Buddhist Geeks by Personal Life Media Installing a Solar Energy System Like many of you reading this article, I am fairly new to the realization that our future may not turn out the way we originally planned. A little over two years ago, after the financial turmoil set in, I began to wake up from my comfortable, relatively uncomplicated life and take a closer look at what was going on around me. I was first introduced to the Crash Course by an attendee at the 2009 CPAC Liberty Forum in Washington, DC where I had gone to hear Ron Paul speak. Little did I know how dramatic an impact that one conversation would have on my life. I hope reading about the thermal and photovoltaic solar systems we have installed will encourage you to think about actions you can take to prepare for our uncertain future. Our House – NOT a Model of Sustainability I think it is important for you to know the environment and initial problem in order to make sense of some of the design/implementation decisions we have made. The Panic Goals Thermal Solar System Control System Performance
Home - BuildingGreen.com National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 - Alan Taylor - In Focus National Geographic is currently holding its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on November 30. For the past nine weeks, the society has been gathering and presenting galleries of submissions, encouraging readers to vote for them as well. National Geographic was kind enough to let me choose among its entries from 2011 for display here on In Focus. Gathered below are 45 images from the three categories of People, Places, and Nature, with captions written by the individual photographers. [45 photos] Use j/k keys or ←/→ to navigate Choose: Many people pilgrimage to Uluru, but what is seen there often depends on where you've come from. Eruption of the Cordon del Caulle. Beluga whales in the arctic having fun. This is a streetcar in New Orleans traveling back towards The Quarter on St. This image captures almost 6 hours of climbing parties on Rainier going for the summit under starry skies. Russia, polar region of West Siberia, Tazovsky Peninsula.
Why Bill Gates is wrong Bill Gates is sad that David Roberts thinks he’s wrong.Photo: redmaxwell via FlickrBill Gates, the Microsoft founder and philanthropist, made waves last week when, at the much-celebrated tech conference TED, he proclaimed that climate change is the most important problem facing the planet. Wo0t! Obviously having someone of Gates’ stature supporting the clean energy race is an unqualified good. (See Alex Steffen on Gates’ talk.) That said, Gates has burst on to the energy scene with some rather ill-considered thinking. Now: it’s incontestably true that the U.S. investment in R&D is lower than it should be. There are two problems with Gates’ dichotomy between innovation and insulation. 1. I don’t know if Heinberg’s right. Getting maximum energy services out of each electron will be an overriding human imperative in the 21st century, and it will require every bit as much ingenuity and imagination as the pursuit of new generation technology. 2. Cool, right?! One could go on.
Green Homes / Energy-Efficient Homes / Eco-Friendly Homes | ProudGreenHome.com Higgs boson The Higgs boson is named after Peter Higgs, one of six physicists who, in 1964, proposed the mechanism that suggested the existence of such a particle. Although Higgs's name has come to be associated with this theory, several researchers between about 1960 and 1972 each independently developed different parts of it. In mainstream media the Higgs boson has often been called the "God particle", from a 1993 book on the topic; the nickname is strongly disliked by many physicists, including Higgs, who regard it as inappropriate sensationalism. In 2013 two of the original researchers, Peter Higgs and François Englert, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work and prediction (Englert's co-researcher Robert Brout had died in 2011). A non-technical summary "Higgs" terminology Overview If this field did exist, this would be a monumental discovery for science and human knowledge, and is expected to open doorways to new knowledge in many fields. History
The Emerging Climate Technology Consensus Update (Jul 16, 2010): Expanding on a Washington Post op-ed, Vinod Khosla delineates his argument "about the deficiencies of an isolated cap-and-trade or carbon-pricing bill," and joins the climate technology consensus. Khosla writes, "If we want to make a significant difference, we need to get on the path to reducing carbon worldwide by 80 percent now by focusing on what I call "carbon reduction capacity building" -- in other words, we need to develop radical carbon-reduction technologies. A utility cap (or a carbon price) won't build capacity -- it will just increase our utility costs and decrease our manufacturing competitiveness without any increase in our technological competitiveness. Update (Jul 14, 2010): Other observers have reached similar conclusions about the faltering pollution paradigm. Walter Russell Mead and Clive Crook weigh in on "The Big Green Lie" but can't agree on what it is. By Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger (Click on a topic below to expand...) No.
Affordable Prefab Home Offers a Range of Sustainable Options - Green Building, Net-Zero Energy, Modular Building, Prefab Design - EcoHome Magazine An architecturally inspired prefab home with a range of sustainable and energy-saving products is now available from Santa Monica, Calif.-based developer LivingHomes at a price affordable to mainstream buyers. The 1,232-square-foot LivingHome C6, which is offered in most areas of the United States for about $179,000 (plus site prep work and installation), can be fully constructed in less than two months and installed on-site in one day, the company says. Once installed, the Energy Star-certified C6 is eligible for LEED-Platinum level certification, the company says. The C6 was designed as part of LivingHomes’ new partnership with the Make It Right Foundation to build sustainable and safe homes for working-class families in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward, the neighborhood hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina.
Completely Off The Grid Mike Strizki says he’s figured out how to store solar energy in a way that could provide the world with an infinite source of year-round, emissions-free power, but also says no one is listening to him. For more news and information on the rapidly evolving energy industry, please sign up for the Breaking Energy newsletter. For the quickest updates, follow us on Twitter @AOLEnergy. At his house in the woods of western New Jersey, the civil engineer turned green energy evangelist uses fuel cells to convert the power generated by about 150 solar panels so that it can be stored in 11 hydrogen tanks about 100 yards from the house. For eight or nine months of the year, the photovoltaic cells mounted on Strizki’s workshop roof and scattered around his yard generate more than enough electricity for a full range of domestic appliances including energy-guzzlers like a hot tub and a big-screen TV in his white-sided suburban home. A Dream No More Government Support Fades The Inevitable Question
Bloom Energy Revealed on 60 Minutes! : Greentech Media After almost a decade of development and hundreds of millions in investment, Bloom Energy is coming out. Until now, all we've been able to garner were "no comments" from their marketing people. But this weekend, there's a Bloom piece airing on 60 Minutes that will feature none other than Greentech Media editor-in-chief Michael Kanellos. And next week is the official press conference and unveiling. Over the years, we've heard news and rumors on Bloom that included: Bloom customers include eBay, Google, Lockheed, Wal-Mart, Staples and the CIA. That customer list is certainly impressive, as is the alleged backlog. According to the CBS News article: Stahl is the first journalist to be allowed into the Bloom Energy lab and factory where currently one box a day is built. John Doerr, the Kleiner Perkins partner who invested in Bloom, has high hopes. But there is another hurdle says Michael Kanellos, editor-in-chief of Greentech Media. A little patent searching by Mr. And:
Alternative Energy Business | Solar energy giants discovering Ontario A coming green-energy law and the promise of long-term incentives for producers of renewable power have put Ontario on the radar of some big-name solar companies looking for certainty in a volatile marketplace. This month alone, Tempe, Ariz.-based First Solar Inc., one of the world's leading suppliers of next-generation solar modules, and solar power supplier Recurrent Energy Inc. of San Francisco have acquired and plan to develop multi-megawatt solar projects in Ontario. Meanwhile, San Jose, Calif.-based Nanosolar Inc. tells the Toronto Star that it is seriously eyeing Ontario as the location of a regional assembly plant for its thin-film solar modules. "The Ontario policies are very promising and we are now actively tracking this," said Nanosolar founder and chief executive Martin Roscheisen. The Star has learned that at least two other firms - one of them domestic - are planning to set up solar-cell manufacturing operations in Ontario.