Thursday, October 15, 2009

Road Trip! GM Sends the Volt Out Into the World | Autopia | Wired.com. I hope GM can get all the bugs worked out. I am really excited to see a new Volt on the market. This is one of the first hybrids I have really been excited about. This might be my new car in a few years.

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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Is small the future of nuclear power generation? | TheStar.com. This is an interesting idea. I like the thoughts behind this. It is possible to make this extremely safe. Now the only real problem is the "Not in my back yard!" statements. I have to think hard if even I could get past this.

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Storing the Breeze: New Battery Might Make Wind Power More Reliable | Scientific American. This is the kind of research and industry we need in these times. I do not care what you believe about climate change. If we continue to research and build new technologies like this, we will create jobs and money here in the USA. This is what we need. We need a Federal strategy that supports and encourages projects like these.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

How You Can Save The World | Visions for Tomorrow. This is a blog post by one of my favorite physicists Dr. Michio Kaku, It will make you stop and think about your place in this world.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Rock Port, Missouri, First 100 Percent Wind-powered Community In U.S. | sciencedaily. This is what we need. More people and communities need to take the initiative to do whatever it takes to use renewable energy sources. I would love to be a part of a project like this. The great news is that they are already producing more energy than they use so the can sell it back to the grid.

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Thinking Differently about Electrical Distribution and Power Storage | Dvorak Uncensored. This is a very interesting opinion. I agree that electricity is a good solution to distribute power. I definitely think this is a few years out. We will have to watch and wait, but you can try and reduce, reuse, recycle now to help.

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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Itís Free, Plentiful and Fickle | New York Times. A very nice little article on wind power and some of its problems. I did not really think about this much, but it does not look like we can offset the building of new power plants just buy using wind generators. The only real thing that will help us all is if we can start to conserve power. Start using those high efficiency light bulbs and start turning the thermostats up in the summer and down in the winter. Also try and drive less and more efficiently. One big waste is small engines, like riding mowers. If we all mowed every other week instead of every week that would save a bunch of gas and reduce the pollution created. Ok I am off my soapbox now. Just wanted to give you something to think about as we start a new year.

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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Our power was restored to our house yesterday afternoon. It was quite a humbling time dealing with no power. You just can not realize how much electricity we have become accustom to until you are without it for five days. It was quite an event. It was amazingly nice to take a hot shower this morning.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Well once again Amber and I find ourselves without power. A large winter storm with ice and snow came through the St. Louis area on Thursday 30 November 2006. We lost power at about 11:00 PM and have not had any since. Luckily Amber's Uncle had lent us a generator last summer when the power was out. We still had that at our house so we wired up the furnace and the refrigerator. We have been using a small electric burner to cook on and have been doing ok. We at least have heat and that is the major thing. The only item of connivence that we are sorely missing is hot water. It is just inconvenient to not be abel to take a shower when you want. Hopefully we will have power restored shortly.

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Friday, September 29, 2006

Google to share power efficiency secrets | ComputerWorld. This sounds like a great idea. I hope that we see all companies adopt these ideas.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2002

I awaken this morning, still without heat, to find the house in utter darkness. The power is out. Great! And I have not even requested it yet. The plan is to install a new electrical service in the house now before the new furnace is installed. Oh well, Amber tells me the power was back on shortly after I left the house this morning. Another day another adventure.

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