Native American Wisdom: "We do not inherit the earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children".
Attic Heat Harvester Ltd and it's successor Solar Heat Harvester Ltd were setup by John H Perkin to let the world know about a new, innovative, incredibly efficient, solar energy based home space heating system, and to make the system available throughout the world.
When living in America John decided to convert his Maumee Ohio USA home's unfinished attic room having a south facing sloped roof over his garage into a completed room. He had noticed and monitored, using an infrared thermometer, how hot the room got on sunny and partially sunny days and wondered if there was any way to efficiently harvest this heat.
During the conversion John integrated a system to collect solar heated attic air at the apex of the room and to blow this down into the room below when conditions were right. A basic electronic control system was designed and made that monitored the attic apex and room temperatures to control the fan. The basic system was first tested in March 2011, the results looked very promising.
Subsequently a complete system including an automatic bespoke microprocessor control and performance monitoring system was developed and fitted to the home’s main attic. This system worked extremely well, when attic and home temperatures permitted it was more than 40 times more efficient and less expensive to run than the existing natural gas fueled home heating system.
Subsequently two additional prototype systems were installed, one using solar heated attic air in a home at Balerno, Scotland, and the second that used solar heated conservatory air in a home in Mullion, Cornwall, England.
In recent years the system has been developed and enhanced to optimize it's efficiency and thoroughly tested, it has required no maintenance.
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John H Perkin Bio
John H Perkin was born in 1943 on a farm near Launceston, Cornwall, England. He attended Brazzacott primary school then Launceston College. In September 1960 John was accepted by the Royal Air Force in the 96th entry of Aircraft Apprentices at RAF Locking, together with 195 other new apprentices. After the three year training course he was awarded the Ground Radar prize and accelerated promotion, by the age of 26 he achieved the rank of Chief Technician. Between 1960 and 1974 John served at RAF Locking (60 - 63), RAF Wyton (63 - 65), RAF Khormaksar, Aden (65-66). RAF Nth Luffenham (66 –67) and RAF Boulmer (67-74).
In 1967 John married Mabel Grace Paynter, a friend from their primary school days. In the early 1970's they had two children, Nicola Clare and Andrew John.
While at RAF Boulmer John was most fortunate to be permitted 'day release' for seven consecutive years to continue his education. His studies gained him 3 GCE 'A' levels, at Ashington Technical college, Northumberland, the first year of HNC Maths Statistics and Computing, and a BSc degree with commendation in Physics with Electronics at Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic. A topic studied as part of the degree course was the Impact of Science on Society, and one of the course books was 'The Limits to Growth' which was based on computer studies that forecast a worrying future for our planet and our descendants, in part due to the world's finite resources. The course dramatically increased John H Perkin's awareness of the many man made threats to the world.
In 1974 John H Perkin was awarded the largest amount ever paid at the time to a serving RAF serviceman, for the design, development, manufacture and implementation of an electronic enhancement to a computerized automatic height calculating computer linked to a 3D long range early warning radar system.
When John H Perkin left the Royal Air Force in 1974 he began North East Electronics Ltd. Where he held the roles of salesman, design engineer, computer programmer, managing director, and chairman. The company designed, manufactured, marketed, developed and supported low cost high performance Advanced Machine Control systems that were used to automate a wide range of customers machines throughout the world.
Early customers included Philips (Holland), British Gas, British Aerospace, British Nuclear Fuels, and Rolls Royce Aero Engines.
At it's peak North East Electronics Ltd. NEE employed some 45 people at it's Team Valley, Gateshead UK premises. From 1974 to March 2005 total world-wide sales exceeded 10,000 control systems valued at in excess of £27,000,000.
In 1995 John H Perkin began NEE Controls Inc, Toledo, Ohio, USA. The company imported control systems produced by NEE Ltd, and developed, marketed and supported these. During this period many new control system applications were identified and NEE Ltd's control systems were developed and enhanced as required. Between 1995 and March 2005 total US sales exceeded $11,000,000.
In response to declining Trade Show sales of NEE's products John H Perkin and Philip Jarvis, an NEE Ltd. employee, embarked on generating a company website designed to achieve maximum visibility of NEE’s products throughout the world. Through continued study as part of a part time Computer Science degree Philip researched and meticulously tested effective Search Engine Optimisation, SEO. The techniques he developed were tested NEE Controls website. A large number of Google Page 1's were won for NEE Controls keywords and key phrases, which led to a huge increase in worldwide sales.
In March 2005 the Perkin family sold their interests in both their British and American companies to an American company who seemed eager to obtain the companies world leading technology, it's world markets, and it's websites.
Since 2005 John, and Philip have produced a number of Search Engine Optimized websites. The first canwesavetheworld.com, which is now longer published, went live in March 2007. This gave practical advice to UK and North American home owners, derived from practical and continuing research, on how they can dramatically reduce their home energy and water costs for the benefit of Earth’s future generations. The Google visibility of the websites’ keywords and phrases was regularly tracked from April 2007. From July 2008 to January 2012, more than 64% of the websites 50 main keywords achieved a page 1 position, in January 2012 92% achieved page 1 positions.
In 2008 Phil Jarvis began Adept SEO, the company provides Search Engine Optimisation 'SEO' services for it’s many UK customers. The company website is adept-seo.co.uk.
In 2013 John and Phil generated the atticheatharvester.com website, in 2018 they generated the solarheatharvester.com website, both continue to achieve high visibilities throughout the World.