Tag Archives: Energy

Claim: Let’s put batteries on wind and solar farms

From Stanford University Stanford scientists calculate the energy required to store wind and solar power on the grid Renewable energy holds the promise of reducing carbon dioxide emissions. But there are times when solar and wind farms generate more electricity … Continue reading

About these ads
Posted in Energy, solar power, wind power | Tagged , , , , , , , | 227 Comments

When life gives you fracked water, make methane hydrate

From the American Chemical Society , an environmentalist’s nightmare. Desalination of drinking water, fracking, and methane hydrates all wrapped up into one positive outcome. Using a form of ‘ice that burns’ to make potable water from oil and gas production … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 47 Comments

Hump Day Hilarity: Great moments in planet saving energy engineering

British fracking protestor Prajna has it all figured out. Tom Wilson interviewed this guy at the fracking protest in Balcombe England. A cartoon from Josh follows. Prajna Have you protested before on energy issues? Prajna: “Well, no. But I’ve designed … Continue reading

Posted in Fracking, Humor | Tagged , , , | 123 Comments

It appears that by UN sponsored vote, the world just doesn’t care much about climate change

Hilary Ostrov writes about another Internet poll gone horribly wrong: ============================================================== Back in March of this year, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) announced an “innovative initiative” in which participants from around the world are invited to vote on what … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News | Tagged , , , , , , , | 55 Comments

CET cooling in line with solar model prediction

Yesterday, WUWT carried the headline: Coldest Spring In England Since 1891.  This essay offers what could be an explanation for it. Judge for yourself. – Anthony Guest essay by David Archibald Back in 2006, I published my first paper in … Continue reading

Posted in Solar | Tagged , , , , , , , | 93 Comments

The Faults, Fallacies and Failures of Wind Power

Guest essay by Viv Forbes Wind power is not free. All natural energy resources such as coal, wind and sun appear “free” – no one has to incur costs to create them. But turning a “free” resource into usable electricity … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, wind power | Tagged , , , , , , , | 96 Comments

An update on my solar power project – results show why I got solar power for my home (hint: climate change is not a reason)

UPDATE: I’ve answered questions from commenters below in the FAQs, and added additional diagrams – Anthony Much to the chagrin of people who are sure I’m evil, in the pocket of big oil, and highly carbon positive, I’m actually an … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Solar, solar power | Tagged , | 292 Comments

Life After Energy: What if fossil fuels disappeared tomorrow?

There is an anti-human TV program on the History Channel called Life After People, which portrays the aftermath of the imaginary scenario where all people on Earth suddenly vanished in a rapture-like event tomorrow. I’ve often seen it flipping channels, … Continue reading

Posted in Coal, Energy, geothermal energy, natural gas, nuclear power, petroleum, solar power, wind power | Tagged , , , , , , , | 216 Comments

Oooops! (at least they didn’t name it ‘robust’)

So much for Endurance… From Louise Gray at The Telegraph: Wind turbine collapses in high wind A controversial 115ft wind turbine has collapsed after being hit by heavy winds. The £250,000 tower, which stood as tall as a ten storey … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, wind power | Tagged , , , , , , | 188 Comments

How Green Was My Bankruptcy? “Roadmap for Solar Energy Development on Public Lands” Edition

The agency has already approved 17 large-scale solar energy projects on public lands that are expected to produce nearly 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 1.8 million homes. The department estimated the resource potential of the newly identified … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, natural gas, Politics, solar power | Tagged , , , | 98 Comments

Burning Food in Cars – an ‘anti-human ethos’

Letter to the Editor Watts Up With That? 23rd July 2012 Nothing illustrates the anti-human ethos of the Greens better than their support for “biofuels”. That trendy name cannot hide the fact that encouraging and mandating the burning of food … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, Energy, Letters To The Editor | Tagged , , , , , | 191 Comments

The Global Renewable Energy Index is crashing

This is interesting, after watching the collapse in the last two years of entities like the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), which ended trading with a bag of charcoal briquettes being worth more than a ton of carbon futures, we have … Continue reading

Posted in Green tech | Tagged , , , , , , , | 123 Comments

My Pet Project – Producer Gas and my SUV

Guest post by WUWT moderator Andi Cockroft This has little to do with my beliefs (or otherwise) in CAGW, but more to the fact that I am tight with money and this project offers the ability to run my 5 … Continue reading

Posted in Energy | Tagged , , , , , , | 89 Comments

An about face by China on solar power

From John Droz’s newsletter with a hat-tip to Dr. Roger Pielke Sr. for bringing it to my attention and via the “I can hear Joe Romm’s head exploding” department and Electric Light and Power comes this story: CHINA TO DROP … Continue reading

Posted in Energy | Tagged , , , , , , , | 83 Comments

Recent solar flare seen bombarding Earth with gamma rays

From the “Oh noes it’s Radiation” department, Dr. Leif Svalgaard points out we all got a gamma ray bath on that recent big solar flare. I wonder how many Banana Equivalent Doses we all got?

Posted in Astronomy, Radiation, solar flare | Tagged , , , , , , , | 44 Comments

Saturday Silliness – Josh’s wind energy fact sheet – global wind power ‘to the nearest whole number’

Hi all! Following this week’s Twitter exchange between Matt Ridley and Mark Lynas I thought a helpful fact sheet about Wind Energy would be useful. People can print it out, send to their relatives, MPs, Senators etc etc. Thanks! Josh

Posted in Humor, wind power | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 106 Comments

New contest for writing a skeptical essay

From the Spectator: Announcing the Matt Ridley Prize for Environmental Heresy by Fraser Nelson Matt Ridley has long deplored the wind farm delusion, and was appalled when a family trust was paid by a wind farm company in compensation for … Continue reading

Posted in Announcements | Tagged , , , , , , , | 22 Comments

Uh oh, North sea wind power a hopeless quest – it’s all about the foundations

Bishop Hill points to an essay in the Spectator Matt Ridley: The Beginning Of The End Of Wind which is a summary of the arguments against wind power. He (and I) were not aware of this point: Putting the things … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, wind power | Tagged , , , , , , , | 187 Comments

The Gas of Life

By Jim Goodridge  – former California State Climatologist Photosynthesis simply stated is 6CO2 + 6H2O + photons = C6H12O6+6O2. It is suggested by the relative abundances of atmospheric CO2 and O2, That CO2 is a quite active material and it … Continue reading

Posted in Carbon dioxide | Tagged , , , , , , , | 76 Comments

Wind power plug pulled in Illinois

End of tax credit a blow for wind power industry Up to 37,000 jobs, many in Illinois, could be lost as projects are halted or abandoned By Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune reporter The wind power industry is predicting massive layoffs … Continue reading

Posted in wind power | Tagged , , , , | 226 Comments

Shocker: dirty electric cars

From the University of Tennessee at Knoxville  comes this surprising bit of research. Taken in entirety, and electric vehicle has a greater impact on pollution than a comparable gasoline vehicle. Full disclosure – I own an electric car myself. I’m … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 155 Comments

New WUWT Feature – Scafetta’s forecast -vs- the IPCC forecast

I have a new feature page on WUWT that highlights the work of Nicola Scafetta and his solar-lunar cycle forecast model as it compares to the IPCC forecasts and global temperature reality using HadCRUT surface temperature data. Working with Dr. … Continue reading

Posted in Announcements, Forecasting, IPCC | Tagged , , , , , , ,

Perpetuum Mobile

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Since at least the days of Da Vinci, people have been fascinated by perpetual motion machines. One such “perpetuum mobile” designed around the time of the civil war is shown below. It wasn’t until the … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Gravity | Tagged , , , , | 911 Comments

Utility-Scale Energy Storage and Zinc-Air Batteries

Apparently, this company (EOS) has overcome the recharge limitation that exists in conventional zinc-air batteries, and supposedly has several patents on the technology. If true, this technology would be a big boost for all sorts of battery powered technology, not … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, solar power, Technology, wind power | Tagged , , , , , , , | 113 Comments

Price-Driven US Energy Independence

Guest post by David Archibald Mike Jonas’ recent post (http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/01/03/peak-oil-the-rp-ratio-re-visited/#more-54146) has prompted me to revisit the subject of US energy independence. The best report on the subject of peak oil was produced by the Australian Government and then suppressed by … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, petroleum | Tagged , , , , , , , | 128 Comments

Shocker: BP quits solar power industry

BP Exits the Solar Industry (via Planet Gore) By Greg Pollowitz Bloomberg: BP Plc, Europe’s second-largest oil company, will shut its solar power unit and quit the business entirely after 40 years because it’s become unprofitable. The company will wind down … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, solar power | Tagged , , , , , , , | 103 Comments

Windsplode in Scotland – plus some turbines can’t handle 50mph

I wonder what the incident frequency is for wind turbine fires versus say coal, hydro, or nuclear plants? From STV Scotland:

Posted in Energy, wind power | Tagged , , , , , , , | 122 Comments

Andrea Rossi and the magic coffee pot reactor

I allowed Ric Werme to post a couple of entries on the E-Cat “power reactor” by Andrea Rossi in the past, mainly to spur debate on whether this idea had any merit at all. I shut down comments on the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 134 Comments

Britain’s Wind Farm Scam Threatens Economic Recovery

From Benny Peiser at The GWPF: In a sane world, no one would dream of building power sources whose cost is 22 times greater than that of vastly more efficient competitors. But the Government feels compelled to do just this … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Newsbytes, wind power | Tagged , , , , , , | 126 Comments

The reality of wind turbines in California – video

As many know, I was on a road trip for two weeks. On my return into California, I traveled a road I had done many many times – California Highway 58 through Tehachapi pass, one of the windiest areas of … Continue reading

Posted in Energy | Tagged , , | 202 Comments

At $4.4 million per mile, a road to snow-where?

Here in broken California, we can’t hardly get Cal-Trans to complete regular asphalt roadways on time or on budget. While this is a nice idea, and in a perfect world it might be a perfect solution, I don’t think it … Continue reading

Posted in Ridiculae, Technology | Tagged , , | 137 Comments

Wind power gets bent out of shape in Wyoming

Trent Brome writes on his Facebook page: Arlington, WY – avg annual wind speed of 31mph, gusts above 110mph, seems like a great place for a wind turbine ….right?

Posted in Energy | Tagged , , , , | 208 Comments

Shale gas boom on

IEA: Natural Gas Can Supply World For 250 Years Thursday, 20 January 2011 09:51 United Press International Supplies of natural gas could last more than 250 years if Asian and European economies follow the U.S. unconventional reserves, the IEA said. … Continue reading

Posted in Energy | Tagged , , , | 127 Comments

US Energy Independence by 2020

Guest post by David Archibald Ira Glickstein’s post promoting clean coal has prompted me to offer a few slides from a presentation I had prepared. One of the things that gets me about clean coal is that the same people … Continue reading

Posted in Energy | Tagged , , , , , | 226 Comments

Renewables forcing consumer energy price rise in Oregon

Rates set to jump for Pacific Power, PGE customers in January. Published: Friday, December 17, 2010, 9:24 PM     Updated: Friday, December 17, 2010, 9:24 PM By Ted Sickinger, The Oregonian Come New Year’s, better strip the lights off the … Continue reading

Posted in Energy | Tagged , , , , , | 84 Comments