The World Is Going Solar
According to new data released by the Fraunhofer Institute, in the first half of 2014, renewable energy, like solar power, accounted for almost 31 percent of all electricity produced in Germany.
Half a Million Solar Panels Now on UK Buildings“A quiet solar revolution has been taking place led by half a million everyday households,” said Leonie Greene of the Solar Trade Association.READ MORE on EcoWatch: http://ecowatch.com/2014/01/14/half-million-solar-panels-uk-buildings/
(A CHALLENGER APPEARS!) We interrupt your regularly scheduled video game blog for an ANNOUNCEMENT. And a CHALLENGE.
See this? It’s a road (prototype). It’s a solar panel. It can bear the weight of trucks. It can melt ice and snow. It can replace any sidewalk, road, or paved surface. If all the roads in the U.S. were paved with this, it would generate three times the power the U.S. needs. And you know what? A new industry + major infrastructure overhaul means lots and lots of new jobs.
There’s 13 days to go on IndieGoGo, but Solar Roadways are only 23% of the way to their goal. WTF?!
So here’s my challenge, TUMBLR PEEPS.
I CHALLENGE YOU TO BEAT MY SCORE (DONATION). No, not each of you. ALL OF YOU TOGETHER.
[Above: IndieGoGo confirmation screen of my $1K donation to Solar Roadways]
- DONATE to SOLAR ROADWAYS ON INDIEGOGO!
- REBLOG THIS POST!
- SAY HOW MUCH YOU DONATED (Be honest! No cheating!) Plz. put this first in your reply so it’ll show up in the comments summary.
- I’ll add ‘em all up on June 1st and post your final score!
- YOU WIN IF YOUR DONATIONS ADD UP TO AT LEAST $1001.
And no, I can’t usually fling $1K at worthy causes, but I think this technology could be even more important than THE INTERNET.
[ETA: Can’t donate but want to help? Reblog & signal boost, thanks!]
Powering the world from space
The limitations of using solar power on earth can be anything from bad weather to just the fact that it needs to be daytime. What if power could be collected both day and night, rain or shine? National Lab researchers at Lawrence Livermore are studying this possibility by launching solar satellites into space.
These orbiting power plants could always be positioned on the day side of earth high above any type of stormy weather. One of the ways this could work is to have a string of geostationary satellites 35,000km above the earth’s surface that would transmit power back down to earth via microwaves. Just one of these satellites could power a major US city.
The challenge comes with both the size and the cost. A single satellite could be as big as 3-10km in diameter and need around 40 rocket launches to get all the materials into space.
Obama Isn’t Killing Power Plants. The Sun Is.
President Barack Obama released this week his much-anticipated regulations for controlling carbon emissions. Opponents are claiming the new rules are so onerous they will imperil the electric utility industry.