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Economic Rules for Energy Production

Economic Rules for Energy Production

Does it matter ?  How could I write such a thing ? The arguments continue on whether or not the effects of man-made pollutants and energy policies CAUSE global warming.  Unfortunately it seems to have become a political debate with Anti Cap & Trade (mostly Republicans) on one side and Al Gore Democrats on the […]

Residential Solar - A Real World Example

Residential Solar – A Real World Example

I am in the process of designing and quoting a solar electrical system for a house I recently purchased. This is a ‘Split Level’ Home of approximately 1900 sq feet. The heating systems is electric baseboard. I researched several local companies that provide a soup to nuts service and installation.

Once you have selected a provider, the first step is usually a quick suitability review from the installer. With an address, they can pull up google maps and get a view of your house, determine the orientation and roof structure. From that initial review you get some immediate feedback about solar applicability on your house.

Clean Coal ?

Clean Coal ?

Please stop talking about Clean Coal as some kind of solution for energy independence and/or global warming issues. It can not do either of these. Let’s use some common sense. Coal to replace gasoline ? Coal to replace home heating oil? We could build more coal fired electricity generating plants, but that does not reduce our dependency on foreign oil for the other two needs.

Miscanthus better than Switchgrass for Biofuel Production

Miscanthus better than Switchgrass for Biofuel Production

A recent study demonstrates the capability of Miscanthus in producing ethanol. The benefits of Switchgrass, in that in can grow in most any soil type, is perennial and easy to grow. Advantages of MIscanthus are it grows quicker, in less acreage, and produces more ethanol.

Cement - Carbon Polluter

Cement – Carbon Polluter

I have recently read about the production of Cement and how it contributes to carbon emmissions. At 5%, it is a top four contributor to world carbon dioxide levels. You have got to be kidding. I think most people, like me, are completely oblivious to this fact.

Wave Technology Gaining Traction

Wave Technology Gaining Traction

hey have several projects underway utilizing the technology shown below, some in Canada and several on the US west coast. They seem to be running into some resistance and concern from government officials and it looks like it is a slow process to get things approved.

Toyota Camry Hybrid 2009

I am into my second week of driving my new Camry Hybrid. I traded in my 2007 BMW 750LI for this Camry. Yes, I expect I am one of a kind with that trade in ! Two reasons. One recognition by me that over 80% of my time is spent commuting by myself, and second that talk is cheap.

Al Gore and Friends – Pay attention to Methane

  Proposal: In the short term focus on Methane reduction. Mid to Longer term focus on CO2 reductions. Why? Atul Jain, a U. of I. atmospheric scientist says; “Most of these methane abatement technologies can be quickly implemented with existing technologies,” “Because of its short atmospheric response time of about 12 years, methane concentrations will […]