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Keeping the lights on.

Just in from a local community expo on renewable energy. This is after a day of negotiations to put another 12 kw of solar on our Community Technology Centre which will double our current capacity. It was so good to see the turn out, local community owned energy company was there, my credit union was there, local insers as well as our local council.People from throughout the district considering solar. Yet our Federal Government is still pushing coal powered power stations. Front page of my internet news if the possibility that we will run out of fuel next month as an indirect result of the bombing of Syria. We have been telling the government for years we need a 1000% increase in our reserves. But they won't listen. Wish I had my electric car now.

Rugglesby 8 Apr 16
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I don't see much reason to think world governments will succeed in combating resource depletion, environmental degradation, or over population. On the other hand, I also expect those institutions to fail colossally. Keep worrying about you and your neighbors. As for Syria, convening world leaders repeatedly, sending an armada half way around the world, and dropping $224 million in ordinance alone on abandoned targets is exactly the kind of asymmetric response you'd use as an example when describing counter insurgency pyric victories. That type of military response is short lived for our world.

EricWalton Level 3 Apr 24, 2018

Agree, I can't seeing them fixing anything either, the boulder rolling down the hill has built p too much momentum, too late to stop it now.


Often one must hit bottom before real changes happen. I remember reading years ago about the massive drought in Australia and the steps that were done to make people more aware of the importance of not wasting water.

However, just remember, as long as there is a population growth, from any source, nothing you do will be sustainable.

JackPedigo Level 9 Apr 16, 2018

We are also having huge water issues, hmmm, both our main political parties are pushing for population growth. They are far from intelligent.

@Rugglesby it is what many politicians do. In their mind growth is absolutely necessary for economic stability. We still have what is known as cornucopia not economists running and ruining much of the world. They are simply not smart enough to come up with an alternative and sustainable economic model.

@JackPedigo exactly, increasing the population is a way of increasing GDP without actually producing or achieving anything.


US businesses, towns, and cities are going green much faster than the coal and oil companies want. Even the car companies have abandoned ICE cars, after Elon Musk announced the Tesla Model 3, and within 24 hours had 100,000 pre-orders at $1000 each and an expected 2 year delay before delivery. In the entire history of car announcements, no car before the Model 3 had shown such a customer response. Shortly thereafter, every major auto manufacturer said they would produce EVs. It is extremely good news, but the UN says millions of people are dying from climate change; we need to help the move to renewable energy and EVs.

EdEarl Level 8 Apr 16, 2018

Our uptake of EVs is far too slow here, but it is coming.


Hi - do you have energy storage with that solar? Various trade-offs and considerations here, depending on your use, but just curious.

kmaz Level 7 Apr 16, 2018

I don't have energy storage with solar at this stage, we import so little from the grid a battery set up would take a few hundred years to cover the cost at the moment. I am thinking of it to cover blackouts, but they are rare. Apart from the refrigerator, everything has smaller battery backup, computers can run for a day, lights for a few days without power.We export minimum 30kwh per day to the grid and only import 2 over night. So the battery option will be a hard one, Even at work I looked at it, but we are only open during the day.


You could always convert your car to run on hydrogen. I think the conversion costs about $2,000.00 in US funds. You would have to find out what that converts to in your currency. I'm thinking of doing that to my pick-up truck. In Reykjavik, Iceland, all of the taxis, buses and all municipal vehicles run on hydrogen.

The concept of a hydrogen powered vehicle is really simple. Water is put in a holding tank. Then the water goes through a device that separates the hydrogen and oxygen molecules.(Ironically, it's called a separator) The molecules are forced into a storage tank and is fed to the engine as needed. Since it's a closed system, you don't have to worry about air filters of the fuel/air mixture. In the cylinders, when the spark plug fires, the spark causes an explosion that reunites the hydrogen and oxygen molecules. The resulting exhaust is nothing more than water vapor, with a few random hydrogen and oxygen molecules. Much better than carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and all the other poisons that get pumped into the atmosphere by fossil fuels.

Hmm! Maybe the same type of power could be used to power generators for electric power! Just a thought.

Unable to get the hydrogen here to run it, I have looked at natural gas injection to make the diesel more efficient. Am hoping for have a decent electric car in about 4 years. Wont help re impending fuel shortage sadly.

@Rugglesby You misunderstand. You do not bring in the hydrogen, you produce hydrogen. It takes energy, in the form of electric to separate the hydrogen and oxygen. If you then use it to create electric it will never be as much electric produced as was made to produce the hydrogen ijn the first place. E-=mc squared. Hydrogen is a great energy store. But, hydrogen is also a greenhouse gas, accidental release of hydrogen is highly damaging to the atmosphere. Look up hydrogen fuel cells, where the whole process is contained and it works much like a normal battery

@Savage Sounds good, but the technology is way beyond me, I can produce the hydrogen fun, a bit of sea water, platinum electrodes and some current. But storage, and having the motor to run it. I till be awesome one day. Just one thing. Hydrogen technology is only a chemical not nuclear reaction, there is no mass to energy conversion. Energy release is from the release of chemical bonds.

@Rugglesby It still works. The first time that I heard about this was a news report from 1979. The guy built his out of a VW Dune Buggy. He drove from where he lived in Tennessee to Los Angeles, California, a distance of about 2,500 miles. He did it on about 20 gallons of water.

True, you'll lose almost 5% of the engines power, but the economics makes up for the loss. The conversion can be done on gas or diesel engines. Personally, I think it's worth it.

@Rugglesby I wouldn't want to see cars powered by nuclear fusion. With all the accidents on the roads these days, there would be more than one stretch of road closed because of radiation for the next 10,000 years! LOL

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