Archive for the ‘Energy’ Category

Sep01

Replacing diesel in island countries

Diesel

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The economies, societies and ecosystems of small island countries have been burdened by the need to import fuels throughout the fossil fuel era.  Most of these countries generate their electricity using imported diesel fuel, which is extremely expensive, vulnerable to disruption, and environmentally damaging. (more…)

Aug29

Energy from humidity

Humidity

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The majority of methods we use for generating electricity convert mechanical energy into electrical energy in some fashion.  We may utilize nuclear power or burning coal or rushing water or wind but we end up spinning a turbine to create electricity.  Over time, we have developed numerous ways to initiate the motion in a generator. (more…)

Aug27

Tesla-powered buildings

Tesla

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The symbiosis between solar energy and energy storage technology is driving an emerging market.  Analysts predict a multi-billion dollar market will evolve in the US over the next several years, dominated by residential solar systems that use storage to provide power when the sun isn’t shining or during blackouts. (more…)

Aug25

A solar landfill

Example of Solar Array

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When landfills have reached their capacity, their contents are capped in order to isolate the wastes and contaminants within.  Hazardous waste landfills utilize specialized liners in order to prevent leakage and once they are capped off, they are monitored for decades for any gas or leached materials.  Sometimes the sites can be reused for such things as parks or parking lots, but all too often they become no-mans-lands that serve no purpose. (more…)

Aug21

Tides in the Bay of Fundy

Bay of Fundy

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The Bay of Fundy is on the Atlantic coast on the northeast end of the Gulf of Maine between the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in Canada.  It is the site of several national and provincial parks as well as the location of major ports for the pulp and paper industry.  But the Bay of Fundy’s greatest claim to fame is that it may have the largest tidal range in the world. (more…)

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