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NATURAL
ENERGY

    Our beautiful world is awash with clean energy - more energy than we could ever hope to use. It is all around us.  From our sun-drenched cities to the wind-swept plains of Taos, all of us are blessed with inexhaustable, free power. We no longer need oil or coal or uranium. The sun and the wind easily provide more energy than we could ever need -- even with our luxurious lifestyles. Renewable technology is quickly becoming so efficient that the old, centralized ways of making power and fuel are doomed.

    At Angel's Nest, we are embracing the latest sustainable energy technologies and perfecting them in a real-world setting. We don't do funded research because all the important things have already been done.

    We just make it work.

WIND ----
    The vertical axis DNA turbines are being developed to exist in harmony with urban and suburban environments. They are quiet. They whisper, even in strong winds. The proprietary magnetic motors sit below the rotors, providing easy access within a safe, protective tower cage. Look at our building designs. All Angel's Nest architecture features DNA turbines. It makes sense.

SOLAR ----
    Sun and wind are Yin and Yang. Wind power loves cloud and storm and night. Solar, on the other hand, loves calm and the clear blue sky of day. Together they provide the energy we need -- but at times they quit, and at other times they give us more than we can use.  To live in comfort, we need constant power. Today we have finally have the answer...

HYDROGEN ----
    We call hydrogen gas "liquid electricity."  We send our extra wind and solar power through an electrolyzer to pull pure hydrogen out of collected rainwater. This hydrogen is stored in an amazingly simple, safe and inexpensive vessel, based on a special cistern we designed. It provides just enough pressure to power a unique house fuel cell that does not use expensive platinum. The fuel cell converts the hydrogen to ample electricity for our buildings. Incredibly, the exhaust of the fuel cell is pure, distilled water . We send it back to the electrolyzer in an elegant, closed energy cycle that cannot harm our world. Wind, solar, water and hydrogen are the elements of sustainable, peaceful existence. They are the enablers of our new coexistence with nature. At long last, we have found The Way...

OUR VEHICLES ----
    Cars are the biggest challenge. Cars take much more energy than buildings. If you want to fuel a car from the output of a sustainable building, you will need a lot of small wind turbines and a lot of solar panels. Angel's Nest is big enough to do this -- but for smaller buildings a community wind turbine or a wind farm share to power a hydrogen fueling station is an excellent idea.

    Our stretched Hummer limo has a diesel engine that runs on biodiesel. We added solar panels to the roof to power a small electrolyzer. This electrolyzer sends hydrogen to the engine where it gives the biodiesel more power and makes it burn much cleaner. Supplemental hydrogen has a lot of potential. Every bit of the extra energy it provides means an equal amount of energy  need not be imported as fossil fuel.

    The white apparatus near the Hummer is our Air Products hydrogen fueling station. We will use this system to fuel our internal combustion and, in the future, fuel cell vehicles.

Robert Plarr     Photo: copyright 2005 Richard D. Masters, VIMS
Artistic genius and sustainability visionary Robert Plarr
Photo copyright 2005 VIMS  (760) 920-2053
Angel's Nest Founders Receive a
 Hydrogen Fueling Station for the
World's Most Sustainable Building

Richard D. Masters
International Clearinghouse for Hydrogen Based Commerce
February 23, 2005

    Without a public announcement, actress Victoria Peters and renewable energy architect Robert Plarr, builders of the Angel's Nest Retreat in Taos, New Mexico, placed an order for an Air Products Series 100 hydrogen fueling station late last Spring. The unit, the largest privately-purchased hydrogen fueling station that we know of, will provide high-purity hydrogen generated by the Angel's Nest building with renewable wind and solar power to several models of fuel cells and hydrogen vehicles.
    Immediately following the First Annual International Hydrogen Energy Implementation Conference, hosted by the New Mexico Hydrogen Business Council in Santa Fe, Air Products delivered the fueling station to Angel's Nest for display.

    When the station is eventually put into operation, it will be able to produce 2 kg of hydrogen per day with 2.5 amps @ 120 v AC, and store 6 kg of hydrogen at 5000 psi internally. The heart of the system isa Distributed Energy Systems' Proton Hogen 40 reverse fuel cell.  

      At Angel's Nest, the hydrogen station will provide low-pressure hydrogen to the fuel cells for night time power and provide high pressure hydrogen to a growing collection of hydrogen-powered vehicles. Plarr, a Marine Corp veteran, appreciates the irony of such large, low-mileage vehicles powered entirely by renewable fuel.
Although the present energy produced by wind and solar falls short of what is required by the hydrogen station, Plarr continues to add solar panels and small wind turbines to reduce the demand on his bio-diesel generator.

    Angel's Nest is the realization of Plarr and Peter's dream of a fully self-sustaining home or commercial building that produces sufficient power for luxurious living and even fuels vehicles for local travel. The solar- efficient design allows the home to remain comfortable in freezing cold or blazing desert heat. The home can even recycle all its water and waste through levels of greenhouses, producing food, refreshing the air and eliminating the residential load on the West's dwindling water resources.
    Plarr and a group of investors are currently establishing the Angel's Nest Foundation to provide education on renewable architecture and spread various versions of Angel's Nest throughout the world.

An innovator needs to be a dreamer. An innovator needs to be able to see something that could happen out in time, and bring that in closer by creating the environment to make an idea succeed before it would have without their unique twist. An innovator needs to be an extreme risk-taker, but also na´ve. If the innovator is too sensible or realistic, then he/she would not take the big chances in the first place. And these are necessary, but not sufficient conditions for success. An innovator still faces Everest-sized challenges at every turn, because change is so hard - but an innovator persists despite that because his passion is even higher than that mountain.
     --
Bill Gross, Energy Innovations    
World Economic Forum