Showing posts from June, 2010

Smart Meters+Real Time Data=Money Savings

Reducing Electrical Use in the Home- Smart Meters may not be enough. As the following article points out: Real Time Data for Monitoring Electrical use is needed for people to monitor-Home Electrical Use. This will enable the User to Alter their Electrical Usage and Make the Needed Changes to save $money$. ACEEE Study Finds 'Smart Meters' Not Smart Enough to Slash Residential Power Use and Significantly Reduce Consumer Electric Bills WASHINGTON, June 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ Consumers could cut their household electricity use as much as 12 percent and save $35 billion or more over the next 20 years if U.S. utilities go beyond simple "smart meter" initiatives to include a wide range of energy-use feedback tools that get consumers more involved in the process of using less energy, according to a major new report from the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). ACEEE based its findings on a review of 57 different residential …

Energy Use in the US Statts and Figures

The United States consumes ~ 4.1 trillion-kWh per year (4.1x1012 kWh/year), note this does not include fossil fuel energy consumption for transportation, heating, and other uses. Since a significant fraction is required for industrial use, which requires large concentrated sources, e.g., existing power plant dams will still be operational for 100 or more years depending on location, one could then reasonably expect the want to generate ~ 3 trillion-kWh per year with renewable sources.

Some Renewable Energy Calculations 6.22.10David Sweetman, VP of Quality & Reliability, Retired

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12 Comments*Article Revised June 2010* How many renewable energy facilities covering how much area are required to meet the electrical energy demand of the United States? The following will identify some critical issues along with a possible solution, while demonstrating that renewable energy resource installations could be available to meet the required demand, should sufficient wi…

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New System, Algae Cleans Water & Fertilizes

New System, Algae Cleans Water & FertilizesNew System, Algae Cleans Water & Fertilizesact as slow-release fertilizer seedlings could thrive on an organic fertilizermanagement of the cycle of nitrogen and phosphoruscapture costs of around $5 to $6 per pound of nitrogen and $25 per pound of phosphorusThe system is practicable nowTesting: could clean up runoff that has already made it into the water systemTagsScience, Jeremy Hsu, agriculture, algae, environment, farming, fertilizer, water, water purificationIn New System, Algae Cleans Water, Then Transforms into Organic FertilizerThe algae systems can capture most of the phosphorus and nitrogen in runoff By Jeremy Hsu Posted 05.07.2010 at 3:57 pm 7 CommentsNature's Green Cleaner Air-dried algae (shown above) from an algal turf scrubber captured most of the nitrogen and phosphorus in the manure. USDA/Edwin Remsburg Algal blooms that feed on nutrient-rich manure and fertilizer runoff can deplete oxygen in t…

Great News in Wind Turbine Development.

I happily bring the following article to my readers.
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Massive Wind Turbine Survives Pummeling By Equally Massive Testing MachineBy Rebecca Boyle Posted 05.27.2010 at 9:30 am 4 Comments
Massive Turbine Test Samsung's 90-ton, 2.5-megawatt wind turbine drive train meets the National Wind Technology Center's 2.5-megawatt dynamometer. Rob Wallen, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Wind turbines of the future will be hulking behemoths, each capable of producing multiple megawatts of power. But before they're installed in wind farms, manufacturers need to be sure they are built to last. To this end, a monstrous 2.5-MW turbine--one of the world's largest--just survived an equally big test.The 2.5-megawatt dynamometer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory blasted the turbine's drive train, …

Solar Energy-Our Government, Govt Fees Hinder Solar Development

Solar Energy-Our Government, Govt Fees Hinder Solar Development
this article is somewhat of a follow up article post:  Where I posted: "c) Politics within the USA will Keep the Renewable Energy Resources from becoming Main Stream and affordable to the masses."

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June 29-New Solar Cell Technologies-

thin-film, flexible copper-indium-deselenide solar cells cheap to produce tuff and sturdy enough to withstand the stresses of the battlefield. That means flexibility, durability, and efficiency never before seen from commercial solar technology.TagsTechnology, Clay Dillow, battlefields, energy, environment, green tech, military, photovoltaics, renewable energy, solar cells, solar powerTo Power Future Battles, DARPA Wants Combat-Tough Solar CellsBy Clay Dillow Posted 06.23.2010 at 10:00 am 2 Comments
Making Better Solar- Researchers work on a sheet of flexible solar cells at the University of Delaware's Institute of Energy Conversion. University of Deleware Institute of Energy Conversion In recent years, the U.S. military has been making small strides toward a greener energy standard – the Navy wants to create a green strike group by 2012, while the Air Force has been testing biofuels in its aircraft. But for troops on the ground relying increasingly on electron…

Carbon Definition, Investing, Carbon Foot Print, and the Top 9 Carbon-Neutral Communities

What is Carbon? Wikipedia Defines it as: Carbon is the chemical element with symbolC and atomic number 6. As a member of group 14 on the periodic table, it is nonmetallic and tetravalent—making four electrons available to form covalentchemical bonds. There are three naturally occurring isotopes, with 12C and 13C being stable, while 14C is radioactive, decaying with a half-life of about 5730 years.[9] Carbon is one of the few elements known since antiquity.[10][11] The name "carbon" comes from Latin languagecarbo, coal. Additional Carbon Info, Carbon Footprints and Carbon Investing- What You Should Know Click Here!The following Article gives the stats of the World's Carbon-Neutral Communities.

Nine of the World's Most Promising Carbon-Neutral Communities In the global race to reduce carbon emissions, these eco-minded communities, from Kansas to the Maldives, lead the pack. Here's how they're making their carbon footprints disappear By…

Green Buildings and Our Future Part 4

Buildings that generate 10x more power than they need. Wind Turbines, Solar and the Natural Flow of Air will make this buildings Foot Print Ecologically Sound.
The Future of Green Architecture: A Live-In Power Plant This concept skyscraper could generate enough energy to power 4,000 homes By Suzanne LeBarre Posted 06.03.2010 
Dubai's 10MW Tower Courtesy Robert Ferry/Studied Impact Design
At first glance, the plans for the 10MW Tower have all the trappings of pre-crash Dubai: the improbable height, the flashy facade, the swagger of a newbie in a crowded skyline. On closer inspection, however, it's an eco-machine. The A-shaped, 1,969-foot concept skyscraper is designed to turn out as much as 10 times the energy it needs, enough to power up to 4,000 nearby homes.
Reflective: The facade directs light to a power-producing salt-cooker.  Courtesy Robert Ferry/Studied Impact Design
Three separate systems make it work. First, a five-megawatt wind turbine in the hollow of t…

Green Buildings and Our Future Part 3

A rising Sea Level will make the following article a clue to where we will live in our Near Future. The Future of Green Architecture: A Floating Museum By Suzanne LeBarre Posted 06.21.2010 at 11:56 am 15 Comments
Physalia A museum, nightclub and filtration system, Physalia uses its hull and rooftop plants to scrub away pollution. Courtesy Vincent Callebaut Architecture View Photo GalleryPhysalia is half-boat, half-building, and all green. This mammoth aluminum concept by Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut is meant to travel Europe's rivers, making filthy water drinkable. At the same time, the ship generates more energy than it uses. A coat of titanium dioxide paint brushed onto the silvery shell will neutralize pollution by absorbing ultraviolet rays, enabling a chemical reaction that decomposes organic and inorganic toxins. (It's the same technology used in certain high-tech concrete that breaks down airborne particulates.) As the vessel whips along, purifying water…

Green Buildings and Our Future Part 2

The following Article Points out the ways we can save and utilize water more efficiently in our Homes. I think back to my college Drafting Classes and the Instructor's thoughts on water use in the Home. What I once thought was far-fetched ramblings of an Old Foggey and his ideas of recycling water- for use in the Home. I do now believe will become a reality as Science & Green Building Technologies Improve.The Green Dream: Going Gray, Saving Blue A graywater system uses shower and sink runoff to flush the toilets. Plus: four more ways to save water at home By John B. Carnett Posted 06.24.2010 Green Dream: The Specs House: 3,500-square-foot, four-bedroom contemporary Location: Greenwich, N.Y. Project: Install graywater recycling Cost: About $2,600 ($1,400 for the system; $1,200 for plumbing) Time to install: 2 hours Eco-advantage: Uses household runoff for toilets, saving water and work for the septic system Peter Bollinger Just because residential water is cheap and p…

Green Building’s and Our Future -Part 1

Sky's the Limit in the Latest Green Building Ideas as the following Article points out. A glimpse of our Future Cities, Travel and Commute for year: 2160.Environmental Visionaries: The Urban Remodeler It would be easy to dismiss Mitchell Joachim's fantastical vision for ecological supercities, with their flocks of jetpacks and mass-transit blimps that look like flying monster jellyfish, as science fiction—if he wasn't actually building them. By John Bradley Posted 06.23.2010 Mitchell Joachim's Eco-City Nick Kaloterakis Architect Mitchell Joachim points out, frequently and without prompting, that his futuristic proposals are always based on existing technologies. No wonder he feels the need to say it. Consider some of his ideas: jetpacks tethered together in swarms, houses grown from living trees, low-altitude blimps prowling New York City with chairs hanging below them for pedestrians to hop on and off (24/7 ski lifts on Broadway!), and WALL-E-like machines th…

The Energy in Our Future- Where will it Come From?

The Energy in Our Future- Where will it Come From: Oil, Coal, Natural Gas, Solar, Wind, Geo Thermal?   Utilize the following resources and make your Best Guess.
My Guess is:
a) Energy Costs will Continue to Rise because access to Oil is becoming harder to locate and produce.
b) Coal and the process to turn it into Energy is Inefficient and Harmful to the environment.
c) Politics within the USA will Keep the Renewable Energy Resources from becoming Main Stream and affordable to the masses.Feel Free to post your Ideas and Solutions in the Comments Section to follow the Article.  If you would like your Ideas Published send them to
The Fake Fire Brigade - How We Cheat Ourselves about our Energy FutureA comment to begin with: IIER is a research organization trying to neutrally assess the situation of our societies, and with that, find out what strategies work and which ones do not.  By no means are we trying to promot…