GAIA Rosch KPP 5 kW Home Power Prototype Demonstration in Germany

GAIA Rosch KPP 5 kW Home Power Prototype Demonstration in Germany

April 25 - to - May 6, 2015, GAIA successfully demonstrated a 5 kilowatt version of Rosch GAIA technology that harnesses power of rising floats using pressurized air, which then descend after the air escapes above the water chamber.  Soon after public demonstration they sold 500 units in their first round.

This is fantastic news and development, however, the question comes to mind that where are we, the United States scientists and inventors to present our New Energy devices to the world and compete with GAIA Rosch KPP 5 kW Home Power in the gigantic world wide New Energy market.?

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100 MW total Rosch Thrust Kinetic Generators in operation - Technology harnesses power of rising floats using pressurized air, which then descend after the air escapes above the water chamber. 5 MW, 40 MW and 100 MW power plant designs targeted for utilities. Media, industry, and public demonstrations scheduled for May. Energy price is 2x better than solar or wind. (PESN; April 22, 2015)

GAIA Rosch KPP 5 kW Home Power PrototypeRather than bury this present piece within that article, I wanted to give it a separate page, to give it the attention it deserves. From a world-impacting point of view, I personally favor the distributed energy solutions that provide home and small business power at the point of use, so I'm itching to push these guys into #1 position in our Top 5 Exotic Free Energy Technologies listing at http://Top5Energy.com. One of the things I love about this technology is its simplicity. We're talking principles that are based on what Archimedes came up with 2200 years ago. This is not rocket science.

5 MW, which is what Rosch is focusing on, for utilities, is a lot of power -- enough to run up to 5000 homes (average power, not peak). A small train locomotive is around one megawatt.

Last September, we reported that GAIA in Germany/Austria has been working with Rosch to develop a home power version of their technology.

Today, I was able to speak with GAIA CEO, Roberto Reuter to get an update on where they are at; and like with the Rosch Innovations AG announcement, I was pleasantly surprised.

Since this last Saturday, they have had their first "serial series" 5 kW (home power) prototype running, continuously. As of this morning (MDT), it has now produced more than 200 kW-h of power. They have had no glitches in its operation so far.

They call it the AUKW, short for AuftriebsKraftwerk; translated, that means: buoyancy power plant. It stands 5 meters tall with a base of one square meter. (See photo gallery below.)

Starting this next Saturday, April 25 until May 6, GAIA will be doing a public demonstration of the AUKW prototype at Brüssler Strasse 15, 53841 Troisdorf (next to Cologne airport), Germany. You can sign up to attend via their website. Prior registration is required, due to limited capacity. They can handle up to 120 visitors per day.

They also plan to have a live stream video available for people to observe via the web. Here is a promotional video below about their upcoming demonstration:

The production prototype is self-sustaining (no input power), with 4.8 kW net output.

Das Auftriebskraftwerk - ES STEHT! (Live-Besichtigung)

 

In this first batch, of which their AUKW demonstrator is the first system, they plan on making 500 units, over half of which have already been purchased. These will be available for delivery within two months. They will come as kits requiring assembly, arriving on one or two pallets with the tube shipping separately. If a person wants a fully operational system, then they'll need to pay extra for someone to do the assembly for them.

Home hook-up will need to be done by a licensed electrician. Assembly and installation of the units is expected to take around 40 man hours. GAIA is providing training for those who would like to become installers. Training will take 1-2 days. Though they are presently wanting to stay under the radar and focus on the European market, they will ship internationally, though the conversion of the system to comply with local power parameter (110V vs 220V; 50 Hz vs 60 Hz, single-phase vs 3-phase, etc, see table) and pass required safety certifications will be up to the customer / potential licensee.

The European 5 kW AUKW system output is 400 V, 50 Hz, 3-phase. The load on each of the three phases needs to be consistent, so these are fed to an inverter, which provides the external power and manages the power. It can adjust its output for a changing load.

The cost for the 5 kW system is € 14,160.00 EUR gross including standard local VAT. The costs include the workshop and the complete material of construction of the plant.

As of present, GAIA is not yet looking to license the manufacture and distribution of these systems. They want to first complete the building of their first 500 units, to see how the market reacts, to gauge the customer's satisfaction, work through any bugs, etc. Roberto didn't expect that there would be any technical problems, which would be very fortunate; but I'm sure customers are going to have suggestions about how to improve the design. Roberto recommended that for now, individuals/companies interested in licensing should get a system and run it, so they have first-hand experience with it.

The AUKW kit includes a 4.5-meter, waterproof tank in which the apparatus runs. There are 26 floats, that connect to a chain assembly made of chrome steel so it won't rust. It also comes with a air compressor pump, generator, pre-assembled control units including an inverter. The net weight of the components is less than 250 kg, and with water added, the total weight will be around one ton. The completed system will stand 5 M tall, requiring an extra half a meter clearance on the top for periodic servicing of the system, lifting the internal components half a meter above the opening to be able to access all the floats and chain components.

The system is expected to last at least 20 years of continuous running, minus any brief downtime for servicing. Roberto said the design of the tank is such that no water leakage problems can be expected, since it is a contiguous, sealed system, with access only from the top.

Roberto doesn't anticipate that water freezing will be a problem, because 1) the operating system keeps the water in steady flow and turbulence, 2) heating pads could be used where needed to keep the system from getting too cold. I would imagine that at least at first most installations will not be "indoors" due to its height and the noise it makes. It's not much, like a washing machine. You can hear an audio of it running in a brief video in their April 21 blog posting showing a cumulative Watt meter.

At present, there are around 10 people working on the Gaia team, several of them full-time. As these AUKW systems begin to roll out, they will be looking to bring in more full-time staff.

They do not yet have a brochure worked up for the AUKW.

Compare the AUKW to other renewable energy systems. Solar requires the sun to be shining, wind requires the wind to be blowing, biomass requires replenishing the hopper. The AUKW system is a 24/7, baseload power system that provides continuous power anywhere there is gravity to create the buoyancy effect of air versus water, with now fuel supply chain required. And it adjusts per the load demands. If you only need 500 watts, it will adjust to produce 500 W. If you suddenly need the full 5 kW, it will adjust up, though it takes ~4 seconds to make such an adjustment, so it requires capacitors and other power conditioning methods to handle such changes. It produces no pollution.

And it's not only affordable, but competitive enough that the return on investment is about 2-3 years, depending on usage. So in two to three years, from the savings of what you would have had to pay the grid for your power, you will pay off the purchase of the AUKW system, and from then on, your power is free! minus some periodic servicing.

Five kilowatts is far more than enough to handle the average power usage of the typical home. The problem is that "average" is around 5% of peak. In my home in Ephraim, when we had six people living there, our average was 1 kW, so our peak would have been 20 kW -- when we have the air conditioner running, the dryer running, along with the fridge, computers, lights, etc. So if you want to be completely off-grid and live "normally," without having to budget your power usage, you'll need more than one of these systems, or you'll need a battery array, with inverter, which gets very expensive. But if you're hooked to the grid with net metering, then the power company will most likely be sending you money each month for all the excess energy you are sending their way. Do the math. If you average 1 kW, and you can produce 5 kW continuously, then they will be paying you four times what you presently pay for your electricity -- except most net metering arrangements pay you much less than what they charge you per kW-h, if they pay you at all. It's conceivable that if you budget your high-power device usage, you could get by with 5 kW as your sole energy source, but you wouldn't be able to include major heat or cooling in that system.

Roberto has high expectations for the future. "This could be the first wave of a great movement in clean, affordable electricity generation."

Links:

http://www.gaia-energy.org

http://www.gaia-energy.org/powerforever - about this demo, with dates, times, sign-up

http://gaia-energy.org/es-ist-soweit-mach-dich-energieautark/ (translate to English) - their page about the AUKW

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