KLINKMAN SOLAR DESIGN (KSD)
Paul Klinkman & Liberty Goodwin, Owners
Invention, Product Development, Training & Consulting
Our greenhouse conserves heat cost-efficiently. We don't use plastic sheeting or expensive fiberglass plastic walls. It transfers heat into rock storage extremely well and it carefully increases the amount of sunlight reaching plants in winter. You won't find anything remotely as sustainable, as cost-efficient and as robust on the web. My wife and I are posing with an early prototype, below.
Klinkman Solar Design (KSD) is an innovative partnership formed with the mission of bringing forth some of the many inventions of Paul Klinkman (see bio details, right column) and offering them to a world hungry for clean, effective & affordable energy,
local, year-round gardening & farming, and much more.
You need to know up front that you won't find any better source of solar inventions anywhere.
Every time that the cost of renewable energy is lowered, an oil field goes undrilled
or a gas well goes unfracked. It's a virtual certainty that small groups of individuals will lower the
costs of renewables. The only questions are who, when and can you participate.
AT THIS TIME, WE'RE WORKING TO DEVELOP THREE IMPORTANT INNOVATIVE SOLAR SYSTEMS
AND MAKE THEM AVAILABLE
**KSD CONCENTRATING SOLAR/HEAT RETAINING GREENHOUSE
:** KSD CONCENTRATED DAYLIGHTING:
** KSD SOLAR HEAT/HOT WATER SYSTEM
IN ADDITION, WE'VE JUST BEEN AWARDED PATENT #8,823,197
FOR OUR COMPLETELY UNIQUE MOUNTAIN SOLAR ELECTRIC SYSTEM
JUNE 2014 – EXCITING NEWS! OUR UNIQUE KSD SOLAR GREENHOUSE
DESIGN PACKAGE FOR FARMERS – AND BUILDERS – IS NOW READY!
**Farmers can build the greenhouse themselves with our assistance; provide local food in winter, and save thousands of dollars in construction – and in heating costs. Later, opportunities will arise for independent contractors to become licensed to serve as consultants to farmers, or build units for others.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS, VISIT OUR BROCHURES PAGE:
KSD CONCENTRATING SOLAR/HEAT RETAINING GREENHOUSE:
Our concentrating solar greenhouse is the best greenhouse design on earth
no contest whatsoever -- no fuel even in January because of its great solar heat conservation, stronger winter sun when desired, evenly distributed sunlight on the plants,
lower crop insurance risk because heavy snow won't collapse the structure, true sustainability
& unbeatable total lifetime costs (Patent #8408199). It turns any greenhouse conversation on its head with questions such as:
–If I add more mirrors, can I double my crop production inside?
–Can I get through the entire winter without burning any gas or wood? Did I overinsulate?
–If my house is cold and my greenhouse is warm, why don’t I move to the greenhouse?
–Can I put solar panels on the south facing roof and in front of the south wall?
–Can I build my greenhouse using straw bale construction?
If you're considering a big capital outlay for a fragile plastic fuel hog low-productivity greenhouse, you have a clear option now! Ask about our powerhouse algae growing option.
We know about plastic Walapini greenhouses, roaldgundersen.com triangular greenhouses with fiberglass/plastic fronts and New Alchemy designs. With each of these options, you're going to have to throw the light-absorbing wall into the landfill sooner or later and you're not going to get about 70% of weak winter sunlight on your crops. Plastic hoop houses are relatively unsustainable and have collapse and puncture issues. Glass greenhouses usually require outside heating.
So, if you want to build your own farmer-buildable greenhouse that costs relatively less to build than almost any other greenhouse, that costs little or nothing to heat, that is sustainable and that delivers great winter plant growth, write us at email@example.com. You'll probably get me, the inventor, visiting your house (yes there are driving expenses, and we're based in Rhode Island).
Our chicken coop greenhouse not only supplies adequate solar heat at night for proper egg laying, but it provides an enormous amount of sunlight. Greens grow on the wall under chicken wire. The chickens eat any parts of the greens that stick up out of the chicken wire. As I've said, we're completely unlike any other greenhouse builder anywhere.
Here's our 2 1/2 minute video from a 2012 grant application in partnership with Revive the Roots in Smithfield, RI
KSD CONCENTRATED DAYLIGHTING: Our patented system daylights and lowers energy bills.
You should never build any type of new building without first comparing our daylighting system's
financial advantages against your building's standard lifetime electricity / fossil fuel energy costs.
KSD SOLAR SAVER HEAT/HOT-WATER SYSTEM: This unique system inexpensively stores heat
for on-demand heating. We can retrofit most existing buildings.
Shown below is a standalone system for an existing Warwick building which supplies summer
shade. We discovered that wind load, foundations and aluminum frames for the collectors were more of the cost than the actual heat system. In the near future we want to drop the lifetime cost of perhaps 80% displacement of your home and hot water bills in the Frost Belt toward the $10,000 range plus (your) labor. Again, write us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll talk on the phone. We aim for close to zero maintenance, great tolerance of high wind gusts and low lifetime total cost.
We expect our next prototype (but not this Warwick prototype) to be in a price range that competes with oil & propane heating costs. We can also handle commercial needs, say, for a laundromat's hot water preheating. You might want to give your customers a refund of a quarter a load on a sunny day because your own profit will go up more than that on a sunny day. We need a tiny sunny field and a fence around the unit. Tell us what you have to work with. A patent is pending.
INNOVATION MEETS INTERFAITH!
Our first unique working KSD Solar Heat/Hot Water System is going up at Temple Am-David, a synagogue in Warwick, RI. The project is an example of interfaith cooperation between people dedicated to sustainability. We are Quakers – our partners in this endeavor include Liz Marsis, RI Interfaith Power & Light; Lee Lerner of Temple Am-David, and a number of helpful professionals, local tradespeople and volunteers including John Cruz of JC Electric.
Our rural heat collector and heat storage system passively collects and stores great amounts of heat. Electricity costs on the storage side of the system are zero and any system with no moving parts can last for many decades. As usual, we don't want to use plastic. Our system is quite buildable by average farmers. At night, a thermostat decides when to apply the heat to an existing chicken coop, to an existing heat-leaking greenhouse system, to a house. Yes, this system has a hot water preheating option. We can scale to all sizes of heating needs. Yes, this heat banking system matches well with a geothermal pump or with a mini-split for unprecedented fossil fuel savings.
Our new two-axis tracker simplifies the solar tracker business. We can bring all of the above solar applications to tree-shaded lots.
Mountain solar is based on a 600 foot solar updraft chimney prototype erected in Manzanares, Spain. They generated 50 kilowatts every sunny day for seven years.
The beauty of a solar updraft chimney is that it generates steady power with perhaps one moving part, the turbine. Because a chimney runs on warm air, not on incredibly hot substances, almost all of its environmental issues go away and the engineering becomes both cheap and simple.
We have added quite a few innovations to the chimney. First, we can run the chimney diagonally up the side of a 3,000 foot mountain, increasing our power output for the same solar heat field by a factor of five. Second, we expect to generate relatively warm air at an incredibly cheap price, and we can store great amounts of heat for nighttime solar electric generation. We fully expect the price of photovoltaic farms to drop below the 3 cent per kilowatt-hour barrier soon enough. We're going to beat them at night, if not also on sunny afternoons. If you want to actually develop renewable-based power that helps solve the intermittency problem, write us at email@example.com. It's not the climate fight that you dream of fighting, but the one you actually fought that counts.
WHO WE ARE
PAUL KLINKMAN , Prolific inventor & KSD Research & Development Director, has a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Rhode Island and a BS in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Innovation : Paul has designed 50 inventions over the past 40 years, including computer hardware & software, propellant gathering & other space inventions, alternative energy, including a solar greenhouse (prototype built by Paul & a partner in Attleboro) transportation & commercial solar electric designs, a method for growing algae, and (seriously) restoring the polar ice pack! His long inventing career began early on when he designed an automobile bumper that won a Best Bumper Award in a national engineering college competition.
Background : Paul’s skills and smarts earned him a full scholarship to Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His GRE scores were 710, 800, 710. Paul’s interest and knowledge of construction began while helping his father build houses at age of 9 -12. By 13, he assisted his mother to finish the interior of their new RI house.
LIBERTY GOODWIN, Paul’s wife. In the late 1970s, as research associate at CT-based Fund for Secure Energy (FUSE), she explored many alternative energy options & concerns. She is presently Director of the non-profit Toxics Information Project (TIP). Liberty will be serving as KSD Business & Community Liaison.
TRULY INNOVATIVE IDEAS DON’T COME FROM CORPORATE THINK TANKS
(Except About How To Make More Money For Themselves)
CREATIVE INVENTIONS THAT TRULY CHANGE THINGS TO THE BENEFIT OF HUMANITY SPRING FROM THE HEARTS
AND MINDS OF LONE GENIUSES
(WELL, SOMETIMES A PAIR OF THEM)
WHY ARE WE IGNORING THE ONES IN OUR MIDST TODAY
IN FAVOR OF “SHOVEL READY” SAME OLD, SAME OLD?
CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR LONE GENIUSES OF HISTORY POSTER – AND THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THE CLUB! (GUESS WHO?)
DISTRIBUTORS, MANUFACTURERS & NON-PROFIT PARTNERS WANTED!
We work together with local small businesses as licensees that will market, manufacture and install products based on our designs. If, as we expect, demand grows, we will add more local outlets. No offshore outsourcing!
Are you selling fossil fuel heat systems for years of “Return on Investment?
If you can’t give the homeowner a guarantee that fuel prices will remain affordable forever, then you haven’t built an economical house. Consider our KSD “Solar Saver” Heating System instead.
We are also committed to finding ways to make KSD systems affordable to everyone – this will include a Build-It Yourself Kit, some assistance as a percentage of our profits, a sliding scale of fee determination, and working with non-profits that help communities and low income to obtain sustainable food and energy.