Wind generator power rating missing the point

Alternative Energy

With the push to go green, also in micro markets, much has been made of wind power. Media outlets attentive to the wind energy development have focused attention on the industry and many homeowners have followed suit.

The emergence of many upstart wind companies has advertisers scrambling to gain the attention of would-be consumers in a relatively new market. To this point, advertising has focused mostly on a maximum “output figure.” This to a certain extent has confused consumers, many of which being new to wind energy.

To further confuse matters most companies are purposefully inflating these figures in an apparently deliberate attempt to mislead consumers. In our opinion, the maximum output figures of a wind generator most people are focusing on does very little to describe the efficiency of a particular unit.

That figure does little to relay a conceptual idea to the customer that is useful in making a decision on purchasing a wind generator. Maximum output figures of wind generators in many cases give a snapshot of an expected output at a given moment at the peak of a power curve.

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Sustainability – Solar Energy

Alternative Energy

Solar Is Beating Fossil Fuels

Sometimes it gets a little frustrating to hear opponents of solar energy say continuously that sustainable energy is not ready to be competitive with fossil fuels to deliver all the power our country requires. Well, I know that the solar sector is expanding enormously year after year and that fossil fuels keep on being eliminated.

The solar industry has long ago left behind the cottage industry mentality it had decades ago. Spectacular developments in production technology and funding have helped bring the solar industry to the playing field with coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear power. Here are some reasons why solar is already succeeding in beating fossil fuels.

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Trying to live an eco-friendly life

Green Living

Living an eco-friendly life is very important to me, but it can be difficult at times. I try to do little things to make sure that I’m treating the world right. Here are some of the things I do.

Transportation

I don’t own a car. This is mostly because I have the luxury of living in a city. I can take public transportation, ride my bike, or even walk when my destination is not too far. Not only is this a great way to help the planet, but it’s also fun too.

I love taking public transportation because it means I am able to get so much more reading done. Sometimes I’ll read more than 2 books a week because of all the time I spend on trains. It’s great.

Donate and Buy Used

Several times a year, I will sit down and go through all my clothing. I donate anything that is still in great condition. I also pass down stuff to family and friends. This is a fun and easy way to not be wasteful with clothing.

Thrifting and buying clothes at various resale shops is one of my favorite ways to grow my wardrobe. You’d be surprised at some of the amazing things you can find. It’s inexpensive, and you’re helping to put old clothes to good use.

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Green solution for your home

Alternative Energy

The ability to control consumption of electric power, though, may have the biggest impact. One approach is to let utility companies (with the homeowner’s consent, of course) cut back heating or air conditioning, or turn off other equipment, during power emergencies, either over the public Internet or through a direct connection to the utility company’s data network. In compensation, homeowners might receive discounts on their monthly electricity bills.

Or, in a more imaginative scenario, the appliances could regulate themselves as the utility company varies the cost of electricity from day to day or even hour to hour. Either way, the potential for energy saving is substantial.

It’s already starting to happen overseas. Italy’s Enel, the largest publicly traded utility company in the world, expects this year to begin wiring the 27 million homes it serves to allow such remote demand management and other services, using equipment supplied by Echelon, a Sunnyvale, Calif., supplier of building automation equipment and software.

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Renewable Resources

Alternative Energy

Renewable energy comes from sources that may be continuously renewed by nature. Consequently, we will never be running out of these energy sources, that is, for as long the Sun’s nuclear fusion processes continue to provide the Earth with energy.

Here are a few examples:

Solar Power: Solar power is seen as renewable energy as expectations are that nuclear fusion processes that are powering the Sun will continue to generate sunlight for billions of years.

We are capturing the light of the Sun to:

  • Drive steam turbines to produce electricity (the concentration of Solar Power),
  • Heat  homes (via so-called Passive Solar Design or via an Active Solar Heating System),
  • Make hot water (via an Active or Passive Solar Hot Water System),
  • Cook (on a Solar Oven),
  • Distill water
  • Generate electricity by using solar electric (or photovoltaic) cells

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Demand for Skilled Workers in the Renewable Energy Sector

Energy

There is no dearth of job opportunities in the renewable energy sector. There is also great variety when it comes to renewable energy careers. This may often make it difficult for prospective employees to choose their professional niche. This also makes it possible for people from various backgrounds to make their foray into the field. Interested candidates may even undergo professional training to become a part of the industry.

Like any other sector, renewable energy recruitment also has much room for people from diverse backgrounds. These include marketing, communications and other fields of business support. There are diverse aspects of business and various other tasks associated with it. These include accounting, corporate planning, information technology, business law, finance and human resources.

Apart from these, career opportunities abound in diverse fields of the renewable technology sector. Opportunities in the sector are available in the fields of wind power, photovoltaics, solar power, hydropower, geothermal energy, and bio-energy.

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Energy Saving Tips: Green Living Within Your Means

Green Living

With high gas prices and global warming on many people’s minds, consumers are looking for ways they can participate in energy conservation and reduce their carbon footprint. And while you may not be ready to buy a Toyota Prius or install solar panels in your home, there a number of everyday things you can do to adopt a green living lifestyle and contribute to energy conservation.

Learn how to be eco-friendly and protect the environment without breaking the bank with these 10 Energy Saving Tips.

Think green and plant trees. If you’re wondering how to be eco-friendly, one of the best – and greenest – ways is to plant trees around your yard or office. Trees are inexpensive, require little maintenance and act as filters by constantly removing air pollution from the atmosphere.

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Understanding Global Warming

Alternative Energy

The most debated topic on earth is the issue of climate change. This a universally accepted statement. The system of the seasons is changing, and climatic conditions have become unpredictable.

Nonseasonal rains are being experienced, the earth is getting warmer, glaciers are melting down, and the sea levels are rising. Fertile lands are becoming infertile and diseases are spreading, some fear that life as we know it will be ending soon, just imagine what actions must be taken now to save our planet for next generations.

Who do you think is the culprit of these current situations? Well, in fact, it is us, as we are all humans, aren’t we? It is our own activities that have resulted in the current situation.

So the following questions might come to everybody’s mind:

1. What is it that we have done?
2. What are the effects on our environment?
3. How do environmental changes relate to Climate Change?
4. Can we do anything about it?

To answer the above questions, we need to identify and understand the causes, says Ales Rades from MyCareerTools.com. This will help people appreciate the real problem and allows us to work on solutions.Continue reading

Cheap and Easy Ways to Use Solar Energy

Alternative Energy

Harnessing the sun’s energy makes sense because it is clean, green, and saves money in the long run. But the reality is that the cost involved with installing panels and collectors is still out of reach for the vast majority of homeowners. Fortunately, there are some cheap and easy ways to make the sun work for you.

Passive Solar
Passive solar means simply using or blocking the sun’s rays to heat or cool your home. This means that using your window coverings wisely can save you a ton on your power bills. Simply closing or angling your blinds to keep direct sunlight out can drop the interior temperature by 10 degrees. Try closing the window coverings on the south side of your house when you leave for the day during the summer months.

Without the sun’s hot light shining in the windows, your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard. And in the winter, of course, doing the opposite can help heat your house. There tons of great looking blinds, awnings, and window films to help you harness or block the sun’s powerful rays.

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How Will Solar PV Businesses Benefit From The New Incentives?

Alternative Energy

The Claymore MAC Global Solar Energy Index ETF, TAN, had fallen 78% over the past years, but they’re back. Most listed solar companies had fallen from 50% to 87% over that period, but a bright spark, however, was the passed economic stimulus bill which started boosting demand once again. With the extension of the Federal 30% tax credit and the removal of the $2000 cap, homeowners will see the price of solar PV get much more affordable.

And, for commercial developers of solar facilities, the new bill has provisions that would allow them to take the 30% tax credit as a grant instead. Some of the companies best positioned to ride out the challenges of this year are the big market-leading companies with adequate cash in hand. US manufacturer First Solar is one of these companies.

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