News & Observer Huge Legal Victory For Rooftop Solar Power CleanTechnica If you've never heard of the company Eagle Point Solar before, you're going to hear a lot more now.
Oh I bet the utility companies are upset with that. I can see many legal battles coming as energy monopolies try to hold on to their market shares. Reminds me of the fight between Big Pharma and Nutrition companies ;)
I love the idea of Solar Energy. Australia is the perfect environment for Solar. Plenty of space and plenty of sun.
Energy Department Makes Additional $4 Billion in Loan Guarantees Available for Innovative Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects (Energy Department Makes Add'l $4 Billion in Loan Guarantees Available for Innovative Renewable Energy
That's great news but it should be more like a $100 Billion ;)
A house built in the demanding environment of Alice Springs, Australia, has been honored by the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA). Dunn and Hillam's Desert House was designed to withstand the extreme desert conditions while remaining energy efficient. The AIA cited the project's "genuine sensibility to environmental management in this specific climate."
Dunn and Hillam was asked by its clients to design a house that would allow them to make the most of living in Alice Springs, taking into account its climate and spectacular scenery. The clients requested that the house engage with the surrounding landscape, that it provide multiple places to be use depending on the time of day and weather, and that it minimize energy usage.
In tackling the brief, Dunn and Hillam said it took an approach of "hardcore pragmatism and innovation, respect for the landscape and context and a belief in doing things better for the future." The house is cut into the rock and uses the thermal mass of the rock to regulate its internal temperature.
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Wind is a valuable renewable energy source. Limitations like cost and space needed to build make it hard for some wind turbine projects to get off the ground...
Yes and not to mention needing lots of wind :)
I have seen a wind generator producing around 5kw that you could fit on your roof. Not the open type. It has a cowling around the blades and is more efficient than other wind generators. You can also stack them together for added power.
There are now enough Tesla Model S electric cars — as well as the company’s electric car chargers that keep them going — out there driving on the roads of the world that a substantial amount of electricity is being delivered by Tesla’s chargers. Tesla said in a blog post this week that its fast chargers delivered 1 gigawatt hour of electricity to Model S cars in the month of June.
For comparison’s sake 1 GW is about enough electricity to power around 700,000 American homes. The Hoover Dam has about 2 GW of capacity. (My bad that’s not a fair comparison) So pushing half a Hoover Dam of capacity through Tesla chargers into the batteries of Model S cars is no small potatoes.
Tesla plans to ship 35,000 Model S cars by the end of 2014, and it delivered 22,477 in 2013. So by the end of 2014 there will be well north of 50,000 Model S cars charging and discharging energy into millions of lithium ion batteries throughout the day and night.
Now I like this idea better than burning hydrogen gas. I had no idea there were so many electric cars on the road now. Bet the gas companies are fuming (pun intended hah!)
I would definitely get an electric car if possible. Won't be long before they're shipped everywhere I guess. Who else would love to own an electric car? Sure would miss the roar of a V8 gas engine though. They should probably add a digital recording to an electric car for the rev heads out there. It's just not right when you put the pedal to the metal and all you get is this ssshhhhhhhhhhh! LOL
Hydrogen fueled vehicles, such as Toyota's FCV and Hyundai's Tuscon Fuel Cell, face a chicken or egg predicament: consumers are rightfully hesitant to invest in such vehicles if they don't have a convenient way to refuel them, and energy companies don't want to cough up dollars for costly infrastructure without significant numbers of such vehicles on the road. But a study by researchers at Sandia National Laboratories says that more existing gas stations in California could readily integrate hydrogen fuel than previously thought.
The fundamental safeguards for the generation, installation, storage, piping, use and handling of hydrogen in compressed gas or cryogenic liquid form are covered by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) hydrogen technologies code. Under the previous code requirements established in 2005, no existing gasoline stations could readily accept hydrogen.
However, this code was developed for flammable gases in an industrial setting and not hydrogen fuel at a fueling station, which poses different risks. In response to this, a new code, known as NFPA 2, was published in 2011.
Focusing on California, which already has the largest number of hydrogen fueling stations of any US state, the Sandia study determined that, based on the current code, 14 of the 70 commercial gasoline station examined could readily accept hydrogen fuel, while another 17 could do so with property expansions.
Compressed hydrogen gas? Scares the hell out of me especially in a moving vehicle! Reminds of the Hindenburg disaster. Yes I know, safety standards today are far better, blah, blah, blah. I just think there must be a safer fuel than hydrogen.
It might be just me with unreasonable fears about cars hurtling around the neighborhood filled with highly explosive gases. Whatever!
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