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Thieves steal solar panels that power north San Rafael water treatment plant – Marin Independent Journal
Saturday 10 Jan 2009, 12:19
Filed under: Renewable Energy

Thieves steal solar panels that power north San Rafael water treatment plant – Marin Independent Journal.

Solar-panel theft is a growing problem in the Bay Area, with crimes reported in San Rafael, Novato, Bolinas, Napa and several East Bay communities, police said.

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DailyTech – Report: Toyota Developing Solar-Powered Car
Sunday 4 Jan 2009, 12:02
Filed under: Electric Vehicle, Renewable Energy

DailyTech – Report: Toyota Developing Solar-Powered Car.

I hope they follow through. The problem about most of the clean cars, and tech, is cost. Most regular people who need it, can’t afford it. Most can’t even get their foot in the door, to try.

NVR: Solar panel heist foiled Two men caught in South County
Wednesday 31 Dec 2008, 06:54
Filed under: Renewable Energy | Tags: ,

The activity looked suspicious enough that the resident called police with the direction the truck was going and its license plate number.

The Napa County Sheriff’s Department immediately put out a countywide broadcast for all police agencies to be on the lookout for the truck, and searched the Rutherford area. A patrol caught up to the truck at Tower Road and Highway 29, near the American Canyon city limit. Officers found solar panels underneath the tarp.

In a prepared statement, the sheriff’s department identified the two men as Thomas Lee Rivamonte, 50, of Oakley, and Jason Lee Allen, 34, of Antioch. Both were placed under arrest on suspicion of grand theft and possession of stolen property and later booked at Napa County Jail.

Deputies later determined the solar panels were taken from the city of Napa Water Facility on Sage Canyon Road — the second theft at that site in the last two weeks.


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Solar Eletric panels stolen in Napa area, and other RE ideas.
Saturday 13 Dec 2008, 09:03
Filed under: Renewable Energy | Tags: ,

Two separate Rutherford wineries are counting their losses to the tune of about $70,000.

The Back Shed, a DIY site on renewable energy, CNC, and foundry. Build you own wind mills.

NYtime has an article on the piling up of recyclables, with a small fraction of them going to the dump.

Here locally I recycled 92 pounds of insulated copper wire, at G&R, 4th and Broadway. Used to get 10 cents a pound, now got 5 cents a pound. I do this every 7 months or so for my job. Doesn’t even pay min wage, the recycling that is.

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The beneficial uses of ammonia, or the the other side of Eureka Ice story
Tuesday 9 Sep 2008, 10:02
Filed under: Eureka, Humboldt, Renewable Energy

While others are quick to assign blame and to point out the toxicity of the ammonia to Humboldt Bay Harbor commissioner Hunter. Lets be clear, he hasn’t had anything to do with Eureka ICE until after his father’s death. Now he has a backlog of maintenance to do. In my few times of being there, I haven’t seen commissioner Hunter there. What about the workers? What will become of them in our rush to be more environmentally crazy? What about all the ice that is manufactured there? Where will that come from? On one hand Heraldo and his ike want everything to be produced local, yet are happy to stab him in the back, and now all this ice will have to be trucked in. What about the diesel emission increases due to the weight of importing all this ice?

Of course you have the snide remarks of Mike and how this could be related to a green port.

Quotes are from wikipedia.

Refrigeration – R717

Ammonia’s thermodynamic properties made it one of the refrigerants commonly used prior to the discovery of dichlorodifluoromethane.[20] Ammonia’s toxicity complicates this application. Anhydrous ammonia is widely used in industrial refrigeration applications because of its high energy efficiency and low cost. Ammonia is used less frequently in commercial applications, such as in grocery store freezer cases and refrigerated displays due to its toxicity.

So we have a win for greenness, “high energy efficiency”

For remediation of gaseous emissions

Ammonia used to scrub SO2 from the burning of fossil fuels, the resulting product is converted to ammonium sulfate for use as fertilizer. Ammonia neutralizes the nitrogen oxides (NOx) pollutants emitted by diesel engines. This technology, called SCR (selective catalytic reduction), relies on a vanadia-based catalyst.[21]

ah, remember we can use it to scrub dirty diesel vehicles such as the one Pete of Humboldt Baykeeper uses.

As a fuel

Ammonia was used during World War II fuel shortages to power buses in Belgium and used in engine and solar energy applications prior to 1900. Liquid ammonia was used as the fuel of the rocket airplane, the X-15. Although not as powerful as other fuels, it left no soot in the reusable rocket engine and its density approximately matches that for the oxidizer, liquid oxygen, which simplified the aircraft’s design. Ammonia is proposed as a practical and clean alternative to fossil fuel for internal combustion engines[22] (the combustion products are nitrogen and water). In 1981 a Canadian company converted a 1981 Chevrolet Impala to operate using ammonia as fuel.[23][24] The use of ammonia as fuel continues to be discussed.[25]

The calorific value of ammonia is 22.5 MJ/kg (9690 BTU/lb) which is about half that of diesel. In a normal engine, in which the water vapour is not condensed, the calorific value of ammonia will be about 21% less than this figure.

Ah, see we can use ammonia as a fuel! The only byproducts are nitrogen, and water.

Ah yes, lets consider solar refrigeration. Yes you too can build your own solar powered refrigerator/ice I love Home Power Mag!

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The other dirty little secret, enviromentalists wanted higher gas prices
Saturday 16 Aug 2008, 07:41
Filed under: Renewable Energy | Tags: , , ,

The other dirty little secret is environmentalists wanted higher gas prices, to encourage us to conserve. This was to be done using higher taxes. Well now we have had high energy prices, and people are going nuts about it. We are supposed to be living under a free market type system. That doesn’t happen, on one hand you have regulations, making it more expensive to produce energy, refine it, transport it, etc. A good look is gas prices within and outside California. The other hand you have energy manipulators.

Lets get back to present day, energy prices went up, with the worldwide lack of sources(see peak oil), and ever increasing demand. Market forces actually worked, consumption decreased. While some would have you believe conservation will solve all our woes with out drilling, and other will have you believe drilling is the answer. The reality is we need a three prong attack. 1) We must drill, it will take a while, to find the useful deposits, get it to consumers, but it won’t last long. 2) We must conserve. Relying on people to do so is foolish. The problem is get in a trap of yes it is more fuel efficient to tune up the car, but if you don’t have the time because of two jobs, or can’t afford it, it doesn’t get done. If it doesn’t get done there is no savings in fuel. 3) We need to develope new alternative energy, and implement it. This also takes time. This takes time due to planning, regulations, lawsuits, and just getting the material. People think think solar/wind is unreliable due to looking at one site. The reality is there is many good sites over the United States. By creating a large mix of different energy supplies, spread out, you create a stable grid of electricity. Look at it this way, while the wind may not be blowing in one spot, it is in another spot. Same with solar.

I don’t like the idea of oil shale, due to the need of water to transport it in pipelines. I don’t like nuclear, due to disposal issues.

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VIA SRD: Obama campaign has close ties to ethanol interests
Monday 23 Jun 2008, 06:35
Filed under: Renewable Energy

So he has close ties to the corn based ethanol industry, supports heavy subsidies for it, and supports tariffs on importing more energy efficient sugar cane based ethanol which maybe illegal. Don’t worry though, as a Democrat, he will waiver, and change his mind.

VS McCain. Who says he would of vetoed the farm ethanol bill.


How do you like that Eric?

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