2 L.E. + Perm

Yes, this is about getting a perm for your LE 🙂

Seriously… L.E. = Living Energy (‘bio’ – ‘dynamic’) is the vibrant energy within our natural ecosystem: trees, plants, animals, and even the rocks all around us.  Instead of using ‘dead (fossilized) energy’ to power our society, we need to rediscover the bounties of living energy and how to gently harness it all around us.

Perm = Permacuture, specifically ‘Energy Permaculture’  … details below

People like Nikola Tesla, Viktor Schauberger, Walter Russell and many others knew that nature’s own energies are accessible to all humans – including free energies, living water, and a benign, ‘connected’ way of living:  without the violent extractions + explosions or our current energy systems.

Join us at our learning center as we practice and teach others about living energies.

The Living Energy Learning Center  (LeLc) is located within a forest sanctuary in the hi-Sierra at WinSol3.  The LeLc provides experiential learnings about Living + Natural energies within the context of biodynamics + permaculture.———————————————————————————————————————————————————–

Living energies are those forces behind the extraordinary creative forces of nature.  Ever wonder why the ‘Golden ratio’ (1.1618…) is the same for the orbits of moons and planets as for a rose petal, a nautilus shell, the pyramids, etc.?

Ever wonder how some fish swim upstream faster than seems possible?

Want to learn how to cool your perishables to  ~40o F without using refrigeration or ice?

These and many more living energies are demonstrated and explained, along with simple, lo-cost renewable energy technologies at WinSol3’s Learning Center.

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Also called ‘Natural energy’ or ‘Living energy’ – energy permaculture embodies a set of biodynamic values and practices that connect us with earth’s own abundant energy forces.  Living energies avoid external ‘explosive’ forms of power and adapt nature’s own inward ‘vortex’ forms of power.  Seems that Edison and company were a bit amiss, and that Nikola Tesla and Viktor Schauberger were on an enhanced track.

Come to WinSol3’s learning center to learn more about Living energies.

Energy permaculture is a subset within Living Energies:

Energy Permaculture

It is possible for a small/medium sized community to generate 100% of it’s own energy from its surrounding natural resources – within 5km –  in a sustainable + reliable manner (read more about Community Microgrids under the ‘Home’ tab).

Energy Permaculture is the first part in achieving this local, independent community energy system.  At the end of this eight step energy permaculture program, a development plan can be reviewed, discussed, and acted on:

(The following eight steps were derived from Holgrem/Mollison’s permaculture work, and are a result of practicing + teaching energy commons + permaculture for several organizations)

1.     Observation
2.     Inventory
3.     Assessment
4.     Feasibility
5.     Financing
6.     Plan + Design
7.     Implementation + CPM
8.     Operations + Maintenance

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  1. Observation

Process:

  • Neutral, non-evaluative observation of site’s current natural resources

Tasks:

  • Define site boundaries, adjacencies and surrounding culture + environs
  • Observe regenerative capacities of site
  • Observe site’s diversity of resources, interactions, transition zones.
  • Recording of observations, sorting + documenting

Best Practices:

Tools:

  • Shoes, eyes, clipboard, camera.
  • Follow observation guidelines established within permaculture[1].

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  1. Inventory

Process:

  • Count available + potential resources within a 5km distance of CMG site
  • Establish CMG’s energy needs and wants

Tasks:

  • Within six permaculture zones, detailed inventory of available biomass, solar shading, wind velocities, water flowrates, underground temperatures,
  • Static + dynamic:
  • Available resources right now, what is present at this time
  • potential annual growth, replenishment, food harvested, etc
  • On-site, adjacent supply chain, future potential resources available.
  • Prioritize CMG energy needs and wants
  • Focus on reducing external energy needs as much as possible.

Best Practices:

Tools:

  • NASA CERES satellite data + other databases
  • GIS and mapping tools
  • RE and energy modeling software

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  1. Assessment

Process:

  • Establish ecological relationships between site resources + CMG energy needs
  • Assess eight+ renewable energy technologies’ applicably for CMG needs
  • Assess current  available solar income and on-site storage
  • Assess prioritization, distribution, timing, storage of CMG energy rqm’ts
  • Assess potential site risks and opportunities

Tasks:

  • Assess RE resources applicability:
    • Biomass, Biogas, MicroHydro, Geothermal, Wind, Solar HW, Solar PV +
  • Establish ecological + energy criteria
    • No financial considerations at this point

Best Practices:

Permaculture principles also set up geographical zones within which each of the 12 principles are followed

Tools:

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4. Feasibility

 Process:

  • Reality of site’s resources meets reality of CMG’s energy needs
  • Establish whether specific renewable technologies are appropriate for CMG
  • Feasibility of each RE extraction, distribution and storage infrastructure
  • Approximate costs and ROI tradeoffs
  • Develop CMG project work scope

Tasks:

  • Gap analysis (CMG needs vs. available RE)
  • % of current solar income that can meet CMGs daily energy needs
  • Amount of storage required for daily nite-time, seasonal needs.
  • Intertie with adjacent communities and supply chain resources.
  • Provide estimates of RE availability + reliability. Rough first costs,  extraction + delivery of each potential RE, conversion efficiencies (btu in/btu out), risks from toxic chemicals + security, ,  rough O+M costs, LCA, Carbon Footprints, Carbon intensity gCO2e/MJ, potential, power intensity.
  • Include appropriate technology feasibilities: Passiv Building standards, Daylighting, LEDs, thermal chimneys
  • Technological complexities and innovations,  social + political constraints
  • Meeting and decisions
  • Detailed work scope and contract docs

Best Practices:

Tools:

  • Scenario Planning, System Dynamics, Sensitivity Analysis
  • Various Software
  • FM, CRE, CPM practices

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  1. Financing

Process:

  • Develop financing of CMG project along with timelines
  • Make decision

Tasks:

  • Develop accurate financials + budget for
    • Planning + Design
    • Construction Phases
    • Continual Operations + Maintenance
  • What-if scenarios, decision, fund project

Best Practices:

Tools:

  • Software, Estimation guides, RS Means, etc.

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 6. Plan + Design

Process:

  • Master Planning and design of the CMG

Tasks:

  • Contract specification and bid requirements are developed
  • Generate approved Master plan

Best Practices:

Tools:

  • Software, Autocad

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7. Implementation + CPM

Process:

  • Award construction contract
  • Begin construction, progress milestones, quality assurance
  • Complete construction, inspection, acceptance, occupancy.

Tasks:

  • The contract documents are put out to bid to pre-qualified contractors and an award is made for the construction of the CMG.
  • Construction is started, monitored, inspected, approved, and occupied.

Best Practices:

Fast track project management processes

Tools:

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  1. Operations + Maintenance

Process:

  • Upkeep and quality assurance of facilities + infrastructure.

Tasks:

  • Weekly/Monthly/Annual predictive + preventive maintenance
  • Breakdown repairing as needed.
  • Emergency and disaster recovery planning
  • Provide custodial, landscaping, food, etc. services
  • Major (5 – 10 year) maintenance
  • Short and long-term budgeting, financial contingencies.

Best Practices:

Random inspections, customer service focus, www.boma.org, www.ifma.org

Tools:

CMMS + CAFM, http://www1.eere.energy.gov/femp/pdfs/OM_9.pdf


[2] FHS 2010 FM Congress paper:  ‘Energy Commons’  www.winsol33.wordpress.com or www.fh-kufstein.ac.at/eng/content/download/500034/…/Klammt.pdf

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