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IBM Solar Collector Magnifies Sun By 2000X…Could Provide Power To The Entire Planet

A team at IBM recently developed what they call a High Concentration Photo Voltaic Thermal (HCPVT) system that is capable of concentrating the power of 2,000 suns, they are even claiming to be able to concentrate energy safely up to 5,000X, that’s huge.

The process of trapping the sunlight produces water that can be used to produce filtered drinkable water, or used for other things like air conditioning etc. Scientists envision that the HCPVT system could provide sustainable energy and fresh water to communities all around the world.

“Each 1cmX1cm chip can convert 200-250 watts, on average, over a typical eight-hour day in a sunny region. In the HCPVT system, instead of heating a building, the 90 degree Celsius water will pass through a porous membrane distillation system where it is then vaporized and desalinated. Such a system could provide 30-40 liters of drinkable water per square meter of receiver area per day, while still generating electricity with a more than 25 percent yield or two kilowatts hours per day. A large installation would provide enough water for a small town.”

The heat is absorbed into hundreds of tiny solar cells called photovoltaic chips. These gather the energy and are then cooled by microchannled water, which is why they are safely able to concentrate such large amounts of solar energy.

According to Greenpeace, this technology can establish itself as the third largest player in the sustainable power generation industry. A study published in 2009 predicted that solar power could supply all the world’s energy needs, with minimal space. Greenpeace estimates that it would take only two percent of the Sahara Desert’s land area to supply the entire planet’s electricity needs.

A common problem with modern-day solar collectors is that they can only take in a minimal amount of energy. This means that useful heat is wasted, cannot be harnessed and is thrown away. This technology eliminates that problem. Solar panels taking in too much energy run the risk of melting themselves due to mass amounts of heat. This is changing, as we continue to explore more efficient ways of energy generation, it’s becoming clear that it’s time to do away with the old, and usher in the new, clean, green technologies.

IBM alliance sets efficiency record for solar power cells using common materials

This project is being funded by the Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation. They are supplying a three-year $2.4 million grant to develop the technology. Prototypes have been developed and are being tested.

This is another great technology that could provide power to the entire planet for free! Good reasons as to why we cannot implement this technology are non existent. At the end of the day, it seems that big oil corporations will do whatever they can to prevent change from happening, but the power of the people is greater. All we have to do is come together, create, and cooperate.

Source: Collective-Evolution

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Solar Tiny House Project On Wheels

“Tiny Project by Alek Lisefski is an 8 feet by 20 feet modern mobile tiny home featuring a passive solar design with lots of windows and a full-glass door enabling plenty of light to come through the interior space.

Once the mobile tiny house is parked in a permanent location, solar panels and water collection can be installed to make it as self-sustaining as possible.”

More photos in the link!

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Wohnwagon claim that all the space you need to live is 25m² and with this in mind, they design and create off-grid, sustainable tiny houses on wheels. These homes are beautifully built using local materials and after just two years the energy used to produce them is earned back through solar power and other sustainable practices.

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anxious-geek  asked:

Prompt (if you don't mind): Mont being desperately afraid of growing old and not being beautiful anymore but then he realises he gets to grow old with jehan so he doesn't really care anymore

“How long until I need to rince this?”

“Half an hour. Chaton, it’s just a grey hair, you don’t need to dye everything!”

Montparnasse pouted, his gaze firmly avoiding any reflective surface. He’d rather have ten grey hair than see himself wearing Jehan’s pink mobcap. After two hours of shop browsing looking for a hair dye that matched his hair colour perfectly, it was safe to say he was in a foul mood.

“The death rattle of the Grim Reaper is tickling my neck Jehan! First a grey hair then a wrinkle, that’s how it starts!”

Sat on the edge of the bathtub, he crossed his arms against his chest. Jehan tried not to think about he was closer to a five year old than a baby boomer.

“What’s next, I’m going to wear golf clothes? Woolen jumpers? I’ll shrivel up like an old turnip abandoned in a cupboard!”

“You’ll age like fine wine,” Jehan sighed.

“Even wine spoils.”

Jehan took his face in their hands, raising his chin softly. They drew the edge if Montparnasse mouth with their thumbs.

“I’d love to grow old with you, though. You’ll have two parentheses here, from all the times you’ll have smiled”

They brushed the corner of his eyes.

“And there too. Not just from laughter though. From judging people’s outfit, from glaring at people.”

They drew waves on his forehead.

“And there, from worrying too much about me. You’d hate them, but I would love your wrinkles enough for the both of us.”

“I guess, said like that it doesn’t sound too bad”

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The Highest-Flying Wind Turbine

In far-flung rural Alaska, where electricity can cost as much as $1 per kilowatt hour—more than 10 times the national average, according to the New York Times—a wind turbine encased in a giant helium balloon is about to break a world record. The Bouyant Air Turbine (BAT) is about to be floated 1,000 feet into the air in the name of cleaner, cheaper, and mobile energy. That single airborne object—sort of a hybrid of a blimp, a kite, and a turbine—will power over a dozen homes.

The Altaeros BAT V4, a turbine tethered to land, in a 2013 test at the former Loring Air Force Base in Maine [source]

The BAT is the brainchild of Altaeros, a company founded by MIT alumni, and, if everything goes according to plan, it’s going to be the highest-flying power generator in history.

Altaeros’ BAT, pre-flight [source]

Floating turbines high up in the air, where wind speeds are greater, isn’t a new concept. “It’s known that wind speed increases with altitude above ground level, and power density increases with a cubic factor of wind speed,” Altaeros co-founder Adam Rein told me in an email. “Roughly speaking, a doubling of wind speed equates to an eight-fold increase in wind power density. Conventional turbine manufacturers are also trying to reach higher heights because of this fact—though not as high as our turbine.”

Makani Power, which was acquired by Google last year, may have done most of the legwork in popularizing the high-altitude turbine. But Altaeros is looking to push the boundaries of where and how high-flying turbines can be deployed right now.

Prototypes of the high-flying Bouyant Air Turbine [source]

“The immediate benefit to our customers is generating low-cost, clean electricity in place of expensive, dirty fossil fuel,” Rein said. The company is aiming to deploy its turbines in remote areas, hard-to-reach areas that currently rely on expensive diesel generators or costly patchwork grids—in those markets, the BAT can be the cheapest, easiest source of power.

Altaeros floats its BATs using a helium-filled inflatable shell that resembles a soaring open-mouthed grouper. Since winds blow stronger and more consistently the higher above the ground you go, and the hovering BAT harnesses that gale and sends electricity down to earth through the high-strength tethers that also hold the machine steady.

“The BAT has an automatic controller, which adjusts the attitude and altitude of the BAT, through winches on the ground station, in order to maximize power capture, flight stability, and limit loads on the structure,” Rein claimed. “The BAT is fully capable of operating autonomously, without the need of a ground crew to launch or land the system.” The device can deliver two to three times more power than a conventional turbine, Rein said. And it costs a lot less to install.

BAT in flight [source]

The company expects to be able to offer electricity for 18 cents per kilowatt hour; that’s a lot more than the national average of 11.6 cents. But it’s definitely cheaper than available options in places like Hawaii (where the average is a whopping 37 cents per kwh) and the aforementioned Alaska, and it gets pretty close to densely populated California, where a residents’ average power bill comes out to 16 cents per kwh.

Rein noted that the BAT “will also remove the logistical headaches caused by complex fuel supply chains, or transporting and installing large wind towers over rough terrain.” He also imagines it will be useful for industrial operations, like mining or resource extraction, and for acting as giant hotspots, too. “The BAT’s shell also offers the opportunity to lift additional payload equipment—internet, phone, and imaging devices—that can offer customers an additional stream of revenue.”

Altaeros Energies Poised to Break World Record with Alaska High Altitude Wind Turbine’, read the press release HERE.

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Innovation in generating electricity from the weight of moving cars in Mexico

New technology integrates a ramp-step (elaborated with polymeric material similar to the ones used in the manufacture of tires) that elevates to five centimeters above the level of the street. When receiving the impact of a vehicle, this ramp exerts pressure on a set of bellows below. The bellows contain air that is expelled at a certain pressure through a hose; later, this element travels to a tank where it is compressed and relaunched to an electricity generating turbine.

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Whether you’ve been busy dealing with this thing called “life” and haven’t had time to keep up with this fast-moving world; you’re so bogged down with climate/science-deniers that you can’t seem to “see the forest through the trees”; or, you simply are in need of a positive pick-me-up to reassure you or others that our society - at least in terms of energy - is on a trajectory of global abundance due to the disruptive technologies aiding in sustainable aka “renewable” resources, watch this.

Compiled by climate change activist Peter Sinclair - who TreeHugger calls, “the sharpest climate denier debunker on YouTube” - Sinclair has made a living out of communicating science and effectively calling out the crocks when it comes to climate change denial. He had this to say about the video:

A few years ago I set out to make a series of Renewable Energy Solution of the Month” videos, but I’ve been swamped in the meantime by continually trying to keep up with and sort out the tidal wave of information, and disinformation, about climate change itself. Finally I’m getting back around to presenting the hopeful facts. Speaking to thousands and thousands of people has convinced me that, if you only talk about the problem, and not the path forward, its almost as if people literally, physiologically – can’t hear you.

For months I’ve been gathering interviews with people I know who are following the renewable energy explosion – and everywhere I go, I’m telling people that we are in a stage very much like the internet in about 1993 – taking shape and about to blow up. In fact, the key enabling technologies for renewables are growing right out of the distributed information network that is shaping the new century. There’s no going back, and the companies, and countries, that do not grasp the scale of the change we are seeing, may not survive.

More evidence for this exponential growth curve we’re riding - across multiple fields of science - browse my Peter Diamandis archive, starting with his TED Talk on the Abundance of the future; his interview with CM Films for Episode 1 of “Everything Will Be Alright; and although I could reference many more, Diamandis’ Big Think interview, for sure.

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Elon Musk Just Released His "Master Plan" For Tesla. Read it Here
The world finally has the "Master Plan" for Elon Musk's company, Tesla. In it, Musk reveals that he is focused on creating a sustainable future for our planet, and he will likely reshape the fundamental nature of our society in the process.
  1. Create a low volume car, which would necessarily be expensive
  2. Use that money to develop a medium volume car at a lower price
  3. Use that money to create an affordable, high volume car
  4. Provide solar power

“By definition, we must at some point achieve a sustainable energy economy or we will run out of fossil fuels to burn and civilization will collapse. Given that we must get off fossil fuels anyway and that virtually all scientists agree that dramatically increasing atmospheric and oceanic carbon levels is insane, the faster we achieve sustainability, the better.”

  1. Create solar roofs with seamlessly integrated battery storage
  2. Expand the electric vehicle product line to address all major segments
  3. Develop a self-driving capability that is 10X safer than manual via massive fleet learning
  4. Enable your car to make money for you when you aren’t using it

Source: http://futurism.com/elon-musk-just-released-teslas-master-plan-read-it-here/

Here’s my theories on season 6 of teen wolf

Stiles will try to leave clues/messages to everyone so that when he gets erased they’ll have an easier time finding him

Lydia’s power is obliviously going to be a factor in her not forgetting Stiles

People who get erased can’t be completely forgotten or all traces of them can’t be removed- in the trailer you can see the sheriff in a Stiles’ room -which I think was boarded up- along with his crime board

Stiles, Peter and some yet to be introduced character are in a sort of supernatural limbo for those taken by the ghost riders (possibly as a way to sustain their power or existence.) Stiles will end up leading a charge to escape said Limbo, possibly taking on a leadership role and/or challenging the ghost riders

The reason Theo is brought back is because since he wasn’t truly on earth when Stiles was erased he’ll still be able to remember him or because he was in a similar place, either way they need him for information

The pack will travel to the ghost riders limbo to bring back Stiles

Parrish might be put back in the cold tank to get info on the ghost riders/limbo from the hellhound

Unseen University DiMA WIP

Getting late so sticking this up as a work in progress.  Trying to design what DiMA might look like in a Discworld-Fallout 4 crossover after a conversation with @mothtrap.  

His mods where made to enhance his performance so by my reasoning that means that his mods as a member of the Unseen University should reflect more on what he ‘needs’ as an arcane construct.  Runic parchment, life sustaining power orbs, useful tools and gadgets etc etc.  

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108m Hybrid Mega Yacht By Hareide Design

  • With this hybrid mega yacht concept we want to shift the focus from extrovert admiration, to creating a platform for actively experiencing the beauty of nature and the changing elements.
  • An elevated dining and viewing area, a tranquil garden surrounding a 20 m pool and a seamless transition to the water at the stern are contributing a complete new and exciting experience on board. 
  • The multifunctional space of the grand hall gives an unprecedented view and contact with the surrounding nature.
  • The ship is based on a classic 108 m mono hull design with the unique combination of elegance and modernity of Scandinavian design.
  • 300 square meters of high efficiency solar panels charging banks of lithium-ion batteries provides the ship with sustainable energy and enough power for slow cruising along quiet shorelines. For longer distance and higher speed you also have the option for diesel-electric propulsion, and if you get visitors the helipad comes in handy off course.

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Much of the planet’s forests and wildlife habitats are being cut down in favor of replacing them with corporate agro-farms, cattle/livestock feed (maize), and urban and suburban landscaping. The United States, Canada, Brazil, Russia, Congo, Indonesia, and China are responsible for about 60 percent of the worlds deforestation, and that’s only 7 countries. According to the world resources institute, the planet has already lost 80 percent of its forest cover to deforestation. If the desecration of our forests continues at it’s current rate it won’t be long until the figures reaches 100 percent, and planting new trees in place of those removed has proved ineffective due to the rate at which trees are cut down. There are safer and less damaging ways to sustain ourselves via solar power or sustainable energy, but these options are purposefully made expensive and demonized. Yes, our planet does have enough resources to sustain us all, but the elitists who control the global systems have privatized natural resources like food and water, making it nearly impossible to control who should get what. Only if we are able to put aside each other’s differences, our prideful attitudes and materialistic achievements will we be able to come together and take back our God given resources. #takeitback #ItsWeNotMe #lovetolove

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