UPDATE!! Very simplified survey with far less questions and only check boxes (except for the country name)! very fast to fill! your help will be decisive for this project (if you have friends, you can tell them about this), and I will publish the results!
Here is also a petition to sign for the commercialisation of a small stirling engine vital for my project (I’ve contacted them for price ranges, no reply yet)
Hi, this is a friend of Farsthary.
I support (one of his sponsors) and help him manage the blog and I write from time to time documentation for you (cf. volumetric tutorial), and now he has exceptionally allowed me to use today his blog with many daily visitors because I need your help for a survey very important to me (I live in a small village, so I can hardly go and ask enough people in the street):
I am studying solar energy, and I have thought about a robust solar concentrator for household energy production: this will produce both heating and electricity, with temporary energy storage (a few hours) when the resource is not available anymore. The system will be secured and non-intrusive. This product will be easily removable (in case the house or the garden is not yours)
If you don’t mind, could you please take 2 mns to answer these questions as comments (just each letter with a few words) and ask some friends about this, this would be a huge help for this project.
If you don’t have an answer for every question or if you don’t feel like typing, you can let some answers blank: I’d rather have incomplete answers than no answers at all (moreover, the absence of answers at a question is also somehow an answer in a poll…)
1 ) country you live in?
2 ) very sunny? (you can also give an indication about the usual amount of cloudiness: every day, every weeks..)
3 ) available outdoor surface (square meters)
4 ) type: a) garden (%) b) roof (%)
5 ) how much of these surfaces are you ready to use for electric/heat production?
6 ) how do you roughly divide your energetic consumption between electronic devices, cooking and hot water?
7 ) peak consumption (kW)?
8 ) financing: a) you pay b) somebody else pay, but that person/establishment sells most of your electricity or consumes most of your heating during many years
9 ) how much of your energetic consumption do you want with renewable means (%)?
10) how much are you ready to pay for the product that suits your needs compared with standard photovoltaic panels for a similar electric consumption? (or how many years will you willingly let somebody else sell your electricity/heat?), the more the better your product is:
remember: this product will have differential advantage compared with photovoltaic, so even at the same price it cannot be put on a par
11 ) In case of the absence of the sun, how much time would you like the product to supply energy?
12 ) are your interested by an upgradeable, multipurpose product (water desalinization, organic waste valorization…)? you can give here your suggestions
13 ) how many people around you would you be interested by this kind of product according to you?
14 ) would you like to be contacted to be part of this adventure?
a BIG THANK in advance for those who will take some minutes to reply!
P.S: I will publish the results if I have enough feedbacks (about 50 answers in one month?)
Update (2 days later): the current participation rate is 0.3% (relative to the blog popularity), which is good if one considers that this article is out of subject.
Currently the user needs (big thank to those who have taken the time to reply!) and the possible characteristics of my idea relatively match (relative to the physical possibilities and prices ranges) but more answers are welcome to have statistics ideas!