To come to understand how the technologies shown above function & operate, we've worked with and are working to provision and produce solutions with the following components of farming 4 energy:

• Since 2007, we've maintained a Switchgrass stand in order to understand related challenges with establishing and maintaining Switchgrass in
   clay soil, so that we can be ready to grow it on a full farm scale when the Cellulosic Ethanol market calls for it from local farms.
• Working to produce briquettes and pellets from hay to understand the best procedure for producing each. We'll then test burning each for
   heat along with consuming each in a CHP unit that produces heat and electrical power.
• Currently conducting cellulosic ethanol production experiments with the Switchgrass and corn stalks with the goal of understanding the details
   of the process. From there, the hope is to understand the feasibility of producing Cellulosic Ethanol on the small farm and local community
• Working to understand how producing biofuels for heat, power, fuel, and resulting products will integrate into the 10 from 1 scenario shown

Solar Power
• Installed panels at home that power four DC lights in our home
• Consulted and worked on small camp sized installations
• Completed a study that details US potential for supplying residential power if solar panels were on all rooftops - I arrived at a conclusion that
   we could produce 44% of residential power in this scenario.
• Working to understand how solar power will best integrate into the 10 from 1 scenario shown above.

Power Producing Exercise Equipment
• Built exercise bicycles that produce power - the latest design puts out both AC and DC
• Built a power generator that runs on weights
• For each situation, now working on a circuit that will charge batteries first and then dump power to the grid once the batteries are full

Wind Power
• Built small wind generator - successfully charges batteries and soon plan to set it up to send AC power to the grid once the batteries are full
• Consulted on several inquiries at a residential level
• Working to understand how residential sized wind generators could best integrate into the 10 from 1 scenario shown above.

At the upper left of this page you can find links to further details related to each item above, along with other related ideas and technologies such as:
• Energy saving ideas we've implemented in our home
• Links to other online resources, and pictures & wiring diagrams of what I have built and installed
• The How Can I Help section lists information about my experience in this arena, along with some ways I can help individuals and businesses take
   advantage of some of these concepts that make up Energy Farming.

Please also feel free to contact me for further information on what we've installed at home. To request related consulting services, or if you'd like to discuss Energy Farming in general, feel free to contact me at:

Phone: 315-751-GRASS (4727)
Email: or
Facebook: facebook/farm4energy

and remember, God gave us this earth as our only home, and it is our duty and expectation that we do our best to keep it tidy and clean. Part of keeping it clean and tidy is to use and take advantage of energy sources that do not result in negative effects on human life.

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PaddockEnergy is here to develop, understand, and promote residential & small scale, alternative & clean energy products and solutions, with a primary goal of understanding how we can best utilize local resources to "farm 4 energy", first on an individual and self sufficient basis and then on a community wide basis.

Since most communities can grow grass, have wind, and can see the sun, energy farming would seem to be a favorable idea to pursue, so that we can begin to better utilize local resources & opportunities to:

• Establish more secure and stable energy sources (oil will eventually dry up, be cut off, or become 
  too expensive)
• Create local Jobs and support local economies
• Support population growth by getting more from single crops (food, heat, power, fuel)
• Provide the opportunity for self sufficient (individually and locally) energy, fuel, and power 
• Foster environmental stewardship

A supporting thought on this idea comes from the homepage at /:
"It takes 70 days to grow a crop of grass pellet fuel"
"It takes 70 million years to grow a crop of fossil fuel"

Two great risks to our society and way of life are the loss of oil and food running short. Since a majority of the food we eat depends on transportation, the direct relationship is clear. Part of utilizing these local alternative & clean energy resources is to mitigate this risk by working each resource in collaboration to produce multiple energy and income sources from minimal starting sources => Energy Farming. An example of this would be a farm that produces a home heat sources from hay, sells corn or soybeans for food, produces Cellulosic Ethanol from Switchgrass, Canary Grass, or corn & soybean stalks, dries the solids from ethanol fermentation and densifies these solids into heat sources, uses power from residential sized wind turbines and solar panels (possibly selling excess to the grid), and utilizes geothermal systems circulating underground to heat & cool buildings and for ethanol distillation. Also part of this could be the utilization of CHP where the farm burns pellets, briquettes, or lignin to produce syngas to run a generator, with resulting heat used to heat buildings or support the ethanol process.

Below is a visual representation of how an energy farms process could flow: