A little corner of Nevada...

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Elon Musk recently said that that "...a corner of Utah and Nevada..." could power the entire United States with solar power. I wish that were true, but his numbers are way, way off. By multiple orders of magnitude. Elon Musk's Claims At Face Value Solar irradiance is a very well understood, and very thoroughly mapped unit of measurement. Assuming "a corner of Utah and Nevada" sees upwards of 2000 Read more

Ivanpah solar plant misses the mark

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I'm endlessly fascinated when rational well formed questions are censored, within a burgeoning greenwashing climate. For instance, I recently commented on a CleanTechnica article, questioning the author's assertions, citing reputable sources, only to observe removal of my comment by the site's operators. The first step in solving a problem, is recognition. If we belittle and censor intelligence, Read more

Hamster Power!

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Just because you can, doesn't you mean you should...some renewable power ideas fall squarely in that category. Although does a Hamster Powered Generator (HPG) make any more sense? Before we explore, let's establish a few realistic baseline numbers: Hamster runs typically 8 miles per day, which is about 28,968 rotations of a 54cm hamster wheel. Averaging 50RPM, equals roughly 8 hours of running Read more

The Last Breath

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No steak for almost three months now... The memory of Saylers's rich comforting meals taunted him. My 92 year-old grandfather patiently anticipated a much needed bridge to repair his two front teeth. While a final dentist appointment still lingered one week away. Distractions were easy, today he cleaned the gutters; climbing upon the roof, no harness, no safety net, nothing but good balance and Read more

Carte Blanche Abuse and The Oregon Construction Contractors Board

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Prior to July 1st, 2011, if you had a dispute with a construction contractor in Oregon, you could file a complaint with the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (OCCB). From there, an arbitration process would be initiated: if arbitration ruled against the contractor, the prevailing party would soon have a payout from the Contractor's bond in-hand. After July 1st, 2011, the rules changed. Rather Read more

246 MPG Vehicle

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I recently had someone declare BS towards my claim of building a 246 MPG bike. Honestly, I still remain a bit shocked about the measurement myself. Although since my original test rides (and related measurements) were over five years ago, and because I didn't meticulously document the tests with videos, photos, or even an attempt at accurate fuel input measurements (I trusted the gas station Read more