- 12 companies that received Taxpayer Money, yet filed for Bankruptcy
Abound Solar (Loveland, Colorado), manufacturer of thin film photovoltaic
Beacon Power (Tyngsborough, Massachusetts), designed and developed advanced
products and services to support stable, reliable and efficient electricity
Ener1 (Indianapolis, Indiana), built compact lithium-ion-powered battery
solutions for hybrid and electric cars.
Energy Conversion Devices (Rochester Hills, Michigan/Auburn Hills, Michigan),
manufacturer of flexible thin film photovoltaic (PV) technology and a
producer of batteries and other renewable energy-related products.
Evergreen Solar, Inc. (Marlborough, Massachusetts), manufactured and
installed solar panels.
Mountain Plaza, Inc. (Dandridge, Tennessee), designed and implemented
“truck-stop electrification” technology.
Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsens Mills Acquisition Co. (Berlin, Wisconsin),
a private company producing ethanol.
Range Fuels (Soperton, Georgia), tried to develop a technology that converted
biomass into ethanol without the use of enzymes.
Raser Technologies (Provo, Utah), geothermal power plants and technology
Solyndra (Fremont, California), manufacturer of cylindrical panels of
thin-film solar cells.
Spectrawatt (Hopewell, New York), solar cell manufacturer.
Thompson River Power LLC (Wayzata, Minnesota), designed and developed
advanced products and services to support stable, reliable and efficient
electricity grid operation.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
- 12 companies that received Taxpayer Money, yet filed for Bankruptcy
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Alcohol has about 1/2 the total energy by weight that gasoline does and requires twice as much in an engine to produce the same power as does gasoline. That means adding 10% alcohol to fuel decreases power by at least 5% requiring that much more throttle to be used burning even more fuel than the engine would have without the alcohol additive. The side effects are that the solvent cleans oil from off the cylinders and valves, hardens rubber, plastic, attacks aluminum parts, etc. thereby shortening engine life. Outboard motors all over the country have been utterly destroyed because the users did not comprehend the dangers of putting a solvent in their fuels. Fortunately, some premium brands of gas have no alcohol content and thus can be used in small engines and outboards without harm.
Everything we consume is delivered to every store in every town in every state all thru the nation by vehicles which burn diesel fuels including the tractors that farmers use to grow those foods, etc. It would be much wiser, economical, and more environmentally friendly to grow oil producing plants whose products could expand bio-diesels lowering prices for every commercial carrying truck, train, and aircraft that uses DIESEL for fuel.
Of course, that would be intelligent use of resources so wouldn't require a Government program and would be environmentally useful so wouldn't be to the advantage of the socialist big government environmental movement so don't expect any politicians to get behind the idea. Stupid is as stupid does and nothing is as stupid as& politicians selling votes.
PL Booth, The Blue Eye View of MO, 3/10/12
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
October 19, 2011
Political and scientific debates have raged over climate change in the last decade. Robert Bryce of the Manhattan Institute believes it is time to acknowledge five obvious truths about the climate change issue.
First, he says, those promoting political measures such as carbon taxes have lost. This is true even though Al Gore won an Oscar for his documentary and he along with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won a Nobel Peace Prize. The most recent climate change conference in Copenhagen had lots of promises but no action. “Carbon-dioxide emissions are growing because people around the world understand the essentiality of electricity to modernity.”
A second truth is that the world is going to need to produce more energy in order to remain productive and comfortable. Third, the carbon-dioxide debate isn’t about the United States anymore. Emissions in this country actually fell, while China’s emissions jumped by 123 percent over the past decade. Increases in emissions can also be found in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East..
Fourth, we must get better at turning energy into useful power. The good news is that we are doing just that. Back in 1882, Thomas Edison’s first central power station on Pearl Street in lower Manhattan converted less than 3 percent of the heat energy of coal being burned into electricity. Today our best natural-gas-fired turbines have thermal efficiencies of 60 percent.
The fifth and final truth is that the science is not settled. Climatologists are still trying to understand the complexities of our atmosphere. Even if we were to accept that carbon dioxide is bad, it isn’t at all clear what to do. One study showed that “switching from coal to natural gas would do little for global climate.” Economists have shown the extreme measures will have little effect on global temperatures but could devastate the world economy.
It’s time for politicians and the public at large to accept these truths about climate change. I’m Kerby Anderson, and that’s my point of view.
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Friday, March 18, 2011
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2011 10:33:28 -0500
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Subject: The pot did call the kettle black...didn't
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Recently, I was fortunate enough to be selected for a telephone Townhall meeting with the American Conservative Union Chairman, David Keene, concerning the nation’s energy needs and what should constitute the GOP energy policy. Several callers made similar statements and it appeared to me there was consensus that we should be drilling in the US for our own oil (including ANWR), building nuclear reactors, and making our economy less dependant upon foreign energy by being more efficient in all areas.
All those things are well and good. We can and should be drilling, onshore and off. ANWR, being mostly a desert tundra, should be opened. We also have coal available in both the East and the West which, I have little doubt, can be burning in power plants made considerably more efficient and cleaner. We can also do ourselves great good by burning our own trash; paper, wood products, plastics, non-recyclable oil, etc. in properly modified power plants.
Power plant incinerators can and should be developed to allow us use of much of the trash we now put into landfills (at great cost financially and environmentally) running more efficient Miller Cycle reciprocating engines rather than turbines. Such smaller, more efficient incinerator power plants can supply smaller cities or areas with all the public use power they’d need freeing the municipal taxes paid to power street lamps, public buildings, public utilities of all kinds and selling excess production to electric companies for public consumption.
Nuclear reactors need not be monstrously large in size and breeder reactors will negate the need to house spent fuel rods. We already build small, efficient reactors for ships and submarines. I believe those designs can be modified to supply clean, economical electric power for every major city in the USA.
Ethanol produced with food grains was a foolish (and I pray) short lived idea to assist farmers and agri-companies. Yes, Brazil uses ethanol produced largely with sugar cane, non-edible and much more easily converted than corn. Also, though alcohol has a higher natural octane rating than oil, it produces much less energy per gallon than oil and attacks metals of all kinds shortening the life of any internal combustion engine it’s used in.
Nearly every consumer item used in the USA (food, oil, clothing, furniture, lumber, and most anything else you can think of) is produced, moved, and delivered by truck over our very efficient highway systems. The tractors the farmers use and the trucks that deliver our goods all burn diesel. The few railway system locomotives use diesel. In fact, the cost of diesel affects the costs of nearly everything else in the USA. We very much need to produce diesel more economically and efficiently.
Bio-diesel is one partial solution as it can be blended with oil diesel and burned without significant side effects to those engines. Bio-diesel can be produced using soy beans (which will help many farmers) and several other types of plants. Coal can be converted to diesel. Used oils, both mechanical use and food use, can be converted and blended with refined petroleum diesel. Let’s setup some central collection and refining plants to collect all the old used oils from our crankcases and restaurants.
NPG (propane) is a very good reciprocating engine fuel with a high natural octane rating though it, too, produces less energy per gallon than gasoline. Since it doesn’t exist naturally in the liquid state, it requires heavy, high strength pressure tanks to contain it making it somewhat more efficiently used in medium duty trucks (like pickups and delivery vans). Thousands of gallons are burned off or lost daily at refineries and production rigs all over the country. We can have recapture technology to use that NPG. We already have some distribution centers scattered around the country to deliver gas for home heating purposes. What we don’t have are significant numbers of transportation engines specifically designed for propane, easily changed.
Our problem becomes one of political will. Neither party yet appears to have sufficient incentive to make sound energy policy. That is a cause the public must embrace. Forcing sound energy policy on parties addicted to Environmental Wacko monies is going to be difficult but, if we are to retain our way of life and avoid becoming what the socialist wackos want, a third world economy they can control at will, then we must fight. Call elected representatives and refuse to vote for incumbents who’ll not listen and support sound energy efficient policies right now.
PL Booth, The Blue Eye view, 07/25/08