Solar Journey news from Columbia U engineering students.

They note that there are several electric vehicles, EVs, that they are considering. They don’t have a vehicle yet.
Tesla Roadster:
Nissan LEAF
Chevrolet Volt
Fisker Karma
Coda Sedan
BYD e6

EVs – Are we there yet?

Nissan said U.S. census data show that 95 percent of Americans drive fewer than 100 miles a day and 75 percent drive fewer than 40 miles daily. Sixty-three percent of those who responded to the Consumer Reports survey said they traveled fewer than 40 miles a day.
WE can do it ! Buy those EVs.


Will enviro regs affect electricity reliability?

Some think it may as new regs may force closure of some old inefficient plants. Others say that is a bunch of hooey, because there is a surplus of natural gas which can make all the electricity we need. Problem solved.
The analysis begins by examining two rules recently proposed by EPA: the Clean Water Act 316(b) rule for water intake structures and the Clean Air Act maximum achievable control technology (MACT) rule for reducing utilities

Nat gas fracking accident on BP oil spill anniversary

Apparently no one was hurt, but this is another reason we need more solar, be self-reliant, rather than polluting hydrocarbons, be reliant on the central authority, Ugh. Bradford County’s director of public safety said a Chesapeake well went out of control late Tuesday night. That means the well blew near the surface, spilling thousands and thousands of gallons of frack fluid over containment walls, through fields, personal property and farms, even where cattle continue to graze.

DEP is taking ground water and stream samples to determine the extent of the spill.

Officials said fluids from the well have, in fact, contaminated Towanda Creek which feeds into the Susquehanna River. Stay tuned for details.

Solar and electric vehicles at Univ of VA

We have new friends in Charlottesville, VA. is a research and design group at the University of Virginia comprised of about 35 faculty and students, both graduate and undergraduate. Their focus is sustainable transportation. Current projects include the conversion of conventional vehicles to electric drive (EVs), the construction of advanced solar powered EVs and charging stations, and the design waste vegetable oil-powered cars.
They are interested in partnering with people/organizations that might like to give students a learning opportunity at the same time that you get, for example, solar panels installed on the roof of your house, or converting your car to electric. You pay for all materials.

Google invests $100millions in solar/wind

Google has been on a green tech investment roll of late. Last week, the search giant put $168 million into BrightSource Energy’s 370-megawatt solar thermal power plant, currently the world’s largest solar project, which is under construction in the Southern California desert. And on Monday, Google announced it would invest $100 million in the 845-megawatt Shepherds Flat Wind Farm in Oregon. Shepherds Flat, being built near Arlington, Ore., will be the world’s largest turbine farm when completed, if it hasn’t been overtaken by another project by then.

BP Oil Spill anniversary. Oil is still there.

One year ago tomorrow, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 workers and sending an estimated 4.9 million gallons of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.

One year later, we are STILL waiting for action from Congress, while the national media has largely moved on.

Join in solidarity with Gulf Coast communities as they stand up and say: “The Oil Is Still Here, and So Are We!”

Late last week, two bills (S.861 and S.862) were introduced in the Senate calling for 80 percent of Clean Water Act fines from the BP oil disaster to return to the Gulf Coast. While this is an encouraging step, much more needs to be done to finally address the recovery needs of struggling Gulf communities.
Let’s kick our addiction to oil with electric vehicles.

America in Third Place in solar/renewables?

The global clean energy economy grew 30 percent just last year, attracting $243 billion in private investment. Since 2004, the sector has grown 630 percent. This represents a remarkable economic opportunity for America.

But we are falling behind.

While the United States pioneered clean energy technologies like solar power, it is Germany and China that now lead the world in the manufacturing of solar panels. Further, China attracted $54.4 billion in private finance in 2010 while Germany attracted $41.2 billion and the United States was third with $34 billion.