Latest Articles: Alternative Energies
What’s bigger than the Trump-Putin meet? This is [LNG sales to Europe]
Post Date: 2017-07-07 12:43:09 by Tooconservative
Media will focus overwhelming attention today on the G-20 economic summit in Germany for the initial encounter between President Trump and Russias Vladimir Putin. We previously explored here whats at stake in that encounter. But from a lasting economic standpoint, folks, what happened Thursday in Poland and tomorrow in Britain could be much more important. In Warsaw, as Ed Morrissey points out, Trump offered leaders from Poland and numerous other European countries long-term LNG deals to diversify their supplies and avoid creating undesirable political leverage with a certain large country to the East that has not hesitated to cut off natural gas supplies for political reasons. ...
Fill 'Er Up. And Head for the Beach.
Post Date: 2017-07-03 08:35:17 by Tooconservative
Remember when Obama and others said we couldnt drill our way out of an oil crisis? They were wrong. Americans will be hitting the road in record numbers this Fourth of July. This is the prediction of AAA, anyway, and it seems like a fairly safe one. And the good news, as Steven Mufson writes at the Washington Post, is gasoline prices are hitting lows at the start of the summer driving season, a time when increased demand typically bumps up the cost of gas. This year, however, for the week that ended June 19, the nationwide average price of regular gasoline was $2.32 a gallon, about the same as June 2000 when adjusted for inflation. So what happened? Well, above all ...
Solar Panels Generate 300 Times More Toxic Waste Than Nuclear Reactors
Post Date: 2017-07-02 15:51:20 by Tooconservative
Solar panels create 300 times more toxic waste per unit of electricity generated than nuclear power plants, according to a Thursday report from the pro-nuclear group Environmental Progress (EP). The report found that solar panels use heavy metals, including lead, chromium and cadmium, which can harm the environment. The hazards of nuclear waste are well known and can be planned for, but very little has been done to mitigate solar waste issues. The problem with waste from solar is that it isnt handled as well as nuclear waste, Dr. Jeff Terry, a professor of nuclear physics involved in energy research at the Illinois Institute of Technology, told The Daily Caller News ...
Tesla car battery production releases as much CO2 as 8 years of gasoline driving
Post Date: 2017-06-22 21:01:13 by Tooconservative
Ooops, looks like those saving the planet Tesla snobs just got their eco-ride de-pimped. From NyTeknik: h/t to Don Shaw (translated) Huge hopes have been tied to electric cars as the solution to automotive CO2 climate problem. But it turns out the the electric car batteries are eco-villains in the production process of creating them. Several tons of carbon dioxide has been emitted, even before the batteries leave the factory. IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute was commissioned by the Swedish Transport Administration and the Swedish Energy Agency to investigate litium-ion batteries climate impact from a life cycle perspective. There are batteries designed for ...
Startup says it can make compressed-air energy-storage scheme dirt cheap
Post Date: 2017-04-12 11:30:56 by Tooconservative
A Canadian company called Hydrostor has a new compressed-air energy-storage system that it says is half the cost of grid-scale batteries and on-par with adding a new natural gas plant to a grid. The system, called Hydrostor Terra, uses electricity when its plentiful to compress air and send it underneath the ground into a specially-constructed tank. While the system is compressing the air, it also takes the heat generated by the compressors and stores it in a thermal management system. Then, when electricity is in short supply, the Terra system sends that compressed air back up from underground and heats the surfacing air stream using the heat that was captured in the compressing ...
PEOPLE ARE GETTING THEIR PETS HIGH. SHOULD YOU?
Post Date: 2016-10-16 08:41:03 by Gatlin
Medical marijuana is already a fact of life in 25 states and D.C., but why limit pain-relieving ganja to humans? Some pet owners think that their furry companions deserve to get in on the action, too, which led The New York Times to give the latest animal ownership trend a catchy name everyone can get behind: pets on pot. Pet owners are already experimenting with cannabis for their animals, despite the fact that veterinarians arent allowed to prescribe anything marijuana-related, The Times reports. Its pretty easy for humans to get a medical card in states where its legal Insomnia? Lack of appetite? Joint Pain? Sign right up! which allows people ...
Donald Trump Hangs With Christian Prosperity Teachers, Televangelists Paula White And Kenneth Copeland
Post Date: 2016-06-05 14:41:25 by Deckard
Donald Trump is on top in the GOP race for a presidential candidate, and many are wondering how, after so many controversial statements, he has retained that place. Now, one must ask if its the power of prayer keeping the billionaire in the lead. Donald Trump has made numerous controversial claims regarding Muslims, the Islamic faith, women, and the status and rights of Mexican immigrants in the United States. Its interesting to note that Donald Trump has been close friends with Christian prosperity teacher and televangelist Paula White. He was caught on video at a prayer session where a number of notable televangelists, prosperity teachers, and Christian evangelicals prayed for ...
13 Year Old Invents Tesla Inspired Free Energy Device For Under $15
Post Date: 2016-05-20 10:11:13 by Deckard
Inspired by the geniuses Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein, teenager Max Loughan loves to invent things, in fact, he says he has known his entire short life that his purpose was to change the world with his inventions. And he may just do it. As cheesy as this sounds, from day one, on this planet that I knew I was put here for a reason, said Max. And that reason is to invent, to bring the future. Wearing a lab coat while speaking in a televised interview with KTVN Channel 2 in Reno and Tahoe, Nevada, Max explains the free energy device that he made in his parents boiler room turned laboratory. His invention looks somewhat reminiscent of Tesla coil, and ...
Don't Kid Yourself: Of Course Trump Can Win
Post Date: 2016-05-12 01:19:32 by Gatlin
Last July, Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison threw an entire ABC News roundtable for a loop with just one line: People terrified of the possibility of President Trump better vote, better get active, better get involved, he said. Because this man has got some momentum, and wed better be ready for the fact that he might be leading the Republican ticket. The laughter erupted before he could even finish his sentence. George Stephanopoulos, the shows host and a former Clinton administration official, let out a snort, chortling like a bemused yet slightly exhausted preschool dad. Maggie Haberman, a reporter for the New York Times, could barely keep it ...
Canadian Oil Sands Wildfire forces mass evacuation of 80,000 residents
Post Date: 2016-05-04 09:14:11 by Willie Green
Fire raged unchecked through the Canadian city of Fort McMurray overnight as authorities raced to complete the evacuation of its population of 80,000, fearful that hot, dry winds forecast for Wednesday would further fan the flames. About 44,000 people were estimated to have fled the city by late on Tuesday on traffic-chocked roads, and the province of Alberta requested military help to bring the blaze under control and airlift others from fire- and smoke-filled streets. "I'm afraid that huge parts of my home town... may burn tonight and will continue to burn," Brian Jean, leader of Alberta's official opposition party, told CBC Radio, saying his own home was in the ...
60 Minutes on this bicycle can power your home for 24 hours
Post Date: 2015-11-11 16:35:44 by Operation 40
Would you exercise for an hour every day if the workout powered your home for twenty-four hours? People often complain about the high costs of energy and the fact that they never have time to workout. This invention certainly solves both conundrums. And, most importantly, this free power invention has the potential to lift the 1.3 billion people who presently live without electricity out of poverty. As Manoj Bhargava, the founder of the Free Electric hybrid bike, shares in the video above, it is possible to generate electricity at home while simply doing a daily workout routine. When an individual pedals the bike, the action drives a flywheel, which turns a generator and ...
Mercedes-Benz To Hydrogen Fuel Cell EV Doubters: Hahahahahahahaha
Post Date: 2015-11-02 11:47:29 by Operation 40
Fuel cell electric vehicles have been the topic of several lively discussions over here at CleanTechnica, but while weve been busy talking, Mercedes-Benz has been walking the walk, or driving the drive as the case may be. Earlier this week the company pitched its forthcoming 2017 hydrogen fuel cell EVs with a splashy publicity tour in California, involving almost 1,000 miles split among five of the companys B-Class F-CELL vehicles over a three-day period. Alright Already With Hydrogen The Fuel Station Infrastructure For those of you new to the topic, an FCEV is an all-electric vehicle but instead of getting its juice from electricity stored in a battery, it literally makes ...
A Tower of Molten Salt Will Deliver Solar Power After Sunset
Post Date: 2015-10-26 08:30:00 by Tooconservative
A Tower of Molten Salt Will Deliver Solar Power After SunsetFor the first time, solar thermal can compete with natural gas during nighttime peak demand Pillar Of Salt: More than a million square meters of mirrors focus on a tower of molten salt to generate power for the Las Vegas Strip. Solar power projects intended to turn solar heat into steam to generate electricity have struggled to compete amid tumbling prices for solar energy from solid-state photovoltaic (PV) panels. But the first commercial-scale implementation of an innovative solar thermal design could turn the tide. Engineered from the ground up to store some of its solar energy, the 110-megawatt plant is nearing completion in ...
A cleaner, greener way to store solar and wind energy [flow batteries]
Post Date: 2015-09-26 06:57:39 by Tooconservative
With the continuing rise of solar and wind power, the hunt is on for cheap batteries that are able to store large amounts of energy and deliver it when its dark and the wind is still. Last year researchers reported an advance on one potentially cheap, energy-packing battery. But it required toxic and caustic materials. Now, the same team has revised its chemistry, doing away with the noxious constituentsan advance that could make future such batteries far cheaper and simpler to build. The new design is whats known as a flow battery, which is usually far larger than your sleek lithium-ion cell or lead-acid car battery. Unlike conventional batteries, flow ...
South African team may have solved solar puzzle even Google couldn't crack
Post Date: 2015-08-25 07:50:41 by Tooconservative
It is a problem that has so far stumped even Googles brainy engineers how to generate cheap solar electricity using a small-scale array of mirrors to concentrate the suns energy. Now a team at a South African university led by a former Intel strategic planner believes they have cracked it. Once they have completed a prototype system in October they have big plans for rolling out the technology. The idea behind the design so-called Concentrated Solar Power or CSP is simple. A field of mirrors on the ground tracks the sun and concentrates its rays on to a central point which heats up. That heat is converted into electricity. There are a ...
PowerCell Sweden to Supply Fuel Cell System for Low-Energy House in Gothenburg
Post Date: 2015-05-22 17:31:35 by Operation 40
The Musk-Rat's wall wart batteries are yesterday's tech. Published on May 22, 2015 The Nordic leading fuel cell company PowerCell Sweden AB has received an order from H-O Enterprise AB to deliver a fuel cell system for a low-energy house in Gothenburg, Sweden. PowerCell Sweden has recently signed an agreement with H-O Enterprise AB to supply a fuel cell system for a low-energy house in Gothenburg, Sweden. The project will be implemented in the fall of 2015. The facility is a so-called self off grid low-energy house, which includes photovoltaic cells on the roof and facades, energy storage in batteries and hot water tanks, electrolyser, hydrogen tanks and fuel cells. The solar ...
'Beyond petroleum' - fracking's collapse heralds the arrival of peak oil
Post Date: 2015-05-05 09:58:56 by Willie Green
The 'death of peak oil' has been much exaggerated, writes Paul Mobbs. Take out high-cost 'unconventional' oil and production peaked ten years ago, and even North America's fracking and tar sands boom has failed to open up new resources both big enough to make good the shortfall, and cheap enough to reward investors. We really do need to be thinking 'beyond petroleum'.A few weeks ago tremors rocked the world of 'fracking' in the USA - though few heard them. The US Energy Information Agency (USEIA) had issued its latest Monthly Drilling Report and the news was not good. It wasn't simply the economic failure of fracking (covered in The Ecologist last ...
Tesla Battery Economics: On the Path to Disruption
Post Date: 2015-05-04 05:20:58 by Tooconservative
Update: The Tesla battery is better than I thought for homes. And at utility scale, its deeply disruptive. Elon Musk announced Teslas home / business battery today. tl;dr: Itll get enthusiastic early adopters to buy. The economics are almost there to make it cost effective for a wide market. [Update: It might actually be cost effective in the US today. See the third cost estimate down below.] And within just a few years, it almost certainly will be cheap enough to be cost effective for a broad market. Not a complete game changer for the home mrket today, but a shot fired in an incredible energy storage disruption. At the ...
Tesla's Powerwall: 12 important facts to know
Post Date: 2015-05-02 08:24:17 by Willie Green
Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur who unveiled his Powerwall home battery Thursday, already is offering the devices to SolarCity Corp. customers seeking backup supply when the grid goes down. SolarCity expects to deliver them in October. Musk, whose Tesla Motors developed the product, is also chairman of the San Mateo-based solar supplier.Tesla gave us its first look at a new stackable battery system to store electricity for homes, businesses and the grid. Its a product that Tesla said soon will bring in billions of dollars in annual revenue.Heres what Musk revealed: 1. The home battery version is called the Powerwall. It looks like this:And it can be stacked, ...
Audi creates green 'e-diesel fuel of the future' using just carbon dioxide and water
Post Date: 2015-04-27 10:34:58 by Tooconservative
German car manufacturer Audi says it has created the "fuel of the future" made solely from water, carbon dioxide and renewable sources. The synthetic "e-diesel" was made following a commissioning phase of just four months at a plant in Dresden, Germany. Unlike regular diesel, the clear fuel does not contain any sulphur or fossil oil, while it has an overall energy efficiency of around 70%. Germany's federal minister of education and research, Dr Johanna Wanka, said she has already used the fuel in her Audi A8, while the company hopes the Dresden factory, operated by clean tech company Sunfire, will produce 160 litres of it every day in the coming months. "This ...
Tesla wants to power your home with a battery [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2015-04-25 09:03:01 by Tooconservative
Tesla will introduce a battery for your home during its highly anticipated April 30 event. In a letter sent to investors and analysts on Tuesday, the electric car company said it will announce a "home battery" and a "very large utility scale battery." Similar products already exist on the market, but Tesla said it will explain why its batteries are better than competitors' solutions at the event. CEO Elon Musk thinks rivals' batteries "suck," according to the note from Jeff Evanson, Tesla's investor relations director. Tesla (TSLA) shares rose more than 5% Wednesday on the news. Home batteries power up overnight, when energy companies ...
New energy storage plant could 'revolutionise' renewable sector
Post Date: 2015-04-09 09:18:41 by Willie Green
Flywheel plant being built in Ireland with potentially unlimited storage capability could solve the problem of clean energy supply shortfalls when there is insufficient sun or wind Foundations for an energy storage plant in Ireland that could revolutionise the integration of renewable power into electricity supplies will be laid within weeks. The plant will use a motor-generated flywheel to harness kinetic energy from the grid at times of over-supply. This will then be released from submerged turbines at times of supply shortfalls. The project in Rhode, County Offaly, is expected to launch commercially in 2017, with an operating capacity of 20MW. Although the system will ...
The Mobile Battery That Charges In One Minute
Post Date: 2015-04-07 08:14:21 by Willie Green
Scientists have developed a battery that could allow a mobile phone to be charged and ready for use in one minute.The new aluminium power cell is also much safer than existing lithium technology, can be bent and damaged, and does not catch fire.The researchers at Stanford University in California say the battery can be recharged more often than usual batteries without losing its effectiveness.It has the potential to be a major breakthrough as electricity storage becomes increasingly important in tandem with renewable energy.Hongjie Dai, professor of chemistry at Stanford, said: "We have developed a rechargeable aluminium battery that may replace existing storage devices, such as ...
European power grids keep lights on through solar eclipse
Post Date: 2015-03-21 11:19:20 by Willie Green
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Electrical grids in Europe succeeded in managing the unprecedented disruption to solar power from Friday's 2-1/2-hour eclipse that brought sudden, massive drops in supply. Germany, Europe's leading economy and boasting the world's biggest solar-powered installations, was at the heart of the event. Of 89 gigawatt (GW) of installed European solar capacity, it has 38.2 GW, which in theory is enough to meet half of its maximum demand. The initial 15 GW drop in Germany was less than operators had feared. They were able to draw on alternative power sources including coal, gas, biogas, nuclear and hydroelectric energy pumped from storage and were helped by ...
China’s wind farms can now produce more energy than all of America’s nuclear plants
Post Date: 2015-03-08 07:34:28 by Willie Green
China is building more than a third of the worlds nuclear reactors currently under construction, and has plans to triple its nuclear power capacity by 2020. That has some observers worried about the countrys opaque and politicized nuclear safety regulations. But amid all the hype over nuclear power, China has been expanding its wind power capacity at an even faster clip. Last year, Chinas wind farms reached a capacity of 115,000 megawatts, compared with just 20,000 megawatts from its nuclear sector. (To be sure, capacity is different than the actual amount of energy created.) Working at full pace, Chinas wind farms could now produce more energy than all of the ...
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