Is this a crazy idea? Discussion group

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By request, we have created this discussion board as a place to ask questions which you are not sure if the are crazy, genius, or both.

This is an experiment, so we can not guarantee responses, but we do hope it takes off as a sounding board for ideas.


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IanThompson
6¬†months ago  /  edit reply

Is this crazy? Our village recently built a sports pavilion with limited funds so have been cautious in implementing all our energy related ideas. The building is well insulated and we included underfloor heating pipes in the initial build even though we had no means of supplying the heat! Once the building was complete we scraped together enough money to either install solar panels or an air source heat pump. The FIT rates for electricity had been substantially reduced so we installed the heat pump which gave us a working building. We run the heating for about a day before an event and the building stays warm for a few days then reverts to frost protection only. So what is the crazy idea? I suspect that electricity generation is now only financially viable if you can use the power. Since we are in Yorkshire the sun does not shine all the time (surprised?). So we will need to run the heat pump when the power is being created. If we charge batteries we can run our floodlights at night. How else could we use power? What about installing an charge point for electric cars as there are grants available to subsidise these? I wondered about buying and hiring out electric bicycles to tourists but have been warned off this as the maintenance costs are high (and I understand that some enterprising tourists swap their own defective batteries for the ones on the hire bikes!)