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Posted by Ed Gilligan on September 27, 2003 at 07:29:37:
In Reply to: Re: an taisce convert posted by Practical on September 26, 2003 at 16:15:39:
You have to dig the coal out of the ground, and then box car it to the power station. Then you must keep moving it all the time with a bull dozer to keep it from cathing fire. It even catchs fire sitting on the conveyer belt and burns hole in the belts.
Then you conveyer belt it to a roller ball (2 inch steal balls) machine that grounds it into a powder to burn it. As it burns, steam cleaners blows to remove the fly ash off the boiler walls, and water sprays into the smoke to clean it a bit. The ashes are then broken up and cooled with water. After that the ashes are conveyer belted to a cylo and dunped into large trucks to be used in nylons and weighlite cement blocks. That is how your lump of coal is used.
Oil furnaces need to be cleaned every year and the pipes cleaned. That is why most of us use gas now.
Electric houses here in the states are near the price of gas, but require a great deal of insulation.
We are in the windy city area, Chicago and they want to install more gas peaker plants. We need wind mills here. New York, Ohio and Canada need them also.
If I had the funds, I would put a small windmill up here, on one of those ham radio electric towers. The problem is, you still can't make electric power as cheap as you can buy it.
I have 3 deep cycle battries and a converter, but is only procuces 350 watts ac. I bought it at a ham fest. It is like your car boot sales. I have not hooked it all up.