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Another idea for the pulsar / airlift pump Experiment.

I had a brainstorm about 3 months ago, and it was this morning that all the parts of the puzzle came together for a test.

 If you are not familar with the Pulsar pump here is short video of what it is about, here it used in hydroponics.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9gj1ovEvj0

 

Well, in my Black Soldier fly bin I have been running into a problem of getting the cardboard on top to get down where the BSF can eat the cardboard.    I have been laying old cardboard in the bin and the BSF eat the cardboard, I found there is cornstarch in the cardboard, this mixed with a diet of coffee grounds the BSF seem to be very happy.

 

I was thinking, hey if I could re-circulate the water coming out of my IBC tote 250 gallon container I could with the right soak down the cardboard and make it a much more pleasant environment for the BSF.

 

So, this morning I built one of these pumps from an air pump I picked up at a garage sale.    It was very easy to make I took the idea of simply cutting a small hole in the air tubing line  and sunk that into my pail.    Added a few nuts to help keep it down in the water and walla I am able to pump water up 6 feet to the cardboard above.

 

I was thinking one could do the same thing with worm bins re circulate the water to keep the entire bin moist so the process of breaking down the food would work faster.

 

Anyhow, this seems like a workable idea, might help in hot climates and uses very very low watts of power.

 

 

 

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* Additional note.

I am highly impressed with the pulsar pump for what it is.    I was able to go another 5 feet higher and I am now feeding a strawberry tower above my BSF bin.        I believe this would be more efficient if I had a pump that could pump up 15 feet high and only come on say 10 min at a time.    I don't know of any small pumps that are able to do that without having to be primed...     

 

Their is a company in Australia, called brumpy pumps  link..

http://www.brumbypumps.com/

What I think is it adds another way to have added oxygen to the water .. just haven't cost ed out in regards to power consumption yet.

Think its kinda cool how you can get that little pump to go so high ... keep us posted on how the strawberries are doing ...

I have read that they don't like to much water that often ... so this could be a nice solution with a small trickle affect...

Hi Jon,

 

Thanks for the link, I have read of their pumps and I have watched a few videos that verify their pumps work.      I have also found a few videos that people have made their own pump with good results.

 

This is impressive ->

http://www.youtube.com/user/marthale7?feature=mhee#p/f/6/qvfMJb73JOQ

 

 

What I have found looking at these videos is that it does not take a whole lot of pressure to move water from from wells deep in the ground up.     This appealed to me as I am thinking of an solar Application where I would use a compressor run by solar panels to pump water out of the ground into a storage tank.    I was thinking either a huge underground tank or.... a fish pond.   My goal was to eliminate the batteries and simply run a small volume compressor to fill the tank.

 

Much like this video ->

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxh1TWIyqCQ

 

Shows the results, he has other videos that are very cool here is a recent ->

 

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOrganicmike

 

It makes so much sense to me to have a solar set drive a motor that will pump water to a tank getting rid of the need as much for batteries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

got some plans for DIY ram pump got off the net a while back if you interested ...

like the idea of the water wheel ... setup right could run a small generator ..

but I think battery backup is still essential..

Thanks Jon,

 

I considered buying a piece of property next to a stream for the very purpose, I have a friend in hydro power took me on a tour in Michigan of old sawmills, and dams where they used to get power from.     I have no stream where I live, but the main source of power for me is Solar,   I am looking to expand my solar system as I look at it, it requires the least amount of maintenance.     I have seen the ram pump and it is awesome if you are near a stream you can tap.     Thanks for the offer.

 

You are right about battery backup,   I am looking to go diesel, with perhaps peanut / palm oil as the fuel source.   Perhaps some aquaponicly grown palm trees?      

 

I also have an idea of adding air stones to my wicking grow bed.    I do wonder if air in a wicking bed would help plant growth...

 

Cheers

 

I am suppose to be introduced to someone who has developed a new solar technology .. think spray on ... will keep you informed if interested ...

May want to look at bio gas as an alternative ... I am thinking about combining with a stirling engine

Kool love new ideas.    I have read of a woman who has made a solar cell that is constructed by using an inkjet printer.    

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I have made an biogas generator, but I ran into trouble because I used brass which quickly corroded.   I believe for it to be practicable you need large source of organic matter pig farms are best followed by cow  etc.     I do believe a guy by the name of Jean Pain had the best method which put the tank inside a hot compost heap, which kept the tank at ideal temp for the bacteria to work.

 

I have looked at Sterling engines, and I have thought of combing it with a TLUD stove.    I saw a design from the 1800's that really caught my attention for the sterling.. ->   You may like these videos...

 

 


Sterling engines can do heavy work but here is the catch,  I have not found anyone manufacturing them today other than toy models, or engines out of our price range.

Here is one that was made in the 1895 solid, true machine that still works today.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBZDJn6B0cs
The down side is exactly as he said, it takes 8 -10 min to start.    It is hard to justify making one when you can buy a $100.00 generator  ( cheap 2 cycle gen ) , and a sump pump  to pump water much quicker and cheaper  than if you were to pay yourself  per hour to chop wood, and put in the system.   ( in my estimation )     This is why there is not a demand for these as I see it.

This guy has been working HARD on making one that is usable.   It is still in experimental stage.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMhdi6vvYbM&feature=PlayList&...

This one works on sunshine making 10KW but out of our price range.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4joQSkQ1_M

Here's one out of pakistan for 300 plus shipping

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/BIG-STIRLING-ENGINE-RUNS-ANY-HEAT-SOURCE-FLY...

Maybe in combination with a rocket stove ??? .. most of these old tecnology are for just in case .. but this one still should produce  enough to run a magnetic pump of 3 to 4 amps

I rally liked this one

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pdqDQwehlk&annotation_id=annota...

and traced it to Germany .. but expensive as well .. but plans are reasonable

http://www.ve-ingenieure.de/stirlingshop.html

Think this little steam engine has potential

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMTFlqyeMuw&feature=related

Been looking into earth batteries as well .. maybe in connection with a Rodin Coil?

 

Ya, about $300.00 from pakistan, plus $200.00 shipping but how would you know they would actually ship it? :-) 

 

Have you seen Pulse Fuel Nerd on youtube?   He tried and failed at making his own sterling engine, but he has some cool ideas about design.

 

I am impressed with your links, I have been thinking of what it would take to build one, one guy that I ran into who has a machine shop has plans for one.

 

I have built 3 earth batteries, got up to a volt, but only micro amps, with an oscillator you can light an led, but don't have a solid use for them.  

 

Built a few Bedini devices, no OU, but learned tons about batteries.

 

Have looked at steam engines, but getting the permits and being inspected each year is not worth it to me.

 

Alcohol looks promising, but so much work goes into making the mash, and getting it to final stage.     I am growing manthus giganthus with that in mind.

 

We think alot alike :-)   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actually talked to the guy ..he seems ok ... he sometimes comes Over to surrey just outside vancouver  ... i still might order one ...

Spent a bit of time looking at free energy and now that I want to incorporate something into my system hoping all the research will pay off .... suppose to be meeting someone who has designed a biogas system so I will keep you in the loop on that one .... I do like bendini self running battery generator but haven't had time to see if its practical or not and they are selling kits now.


I still want to try the earth generator but using a rodin coil layout  ... have a few underground springs running across the property so will see if its possible to tie into that energy , if you can pick it up with witching rod there might be something available .. time will tell. I have a small seasonal creek that I am still looking at as well.

I don't think they would bother you for a small steam engine ... will check out pulse fuel nerd ...

halemart said:

Ya, about $300.00 from pakistan, plus $200.00 shipping but how would you know they would actually ship it? :-) 

 

Have you seen Pulse Fuel Nerd on youtube?   He tried and failed at making his own sterling engine, but he has some cool ideas about design.

 

I am impressed with your links, I have been thinking of what it would take to build one, one guy that I ran into who has a machine shop has plans for one.

 

I have built 3 earth batteries, got up to a volt, but only micro amps, with an oscillator you can light an led, but don't have a solid use for them.  

 

Built a few Bedini devices, no OU, but learned tons about batteries.

 

Have looked at steam engines, but getting the permits and being inspected each year is not worth it to me.

 

Alcohol looks promising, but so much work goes into making the mash, and getting it to final stage.     I am growing manthus giganthus with that in mind.

 

We think alot alike :-)   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Short Video of setup,   has been working well.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eovneOfHmI

 

It is keeping the soil nice and moist just have one plant in now but will increase with time.

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