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We all had some laughs when the two-bladed razor was improved with the addition of a third blade.  Late-night comedians joked about razors coming with four or even five blades. Then, we all had a few more chuckles when the four-bladed Schick Quattro actually made it to market, soon followed by the five-bladed Gillette Fusion.…

Progress in Wind Energy

The government, finally getting wise, has installed 100 stations to measure wind velocity in 32 areas.  The idea tis to get a map of available resources for the generation of wind power, specifically with the intention of reducing dependence on foreign oil.   There is already a demonstration project with 1.67MW wind generators.  This particular…

Energy Conversation Efforts

IBM is launching Project Big Green.  Part of the initiative is to consolidate operations in the world’s largest data centers.  They will replace nearly  4,000 servers with 30 refrigerator-sized System Z mainframes, running Linux, using virtualization technology.  This will reduce energy usage by about 80%, saving about $250 million per year.   What’s more, the…

Update On LED Lighting in AA

Someone (Jim) at Motley Fool linked to the last LED lighting post.  Apparently he tracks the Cree Inc. stock.  Anyway, he linked to a site that has more information on the Ann Arbor LED street light project. Part of their interview with one of Ann Arbor’s asistant managers, Mike Bergren: Q.: The test site has…

LED Cities

It is not taking off very quickly, but it could have a big impact.  Raleigh, NC agreed to the “LED City” initiative, joining with a company located nearby, Cree Inc.  The initiative is to replace all civic lighting with light-emitting diodes (LEDs).  A few weeks ago, Toronto signed up as well.  Converting the streetlights in…

We are most accustomed to seeing power generation windmills on dry land, here in the USA.  In Europe, some are on land and some are offshore.  They generally are considered eyesores.  Myself, I think they are beautiful.  I love to see them up on a ridge, turning away, churning out megawatts for our energy-hungry populace.…

Cheap Desalination

Sustainable living could use more inventions like this.   Eye on Research: Researchers develop low-cost, low-energy desalination process Sun News Report Article Launched: 05/27/2007 12:00:00 AM MDT

Where Are They All Going?

Who are these people, and what are they doing?  They are Democratic congresspersons, sheepishly “caving in”.  Not only did they cave on the timeline for withdrawal of military and mercenary forces in Iraq, they failed to heed this warning:

They Should Do This in D.C.

Southwest BioEnergy has announced a plan to build a biomasss electrical generation facility in Vado, New Mexico.  Vado is rather close to the middle of nowhere, but it also happens to be very close to a whole lotta cattle and cows.  Said quadrupeds produce about 275 tons of manure per day.   Sounds like a…

IEEE Spectrum (free registration required) has a nice little article about devices that generate heat and electricity for the home.  This is a good idea, except for two problems: one, it is more efficient, and two, it is more reliable than the current system. Micro-CHP (combined heat and power) systems eliminate the inefficiency that is…