Consider the lowly Carpet

Like most everyone that I have ever come in contact with, ‘you know’ is one of the things I seem to hear most often.  Speaking of which, you know, I’ve been reading Steve Ryptkas’ column in the LVRJ here in the Las Vegas area for quite sometime.

Steve does a significant amount of research for his articles as well as for ways to improve our lives this matters, that is if you care about our future and the future of the world.  Every time I have an opportunity I tell whoever I am talking to that in my opinion, God, our father, put us on earth to make it, the earth, better and a better place for us and our fellow man to live and enjoy.

We should consider ourselves custodians of our environment and do what ever we can to make it last.  Often I joke with my friends and say something such as, after all the volcanoes make a whole lot more pollution than our autos do.  Do we need to add to the problem though?  But if you just take a minute to think about it.  They, the volcanoes, were here a very long time before ‘timid little man’ showed his face on earth’s surface.  After we have been successful at killing the habitat in the very near future.  The earth may become dormant for a few million years while time cleans things up, then it will be ready for a new era.  Meanwhile the volcanoes will still be blowing their tops.

Just one of my mentors, Steve Ryptka has another idea that can help.

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Posted: Jan. 26, 2012 | 2:07 a.m.

My previous Green Living column focused on the benefits of recycling and the transition to an enhanced single-stream system that dramatically increases participation and reduces waste. Perhaps this is a good time to look closer at what that really means.

When we recycle, we save energy, improve air and water quality and reduce our need for raw materials. We could rebuild our entire commercial air fleet with just three months’ worth of the aluminum we currently send to landfills. Personally, I find that appalling. Recycling a single aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for three hours and the average person has the opportunity to recycle more than 25,000 cans in a lifetime. Why would we not?

The amount of paper we nonchalantly throw “away” each year is staggering (remember, there really is no away). Producing recycled paper reduces contributions to air pollution by 95 percent. Recycling a stack of newspapers just 3 feet high saves one whole tree. What about glass? It never wears out and can be recycled over and over again. Using recycled glass cuts water pollution by 50 percent. Recycling one glass jar saves enough energy to run an 11-watt compact fluorescent bulb for 20 hours.

In 2005, 3.3 billion pounds of post-consumer plastics were recycled in the U.S. Just five plastic soda bottles yield enough fiber for one extra-large T-shirt, 1 square foot of carpet or enough fiber insulation to fill a ski jacket. The plastic recycling industry alone provides jobs for more than 52,000 American workers.

Still not convinced? Consider just one product commonly found in almost every home in America: carpet. Many manufacturers now produce carpet from materials that used to end up in our landfills or oceans. With similar price and performance as carpeting made from virgin material, recycled carpet often has added benefits. Plastic beverage containers are made with top-quality PET (that stands for polyethylene terephthalate — so we’ll just stick with PET) resins as required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Thus, recycled PET is superior to lower grades of virgin synthetic fibers.

Less toxic off-gassing of volatile organic compounds results in improved indoor air quality in the home. Even the manufacturing process produces fewer emissions than ordinary carpet. It also is inherently stain resistant, resulting in easier, less toxic maintenance. Bottom line: better air.

It is usually impossible to determine the specific cause of what ails us, but when it comes to asthma, allergies, sinus irritation or worse, it seems logical that the better the air we breathe, the healthier we’ll be. I wonder how many children’s lives would be enhanced if they lived and played on healthier floors.  learn more


The Ultimate In Solar Systems VIDEO

While looking through the files for some interesting renewable energy video, I came accross this very interesting video fron a little Island just to the west of California and just south of China.  I really enjoyed the video. It has been around since 2010. Why don’t we use this technology here in the US?  It seems that it will be a lot more efficient, or,  is that the problem?







Wind Power Storage As Hydrogen May Help Renewable Energy



I guess I’ll have to save my renewable energy thought for later seeing that I am so awed by the different types of storage available for the excessive renewable energy that we are producing as a by-product of the weather. Storage has always been a problem for man when he gets too much stuff. He finds it necessary to find a place to store it, most often it is a rental storage facility.

It seems to me that we should be able to come up with something practical to use for storage for our excess energy until we need it. Now there’s a thought, why not build a rental storage facility for the extra renewable energy produced between times of greater energy needs. The energy facility in Tonopah, Nevada, for example, will be using the heat from the sun to heat massive amounts of salt that will be stored underground and later used as the need arrises. To me it seems that a big pile of salt will be a lot less expensive than a huge battery. Won’t work, electricity is not an efficient heat producer. Though heat is a good electricity producer through the use of steam to run the generators.  What can we use to store electricity other than batteries, pumping water up a hill to a pond or converting it to hydrogen and stored in gas lines under the city.  There is a way.  But, what is it?

Glen’s Renewable Energy





February 11, 2012


The Huffington Post

From EarthTechling’s Pete Danko:

The idea of storing excess wind energy as hydrogen is picking up steam in Germany, with a second pilot program popping up — this one from the big power company E.On. But there’s a key difference between the two projects: In Herten, Germany, the company Hydrogenics plans to use power from a wind plant to electrolyze water to produce hydrogen that will be stored and later used in fuel cells to provide power. E.On also intends to use wind to produce hydrogen by electrolysis, but then the hydrogen “will be fed into the Ontras gas pipeline system and be used like normal natural gas,” the company said.

One of the challenges with wind power is that maximum production often comes overnight, when power demand is low. Energy developers are taking stabs at different ways to efficiently store that energy. In West Virginia, a big battery system is being employed; and pumped storage is getting increasing attention, including by E.On, which said it was expanding its investments in that area. (With pumped storage, excess wind power is used to move water to a higher elevation, where it can then be stored for later use — with the assistance of gravity — to create hydropower.)

“We need new storage capacities so that we can further increase the share of weather-dependent wind power in our generation portfolio in coming years,” Professor Klaus-Dieter Maubach, E.On’s marger for Technology & Development, said in a statement. “Using the existing gas infrastructure to store hydrogen is a promising approach in the long run, enabling us to combine our strengths as a power and gas company.”

E.On said it was spending more than five million Euros ($6.8 million) to develop the pilot plant in Falkenhagen, in northeast Germany. The company said using power from renewable energy sources, the plant will produce about 360 cubic-meters of hydrogen per hour beginning in 2013 through electrolysis.

“At present,” the company said, “up to 5 percent hydrogen can be added to the natural gas grid without any problems, and in the medium term experts expect up to 15 percent. This means that today’s entire renewable power output could be stored in the German gas grid. Demand for capacity on this scale will, however, only arise over the next decades, when most of generated power is coming from renewable energies.”


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November 8th, 2011 | Posted in Green Energy | Edit | No Comments

SEE: Why Rep. rep POMPEO is an ASS: He wants to Give the Money to Big GAS

Three lawmakers want renewable credits extended through 2016

Posted on November 4, 2011 at 11:32 am by Puneet Kollipara in Economics, Electricity, Politics and Policy, Renewable energy, wind power

Wind turbines in Taylor County, Texas (AP file photo/LM Otero)


Three lawmakers have introduced a bill to extend a set of tax credits for renewable energy production through 2016, amid the looming December 2012 expiration of the credit for wind power.

The bill would extend the renewable-energy production tax credit for wind power by four years until the end of 2016. It also extends the rest of the renewable production tax credits, which expire at the end of 2013, by three years to the end of 2016. The measure is sponsored by Reps. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Dave Reichert, R-Wash.

Braley pointed to wind’s role in his home state of Iowa, which ranks second in total wind generating capacity, according to the American Wind Energy Association, an industry trade group.

“Wind energy is good for the economy, good for the environment and good for farmers,” Braley said in a statement. “Our bipartisan bill will promote job-creating wind-energy projects and provide incentives to expand wind-energy production.”

The renewable-energy production tax credit rewards companies for each kilowatt-hour of new renewable capacity for the first 10 years it’s online. The wind industry has pushed for an extension of its credit, since it expires a year before the others do.  ut Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., is fronting a bill to eliminate all energy tax credits, for both conventional and alternative sources. He said his bill would save $90 billion over 10 years while reducing the corporate tax rate by a corresponding amount.

In a letter to colleagues last week, Pompeo said his bill would be “a reasonable approach to ending the decades-long practice of trying to pick winners and losers.”

He added his bill would preserve tax deductions that apply across multiple industries.

Denise Bode, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, has blasted Pompeo’s bill, saying he “seems to misunderstand how a key federal tax incentive has built a thriving American wind manufacturing sector and tens of thousands of American jobs.”

Bode has praised the bill that extends the wind tax credit.

“This bipartisan support shows that American wind energy jobs are something that we can all agree are vital for our economic well being and energy security,” Bode said.

GOP presidential candidates have offered differing answers on whether to extend the credits.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, whose state leads the nation in total wind generating capacity, has repeatedly called for ending all energy tax subsidies.

Earlier this week in Iowa, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said she would “like to pull them back and let these industries be able to be more self-supporting and stand on their own.”

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., indicated he’d support an extension of renewable tax credits. In Iowa, he said it “ought to be for at least 10 years because you want a long enough time horizon that people make capital investments.”


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Why Solyndra and Beacon Power Aren’t Fatal for Renewable Energy

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Earlier this week, Beacon Power, a company that builds systems to stabilize solar and energy power, declared bankruptcy. The company’s Massachusetts plant will continue to operate at full capacity, but its finances will be restructured. This is big news mostly because Beacon Power received $43 million in Department of Energy loans, and because it follows the recent closure and bankruptcy of Solyndra, which got $534 million from DOE.  These developments have tongues wagging — some see it as a symbol of government excess while others repeat the old myth that renewable energy just can’t work. These critics are overlooking one important fact — if our strategy for building new energy markets is having the federal government bet on winners and losers, then that is exactly what we are going to get: winners and losers.

Winners and losers happen all the time in the marketplace. Remember that adorable sock puppet from The company went bankrupt in 2000 after having received more than $50 million in private investment. Over $185 million from the likes of Coca-Cola and GE went into a company called Digital Convergence to create a personal bar-code scanner that flopped.

But putting government in the business of picking winners is not good policy. Neither is it good policy for government to turn its back on clean energy, particularly as China, Korea, and Europe are adopting policies that help their businesses grab more and more of the $2.3 trillion global market for renewable energy technologies.

Instead, I’d like to see our government investing in new energy infrastructure that welcomes participants into the marketplace, and promoting policies that diminish the need for subsidies and make all investments in renewable energy — public and private — a better bet. We’ve seen government play this role before — just think about what the federal-funded interstate highway system did to boost American business in the 1950s, or what the government-backed Internet does for virtually every business today.

We need federal intervention again to transform our electricity grid from an outmoded obstacle to innovation, into an open platform that allows all energy resources — renewable and fossil-fuel-based — to compete on an equal footing.

For those who want to end government subsidies, for those who want less regulation, and for those who want to see the promise of clean, renewable energy fulfilled, the overarching goal should be to maximize opportunities for the private sector to do what government cannot: win, lose, and learn without risking taxpayer dollars. Meanwhile government should focus on creating the conditions that breed success, rather than trying to actually participate in it.

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November 7th, 2011 | Posted in Green Energy | Edit | No Comments

Can a DEM & REP Work Together?

I recently ran an invitation for Charter Memberships on our blog, great response, thank you for all the incrediable support and new memberships.

Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 10:00pm PDT

Blumenauer proposes renewable

energy tax credit extension

By Christina Williams

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Rep. Earl Blumenauer is proposing an extension to the federal renewable energy production tax credit.

U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) joined with Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) to introduce a bill to extend the federal tax credit for production of wind power, geothermal power, hydropower and other forms of renewable energy.

The “American Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit Extension” bill calls for an extension of the credits through 2016.

“Tax credits for renewable energy development are an essential part of powering America’s clean energy future,” Blumenauer said in a statement. “Investing in the renewable energy industry is vitally important for the American economy, creates jobs, and helps curb America’s dangerous dependence on foreign oil.”

The bill was welcomed by officials from the renewable energy industry, which credits the incentive for much of its momentum in recent years.

“Extending the (production tax credit) will keep growing U.S. wind energy manufacturing jobs, rather than losing them to other countries,” said Denise Bode, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, in a press release.

An end to the renewable energy production tax credit, which has been around in some form since 1992, would deal a harsh blow to the renewable energy industry, especially for electricity-generating technologies that are significantly more expensive that conventional power.


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Americans support solar despite

Solyndra bankruptcy:

November 2, 2011 — The 2011 SCHOTT Solar Barometer, a national US survey conducted by Kelton Research (independent polling agency) results show that solar energy development and federal incentives for solar are popular across the political spectrum in the US.

For the fourth consecutive year, about 9 out of 10 Americans (89%) surveyed think the US should develop and use solar energy. By political affiliation: 80% of Republicans, 90% of Independents, and 94% of Democrats.

This is down 5% from 2010′s poll results, wherein 94% of Americans voiced support for solar (the largest drop-off is in positive Republican respondents). The percentages were 92% in 2009 and 94% in 2008.

82% of Americans want federal incentives for solar, such as federal tax credits and grants similar to those that traditional sources of energy like oil, natural gas and coal have received for decades. By political affiliation: 71% of Republicans, 82% of Independents, and 87% of Democrats.

The pollers asked participants to select an energy source they would support if they led US energy policies. 39% chose solar, 21% natural gas, 12% wind, 9% nuclear, and 3% coal. 16% said they did not think the government should invest in energy sources. Solar is a “win-win” for Washington’s job creation push, said Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association. Resch points to successful programs like the 1603 Treasury Program, which helped the solar industry double its workforce in the last 2 years. The solar industry in the US employs more than 100,000 Americans at 5,000 businesses spanning every state, Resch said.

SEIA notes that the survey respondents support solar despite heavily-subsidized solar panel maker Solyndra’s recent bankruptcy. Despite this failure, 8 out of 10 (82%) respondents think the federal government should support US solar manufacturing; 51% of Independent voters called this “extremely important.”

Solar supprt extends to consumer choices, with the majority of respondents saying they’d choose a product manufactured in a solar-powered factory.

Solar energy consumption is still hindered by cost — 48% of Americans cited cost as their biggest concern with choosing solar energy. SEIA calls this an education issue, with solar panel prices dropping and solar leasing options becoming more widely available. Reliability is the other big concern. Other issues — aesthetics, uncertainty over the benefit — were negligible.

The survey results are available in detail at

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November 3rd, 2011 | Posted in Green Energy | Edit | No Comments

A Better Model

A Better Model for Energy on Public Lands

New Administration Plan Goes with a Zone Approach

SOURCE: AP/Laura Rauch

Bureau of Land Management Renewable Energy Project Manager Greg Helseth stands on the Roach Dry Lake bed in front of a proposed solar energy site near McCullough Pass, Nevada.

By Tom Kenworthy |November 1, 2011

Some things do improve over time. Among them is the Obama administration’s plan for using government lands to anchor the renewable energy revolution.  Ten months after the Interior Department issued a draft plan for siting large solar energy projects in six western states, and after listening carefully to the views of conservationists, developers, utilities, and others, the Obama administration has made significant improvements.

Last week, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and other department officials unveiled the latest version that sets the rules of the road for siting utility-scale solar developments on public land in California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico.

The revised plan will give the solar industry more certainty, accelerate the critical task of getting many thousands of megawatts of clean, inexhaustible electric power on-line, quickly boost jobs in the solar sector of the new energy economy, and provide more protection for fragile desert environments.

The takeaway: Interior has produced a plan, formally known as a supplement to its Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, that sets a new, more rational standard for managing energy production on public lands and that promises fewer conflicts and therefore faster development.

With the whole idea of renewable energy under attack by fossil-fuel diehards on Capitol Hill, nurturing this transition so it advances quickly, credibly, and responsibly is critical. Once it becomes final next year following more public comment and review, this new solar plan will make it easier to meet that goal. It will provide more of the regulatory certainty that business groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have called for in developing clean energy. It promises to also demonstrate that government can do big things and do them efficiently and well.

In great measure because the United States has such a vast portfolio of public lands, we have a huge potential for developing renewable energy projects, many of which must use large areas. The Interior Department estimates that public lands, mostly in the West, have the potential to produce 2,900 gigawatts of solar energy, 206 gigawatts of wind energy, and 12,200 megawatts of geothermal energy.

Even without the new solar plan, the Obama administration had made some steady progress on expediting big renewable energy projects. Acting under a cobbled-together fast-track process in 2010, Interior’s Bureau of Land Management permitted nine solar projects with a total potential output of about 3,600 megawatts—enough to power more than a million homes. This year, another four solar projects with an expected combined capacity of 1,250 megawatts were approved, with five more in the approval pipeline.

Including wind and geothermal, Interior has over the two years approved 22 projects that are expected to create 8,600 jobs.

That was exponential progress compared to the last administration, which never permitted a single large solar project. Salazar’s predecessors at the Interior Department oversaw a deeply flawed, developer-driven process that took solar applications in an Oklahoma land rush fashion that encouraged raw speculation all across the desert Southwest with little regard for imperiled wildlife, Native American sacred sites, and other sensitive areas.

But the 2010 fast-track process also had its flaws. It didn’t always meet the standard of doing it right in the right places in part because Interior had to work with those proposed projects that could meet an end-of-year approval deadline to receive federal stimulus money through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. As a result, several came under legal attack from conservation groups and others that felt the projects had not been sufficiently vetted to prevent damage to wildlife habitat and other resources.

This time, Interior feels it’s gotten it right. Salazar called the new plan “a solid foundation for landscape level planning for solar projects on federal land” that “will avoid and minimize conflicts.”

The big change in this new version is that Interior has firmly embraced the concept of solar energy zones, or SEZs—blocs of public land with abundant solar resources, minimal potential for conflict and litigation, and good access to electric power transmission lines. The zones, said Salazar, “are where the sweet spots are, so that’s where development will be driven.”

That kind of agency planning on a large landscape scale—determining which areas are suitable for development and which are not and directing companies to those that are—should serve as a template for how the federal government manages all types of energy development on lands it holds in trust for all Americans.

The new plan is receiving praise from conservation groups and utilities.

“The benefits of guided development are clear,” said Jim Lyons, senior director for renewable energy with Defenders of Wildlife, one of many conservation organizations that hailed the new approach. “Clean energy can come online faster and at a lower cost to developers and to our nation’s wildlife and treasured places.”

Fong Wan, senior vice president for energy procurement at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, said the new process “will provide more certainty around project development on the front end, by helping to streamline siting, permitting and other potential challenges. It is steps like these that will help increase the likelihood of successful projects, propelling the country toward our shared renewable energy goals and clean energy future.”

Reaction from the solar power industry is more wary.

Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, said “there are some significant areas of concern regarding the viability of a solar energy zone approach,” among them whether it would provide enough flexibility for industry and good access to existing transmission infrastructure.

The Bureau of Land Management’s preferred option in the draft released last year was a plan that would have accepted solar development applications over an area covering 22 million acres. A separate but not chosen alternative was an SEZ approach covering about 677,000 acres.

The revised plan released last week modifies the preferred alternative to emphasize the Bureau of Land Management’s commitment to the creation of solar energy zones. It includes 17 zones covering 285,000 acres. Analysts expect that about three-quarters of that area could actually be developed and produce about 24,000 megawatts of electrical power. Seven zones under previous consideration were dropped because of environmental concerns, lack of investor interest, and transmission difficulties. Four other zones were reduced in size.

Other important features make the plan more flexible and nimble: provisions that allow for the creation of new zones, a variance process for developers who want to build outside the solar zones and can demonstrate they would be workable, and the likely addition of incentives to develop in the pre-cleared zones, which may include lower fees and payments. Also under consideration is a process to make developers bid competitively for sites.

Projects proposed outside the zones would likely take longer and face greater hurdles to winning federal permits. They would also cost developers more because they would have to pay for thorough environmental evaluations begun from scratch rather than simpler environmental reviews that tier off the programmatic environmental impact statement unveiled last week.

As a nation we still have a lot of ground to make up in the global race toward a clean energy, lower-carbon future. Harnessing the huge solar energy potential available on public lands in the Southwest deserts is not even close to the full answer to that challenge. But it’s an important element, and the Obama administration’s plan lays a strong foundation for maximizing the potential for utility-scale solar while protecting sensitive landscapes.

Tom Kenworthy is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.

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NREL Data Feeds / Glass Etched PV Stamp

NREL Offering Renewable Energy Data Feeds For Application Development

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by SI Staff on Wednesday 26 October 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has launched a new site providing data feeds on renewable energy and other topics to programmers and developers. The information is intended to allow programmers and developers to create new mobile and Web applications.

Although the first data set focuses on alternative vehicle charging stations, NREL says that developers will be able to access solar energy data within the next few months. The lab will announce new data sets via Twitter at @NRELdev.

“Every year, we get hundreds of requests for our data,” says Joanna Levene, NREL project manager. “In the vast majority of cases, we’ve been happy to provide it, but the person on the other end has had to go to the trouble of finding the right person, asking for the data, downloading it and updating it to keep it current. NREL’s new subsite automates that entire process and serves as a seamless data conduit directly from NREL to another organization’s application.”

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MIT etches MEMS structures with glass stamp

October 19, 2011 — MIT researchers developed a glass-stamp-based technique that helps fabricate lab-on-chip sensors at a lower cost and in a reproducible, simple manner.

A small, voltage-activated glass stamp etches nanoscale patterns onto metallic surfaces in the lab of Nicholas Fang, associate professor of mechanical engineering. Fang’s engravings act as optical antennae that can identify a single molecule by picking up on its specific wavelength. Controlling the optical antenna dimensions tunes the signals the device reports, Fang says.

The glass stamp technique is an alternative to electron-beam (e-beam) lithography for lab-on-chip fabrication. Fabricating a 6mm2 pattern using e-beam litho typically takes half a day and would price them at $600 each, Fang estimates. Nanoimprint lithography, a low-cost technique where polymer forms a pattern, is imprecise, with bumps and dents in the mold. Makers must use more polymer material to fabricate more copies, as the polymer is washed away during processing.

Fang’s team adopted the nanoimprint lithography approach using glass as a molding material instead of polymer. Molten glass is “very malleable and soft,” Fang said, noting that the research was inspired by glassblowers. Fang found that glass easily takes a precise shape at the small-scale. Superionic glass, composed partly of ions, can be electrochemically activated.

The researchers filled a small syringe with glass particles and heated the needle to melt the glass inside. They then pressed the molten glass onto a master pattern, forming a mold that hardened when cooled. The team then pressed the glass mold onto a flat silver substrate, and applied 90 millivolts above the silver layer. The voltage stimulated ions in both surfaces, and triggered the glass mold to essentially etch into the metal substrate.

The group was able to produce patterns of tiny dots, 30nm wide, in various patterns (see the figure) at a resolution more precise than nanoimprint lithography, and that can be reused many times.

While the glass-mold etch process is lower cost, it still requires a master metallic pattern that is formed via expensive lithography. Only one master pattern, and one glass stamp, can be used to mass-produce an entire line of the same sensor.

“With this stamp, I can reproduce maybe tens of hundreds of these sensors, and each of them will be almost identical,” Fang says. “So this is a fascinating advancement to us, and allows us to print more efficient antennae.”

The researchers reported the new fabrication process in the Sept. 21 online edition of the journal Nanotechnology. Access it here:

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Reinventing Fire

When my son was 5 years old, one day he came to work with me. Those days it seemed that everyone was so proper, or tried to be, I was no exception. Any way we, the guys the ladies and I were sitting around the office shooting the breeze. All of a sudden the most embarrasing moment of my short life happened. Jr had gone to the bathroom to releive himself. He left the door open. Everyone was able to enjoy the lifelike sounds that a 5 year old makes when releiving himself. You’ve heard the phrase ‘shit happens.’

October 27, 2011, 12:53 pm

Fossil Fuels as the Whale Oil of the Future



Amory B. Lovins, the longtime efficiency guru, has a new book out that analyzes the possibility of converting the nation to almost total reliance on renewable sources of energy. The conclusions may not win instant acceptance, but it is certainly in the running for the best-blurbed energy book of the year.


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“Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era”carries a quote on the cover from Bill Clinton, who says it is a “wise, detailed and comprehensive blueprint.” Both Marvin Odum, the president of Shell Oil, and John W. Rowe, the chairman and chief executive of Exelon, wrote forewords..

Released at an event on Thursday morning at National Geographic’s headquarters in Washington, the book credits both Mr. Lovins, a physicist, and staff members of his Rocky Mountain Institute as authors.

Mr. Lovins has long argued that the world should pay more attention to efficiency and that it has prospered when it has done so.

He gives the example of pumping water from a pipe; if the power plant that supplies the electricity starts with 100 units of energy, it will lose two-thirds of that in making the current and another 10 percent in transmission and distribution. The motor will be only 90 percent efficient; so pumps, motors, drive trains and throttling valves along the way will lose more, leaving the plant with 93 units of energy.

One argument advanced in his book is that renewable energy is already cheaper than fossil fuels, which he describes as “ancient pond scum.”

One reason is that the price is fixed, Mr. Lovins says. A company that set out to hedge the future price of, say, gasoline by buying financial instruments to assure a fixed cost in the future will spend $2.95 a gallon to do so for the next five years, he writes.

That’s just for the insurance policy on the price, not for the gasoline itself, he said in a telephone interview. “The volatility imposes risk on a business, and risk means cost,’’ he said. “You can’t plan sensibly if you’re whipsawed by prices bouncing all over the place.”

Renewable energy, on the other hand, is riskless, he said, because once the project is built, the energy costs are fixed. His analysis predicts further declines in prices for renewables.

And just as whale oil for home lighting was supplanted by kerosene and then by the electric light, fossil fuels are about to be replaced by renewables, Mr. Lovins predicts.

Wind power is already cheaper than power from natural gas, even at today’s depressed natural gas prices, he contends. But the electric system will have to adapt to use it.

The book is a broad look at buildings, transportation, the electric system and industrial energy use. In the interview, Mr. Lovins paraphrased a saying attributed to President Dwight D. Eisenhower: that if a problem seems to have no solution, the best approach is to enlarge it.

For example, he said, if the electricity system finds it challenging to run on energy from the wind and sun, which cannot be scheduled by system controllers, the solution is to combine the electricity and transportation systems, hooking up millions of car batteries that can deliver energy as well as accept it.


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Less government meddling could unlock green energy’s power

The book ‘Reinventing Fire’ outlines what consumers and industries need to do to make energy independence a reality. Much of the vision involves letting market forces and innovation work their magic.

By Michael HiltzikOctober 30, 2011

Here’s a mind-bending thought: The United States can wean itself from oil and coal by 2050 — and without action by presidents or Congress.”It’s refreshing to think that we needn’t wait for Washington,” Amory Lovins told me recently. The founder and chairman of the Old Snowmass, Colo.-based Rocky Mountain Institute, Lovins has been a leader in the science of energy efficiency for decades.

His institute’s latest book, “Reinventing Fire,” is a manifesto for a new approach to converting the U.S. to an economy based on renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power while enhancing the efficiency of everything we use energy for, whether it’s running our cars, manufacturing plastics and pharmaceuticals or heating our offices.

The centerpiece of the book is a call for a new approach to the generation of electricity and its distribution over a nationwide grid that, as Lovins suggests, stands both as perhaps the greatest engineering achievement of the 20th century and a straitjacket hampering progress in the 21st.

As the Gospels say of the poor, questions about energy policy are always with us. But lately they’ve been getting an intensified workout, possibly because of our heightened sense of urgency over the cost and impending scarcity of oil.

“Reinventing Fire” deserves a place alongside other recent books on the history and economics of our reliance on oil, including Daniel Yergin’s worldwide survey “The Quest” and Andrew Scott Cooper’s compelling chronicle of America’s involvement with Middle East petroleum states, “The Oil Kings.”

Albeit in different ways, all deal with the hidden costs of oil addiction. These include the economic shocks delivered by its volatile price, the cost of pollution and global warming, and what Lovins calls the damage to America’s “moral authority” caused by our involvement in international conflicts that can seem to be mostly, or only, about oil. (See war, Iraq.)

Lovins’ book is different in that it’s also prescriptive, outlining what consumers and industries need to do to make energy independence a reality. Much of his vision involves standing aside and allowing market forces and innovation to work their magic.

Implementing currently available technologies and removing bureaucratic obstacles, he argues, could produce savings for industry over business-as-usual worth $5 trillion in today’s dollars.

In this context, government’s role is to enhance these tendencies, through a sort of judo in which natural forces are leveraged to work even more effectively.

Consider the history of congressional meddling with the on-again-off-again wind production tax credit, which is designed to subsidize the capital costs of installing energy-producing wind turbines.

The tax credit dates from 1992 and has typically been extended by congressional action (including as part of the 2009 stimulus program), but it’s always a political football; when Congress dithered over an extension in 2010, new installations of wind power fell by more than half.

Complicating the economic case for wind, Lovins explains, is that other forms of energy — nuclear, coal and natural gas — also receive government subsidies, explicitly or otherwise. In other words, in his view, the government has been placing its bets on technologies that it should be phasing out, while shortchanging one that should be encouraged.

Nevertheless, he argues, the fundamental economic case for efficiency and renewable generation is becoming obvious to the more farsighted companies in the field.

“We’re working with utilities to see opportunities, not competitive threats,” in new energy sources and technologies, he writes in his book. “Oil companies no longer control their own destinies.” In part because of the emergence of serviceable electric vehicles, he says, worldwide oil demand may peak in the next decade.

Meanwhile, oil supplies are becoming ever more uncertain. “The hydrocarbon industry is not a business you’d want to be in for the long term,” Lovins says. “It’s capital-intensive and high-risk. If you’re an exploration and production company thinking of going to the ends of the earth for oil that may not be there, maybe you should be investing in energy-efficient cars as a lower-risk option.”

Some oil companies are following that path by expanding their portfolios beyond fossil fuels. Chevron, for example, claims to be the world’s largest producer of geothermal energy and is investing in solar, biofuel and fuel cell technologies.

A similar choice between old thinking and new opportunities confronts the utility industry.

Lovins says he has been working with the industry to show that their traditional assumptions about the practicality of wind and solar power are outdated. The standard calculation has been that wind and solar could never reliably account for 2% to 3% of supply, he observes.

But “Reinventing Fire” makes the case that with geographically distributed sources and incentives for consumers to time their demand more flexibly, the real figure could be 50% or more.

The wind may be calm in one place but gusting elsewhere; the skies might be cloudy all day over one solar farm but blue over another.  Smart meters allow utilities to offer time-of-use incentives to encourage homeowners to shift some consumption to off-peak hours. (For years I’ve had time-of-use billing at my home, which effectively pays me to run my laundry appliances and dishwasher before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m.)

Put those factors together, and managing the variability of renewable energy sources doesn’t look much more challenging than managing that of conventional power plants. After all, fossil fuel generation plants are taken offline for planned maintenance or unexpected failures 10% to 14% of the time, on average.

Utilities manage those interruptions the same way Lovins foresees them dealing with the variability of wind and solar — by diversifying their sources.

In Lovins’ view, the main obstacle to a future unchained from oil is the old thinking of vested interests. He cites a recent rate filing by San Diego Gas & Electric Co., which proposes to charge customers who install their own solar units higher rates to use its power lines when they return rooftop-generated electricity to the utility’s grid. Consumer advocates say the charge could make residential solar uneconomical for the utility’s customers.

“There are half a dozen ways a utility could respond” to customer use of renewable energy, Lovins says, “but the ostrich approach isn’t one of them.”

SDG&E’s rate proposal will be ruled on by the state Public Utilities Commission, providing an opportunity to demonstrate government’s proper role in America’s natural transition away from oil and ensure that anachronistic thinking doesn’t stand in its way.

“Business logic makes this inevitable, over time,” Lovins says. “But it would be smart not to keep shooting ourselves in the foot or the head on our way there.” 

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October 29th, 2011 | Posted in Green Energy | Edit | No Comments

Breakthrough Furnace

WIIIFM a very popular radio station, nope. What is in it for me? Yep. How does one start a conversation? Especially with someone that he has never met and is only hopeful of being able to maybe chat with in an email some time down the road. Some would say good question, nope, not me.

I like to share little things that have happened to me in my short life. I remember my mother-in-law,  Dorothy. Occasionally I would ask Dorothy a simple questiion and her response would be: “What? Are you writing a book? ” or “Are you a copper?” Not a nasty lady at all though. As everyone knows, mothers-in-law are supposed to be pains in the ass (PITA). Not mine, one of the sweetest people I have ever known. Wise acre maybe.

As usual, today I have a great news release for you. It is to do with some more of the genius ideas and inventions from our friends that deal with solar energy.

Breakthrough Furnace Can Cut Solar Costs

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

NREL Newsroom

October 21, 2011

PV cells, the heart of the photovoltaic industry, must be tested for mechanical strength, oxidized, annealed, purified, diffused, etched, and layered.

Heat is an indispensable ingredient in each of those steps, and that’s why large furnaces dot the assembly lines of all the solar cell manufacturers. The state of the art has been thermal or rapid-thermal-processing furnaces that use radiant or infrared heat to quickly boost the temperature of silicon wafers.

Now, there’s something new.

A game-changing Optical Cavity Furnace developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory uses optics to heat and purify solar cells at unmatched precision while sharply boosting the cells’ efficiency.

The Optical Cavity Furnace (OCF) combines the assets that photonics can bring to the process with tightly controlled engineering to maximize efficiency while minimizing heating and cooling costs.

NREL’s OCF encloses an array of lamps within a highly reflective chamber to achieve a level of temperature uniformity that is unprecedented. It virtually eliminates energy loss by lining the cavity walls with super-insulating and highly reflective ceramics, and by using a complex optimal geometric design. The cavity design uses about half the energy of a conventional thermal furnace because in the OCF the wafer itself absorbs what would otherwise be energy loss. Like a microwave oven, the OCF dissipates energy only on the target, not on the container.

Different configurations of the Optical Cavity Furnace use the benefits of optics to screen wafers that are mechanically strong to withstand handling and processing, remove impurities (called impurity gettering), form junctions, lower stress, improve electronic properties, and strengthen back-surface fields.

NREL researchers continue to improve the furnace and expect it to be able soon to hike the efficiency by 4 percentage points, a large leap in an industry that measures its successes a half a percentage point at a time. “Our calculations show that some material that is at 16 percent efficiency now is capable of reaching 20 percent if we take advantage of these photonic effects,” NREL Principal Engineer Bhushan Sopori said. “That’s huge.”

Meanwhile, NREL and its private-industry partner, AOS Inc., are building a manufacturing-size Optical Cavity Furnace capable of processing 1,200 wafers an hour.

At about a quarter to half the cost of a standard thermal furnace, the OCF is poised to boost the solar cell manufacturing industry in the United States by helping produce solar cells with higher quality and efficiency at a fraction of the cost.

The furnace’s process times also are significantly shorter than conventional furnaces. The Optical Cavity Furnace takes only a few minutes to process a solar wafer.

NREL has cooperative research and development agreements with several of the world’s largest solar-cell manufacturers, all intrigued by the OCF’s potential to boost quality and lower costs.

NREL and AOS shared a 2011 R&D 100 Award for the furnace. The awards, from R&D Magazine, honor the most important technological breakthroughs of the year.

Billions of solar cells are manufactured each year. A conventional thermal furnace heats up a wafer by convection; a Rapid-Thermal-Processing furnace uses radiative heat to boost the temperature of a silicon wafer up to 1,000 degrees Celsius within several seconds.

In contrast to RTP furnaces, the Optical Cavity Furnace processing involves wafer heating at a relatively slower rate to take advantage of photonic effects. Slower heating has an added advantage of significantly lowering the power requirements and the energy loss, so it can boost efficiency while lowering costs.

“With all solar cells, optics has a big advantage because solar cells are designed to absorb light very efficiently,” NREL Principal Engineer Bhushan Sopori said. “You can do a lot of things. You can heat it very fast and tailor its temperature profile so it’s almost perfectly uniform.”

In fact, the OCF is so uniform, with the help of the ceramic walls, that when the middle of the wafer reaches 1,000 degrees Celsius, every nook and cranny of it is between 999 and 1,001 degrees.

“The amazing thing about this is that we don’t use any cooling, except some nitrogen to cool the ends of the 1-kilowatt and 2-kilowatt lamps,” Sopori said. That, of course, dramatically lowers the energy requirements of the furnace.

The use of photons also allows junctions to be formed quicker and at lower temperatures.

As America strives to reach the goal of 80 percent clean energy by 2035, the White House and the U.S. Department of Energy are challenging the solar industry to reach the goal of $1 per watt for installed solar systems. To reach that goal, manufacturers need better, less expensive ways to make solar cells. At $250,000, the Optical Cavity Furnace can do more, do it quicker, and do it at a lower capital cost than conventional furnaces.

For Twenty Years of Great Ideas

For more than two decades, Sopori had great ideas for making a better furnace.

He knew that incorporating optics could produce a furnace that could heat solar cells, purify them, ease their stress, form junctions and diffuse just the right amount of dopants to make them more efficient.

“It’s always easy on paper,” Sopori said recently, recalling the innovations that worked well on paper and in the lab, but not so well in the real world. “There are moments … you realize that no one has ever done something like this. Hopefully it will work, but there are always doubts.”

Trouble was, he’d come up with some elegant theoretical solutions involving optics, but wasn’t able to combine them with the optimal geometry and materials of a furnace. “We’ve had a whole bunch of patents (12) to do these things, but what we were missing was an energy-efficient furnace to make it possible,” Sopori said.

And then, combining his expertise in optics with some ingenious engineering with ceramics, he had his ah-ha moment:

NREL’s Optical Cavity Furnace uses visible and infrared light to uniformly heat crystalline silicon wafers, especially at the edges, which are prone to cooling or heat loss, at unprecedented precision. The rays heat the sample, but the wafer never physically contacts the lamps.

The Optical Cavity Furnace is versatile. Each step in the solar cell manufacturing process typically requires a different furnace configuration and temperature profile. However, with the OCF, a solar cell manufacturer simply tells a computer (using NREL proprietary software) what temperature profile is necessary for processing a solar cell.

So, the OCF can perform five different process steps without the retooling and reconfiguration required by the furnaces used today, all the while incrementally improving the sunlight-to-electricity conversion efficiency of each solar cell.

— Bill Scanlon

Light Has Multiple Advantages in Furnaces

Photons have special qualities that prove useful in creating solar cells.

When light is shined on silicon atoms that are bonded electronically to each other it changes their potential. The work by Bhushan Sopori and his colleagues ensures that that change is for the better.

The Optical Cavity Furnace shines visible and near-infrared light to heat the solar cell, and also shines ultraviolet light to take advantage of photonic effects that occur deep within the atomic structure of the cell material. This combination offers unique capabilities that lead to improved device quality and efficiency.

Iron and other impurities can degrade the silicon quality quickly, noted Sopori, the principal investigator for the Optical Cavity Furnace (OCF), developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and its private industry partner AOS Inc. “But shining the right light on it can remove that impurity from the silicon,” Sopori said. “We’ve shown that it is possible with the photonic effects to getter these impurities during solar cell fabrication.”

Optics can make a lot of things happen at the interfaces in a cell, where, for example, metal can reflect the light and speed the diffusion of impurities, Sopori said.

The lamps in the furnace help fool the impurities in the silicon into moving out of the way, by creating vacancies.

“We call it injecting vacancies,” Sopori said. A vacancy is a lack of a silicon atom. “If the atom is missing, you have a vacancy here, an empty space.” Those spaces prompt the impurities such as iron to feel much more like moving – and they do so at a much lower temperature than would otherwise be required. The iron moves in with the aluminum, creating an aluminum-iron mix that, happily, is needed anyway as a contact point.

Removing impurities can change a cell’s efficiency from 13 percent to 17 percent. What that means is that 17 percent of the photons that hit the improved cell are converted into usable electricity.

The absence of cooling water and confinement of energy in the OCF proves to be a big advantage for lowering the energy payback time of solar cells.

Other advantages of the photonic approach:

• Silicon cells often have silver contacts in front and aluminum contacts in back. They usually are fired simultaneously as the cell is being formed. The OCF by selectively heating the interfaces of silicon and metal can better control the process, and thus create stronger field surfaces and improved cell performance.

• The Optical Cavity Furnace uses photons of light to remove weak, cracked wafers from the processing line. Photons can more easily produce a thermal stress in a wafer and screen out bad wafers. The photon process tests the wafers’ integrity right after they are cut. The conventional method requires physical twisting and bending of the wafers to test for weakness.

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Columns & Analysis

Here’s to the day when ‘green’ is no longer revolutionary

By Elliott Epstein

Published on Sunday, Oct 23, 2011 at 12:12 am | Last updated on Sunday, Oct 23, 2011 at 12:12 am

Local businessman Jim Wellehan, a self-described “environmental geek,” should be applauded for spending $189,000 to sheath the roof of his Auburn shoe store in photovoltaic (electricity generating) solar panels, a project completed this month.

Environmental enthusiasm aside, however, Wellehan‘s bottom-line motives for undertaking this project suggest the kind of public policies and economic incentives that are needed to make the “green revolution” a success. They include a Rural Development Authority grant for 25 percent of the project’s costs, a $2,000 grant from Energy Maine, a 30 percent federal tax credit and 1 percent financing on $35,000.

Wellehan crunched the numbers and figured out his solar setup, with an estimated lifespan of 25 to 35 years, would pay for itself after the first seven or eight years through annual energy operational savings and generate free electricity thereafter.

“Hot, Flat and Crowded” by Thomas L. Friedman (published in 2008), perhaps the best popular book yet written on the critical importance of restructuring America’s energy system, offers a global context for understanding local business decisions like Wellehan’s.

Friedman believes that worldwide trends – “hot” (warming climate, resulting from fossil-fuel carbon dioxide emissions and deforestation), “flat” (the increasing urbanization, affluence and per-capita consumption of hundreds of millions of former rural peasants, especially in China and India) and “crowded” (a growing global population, projected to reach 7 billion by the end of this month) – are creating monumental shortages of energy and other finite resources that can only be managed only through a “green revolution.”

Such a revolution, Friedman argues, will not be quick, easy, cheap or painless. In fact, it will be the biggest revolution the world has ever seen, bigger than the Industrial Revolution and the Information Revolution. And it will have to come about through a confluence of strong political leadership, far-sighted government policies, technological innovation, entrepreneurial energy, and widespread public awareness and participation.

Most importantly, Friedman urges, the revolution must start immediately. There’s no time left for complacency or denial. The longer we wait, the more painful the transition will become. And the U.S., still the world’s foremost economic power, should be taking the lead, instead of playing the reluctant follower, because greening will quickly move from an economic survival to a growth strategy.

Among Friedman’s proposals:

Initiating an entirely new rate paradigm for electric companies, rewarding them for getting customers to conserve, rather than maximize, daily electricity use. Such measures would include building “smart” electrical grids (capable of monitoring in real time the power consumed by every electrical device in a customer’s home, office and factory and of efficiently synchronizing that demand with power availability), and offering financial incentives to customers for buying energy-efficient appliances, weatherizing buildings and shifting to off-peak-hour use.  Encouraging utilities and other power generators to shift from oil, natural gas and coal to renewable fuel sources through renewable energy quotas and subsidies, direct taxes on fossil fuels or indirect taxes on carbon dioxide emissions.

Imposing a high enough tax on gasoline and diesel fuel to encourage America’s transportation fleet (except airplanes) to rapidly transition to hybrid and all-electric plug-in rechargeable vehicles.

Enacting building codes which require new construction to meet high-performance standards for energy efficiency, with an ultimate goal of mandating “net zero” buildings that produce as much energy as they consume (through solar, wind and geo-thermal generation).

Far from distorting the free market, Friedman argues, measures like these will level the playing field with fossil fuels and provide utilities, industries and investors sufficient market predictability to make big, long-term investment bets on research, development, production, and deployment of renewable energy generation and transmission systems.

And as these players ramp up the market for renewables, the increasing pace of technological innovation and economies of scale will force down the per-kilowatt-hour price of renewable energy sources, encouraging an accelerating shift to renewables.

Historically, subsidies for fossil fuels — including tax breaks for oil, gas and coal companies, favorable drilling leases on public lands and sea beds, deployment of America’s armed forces to protect international petroleum sources and supply lines, low tariffs on imported foreign oil, and construction and maintenance of the interstate highway system — have given an unfair advantage to the traditional energy giants.

So has their monopolistic power, which has enabled them, along with OPEC’s petro-dictatorships, to exert considerable control over pricing, at least on the supply side, and to exert a lobbying stranglehold on Congress and state legislatures.

For the near term, fossil fuels will likely remain cheaper and more accessible than renewables. But their increasing costliness and adverse effects upon the environment, public health, weather patterns, balance of trade, and military readiness will soon become too burdensome for society to bear. Well before then, we’d better have a Plan “B” in place.

Jim Wellehan celebrated completion of his solar array by staging a daylong energy fair at his store on Oct. 15 to promote alternative energy, energy conservation and, of course, his own business. The event drew plenty of media attention.

I’m happy for Wellehan. But I’ll be even happier when projects like his become so commonplace that they don’t attract any notice. That’s when we’ll know that the “green revolution” has become part of the established order.

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Helping Cleantech Start-ups With Employee Compensation

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Colorado Center for Renewable Energy 6cdfe0dac4738619173ac1ec938583e2|(CREED) at U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) invites cleantech entrepreneurs to attend the next event in its Entrepreneur Series.

The Oct. 20 class, “How do you pay your CEO,” will help cleantech entrepreneurs determine how to compensate a team, particularly when the company is short on cash. To help startups with this difficult issue, Greg Gunn, senior tax manager at Deloitte, will discuss:

•Key elements of an effective cleantech compensation strategy.

•Aligning compensation with overall business success — common problems and considerations — including how much to pay yourself.

•How to evaluate your compensation strategy’s effectiveness.

“When cash is lean, cleantech entrepreneurs have to be very judicious about their philosophy when it comes to sharing both financial information and rewards,” NREL Manager for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center Richard Adams said. “The last thing they want to do is to have no resources to pay key people, do something that has a negative tax implication, or make an uniformed decision that impacts cash flow.”

CREED’s Entrepreneur Series provides support for companies trying to get off the ground. The Entrepreneur Series builds a community among cleantech participants so they can draw on one another for expertise, support and networks.

CREED is a collaborative partnership between the NREL and the State of Colorado to expand clean tech entrepreneurship in Colorado. It is designed to bring together stakeholders and service providers that support the creation and growth of startup cleantech companies, contributing to economic development in Colorado.

What: CREED Entrepreneur Series – How do you pay your CEO

When: Class – October 20, from 2:30 – 5 p.m., with networking from 5-6 p.m.

Where: Deloitte

555 17th Street, Suite 3600

Denver, CO 80202

Fee: $25 per person

Registration: Call the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association (CCIA) at 303-623-2690 or online at

NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for DOE by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.

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GE to Invest $600 Mil Aurora, Colo/ NJ wants Chicken Litter/ Solar on a Roll in Cali.

While Washington bickers, green tech goes local


General Electric last week announced plans to invest $600 million to build a solar panel factory in Aurora, Colo., based on thin-film technology originally developed at nearby National Renewable Energy Laboratories. The move comes amid ongoing …

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But U.S. Department of Energy spokesman Damien LaVera compared the remaining federally backed solar power projects to “building a hotel and having 100 percent occupancy pre-booked for 20 years before the ground is broken,” the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

Jan Smutny-Jones, executive director for the Independent Energy Producers Association trade group, said alternative power projects were “fat political target(s) at this particular time.”

“That’s unfortunate, because the vast majority of projects here in California are actually moving forward and creating jobs,” Smutny-Jones said.

California is home to about 25,000 of the country’s 100,000 solar power jobs. There are also six solar power projects in the state with $7 billion in federal loan guarantees that are doing well, the newspaper reported.

They just aren’t getting the headlines Solyndra has garnered in part because President Barack Obama toured the Solyndra plant as a model of green power initiatives.

The formula that includes federal loan guarantees is also not new for advanced technologies.

“Many of these projects would not get built had it not been for the loan guarantees. With the newer technology, banks are not comfortable lending, so the idea is for the government to step in,” said Brett Prior, a senior analyst with GTM Research in Boston.

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A Little Tip That Will Save You some Electricity and Inconvience

In the past I have have had a problem remembering to turn off my electric coffee pot. If there was any coffee left in it, after a while it would stink like burned coffee. I don’t know, maybe some people like that smell. I don’t.

Any way, after a few centuries of smelling the smell, cleaning the burned coffee from the pot and all the other inconviences including, the expense.

That’s right the expense. I haven’t bothered to cost it out as of yet, but I’ll bet that it comes out to several $$$ dollars a month for the wasted electricity.

Quite frankly I got tired of this crap. A few new pots ago I decided to fix the problem. I have several lamp timers at my home, so I took one of them and plugged it into the electrical outlet where I previously plugged in my coffee pot and plugged the coffee pot into the timer outlet. I set the timer off/on switch as close together as possible. This gives sufficient time for the brew.

Because of health reasons, my bride is restricted from caffeine intake, so I brew her a cup of decaffeinated, turn the litttle pot switch off and then I brew myself a cup of leaded. I even use the same filter, I just add the fresh coffee grounds that I like right on top of hers add more water then turn the little switch back on. The timer gives me sufficient time with the on/off as close as possible.

Whenever I make a pot of coffee, I turn on the coffee pot switch then advance the timer until the little light on the pot comes on and at this point, I’m good to go.

Also when the wife wants a cup of tea or if I want a picture of tea, the pot makes a great tea brewing station. I have found that if I don’t drink the tea while it is fresh, the tea will give me an upset stomach. I have been advised that this do to the growth of the bacterria that was present on the tea leaves.

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Silicon Ink is Spot On

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Silicon Ink Is Spot On,

NREL Experiments Show

September 28, 2011

Speed and Precision Keys to Large-scale Manufacturing of Solar Cells

When you’re making millions of solar cells a week, the process has to be a combination of precision and speed. Full story.

Ink can cause a mess, but the Silicon Ink developed by Innovalight behaves itself so well that when it is added to a solar cell it doesn’t clump or spill, instead it boosts the cell’s power by a startling, profit-boosting 5 to 7 percent.

Both solar cells and T-shirts can be enhanced with a screen printer, some ink and a squeegee.

But it takes a real special ink to suspend silicon nanoparticles so uniformly that it can lay down the precise microns-thick lines needed to dope the silicon emitter exactly under the front metal contacts. Those contacts make a solar cell work.

Innovalight, a small start-up from Sunnyvale, Calif., came up with an ingenious way to suspend silicon in a solution without the tiny particles glomming onto one another or sinking to the bottom of the container.

But could that Silicon Ink prove useful for solar cells?

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) proved that the answer is “yes.” And the winners could be the solar cell industry and the environment, because Silicon Ink, when added to the manufacturing process, can make solar cells more efficient and save a large plant hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

NREL and Innovalight shared a coveted R&D 100 award for 2011 for the Silicon Ink technology. Given by R&D 100 Magazine, the R&D 100 awards are referred to in the industry as the “Oscars of Invention.” Silicon Ink’s ability to boost efficiency in such a low-cost way prompts some in the industry to label it “liquid gold.”



Impurities in Silicon Are Key to Making Contacts, Making Electricity

Silicon is the key ingredient in most of the billions of solar cells made each year worldwide.

Dopants or impurities are used to change the conductivity of silicon and to create the internal electric fields that are needed to turn photons into electrons and thus into electricity. One of the great challenges is to distribute the exact concentrations of dopants in precisely the correct locations throughout the device.

Innovalight scored big with Silicon Ink because it found a way to suspend silicon nanoparticles evenly in a solution. Those silicon nanoparticles contain dopant atoms that can be driven into silicon solar cell to form a selective emitter.

What Innovalight’s potential customers and investors wanted to know was whether the ink can deliver high concentrations of dopants to extremely localized regions of the emitter and increase a solar cell’s efficiency.

NREL Senior Scientists Kirstin Alberi and David Young listened to what Innovalight wanted to prove and then suggested some experiments that could help them prove it.

“The question was, ‘can you print this ink in very well defined lines and drive in dopants only in the material underneath the lines to create a well-defined selective emitter,” said Alberi, who began at NREL three years ago as a post-doctorate researcher. If so, the increased concentration of dopants right under the contacts would lower the resistance at the metal contact, while the rest of the cell contained low-doped silicon — and that would mean jumps in efficiency and savings of huge amounts of money.

“On some level, you want the emitter to be highly doped so it makes a better contact with the metal,” Alberi said. “But if it’s too heavily doped elsewhere, that’s bad.”

That’s why a “selective emitter” that is heavily doped only in precise portions of a solar cell is such a promising technology.



The Ink Stays Put, Boosting Efficiency of the Cell

The money question: Can Silicon Ink, using a screen-printing approach, lay down those differently-doped lines without having the ink spread all over the place? If the ink spreads, the spots where silicon is supposed to be lightly doped get the overflow from the spots where silicon is highly doped.

“They needed to prove this to their investors to show that their company was the best at doing this,” Alberi said. “They didn’t know how to go about proving this, and that’s where we were able to help.”

There wasn’t a “Eureka” moment, but the dawning realization that the Silicon Ink was performing exactly as well as Innovalight had hoped was extremely gratifying, Alberi said.

“It was nice seeing that the results were exactly what they hoped they would be,” Alberi said.

The scorecard: Silicon Ink, used in a low-cost screen-printing process, delivered a 1 percentage point absolute increase in the efficiency of the solar cells.

If that doesn’t sound like much, consider that a typical silicon solar cell array in the field may convert 15 percent of the photons that hit it into useable electricity. That 1 percentage point increase actually represents a 7 percent increase in power output for a typical 15 percent -efficient cell — at a cost that is so low that it basically goes unnoticed at large solar-cell manufacturing plants.

“That’s a huge impact for almost nothing,” Richard Mitchell, NREL’s lead investigator on the project, said. 

A Very Special Ink, a Very Special Screen and Squeegee

In the manufacturing process, the Silicon Ink spills onto a screen, a squeegee pushes it one way as the silicon wafers pass through, then pushes the ink the other way as new wafers appear below the screen. The Ink only reaches the cell at the precise points where a tiny slit in the screen’s mask lets it get through. The slits are narrower than a human hair.

Every once in a while, a syringe adds some more Silicon Ink to the screen to ensure the spread is even and the liquid doesn’t run out.

The tests proved that the ink stayed put.

Once the silicon and the dopants are where they should be on the unfinished cell, they are heated — not enough to melt them, but just enough to drive the dopants contained within the Silicon Ink into the solar cell.

“Kirstin and the others helped Innovalight prove they can actually get the right kind of selective doping in the areas they need,” Mitchell said. “This is the first technology that showed that exactly where you print is exactly where the cell gets doped — to a precision of a micron.”

NREL, Innovalight Partnered on R&D and Overcoming Barriers

The first NREL/Innovalight partnership was a 2008 cooperative research and development agreement, or CRADA, in which Innovalight paid for the expertise of the scientists at NREL, who in return agreed to keep the proprietary technology secret.

Later, Innovalight won a competitive bid to enroll in NREL’s Photovoltaic Incubator program in which it had to meet stringent deadlines to deliver improvements in its technology in return for the help of NREL scientists in overcoming barriers.

Innovalight eventually worked out the kinks in its process for using Silicon Ink in an ink-jet application. It showed off the technique to potential customers at a demonstration assembly line at its Sunnyvale, Calif., headquarters.

Customers were unfamiliar with ink-jet printing as it applied to solar cells, so manufacturers balked at making the leap. “But they all had screen printing on their production lines already,” Mitchell said. “Adding another screen printer was something their operators would understand.”

So, the goals of the Innovalight/NREL partnerships shifted to proving the reliability of Silicon Ink with screen printing. 

Chinese Have Signed on to the Technology, United States May Be Next

The manufacturers that have signed contracts for Silicon Ink — all in China, including JA Solar, Hanwha SolarOne, and Jinko Solar, — are trying the technology on selected assembly lines. If they get the results expected, they’ll likely start using it on all their lines, Mitchell said. If that proves successful, then they might be ready to try Silicon Ink with the ink-jet method, which Innovalight says holds even greater promise to improve cell efficiency and save money.

Last month, DuPont acquired Innovalight, a move that could boost the prospects for American solar-cell manufacturing using the Silicon Ink technology.

The partnership with NREL “absolutely was a positive experience from the beginning,” said Conrad Burke, who founded Innovalight and is now general manager of DuPont Innovalight, which now has 58 employees.

“There are certain capabilities at NREL that companies of our size, or even larger companies, can’t afford to have access to,” Burke said. “It’s a win-win situation where we have access to those resources when we need them. It’s good to have those resources in the United States.”

Learn more about solar energy research at NREL.

—Bill Scanlon



Speed and Precision Keys to Large-scale Manufacturing of Solar Cells

When you’re making millions of solar cells a week, the process has to be a combination of precision and speed.

That means there has to be a fast way to deposit lightly-doped silicon here while depositing heavily-doped silicon there.

Innovalight’s ability to make their Silicon Ink emulsion liquid, without having solids clump together or fall to the bottom made their product a potential game-changer.

The aim is to moderately dope the emitter between the front grid lines such that most of the sun’s light is absorbed in the solar cell’s lightly-doped base, while heavy doping in the emitter precisely under the grid lines reduces contact series resistance.

The result is a more efficient solar cell, which means smaller modules can generate the same amount of power. And that means lower costs for the consumer, who can get electricity with a smaller down payment, and lower costs for the manufacturer, who can save hundreds of millions of dollars a year and sharply increase profit.



Dopants Form Negative-Type, Positive-Type Silicon

How does it happen?

The goal is to make a junction where electrons and holes are in equilibrium but where there is a voltage difference that builds in an electric field. To do that requires two different types of silicon, p-type and n-type. Each of the types requires different loads of impurities, or dopants.

The dopants or impurities added to the silicon alter the electrical properties. Adding phosphorous produces n-type silicon, the “n” standing for free negative electrons. Adding boron produces p-type silicon, which produces positive charges or holes. The opposite charges — n-type electrons and p-type holes — carry the charge in a solar cell when they come into contact at a junction.

To prove that Silicon Ink can accomplish that delicate task of depositing differentiated impurities, Innovalight officials turned to the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

“They told us what they wanted to prove, so we thought about it and proposed some experiments,” NREL Senior Scientist Kirstin Alberi said.

After Innovalight prepared the samples for the experiments, NREL’s experts on measurements and characterizations got involved, as did specialists in scanning capacitance, contrast imaging, and microscopy.



Huge Electron Microscopes Up to the Task

Helio Moutinho, Bob Reedy, Yanfa Yan, Kim Jones, and Manuel Romero started analyzing with huge specialized electron microscopes.

Romero subjected the samples to contrast imaging and, with the aid of an electron microscope, determined both the depths of the dopants and how far they spread laterally.

Using a process called secondary ion mass spectrometry, NREL’s scientists sputtered off the atoms and analyzed the mass of elements to determine their exact composition. Then, applying spatially resolved measurement techniques, they created a map to tell them where precisely the elements lie on the sample.

They proved that Silicon Ink can be used to lay down p and n type silicon on the back of a silicon wafer, eliminating the need to have contacts on the front of the wafer.

“They developed the ability to get silicon particles doped in the special way they wanted for p type and n type. They could adjust the size of the silicon particle,” said Richard Mitchell, NREL’s lead investigator on the project.

The contact and emitter design enhancements achieved with Silicon Ink are optimized such that each cell gains a percentage point in efficiency — bumping up from converting, say, 16 percent of the photons into electricity to 17 percent. That’s actually a 6 to 7 percent increase in overall efficiency.

The proofs from the tests were enough to attract DuPont, one of the largest corporations in the world, which acquired Innovalight in August.

“It’s always good when an industrial capability collects the interest of large corporate financing,” Mitchell said. “They certainly did their due diligence, before they decided that this was a good technology to buy.”

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October 9th, 2011 | Posted in Green Energy | Edit | No Comments                            Solar Report Update Sept. 26, 2011 Heighlights from Mercon Capital, Mercon Report

Solar solutions take shape at Solar Power International (SPI ’11), October 17-20, 2011.

North America’s largest, most comprehensive B2B solar power trade show and conference opens up exciting, new

opportunities in the emerging market of Dallas, Texas.

Widely regarded as the can’t-miss event for the solar industry, SPI draws nearly 24,000 professionals from 125+

countries. Now, before the boom, is the time to make connections in Texas and throughout the solar industry. Build

your network in SPI’s general sessions, conference sessions, receptions and business partnering appointments or as you explore the dynamic exhibit floor.

Electricity is the world’s fastest-growing form of end-use energy consumption in the Reference case, as it has been for the last several decades. Net electricity generation worldwide rises by 2.3% per year on average from 2008 to 2035. Renewables are the fastest growing source of new electricity generation, increasing by 3.0 % and outpacing the average annual increases for natural gas (2.6%), nuclear power (2.4%), and coal (1.9%).

In general, in OECD countries, where electricity markets are well established and consumption patterns are mature, the growth of electricity demand is slower than in non-OECD countries, where a large amount of potential demand remains unmet. Total net electricity generation in non-OECD countries increases by an average of 3.3 percent per year in the Reference case, led by non-OECD Asia (including China and India), where annual increases average 4.0 percent from 2008 to 2035. In contrast, net generation among OECD nations grows by an average of 1.2% per year from 2008 to 2035.

China and India account for half of the projected increase in world energy use over the next 25 years. China alone, which only recently became the world’s top energy consumer, is projected to use 68% more energy than the United States by 2035.” said Acting EIA Administrator Howard.

Some key findings:

Natural gas is the second fastest growing generation source, increasing by 2.6 percent per year. An increase in unconventional natural gas resources, particularly in North America but elsewhere as well, helps keep global markets well supplied and prices competitive. Future generation from renewables, natural gas, and to a lesser extent nuclear power largely displaces coal-fired generation , although coal remains the largest source of world electricity through 2035. tMore than 82 percent of the increase in renewable generation is in the form of hydroelectric power and wind power.

China and India lead the growth in world demand for energy in the future:

The economies of China and India were among those least affected by the worldwide recession. They continue to lead world economic growth and energy demand growth in the Reference case. In 2008, China and India combined accounted for 21 percent of total world energy consumption.

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With strong economic growth in both countries over the projection period, their combined energy use more than doubles by 2035, when they account for 31 percent of world energy use in the IEO2011 Reference case. In 2035, China’s energy demand is 68 percent higher than U.S. energy demand. Source: EIA Excerpts from the report – Highlights: 

Overview – Electricity:

World net electricity generation increases by 84 percent in the IEO2011 Reference case,

from 19.1 trillion kilowatthours in 2008 to 25.5 trillion kilowatthours in 2020 and 35.2 trillion kilowatthours in 2035. Although the 2008-2009 global economic recession slowed the rate of growth in electricity use in 2008 and resulted in negligible change in electricity use in 2009, demand returned in 2010, led by strong recoveries in non-OECD economies. Source: EIA EIA projects world energy use to increase 53 percent by 2035;

Renewable energy is projected to be the fastest growing source of primary energy over the next 25 years, but fossil fuels remain the dominant source of energy: Renewable energy consumption increases by 2.8 percent per year and the renewable share of total energy use increases from 10 percent in 2008 to 15 percent in 2035 in the Reference case.

Fossil fuels, however, continue to supply much of the energy used worldwide throughout the projection, and still account for 78 percent of world energy use in 2035 While the Reference case projections reflect current laws and policies as of the start of

2011, past experience suggests that renewable energy deployment is often significantly affected by policy changes. Other report highlights include:

In many parts of the world, concerns about security of energy supplies and the environmental consequences of greenhouse gas emissions have spurred government policies that support a projected increase in renewable energy sources. As a result, renewable energy sources are the fastest growing sources of electricity generation in the IEO2011 Reference case at 3.1 percent per year from 2008 to 2035.

The contribution of wind energy, in particular, has grown swiftly over the past decade, from 18 gigawatts of net installed capacity at the end of 2000 to 121 gigawatts at the end of 2008 a trend that continues into the future. Of the 4.6 trillion kilowatthours of new renewable generation added over the projection period, 2.5 trillion kilowatthours (55 percent) is attributed to hydroelectric power and 1.3 trillion kilowatthours (27percent) to wind.

The majority of the hydroelectric growth (85 percent) occurs in the non-OECD countries, while a slight majority of wind generation growth (58 percent) occurs in the OECD. High construction costs can make the total cost to build and operate renewable generators higher than those for conventional plants. The intermittence of wind and solar, in particular, can further hinder the economic competitiveness of those resources, as they are not operator-controlled and are not necessarily available when they would be of greatest value to the system.

However, improving battery storage technology and dispersing wind and solar generating facilities over wide geographic areas could mitigate many of the problems associated with intermittency over the projection period.

World energy demand and economic outlook: Outlook for world energy consumption by source – The use of all energy sources increases over the time horizon of the IEO2011

Renewables are the fastest-growing source of world energy, with consumption increasing by 2.8 percent per year. Relatively high projected oil prices, as well as concern about the environmental impacts of fossil fuel use and strong government incentives for increasing the use of renewable energy in many countries around the world, improve the prospects for renewable energy sources worldwide in the outlook.

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Sept. 30, 2011, Las Vegas Review Journal, To the editor

J. C. Watts’ Sunday column on the failed company Solyndra (“The lesson of Solyndra fiasco”) misrepresents the facts of the solar industry. One company’s inability to survive in a highly competitive global market is not indicative of the health of the U.S. solar industry.

The truth is the U.S. solar energy industry is booming. In the past year, U.S. solar grew by 69%, making it one of the fastest-growing sectors in the economy. The industry comprises 5,000 companies across every state in the country and employs more than 100,000 Americans–double the number of employees from just two years ago.

Even more telling, in 2010, the U.S. solar industry was a $2 billion net exporter of solar products–even to China.

Solyndra was an outlier in an otherwise thriving industry. The U.S. solar energy industry is one of few sectors today creating jobs and working to drive economic growth in America.



P.S. I have read comment by Doomsayers that say things like: That job is costing the American taxpayers $20 million per permanent job. They are full of feces. The fact is , the U.S. government is not issuing a grant, they are only guaranteeing the repayment of the loan. As per the information in the above article, the U.S. solar industry is going very strong and is probably one of the safest bets that our overwhelmed government can make.

Til next time


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As aforementioned, I was positive that my friend’s problem with his lights was the GFCI. He called and told me that the correction didn’t work. I decided to go over to his home and check that he did the testing right. He did. Now what. I asked for and he promptly gave me a new light bulb. I screwed the bulb into the socket and wow! It didn’t work. Rather than start testing for other problems, I took the new light bulb into the house and screwed it into a known working socket. The bulb was no good. I took the hot bulb that I had removed from the lamp and screwed it into the test socket. Viola! It worked. This was crazy, he had 4 or 5 burned out bulbs. I explained to him, the house is 10 years old. No bulbs have ever been replaced.

His next problem was that he didn’t have any replacement bulbs. I very strongly encouraged him to buy the CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) bulbs, reason being, they will repay the cost of the bulb in energy savings in the first year, at least a dollar a month. I also explained to him that the old bulbs get really hot and warm the surrounding space, therefore, making the air conditioner work harder, also where a 60 watt bulb uses 60 watts, the CFL with the same lumens only use 23 watts.

Just thought you might like to know. Always check the simplest thing first. Just because it is new doesn’t mean that it is good. For more information about energy savings, go to .

Until next time.


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Today a friend of mine called me, all frustrated and didn’t queit know how to handel a situation. He told me that all the exterior lights and the garage electrical was out and he had reset all the circuit breakers in the main breaker box.

I explained to him the fix for the problem, we have a slight language barrier, so I agreed to go to his house and help him with the repair. I’m positive that it will be the GFCI in his garage.

Quiet simply, the problem is the GFCI circuit protector probably located near one of the lights or circuit that does not work. I said probably near because when the wiring is done by an electrical contractor, the builder or architech doesn’t specify where the GFCI’s should be physically located, so the electrical contractor places them in the most convient place for him just to keep them as the first device in the specific circuit involved is all that is required as to the electrical code. On one occasion I had an upstairs

bathroom that had no lights. The GFCI for this one was located in the garage.

As stated in my profile, I have been repairing houses since around 1967, and have been a licensed electrical contractor. If you or a friend fine yourself with an unexplainable problem, chances are that I have repaired such a problem. For information, please reach me through the comments section of this blog or feel free to email me at this email address: .

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California’s on a Roll

Mercom’s Solar Report for the week of September 19, 2011, Mercom Capital

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the Energy Department finalized a $1.2 billion loan guarantee to Mojave Solar LLC for the development of

the Mojave Solar Project (MSP). When complete, the 250MW solar generation project located in San Bernardino County, California will increase the nation’s

currently installed concentrating solar power (CSP) capacity by approximately 50 percent.

Under the bill, projects that use less than 75 acre-feet of water/year, enough for about 500 homes, will qualify for the exclusion, which will eliminate about six

months of paperwork, according to data compiled by Rubio’s office. BrightSource said its Ivanpah plant will consume about 100 acre-feet of water yearly. The

Oakland, based company said April 22 it plans to raise as much as $250M through an initial share sale to fund the construction of additional thermal plants.

Intentionally Excluded: Solar-thermal plants consume more water than photovoltaic, and were intentionally left out of the legislation, said California Senator

Michael Rubio, a Democrat from East Bakersfield who wrote the bill. “We wanted to start with two areas known to not use a lot of water,” he said in an

interview. The changes may prompt some developers to eschew solar- thermal projects, Rubio said.

California Governor Jerry Brown is expected to sign a bill that simplifies the permitting process for solar photovoltaic projects and may prompt developers to

reconsider solar-thermal plants, which aren’t included in the legislation. According to Senate Bill 267, which Brown has until Nov. 9 to sign, photovoltaic

projects will no longer be required to demonstrate adequate water supplies. Wind farms are also included in the bill.

“There’s the potential for more of these solar thermal plants to go PV,” said Allan Marks, a project finance attorney at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in Los

Angeles. “The operating costs of PV are less, so lenders worry less about the downside risk.”A notable exception is BrightSource Energy, which received

$1.6B in U.S. Energy Dept. loan guarantees to build a 392MW solar-thermal plant. When completed in 2013, it may be the world’s largest.

“This particular bill will be another tool to assess what’s economical for the state.” Brown supports renewable energy in California, he said, and will likely sign

the legislation, which reached his desk on Sept. 6 after passing the Assembly and Senate with veto-proof majorities. The governor’s office doesn’t comment on

pending legislation, spokesman Evan Westrup said today.

FirstEnergy Ohio Utilities Launch Request for Proposal for 10-Year Renewable Energy Credits and

Solar Renewable Energy Credits Generated in Ohio

Baja Sun Energy Plans At Least $500 Million Solar Investment for Mexico

Falling photovoltaic prices have made them less expensive than solar-thermal systems, which focus the sun’s rays to create steam that drives a turbine and

generates electricity. Eliminating the paperwork will shave as much as six months from the approval process. Three California solar-thermal projects have

switched to photovoltaic panels, which convert sunlight into electricity, and more may follow suit.

The North American solar market may grow significantly over the next 10 years, Baja California Governor Jose Guadalupe Osuna Millan said in the statement.

The company will open a sales office in San Diego. Arima EcoEnergy will outfit the factory for production of cells, modules and dual-axis tracking systems,

according to the statement. There are 335 solar projects with a combined capacity of 1.45GW currently installed in North America and the Caribbean,

according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance data sets. That’s up from 1.16GW at the end of 2010, according to the data. Source: Bloomberg, Sep 13

FirstEnergy Corp. announced that a Request for Proposal (RFP) will be conducted to secure 10-year Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) and Solar Renewable

Energy Credits (SRECs) for customers of its Ohio utilities – Ohio Edison, Cleveland Electric Illuminating and Toledo Edison – to help meet the renewable

energy benchmarks established under Ohio’s energy law.

California currently accounts for 61% of the total US project pipeline, stimulated by the state’s aggressive 33%

Renewable Portfolio Standard target, and benefiting from the recent trend of solar projects reallocated from concentrated solar power to PV. The top six state pipelines in megawatt terms are California, Arizona, Nevada,

Texas, New Jersey, and New Mexico; in total, 44 states now contribute to the pipeline.

Utility-driven project activity is now evident across 35 states, while other non-residential projects below 1 MW remain

an important segment of the market, accounting for 771 projects being monitored. The fast-developing non-residential

segment has created an important and growing opportunity for project developers, engineering, procurement and

construction (EPC) companies. The top 12 project developers currently account for 51% of the total pipeline.

No energy or capacity will be purchased under the RFP. The number of individual bidders is not limited. Participants must meet and maintain specific credit and

security qualifications, and must be able to prove their RECs and/or SRECs generating facilities are certified or in the process of becoming certified by the

State of Ohio. Source: FirstEnergy, Sep 13

“Utility expectations for improved installed pricing measured either in per watt peak or kilowatt hour have vastly increased over the past quarter,” said Craig

Stevens, President, Solarbuzz. “The result is more RFPs and an acceleration of PV orders.” For those projects in the pipeline that have selected their module

suppliers, the top three suppliers in MW terms are First Solar, SunPower Corporation, and Suntech Power.

California Bill Favors Solar Panels, Thermal Left Out in Cold

Solar Module Price Cuts Stimulate Massive Growth in US Photovoltaic Project Pipeline

US non-residential pipeline has increased to 24 GW

The collapse in US factory-gate module prices over the past four months is only now starting to impact utility project prices, much more than system sizes

below one MW. One-fifth of the installed system prices above one MW are now $3.75/watt STC DC (Standard Test Conditions, Direct Current) or below.

24 GW PV Pipeline Share by State

Baja Sun Energy SRL said it will invest more than $500 million in a solar-panel factory and energy farm in Baja California that will sell power on both sides of

the Mexico-U.S. border. The Mexicali, Mexico-based company will start building its facility this year and plans to make panels capable of 100 megawatts

annually and a 10-megawatt solar facility that will expand to 150 megawatts, according to a statement yesterday. Mexican employees will be trained by Arima EcoEnergy, a New Taipei City, Taiwan, manufacturer of concentrated photovoltaic module systems, Baja Sun said in the statement.

Switching to Photovoltaic: Other developers are backing away from the technology, which is sometimes called concentrated solar. Germany’s Solar

Millennium AG (S2M), which uses solar-thermal technology, said Aug. 18 it will use photovoltaic panels at the first 500-megawatt phase of a planned 1,000-

megawatt plant near Blythe, California.

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If Into Green Wind Energy, YOU WILL ENJOY THIS READ

While reading this, It reminded me of a horse race. Have a look, see if you can catch on.

The granting of patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) is often cited as a measure of the inventive activity and evidence of the effectiveness of research & development investments. Granted solar patents (122) continued to top the remaining components of the CEPGI, and in particular its closest competitor, wind (113), by 9. Wind was up 27 over the first quarter and up 58 over the second quarter of 2010. Solar patents were down 16

compared to the 1st quarter while up 46 relative to a year prior. Japan was the first quarter leader among non-U.S. holders of U.S. clean energy patents and the individual U.S. states with 114, down 17 from the 1st quarter and down 7 from the same period in 2010, to again claim the geographical clean energy patent crown.

EIB Studies 450 Million-Euro (~$612M) Loan for Offshore Wind in Germany California was in second place for the third consecutive quarter at 65 clean energy patents, up 6 over the second quarter and up 16 compared to a year prior, leading new third place finisher  New York which leapfrogged Michigan due to its largest quarterly finish ever at 52 granted clean energy patents, up 17 over the 1st quarter and up 30 over a year prior. Korea followed with 41 patents matching last quarter’s total and up 4 over the same quarter in 2010. Michigan fell to 5th place, down 14 from the previous result and up two over last year’s.

Denmark (26) and Germany (29) trailed with Germany up 5 over last quarter and tieing the results of a year ago while Denmark was up 9 over last quarter and 17 over last year’s second quarter. (Others having significant clean energy patent totals were Massachusetts (13) with a total identical to that of the first quarter, while Canada and Colorado had 9 and Connecticut had 7 (identical to the last quarter). Source: CEPGI, Sep 13

Germany will overtake the UK as the world leader in offshore wind generated power as early as 2015, according to new research. As part of a detailed investigation into power cable installation in the offshore wind industry, technology and consultancy company Enventi claim its analysis shows current UK Government policy is stalling offshore wind development.

The findings arise from research into supply contracts awarded to submarine power cable manufacturers which shows that out of 2,400km of wind farm related power cables currently on order, only around 13% or just over 300km relate to planned UK wind farm developments compared to almost 2,000km ordered for

German projects.

According to Enventi, such evidence confirms that uncertainty linked to planned Government reforms is creating a delay between projects currently in construction and those already consented. “Despite what the Government has said about transitional measures protecting investment, it appears that uncertainty arising from Electricity Market Reform (EMR) is preventing consented projects achieving financial close and proceeding to construction.

“In a tight supply chain, as we believe is likely, this hiatus in the UK will be a crucial factor in the race to install the next phase of offshore wind farms in North-Western Europe. Germany is already well advanced in the installation of an integrated High-Voltage Direct-Current (HVDC) network that will allow ‘clusters’ of offshore wind farms to be developed and it is likely that this groundwork will allow Germany to surpass the UK as the World leader in installed offshore wind capacity sometime between 2015 & 2020”. Source: Offshore Wind, Sep 12

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NEVADA The Saudi Arabia of Renewable Energy (Harry Reid)

‘This is some great information from the Clean Energy Vehicle Show Held in Las Vegas Early September, 2011′

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During the last four years, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., has joined with Jon Podesta, former chief of staff under President Bill Clinton’s administration, to organize a National Clean Energy Summit each summer in Las Vegas. Sen. Reid has often described

Nevada as “the Saudi Arabia of renewable energy” because of the state’s abundant resources of sun, wind and underground hot springs that can potentially be converted into electric power. For 75 years, Hoover Dam has housed powerful generators that convert the flowing energy of the Colorado River into more than 2 billion watts of clean, renewable hydroelectric power every day. This abundant supply of electricity meets the needs of 1.5 million homes. However, much of that energy is exported to neighboring states.

By contrast, Nevada imports about 99 percent of the oil, diesel fuel and gasoline its residents use for transportation every day. This year, National Clean Energy Summit 4.0: The Future of Energy began Aug. 29 at Aria in CityCenter on the Strip. An Alternative Fuel Vehicle Showcase highlighted clean-energy vehicles that were powered by electricity, fuel cells and natural gas.

The electric-car industry exhibited multiple production vehicles this year, including a Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, a Ford Transit Connect compact van conversion from Azure Dynamics, a CODA electric sedan, and two utility vehicles from Xtreme Green Products Inc.

Entrepreneurs Neil and Claire Roth have been building their Xtreme Green electric vehicles in North Las Vegas for several years. Their company specializes in rugged utility terrain vehicles for off-road use by security and maintenance personnel. They have also designed a single-person police mobility vehicle with flashing emergency lights that attracted a lot of attention during the showcase.

A second Ford Transit Connect compact van at the exhibit had been converted to run on a tank of compressed natural gas, a fossil fuel that is found much more abundantly within U.S. borders than crude oil. Natural methane gas can be compressed to 3,600 pounds per square inch into a holding tank in the rear compartment of the van. The fuel can substitute for gasoline in the vehicle’s internal combustion engine, while also burning more cleanly and providing a range of 330 miles between fill-ups. Toyota displayed a prototype fuel cell hybrid vehicle that runs on hydrogen gas stored in a high-pressure tank. While driving, the hydrogen is mixed with ambient oxygen pulled out of the air by a compressor. The two sets of atoms are catalyzed inside the fuel cell to create electricity while also emitting H2O as water vapor from its exhaust pipe. The electricity from the fuel cell can directly drive the electric motor on the Toyota FCHV, while also recharging a battery pack that can add extra electric boost power to the same motor during periods of acceleration. Toyota representatives affirmed that the company plans to bring this vehicle into production during 2015.

MGM Resorts International, under President and CEO Jim Murren, has been busy implementing clean-energy applications at the Aria and other parts of the CityCenter complex, qualifying the site to achieve six Gold rating awards under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program of the U.S. Green Building Council.

The company recently installed two electric car public charging stations within the valet parking facility at the entrance to The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, located between Mandalay Bay and the Luxor pyramid. The MGM CityCenter limousine fleet also runs on compressed natural gas rather than gasoline.

On day two of the Clean Energy Summit 4.0, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden emphasized the need to continue seeding technology development programs in the clean-energy sector, especially during difficult times of turmoil and economic uncertainty. Otherwise, the U.S. could lose its technology leadership to China and Germany, two countries that are already pulling ahead in exporting renewable energy technologies to the rest of the world.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval participated in a panel that included California Gov. Jerry Brown and Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire.

During the recent 2011 Nevada legislative session, Assembly Bill 511 was successfully passed into law and signed by Gov. Sandoval in June. The new law includes guidelines for the state department of motor vehicles to develop alternative-fuel vehicle frastructure. It also authorizes the DMV to create rules for autonomous vehicles to travel on designated highways. Nevada is the first state in the nation to allow driverless vehicles on public roads.

California Gov. Brown emphasized that his state is pushing hard to promote clean-energy resources, startup businesses and alternative-fuel transportation. Recent legislation during spring 2011 expanded a mandate for California utilities to purchase

renewable-energy resources for the state’s electrical grid, increasing the existing goal of 20 percent by 2020 to now achieve 33 percent by the same year, while continuing to serve a growing population of 39 million residents. California is also once again pushing zero-emission vehicle mandates within the state to encourage the development of a clean-energy automotive industry there.

Washington and Oregon have encouraged early adoption of electric vehicles and recharging infrastructure within their states. An “international green corridor” has been initiated along the West Coast on Interstate Highway 5 that will build out a network of electric-vehicle recharging stations from Vancouver, British Columbia, through Washington, Oregon, California and into Mexico.

U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Dr. Dorothy Robyn of the Department of Defense both emphasized the military benefits of using alternative-fuel vehicles for transportation, with a low detection footprint, to give strategic advantage to U.S. forces in the field.

According to the Navy Secretary, “For every 50 convoys in Afghanistan, we have lost one Marine.”

Mabus has set a goal for the Navy to derive half of its fuel from nonfossil sources by 2020. Domestic military bases can also benefit by retrofitting existing buildings to make them more efficient and adopt alternative-fuel fleet vehicles that are powered by

independent renewable-energy power sources.

Robyn noted that this effort by the Department of Defense to provide a huge military market for energy-efficient technologies and alternative-fuel vehicles can also help these industries grow within the private sector in order to eventually bring down costs to the general public.

For more information about the National Clean Energy Summit 4.0, visit the organization’s website at

To read the text of Nevada Assembly Bill 511 that became state law last June, visit

Stan Hanel has worked in the electronics industry for more than 30 years and is a long-time member of the Electric Auto Association and the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association. Hanel writes and edits for EAA’s “Current Events” and LVEVA’s “Watts Happening” newsletters. Contact him at





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Here in Nevada you can visit

to find out how you can join the fight for energy independence. Be sure to

check out their Home EnergyEfficiency Tips section, it’s very well done. To actually get it done,contact Their program provides all the resources you’ll need to help you declare you rindependence by reducing or eliminating your utility bills. There are even financing options that can cover the costs with the energy you’ll save.

Declare your independence! Let freedom ring! There’s no better way to nurture the human spirit.

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Last week’s National Clean

Energy Summit provided a partial snapshot of the status of our nation’s shift

toward clean energy. It featured a wide range of presentations representing

green building, military, commerce, transportation, utilities, manufacturing

and labor interests.

The message was strong and clear: Renewable energy along with a vast array of innovative technologies are here and vital to our future. On the other hand, we’re in a race against ourselves, pitting the benefits of national, energy and climate security against powerful vested interests fighting to maintain the status quo.

The rest of the picture was provided on the other side of the country by another event promoting a clean energy future. In the largest environmental demonstration in a generation, morethan 1,250 people were arrested during two weeks of peaceful acts of civil disobedience at the White House. They also delivered petitions and letters of

support signed by more than 600,000 additional Americans.

Their message was equally strong and clear: We must avoid tapping into the largest pool of dirty carbon on the planet, stop the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline and take the clean energy path. You can visit to learn more about this vital issue.

So the complete picture seems to be that on one hand, government, military and industry say they are deeply supporting the development of clean energy. On the other hand American citizens are demonstrating and demanding clean energy. What’s wrong with this picture?

We are deceiving ourselves. We do not “pay the truth” when it comes to

fossil fuels. The truth is that fossil fuels exact a high price on our health,

the environment and our national security (not to mention they are nonrenewable

and irreplaceable) but these costs are not reflected in the price of the

product. We then use this artificially low price to measure the relative cost

of clean energy. No wonder we’re in a quandary.  The dishonesty ingrained in our economic system must be addressed. It is what spawns ecocidal projects like the tar sands and mountaintop destruction in the first place. It does not allow economic decisions that favor our best interests, overall lowest real costs and the greatest benefit for all. In a truly free market, why would it be anything else?

The best solution I’ve seen to bring honesty to the energy economy has been offered by Dr. James Hansen, one of our nation’s top climate scientists. It is called Fee and Dividend.

We begin paying a more truthful price for carbon, implementing an across-the-board flat fee on all fossil fuels at the point of entry in the market (domestic mine or port of entry). A rising rate of $10 per ton of carbon dioxide per year will yield a 30 percent

reduction in U.S. emissions (the equivalent of 13 Keystone XL pipelines).

That’s the fee part.

In 10 years, this would be the equivalent of $1 per gallon of gasoline. Now for the dividend: 100 percent of the collected carbon fees are distributed to the public electronically to bank accounts or debit cards. By year 10, the fees collected from fossil fuel companies would exceed $500 billion per year, providing $2,000 to $3,000 per

legal adult resident in the country, offsetting the higher costs of goods and

services resulting from the fee.

There are no strings attached, so people are free to decide how to spend it. For those driving large SUVs the dividend would offset the rising cost of their carbon consumption. However, many others will choose to invest that dividend in energy efficiency for homes, appliances or vehicles. Those with the most efficient carbon budget reap the greatest rewards.

This simple approach does not grow government, is revenue-neutral and makes use of market principles. There are no new taxes and the government does not attempt to pick winners via tax breaks. It is transparent and leaves energy decisions in the hands of the people. Businesses (including energy companies) who choose to innovate by

reducing their carbon footprint will gain a competitive advantage.

We are all responsible for the results we create. I echo the words of an eloquent Native American who spoke recently at the White House demonstrations: “We can set a standard for everybody else to follow. Today we act. We are taking back our future.”

Steve Rypka is a green living consultant and president of GreenDream Enterprises, a company committed to helping people live lighter on the planet. For more information

and links to additional resources relating to this column, or to reach Steve,

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Let’s Talk About Solar Energy


Posted on August 30, 2011 by Glen


A little while ago, a couple hours, I had this (I thought)major league problem.

My sound on the downloaded videos on an online course I am taking, quit

working. I tried rebooting the program several times, no luck. I thought

possibly the server was down, so I sent an email of inquiry and explained that

servers don’t get Sundays off. Then after trying again and again, I thought of

trying the home page, there’s always a video playing there with lots of sound.

They were not working either (oops).

I decided to Reboot my system. Worked like a charm, Mega sound “Viola “!!!

I sent John an email with an explanation, “Headspace Malfunction” I said. and

also sent him a copy of my, “OH” How Dumb am I

John didn’t appreciate my error, OH well.

That was yesterday, this is today. I would like to share some of my interest with

you. Seeing that I was a licensed Electrician in the State of Illinois for

several years before I relinquished my business to my son and decided to move

west. I moved to Southern Nevada, about 15 to 20 miles from the city of lights,

Las Vegas, Nevada. I decided a couple years later that I would stay because I

really love the dry climate. You may notice in my right margin a link to, I have a small site with it but it is kinda parked for the


Getting back to my interest, as I was saying, having been an electrician with an

electronics background, and also being to cheap to continue pay the ridiculous

price to keep my home cool in the summer, which really should be cooled at

least 6 months a year. I got to thinking and talking with my brother who is

also really into Solar Green Energy. He has been doing research for some time,

ultimately we’ve done a vast amount of research as to What kinds of materials

are needed, where to buy materials and systems to convert our homes to solar


We have found that there a lot of ways to go. Have a company come and install a

system for $20 to $30,000.00. If I save $200.00 per month that take 8 1/2 to 12

1/2 years to save that much, that’s with no finance charge, which will















units are only waranteed for 10 years then the repairs start) there is a

sizeable rebate through the end of 2011 to help offset the cost. I have a lot

of negatism for rebates (if the rebate program is closed shortly after your

installation and your contractor happens to make an error on the rebate form,

the rebate company will not inform him of the error, you will wind up not

getting your rebate). I know the contractor made the error, not you. Do you

think for a second that a big contractor who has your money already can

possibly find a way to help you. Don’t depend on the rebate until you have it

in your hand.

So with that scenario, I decided that it would be foolish (especially with my

background in electronics and as an electrical contractor) to even think about

not doing it myself.

As said earlier my brother and I were digging onto the ins and outs of doing a

solar electrical supply anyway. We discovered that you don’t need to have a lot

of experience to do it yourself. As it turns out, if you can read and

understand what you have read, you are very qualified to Do It Yourself.

In our research we found literally thousands of informational products that tell

you how to do the installation, where to buy the parts and so on. We find that

it takes a lot of research to determine which books give you more detailed and

eaiser to understand instructions. These are some of the ideas we would enjoy

sharing with you.

When the sun goes down, you can use the wind if you have insufficient storage for

facilities your electricity.

When we officially launch this website, we plan to have ‘gifts’ of instruction

manuals for different kinds of projects.

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Looks Like Solar Energy Silicon Chips Have Taken a Small Hit

Posted on August 31, 2011 by Glen

Near 8/27/11 Steve Rypka & other content

After reading my Mercon Report last evening, I came to realize that getting in on the

Solar Energy Do It Yourself opportunity seems to be getting a little cheaper.

The price slide in August for silicon chips is credited to the state of the

economy. I guess we all need money to buy the chips. After all if we are broke,

no matter how cheap an item is, we just don’t have the funds to make purchases.


According to today’s read, after China stepped up to the plate and was going Gung Ho by subsidizing its own manufacturers to be able to operate better and build

renewable energy products for a lower price and easier manufacturer. apparently,

that seems to be coming to a screeching halt, due to reports the US complained

to WTO, apparently what they were doing is considered unfair trade practices. I

can imagine that some citizens got wind of this practice and raised a stink.


I would like to share a site with you:

and also I came across a very interesting and fun read some time back. This guy

Steve Rypka, writes really great articles for the Las Vegas Review Journal, and

also has a neat website.

Don’t go yet, but you really do want to see his articles. He has one article about a

passive construction house, here’s a paragraph that I have borrowed from his

site to show you.

The Passive House (PH) approach to construction is still in its infancy, joining

the ranks of other green building programs such as Energy Star and LEED for

Homes, while also significantly raising the bar set by those earlier programs.

PH projects may choose to become certified, but it is not a mandate. It is

however a very useful tool for designing and producing extremely

high-performance homes that drastically reduce the energy they use while also

increasing occupant comfort and health.

Steve and his wife have managed to cut their carbon footprint by 80%.


Think about this: We are living during an incredibly

unique period in the ongoing history of humanity.

How often did that same thought cross the minds of our ancestors? Did the first

generation of farmers realize the profound impact the agricultural revolution

would have on the formation of modern society? In the early years of the

industrial revolution, did anyone have even an inkling of what they were

setting into motion? These key turning points in the development of our species

have dramatically changed the world. As important as they were, they will pale

in comparison to the Next Big Thing. I’m talking about the new Green Revolution.

Continue reading Green Revolution and the Clean Energy Summit.



I have my eyes on a great offer that is being seen all over the place that I have

hopes of getting into my right margin in the very near future.

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Let’ Talk About Solar EnergyPosted on August 27, 2011 by Glen Reply

I have been thinking about putting a new page on my new blog called ‘O how Dumb

am I’, this should cover just a few of the D A things I have done or been

unable to do over the last few days. This will show the rest of the world just

how smart they really are. How about that for a page?

As I amble almost aimlessly down the road of life I often run into people who are

so so so “SMART” oh, to be so so so dumb. Incidently, dumb is in no way stupid.

Dumb means DKS, I know, all you smart ones know DKS means don’t know stuff.

Lets go somewhere else, I’ve beaten this poor old dumb horse to death.

I get to thinking that I am real smart and then I decide to embark on a project

that requires just a little grey matter and then, Kaplooie, I become a DA, for

example, a couple of weeks ago I decided to take this Internet training course.

There are a few requirements, one of them of course was, it isn’t necessary to

be very smart about what you are about to partake. Rite there I should have

have seen the lite. What it really meant was, beware if you are a dummy, even

just a little dumb.

Occasionally, NO often I get confused I really mean stupefied. At this point I need help (did you ever try clicking on a help button on a computer? Ha!! Ha!!!) I need major league instructions. You go to the support section of the site, which ask

questions like, log-in, password, forgot password; what is your email address?

Do you ever get the idea that everybody in the flaming world has your email

address. Not me man, mine is cleverly disguised to look like my name with a


Down the road here in probably a month or so I am going to be asking you for your

email, don’t hang up yet, I will pay you for it with a free gift, Think about

it its not really free you paid with your email. Then as an added bonus I will

send you a warning when my next blog will appear, that way you will be warned

and can stay off the Net for a couple of days incognitto so to speak. If you

decide that you don’t really want anyone to have your email (then what good is

it) you can refuse delivery of the gift or accept the gift and a couple of days

later find the unsubscribe link and simply click on it. Viola! You’re out!! I


prefer doing the latter, because who knows, I may decide I like what I am


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Posted on August 21, 2011 by Glen Reply

Add to August 19, 2011

I am a member of, where I have been able to get a lot of help and advice when it comes to repairing and maintaining my Saab Areo 9.5

I live in the Las Vegas Area with my best friend Valerie ( Val ), who incidently

is my bride of over 45 years and our kitty Ms. Wreck-a-bitch, we call her Missy.

She is a Black Bombay, Val doesn’t talk much, because Missy talks enough

for both of them (We hide Missy in a closet on Halloween to protect her.)

When Val and I visit the market and are at the check-out and as usual I am having














fun talking or giving a hard time to the cashier, her favorite quote is ‘I

don’t know him.’

I tend to have favorite sayings, such as ‘life is like a bowl of cherries, just

reach out and grab a handful.’

I am going to sign off for now, I have to save a little for later.


Original Post August 19, 2011

Posted on August 19, 2011 by Glen

So, this is my second blog, seeing that the first one vanished. My intention was to

say something so off the wall, or off the wall funny, that you wouldn’t forget.

I guess since you have been so patient and waited a couple of hours more for

the fun of reading this blog, I will postpone that particularly funny

unforgettable quip, on second thought, I have no clue as to anything that funny

anyway. So, I will say the obvious, glad to have you here, yah hear.

I’ve been told that writing should kind of lead smoothly from one idea to you to

without wasting a lot of time, because if I can do that you won’t get bored and

leave. Now that the transition problem has been addressed there’s something I

want to share with you. No, I don’t have a hangnail, it’s better than that. In

some situations I am a savior, that is I can save your bacon when it comes to

something that you might have broken. You see, I am a home repairman, I’m

talking real genius. I got into the home repair business in 1967, that’s a

couple of years ago. Chances are if anything comes up not working right or just

broken, I have probably fixed something like that before, therefore, I can

probably explain to you how to repair it. I really know a lot about repairing

things, just ask.

I don’t, although I probably should, take pictures of the things that I repair

because I really like taking pictures, I am what is called an amateur

photographer. I really like my cameras. I have had cameras in my hands all my

life, but I didn’t get what I consider my first real camera until around 1970

when my children were very 2 and 3 years old. I bought a couple of Minolta

SLRs,  2 or 3 zoom lenses some tripods, I thought they were the cats’ meow. 30

years later when the digital SLRs came out, I had to have one (that’s all mama

would let me get). I mess around with Photo shop on some of the photos I take

and the results are pretty good. As has been said, I know enough about the

program to be dangerous.













I’ve taken a few pictures of my car, some of my house, landscapes around the valley,

the mountains and some of the scenery. I live in the Las Vegas Nevada Area and

the scenery here moves I mean it really moves; up and down the Strip, over by

Fremont Street, the local shopping centers. Man is this a great place to live?

A paradise for a photographer. Lately everyone is a professional photographer

though with their camera phones, digital up links etc..

Other than cameras, I also like cars, I think my favorite auto is the Saab. As a

mater of fact I like the Saab so much that I joined a Saab site online. The

place is,

I have contacted the forums there on a few occasions and the members have been

overwhelming with their assistance and support.

I along with my best friend, wife of 45 years, Valerie (Val) our kitty Miss

Wreck-a-bitch (we call her Missy) live here in Henderson Nevada in our modest

ranch home on the side of Black Mountain just a few miles from photographers

paradise and hotels with clean sheets and hot running maids. Always remember

‘what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas’. Before the Internet anyway.

If this is interesting enough to con you into reading it all, leave me a comment

in the remarks section. Til later thanks.