Over the next 100
years the consequences of unchecked Global Warming will devastate large parts of
our planet. The burning of fossil based carbon fuels is a major
contributor to this effect with electrical power generation facilities
being major players. Our cities will require new
green power supplies built using
technologies which have ultra
low or no fossil carbon emissions. These new power supplies can be both
centralized and dispersed. Solar panels on urban rooftops and small wind
turbines are two forms of dispersed power generation. When they are
combined with building upgrades that increase efficiency, the demands
upon a city’s new centralized power supplies decrease or remain constant
as the city grows. What are the reasonable estimations that future engineers
can make for local power generation and efficiency increase for an older house
in the Greater Toronto Area? The Ravina Project provides some of these data.
What is The Ravina
Project is a privately funded green energy research project in
Toronto Canada located at 43.68 N and 79.34 W. We have used our own
resources to turn our home into a science experiment. We want to
provide power generation data for the public and do
green power research. See our
page for more information. We fervently hope that access to our data
will be a factor in giving people the confidence to press forward
with their own
green power projects.
What have we done?
We have worked to upgrade our 1920s era house so that it is much
more energy efficient. We use a boiler to heat the house and to
provide domestic hot water. We have insulated the house, replaced
windows and doors, swapped out all the light bulbs with more
efficient ones and use power bars on all 'instant on' devices. We
installed 1.5 kW (now 2.8 kW) of solar panels on a tiltable structure, batteries
to run the house in times of blackout, and the interface to the
power grid. We have built this WEB site to publish our papers and
Our Research and
Our Solar Project
began on November 1st 2006 and upgraded on September 18th, 2013. The database containing the household carbon
energy use begins in 2003. We are tracking our energy use and solar
generation on daily, weekly, monthly and yearly bases. We have
written and continue to write formal papers on a variety of topics
including but not limited to: solar power generation techniques and
thermodynamics, the War on CO2, and the policy implications of what
we discover in our data. Periodically we will go off-grid for
special events, to test our solar energy generation and battery
capacity assumptions. We publish our work/data here on the WEB
for others to use. See the Project Papers page for the currently available papers. Much of
our data are published on the Solar Data and
pages. Data specific to papers we write will be found on the
Raw Data Page.
We are on
Twitter. Get our daily generation tweets at: @ravinaproject.
Our new paper on Solar PV Capacity Factor has been published on our
Project Papers page. It contains everything we have learned regarding
Solar PV since we started the project on January 1st, 2007.
Humanity's Post Global Warming Epitaphs: "We could not afford
to save ourselves. It would have cost too much."
It is our opinion
that humanity's relationship with Global Warming can best be summed up
by: Prometheus in the Anthropocene,
where his cognitive limitations come face to face with a strange
new planet he
once called home.
refection and integration of much into our thinking, we have come to the
conclusion that a global future that is safe for women, that is, a
future that allows women to thrive is the best future. In a real sense,
women are the 'canaries in the coal mine' such that, a global future
where women cannot thrive is a future where humanity is doomed. This
works on so many levels; we are baffled as to why this metric is
not more widely understood and used.