Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Let The Green Revolution Begin!!!!

Let the Revolution Begin:

House Produces Huge Climate Bill to Cap Emissions and Reduce Energy Dependence

April 6, 2009
In a week in which President Obama at the London G-20 meeting drowned out all else in the media, a comprehensive draft of an energy bill quietly emerged in the House and was virtually ignored. A 648-page “discussion draft” titled the American Clean Energy and Security (ACES) Act, it would mandate alternative fuel use, set efficiency standards, introduce a cap-and-trade mechanism and unleash a host of green initiatives.

A collaboration between Energy and Environment Subcommittee Chair Ed Markey (D-MA) and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Henry Waxman (D-CA), its four parts encompass clean energy, energy efficiency, global warming pollution reduction and the support for the industries and workers who would bring about a transformed future.
With a Democratically-controlled Congress and a President who has made energy reform one of his trinity of objectives, along with health and education, the draft portends that the nation may finally be poised to take action against foreign oil dependence and climate warming after eight lost years of obstruction and backsliding. Highlights:

On a rising curve starting in 2012, electric utilities will need to produce 25% of their output from renewable fuels by 2025.
Demonstration projects for carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) would be funded as an attempt to find a way for the continued use of the nation’s vast coal reserves in producing energy.
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More Bad News for Detroit:

China Intends to Own the Electric Car Market

April 6, 2009
As America obsesses over whether or not to bail out Chrysler and General Motors or let them slide into bankruptcy, along comes an announcement that brings Titanic deck chairs to mind. The government of China wants it known that their nation intends to become the pre-eminent producer of all-electrically powered autos within three years.
The New York Times broke the story, but it could be seen in the tea leaves when in December the Chinese company BYD unveiled an all-electric car with a battery it claimed was two years ahead of the competition. BYD (it stands for “Build Your Dreams “) started as a battery company making rechargeables for phones and laptops. In the sort of rapid metamorphosis now common in China that the U.S. hasn’t seen since the overnight conversion of its car plants to making tanks in World War II, the company is
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Ready for the Revolution II:

With Cars Going Electric, There's This Roadblock: The Battery

March 24, 2009
While there have been many positive developments in the search for new energy technology, alternative fuels and more energy efficient products, the single most attractive source of power, electricity, has two major drawbacks: Power loss during its transmission and the limited storage capacity of current batteries.

Though the former may be resolved through an improved national electric grid or by reducing transmission distance by generating power locally from solar, wind or geothermal sources, current battery storage

technology, however, is still inadequate.

If we want to switch to green power, that is electricity generated from clean sources — solar, wind and perhaps, wave power — then we need to improve on its transmission to consuming centers as well as develop a means of storing power until it is needed. From a generating perspective, both solar and wind power are either intermittent or limited by daylight and location. They are also handicapped since the most ideal locations for generating
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The 1% Solution:

Wind Power: Increasingly Viewed as "The Most Cost-Effective and Scalable" Renewable

March 10, 2009
The wind-power industry presently generates about 1% of all electricity worldwide. The wind turbines now in use have a typical capacity of around 1.5 to 2.5 megawatts, have rotor diameters as broad as 100 meters (see photo on inside page), and rotate around an area roughly the size of a football field.

Public opinion is divided about these devices. Many feel that they are majestic symbols of new energy sources; others reject them as an eyesore—a distraction from the beautiful landscape.

The wide availability of wind power and its renewability are its most attractive attributes.

In theory, wind is so readily available throughout the world that it could meet the world’s current energy needs. Stanford University energy researchers recently found that global Click to continue


By 2020 More on Volts Than Gas?

Shai Agassi’s Audacious Plan for Electric Cars

February 27, 2009

He aims to spark nothing short of an automotive revolution, whole countries at a time. Former software executive, Shai Agassi, a 40-year-old Israeli transplanted to Silicon Valley, has so far been invited to 30 countries to propose his radical plan for converting to all-electric vehicles.

What has caught their attention is less about the car than about its support system. Car makers have focused on how to build electric cars, which for Agassi is the wrong way round. For him the quest is how to run a country without oil, and that means putting infrastructure ahead of cars: the facilities out on the road that tend to the cars’ batteries. If the support platform is built “after people buy the product, people just won't buy the product". Click to continue



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