Energy for Small Communities

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A group of specially desinged batteries, a robotic arm and new sensor networks are joined to on-site wind generation or other renewable energy generation method that will allow grain elevators in small communities to create affordable, reliable power available to their central city business locations. The use of existing grain silo space to protect and concentrate the batteries creates the opportunity for inconsistant power to be used and stored as reliable supply, without long transmission lines. The battery design requires size and shaping consideration along with the electrical connections in unaccessable areas. Used batteries can be reconditioned or used for other less intensive uses.


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  • Name:
    James Mendenhall
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  • Profession:
    Business Owner/Manager
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  • James's favorite design and analysis tools:
    pen and pencil
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  • James's hobbies and activities:
    library research and dreaming
  • James is inspired by:
    Grants, desire to make things happen locally in inspite the difficulties, community development, the belief I am important and a necessary mind
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