Make Mine Dark Roast

I’m not a big fan of corn ethanol for fuel. Using our food supply for fuel just doesn’t make sense to me.

Enter coffee. According to an article from The Economist, some scientific dudes from the University of Las Vegas have found a way to turn leftover coffee grounds into biofuel.

If you like the smell of coffee, you’re gonna like this.


Peak Demand Before Peak Oil?

One of my daily reads – The Green Energy Blog, has an excellent article posted from the R-Squared Energy Blog regarding peak oil/gas demand vs availability. The author has been involved with the oil/gas industry for most of his life and is an excellent writer. I highly recommend you visit his site and check out his latest article.

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.

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.