Early this year, we had black-outs in South Africa due to maintenance
problems at our power suppliers. I would have welcomed something like this
then - as, I'm sure, would many in neighbouring Zimbabwe, where power can be
erratic, and in Tanzania, where, last I heard, they were planning ten-hour
outages. Which is not a patch on an Eastern country (and now, of course, I
forget which one), where they were planning even longer double digit
"Free" is lose usage, yes, but to those of us who know what it costs to run
a straight generator when fuel costs are high, this seems kinda 'free'.
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Subject: Re: The POWERSTATION: African Alternative Energy Solutions
Eric Entemann wrote:
> I suppose the system, which seems to be nothing more than a battery
> and an inverter, could be useful if one needs electricity and no other
> source is available
It sounds remotely like the Delco system my grandfather had in his house
early in the 20th century (before Rural electrification). A gasoline
engine in the basement, with a wall of storage batteries.
But Eric seems definitely correct that anyone calling it "free" is
ignorant or a hustler.