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

Changing Gears

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Today, we're exploring my personal background in Electric Vehicles (EVs), and why my position on EVs has changed over a period of about 25 years. For me, the interest in EVs was sparked by a movie: Back to the Future III. I was 11 years old at the time, and I wanted to better understand how Mr Fusion could power a time machine. So I dug into the history of electrical technologies...I dug until I Read more

Solving Tomorrow's CO2 Crisis, Today

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The idea of a hydrostatic drivetrain isn't new. Today's industrial mining, farming, and construction industries rely heavily upon this technology to cost-effectively do their work. In fact, military vehicles, buses, urban delivery trucks, refuse haulers, and even some sports utility vehicles and family sedans already leverage hydrostatic drivetrains. Looking into the past; Egyptians used Read more

MPGe Is Inaccurate

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This is a followup to an earlier blog posting; intended to more concisely highlight how MPGe claims are provably misleading, by nearly a factor of three. An all-electric vehicle doesn't consume gasoline, but Americans are accustomed to measuring vehicle efficiency in gasoline's Miles Per Gallon (MPG). As a result, the US-EPA came up with Miles Per Gallon equivalent (MPGe), as a means of measuring Read more

Do we really need Net Neutrality?

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Responding to a recent publication by Comcast, they assert an open network policy. Their claim is, at best, highly dubious. As clearly indicated in their PeeringDB entry, Comcast does not offer peering, paid or otherwise, on the shared fabric public switches at any IX What's an IX? It's a regional Internet Exchange; they enable ISPs to directly exchange settlement-free traffic, without requiring Read more
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