Originally Posted by bs21
Just kickin around some things i have been thinking about lately as with further devlopment could be alternative energy sources to power the home aquarium. This is a post to get some discussion going about possibilities and possibly existing products allready available etc... so the idea:
quick background: i was watching something on TV about alternative energy sources and they talked about solar, wind, hydro etc.... and also have a friend with a boat that has a small wind generater and some small solar panels to help power boat electronics and helps charge the batteries.
So what i was thinking about is with all the constant water movement through the aquarium would it be possible to replicate what a wind generator or hydroelectric plant acomplishes in the home aquarium by creating some small generator in line after a pump or overflow where there is constant water motion? not sure the ammounts of electricity that would be able to be produced....maybe it would be minimal nad not worth it but it seems like an interesting possibility.
Also thinking of the small solar pannels....I'm not completely familiar with the way the solar pannel interacts with light (as in what type of light, is there a certain spectrum etc....) and the way it uses it. But would it be possible to utilize lightfrom the aquarium to generate power this way? Also maybe a minimal ammount that would not be worth it but with further development could be interesting to see a completely self sustaining aquarium. Would never have to worry about power outages again plus the extra that would be produced at night when lights or off and potentially put energy back into the grid.
Again just some thoughts. feel free to comment if you think its a possibility or not or thoughts etc.....maybe some of you have thought about this also
well I was going to say something about, no trying to harness the water moving in your tank is going to be counter productive but that is already covered.
In my digging around, I still think it is a lost cause. Mainly because we can't generate electricity for anywhere near the cost of what we are buying it for... Turbines even on a large scale aren't profitable much less on a small scale. The promises of solar are still not panning out. The only think I think is an interesting idea are the light tubes. If you want to do some hole cutting in your roof. I like the look it gives, and that isn't too expensive if you do it yourself. But don't fool yourself, "alternative" energy sources aren't anywhere near as cheap as just buying your energy at 11 cents a Kwhr... (unless of course you have a natural gas well on your property and made a deal with the gas company to run generators for your house off the gas from under your home) but I don't have one of those...