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  • Paying the Rates Obama Demands

    11/27/2011 7:08:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | November 27, 2011 | Marita Noon
    Electricity rates now depend more on public policy and regulatory decisions than on actual costs. Based on a newly released report from Oliver Wyman, a leading global management consulting firm, “There is a growing need to increase electricity prices. These rate increases are largely being driven by environmental, regulatory, and security requirements.” And they are adding to “financial strain at the worst possible moment.”The report, designed to help utility companies deal with customer wrath, states that “the increases have been the most significant in the residential segment”—where they grew more quickly than other sectors. Despite declining pricing on some fuels,...
  • From Edison’s Trunk, Direct Current Gets Another Look

    11/20/2011 9:56:06 PM PST · by neverdem · 90 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 17, 2011 | MICHAEL KANELLOS
    Thomas Edison and his direct current, or DC, technology lost the so-called War of the Currents to alternating current, or AC, in the 1890s after it became clear that AC was far more efficient at transmitting electricity over long distances. Today, AC is still the standard for the electricity that comes out of our wall sockets. But DC is staging a roaring comeback in pockets of the electrical grid. Alstom, ABB, Siemens and other conglomerates are erecting high-voltage DC grids to carry gigawatts of electricity from wind farms in remote places like western China and the North Sea to faraway...
  • Japan: Electricity shortages could mean chilly winter for some

    11/14/2011 3:05:43 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Electricity shortages could mean chilly winter for some November 12, 2011 People across most of the country should be preparing to bundle up. With many nuclear power plants offline since the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, electric utilities in some regions will likely face difficulties securing enough power this winter. Kansai Electric Power Co., which depends on nuclear power for more than 50 percent of its electricity generation, expects that its supply capacity will be 7.1 percent below peak demand in January and 9.5 percent in February. Similarly, Tohoku Electric Power Co.'s capacity will be 3.4...
  • Senate majority rejects GOP bid to block EPA (with the help of 6 RINOs)

    11/11/2011 4:48:48 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | November 11, 2011 | Dina Cappiello (AP)
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democrat-controlled Senate on Thursday rejected a Republican attempt to block a regulation intended to curb power plant pollution that blows downwind into other states. By a 56-41 vote, senators defeated a resolution by Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who said the step was needed to rein in what he called the Obama administration's overzealous job-killing approach to environmental protection. "We are simply asking that the clean air regulations already on the books stay in place and we do not make the regulations so onerous that they put utility plants out of business and we have an...
  • Plasmonic device converts light into electricity

    11/09/2011 11:52:00 AM PST · by Red Badger · 19 replies ^ | November 9, 2011 | Lisa Zyga
    While the most common device for converting light into electricity may be photovoltaic (PV) solar cells, a variety of other devices can perform the same light-to-electricity conversion, such as solar-thermal collectors and rectennas. In a new study, engineers have designed a new device that can convert light of infrared (IR) and visible wavelengths into direct current by using surface plasmon excitations in a simple metal-insulator-metal (MIM) device. The researchers, Fuming Wang and Nicholas A. Melosh of Stanford University, have published their study on the new device in a recent issue of Nano Letters. “The greatest significance thus far is to...
  • Utility company PROHIBITING illegal immigrants from obtaining electric, gas, water

    11/08/2011 1:25:49 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 77 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8th November 2011 | Nina Golgowski
    Utility company PROHIBITING illegal immigrants from obtaining electric, gas, water or sewer service in Alabama... A major utilities company in Alabama is now prohibiting illegal immigrants from receiving electricity, gas, water or wastewater services to heated reactions on both sides, but they're just following the law. The Decatur Utilities company is now one of many in the state that follows the newly signed immigration law which prohibits business with illegal immigrants in the state or its subdivisions. 'We did not [originally] document or confirm whether or not they were citizens or aliens here legally,' Stephen Pirkle, Decatur business manager and...
  • New materials turn heat into electricity

    11/07/2011 1:35:12 PM PST · by Red Badger · 15 replies ^ | November 7, 2011 | By Lisa-Joy Zgorski + Provided by National Science Foundation
    Most of today's power plants--from some of the largest solar arrays to nuclear energy facilities--rely on the boiling and condensing of water to produce energy. The process of turning heated water into energy was essentially understood by James Watt all the way back in 1765. Heat from the sun or from a controlled nuclear reaction boils water, which then expands, moves a turbine and generates power. Why water? It is cheap; it absorbs a lot of "latent heat" as it turns into steam; it produces a lot of power as it expands through the turbine; and it is easily condensed...
  • Graphene shows unusual thermoelectric response to light

    10/07/2011 11:42:34 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 11 replies
    MIT ^ | 10/7/11 | David L. Chandler
    Finding could lead to new photodetectors or energy-harvesting devices.Graphene, an exotic form of carbon consisting of sheets a single atom thick, exhibits a novel reaction to light, MIT researchers have found: Sparked by light’s energy, the material can produce electric current in unusual ways. The finding could lead to improvements in photodetectors and night-vision systems, and possibly to a new approach to generating electricity from sunlight. This current-generating effect had been observed before, but researchers had incorrectly assumed it was due to a photovoltaic effect, says Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, an assistant professor of physics at MIT and senior author of a...
  • House advances Hoover Dam electricity bill

    10/04/2011 8:03:03 AM PDT · by ˘ommon ˘ents · 13 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Monday, Oct. 3, 2011 | 10:10 p.m. | Karoun Demirjian
    The House passed a bill to extend the allocation of electricity created by the Hoover Dam for another 50 years Monday afternoon without any objection, and well in advance of the deadline to divvy up the output from the regional power center.The deal under which Nevada, California and Arizona share power produced at Hoover Dam is set to expire in 2017; Monday’s bill would preserve it until 2067.It would also create a new category of power recipient: under the new contract, the participating states would agree to take 5 percent of their allocations -- for a total pool of about...
  • Tesla S gets souped up speed

    10/03/2011 7:27:21 AM PDT · by thackney · 51 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | October 3, 2011 | Jillian Cohan
    Electric carmaker Tesla got gearheads buzzing this weekend with its announcement of a tweak to its Model S luxury sedan to give it super speed. The souped up version will go 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds and get about 320 miles per charge. Green Car Reports has more on the specs: The sportier version features the same 85 kilowatt-hour, 300 miles-per-charge battery pack found in the 2012 Model S Signature series. “That’s quicker than a [Porsche] 911 [Carrera],” joked [Tesla CEO Elon] Musk. “Not bad for an electric luxury sedan.” In fact, it’s better than some of the gas-powered cars...
  • A Simple Way to Boost Battery Storage (+30%)

    09/30/2011 8:51:17 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | Friday, September 30, 2011 | By Katherine Bourzac
    A stretchy binder material that's compatible with existing factories could help electric cars and portable electronics go 30 percent longer. A stretchy binder material that's compatible with existing factories could help electric cars and portable electronics go 30 percent longer. One approach to the problem is to structure these anodes in a totally different way, for example growing shaggy arrays of silicon nanowires that can bend, swell, and move around as lithium enters and exits. This approach is being commercialized by Amprius, a startup in Palo Alto, California. But growing nanowires requires new processes that aren't normally used in battery...
  • 'Artificial leaf' makes fuel from sunlight (w/ video)

    09/30/2011 6:34:40 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies ^ | Sep 30, 2011 | by David L. Chandler
    Researchers led by MIT professor Daniel Nocera have produced something they’re calling an “artificial leaf”: Like living leaves, the device can turn the energy of sunlight directly into a chemical fuel that can be stored and used later as an energy source. The artificial leaf — a silicon solar cell with different catalytic materials bonded onto its two sides — needs no external wires or control circuits to operate. Simply placed in a container of water and exposed to sunlight, it quickly begins to generate streams of bubbles: oxygen bubbles from one side and hydrogen bubbles from the other. If...
  • Valero calls on grid operator to shape up in Texas City

    09/29/2011 5:33:06 AM PDT · by thackney · 17 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 29, 2011 | Tom Fowler
    The CEO of refiner Valero is telling the electric grid operator that serves its Texas City refinery it needs to do more to improve power reliability. Valero’s Texas City refinery has been hit by four major power outages this year, each caused by problems with the power transmission and/or distribution equipment owned and operated by TNMP. The outages, which hit other Texas City refineries including facilities owned by BP and Marathon, led to equipment shutdowns and flaring as the companies scrambled to burns off dangerous emissions. In one instance Texas City officials declared a shelter-in-place when emissions levels became dangerously...
  • New Battery Could Be Just What the Grid Ordered

    09/28/2011 10:27:12 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | Wednesday, September 28, 2011 | By Prachi Patel
    A Pittsburgh company says its battery has the long life and cheap cost needed to be practical for energy storage. Utilities need cheap, long-lasting ways to store the excess energy produced by power plants, especially as intermittent power from solar and wind farms is added to the mix. Unfortunately, the batteries available for grid-level storage are either too expensive or don't last for the thousands of cycles needed to make them cost-effective. A new battery developed by Aquion Energy in Pittsburgh uses simple chemistry—a water-based electrolyte and abundant materials such as sodium and manganese—and is expected to cost $300 for...
  • Baking the Smart Grid Books: Study Estimates Costs and Benefits

    09/17/2011 10:58:30 AM PDT · by dila813 · 21 replies
    Forbes Business ^ | 4/17/2011 @ 8:43PM | William Pentland
    The U.S. electric grid was not designed to meet the increased demands of a restructured electricity marketplace, the energy needs of a digital society or the increased use and variability of renewable power production. For these reasons, we call today’s power grid “dumb.” Conversely, we call the anti-dote to this stupidity the “smart grid.” This “smart grid” will ensure high levels of reliability, enhance economic productivity and reduce the environmental impact of producing electricity, according to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
  • Battery Storage Could Get a Huge Boost from Seaweed

    09/09/2011 2:05:46 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | Thursday, September 8, 2011 | By Stephen Cass
    A binding agent found in everything from ice cream to cosmetics could let lithium-ion cells hold much more energy. Lithium-ion batteries could hold up to 10 times as much energy per cell if silicon anodes were used instead of graphite ones. But manufacturers don't use silicon because such anodes degrade quickly as the battery is charged and discharged. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Clemson University think they might have found the ingredient that will make silicon anodes work—a common binding agent and food additive derived from algae and used in many household products. They say this material...
  • The shocking truth about electric cars

    09/01/2011 11:01:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 107 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | Sep. 01, 2011 | MARGARET WENTE
    Wouldn’t you love to have an electric car? They’re clean, green and righteous. And once we make the switch, we can pull the plug on fossil fuels, air pollution, imported oil and Middle Eastern autocrats, and create millions of green jobs into the bargain. No wonder progressive governments are so eager to plow money into electric cars. This week, Ontario’s McGuinty government (which likes to brag that Ontario is Canada’s greenest province) showered Magna International with nearly $50-million to develop new electric vehicle technologies. Magna, which is rolling in dough, admits it doesn’t need the money. But in a world...
  • SOLICITING ADVICE: Want to purchase a generator to power home in emergency

    09/01/2011 7:24:56 PM PDT · by Libertarian4Bush · 76 replies
    After seeing many people still without power in the wake of Irene, I'd like to purchase a generator - something I can use to either attach a few outlets, or, in the event of a longer outage, use to power my entire home (within reason). I'm looking for advice and lessons learned from people who are either happy or unhappy with their purchase/arrangement. Thanks.
  • Breakthrough in hydrogen fuel cells: Chemists develop way to safely store, extract hydrogen

    08/30/2011 6:38:50 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies ^ | Aug 29, 2011 | Staff
    A team of USC scientists has developed a robust, efficient method of using hydrogen as a fuel source. Hydrogen makes a great fuel because of it can easily be converted to electricity hydrogen is that, because it is a gas, it can only be stored in high pressure or cryogenic tanks. In a vehicle with a tank full of hydrogen, "if you got into a wreck, you'd have a problem," said Travis Williams, assistant professor of chemistry at the USC Dornsife College. A possible solution is to store hydrogen in a safe chemical form. Earlier this year, Williams and his...
  • EPA's Looming Blackouts

    08/22/2011 4:53:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 97 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 22, 2011 | Staff
    Energy: It won't matter which light bulbs we use as the administration's implementation of cross-state pollution rules shuts down coal plants across the country. Where will the jobs be when the lights go out? It's called the Cross-State Pollution Rule, announced last month, and its implementation over the next 18 months will likely result in the loss of a fifth of the nation's electricity-generating capacity. The result will be likely power shortages, skyrocketing rates and inevitable brownouts and rolling blackouts. Based on Bush-era EPA proposals that the federal courts threw out in 2008, this latest example of legislation is designed...
  • Getting ready for a wave of coal-plant shutdowns

    08/20/2011 10:11:43 PM PDT · by Why_are_Democrats_stupid? · 72 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/20/11 | Brad Plumer
    Over the next 18 months, the Environmental Protection Agency will finalize a flurry of new rules to curb pollution from coal-fired power plants. Mercury, smog, ozone, greenhouse gases, water intake, coal ash—it’s all getting regulated. And, not surprisingly, some lawmakers are grumbling. Industry groups such the Edison Electric Institute, which represents investor-owned utilities, and the American Legislative Exchange Council have dubbed the coming rules “EPA’s Regulatory Train Wreck.” The regulations, they say, will cost utilities up to $129 billion and force them to retire one-fifth of coal capacity. Given that coal provides 45 percent of the country’s power, that means...
  • New EPA rule could lead to rolling blackouts in Texas, PUC chairwoman says

    08/20/2011 4:12:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies
    star telegram ^ | Aug. 19, 2011 | Jack Z. Smith
    The head of the Texas Public Utility Commission expressed concern Friday that a new federal air quality rule, set to take effect Jan. 1, will cause disruptions in electric service. If implementation of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule is not delayed, "I have no doubt in my mind that this rule will result in reliability issues and rolling outages in Texas," Donna Nelson said at the start of the commission's meeting. ... The company says the industry's standard time frame for installing emission controls is several years, but the rule requires compliance in six months. So Luminant, a subsidiary of...
  • Blame Israel: PA Angry at Israel Over Rising Electricity Prices

    08/09/2011 11:46:58 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/8/11 | Elad Benari
    The Palestinian Authority is once again angry with Israel, only not for political reasons this time, but rather for economic ones. The PA’s electric company announced Tuesday that electricity rates would go up by 7%, following the 12% increase in electricity rates in Israel. The Chairman of the Palestine Electric Company, Omar Katana, placed the blame on Israel, from which the PA acquires 95% of the electricity in Judea and Samaria and 75% of the electricity in Gaza. “Israel’s increase in electricity prices is due to the cessation of the supply of gas from Egypt and its use of expensive...
  • Number of Chevy Volts sold last month: 125 (Who's Buying?)

    08/04/2011 8:40:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Hoatair ^ | 08/04/2011 | Allahpundit
    Via Jonathan Last at the Standard. Remember a few months ago when people were snickering because GM had sold only 281 Volts that month? Yeah. The Nissan Leaf once again outsold General MotorsÂ’ Chevy Volt in July after GM slowed production of its electric car last month, giving Nissan a nearly 2,000-car edge in total sales.Nissan sold 931 all-electric battery-powered Leafs in July, bringing the total number of electric cars the company has sold to 4,806. General Motors only sold 125 Volts after shutting down its Detroit-based plant to retool it, bringing its total vehicles shipped to 2,870. General Motors...
  • Research group develops “superior conducting” solid state lithium battery

    08/03/2011 1:44:13 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 5 replies ^ | 08-03-2011 | by Bob Yirka
    A Japanese research group has developed a solid state lithium battery that appears to perform just as well as conventional liquid lithium ion batteries. The group has published their results in Nature Materials and claim to have found a solid electrolyte that performs on a par with current liquid technology, and does so over a much broader temperature range and because it’s solid should be more compact as well as less sensitive to physical damage and fire hazard. Lithium ion batteries are currently used in a wide variety of consumer electronics (and electric vehicles) due to their energy density, re-chargeability...
  • EDITORIAL: Jacking up your electric bill

    07/27/2011 5:55:59 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 27, 2011 | Editorial
    More regulations on industry will hurt the flickering economyAmerica faces a European-style debt crisis, but you wouldn’t know it from observing what’s happening on Capitol Hill. At a Senate committee’s request, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Tuesday issued an analysis of proposed renewable (RES) and clean-energy standards (CES). The federal government has grown so large that it’s actually studying how to spend money to make electricity more expensive. In fact, it’s a White House priority. In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for 80 percent of America’s electricity to come from windmills and solar panels by...
  • Colbert: Nissan Leaf drivers looking for hand gesture, friends in Houston

    07/28/2011 9:17:34 AM PDT · by thackney · 28 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 28, 2011 | danmcgraw
    Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert took on the Friendly Fracosaurus, which is now slated for extinction. Now, he has set his eyes on Nissan’s ploy to create a friendly hand gesture for Leaf drivers to acknowledge each other by. However, a Nissan Leaf driver from Houston said it’s tough to acknowledge someone…if nobody drivers a Leaf in the city. (Although it was a Houston-area family that got the first Leaf in Texas).
  • Ford asks customers to choose sound of new electric Focus

    07/27/2011 5:24:14 AM PDT · by thackney · 95 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 26, 2011 | Brett Clanton
    Ford Motor Co. recently thought of a creative, ahem, vehicle for soliciting input from consumers about its 2012 Focus electric car. The Dearborn, Mich. automaker asked fans on Facebook to rate their top pick among four proposed sound the car will make when traveling at low speeds. Those who click on the site — and there have been hundreds so far – can visit four YouTube links, each with a unique noise, and then register their favorites. The project stems from new federal regulation that will soon hybrids and electric vehicles to be equipped with noisemakers that function when the...
  • Ruling held up on power plant near Grand Canyon

    07/26/2011 10:12:09 AM PDT · by zippythepinhead · 7 replies
    The Deseret News ^ | July 25, 2011 | Felicia Fonseca
    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The owners of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation won't know until at least next year whether they'll have to install expensive equipment aimed at clearing the air around places like the Grand Canyon. The U.S. Environmental Protection agency said it will begin consultations with tribes next month on the potential impact of further reducing nitrogen oxide emissions from the Navajo Generating Station near Page. Those consultations and a study from the Interior Department will better help the agency reach a decision that was expected this summer, EPA officials said.
  • Electric cars about to cost more in California

    07/21/2011 12:30:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 57 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 21, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch
    It's going to cost more to buy electric cars in California. The state has run out of the $5,000 rebates it was giving people who purchased all-electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf. "The government is saying that if you are an early adopter, be prepared to pay for it," said Jesse Toprak, an analyst at auto information website TrueCar. He said there's enough demand for electric vehicles to absorb some price increases and shrinking rebates, at least for the next year or so. Nissan has sold 4,134 of the battery-powered electric cars this year. General Motors Co.'s Chevrolet, by...
  • India: 'Massive' uranium find in Indian state

    07/19/2011 2:33:16 AM PDT · by coldphoenix · 40 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | July 19 2011 | BBC
    India's southern state of Andhra Pradesh may have one of the largest reserves of uranium in the world, the country's chief nuclear officer says. Studies show Tummalapalle in Kadapa district has a reserve of 150,000 tonnes of the mineral, Atomic Energy Commission chief S Banerjee said. India has estimated reserves of about 175,000 tonnes of uranium. Analysts say the new reserves would still not be sufficient to meet India's growing nuclear energy needs. Mr Banerjee said that studies at Tummalapalle have shown that the area "had a confirmed reserve of 49,000 tonnes and recent surveys indicate that this figure could...
  • Israel's Bright Sparks Invent 'Electric' Road (Turning traffic into electricity)

    07/17/2011 1:24:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Sky News ^ | July 12, 2011 | Dominic Waghorn, Middle East correspondent
    Scientists in Israel say they have invented a way of turning traffic into electricity. The bright sparks at the country's Technion Institute of Technology in Haifa have developed a road that generates power when vehicles pass over it. And they hope the technology will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. In a university car park, Haim Abramovich and his team run a heavy truck repeatedly over a special stretch of tarmac. "The name of the game is harvesting," he told Sky News. "Harvesting means energy which is available but is going to waste. "So what I want to is to...
  • Graphite + water = the future of energy storage

    07/15/2011 10:34:12 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 51 replies ^ | 15 July 2011 | Staff + Provided by Monash University
    A combination of two ordinary materials – graphite and water – could produce energy storage systems that perform on par with lithium ion batteries, but recharge in a matter of seconds and have an almost indefinite lifespan. Dr. Dan Li, of the Monash University Department of Materials Engineering, and his research team have been working with a material called graphene, which could form the basis of the next generation of ultrafast energy storage systems. “Once we can properly manipulate this material, your iPhone, for example, could charge in a few seconds, or possibly faster.” said Dr. Li. Graphene is the...
  • Energy-harvesting shock absorber that increases fuel efficiency wins R&D 100 award

    07/14/2011 1:59:15 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 49 replies ^ | July 14, 2011 | by Lisa Zyga
    An energy-harvesting shock absorber that can be installed in a vehicle’s suspension system to absorb the energy from bumps in the road, convert the energy into electricity, and improve fuel efficiency by 1-8% has recently won the R&D 100 award. Nicknamed the “Oscar of Invention,” the annual award is given out by R&D Magazine to recognize the top 100 innovative technologies introduced during the previous year. Previous winners have included the ATM (1973), liquid crystal display (1980), Nicoderm anti-smoking patch (1992), lab on a chip (1996), and HDTV (1998). The new shock absorbers were designed by Professor Lei Zuo and...
  • Lights Out… Democrats Block Repeal of Lightbulb Ban – Vote Gives Jobs to China

    07/13/2011 12:04:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    gateway ^ | July 12, 2011 | Jim Hoft
    House democrats blocked the repeal of the light bulb ban. A majority of Americans oppose the government’s unpopular and unnecessary ban on incandescent bulbs and infringement on choice. On January 1 2012, 100 watt incandescent bulbs will become illegal, with lower wattages to follow. The democrats just voted to give jobs to China.
  • Power from the Air: Device Captures Ambient Electromagnetic Energy to Drive Small Electronic Devices

    07/08/2011 1:09:28 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 72 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 07-08-2011 | Staff + Georgia Institute of Technology Research News
    Researchers have discovered a way to capture and harness energy transmitted by such sources as radio and television transmitters, cell phone networks and satellite communications systems. By scavenging this ambient energy from the air around us, the technique could provide a new way to power networks of wireless sensors, microprocessors and communications chips. Matter & Energy Energy Technology Detectors Batteries Computers & Math Spintronics Research Computer Science Information Technology Strange Science Reference Microwave IEEE 802.11 Radio Radiant energy "There is a large amount of electromagnetic energy all around us, but nobody has been able to tap into it," said Manos...
  • Sulphur Breakthrough Significantly Boosts Lithium Battery Capacity

    07/06/2011 7:26:38 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 07/05/2011 | Staff
    Trapping sulphur particles in graphene cages produces a cathode material that could finally make lithium batteries capable of powering electric cars Lithium batteries have become the portable powerhouses of modern society. If you own a phone, mp3 player or laptop, you will already own a lithium battery. More than likely, you will have several. But good as they are, lithium batteries are not up to the demanding task of powering the next generation of electric vehicles. They just don't have enough juice or the ability to release it quickly over and over again. The problem lies with the cathodes in...

    07/05/2011 10:09:34 AM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 21 replies
    Jim Stone, Freelance journalist ^ | Unknown | Jim Stone
    See the update, which answers a question about DC connected main lines below this report. The entire premise of my report is based on the fact that you cannot run multiple frequencies simultaneously on the grid without separating it into sections and running them separately. That is what the AP report clearly implies when it says that clocks will run faster and slower in various regions. ____________________________________________________________________________ A recent AP report states that there is a proposal in place to change the frequency various parts of the national electrical grid run at. The frequency differences will be minor, but will...
  • Obama’s EPA Sets Out to Destroy US Factories With Boilers; Affecting Millions of US Jobs

    06/26/2011 9:41:07 AM PDT · by blueyon · 46 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 6/26/2011 | Jim Hoft
    Thousands of power plants, manufacturing plants, paper mills, refineries, chemical plants, schools and hospitals use boilers at their facilities. Literally millions of jobs rely on affordable energy from these facilities, and those jobs are put at risk if those boilers can no longer be installed and run in a cost effective manner.
  • It hertz when you do that – power grid to stop regulating 60 Hz frequency

    06/26/2011 11:38:35 AM PDT · by brityank · 141 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | June 25,2011 | Anthony Watts
    It hertz when you do that – power grid to stop regulating 60 Hz frequencyPosted on June 25, 2011 by Anthony Watts“Experiment” on the US power grid will change the way some clocks and other equipment function. A 60 hertz sine wave, over one cycle (360°). The dashed line represents the root mean square (RMS) value at about 0.707 Image: Wikipedia)Story submitted by Joe Ryan The AP has released an “exclusive” story concerning the nationwide “experiment” that will be conducted on the US power grid. The experiment will relieve the power providers from the duty of regulating the frequency...
  • Power grid change may disrupt clocks, traffic lights, security systems and more

    06/26/2011 11:21:27 AM PDT · by matt04 · 61 replies · 2+ views
    A yearlong experiment with the nation's electric grid could mess up traffic lights, security systems and some computers — and make plug-in clocks and appliances like programmable coffeemakers run up to 20 minutes fast. "A lot of people are going to have things break and they're not going to know why," said Demetrios Matsakis, head of the time service department at the U.S. Naval Observatory, one of two official timekeeping agencies in the federal government. Since 1930, electric clocks have kept time based on the rate of the electrical current that powers them. If the current slips off its usual...
  • Power-grid experiment could confuse electric clocks

    06/24/2011 11:36:30 PM PDT · by John W · 78 replies
    MSNBC ^ | June 24, 2011 | Seth Borenstein
    WASHINGTON — A yearlong experiment with America's electric grid could mess up traffic lights, security systems and some computers — and make plug-in clocks and appliances like programmable coffeemakers run up to 20 minutes fast. The group that oversees the U.S. power grid is proposing an experiment that would allow more frequency variation than it does now without corrections, according to a company presentation obtained by The Associated Press. Officials say they want to try this to make the power supply more reliable, save money and reduce what may be needless efforts. The test is tentatively set to start in...
  • Waste Heat Converted to Electricity Using New Alloy

    06/24/2011 6:38:32 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 66 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 06-22-2011 | Staff + materials provided by University of Minnesota.
    University of Minnesota engineering researchers in the College of Science and Engineering have recently discovered a new alloy material that converts heat directly into electricity. This revolutionary energy conversion method is in the early stages of development, but it could have wide-sweeping impact on creating environmentally friendly electricity from waste heat sources. Researchers say the material could potentially be used to capture waste heat from a car's exhaust that would heat the material and produce electricity for charging the battery in a hybrid car. Other possible future uses include capturing rejected heat from industrial and power plants or temperature differences...
  • Obama Blunders on Batteries Badly

    06/23/2011 6:55:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | June 23, 2011 | Bob Beauprez
    One of Barack Obama's favorite fantasies is that Americans will soon abandon their SUVs and pick-ups in favor of battery operated cars. Implementing energy policies to "boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe" is part of his overall plan to force us to go green. The supposed upside is the standard line of worshippers of the green god – reduced greenhouse gas emissions and a cleaner environment. But, like so much of the hope-and-change agenda, the electric car idea isn't off to a very good start, and new research finds it may not be so green after all either.Obama...
  • California's Plan to Electrocute the Automobile Industry

    06/20/2011 4:49:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 06/20/2011 | Bill Frezza
    Just when you think the People's State of California couldn't possibly inflict more damage on its own economy, out comes a regulatory proposal so astonishing you have to wonder whether the destruction of an entire industry is its actual intent. So-called zero emissions vehicles, which could more accurately be labeled coal burning cars given the source of most of our nation's electricity, are part of a troika of green fetishes that have captured the fevered imaginations of central planners. Not content with the incentives provided by a $7,500 federal tax rebate attached to cars like Government Motors' Chevy Volt, California...
  • Venezuela to Begin Rationing Electricity

    06/16/2011 12:53:04 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 46 replies · 1+ views ^ | June 16, 2011 | Associated Press
    Venezuela will soon begin rationing electricity in several regions because of recurring power outages, the country's energy minister said Wednesday. Ali Rodriguez said he has ordered authorities to start scheduling rolling blackouts in affected regions and informing residents when they will be implemented. He did not provide details or say how many of Venezuela's 24 states would be affected. The plan was presented three days after Venezuelan officials announced measures aimed at saving electricity. They say power consumption must be reduced by 10 percent and have warned that hefty surcharges will be imposed on consumers who don't reduce usage. Venezuela...
  • Get ready for electricity prices to “necessarily skyrocket" (Bills go up as much as 60% by 2014)

    06/12/2011 12:57:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies · 6+ views
    Hotair ^ | 06/11/2011 | Ed Morrisey
    Have you had a lot of fun watching the price of gasoline shoot out of sight this year at the pump? That will be just the appetizer. Thanks to new regulations from the Obama administration, power companies will shut down a significant number of coal-fired plants by 2014, and without any other reliable sources of mass-produced electricity, consumers will see their bills go up as much as 60% (via Instapundit and Newsalert): Consumers could see their electricity bills jump an estimated 40 to 60 percent in the next few years.The reason: Pending environmental regulations will make coal-fired generating plants, which...
  • Consumers' electric bills likely to spike as coal plants close (Necessarily skyrocket reminder!)

    06/12/2011 9:19:54 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 32 replies
    Chicago Trubune ^ | 06/11/11 | Julie Wernau
    Consumers could see their electricity bills jump an estimated 40 to 60 percent in the next few years. The reason: Pending environmental regulations will make coal-fired generating plants, which produce about half the nation's electricity, more expensive to operate. Many are expected to be shuttered. The increases are expected to begin to appear in 2014, and policymakers already are scrambling to find cheap and reliable alternative power sources. If they are unsuccessful, consumers can expect further increases as more expensive forms of generation take on a greater share of the electricity load.
  • Obama’s EPA Regulations Will Cost Coal Industry $200 Billion & Electricity Rates to Skyrocket

    06/08/2011 7:53:27 PM PDT · by SanFranDan · 49 replies · 1+ views
    GatewayPundit ^ | 6/8/11 | Jim Hoft
    In January 2008 Barack Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle: “Under my plan of a cap and trade system electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Businesses would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that cost onto consumers.” He promised that his plan would cause electricity rates to skyrocket. He wasn’t kidding. In January, 2011 the Obama Administration, for the first time ever, blocked an already approved bid to build one of the largest mountaintop removal coal mines in Appalachian history. And, today it was reported that Obama’s energy plans will cause electricity rates to necessarily...
  • AEP to close plants, trim 600 jobs to comply with EPA rules

    06/10/2011 3:26:38 AM PDT · by don-o · 42 replies
    American Electric Power on Thursday announced it plans to shut down several coal-fired power plants, convert or retrofit others, and cut as many as 600 jobs in the next few years to comply with regulations proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Based on the proposed regulations, AEP will have to retire nearly 6,000 megawatts of coalfueled power generation; upgrade or install new advanced emissions reduction equipment on another 10,100 megawatts; refuel 1,070 megawatts of coal generation as 932 megawatts of natural gas capacity; and build 1,220 megawatts of natural gas-fueled generation.