About the Grothe Power Tower

rlg-coffeeThe Grothe Power Tower had it's humble beginnings ten years ago, as the inventor and owner Robert Grothe, became intrigued about the challenges of energy storage and renewable energy when the oil crisis and gasoline prices shot up rapidly to an all time high. And now natural gas prices are going through the roof. It dawned on him something was seriously wrong with the US energy equation; the price hike was not just an accidental glitch, but foreshadowing a definite trend to come. As more research was done on the energy crisis he began to understand the oil shortage was not going away, the shortage was growing and spreading as more countries continued to expand their energy needs. The largest concern is will it eventually escalate into a world crisis as tensions and conflicts rise over the lack of available oil based fuels to sustain the transportation, heating, and electrical power demands of a world wide economy.

 

rj-flagsThe two promising renewable energy technologies, solar and wind, were explored by Robert and found quite exciting as sources for an alternate energy source, but each has a real Achilles heel with no foreseeable solution. They both have a fairly cyclical and prolonged time when no energy is produced. So a realiable and sustainable energy storage solution needed to be found to solve the times when the renewables do not produce electrical power. And do it in a totally green way without adding more problems to the already growing lists of global warming trends. But no one has stepped forward with a doable, scalable, and sustainable storage system that didn't produce it's own set of pollution problems in solving the energy storage challenge.

 

robert-robsofficeeglin-2010It was here the seeds of an idea began to grow, and the more Robert did his energy research the more he became convinced he is on the right path for a solution. For the last five years the Grothe Power Tower has become a challenge with many problems that were solved along the way. It now stands as a working table top model that lights a few watt lightbulbs. What is needed is more reliability testing, some larger scaled power tower project models and a system safety check implementation. All this takes money, so financing and educational marketing are critical at this stage of development.

 

Rob Grothe, Robert's son, was recruited to help with the engineering math and graphic design phase of the project. They make a good team together. Rob graduated at the top of his class from the US Air Force Academy in 2006 with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering. He then went to graduate school at the University of Washington and earned an MS in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering with a thesis about a new volumetric velocity measurement technique for wind/water tunnels. He then became a Captain in the Air Force and worked at the Air Force Research Lab, Munitions Directorate as their team lead for the Applied Research Group. The team's mission is to rapidly design, test, and field new technology in small unmanned air vehicles. He took a tour in Afghanistan and returned safely back to the states. He now works for Boeing as one of their engineers on the 737.

 

The Grothe Power Tower is on track to launch itself into several field tests over the next few years, applying for energy storage development and technology innovation grants from several sources. You can help make this happen with investor opportunities or direct donations of any size, a community supported fund raiser is a great way to raise awareness too. (see buttons on right panel) Your prayers are always welcome and highly appreciated. Sharing your ideas and suggestions will help strengthen the project along the way (use contact us form) as we reveal the research, the development and challenges of the Grothe Power Tower within this website. Together we can make a difference in our world today. Come help us put the Grothe Power Tower renewable energy storage solution into your local neighborhood.  It's not about us, it's about our children and for those to come.  

 

robert-jan-rob-hikingtripNote: Robert Grothe is a free lance inventor, author, speaker, and writer in the Federal Way area, board member of NorthWest Solar Group in Tacoma WA, former member of the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce, a preacher, teacher, public speaker, and businessman with two local companies to his credit. Robert has a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters of Theology degree from the Concordia University system. Robert has a passion for renewable energy technologies, a strong advocate of practical green project uses, and a sustainable green energy itch he picked up almost a decade ago while visiting friends in Eugene, OR. Robert is married with a wife of many dozens of years he enjoys hanging with at local restaurants, sporting events, plays & music events in the Puget Sound area. A church going man, with a son in the US Air Force and a daughter who teaches at a private Christian school in Houston, Tx. And two grandsons he loves to Skype. 

 

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Grothe Power Tower Project
    By Robert Grothe
 

Project Brief Summary 

Grothe Power Tower is a sustainable energy storage device for homes and local communities using surplus energy from solar panels and wind turbines, stored in water tower like devices, and converted by hydrogen fuelcells into electricity for nights or windless days. Towers have no moving parts, scalable to any electrical demand, lasts 15-20 years, easy to transport by rail, truck, or ship to any location, and safe to operate near residential home or local community.

(note: GE Ecomagination contest is over. Click on links below to read the many great comments generated about this renewable energy storage solution during the contest.)

Summary of Benefits: (click here)

 FAQ (answers to questions) (click here)

37062-clipart-illustration-of-wind-farm-turbines-and-solar-panels-generating-energy-on-planet-earth-on-a-white-backgroundExplore with us the latest in energy storage technology, devices, solutions, and sustainability. No culture has been able to survive without the ability to store energy in some kind of usable form. The strongest challenge facing people today lies in our ability to supply the energy needed to survive, while the worldwide oil, natural gas, and coal reserves begin to dwindle under an ever increasing demand. The strongest sustainable solutions that present themselves today comes from using solar panels and wind turbines to supply the electrical energy we need to the utility grids. The challenge in using both these renewable energy sources is the intermittent nature of the energy they produce; only when the sun shines or the winds blow does the electricity flow. The intermittent nature of these primary sources of renewable energy needs a third solution in order to work effectively. They need a sustainable, clean, and fully scalable energy storage solution.

solarroadway-highwayAdding the innovative ideas of Scott Brusaw's solar roadways, solar parking lots, and solar pathways across the world solves where to get that surplus energy (see energy weblinks for url), but it still leaves us with 12 hours darkness per day, where at any given time of the day, half the world is unable to produce solar power. Transmitting and moving electricity around the world's electric grid from one side of the world to the other as needed is totally impractical and terribly inefficient. The solution needs to be closer to the electrical demands of the people, inside the communities where they live, work, and play. The surplus energy produced during the sunlight hours or when the wind is blowing, needs to be stored locally and returned to the electrical grid on demand during the off-peak times of the renewable energy sources.  

residential_grid_pvEnergy storage is an exciting area to be involved in today, because the basic component of any energy system is its energy storage devices, technologies, delivery, and sustainability. The Grothe Power Tower takes these ideas and incorporates them into a comprehensive energy storage device solution that is renewable and green, can be scaled to any size electrical need, remains close to the residential and commercial demands for that energy, and is very efficient with no moving parts to break or need repairs.

 hydrogencartour060109-olympia-waAs an added bonus the Grothe Power Tower stored energy(hydrogen) can be directly used to

1) power electrical fuelcell/hydrogen vehicles (we have seen and driven working cars, trucks, buses, and boats from US, European, Asian, and India waiting to be rolled out onto dealer floors when the public is ready)

2) heat people's homes through existing natural gas pipelines

3) water tower can be designed to produce clean drinkable water from practically any water source.

(note: picture is of 2009 Hydrogen/Fuel-Cell 8 Car Tour, Olympia WA USA. Our owner drove one of these, the red one. These electric cars are here, ready to drive and quiet as a whisper. No tailpipes!!!)

hydrogencartour060109-olympia-wa3This website is the official site for the fast developing and exciting new economic recovery area of energy storage technology today. Join our support community (see link) as together we explore the latest energy storage news, innovations, and inventions that makes sense for community based solutions. Journey with us as we explore the needs, challenges, and working solutions of energy storage today. We will research, analyze and test the most promising energy storage technologies and ideas for you, offering working solutions that eventually become patented products and commercial enterprises.

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