Tag Archives: Energy

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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:

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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A really neat piece of hybrid organic semiconductor tech generates electricity from light or heat

From Fujitsu’s press web site: Fujitsu Develops Hybrid Energy Harvesting Device for Generating Electricity from Heat and Light Paves the way toward widespread energy harvesting, generating self-sufficient power from the surrounding environment Kawasaki, Japan, December 9, 2010 — Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. … Continue reading

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