As I see it there are 2 issues...dependance on oil and waste of energy. State and national incentive programs for renewable energy should be preceded by first making the building energy efficient. This not only will help lessen the demand on the central grid but help us change in how we use energy and not be wasteful. Then RE can come in, you wont need as large of a system because you now are using less electricity thus being a more affordable solution.
Nice responce. I did run across a company (ipwg, running in Europe and the Middle East) that burns our waste (renewable - by the tons) to electricity and water and has another product called Add Power that uses the wasted heat coming out of smoke stacks to generate electricity. here is the site http://www.international-power.com/
I am a teacher in an inner city school and those blank cream colored windmills would be "taged" so fast. Why not paint them to look like giant flowers, or paint the American flag on them.... cover them in solar panels and then all that glitters is not gold, it's WIND!
chances of those wind turbines going up in the city are slim to none to begin with. These turbiunes usually need to be 200 ft from any building or obstruction as well as 30-50 ft higher than any building surrounding it.
They can be painted any color but you have to use the right paint that wont corrode the steel piping.
As soon as anyone talks about alternatives, they are branded tree hugging liberals by conservatives. They have only one thought....drill,drill,drill. That is what a conservative is, someone who does not like change. The way things are is profitable for their friends and if we need to go to war for oil, so be it.
When they see stories about people finding other ways, they say that is quaint, that is cute, but everyone can not do that so forget it. Exxon said that they were not into renewable energy because it would not make any difference. Well, if you refuse to fund it, I guess it won't. That sort of self fulfilling "prophecy" will keep us right where they want us, in their grip.
Edmund, I am a shareholder in IPWG. The reason they avoid USA is because of the myriad regulations faced by companies trying to do business here. The opportunities are enormous in the USA and I feel it would be a natural fit with the PickensPlan. Let me hear your thoughts.
The oil companies GOT a grip on Iraqi oil. That is what all the delays have been about. They have been arm twisting the Iraqi government to sign over all the rights to their oil for decades at bargain prices.
Maybe YOU should get a grip and study world politics. Take a look at Iraqi deals that have been made over the last 6 months and then talk to others about what their conclusions are given the facts.
Most reasonable people will come to similar conclusions that it WAS and IS about oil. Allen Greenspan even admitted that in his book and he was on the inside all the time it was happening.
What if you could chose between a wind turbine in your neighborhood or a beautiful Oak tree delivering your power needs
What would it be?
Yes wind turbines are great inventions, unfortunately they are costly to produce, need special transport, difficult to install especially off-shore, they are responsible for loss of property value, cause noise and light flickering, and need more money to service and to maintain, plus our scenic values are lost forever.
We've looked at this and came up with the following solution.
We have begun building natural looking artificial trees and plants - mostly from recycled materials. Our trees, shrubs and plants are fitted with "Nanoleaves" these leaves convert Light and Heat and Wind energy into electricity.
Even after the sun has set, the leaves are still working. The wind energy that plays with the leaves is harvested via a innovative use of nanopiezovoltaic material incorporated into the stem of the leaf, twigs and branches.
Converting three available energy resources in one single tree this is a efficient and a aesthetic solution for our world.
Solar Botanic trees do more - they give shade in the summer, prevent heat islands, can be used as wind shield and noise protection or can be placed for better views, objectionable views, against road glare along the highways, crop protection and water management.
Our trees can be equipped with additional technology that allows them to pump water or filter it. They can take the CO2 out of the air and release clean air.
Even if the wind is minimal, our leaves are sensitive enough to produce power, if the light is diffuse our leaves detects it and convert it to power. The smallest thermal changes allow our leaves to start working and produce power.
The trees come with a 20 year warranty. The leaves are self-cleaning and are well protected against moisture and oxygen. The look natural and come in all sort of species, for every environment we have a tree!
The response we had so far from all corners of the world is tremendous, private people, residential developers, municipalities and governments are enthusiastic about this development.
If you could chose what would it be:
A tree or a wind turbine?
let us know
I live in Barnesville GA and a man from China is fixing to build a huge BURN TRASH, CREATE STEAM, MAKE ELECTRICITY plant in our little rural town. The paper said that the cost is going to be some $50 million if I remember the figure correctly, to build this plant and it's all with "private" capital. To learn more go to Barnesville.com and ask Walter to set up a link to the articles on this subject.