Tag: solar power

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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The Promise and Peril

April 3, 2012 0 Comments
The Promise and Peril

I suppose it could be said of every age in human history that there was “great promise and peril” involved with all we could imagine to do and build. I wonder if today’s dichotomy is more extreme. I have often heard it said that we are currently in a

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More Efficiency=Better Environment, Not Clear Cut

March 13, 2012 0 Comments
More Efficiency=Better Environment, Not Clear Cut

You know I am generally thrilled to see advances in efficiency and I try to keep our faithful blog readers up to date on all the latest advances in technology and energy. Living more efficiently makes a lot of financial sense and allows us to lessen our impact on the environment. You would think that […]

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Solar Power, More Affordable Every Year

February 3, 2012 0 Comments
Solar Power, More Affordable Every Year

Good news! The price of solar panels continues to fall. Although I would temper this news with the acknowledgement that most solar panel producers around the world are supported by government subsidies. Remember what we found out during the Solyndra Scandal. They were selling their solar “panels” for half the cost it took to make them. […]

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Continuing 2012 Hot Topics

January 3, 2012 0 Comments
Continuing 2012 Hot Topics

Yesterday I mentioned some of the science and weather themes I will be keeping track of in 2012, and I will continue with that today. But before getting into today’s themes, I want to again hearken back to the metrics of “growth” that I have been harping on. Yesterday I mentioned once again that happiness should […]

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Solar Industry Hits Hard Times

December 26, 2011 1 Comment
Solar Industry Hits Hard Times

I am very positive on alternative energy for the future. Fossil fuels have been a great energy source for humans for centuries, but it is dirty. It does cause a lot of pollution. It would be great to develop cleaner sources of energy. As I have mentioned in the past, I try to follow developments […]

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Hyperwarming Nullified By Progress

November 22, 2011 0 Comments
Hyperwarming Nullified By Progress

When blogging about anthropogenic global warming (AGW), I often mention the tendency for predictions and warnings to be of the worst-case-scenario variety. This has been going on for over two decades in the case of AGW and for much longer when it comes to general environmental apocalypse scenarios. If the science justifies the warning, then […]

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NOAA’s Winter Outlook

October 20, 2011 1 Comment
NOAA’s Winter Outlook

Following up on yesterday’s post about continued positive news in solar energy in the face of a world financial depression (meaning less subsidies for solar panels), here are a couple more technological advances that could pay dividends a couple years down the road: Researchers in Europe have improved the quantum dots for solar applications to […]

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Get Free Solar Panels!

October 19, 2011 3 Comments
Get Free Solar Panels!

Solar power advocates like me have been feeling a bit glum lately. The news is not all that great. Europe – where the most solar power has been installed in recent years – is broke. Since the vast majority of the solar installations in Europe were heavily subsidized by governments, it is unlikely that the pace of solar […]

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