Archive | August 2006

Looking to nature to inspire the next great leap

Stephen Rees sent me a link to this article about engineers studying nature to come up with the next technological breakthroughs. It got me thinking that universities all over the world need to start teaching and starting programs on biomemetics. Nature is the source of all inspiration. Leonardo Da Vinci studied nature when designing his flying machine, and all his other inventions.

Think about this. We are made of the sun. The sun is 98.5% of the mass of the entire solar system. We are made from the sun. The sun is our progenitor. We are born from nature. We are sustained by the sun. Everything on earth has been provided to us by the sun. It is no wonder that people have worshiped the sun since the beginning of time. Now we are more knowledgeable about how the sun works, and how very dependent we are, we can make our lives easier by using what nature has designed, and appropriating the design. The great thing about nature’s design is that is has been tested under the harshest critic, nature. If you don’t pass muster with nature, you’re gone.
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Just Imagine the Possibilities, We Create the Future

I know the idea for Positive Energy Output has many roadblocks, but they are not all permanent. I’m thinking more long term. Who knows what advances we may have in our government, technology and social consciousness in the next 30 years.

The thing is we have a way to affect that outcome right now. By bringing up the possibilities we wipe the cobwebs from our minds and allow the imagination to forge new roads to a future by choice instead of a future by accident.

We are currently living the results of the designs from 50 to 100 years ago. The decisions by the designers of society in the early 1900s has created our current state of affairs. Things could have been so different, but now we have the means to communicate to the masses, from the masses. That is the difference today. Everyone is responsible for the future. We choose our future. We just have to fight like hell to build the momentum to get the big money to pay attention. Nothing happens if we stay quiet.

The point is we affect change by starting the conversation. I’m all for letting the ideas flow. Let’s think of how it can be done, not how it can’t be done.

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Hydrogen cars are not here today, but Electric Vehicles are possible now!

The Korea Herald:

“We have made a scientific breakthrough but we are not saying that our research is the final solution, the material itself needs to be manufactured and tested,” said Lee.

“The question is to increase its hydrogen storage capacity; the next step for our research is to find the conditions and the materials that can provide the answers.”

Hydrogen fuel cell technology is coming along in the laboratory, but it is not viable for mass production today. We have the technology today to create electric vehicles with solar charging and co-generation charging stations. It should be our priority to create buildings that serve as dwellings, offices and energy production facilities. We need to do what makes sense today, and not wait for future science to save us. We have what we need to get started on making a difference.

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Winning the War on Terrorism has nothing to do with War

Read this article at WorldChanging. You’ll see what I mean. Peace is created from peaceful means. War is created from violence. You can’t stop the violence with violence. Winning the War on Terror means we must wipe the terror from ourselves and move on with a clear head on what the real problems are. The main problem is that exploited people will have nothing to live for, so they will fight. We must end human exploitation. One way to start is by creating technologies that is cheap enough and easy enough for anyone to use that provides energy, and food.
we are not afraid

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MIT Energy Research Council

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Here is an excertp from Wired Magazine.

Below are some examples of the MIT research projects the Energy Research Council will be sponsoring and developing:

  • Spinach solar power: Tapping the secrets of photosynthesis — engineering proteins from spinach — to make organic solar cells whose efficiency could outstrip the best silicon photovoltaic arrays today.
  • Silicon superstrings: A novel approach to manufacturing conventional silicon photovoltaic arrays by pulling the chips in stringy ribbons out of a molten stew like taffy rather than slicing them from silicon ingots.
  • Laptop-powered hybrids: Using a new generation of lithium-based batteries (which power most portable electronics today) to cut the price and charge-time of hybrid and electric car batteries.
  • Tubular battery tech: Using “supercapacitors” made from carbon nanotubes to store charge — rather than the chemical reactions that power most batteries — resulting in a lightweight, high-capacity battery that could someday give even the laptop battery a run for its money.
  • Hold the A/C: Optimizing air and heat flow on a new computer-aided design system, before a building’s construction begins, allowing for the building’s air conditioning costs to be cut by as much as 50 percent.
  • Hybrid without the hybrid: Turbocharging an automobile engine with plasma from a small ethanol tank (which would need to be refilled about as often as the oil needs changing), reportedly increasing fuel efficiency almost to the level of a hybrid — but only adding $500-$1,000 to the car’s sticker price.
  • More light than heat: Generating a car’s electricity photoelectrically (using a gas-powered light and a small, specially designed solar panel) rather than mechanically (using an alternator), substantially increasing fuel efficiency.
  • Coal-powered biofuels: Bubbling exhaust from a coal-fired power plant through a tank of algae that’s been bred to siphon off much of the exhaust’s carbon dioxide — in the process, fattening the algae that can then be harvested as biodiesel.

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Solar power is getting cheaper, much cheaper

Check out this company from Palo Alto, Calfornia. Nanosolar is developing solar sheets that use printing technology to create low cost solar power. Also, if I had the money, I’d be investing here right now.
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  • Nanosolar PowerSheet™. Our A-100 cell technology delivered in an industry-standard package that ensures premium lifetime and full compatibility with existing mounting and installation practices. Available to the general public in 2007 through leading system integrators, this product is currently being rigorously tested in controlled outdoor installations and through accelerated indoor lifetime tests.
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  • Nanosolar SolarPly™. Our flagship building-integrated product is a large-area solar-electric “carpet” for integration with commercial roofing membranes. SolarPly can be utilized in a variety of building products because our cells are both non-fragile and bendable. Developed in collaboration with leading companies in the commercial roofing membrane industry, this product is the ideal solution for commercial buildings.
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  • Nanosolar Utiliscale™. A product specifically designed to realize the best in system economics for large-scale ground-mounted plant installations.

We also offer the following OEM product:

  • Nanosolar Cell A-100. Available to volume integrators, our cell product is based on proven thin-film technology and produced with our innovative advanced process technology. Cell strings are available in 150mm width and any length.

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The Ultimate Green Car: A Solar-Powered Plug-In Electric Biodiesel Hybrid

solar-powered plug-in electric biodiesel hybrid

Imagine a car that uses solar power from a charging station. The biodiesel would come from the American heartland, and the electricity from the sun. The fuel would only be used when going uphill, or for an additional boost for acceleration. Energy independence is our way to freedom, and these type of vehicles are the way to energy independence.

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The Clean Energy Challenge: Support Businesses that Purchase Green Power!

Renewable Northwest Project provides a list of Pacific Northwest businesses that buy renewable power. Look it up and make your next purchase from one of these green conscious businesses.
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Power your home with renewable energy

If you are serious about outfitting your home or small business with its own power source you’ve got to take a look at Home Power Magazine. They have schematics for wind and solar power, as well as hydro power.
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