[chbot] Self-sufficiency?

Steve Groom s.groom at braemac.co.nz
Tue Nov 15 00:56:27 GMT 2016

Hi All,

My first comment here :-)  it's been great seeing what you are all up to.  I guess no-one uses FPGA on this forum?

Regarding the comment below from Volker - I see the problem - lead acid batteries and gas ... how about LiFePO4 batteries and no gas.  I have been through the 7.2 in Darfield (live in Darfield) without issue and off-grid.



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From: chchrobotics-bounces at lists.linuxnut.co.nz [mailto:chchrobotics-bounces at lists.linuxnut.co.nz] On Behalf Of Volker Kuhlmann
Sent: Tuesday, 15 November 2016 1:23 PM
To: Christchurch Robotics
Subject: [chbot] Self-sufficiency?

So much for off-the-grid idealism and trying to be self-sufficient:


Niky McArthur was on the verge of tears as she talked about the state of her ecotourism business, Kaikoura Wilderness, which is located in a remote valley north of Kaikoura.
"I always thought that whatever was happening in the world we'd be self sufficient up there," she said.
Monday morning's earthquake had crippled the "off the grid" Puhi Puhi Rd business, which offered accommodation and guided walks.
Battery banks powering the lodge were destroyed, gas bottles tipped over and water tanks cracked.
The road to the site was impassable and likely would be for many months.
"I'm not sure if I'm going to cry or not. I'm quite shell-shocked. We won't be able to run a business for [at least] six months. It's going to have a devastating effect."
The full extent of the damage to the Kaikoura area was still not known.

There are lot more variables involved than people seem to think about.


Volker Kuhlmann
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