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Thorium – Is it the Energy Savior?

I was watching youtube, and found out about this element called Thorium. Named after the Norse God Thor.

It’s interesting that it’s properties could be the next energy savior, check out this video.

the part about Thorium starts at about the 4 minute mark.

 

Solar Roadways

Introduction

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U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) talks about Solar Roadways

Years ago, when the phrase “Global Warming” began gaining popularity, we started batting around the idea of replacing asphalt and concrete surfaces with solar panels that could be driven upon. We thought of the “black box” on airplanes: We didn’t know what material that black box was made of, but it seemed to be able to protect sensitive electronics from the worst of airline crashes.

Suppose we made a section of road out of this material and housed solar cells to collect energy, which could pay for the cost of the panel, thereby creating a road that would pay for itself over time. What if we added LEDs to “paint” the road lines from beneath, lighting up the road for safer night time driving? What if we added a heating element in the surface (like the defrosting wire in the rear window of our cars) to prevent snow/ice accumulation in northern climates? The ideas and possibilities just continued to roll in and the Solar Roadway project was born.

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In 2009, we received a contract from the Federal Highway Administration to build the first ever Solar Road Panel prototype. During the course of its construction, we learned many lessons and discovered new and better ways to approach this project. These methods and discoveries are discussed throughout this website. Please enjoy and send us any questions that you may have.

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After successful completion of the Phase I SBIR contract, we were awarded a follow-up 2-year Phase II $750,000 SBIR contract by the Federal Highway Administration beginning in 2011. With this award, a prototype parking lot will be built and then tested under all weather and sunlight conditions.

The heart of the Solar Roadway™ is the

Solar Road Panel™

The Solar Roadway is a series of structurally-engineered solar panels that are driven upon. The idea is to replace all current petroleum-based asphalt roads, parking lots, and driveways with Solar Road Panels that collect energy to be used by our homes and businesses. Our ultimate goal is to be able to store excess energy in or alongside the Solar Roadways. This renewable energy replaces the need for the current fossil fuels used for the generation of electricity. This, in turn, cuts greenhouse gases literally in half.

Solar Road Panel

Solar Road Panel

Each individual panel consists of three basic layers:

Road Surface Layer – translucent and high-strength, it is rough enough to provide great traction, yet still passes sunlight through to the solar collector cells embedded within, along with LEDs and a heating element. It is capable of handling today’s heaviest loads under the worst of conditions. Weatherproof, it protects the electronics layer beneath it.

Electronics Layer Contains a microprocessor board with support circuitry for sensing loads on the surface and controlling a heating element. No more snow/ice removal and no more school/business closings due to inclement weather. The on-board microprocessor controls lighting, communications, monitoring, etc. With a communications device every 12 feet, the Solar Roadway is an intelligent highway system.

Base Plate LayerLayer – While the electronics layer collects energy from the sun, it is the base plate layer that distributes power (collected from the electronics layer) and data signals (phone, TV, internet, etc.) “downline” to all homes and businesses connected to the Solar Roadway. Weatherproof, it protects the electronics layer above it.

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Scott presented the Solar Roadways at a TEDx Talk in Sacramento on April 16th, 2010. He was given 18 minutes for “The talk of his life” and it went great!

 

Overview

When multiple Solar Road Panels are interconnected, the intelligent Solar Roadway is formed. These panels replace current driveways, parking lots, and all road systems, be they interstate highways, state routes, downtown streets, residential streets, or even plain dirt or gravel country roads. Panels can also be used in amusement parks, raceways, bike paths, parking garage rooftops, remote military locations, etc. Any home or business connected to the Solar Roadway (via a Solar Road Panel driveway or parking lot) receives the power and data signals that the Solar Roadway provides. The Solar Roadway becomes an intelligent, self-healing, decentralized (secure) power grid.

The images below illustrate how the west can power the east in the evening and the east can power the west in the morning hours.North America North America

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Imagine a world-wide system where the “lit” half of the world is always powering the “dark” half of the world!

Everyone has power. No more power shortages, no more roaming power outages, no more need to burn coal (50% of greenhouse gases). Less need for fossil fuels and less dependency upon foreign oil. Much less pollution. How about this for a long term advantage: an electric road allows all-electric vehicles to recharge anywhere: rest stops, parking lots, etc. They would then have the same range as a gasoline-powered vehicle. Internal combustion engines would become obsolete. Our dependency on oil would come to an abrupt end.

It’s time to upgrade our infrastructure – roads and power grid – to the 21st century.

Advantages of Solar Power

Solar power systems have many benefits. They are quiet. They don’t produce any pollution. They are reliable, there are no moving parts to worry about, so they require minimal maintenance. Another great advantage of a solar power system is that it’s modular. The cells (or building blocks) are available in a wide variety of wattage, ranging from a mere fraction of a watt to more than 300 watts. Large solar power plants have higher megawatts, but most individual systems are much smaller. You can choose the solar power modules required to deliver the power you desire for your system.

One downside of solar energy is that much of the sun’s energy is lost during the process of transferring sunlight to electricity. To solve this challenge, larger and more efficient panels continue to be manufactured all the time. And while they are still less efficient than they ultimately might be, they are still the renewable energy system of choice because they require so little maintenance and are quite durable.

A solar panel system should last around fifty years, as long as it was properly installed. A pretty wise investment, all things considered! If you choose to install your own solar power system, you will appreciate its quiet, low-maintenance, pollution-free, safe and reliable operation, as well as the degree of independence it provides.

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Renewable Energy Off the Grid

Renewable Energy Off the Grid

This page contains information on why and how to generate renewable energy while living off the grid, also you will find useful tips on how to satisfy most of your power needs without having to rely on the city for electricity. Generating your own power off the grid is very essential if you want to declare your independence and be fully or mostly self suffecient. Spending around $700 on wind generators and solar panels can reduce your power costs more than $1300 a year (especially if you build them and install them yourself), plus you will feel good about using green and renewable energy.

Benefits of Generating Renewable Energy

You can cut your electricity costs by 80%, or even make your power company pay you, and of course, you will feel good to know that you’re doing your part to save the planet from pollution. These are uncertain times, energy costs continue to soar, natural resources are being depleted at an alarming rate, and pollution and global warming continue to worsen. While it can all seem distant and overwhelming, the solution to each of these issues actually lies within each of us. Our actions today can create change. Our daily decisions do have an impact on the world at large.

Harnessing the power of wind and sun is not only possible by most people, but it’s increasingly affordable and easy to set up. But before discussing ways to harness wind and solar energy, it’s very important to note that, the first step to start, is by changing our behaviour. Right now, even though renewable energy is not exactly cheap and often not very accessible in its current state, there are still plenty of ways you can cut down on energy costs. Here are just a few:

•  Turn off your appliances when you’re not using them. Computers and televisions continue to use energy even when they’re in standby mode.

•  Instead of always using your dryer or dishwasher, consider air-drying your clothes and dishes at least some of the time, and only run your dishwasher, dryer, or washing machine with full loads.

•  Use energy-efficient fluorescent lightbulbs in your household lamps.

•  Set your thermostat at a comfortable but moderate temperature – not too warm in the winter, not too cool in the summer.

•  Take shorter showers and avoid baths.

•  Maintain your vehicle – regular tune-ups insure that you get maximum fuel efficiency. When you drive, be aware that excessive speeds and rapidly accelerating and braking uses more gas.

•  Seal your windows and doors. Preventing warm or cool air from escaping will make a significant difference in your utility costs.

If you are seriously considering using renewable energy sources like wind or solar power to heat and cool your home, then you MUST implement the suggestions above. There’s simply no value in using a wind or solar generator if you continue to leave lights and appliances on when not in use, use more water than is necessary, etc.

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Climate-Friendly Agriculture and Renewable Energy: Working Hand-in-Hand toward Climate Mitigation

By Laura Reynolds and Sophie Wenzlau, Worldwatch Institute
December 21, 2012 | 

Worldwide, agriculture contributes between 14 and 30 percent of human-caused greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions because of its heavy land, water, and energy use—that’s more than every car, train, and plane in the global transportation sector. Livestock production alone contributes around 18 percent of global emissions, including 9 percent of carbon dioxide, 35 percent of methane, and 65 percent of nitrous oxide.

Activities like running fuel-powered farm equipment, pumping water for irrigation, raising dense populations of livestock in indoor facilities, and applying nitrogen-rich fertilizers all contribute to agriculture’s high GHG footprint.

The good news? The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that the sector has “significant” potential to reduce its emissions, including removing 80 to 88 percent of the carbon dioxide that it currently produces.

Some of this reduction can be achieved by substituting renewable energy for the fossil fuels typically used to power day-to-day farm activities. Do-it-yourself solar heat collectors can warm livestock buildings, greenhouses, and homes; small or cooperatively owned wind and water turbines can pump water and power equipment; photovoltaic panels can power critical farm operations like electric fencing and drip irrigation systems; and designing or renovating buildings and barns to maximize natural daylight can dramatically reduce the electricity required to light and warm farm buildings.

These innovations can be scaled up for implementation on large farms, but their beauty is in their simplicity, accessibility, and application to the smallest of operations.

And greening a farm does not stop at replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy. To make a farm truly climate-smart, it must take into account all aspects of its environmental footprint: soil fertility, water use, chemical inputs, and biodiversity. Farmers can implement low-tech, low-cost practices to curb their emissions while building resilience to weather shocks and severe resource scarcity, two projected stumbling blocks for farmers in coming decades.

Any measure that reduces on-farm water use, for instance, will help to relieve the heavy pressures on the planet’s dwindling resources while reducing agriculture’s energy footprint. Agriculture accounts for a whopping 70 percent of global water use; in the United States, the figure rises to 80 percent. Rivers, lakes, and underwater aquifers are drying up across the globe, causing serious concerns over basic human rights like sanitation, food production, and safe drinking water.

Installing drip irrigation, which applies precise amounts of water to the plant roots instead of spraying water over plants, is a simple way to invest in climate-stress mitigation. Watering crops using “greywater,” or water used in domestic activities like dishwashing, laundry, and bathing — not to be confused with blackwater, or sewage — can also reduce water use on farms, particularly small-scale operations. And switching from “thirsty” crops like rice, wheat, and sugarcane (which account for nearly 60 percent of the world’s irrigated cropland) to less-demanding plants like sorghum, millet, lettuce, broccoli, carrots, beans, and squash can reduce on-farm water use and help farmers cope with drought and other threats (while broadening access to fresh and nutritious foods).

Water conservation is just one approach to making a farm more climate-friendly. Practices such as using animal manure rather than artificial fertilizer, planting trees on farms to reduce soil erosion and sequester carbon, and growing food in cities all hold huge potential for reducing agriculture’s environmental footprint.

Interestingly, biofuels can combine the need for renewable energy with climate-friendly agricultural practices.

Perennial bioenergy crops stand as a shining example of agricultural innovation. While corn has long reigned the biofuels industry, its relative energy-conversion inefficiency and its sensitivity to high temperatures make it an unsustainable long-term energy option. But trees and shrubs like willow, sycamore, sweetgum, and cottonwood offer promising alternatives. These perennials grow quickly for many years, can often thrive on marginal land, and are often much hardier than annual plants like corn or soybeans. Their long roots can also reduce erosion, filter groundwater, harbor beneficial microorganisms, and help soil retain key nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen.

Because we may need to double our global food production by 2050 to feed the projected world population, it is important that farmers do not divert their food-bearing land to grow energy crops. Although corn- and soy-based biofuels must be produced on fertile agricultural land, perennial crops can often thrive on marginal land (i.e. steep slopes and eroded soil) that would otherwise fallow. In the United States, 27 million acres are currently enrolled in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve Program, which pays agricultural landowners to grow long-term, resource-conserving cover crops on their marginal or unused farmland. A portion of this program’s enrolled land could be planted with perennial crops and harvested regularly for fuel production.

And because perennial crops require considerably less fertilizer, pesticides, and herbicides — not to mention time and labor — than annual crops, they are a natural choice for the millions of farmers around the world who cannot access or afford expensive chemical inputs.

By tapping into the multitude of climate-friendly farming practices that already exist, agriculture can continue to supply food for the world’s population, and also help to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. But if we want agriculture to contribute to climate change mitigation, climate-friendly food production will need to receive increased attention — in the form of both research and investment — in the coming years.

A step in the right direction: in early December, a presidential advisory council on science and technology warned that U.S. agricultural research has not prepared the country for the predicted impacts of climate change, population growth, emerging pests and diseases, and severe resource depletion and scarcity. The United States and other countries must promote innovative agricultural research to brace for these serious challenges, and to protect the livelihoods of the 1.3 billion people whose livelihoods rely on agriculture.

Laura Reynolds and Sophie Wenzlau are Staff Researchers for the Food and Agriculture Program at the Worldwatch Institute. Laura co-authored Innovations in Sustainable Agriculture: Supporting Climate-Friendly Food Production, which was released earlier this month.
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Is E85 or Ethanol More Eco friendly?

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Is E85 or Ethanol More Eco friendly?

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This is our inheritance to our kids and their kids.

“Watch the Clip at the end of this post its great, high school kids building electric cars”

With gas prices soaring in the spring and summer of 2008 consumers and auto manufactures were forced to find alternate means of filling up at the pump. Nothing gets everyone’s attention better than hitting the pocket book. But needless to say now that price’s have dropped back down to a 5 year low, we may be lulled back to sleep about the implications of not changing our habits. The automotive industry was slapped again earlier this week by Senate not approving their bailout funds they were requesting. This industry needs to change with the times. Fossil fuels are a thing of the past the combustion engine as we know it has not really changed in more than 50 plus years. Yes it has become more efficient, but really in essence you put gas in the car burns it and emits a rash of nasty chemicals out in to our breathing air.

E85 or flex-fuel was created as a stop gap (IMO). Ethanol “a grain alcohol” usually made from corn, sugarcane, wheat, barley, and potatoes. (hey, sounds like hooch made during prohibition) and actually the process is similar to making moonshine. Great this is a fuel made from renewable resources. Yes but take a quick look at the impact of this renewable resource. The fields that are being used to grow the resources to make this form of energy are now not able to produce crops for our consumption or for the consumption of our cattle. This in turn increases the price of our food if these spaces are reserved for creating fuels for our cars. And that is a never ending vicious circle that will continue to spiral till either the fuel becomes too expensive or the cost of food for our consumption gets out of hand as well.

Ethanol burns cleaner than fossil fuels due to the fact that its chemical structure contains a lot of oxygen. And it does reduce greenhouse emissions when mixed with regular gasoline. Also when mixed with gasoline with a ratio of 10-90 (called E10) reduces the amount of gasoline we consume which reduces our dependency on foreign sources. But with all of that in mind there just is not as much energy in ethanol as there is in gasoline. It takes more consumption of ethanol to go 1 mile than it does for gasoline. Also farmers that grow these crops must expend energy to harvest and transport to provide the resource for the fuel. And as said be for these areas reserved for this venture are no longer available for our food sources.

So what do we do? Solar energy? Wind Energy? Electric Cars? I don’t know see what these folks do you never know what will happen in the future. Several good things will be on the out look for people utilizing real renewable energy sources that do not have an impact on our food supply or reliance on foreign oil. Tax rebates from the Government, rebates for green power from the electric company. And above all a future for our children and grandchildren.

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Alternative energy is the way of the future

Article by Ted

Alternative energy is derived from natural, renewable resources, such as wind, solar and water. Not to be confused with the fact that alternative Power the only thing that is lost at the end of the global warming, global leadership, eliminates the dependency on foreign energy will create millions of jobs (Yes, also in the band of rust) and keep our lives by means of the twenty-first century.

Adour Global alternative energy indexes only businesses that are mainly in the field of alternative energy and companies that alternative Power edge to their main business is excluded.The use of alternative energy is no longer a mystery in our daily requirement for power. discover what alternative energy is and how it can help to save money and the environment.

but the true potential of this title unsaid.Solar has gone from $ 254 per watt in the 1950s to about $ 4 today. It suggests that people go to old methods of extracting energy and consumption in exchange for alleged cleaning methods such as wind, water, solar, nuclear, giant batteries, methane gas, maize (corn) oil, etc..

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Power plants using renewable and sustainable energy sources are not burning fuels in the production of electricity, so a reduction in the emission atmosphere-. some people see of alternative energy as a joke, and I think in particular wind power generation is also occasionally.

Windmills have been proposed for power now obtained from natural gas. This type of energy derive their power constantly flowing natural energy and contain examples of hydropower, solar energy and geothermal energy.

Renewable means in such a way that its existence is not permanent. Renewable energy sources, such as biomass, small hydro, solar, wind, geothermal, tidal power and photovoltaic systems, can give you a wider free control. The first of these is the huge investment and federal law amendments which are necessary for the smart grid of renewable energy.

While we are making progress in finding new and renewable energy, we are more than halfway to our goal to move away from our dependence on the oil industry.

Wind energy is long as weak and, thanks to the location driven, impractical has been cancelled. Wind Turbines have a role in the new generation sustainable providers.Now it is important to point out that tidal, wave, solar energy and wind energy requires almost no provisional energy, as opposed to coal, oil, gas, biomass, hydrogen and all the others.”Alternative” energy sources wind, solar, water are all good, but they do not seem to confirm our addictive nature.

Global warming is a big factor in the rise of the alternative Power. alternative energy is not only cost effective and necessary for the foreign policy is also required for the domestic policy, with a view to promoting a sustainable environment and in order to prevent global warming and global catastrophe that global warming is advanced.

Global warming or not, we still need to clean this wreck of a planet. read more about existing alternative energy technologies as good as what the future energy sources can help you to efficiently power from your home or business. Living off the grid is a term used to describe people who are looking for alternative sources of energy to install and do not bind to the traditional electric power stations.

Alternative energy is the way of the future. alternative power is a future idea whose time is over.

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A Look At Alternative Energy Funds

Article by Peter Bankss

Traditional energy sources such as oil, coal and natural gas, derived from fossil fuels are used to meet the energy needs of most of the world. Due to the rising cost of gas and heating oil prices, concerns as to how long the supply of fossil fuels can last, and a strong desire to be more self sufficient and less dependent on fossil fuels, the global community has been focusing more and more on alternative energy sources.

Technology used to harness the power of renewable energy sources such as solar energy , wind power, geothermal power and biomass has advanced considerably in recent years. All of these options for alternative energy are now more economically viable than every before. Due to the recent explosion in interest in alternative energy and the increased amount of time and money spent on research and development of alternative energy technology, it is an excellent time to invest in alternative energy funds.

There are many companies that focus primarily on investing in alternative energy funds. The Guinness Atkinson Alternative Fund is a long term fund that invests in equity securities of companies that work with alternative energy or alternative energy technologies. Alternative energy funds with Guinness Atkinson Alternative Fund invests in 40-60 stocks of global companies that use get than 50% of their revenue from alternative energy. This company which focuses on technologies that enable exploration of the potential of alternative energy has seen monumental gains in their alternative energy funds in recent periods.

New Alternatives Fund, which is largely committed to alternative energy, is another alternative energy fund that is doing very well and has seen incredible gains in recent quarters. Many experts believe that we are experiencing an alternative energy revolution that will continue to gain in momentum with increasing technologies and advancement and feel that there could not be a better time to invest in alternative energy funds.

Firsthand Alternative Energy Fund also helps clients with investing in alternative energy funds and specializes in solar, wind, biomass, fuel cells, efficiency and technologies of alternative energy. They feel that alternative energy is an important and promising area to invest in.

Calvert Global Energy Fund is a company that introduced their Calvert Global Alternative Energy Fund in 2007. They focus on active management of all alternative energy funds and employ an active and diverse management approach with financial research analysts and portfolio managers.

The Calvert Global Energy Fund is handled by money managers with exceptional expertise and they also focus on sustainable research for long-term rewards for investors. They invest at least 80% of assets into alternative energy companies. Many companies also offer investment kits to make investing easy and help people get started with alternative energy funds .

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Wind Or Solar Which Is Better – The Reasons To Switch To These Alternative Energies

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Wind Or Solar Which Is Better

Wind and solar energy are great renewable energy resources that do not have detrimental effects upon the environment. Due to the adverse effects on the environment by our current methods of obtaining fossils fuels and disposing of their waste byproducts, wind and solar energy are excellent forms of alternative energy.

The sunlight available to the globe is more abundant than the energy that can be consumed by all the people living on the planet. The locations that receive high concentrations of sunlight (meaning less cloud coverage and mountain range light blockage) would be a great place to start. There should be solar energy education for the people in these areas, such as desert regions and seemingly barren but developing countries, so they can make the most efficient use of the sun’s rays.

Wind renewable energy also has prime locations where it can be utilized. As T. Boone Pickens was informing us a couple years ago, there is a large wind tunnel stretching from Texas to the Canadian border where wind can be used as a significant energy resource. This quantity and quality of the wind speeds led him to call the United States the Saudi Arabia of wind.

In any case, if your property is applicable, wind and solar energy can be used for various home needs such as heating water, and certainly for generating electricity. This is true wherever the home is located.

The most attractive option for many people is solar energy. Although this is a more expensive start-up energy option than other sources, people are coming to grips with the evidence that using alternative energy is largely advantageous to the user and the environment.

For people considering wind and solar energy, subsidies and tax breaks are available in some states to offset the initial costs. The local utility company can also assist those interested. If new energy generating installations provide more than a home can use, the excess could be sold to the utility provider as a credit. Wind Or Solar Which Is Better

The beauty of solar energy installations is the immediate impact it has on the monthly electricity bill, and how much lower it will be. If enough equipment is installed to utilize the sunlight, you may never have to pay an electric bill again.

Another benefit of wind and solar energy installations is the impact it has upon the value of the home, should one decide to sell it. If you have interests in what your home would attain on the free market with renewable energy installations, call your local realtor. They should have good familiarity with the neighborhood going prices and the value of the improvement, and this should help them to provide you an estimate.

People are willing to pay more for houses that have installed wind and solar energy generators. This causes a significant increase in the value of the home. The National Association for Real Estate Appraisers has said that every dollar saved when using renewable energy increases the value of the home twenty fold.

To optimize the efficiency of green renewable energy sources used in the home, the home should be audited for its power demand and what can be done to reduce it. Are the demands for interior climate, lighting, and heated water efficiently under control? Is there the proper sealing and insulating foam in place around all closed windows and doors? Are the walls, attic, and basement insulated properly?

Knowing the power consumed isn’t necessary if steps aren’t taken to ensure that the power usage can be reduced. Power demand can be reduced by choosing the better rated Energy Star appliances. Improvements in all these areas will provide a lower energy demand, and this value will be more easily met with the wind and solar energy generators.

Increasing the energy efficiency of the home will lead to a home that greatly consumes less power. The immeasurable rewards of a greener world and larger bank account come from these energy efficiency improvements, compounded with the installations of wind and solar energy technologies. Wind Or Solar Which Is Better