Archive for February 19th, 2011

Minnesota Moose Population Crash Possibly Correlated With Climate Change
aerial view minnesota moose photo
The end is near. Image credit:Mark Lenarz. (excerpted from slide show)

I recently was chided a bit for suggesting (without having provided a link to supporting scientific evidence) that the behavior of a central-Wisconsin black bear emerging from its den in early February might well be attributed to clima…
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Japan may send chatty humanoid tweet-bot to space
And for the folks back home, it will tweet.
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Go-Anywhere Solar Power Fits in Standard Shipping Containers

NANOGEN develops portable concentrating solar power system that fits in shipping containersThe same concentrating solar power systems used for massive utility-scale solar arrays can now be installed practically anywhere – or at least, anywhere that it’s possible to ship a standard steel container. A company called NANOGEN has developed the concentrating technology into modular components, which the company claims can be set up within 48 hours by only two workers. While clearly not the answer for every energy problem, the concept does open up some interesting possibilities.

Portable Solar Power for Disaster Relief

Solar power has been in use for many years at remote locations like oil fields (ironic, right?), so it’s not a stretch of the imagination to adapt it for disaster relief, and that’s the purpose for which NANOGEN originally designed its system. The advantages over fossil fuels are obvious: no noisy generators spewing pollution into the air where survivors are gathering, no clogging of roads with fuel deliveries, no risk of fuel spills, fires or explosions, and little risk of theft. To keep things even more simple, NANOGEN designed its concentrating solar power system to function without tracking motors, reducing the chance of a malfunction.

Portable Solar Power for Anything

NANOGEN is not the only company adapting solar energy to disaster relief (another company has developed flexible solar panels that form portable tents), but they’re pretty far ahead of pack in terms of size. The company’s portable modular system can scale up to 1 megawatt and it also offers a fixed system that scales up to 10 megawatts. That’s where the potentials start to open up. The company notes that it has fielded inquiries that cover a wide range of relatively large-scale uses including backup power for buildings and military facilities (the Air Force is already developing its own solar-in-a-shipping-container, by the way). Large-scale portable solar power could eventually replace a good deal of generating equipment that is currently run on fossil fuels. A large-scale portable system could also be used to power remote construction sites or remediation equipment at off-grid Superfund sites, and it could dovetail with the EPA’s new green jobs/site reclamation program, RE-Powering America’s Land.

Image: Shipping containers by Alan Miles NYC on flickr.com.



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Why a Best-Selling Energy Author Is Giving Away His Book for Free
When Renewable Energy – Facts and Fantasies was published in 2010, it skyrocketed to the top of Amazon.com’s charts in both the “energy” and “engineering” categories – a clear hit as a #1 best-seller. Now, just a couple of months later, author Craig Shields is offering an electronic copy of the book — to anyone — for free. Why?
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States ignored warnings on unemployment insurance
“Trust Fund Reserves Inadequate,” federal auditors said in a 1988 report.
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States ignored warnings on unemployment insurance
“Trust Fund Reserves Inadequate,” federal auditors said in a 1988 report.
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Madison rallies renew history of political protest
The biggest rally yet is expected on Saturday following four straight days of protests. The conservative tea party movement urged its supporters to come to Madison for a counter-protest to support new Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to ease the Midwestern state’s budget woes by cutting many government workers’ pay, pension and health care benefits and bargaining rights.
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Madison rallies renew history of political protest
The biggest rally yet is expected on Saturday following four straight days of protests. The conservative tea party movement urged its supporters to come to Madison for a counter-protest to support new Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to ease the Midwestern state’s budget woes by cutting many government workers’ pay, pension and health care benefits and bargaining rights.
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Deere’s profit jumps on strong North America sales
The company also raised its earnings prediction for the fiscal year, reflecting optimism that global food prices will stay high enough to keep farmers profitable, and willing to pay top-dollar for the company’s new lines of tractors and combines.
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Deere’s profit jumps on strong North America sales
The company also raised its earnings prediction for the fiscal year, reflecting optimism that global food prices will stay high enough to keep farmers profitable, and willing to pay top-dollar for the company’s new lines of tractors and combines.
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Comcast 4Q profit, revenue rise, beat Street view
It also added more broadband Internet and telephone customers than analysts were looking for – surprisingly strong results that caused the share price to climb 97 cents, or 4 percent, to close at $25.13 Wednesday.
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Factory output grows for 5th straight month in Jan
Output by America’s factories, mines and utilities dipped 0.1 percent last month, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday. The decline was caused mostly by a decrease in output by utilities after a weather-related peak in December.
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Real cost of coal

Real cost of coal
Burning coal for electricity generation is cheap. Or is it? The real cost to the USA’s economy through the human health and environmental damage it wreaks
has been calculated – and the price is absolutely mind-boggling.


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Adani Group and Carbon Energy sign MoU to bid for UCG projects in India

India-based Adani Group and Australia-based Carbon Energy signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to form a joint venture to pursue Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) projects likely to be announced on tenements of Coal India (CIL) in India.

The MoU is for a period of 18 months.

The Adani Group has already signed contracts to mine, move and supply around 110 million tonne of coal per year for use by the government owned power utilities in India, a company statement said. Adani Shipping Pte Ltd (ASPL), a subsidiary of Adani Enterprises Ltd (AEL), has purchased two cargo vessels with capacity of 175,000 DWT for transportation of coal from Adani Group’s mines in Indonesia and Australia.

…AEL in August last year had concluded a binding agreement with Australia’s Linc Energy to purchase their Galilee coal tenement in Queensland.


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