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Free, Unlimited Electricity Anyone?
The time is upon us for major changes in the way we approach our energy use and we have been caught flat-footed. The world needs solutions yesterday and many of the alternative energy options are either too expensive or the technology has not evolved enough to give us an efficient and effective solution today.
We should not sit and wait for these technologies to evolve or spend ourselves silly trying to meet
demand. There is an answer to solve our energy problems available right now that is both efficient and
relatively inexpensive, ocean wave power.
Buoys bob up and down in the water generating electricity that is sent back to shore in a cable running
along the ocean floor. It is estimated that a ten mile by ten mile buoy farm will produce enough
electricity to meet the current demands of the entire state of California which needs many nuclear
power plants to try to keep up.
Power buoys should be purchased by the County of Hawaii to provide free power. Why should we have to pay someone for the power of our own waves? Hawaii has some of the most powerful waves in the world. Hawaii county has the opportunity to not only implement a new system
but to also own the system.
The County of Hawaii could buy the buoys outright and start a wave farm miles from shore, away from
any shipping lanes, and run power lines on the ocean floor to the island. The buoys create fish friendly
habitats and will help us re-build our native fish population at the same time. Think of each buoy as a
typical oil well. The more we put out there, the more power we get. We could supply all the
power needs of our island but the rest of the state as well.
The cost for this system would be small, maybe only a $25/year increase in property taxes for each
home owner and $15/year for each vacant land parcel. That could be all the capital needed to get the
project going. Wouldn't you pay that much to have an endless supply of electricity? Would you want
to buy an electric car and stop buying gas altogether? It is easy to see why we would want the
county to own and expand this system for the good of all of our local residents and businesses.
Think of the possibilities of free unlimited power for a moment. Our hotels could lower rates, we could
stop burning coal for power, start manufacturing products that take a lot of power to produce, the island
could eventually build a monorail system that would only carry the cost of maintenance and
construction. The county could afford to clean and deliver water to everyone on the island with the
proceeds of our energy exports.
Some may say we need to use solar power but it is far too expensive and inefficient to meet our level of
need. Wind power requires the purchase of land and turbines could only be placed in certain areas. Ethanol, switch grass, or other agricultural forms of alternative energy are now exacerbating problems of global hunger. Ethanol is not a solution, they are another problem. Harnessing wave power means utilizing empty ocean wherever it is convenient.
More information can be seen online at http://www.oceanpowertechnologies.com. There you will find
out how a power buoy company's buoy is powering a Marine Corps base on Oahu, Atlantic City, NJ,
and Santona, Spain today. This energy solution is real and ready for wide-scale deployment. The real
question is what would it take for us to make a change?
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The Hawaii Island Pickens Plan Volunteers are cordially invited a ‘TALK STORY’ with Mr. DENNY COFFMAN (V. Chair, HI State House of Representatives Energy & Environment Committee)
This will be held at 76-335 Wana Street, Kailua Kona (Directions below), on Friday - May 22, 2009 from 4 - 5 PM.
Light pupu’s, juice/water will be provided.
This is our chance to: (1) learn about the 1st half of the 2009 legislative secession, and (2) have input for the 2nd half.
PLEASE RSVP AND SEND ME ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS YOU HAVE FOR Mr. COFFMAN.
If you can’t travel to Kona please respond with comments or Q’s and I’ll make sure that they are delivered or addressed as appropriate.
Hawaii District Leader
Turn Makai from Kuakini Hwy. @ Lako,
Go to the 4th possible right (Kololia),
Turn and go to the 1st possible left (Kealoha),
Turn Makai again to Ahu St. Turn left, to
Wana St., Turn left to 76-335 (11th house on right - yellow)
Aloha to the Hawaiian Regiment of the Pickens Army!
The boss need each of us to contact our U.S. Senators and ask them to support the Pickens Plan components of the stimulus package.
Here’s some words from Boone you might consider using:
“A high percentage of our oil still comes from foreign countries. Even in December, as the economy was contracting, we imported nearly 70 percent of the oil we used and paid over $19 billion for it.
I am very interested in the aspects of The American Renewal and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 1) that include the promotion of alternative energy - wind and solar; the building out of a 21st century electrical transmission grid; and incenting trucking companies to upgrade from trucks running on foreign diesel to those running on domestic natural gas.
A Department of Energy study showed that developing our capacity to produce wind energy would not only replace 20 percent of the electricity we now produce using coal-burning plants, but would add 138,000 jobs in the first year and more than 3.4 million over a ten-year span.
Also, if we switch just 350,000 of the 6.5 million heavy trucks running on the nation's Interstate Highways to domestic natural gas from imported diesel, we could cut our oil imports by over five percent. In December alone that would have kept nearly $1 billion from being shipped off shore.
I hope you will join me in supporting these components of the Pickens Plan as H.R. 1 moves toward final passage.”
Remember, whatever ill befalls the Mainland economy, worse will happen to Hawaii. If we loose the energy sector of the economy we’ll loose all of the benefits of the Industrial Revolution, and Hawaiians will once again go sailing to fish the Northwest Islands in the likes of HOKULE’A and MAKALI’I.
Pickens Plan District Leader for HI 01/02
The poles sat at the entrance to EPCOT for almost 20yrs (removed 15yrs ago). As thousands of the masses passed by each year was perhaps an astonishing never noticed generator.
As far as Generating Energy with any renewable on small scale.
It is not cost effect yet to store this energy. Although the FUEL CELL will be the saving grace of storage it is not quit there yet.
The only way to be cost effective is to co-generate.
In other words to Generate all day as Solar or depending on when source is available.
I.e.: Tidal –flow 20hrs a day it’s moving.
Dumping it immediately back into grid. So you are sequentially selling your generation to
the neighbors for the Top Dollar. By backing your own bill up for what you used from the grid. And offsetting the payment @ between 8 to 12 cents per kilowatt hrs.
If you Generate and just sell to reseller, your locale provider. They will give you 3 to 4 cent per. (not cost effective)
So you see this is how they keep you from moving in on their MONOPOLY…..
Now to address the last question. If you generate DC current you must invert it to Ac before it is usable. This does add to the bottom line cost of your system….
I am developing in R&D a recirculating generator Hybrid Solar and Hydrokinetic powered that will generate AC current.
Dan - This may be 10yrs into future - but - Have you read this article on giant leap for SOLAR energy out of M.I.T.? “…Until now, (8-5-08) solar power has been a daytime-only energy source, because storing extra solar energy for later use is prohibitively expensive and grossly inefficient. With today's announcement, MIT researchers have hit upon a simple, inexpensive, highly efficient process for storing solar energy…”
Yes, my husband and I have 3 children as well:-) One son 4 1/2 years old and 2 daughters 2 years and 1 year old.
So we always seem to have toys everywhere:-)
Blessings to you and your family,
Thank you for the invite - I accept - I am also fascinated with Wave - I featured it in the video below - If you haven't seen it - take a look - use it as an email attachment - to bring others to the plan - if you think it a valuable tool
"POWER TO THE PEOPLE! Sign Up/Sign In" by Kathy Lee Hart
& the Members of Actors, Directors & Production Artists for TBP PLAN - Enjoy!
Wow Dan...I had no idea that wave energy was even possible and so economical! What an incredible resource Hawaii has surrounding it. I miss the Big Island and the smells, the wind, the ocean, the stars and most importantly, my old friends. I will go to
the website to learn more about wave energy. Thanks for contacting me. Warmest aloha, Carla
I have been touting Solar, Wind and Tidal-Flow generation on one platform offshore for over 20yrs now......My wind is different from every one else's it is a type of Vertical Axis that has not been seen much if any in 20 yrs either.....it looks like a Power line pole
With holes drilled in it in such a manor that matter which direction the wind blows it only turns one way.
I have been doing R&D and developing my new Patent Pending Recirculation Generator
That will run off 2 200w PV’s and will put out 1.7KW per hr…..
Takes the cost of 10 PV’s@ $1000.00 =$10,000.00 down to $3700.00 for my Hybrid System 2@ $1000.00 and $1700.00 for recirculator.
And puts out basically the same watt’s per hr….with a 60% reduction in COST!!!!!