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Barry Morris
08-09-2012, 05:42 PM
Anybody wanna discuss odd ball ideas??

The thought occurred to me that it's an awful waste to have a 100 horsepower plus engine sitting outside in your car doing nothing all night long.

Why couldn't it run on natural gas and heat and supply power to your house??

velle
08-13-2012, 12:42 PM
Popular Mechanics did an article on something like this many years ago.They used a V8 engine.I've often thought of this ever since seeing the article but not sure it would be economical.

Barry Morris
08-16-2012, 07:21 PM
I think Trane has tried twice over the years to create a natural gas powered generating and heating system for homes. An internal comustion engine runs a heat pum, has all it's waste heat taken and runs a generator for power. estimates I read were of a 50 percent savings to homeowners on power and heat.

Lance1
10-11-2012, 02:32 PM
My quess is a house needs a 5000W generator to run everything and the gas to run a unit like that would cost more then what PUC would charge to be on the grid. Plus a generator only has so many hours of operating time before it needs to be rebuilt or replaced,is louder and needs oil changes.

Barry Morris
10-13-2012, 03:55 PM
You may be right as to the costs. Trane estimated a 50 percent over all energy saving in their
promotions years ago.

BTW, a big generator running on natural gas lasts as much as 10 times longer than a gasoline engine, because of the nature of the fuel. Don't need as many oil changes either.