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Plating the Planet With PV

So I see from this report from GreenTech Media that the worldwide production of photovoltaic (PV) cells is due to pass 10 GW this year.   That’s a kind of random milestone, but to put it in perspective, that’s about 2 … Continue reading

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The Awesome, Yet Easily Controlled, Power of Nature

io9.com recently posted a nice set of pictures here, of Niagara Falls being shut off for maintenance  in 1969 by the Army Corps of Engineers.  Here’s what they looked like from Prospect Point when off: And here’s what they look … Continue reading

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Bike MPG

It being officially spring (albeit with so much rain that even the ducks get depressed), I broke out the bike and bopped around a bit.  There’s a nice rail trail near me (the Minuteman Bikeway) that covers about 2/3 of … Continue reading

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The Inevitability of Zeppelins

The consistently interesting magazine “American Scientist” has a good article this month on energy issues and transportation, “The Other Climate Threat” by Andreas Schäfer, Henry D. Jacoby, John B. Heywood, and Ian A. Waitz. It’s behind a pay wall, unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Power in your hands

So I was standing in the gas station, hose in hand, idly counting the seconds to fill my tank.   About 80 for 12 gallons, or 9 gallons/min.  I see that gas pumps are limited to 10 gallons/min, so that’s about … Continue reading

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Noble Effort to Save Planet, or Death Ray?

So I’m reading about the Sierra solar power tower installation in Lancaster CA. That’s in the south central part of the state, about 40 miles north of LA.  The system produces 5 MW peak from two 50m towers and 24,000 … Continue reading

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