Category Archives: Fuel

Greenhouse by Sun Orbit – Donal’s Notes

Sun Orbit’s greenhouse technology.

The Big 9: Solutions for a Functional Future

Overview of solutions for shelter, food, heat, social technologies, tools, and a list of people putting it all together.

Rocket Stoves & Rocket Mass Stoves (& Wood Stoves)

Heat, cook, hot water, drying, and a cozy place to sit: All benefits of a good wood stove + intelligent systems design. But what about getting the same benefits from rocket stoves which are supposed to be more efficient?

4 Energy Saving Tips from Paul Wheaton

(1) Compact Fluorescent bulbs do not save energy (most of the time) (2) 57% of home energy use comes from natural gas (29% electricity, 9% oil, 5% Propane). Energy used for heat is more than 1/2 of home energy use. (3) 3 types of heat: (a) Convective heat (we heat air and the air heats […]

Vegetable Oil as Fuel for Cars

Diesel car + $1000-$2000 conversion kit + free, filtered waste oil from a fast-food joint = really low cost, environmentally friendly driving.

Wood vs. Natural Gas (vs. Rocket Stoves) for Environmental and Personal Health

How does wood burning compare with natural gas? The moral Issue is murky.

Alcohol: A Renewable Energy that Sequesters Carbon and Can Power Our Lives?

We have all heard the myths about alcohol used as a transportation fuel. These include the myth that ethanol is a net energy loser, taking more energy to produce that it supplies. Turns out, that’s probably not true, and is especially not true when a permaculture-designed agricultural system is used to produce the alcohol. “In […]

Propane Powered Cars: Fewer Greenhouse Gas Emissions

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, propane reduces greenhouse gas emissions by about 10% compared to modern gasoline and diesel engines, is equivalent to gasoline and diesel in terms of tailpipe emissions, and is non-toxic, non poisonous, and insoluble in water [but this is nothing compared to the potential for alcohol as a transportation […]

Open Source Ecology – Global Village Construction Set

50 open source machines to power a village at civilization-level technology.

Fuel: A Review of the Movie on Biofuels

This film, Fuel (2009), was recommended by a friend and new father (M.J.). I just watched it online here. Very well done, inspiring. Great history of fossil fuels, discussion of peak oil, the relationship between oil and our entire economy, our political system, and our way of life…and then, it goes beyond that to a […]