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Generator Choices?

  1. Mar 14, 2010 #1
    Hi! I am trying to figure out what kind of generator I need for my home. I am the sole owner to the natural gas under my property and I want to run my house on it's own power. What kind of generator do I need for continuous use?
     
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  3. Mar 14, 2010 #2

    brewnog

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    How much gas is available? How much power do you need? You could install a small spark ignition cogeneration unit and make use of the heat too.
     
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  5. Mar 14, 2010 #4

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    How about air conditioning? Do you have one and what size is it? Is your heating electric? What is the capacity? Can you at least tell us how many kWh your house uses in a month? (it is on your electric bill).

    Cogen uses the waste heat from the generator itself to produce heat (not a separate furnace). You may actually want to do both, since a household generator may not generate enough waste heat to heat your house in winter (depending on where you live...).

    After all that, I can't imagine it is a trivial exercise to capture the natural gas that may be lurking under your house.....
     
  6. Mar 14, 2010 #5
    How the hell did you manage to get mineral rights?
     
  7. Mar 14, 2010 #6
    If I am reading my bill correctly it provides a month by month history of my energy consumption over the past two years. My highest energy consumption this year so far was February at 1,176 kwh and my highest usage in the past two years was last July at 1,565 kwh.

    The mineral rights were never separated from the property. I am an attorney and property law is my field. Power generation isn't, but I appreciate the help I'm getting from everyone here.
     
  8. Mar 15, 2010 #7

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    Please, don't connect ANYTHING to your boiler unless you absolutely know what you're doing, which (no offence!) you don't.
     
  9. Mar 15, 2010 #8
    Wow, what an interesting topic. I can't imaging having the ability to supply your own gas.

    A few questions for you:
    How will you get it out of the ground? I assume a well needs to be drilled. Do you need some sort of permit to operate your own gas plant? I assume either a pressure regulator, or a pump to increase the gas pressure will be needed.

    As far as a generator is concerned, you will need to add up all the electrical loads in your house to figure out how big of one you will need. Most houses have 200 amp service where I live, that is 44000 watts total at 220 V. So roughly you would need a 44kW generator for that kind of service. It would need to be continuous duty, not one of the standby ones. I am assuming a unit like that would be pretty expensive since most large gensets are diesel fueled. I have heard of companies that convert large diesels to natural gas for this very reason. You could us the electricity to run a split heat pump system for heat and A/C. You could burn the gas in a furnace for heat too.

    That probably was not much help, but keep us informed where your research takes you!

    Just for example: http://www.electricgeneratorsdirect.com/natural_gas.php
    here are some standby natural gas generators, probably not rated for continuous use.
     
  10. Mar 15, 2010 #9

    russ_watters

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    That is pretty high unless you have a very large house. Are your electric bill on the order of hundreds or thousands of dollars? Maybe you missed a decimal point and it was 156.5, if your bill is in the hundreds...
     
  11. Mar 16, 2010 #10
    Yeah, I have a small property which I retain all mineral rights.
    In my case, though, there are no worthwhile resources. Darn!!
     
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