Solar Sunday

All I can say is WOW!  The wall of solar.  Very architectural.

I am encouraged by this invention.  Just like turning straw into gold.

I really like this one.  Being someone who drives MOSTLY, and a lot of time driving at night, those rainy dark mornings and nights would be much less dangerous with this idea.

A little closer to home is the solar car which recently made an appearance in close by Longview Washington.

Move over Larry Flynt, Big 3 Auto Co’s, and of course the banks.  With O soon to take the helm of the worlds strongest nation, his ambitious pursuit of renewable energy already needs a bailout.  As energy has taken a hit financially, renewable energy has also taken a hit.

Solar Sunday

As of late, there has been a lot going on in the solar energy world which has prompted me to collect the solar news as I come across it. Throughout the week, I’ll collect the news and post it on SOLAR SUNDAY!

These may take awhile to catch on in the fashion world. Well, at least until oil goes up again and all renewables are in trend again. Yes friends, it’s solar powered sunglasses to charge your gadgets.

I spied a story last week that spoke of a rumor of a rumor that Toyota is going to build the first solar powered car. As it turns out, they are in denial.

I’ve been following the solar lawnmower bit for about a year now. Can’t remember where I saw it but there was a tutorial on how to build a solar powered lawnmower (DIY) that I was considering. Guess I don’t have to now. Husqvarna has beat me to the punch.

For all of us who really want a solar pv system, it is coming closer to reality price wise. This system says they can provide a fully functional pv system for about $10k after rebates.

First they build the biggest dam. Now they lay claim to the largest solar plant in the world. Well, we still lay claim to the most wind farms.

Wasting Time With LNG

Sometimes I wonder why people work so hard at being uninformed or misinformed.

I remember when LNG came to town. Looking back I’m glad I was part of a 5 member commission who voted to allow a lease to a company who wanted to go through a process of determining if an LNG storage facility could exist on the lower Skipanon Penninsula in NW Oregon.

At the time of the vote, only a handful of people came forward to pronounce the evils of locating such a facility.
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Don’t Blow Up The Dams…Yet

While reading through one of my nightly news sites – Science Daily, I stumbled upon a very interesting article regarding salmon living in rivers with dams and without.  The nutshell version is salmon thrive in both and the study could not reveal that dams make a difference.  Another one of those hunches I always had.  My other hunch is global warming is not due to man but is a naturally occuring phenomena.  I have other hunches too but I need something to blog about in the future.

One of my newer cool places to get news is Daily Tech. According to this article, California company SCE will be installing a 909 Megawatt windfarm in Gillium and Morrow Counties (in Oregon). That’s a lot of megawatts. To my knowledge, this will be Oregon’s largest windfarm.

News U Can Use

As a faithful follower of the sun, some more encouraging solar news coming from MIT. A huge breakthrough in solar technology has happened again. This particular breakthrough is encouraging and could put us off the grid in 10 years. We shall see.

I’ve made my point about the recent bailout. I think it sucks. After you read this article from the NYT, I think you will think the bailout sucks too.

If we can bailout all of wall street, why can’t we build a freakin car that gets 100 mpg? Did you know that these cars are being produced now but won’t go mainstream because they are too expensive to build??? Whaaat? Here’s yet another car that won’t be rolled out anytime soon.

From the “I Want” department, a 4 door Tesla sedan all electric vehicle. I’m a family man you know.

I know you are asking. But g, where do you plan on charging your new Tesla 4 door sedan?
Australia of course.

Misc.

In all of my job files, I always have a “Misc.” folder. Seems there’s always something that doesn’t quite fit into my other labeled categories.

Today, is Misc. day. I have some things to post that don’t quite fit into a category.

First up is a great new program I tried out called Locate32 which is a file finding concern. I’ve tried several search programs over the past year to replace the microsoft “search” program but none that I’ve tried were really any faster and seemed to consume system resources. Locate32 is SCREAMING fast. It has a built in update engine that screams through your system to log everything and then the main program uses that database to find what you are looking for. If you have a bunch of stuff on your computer and a hierarchy of various folders and files and want to find something that is buried, this is your program! This is one of the best finds in quite a while.

It seems the push is on for nuclear energy again. Ever thought about a reactor in your back yard? Well these folks have just the product for you. Become your own energy company and charge your neighbors. Infact, the power that comes with these baby’s could light up your town. Check it out.

Renewable News Links

Some excellent news on the renewable front you renewable types should be aware of.

From KATU is news of a 12 year old little dude from Beaverton who lined his pockets with $25k for a possible and very probable invention of a new solar technology. Way to go little Beaverton dude.

Ok, Ok. But where are we going to store all of this renewable energy for when we need it??? Glad you asked. One of my nightly visits is (of course) Science Daily which has a piece on a breakthrough new type of carbon cell that seeks to store major amounts of energy.

Across the drink in jolly old england, the cool studiers of wave technology at Oxford have come up with an interesting way of harnessing the wave. They’re not even using surfboards.