Sustainability Building Block Package

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List 1

Defined by Marcin Jacubowski at the Factor E Farm Wiki as the basic building blocks for sustainability.

Links to items at

"1. HABITAT PACKAGE: CEB Press - Sawmill - Living Machines - Modular Housing Units - Modular Greenhouse Units - Solar Turbine CHP System

2. AGRICULTURE PACKAGE: Modular Greenhouse Units - Orchard and Nursery - Electric Garden Tractor - Organoponic Raised Bed Gardening - Agricultural Micro-combine -Bakery - Dairy - Energy Food Bars - Agricultural Spader - Well Drilling Rig - Freeze Dried Fruit Powders - Hammer Mill -

3. ENERGY PACKAGE: Solar Turbine CHP System - Compressed Fuel Gas - Inverters & Grid Intertie - Electric Motors/Generators - Fuel Alcohol -

4. FLEXIBLE INDUSTRY PACKAGE: Multimachine & Flex Fab - Metal Casting and Extrusion - Plastic Extrusion & Molding

5. TRANSPORTATION: Open Source Car - Electric Motors/Generators - Electric Motor Controls -

6. MATERIALS: Aluminum Extraction From Clays - Bioplastics"

List 2

Provided by Jeff Buderer at

"* Babington Biofuel Burner - The burner is a simple round sphere that allows non-combustable fuels to become atomized through air pressure delivered by two holes drilled in the middle. This allows a low cost system for a relatively complete burn of the waste or bio fuel. The Babington Burner would then be located underneath and through the burning of the liquid fuels would convert the water in the Flash Steam Generator into steam that would then power the Bladeless Turbine.

  • Solar Thermal Generator - Most Solar Thermal systems use expensive parabolic mirrors controlled by expensive tracking systems to move the mirrors during the day with the sun. The power then goes to central point where it either heats oil or a sterling engine. Efficiency is in the range of 25 - 40 percent.
  • Hot Box - Located about three feet underground in a highly insulated box this includes the storages of the hot oils in volcanic salts to conserve the heat during nights and cloudy days and also to have a reserve for additional heating and electrical loads over the normal peak capacity of the Babington and Solar Thermal Generators. Oil from the hot box would circulate through the Parabolic Mirror collecting solar energy to heat the oil to keep the Hot Box at a high enough Temp to maintain a reserve energy capacity to power the Combined Heating & Power System for a time of at least 24 hours.
  • Compressed Earth Block Machine (CEB) - The incredible thing is that there are resources all around us. At Factor E Marcin showed us his progress on the CEB machine which he has built from scratch. The machine is powered by the hydrolics from a multipurpose farm tractor and this includes two hydrolic presses to compress the earth into a block. CEB machines take aspects of several techniques in the alternative building movement. For example, Rammed Earth and Poured Earth building also use subsoil that is compacted together with a Horizontal Ram. The earth is held in place with forms and often cement is added. More “Natural” building techniques such as Cobb includes the mixing of subsoils with straw to provide added strength. CEB like both the above can use subsoils around the building location itself reducing the need for transporting materials which in the age of Peak Oil will be more restricted. Another advantage is it reduced material inputs and increase farm and community self-reliance in what many see as an age of growing instability globally.
  • Solar Bubble System - Solar Bubble Greenhouse Systems includes the use of Passive Solar Energy to heat a greenhouse. The specifics of this inlcude using a industrial strength soap bubble machine to produce bubbles which then fill a approx 20 inch cavity between the outside and the greenhouse providing an insulation protection of the greenhouse in the range of r-20 to r-30. Currently a plastic sheeting is used with a aluminum frame but we are considering the development of a modular system that might make the system longer lasting and easier to construct and dis-assemable. The modular system would include the extrusion of clear plastic panels to form the bubble cavity for the Solar Bubble System and composite panels for the secondary and primary support members. Surplus heat from the greenhouse would go into a geothermal storage system adjacent to the hot box. Similarly the geothermal system would in the winter time function as a back up system to heat the greenhouse on very cold and cloudy days."