Energy Garden: a Children’s Field Trip Destination

Energy Garden North View

The Energy Garden, showing how to harvest a continuing stream of useful energy from the natural world, like fruits from a garden. Artist rendering.

The Energy Garden is designed as a destination for K-12 field trips. Featuring domes, solar panels, wind turbines, geothermal water and air conditioning and an aquaponic system in a natural setting, the Energy Garden will teach the real nature of energy and sustainable living. While an actual residence would not need all these systems, by providing demonstration models of each, the Energy Garden will prepare children for future home energy choices. We intend to create Energy Gardens near schools across the United States to remind everyone that use of local resources save on travel expense, pollution and risk. Finally, we hope to spread this design around the world for education and empowerment of all children concerning the constantly replinished natural power of the earth, sun and sky.

Over years the Energy Garden can collect data on weather, seismic activity and sun incidence as well as performance of solar panels, wind turbines and geothermal systems. Over decades, the Energy Garden will provide an increasingly valuable resource for natural energy research as each local facility will share its collected data with the entire Energy Garden network for compilation and analysis.

ENERGY GARDEN STRUCTURE AND ENERGY SYSTEM ELEMENTS

Buildings

B1…………………..Monolithic dome

B2…………………..Earthship

B3…………………..Roofed Connector

B4…………………..Geodesic Greenhouse

Electric Systems

E1…………………..Photovoltaic Panels …………………..On Earthship

E2…………………..Vertical Axis Wind Turbines………On Earthship and Connector Roof

E3…………………..Inverter and Main Boxes……………In Connector Equipment Room

E4…………………..Battery and Charger Circuits……..In Connector Equipment Room

Water Heating Systems

W1…………………..Water Heating Panels ……………..On Earthship

W2…………………..Hot Water Tank………………………In Connector Equipment Room

W3/A4…………….Geothermal Main Unit……………..In Connector Equipment Room

W4………………….Water Heat Exchange Tubes……..Under Greenhouse Pond

Air Heating Systems

A1…………………..Thermal Battery………………………..Monolithic and Earthship

A2…………………..Greenhouse……………………………..Earthship, GeoGreenhouse, Connector

A3…………………..Propane system………………………..Tank Behind Connector

A4/W3…………….Geothermal Main Unit……………..In Connector Equipment Room

A5…………………..Air Heat Exchanger Tubes…………Under Greenhouse Pond

Plants

PE…………………..Exterior Plants………………………….Bamboo (North side) Vegetables (South)

PI…………………..Interior Plants……………………………Fruits, veggies, air fresheners, herbs)

PG…………………..Greenhouse Plants……………………Aquatic, hydroponic and soil-based

 

Operating together, these elements will produce a comfortable, natural space for living and working without utility bills and with the potential to feed energy back to the grid and reduce the grid’s dependence on fossil fuels.

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