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Old Aug 18th, 2010, 10:23 PM   #191
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Spray-on film turns windows into solar panels



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Imagine if all the windows of a building, and perhaps even all its exterior walls, could be put to use as solar collectors. Soon, you may not have to imagine it, as the Norweigan solar power company EnSol has patented a thin film solar cell technology designed to be sprayed on to just such surfaces. Unlike traditional silicon-based solar cells, the film is composed of metal nanoparticles embedded in a transparent composite matrix, and operates on a different principle.
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Old Aug 26th, 2010, 11:11 PM   #192
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Could the World Run on Solar and Wind Power?



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Today, the total oil and natural gas production provides about 60 percent of global energy consumption. This percentage is expected to peak about 10 to 30 years from now, and then be followed by a rapid decline, due to declining oil reserves and, hopefully, sources of renewable energy that technologies that will become more economically viable. But will there be the technology breakthroughs needed to make clean and exhaustible energy cost effective?

Nobel prize winner Walter Kohn, Ph.D., from the University of California Santa Barbara said that the continuous research and development of alternative energy could soon lead to a new era in human history in which two renewable sources — solar and wind — will become Earth's dominant contributor of energy.
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Old Sep 7th, 2010, 11:19 PM   #193
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Pretty amazing...

Retro Car Goes From Canada to Mexico on a Single Tank



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Craig Henderson and Bill Green designed the Avion, a fuel-efficient sports car, in 1984. Two years later, the vehicle set the Guinness World Record for fuel economy, getting an average of 103.7 mpg all the way from the Mexico border to the British Columbia, Canada, border. Now Henderson has revived the Avion for another jaunt from Canada to Mexico.

The latest iteration of the vehicle is just 1500 pounds and features an aluminum monocoque frame, a carbon fiber, kevlar and fiberglass body, and Goodyear "Fuel Max" tires. After receiving a sponsorship deal from Goodyear, Henderson decided to go from border to border once again--this time, on a single tank of gas.
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Old Sep 8th, 2010, 12:26 AM   #194
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Hmmm, I'm in the middle of going from border to border on the Hawg, pretty sure I've used more than one tank of gas...
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Old Sep 30th, 2010, 09:46 AM   #195
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Solar Or Wind Power? Why Not Both?

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Using a massive 8,400-kilometer-wide (5,220-mile-wide) solar sail to harvest the power in solar wind, the team hopes their concept could generate 1 billion billion gigawatts of power, far more power than humanity needs -- if they can get that power back to Earth.
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Old Sep 30th, 2010, 10:45 AM   #196
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Interesting concept but no mention of how to keep what is essentially a solar sail from simply being pushed out of the solar system.
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Whoa.... interesting concept. And hopefully one that could counter the NIMBY problem... though the "wind whistling through the 'trees'" would probably still be enough to push somebody's buttons...



Windstalk concept is a wind farm without the turbines

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Devised as a potential clean energy generation project/tourist attraction for Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City, the Windstalk concept consists of 1,203 carbon fiber reinforced resin poles, which stand 55 meters (180 feet) high and are anchored to the ground in concrete bases that range between 10 and 20 meters (33-66 ft) in diameter. The poles, which measure 30cm (12 in.) in diameter at the base, tapering up to a diameter of 5cm (2 in.) at the top, are packed with a stack of piezoelectric ceramic discs. Between the discs are electrodes that are connected by cables that run the length of each pole – one cable connects the even electrodes, while another connects the odd ones.
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Whoa.... interesting concept. And hopefully one that could counter the NIMBY problem... though the "wind whistling through the 'trees'" would probably still be enough to push somebody's buttons...



Windstalk concept is a wind farm without the turbines



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I did like the idea of pumping water uphill as way to store energy generated. This is something sadly lacking with current wind farms.
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Nova Scotia steps up - FINALLY - Net Metering, small-scale projects... the first step in taking back NS from Emera...

Renewable Electricity in Nova Scotia

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To help make life better for Nova Scotia's families, the Province has enacted new renewable electricity regulations. By 2015, 25% of Nova Scotia's electricity will be supplied by renewable sources.

Nova Scotia's Renewable Electricity Plan and regulations chart a clear path: 25 per cent renewable electricity supply by 2015, using only made-in-Nova-Scotia sources. The plan involves the use of a combination of sources like hydro, wind, solar, biomass, and tidal.

The pay-offs are significant: reduced emissions, price stability, and many new jobs. In fact, the plan is expected to generate roughly $1.5 billion in investment and 5,000 to 7,500 person-years of employment. Many of these jobs have already begun. And opportunities will continue to emerge.
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Jonathan Barry, president of Seaforth Energy, said his overseas partners are applauding the move.

"On a conference call this morning … I was told it's good to see Canada being Canadian again," he said



Read more: CBC News - Nova Scotia - Power plan targets small wind projects
It's nice to once again to be held in higher regard than we have lately. It's also nice the folks, back home, accomplished this for us.
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