Archive for the ‘Alternative Energy’ Category

Dear Tesla Motors, Please Hurry!

December 18, 2009

http://www.teslamotors.com/

I think since they’ve already delivered 600 of these $109,000 cars they should have enough money to start building the next model.  The model S they call it.  It has four doors and longer range for half the price.  Hopefully the third model will be even less expensive and have better range and the fourth model will be even better than that.  Eventually they will have trucks and vans and everything else.   I wish they would hurry because they will basically save the world with all electric cars.  If we charge them with solar panels, windmills, hydro, or geothermal then the pollution we are pumping into our kids’ lungs will be less.  Save the world, Tesla Motors, but please hurry!

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Toyota RAV4-EV Secrets

February 10, 2009

Toyota made a vastly superior all-electric car back in 2000-2002 called the RAV4-EV. General Motors is about to release the Chevy Volt in 2011. GM claims that 40 miles of all electric only driving is the best they can do with the batteries they are using before the small gas generator starts up to power the electric motor. This is with new technology Lithium Ion batteries from LG. Why is GM going with these batteries when they could be using the Nickel Metal Hydride batteries Toyota used in the RAV4-EV? These batteries can take the RAV4-EV over 100 MILES on a single charge. This is even AFTER 100,000 MILES OF USE. Lithium Ion batteries can only hope to last that long before losing some of their capacity or needing to be replaced altogether. Would someone please let me know why GM is sabotaging the Chevy Volt in this way? Here is a video to get you started on how awesome the RAV4-EV is, how it’s charged by the owner’s solar panels on his house, and how Toyota can make a car vastly superior to the Chevy Volt today:

Windmills in the Sky Generate More Power

September 25, 2008

Windmills in the Sky Generate More Power – Technology – InfoNIAC

Why haven’t we already built hundreds of these things?  We’ve had the technology to do this since the early 20th century.  Unlike solar power – which is very good for keeping up with demand during the day – the wind at higher altitudes doesn’t stop when the sun goes down.  These things would also pay for themselves in a very short amount of time compared to coal, nuclear, or any other power plant that requires the purchase of fuel.  I say get started on this yesterday.  What do you guys think?

Coal Power Plant Retrofit With Solar

August 21, 2008

Coal Power Plant Retrofit With Solar

Now this is what I’m talking about.  A real solution to helping reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.  By adding the solar concentrating mirrors to boil the water in the pipes the sunlight is concentrated on instead of coal you have a coal power plant that makes the same amount of electricity but uses almost half as much coal.  Also, this new type of concentrating mirror trough system only needs 2-2.5 acres to generate one megawatt of power instead 5-7 acres so you get more for your money and a quicker return on investment.  My favorite part about solar power plants is that once they are paid off from selling the power it makes over time the fuel is free so the return on investment is not only quicker but the profit margin is greatest since the cost to operate is so incredibly low.  Solar just makes sense.  On a side note, here is a neighborhood of about 100 homes that have commited to all put solar photovoltaic (sunlight directly into electricity) panels on every one of their roofs.  This made it possible for the company doing the installing to get the panels for HALF OFF THE COST so the return on investment would be around two years and the neighborhood would have next to free energy (depending on how much energy they actually use) after that.  If I didn’t live in the woods with a small opening for sunlight I would do this too!  I may end up using Southern Solar Systems to install a solar hot water heater for me though since you only need a little bit of sun to do it.

Hurry and comment on the ZEV2008 Mandate!

August 11, 2008

Before it’s too late!  Go here:http://www.arb.ca.gov/lispub/comm/bcsubform.php?listname=zev2008&comm_period=1

Put in your comments to the board and tell them we NEED the 2008 zero emission vehicle (electric vehicle) mandate.  It’s up to Americans to take responsibility for the future.  Tell the lawmakers not to wait until the oil runs out to suddenly change over to all electric cars in a panic.  It is a much better idea to change over slowly and a little at a time.  Here is my comment I sent earlier today:

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Comment 2483 for zev2008 (15-1).

Subject: We NEED Electric Vehicles

Comment:

It has gone beyond something a few people just want to something

America needs to survive. It’s time to face the facts. The earth

will eventually run out of oil. Why base anything – much less your

entire economy – on something that will run out? It would be very

easy to pass laws similar to the ZEV2008 that would help Americans

afford to install solar PV panels or even thin film PV shingles on

their roofs to fuel their EV cars and trucks as well as their

homes. If we don’t start changing our transportation over to

electric drive soon, we won’t have time to change over once the

oil has run out. It would be A LOT cheaper to do the change over

slowly and a little at a time rather than in a panic once we find

out there is no more oil to get. Instead of trying to make

synthetic oil to use to make gasoline and diesel why not just

convert over to all electric powered by the sun and wind? It

would be cleaner, quieter, and better for consumers since they

won’t need oil changes, tune ups, and unnecessary trips to get

other repairs internal combustion engines are known for. If you

don’t pass the ZEV2008 you will go into the history books as the

reason why America’s future failed. If you DO pass the ZEV2008

you will go into the history books as a hero – actually the savior

– of America’s future. Thank you for reading my comment and I hope

you take what I’ve said to heart.

ExxonMobil Posts Record Profits AGAIN

July 31, 2008
Big Oil

Big Oil

Money Beat

It’s not that I don’t like companies that actually make money for their shareholders, but I think the line has been crossed in this case.  People are having to drive less and pay more for everything like food and basic necessities.  There has to be some sort of middle ground between the oil companies making record profits and the average American being able to have extra income to spend on things other than the basics.

I think I say it best in my comment on the linked ABC blog above:
The problem has always been the lack of consumer choice. When we buy a car or truck we have only once choice of fuel type: gasoline created from oil. We are just now in 2008 starting to see Flex Fuel (TM) vehicles that can use domestic ethanol E85 fuel. There needs to be more than two choices. There should be electric cars that I can charge with solar panels on the roof of my house. After 5-10 years the fuel would essentially be free after saving the money I would be spending on gasoline and power from the grid. I say let the oil companies do whatever they want to do to help their shareholders, but they need to let go of their semi-monopoly on our transportation. There wouldn’t be so many grassroots electric vehicle conversions going on if automakers in the US like General Motors would just have kept their EV1 going instead of recalling and shredding them to pieces. Anyone who reads this needs to watch the documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” just to have the information out there. If GM would have kept the EV1 going, and put more out there on the road then the invisible hand would have put incentive out there for the battery companies to make better batteries, etc. Since the EV1 came out in the 90’s then by now we would have the EV2 or EV3 with better range and a lower price just from economies of scale.

Saharan sun could power European supergrid

July 23, 2008

Saharan sun could power European supergrid | Environment | guardian.co.uk

If Europe can do it so could the USA.  We have more than enough sun all over the southwest to give us clean power when we need it most (during the day).  We could use the molten salt idea to generate several hours worth (if not all night’s worth) of power at night.  If the molten salt didn’t last all night we could use our wind, hydro, and ocean tidal power plants for the few hours of the night that we needed.  Even if we just used the power during the day from the sun and used our current grid (50% coal) for the few hours at night would that not be a HUGE reduction in greenhouse gas and toxic gas production?  I think it would be a great investment for the American people and our government leaders should push for this as soon as possible.  Do you agree?

Turn garbage into electricity and fuel and roads!

April 24, 2008

Garbage Problem? Vaporize It., Florida County Plans To Ditch The Dump With Lightning Power – CBS News

Solve two problems with one solution! Basically instead of burning garbage with fire you disassociate every atom and molecule using electric plasma arcs. Then the gases can be used as a fuel in cars and the waste heat can create steam to turn turbines. It uses one third of the energy it creates to run itself so the extra gases and electricity can be sold back to pay for itself. As the world population grows we are making more garbage but are at the same time running out of space for landfills to bury our garbage. As more people build houses and cities sprawl out exponentially the energy needs of the globe are increasing as well. This solution solves both problems. I, for one, welcome this new technology and give it “Josh’s Seal of Approval”.

Mr. Fusion from Back to the Future is here!

April 22, 2008

StarTech – Environmental Corporation

This company has created a plasma converter.  This basically does what the Mr. Fusion did for the DeLorean time machine at the end of the first Back to the Future movie.  It turns ordinary household garbage into electricity!  It also has the added benefits of reclaiming all the precious metals and plastics chemicals that can be recycled and reused to make more things that we can throw away and make more electricity.  As long as you keep feeding it garbage it will make not only enough power to drive itself but also create gases and fuel for your car, home, etc.  I hope this technology really takes off!  What do you think about this?

Plug In America – Promoting Plug-in Cars for a Better America

March 10, 2008

Plug In America – Promoting Plug-in Cars for a Better America

It’s time America wakes up to the fact that we will eventually run out of oil and that gas prices will only get higher from now on.  We will never see less than a dollar for a gallon of gas again.  So we need those powers that be and the rich business types that actually run the USA to start investing in solar and battery/energy storage technology and research.  The best possible future we can set for the generations of homo sapiens to come would be to set up a massive solar infrastructure using the cheapest solar cells and solar heating units on as many rooftops and other areas where the sunlight is being wasted and not being captured in some way (heat or electricity).  There is enough energy hitting the dessert area of the Southwestern USA every day to generate ten times the entire US’s TOTAL generation today from all types (nuclear, hydro, coal, etc.) and still have leftovers to store for the night.   Electric cars have more torque than gas engines do from zero RPM and have two to three times the efficiency since there are only three to five moving parts (compared to the many hundreds of parts that need to be replaced/maintained or the entire engine fails).  There really is no reason for the US automakers to not shift their entire fleets over to 100% electric with some sort of range extending option like a small gas motor that only turns a generator to restore power to the batteries that you would only use once or twice a year when you go more than 250 miles in one day.  I don’t see why people have to be so greedy and thoughtless so as to not care about the future generations that will have to deal with the coming oil crisis.  It can be solved RIGHT NOW with technology we’ve had SINCE the 90’s.  People are stupid and greedy and don’t care.

On a side note, Tesla Motors delivered their first production car off the assembly line this past week.  They already have the funding lined up to start developing prototypes of their 100% electric sedan code named “Whitestar”.  I can’t wait to see if we can afford it!  I’m so ready for an electric car I can taste it (it tastes like it does when you touch a 9V battery to your tongue).