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Turning soda cans into solar heating panels.

Jim Meaney, owner of Cansolair Inc.

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Added: Feb-23-2013 Occurred On: Feb-23-2013
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Tags: soda, cans, solar, heating, panel
Location: Canada (load item map)
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  • I think beer cans would work better. I could work in the can emptying department.

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  • its a step in the right direction, WE NEED TO STOP RELYING ON NAUGHTY PEOPLE FOR OUR FUEL ETC.

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  • Western governments do not want to go green. They want us to be depedent on oil, so we have to rely on them for energy. That's the facts, Jack!

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  • anything to help the environment is good but for fks sake can you please say ALUMINIUM properly...

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  • We need more people like this guy.

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  • A lot of these schemes seem very attractive if you live in California. However, if you live in Wisconsin—or Alaska—the scheme is 100% useless.

    Ironically, tree huggers seem happily oblivious to the idea that the place where you most NEED to save energy is the place where these schemes are LEAST effective.

    For those of you who have never been north of the 50th parallel, the sun during the winter months is at a highly acute angle to the earth. It's not unusual for the sun to rise above More..

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    • @GoryGory While I agree with u, i think its still a step in the right direction, and could lead to a bigger and better invention. I think they still deserve kudos for their efforts, intentions, and cause! They may not have won the gold medal but they certainly contributed to moving in the right direction.

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    • @GoryGory
      yeah and selling sand is useless in the desert. why would i do that

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    • @GoryGory

      By this man's accent, I'm guessing he's from eastern Canada where they have the same climate as Wisconsin & upstate NY. At least they see the sun in the winter. In the pacific northwest, the clouds roll in mid November and we don't see the sun until the middle of April. I'm waiting for they day when they invent sunlight that runs on rain water.

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    • @GoryGory I'm on solar and wind in N. Idaho. Interesting device but we rarely see the sun during the winter and I doubt there would be enough radiant energy through the clouds to do much.

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    • @GoryGory Last time I checked California is much more populated than Wisconsin, so it's still a win for the State even if what you say is true. There are plenty of other options for people up north.

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  • uhboat = about
    oat = out
    hose = house
    kire = car

    I like the way Canadians speak. :)

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    • @Punchy ROFL!!!!!! thank you. thumbs.

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    • @Punchy i say a boat and about differently.
      i say oat and out differently.
      i say hose and house MUCH differently.
      wtf is kire? i would pronounce that to rhyme with ire. not car.
      your probably thinking of "valley" or "redneck"ish canadian english.

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    • @Eva_Destruction you used it incorrectly.

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  • I wish you guys would say 'Aluminium' properly!

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  • Very nice... and it creates a few jobs.

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  • This guy is pure win.

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  • Wouldn't be cheaper if he bought aluminium tubing made with recycled cans and save all that time and effort, and waste? It would have the same 'green' claim without all the effort.

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    • @Mark Burningham who's going to make the aluminum cans into aluminum tubes?..who's going to pay for it all?... and haven't they already just created tubes?

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    • @johnmar1
      Recycled aluminum is made into usable raw material. There are companies already making aluminum tubing from recycled aluminum.
      I'm not talking about setting up a recycling facility, I'm suggesting that they take advantage of facilities already in existence. i.e. Buy aluminum tubing made with recycled material.

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    • @Mark Burningham It's much easier and workable to use cans... when you get going it takes actually only a few hours to build one and to cost of buying the tubes would be too expensive PLUS you would need to modify them to get the swirling effect to slow the warm air down. the bottom of each can is drilled out a large hole and the top is smaller and clipped to make a fan-like area to move the air slower.

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    • @Mark Burningham your right.. but you have to pay them to do it for you.. in this case he's already doing it for "free" if it ain't broke don't fix it.. also why would he want to spend the money when he can do it for free?

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  • This is where innovation for better energy should come from- the private sector & every day people, NOT government agencies with an agenda & ex-vice president control freak weirdos. Brilliant idea, we need more minds like his.

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  • @RobZop LMAO! yeah, they may want to work on that website a bit

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  • $2795.00 per unit. Those are some expensive aluminum cans.

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  • Nice, now he can get his $500 million obama green energy taxpayer-guaranteed loan. Buy a yacht and sail away ...

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  • A CAN do attitude, ho ho ho!

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  • Human based innovation and ingenuity, it is a beautiful sight to behold. however, it somewhat disgusting to think of the inadequacy of our government to stop the rampant pollution of fossil- fuel emissions. What this one man has done with cans, the United states energy department is unwilling to implement with a budget of millions. But of course energy companies don't have a monetary incentive in lowering the bills of the average American, how unfortunate.

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  • Yepp....Genius will always rule!

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  • Anyone got a link to one up and running so we can see a thermostat as a sort of lie detector

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  • when will Canadians learn how to say House and Out.. ?

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  • Try to go green and see how fast the gov. fucks u up the ass for not been able to collect any money from you. They love u spending on gas, electricity, water and anything that makes a profit for them.

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  • Black people use those cans by other means...wink wink

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  • Here's the thing, during Canadian summer its so fucking hot you need the AC on all the time, and during the winter its too cold, the whole unit would be frozen and you wouldn't be able to use it then either...so that leaves you with spring/fall during which it is cloudy and rainy...

    Maybe this would work in the mid-USA

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    • @mcdrew77 It works fine here in Canada.. I'm in Nova Scotia and you don't need direct Sunlight. I have a friend in Ontario and he uses 2 of them and they work fine. we modded it to you solar to power the 2 computer fans to move the air.

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    • @Keeper241

      Oh I'm sure it works, but just as an additional source of heat when the conditions are right. Kind of like wind turbines, only useful some of the time.

      It would be difficult for the average person to modify their current system so that it would switch between your homes furnace and these panels depending on conditions, and out west I can tell you you'd be using your furnace more than these things.

      Overall, great idea and would save you money in the long run, but it's not a More..

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    • @mcdrew77 Oh definitely now a replacement and I'm sorry I should have stated that. Like the guy says in the clip, it maintains a reached temperature. I'm sure it will heat an area but how quickly and the space size would determine that. It's a money saver!

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    • @Keeper241

      At 3000 per panel plus 500 for installation i think i'll make my own and order a 'replacement' lens for 100 bucks from these guys. Make 3 or 4 of them and use two of them to heat up a water system that you use to transfer heat during the night hours, a couple more of them and you could heat your hot water tank.

      apparently they are working on a clothes drier option as well...

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    • @mcdrew77 I never bought from them either... My cost per unit was around $300 - $400 tops... that includes aluminum cladding on the outside. It took me about 6 hours to mount them including finding the studs, drilling the holes, running the wiring and solar panels.

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  • Question: Is the energy used to produce these panels (Cost of power to run drill press, heat the water to wash the cans etc.) offset by the savings supposedly generated by using these panels?

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    • @I wont grow up You are thinking about this wrong. The cost of the drills and washing the cans etc. is absorbed in what he sells them for (He does not benefit from the energy savings of the panels he sells). The savings for the consumer come daily through the roughly 35 year life span of the panels. 35 years of free power from the sun can be very significant.

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    • @Eva_Destruction build a little angled roof bit on posts over it out of 4x4's and and a 4'x8' sheet of plywood...
      then if you want you could shingle it. long as it isn't attached to the house it should pass most bylaws.

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    • @Eva_Destruction whos in the pic?

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    • @Honsou Kate Dillon.

      http://www.lardbiscuit.com/chicks/kated.html

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    • @Eva_Destruction I have mine on the side of my house. There is a 4" vent at the bottom and a 4" hole in the top. Coll air goes in the bottom using fan and the warm air comes out the top (actually VERY hot in the sun) using a fan. Both fans are run using a solar panel I built along with a thermostat, also powered by the solar panel.

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