Tag: solar power

Cold Weather Effects

January 30, 2014 0 Comments
Cold Weather Effects

A day like today, with heavy snow falling, and a Winter like this when the temperatures have been frigid, make me wonder about the energy and technology trends I have followed throughout the year. New clean energy and efficient technology have the potential to radically clean up the air and environment while helping us continue […]

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What is “Progress” in Energy

January 9, 2014 0 Comments
What is “Progress” in Energy

Due to the increased international focus on energy and climate over the last couple of decades, I have routinely reported on the latest technological developments – things that might allow us to live and work a bit cleaner and more efficiently. This has included the development of biofuels. Many people have given up on grain […]

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Some Positive Trends

July 5, 2013 0 Comments
Some Positive Trends

As a follow-up on the blog topic from yesterday, for those who might be skeptical about the continued decrease in carbon emissions in the U.S. and the potential for the trend to continue in the near future, here are some great stories from the world of business and technology that point to a cleaner future. From […]

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The News Is Not All Bad

April 3, 2013 0 Comments
The News Is Not All Bad

An interesting projection of arctic vegetation changes was published recently. As you can imagine, if the arctic continues to warm, more trees will grow. The study expects up to 50% more trees in arctic regions by 2050. This would most likely lead to significant changes for the arctic climate and other areas of the world. […]

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Biofuel and Alternative Energy Developments

February 7, 2013 0 Comments
Biofuel and Alternative Energy Developments

To all my bio-fuel supporting friends, sorry, but I still am not convinced that it is an effort we – as a society/economy – should pursue in a significant way (still good for niche areas though, as I have written before). A couple of recent studies have come to my attention which highlight some of […]

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Enhancing the Grid and Going Solar

November 16, 2012 1 Comment
Enhancing the Grid and Going Solar

Yesterday I detailed some of the downsides of biofuels and grain ethanol once again, while alluding to some possible better options that might help “electrify” our economy and society in the near future. This topic also ties in with hurricane/superstorm Sandy in a way that you might expect. Whether you are using biodiesel or solar […]

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A Trip to Phoenix

October 29, 2012 0 Comments
A Trip to Phoenix

As promised, today I will share some thoughts and pictures from my recent trip to the desert – Phoenix. I would talk a little more about hurricane Sandy, but Rob already did a great job in yesterday’s blog entry and it is dominating all media coverage already on TV, cable, radio, Internet, newspapers, so maybe this […]

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Solar Power Promoting Outage

October 18, 2012 4 Comments
Solar Power Promoting Outage

I mentioned in my “Downsizing the House” article that I would be traveling to Arizona soon. Since FirstSolar is headquartered in Phoenix, and I am a big promoter of solar power, I thought it would a great opportunity to visit the company, take a tour of the factory/headquarters, maybe see a big solar farm built […]

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More Grain Ethanol Headlines

August 17, 2012 0 Comments
More Grain Ethanol Headlines

I have been following the developing ethanol story for a few years now and it has certainly come back into focus with the drought and heat of 2012. In the beginning, about a decade ago, I was supportive of ethanol research and production in order to see if it made sense in the alternative energy […]

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More Existential Risk Analysis

June 29, 2012 0 Comments
More Existential Risk Analysis

Here in the weather blog, when I am not discussing the latest weather theory, news, or forecast, I am usually talking about the future – specifically technological progress. I think it is an under appreciated topic and concern for our future prosperity and happiness. I am always glad to share news of breakthroughs and new engineering […]

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