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Mike Strizki has already built a solar hydrogen homestead in NJ.  He has PV panels which produce hydrogen which he uses to run his vehicle.  He did it a few years ago for $150,000 which is not bad for a first working prototype.  The cost would probably be dramatically reduced if economies of scale could come into play.

Strizki is now working on building a similar system for Johnny Depp's island get-away.

Historically, Edison and Ford teamed up to produce electric homes using co-generators, batteries, and backyard windmills that would provide enough power for both the house and at least one vehicle.  They tried to market their ideas in 1914 but WWI and, allegedly, industrial sabotage killed the project.

I say start small.  Solar IS Civil Defense - a flashlight, radio or cell phone, and an extra set of batteries all powered by sunlight.  Combine the solar with a hand crank or pedal power generator and you have a reliable source of low voltage DC power day or night by sunlight or muscle power.  You can do this for around $100.  Today.

Solar IS Civil Defense

by gmoke on Wed Aug 6th, 2008 at 02:50:31 PM EST

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