Archive for January 17th, 2011

Certification guidelines issued for floating offshore wind turbines

Wind Energy Update speaks to Maxime Pachot, offshore wind turbine manager in the Marine Division of Bureau Veritas, about the first guidelines to be issued for floating offshore wind turbines.

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Certification guidelines issued for floating offshore wind turbines

Wind Energy Update speaks to Maxime Pachot, offshore wind turbine manager in the Marine Division of Bureau Veritas, about the first guidelines to be issued for floating offshore wind turbines.

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Offshore floating wind turbine technology will soon be subject to certification


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Offshore floating wind turbine technology will soon be subject to certification


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Offshore floating wind turbine technology will soon be subject to certification


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Offshore floating wind turbine technology will soon be subject to certification


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Solar Power News Briefs for January 16th 2011

800 Workers to Be Let Go by Evergreen Solar

Evergreen Solar has determined that their Devens Massachusetts manufacturing plant is not producing the revenue needed to sustain operations. Solar panel selling prices are under pressure from lower cost manufacturing regions around the world, most notably China. As many as 800 of Evergreen’s workers will be laid off by the end of the first quarter of 2011.

Evergreen’s CEO Michael El-Hillow says the continued price pressure on panels is forcing the Devens closure. They still operate a filament plant in Midland, MI and a wafer plant in Wuhan, China. Their String Ribbon wafers will be manufactured in Wuhan and an additional 10 prototype furnaces will be added to that plant.

More at Xconomy.

Evergreen Solar.

Most Arizona Solar Companies OK With Training Workers on The Job

A survey done by Arizona State Scientist sustainability Professor Pasqualetti reveals Arizona solar power companies aren’t necessarily going after employees with solar power industry backgrounds right now. They’re looking for people with broad-based bachelor’s degrees and strong verbal, written, business and team building skills. You don’t have to be a solar power savant to get a job with these Arizona companies.

Broad-based skills are the hot commodity for these companies as of right now. As the industry matures they say they’ll be looking for people who have focused skills and experience.

Details at The Arizona Republic.

Apple Filing Patents to Incorporate Solar Technology in Their Products

Apple has filed yet another patent to incorporate solar power as a secondary energy source for their devices. US Patent Number 7868582 has been filed for their invention of a “battery charging manager” that can handle power from several sources including solar.

They want their portable devices such as cell phones, tablet computer, image processing device, media player, etc. to have to have the solar charging option. Apple has been looking into integrating solar into it’s devices for years and no doubt will continue to pursue this as their technology and solar tech advances.

Even more at Apple Insider.


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I Have a Dream about Hydrogen Cars

I Have a Dream about Hydrogen Cars

Since this is celebrated as Martin Luther King Day across the U. S. I thought I would put my own hydrogen car spin on this special day. It starts out with Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. And my apologies upfront to the late Dr. King, his family and the American people for butchering this beautiful speech to adapt it to a sense of energy independence and environmental freedom for this country.

I have a dream. I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former oil company executives, electric car enthusiasts and hydrogen car pioneers will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the United States, sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression from Big Oil, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice for alternative fuel vehicles and Energy companies that supply that fuel.

I have a dream that my children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by staying inside the status quo but by how far they can reach outside the box and make it a reality.

This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the hydrogen fueling stations of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty hydrogen cars, buses and airport luggage carriers of New York. Let freedom ring from the hydrogen forklifts of the Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the hydrogen fueling station clusters in California!

Let freedom ring from every hill and hydrogen production center of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when the hydrogen economy happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

Others may have a different dream. Anyway, this is my dream. Once again, my apologies to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who created a transformational social structure for this country. And let each of us carry the torch and push for transformational technology that will once again change this country for the betterment of mankind.

Anyway, here is the authentic “I Have a Dream” speech as spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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A Simple Way to Cut Greenhouse Gases from Corn

university of missouri develops new tilling method to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cornNitrous oxide is a powerful greenhouse gas that comes in part from the application of nitrogen fertilizer to croplands, and researchers at the University of Missouri are documenting a simple way to make a big cut in those emissions. The low tech solution – simply tilling the soil in strips and applying fertilizer  in bands  – illustrates how significant actions can be taken to conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gases in the near future, while new technologies to manage climate change over the long run are still in development.

Tilling in Bands to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The researchers compared strip tilling/band application to the spreading of nitrogen fertilizer across an untilled field. They found that the lower greenhouse gas emissions resulted when corn is planted and fertilized in bands of strip-tilled soil. This method sequesters the nitrogen fertilizer more deeply in the soil, saves energy, helps to prevent excess evaporation, and saves energy. In a test field, the strip/band method also produced a greater crop yield.

More Conservation Options for Farmers

If borne out by additional research, the finding provides farmers with another management tool that can boost the bottom line while cutting greenhouse gases and conserving natural resources. Further abetting this disentangling of economic growth from environmental destruction is a group of initiatives funded by the Obama administration. These include the new AgStar program which helps farmers convert manure to high value biogas and compost, and a $30 million loan and grant program that is funding more than 500 agricultural energy efficiency projects.

Image: Corn by bchow on flickr.com.



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A Simple Way to Cut Greenhouse Gases from Corn

university of missouri develops new tilling method to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cornNitrous oxide is a powerful greenhouse gas that comes in part from the application of nitrogen fertilizer to croplands, and researchers at the University of Missouri are documenting a simple way to make a big cut in those emissions. The low tech solution – simply tilling the soil in strips and applying fertilizer  in bands  – illustrates how significant actions can be taken to conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gases in the near future, while new technologies to manage climate change over the long run are still in development.

Tilling in Bands to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The researchers compared strip tilling/band application to the spreading of nitrogen fertilizer across an untilled field. They found that the lower greenhouse gas emissions resulted when corn is planted and fertilized in bands of strip-tilled soil. This method sequesters the nitrogen fertilizer more deeply in the soil, saves energy, helps to prevent excess evaporation, and saves energy. In a test field, the strip/band method also produced a greater crop yield.

More Conservation Options for Farmers

If borne out by additional research, the finding provides farmers with another management tool that can boost the bottom line while cutting greenhouse gases and conserving natural resources. Further abetting this disentangling of economic growth from environmental destruction is a group of initiatives funded by the Obama administration. These include the new AgStar program which helps farmers convert manure to high value biogas and compost, and a $30 million loan and grant program that is funding more than 500 agricultural energy efficiency projects.

Image: Corn by bchow on flickr.com.



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A Simple Way to Cut Greenhouse Gases from Corn

university of missouri develops new tilling method to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cornNitrous oxide is a powerful greenhouse gas that comes in part from the application of nitrogen fertilizer to croplands, and researchers at the University of Missouri are documenting a simple way to make a big cut in those emissions. The low tech solution – simply tilling the soil in strips and applying fertilizer  in bands  – illustrates how significant actions can be taken to conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gases in the near future, while new technologies to manage climate change over the long run are still in development.

Tilling in Bands to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The researchers compared strip tilling/band application to the spreading of nitrogen fertilizer across an untilled field. They found that the lower greenhouse gas emissions resulted when corn is planted and fertilized in bands of strip-tilled soil. This method sequesters the nitrogen fertilizer more deeply in the soil, saves energy, helps to prevent excess evaporation, and saves energy. In a test field, the strip/band method also produced a greater crop yield.

More Conservation Options for Farmers

If borne out by additional research, the finding provides farmers with another management tool that can boost the bottom line while cutting greenhouse gases and conserving natural resources. Further abetting this disentangling of economic growth from environmental destruction is a group of initiatives funded by the Obama administration. These include the new AgStar program which helps farmers convert manure to high value biogas and compost, and a $30 million loan and grant program that is funding more than 500 agricultural energy efficiency projects.

Image: Corn by bchow on flickr.com.



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How to Build a Device That Uses Wasted Radio Waves to Produce Free Electricity
The device consists of an antenna that is connected to a variety of devices such as capacitors, variable capacitors, inductors, diodes, chokes, and resistors in a specific order. Many of these components are grounded. At the other end of this network, the terminals keep providing electric current continuously. With a number of such devices, you could generate enough electricity for your home (obviously, one is by far not enough).


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How to Build a Device That Uses Wasted Radio Waves to Produce Free Electricity
The device consists of an antenna that is connected to a variety of devices such as capacitors, variable capacitors, inductors, diodes, chokes, and resistors in a specific order. Many of these components are grounded. At the other end of this network, the terminals keep providing electric current continuously. With a number of such devices, you could generate enough electricity for your home (obviously, one is by far not enough).


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“Fruit Fly” Computers Could Command Swarms of Robots with Green Jobs

researchers look to fruit fly for help in improving wireless network efficiencyWhen it comes to efficiency, computer science has a lot to learn from the fruit fly, according to researchers from Carnegie Mellon University. The communication between nerve cells in the fly’s hairlike sensors has evolved with razor-sharp efficiency, and the research team is developing a means of translating that logic into a more efficient means of managing computer networks. The applications are wide-ranging, including remote control and data management for networks of robots that collect environmental information.

Green Jobs for Robots

Robot swarms are already being developed to collect environmental data from hard-to-reach spots. At Northwestern University, they’re working on small, lobster-like devices that can crawl across rough underwater surfaces in rivers and coastal zones. UC San Diego is also working on a small underwater robot that can drift on ocean currents. On the larger end of the scale, a more efficient network could improve the performance of agricultural robots and infrastructure robots, and the U.S. military is working on a robotic “pack mule” that could see double duty for environmental work and disaster relief.

Fruit Flies and Computer Networks

The nerve cells in the fruit fly’s sensors are ideal for swarms of remote sensors and other distributed networks, because only a small number of cells serve as “leaders” that direct all the other nerve cells. That’s the basic principle behind computer networks. The researchers found that the fruit flies arrangement is more “simpler and more robust” than anything computer scientists have been able to come up with in the past thirty years.

More Green Jobs for Robots

Aside from creating more efficient corps of robots for sensing and collecting raw data from the environment, a more efficient network design would help lower the cost of robot-based manufacturing operations for solar panels and other high tech products that are playing a critical role in our new clean energy future.

Image: Fruit Fly by Image Editor on flickr.com.



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