believing in AGW based on CO2 lets us off way to easy, seriously
  • The danger of oil peaking is actually coal and natural gas
  • The law of unintended consequences is about to play out (may be)
  • Every citizen a solider?  How about every citizen a sentinel?
  • Rebuilding society without a total collapse
    • Rebuild soils and reestablish natural ecosystems
    • Create designed ecosystems with “cheap energy”
    • Develop and remove blockages to the urban ag movement
    • Reestablish diversity in our seed lines
    • Allow for the reintegration of small farm livestock
    • Encourage rather then block architectural innovation
    • Develop alternative energy in a decentralized model
    • Turn garbage and waste into energy
    • Crack down on companies that really are doing harm
    • Repair and improve the energy grid
    • Get corporate interests out of pure research
    • Define and enforce separation of industry and government
    • Put rail between places were people actually go frequently
    • Create thousands and thousands of “laboratories of innovation”
    • Develop a culture of leadership and self sufficiency
  • Why you need to act for yourself now, and not worry about “but  ________”

Resources for Today’s Show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-987- Jeffery Yago of DTI Solar

Jeffrey Yago, P.E., CEMj

Jeffrey Yago, P.E., CEMj

Jeff Yago P.E., CEMj is a licensed professional engineer and certified energy manager with over 25-years experience in the energy conservation field. He is also certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners as a licensed solar installer and a licensed journeyman electrician.

He has extensive solar, thermal and solar photovoltaic system design experience and has authored numerous articles in magazines including Backwoods Home, HomePower, Mother Earth News, Solar Engineering Magazine, Energy Users News and Engineered Systems Magazine. He is also the author of a book “Achieving Energy Independence – One Step at a Time“.

Jeff joins us today to discuss the role of solar energy, battery back ups and generator systems should play for the prepper lifestyle.

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-963- Josh Wolf on Algae Based Bio Fuel

Josh Wolf and Some of His Soon to be Bio Fuel

Josh Wolf and Some of His Soon to be Bio Fuel

I first covered the work being done by Josh Wolf (a high school student) in Episode 905 back in May of this year.  Josh is currently a Junior at Elk River High School and he is creating bio-fuel from algae at a low cost that competes with industrial professionals.  His process produces raw oil at a cost as low as 3 cents a gallon and finished fuel at about 2-3 dollars a gallon.

Josh is also making bio fuel from waste fry oils this began about a year ago with his idea to reuse waste oil from Elk River High School’s cafeteria to make biodiesel for school buses.

His science teacher supported my idea and helped get it off the ground.  Josh then went to work and started collecting oil, turning it into biodiesel with household chemicals.”

Josh is also reaching out into new territory with a project through community involvement. He is working with the D.I.V.I.N.E. Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota to create an environmental curriculum that would host a green rooftop.  He hope it will become an excellent learning tool for students to participate in environmentally conscience projects which would reduce pollution levels.

Resources for Today’s Show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.