The Ravina Project set out to reduce the carbon footprint of Gordon and Susan Fraser's home in an old Toronto neighborhood. Today, their home continues to be the experimental test bed enabling the couple to generate and publish a wide range of data, to test new theories to increase efficiencies in the generation of solar power and to produce technical papers across several disciplines over the next five years.
Gord and his scientist wife, Susan, both in their late sixties, publish all their work/data on their website. You can read all their Project Papers. Much of their data are published on Solar Data and House Data. Data specific to papers written by them is found on Raw Data. You can sign up for daily Tweets: @ravinaproject with the hashtag #resilience.
Definitely worth visiting is their page on Global Warming whose effect is Climate "Weirdness". Here you will find a mine of interesting documents to better understand the scientific conclusion that we humans are causing global warming and had better start making changes, the sooner the better.
Bottom line, listening to Gord is that if we are to use renewable power such as solar energy, we will need to produce huge collectors for the diffused power. He wonders where are the mining, the supply chain and the training of people globally to support this? For their home alone, they need a solar power collector 25 metres squared on the side of the house, the batteries would take up half the basement to store the power for night-time. We need to start building renewable harvestors today. We have a huge planet and lots of talent. "We did it with our house and you can do it with yours!"
May 5, on CBC's The 180, Jim Brown interviewed Gordon Fraser, Director of The Ravina Project, Toronto, Canada. This science project began with a blackout in 2004 where with his wife, Susan, they have invested their own money to turn their home in to a Green Power science project with a view to inspiring and empowering others to likewise.
In his report "Towards a Cooling Planet", Gord asks the question "Will our industrial base allow us to rollout and replace with renewables, 50% of our current fossil fueled power generation over the course of 65 years?" Jim Brown also asked him a similar question and his answer was "No", not based on what they know today from their project whose efficiency results are impressive. In Winter, they are about 33% more efficient than they were before and even on the hottest day in Summer, they do not need to use an air conditioner. They have managed to achieve all that with their 1920s home over the years by:
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