2011-12-20

System Ops: 1.9 Million Gallon Thermal Energy Storage Tank


I was leaving work for the first time when it was light out in I don't know how long to go to the dentist yesterday and I saw this beast for the first time In case your sense of scale is off, that thing is freakin' huge. If anyone was wondering what the heck it was here is what I found out. Department of Administration is installing a new 1.9 million gallon thermal energy storage tank constructed adjacent to the Capitol Heat and Power Plant (CHPP) building located at 624 East Main Street and will assist in the delivery of chilled water to the Capitol and other downtown state office buildings. The possible addition of a thermal energy storage tank will increase the efficiency of the plant’s chilled water system. It will allow for generation and storage of chilled water during off peak energy loads thus minimizing the use of the electric chillers during on peak loads. CHPP will be purchasing electricity from Madison Gas & Electric (MG&E) and will be routed to the CHPP switchgear which will be controlled by CHPP operators. CHPP manages the flow of electricity to the Capitol building and to power the plant The thermal energy storage tank will blend into the surrounding buildings if it is constructed. The tank is anticipated to be shorter than the cooling towers that currently exist on the project site and incorporate building materials, colors, and detailing that are intended to be aesthetically pleasing.

2011-12-16

System Ops: Lead Lined Network Cables


500 MCM PILC Lead lined 3-Phase network conductor, completely submersible...


Some older lead lined (without the poly sheath) 3-phase conductor that recently failed. It had been in service since 1956.

2011-12-11

Oldbike: Saying Goodbye to the Lollipops Part 1



A while ago I stated that I wanted to clean up the look of the turn signals on the bike.  I knew that I wanted to re-use the original signals and shorten the ridiculously long stalks that Suzuki deemed necessary.  The main reason for keeping the original turn signals is primarily a financial one and secondarily a cosmetic one.  I really can’t think of any new aftermarket turn signals that would blend with the looks of my 32 year old bike so combining that with the extra cost involved, I set about modifying the stalks to make them shorter.


I had hoped that I would be able to have my machinist friend shorten up the original stalks and re-thread them but he stated that it would be too much work so my next plan was to find shorter bolts in the same diameter and thread pitch (M10 X 1.25) and have him drill out the centers which he found to be more agreeable.

I had hoped that I would be able to have my machinist friend shorten up the original stalks and re-thread them but he stated that it would be too much work so my next plan was to find shorter bolts in the same diameter and thread pitch (M10 X 1.25) and have him drill out the centers which he found to be more agreeable.



These obviously, are much shorter than the original stalks.


I did add a nut to each signal to act as a small spacer to make sure that there was no contact between the turn signal and the headlight mounting bracket.


I had to cut the connector on the positive lead off to get the wire out of the stalks since they were put on after the wire was run through the stalk and the connector was a larger diameter than the wire itself. Consequently then I had to re-solder the wire together.



That was a pretty simple task and as I am typing this I am realizing that I used black electrical tape to cover the soldered bits when I actually have shrink tubing and a heat gun, so I will have to go back and re-do the job properly later.


I was only able to get the front signals mounted as the rear signals were originally mounted to the luggage rack-type thing which I removed.  My plan is to drill mounting holes in the rear fender and mount the turn signal directly to that.


I am really happy with the results on the front  and am sure that I will be happy with the rear as well once they are mounted but I will need to do some searching for a tail-light smaller than the original but bigger than the smaller one I had found on side of the road, proportion will be key.




That’s it for now, thanks for reading, and look forward to some more turn signal work next time and I will be working on finding parts for the intake leaks on the engine as well.