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Further High Shear Developments

high shear domestic socket No branch of our research will stop, so all machines in the series will continue to advance by degrees over the coming years. Necessity Green, author of the first high shear manual in the series, already has a design for in-line as opposed to (the current) batch mixing design. We have also talked to her about a mixer with longer reach but we need your feedback on the optimum length for the maximum number of applications.

In line mixers were designed for continuous flow production lines in larger processing plants and often fail to live up to expectations. They sometimes fail to deliver the intimate mixing required first pass and the mix has to be recirculated, turning the machines back into batch mixers. Our feeling is that in line mixers are for larger corporations than we seek to serve.

The Far Future: Personal Transportation

Our cars cause traffic jams and pollution but bicycles are too slow for most, so we think there must be middle ground somewhere, using a renewable fuel. But such a development depends on other emerging technologies reaching maturity in an affordable and environmentally friendly way. In the meantime, we are concentrating our publishing, educational and research efforts on localised biodiesel and oilseed technologies and strategies. Click the button marked "Transport" in the left hand column for more details.

Low Impact Domestic Wind Power

As soon as the planned publications on biodiesel and oilseed technologies are in print, we will turn our attention to domestic wind power and how it should be realised. At the moment, wind turbines are inefficient, expensive and only intermittently reliable. They also look incongruous. Neighbours complain that they are noisy even when they are not. This is because they can SEE them and fear that they are destroying the neighbourhood or are not in keeping with the area.

It seems to us that a low impact alternative technology is possible. And one or two approaches seem potentially efficient and low cost. More than this, one alternative technology in particular lends itself to self build and maintenance, which is the RAREL preference. We are currently looking for high profile engineering research authors in industry, academia or in public life, who might like to contribute to this research, under a pseudonym. Authors should contact us using the strict "Author" contact instructions under the "Contact Us" button. Click the button marked "Wind Power" in the left hand column for more details.

Solar Power by the Householder

Solar power is commonplace in many European countries, though the UK is behind others. In the UK, solar technology is often installed by roofers or plumbers wanting to diversify. This is partly because no one has so far invested in the research necessary to produce a Householder Solar System, accompanied by a Builder Owner Manual. We are currently looking for high profile engineering research authors in industry, academia or in public life, who might like to contribute to this research, under a pseudonym. Authors should contact us using the strict "Author" contact instructions under the "Contact Us" button. Click the button marked "Solar Power" in the left hand column for more details.

Small Scale Production, Oilseed Rape

Rural communities are increasingly surrounded by fields of oilseed rape. So it should be rural cottage industries and farmers that press seeds and extract oil for local consumption and further processing. A lack of affordable small oil screw presses mean that much oil seed travels hundreds of miles before it is pressed to extract its oil.

A planned manual will discuss hexane extraction of oilseed rape, but we regard cold pressing as safer for a small business. Cold pressing is also more compatible with the supply of quality deep fryer oil to the human food chain, before recycling it as biodiesel, for personal transportation. We will encourage vegetable oil cold pressing only. We are currently looking for high profile engineering research authors in industry, academia or in public life, who might like to contribute to this research, under a pseudonym. Authors should contact us using the strict "Author" contact instructions under the "Contact Us" button. Click the button marked "Oilseed" in the left hand column for more details.

Domestic Biodiesel Production

Current UK legislation permits the duty free production of 2500 litres biodiesel per annum for personal consumption. This means that you may be able to fuel your diesel car all year for as little as 50 pence / litre. The law in many other European countries is much more generous than this.

Our high shear mixers have proved themselves at every step of the biodiesel production cycle. Hexane oil extraction, water elimination from used vegetable oil, room temperature transesterification, and methoxide preparation and its obsolescence, are some examples. We are currently looking for high profile engineering research authors in industry, academia or in public life, who might like to contribute to this research, under a pseudonym. Authors should contact us using the strict "Author" contact instructions under the "Contact Us" button. Click the button marked "Biodiesel" in the left hand column for more details..

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