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Old Oct 14th, 2009, 11:55 AM   #91
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“Mystery” Ceramic Could Lead to Cheaper, Stronger Hydrogen Fuel Cells : Gas 2.0



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Solid oxide fuel cells are of interest because they can generate energy without the need for an expensive catalyst such as platinum, which is typically used in hydrogen fuel cells. While nanotechnology is enabling the development of hydrogen fuel cells that use less platinum, with BZCYYb the prospects look good for ditching the precious metal entirely in favor of more sustainable technology—if solid oxide systems can be developed in a commercially viable form, that is.
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Old Oct 14th, 2009, 12:06 PM   #92
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Ford Nucleon 1958



Cadillac WTF: 100 years without maintenence



Wouldn't want to get into an accident with one....

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Old Oct 14th, 2009, 02:45 PM   #93
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Wouldn't want to get into an accident with one....

Of course, both companies have such experience under the belt already, like the Ford Pinto:



And the advanced, modern technology employed by GM:



For the corporates, there is added legal protection by destroying everything within a five mile radius, since it will help them in any possible lawsuits - seeing that the litigants would be merrily dealt with.
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Old Oct 15th, 2009, 12:13 PM   #94
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Université Sainte Anne in Church Point, Nova Scotia, has completed its conversion to solar hot water:

University greens up its act with sun, wind and wood - Nova Scotia News - TheChronicleHerald.ca

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118 large solar panels have been hooked up to a hot water boiler. Both systems, the biomass furnace and the solar panel installation, will supply hot water to all buildings on campus.

In summer, when the biomass furnace won’t be operating at full capacity, solar panels will heat the water for the campus.

And a 50-kilowatt wind turbine will be installed to reduce the dependency on electricity.

"As a result of this three-component project we will likely be the greenest university in Canada by the end of this year," he said (university president Andre Roberge).
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Old Oct 28th, 2009, 11:42 AM   #97
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Not so better...

Rhetoric notwithstanding, the subsidies don't sound very good.

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(McGuinty)'s using taxpayers' money to massively subsidize wind -- paying 13.5 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity generated from wind turbines (19 cents for offshore projects) compared to the normal cost of generation of four to five cents.

Wind companies are scrambling to cash in, building and proposing thousands of turbines across Ontario, massive steel structures as high as 40 storeys.

The province has been flooded with so many applications for offshore wind farms that Natural Resources Minister Donna Cansfield announced last week it won't consider any more until next year, just so it can catch up on the paperwork.
I guess if I could get subsidized like that, I'd be all over it too...
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Two stories of note today:

Sharp sets highest solar cell efficiency
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The Sharp Corporation has developed a compound solar cell that has achieved a conversion efficiency of 35.8 percent. Developing a new base layer for its triple-junction compound solar cell has improved on Sharp's previous conversion efficiency by almost four percent.
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Cell batteries could power nano devices

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Synthetic cells that act as a battery could one day be used to power nanotech devices. Scientists from Yale University and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) created a very simple cell model in order to study the way certain real cells generate electric voltages. In the process they produced a minute working battery that converts chemical energy into electrical energy at an efficiency of about 10 per cent - a figure that's high enough to make cell batteries a practical alternative as a nano power source.
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Pretty cool stuff. A 36% efficiency array would make rooftop solar quite practical - not to mention the savings in weight and size that ciuld be exploited by NASA and other satellite makers. Now if we could improve efficiency of everything else by 4%, we'd have something.
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Old Oct 29th, 2009, 10:03 AM   #100
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Oh there has been much debate over the future of our energy sources as the quest for the best option for energy. I am a regular reader of blogs on the subject and personally, am a nuclear proponent. I believe that the future of our earth and eco system depend on clean coal technology, (despite much opposition circulating around its economic viability. Read: Its expensive!) Even with that said, it seems that people are still willing to pay more for "greener" homes. Hard as it may be, I think we should all prioritize and cut costs in other areas of our lives to accommodate the bigger picture Issues.

I'm glad I found this thread. I'll probably be busy going back and reading the earlier posts but if anyone has come across any good blogs (the more unbiased the better - no greenwashers please!) or noteworthy articles, don't hesitate to send them my way.

Here are a couple in my bookmarks:

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