Posts Tagged ‘Solar power’

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A couple living an “off-grid” lifestyle say they face prison unless they move from their own land in Willand and return to an existence in the benefits trap.

Stig and Dinah Mason bought Muxbeare Orchard after a sudden windfall allowed them to quit their impoverished lives on a Hertfordshire council estate two years ago.

The Masons have transformed what they described as a derelict four-acre plot into a haven of self-sufficiency boasting a 400 sq m allotment, a polytunnel and greenhouses to grow fruit and vegetables, chickens for egg production and an orchard they have regenerated by planting around 14 new apple trees of various species.

The couple, who have two boys, aged eight and nine, say because they moved onto the site in order to work the land, Mid Devon District Council is turfing them off as officers do not consider them to be conserving an agricultural area.

They faced magistrates on March 31 when they were served with an injunction to leave within 28 days from June 1.

Dinah, 35, who spent a year with her husband clearing four-foot high nettles and thistles which engulfed the four-acre site, said: “How anybody can say the orchard was being conserved before is beyond my comprehension.”

Dinah works while Stig, 34, as well as making sure the children get to school on time, tends to the land on a daily basis where peas, potatoes, garlic, strawberries, raspberries and various produce have been growing since 2009.

Vegetarians Stig and Dinah claim council officers offered them bed and breakfast accommodation in Cullompton at taxpayers’ expense and suggested they live on take aways, which are likely to cost around £20 for each family meal.

Dinah’s income currently provides the family with everything they need which they cannot grow themselves but is unlikely to stretch to cover kennelling costs for their dog, Moo.

They say they currently receive no state hand-outs but by giving up their “off grid” way of life, they fear they will end up in a council house, claiming housing and council tax benefits, as well as seeking grants to help pay for high utility bills.

Come on, that the fuck is this shit.

This is just retarded, I bet you that the council just doesn’t like the fact that they are living off-grid and that the power companies aren’t making any money on them.

It’s the same shit in Sweden, If you put enough solar cells on your roof in Sweden to fully power your house and get of the power grid, you get fined the exact amount of kronor that you where supposed to pay to the electric company and this goes on every month, so you have to pay even if you go off-grid.

This shit pisses me of so bad.

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When you meet your robot overlord, it may be wearing super-intelligent skin designed by a Stanford researcher–a solar-powered, super-sensitive, chemical-sampling covering that makes your meatbag covering look pathetic.

Zhenan Bao is behind the advances, and the recent development centers on a stretchable solar cell system that can expand and shrink along two different axes, making it perfect for incorporation into artificial skin for robots, human prosthetic limbs, or even clothing.

Bao’s earlier successes with artificial skin have resulted in a highly flexible and durable material, which is part of a flexible organic-chemistry transistor, built on a thin polymer layer. When the skin is subjected to pressure, the current flowing through the transistors is modified as tiny pyramid shapes molded into the polymer layer compress, resulting in a super-sensitive transducer that can apparently detect the pressure from a house-fly’s feet. By modifying the transistor with a biological coating, it’s even been possible to make the “super skin,” as Bao calls it, detect the presence of particular chemicals or biological molecules.

The latest advance has seen Bao adding a corrugated microstructure organic solar cell layer into the skin. The clever folding in this layer allows it to be stretched along two axes…by up to 30% beyond its original length. This lets her coat pretty much any human-like joint with the skin and still have it collect enough solar power to run its sensor array, even when the skin is stretched and distorted over complex joints like elbows. Cleverly, the flexible solar array is connected into a circuit via a liquid metal electrode, which conforms to the particular shape of the solar cell at any particular moment.

Ugh I’m really starting the get tired of all the “The robots are going to take over the world” crap, it’s not going to happen.

Now on to the article, I can see some really sweet applications for this tech, I mean it would benefit so many fields like firefighters and people who need full body protection because of the risk of contamination.

Even the medical field would benefit, think of coating the instruments with this and hook then up the the medical professionals nerve-system, he/she would now have an instrument which is to it’s truest sense and extension of his/her body.

I need to stop now, I can come up with new uses for this all day.

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From the article:

Water demand in many countries will exceed supply by 40 per cent within 20 years due to the combined threat of climate change and population growth, scientists have warned.

A new way of thinking about water is needed as looming shortages threaten communities, agriculture and industry, experts said.

In the next two decades, a third of humanity will have only half the water required to meet basic needs, said researchers.

Agriculture, which soaks up 71 per cent of water supplies, is also likely to suffer, affecting food production.

Filling the global water gap by supply measures alone would cost an estimated £124billion per year, a meeting in Canada was told.

But this could be cut to between £31billion and £37billion by an approach which both raised supply and lowered demand, according to leading water economist Dr Margaret Catley-Carlson.

It’s kinda interesting that no one takes future technologies into consideration when they try to predict the future and by not doing that all their models fail horribly. I mean do you really think that our technology will stay the same as it is now? If your answer is yes then you should do more research. So by 2020 we will probably use solar energy to desalinate seawater to supply humanity with an endless supply of fresh water.

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So to have 100% free energy for the entire world, we just have to build 496,905 square kilometers of solar panels. Thats less surface area then the whole county of Spain (504,030 square kilometers).

And we distributed the panels across deserts and areas with almost 24/7 sun, all year around for maximum effect.

To bad it won´t happen anytime soon, people are to stupid to realize this great possibility, they´ll probably just continue to kill each other for profit instead.

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From article:

Pumping aerosol particles into the atmosphere to create a sunshade could take a heavier toll on solar power generation than expected.

For every 1 per cent of the sun’s rays deflected into space, the average output of solar systems that rely on direct sunlight would drop by 4 to 5 per cent, says Daniel Murphy at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, Colorado. Geoengineers propose scattering 1 to 2 per cent of sunlight.

Aerosols scatter the light that hits them, but only 20 to 25 per cent of that is reflected into space. The rest reaches the ground as diffuse light. Since this light doesn’t come directly from the sun, it isn’t collected by solar systems that concentrate sunlight onto thermal power generators or high-efficiency solar cells. Their optics track the sun during the day and focus an image of it onto the power-generating elements, so they can produce much more power than flat solar cells.

Losses could reach 20 per cent in the late afternoon during summer, Murphy warns, because more light is scattered when the sun is lower.

Research has previously shown a sunshade could also trigger droughts in some regions.

This is called a rash action for something we quite don´t understand and yes I mean global warming.

We don´t really know what is going on with the planet right now and some crazy ass person wants to pumping aerosol particles into the atmosphere to combat something we quite don´t understand, that scares me more the all the terrorists in the world combined.

Also it sounds alot like what the humans did to the machines in Animatrix: The Second Renaissance and that fucked up the planet beyond repair.

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From article:

European Union officials say they’re considering an ambitious plan to draw energy from the sun that beats down relentlessly on the Sahara. By building a solar power plant the size of Wales (a small area, compared to the vastness of the Sahara) and laying down high-voltage transmission cables, the EU could potentially capture enough clean energy to power the entire continent.

The entire continent, think about that for one sec, there will be no need for any other power then the clean solar power from Sahara, EU needs to step on the gas and build this now.

We need to do fill all deserts with solar panels and then let the poor countries sell the power to the industreal nations so that they can earn some money for them selfs and pick thems selfs up from the dirt.

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From the article:

The extraordinary scene of the new solar thermal power plant outside Seville in southern Spain.From a distance, as we rounded a bend and first caught sight of it, I couldn’t believe the strange structure ahead of me was actually real.

A concrete tower – 40 storeys high – stood bathed in intense white light, a totally bizarre image in the depths of the Andalusian countryside.

The tower looked like it was being hosed with giant sprays of water or was somehow being squirted with jets of pale gas. I had trouble working it out.

In fact, as we found out when we got closer, the rays of sunlight reflected by a field of 600 huge mirrors are so intense they illuminate the water vapour and dust hanging in the air.

The effect is to give the whole place a glow – even an aura – and if you’re concerned about climate change that may well be deserved.

I think Africa should take advantage of this tech and place these solar towers all over the continent and sell the energy to the rest of the world, Africa would become the next Saudi Arabia and pull itself out of poverty.

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