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I am an engineer with over thirty years experience in process plant design. I started my career in nuclear and fossil fuel power plant design. Over the last decade through education and research, I have done extensive work and written articles, blogs and have a website with regard to alternative energy. I tend to specialize in renewable energy resources, such as solar power and wind generated power. My website is Renewable Energy Sources it is a Squidoo lens located at http://www.squidoo.com/solarpower5 where there has been quite a bit of research in order to gain the information shown there. I am applying for a federal grant to bring the issue to the public in a way that everyone may follow easily and simply and is accessable.
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The sheer number involved.
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Any research or writing that I could do, I am an excellent tutor or teacher, I am physically challenged and I cannot actually knock on doors or anything like that:) I would be glad to coach anyone in this subject.
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Haven't heard from you in a while. Went to your website again - there is so much good stuff there. The Commonwealth Club had a great panel program on green building last month - interesting and informative. I believe it's still available for downloading from their archives if you are interested. -dm
I'm really not making myself very clear, am I? I am sorry, I am not any kind of energy specialist - I'm just trying to learn by jumping in - fully submersed, you might say. The Plasma Assisted Gasification industry is claiming their technology can use nuclear waste in their gasification process just like a bio mass or any other feed stock; for example, medical waste, with little or no emission that is harmless to us and the environment and the only thing left of it will be a vitrified block similar to glass that is so benign, it can be used as building material in homes or other structures! Thanks for leaving the link again, I wanted to go back to it and that makes it easier than searching my history for the day since I probably go to at least a couple of dozen.
Thanks for the response. I deleted it by mistake! I tried to undo it, but that function was not available! I did have an opportunity to follow the link you provided; just glancing over it it appears that you are speaking of nuclear power - I am not. The industry claims that PAG (plasma assisted gasification) emits little or no pollution - I don't know how to verify this. I first learned about PAG at our state (Idaho) National Lab. There was a press release in 2006 stating that INL and Los Alamos National Lab were collaborating on PAG technology to get it ready for patenting and releasing to the public for commercial exploitation. In fact, PAG is supposed to be able to gasify nuclear waste as well as all those other substances, safely and without pollution. There are a couple of residues - one is the synthesis gas for fuel and electricity for power and the other is vitrified blocks that can be used for building material it is supposedly so benign. Do you have any idea where I could go to verify their claims? Thank you so much for your response. I am really sorry it got deleted.
We CAN turn waste into energy: municipal solid waste as well as human and animal waste - in certain mixtures. And it IS renewable. I have been reading about it and investigating it myself for a month or so now. There is technology out there from plasma assisted gasification which is a very old technology that has been reworked and brought forward with some great improvements. It appears to be better for us in the northwest as we cannot depend on sunshine or wind when we need it. But, it is so expensive, it is taking a lot of time for us to make sure it is economically as or more viable than other co-gen technology available today as well.
Hi Robert, Here is a tool for all of us to get RE projects started by selling of US Treasury "Energy Independence Savings Bonds". Savings bonds are normally purchased in $25 increments. This gives a way for just about any American to tighten their belts just a bit by skipping a meal at McDonalds or Pizza Hut and buying a RE savings bond to support a renewable energy project and save money at the same time for themselves. I need help pushing this project, I've faxed and emailed many in Congress/Senate already.If you agree with this plan please consider passing to other people in your district as it will be a great tool to get funding for PickensPlan projects. This is a way to help and give tools to all of us for getting more RE projects started. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is a copy of a fax sent to Nancy Pelosi the other day:
Honorable Speaker of the House Congresswoman Pelosi,
I am an Electronic Technician Chief in the US Navy with 27 years service stationed overseas. I’m outlying an idea to assist and work with current plans for achieving energy independence. I urge you, as speaker of the house and the driving force to form the select committee on energy independence and global warming, consider for discussion and introduction into the house US Treasury Savings Bonds for Energy Independance.
In WWII America sold war bonds supporting the war effort. When young, my mother told me her primary school raised enough money through bonds to build a tank to support troops. I am impressed with the patriotism and purpose of our greatest generation that accomplished so much.
Selling energy bonds for RE (Renewable Energy) development would lower foreign oil imports and assist with the complex problem of funding. Bonds sold as “Energy S” could support new solar trough plants, “Energy W” to support wind farms, Energy “H” to support hydroelectric plants, Energy “T” to support RE transportation such as electric bullet train routes powered by RE, Energy "C" COOPS for small communities only needing a small quantity of turbines, and Energy “I” for needed infrastructure high voltage power lines to the RE site. Bonds will have the project name and include an artist’s perspective of the project and an American flag. President Obama had great success with the internet during his campaign. In a similar manner, using the internet, energy bonds could have a website listing current projects and an “electronic checkout” could purchase a bond $25 or higher. Simpler methods of payment such as “PAYPAL” and credit cards would be available and after an electronic purchase is complete a color print out of the bond is available with a follow up of the bond in the mail. The website would limit quantity of projects for each category until funding is complete. After a project becomes funded, a new project will be available. A tab on the site will show history and status of previous projects. Purchasers may take great pride in “collecting” and displaying bonds of various RE projects and participating at different levels of financial support. Solar trough plants in the multi-hundred MW size capacity with molten salt energy storage in California, Arizona, and West Texas can provide a major portion of electric needs. North Dakota has potential to support 1/3 of our nations electric needs in it’s class 4 wind zone areas. There are plenty of suitable proposed wind turbine farms now around the nation to significantly increase our RE if funded. Mid sized hydro-electric has not been used in America to it’s full potential. Following the example of our neighbor, Canada, it would provide a significant increase in percentage of electric production. Developing all three we could provide the majority of our electric and heating needs through renewable energy in a "New New Deal" fashion allowing natural gas for transportation as T. Boone Pickens is working for. Bullet train routes have proven a viable alternative to commercial domestic air service and when powered by electricity provided by RE suppliers America would be in the forefront of world technology. Example, I heard of discussion for a commuter train from Denver to Colorado Springs. Such a route built as a renewable energy project with charter requirement legally requiring to only purchase electricity from available renewable energy sources would be a model example. There are many train routes, city bus systems, and government vehicles that can be converted to run from alternative energy sources and fuels. Jobs created would bolster the economy, lower trade deficit, and strengthen national security. I would take great pride in print outs of bonds with graphics of each project I supported and many other Americans would also. The energy bonds could have tax breaks. BLM lands may be a viable place to start for some projects.
I contacted the US treasury department and was told that the marketing department for savings bonds closed several years ago. I was told there would be problems because savings bonds are at the federal level while the projects will be at the state and local level. I disagree and believe that these can easily be figured out in the way of grants to the state and local level using money from the bonds for those specific projects. I was told to check out auctions on the www.treasurydirect.gov website and found them to not apply to citizens wanting to buy savings bonds to support a cause such as energy independance. I was told by the treasury department to look into CREB (Clean Renewable Energy Bonds). I found CREB to be large scale funding that a citizen would not be able to participate in as a US Treasury Energy Independance Bond would provide. If given the tools to participate directly, the power of the citizens of the United States to help achieve energy independance could not be denied. Americans mean well and the Energy Independance Savings bond program will give citizens the power at their level to make it happen. If marketed through a web page, commercials, and to federal employees the word would get out and participation would spread like wildfire.
Mr. Paul Gipe, a resident of Bakersfield CA, an author of several books about wind energy, and recipient of multiple awards as a pioneer in the industry since the 1970's has put a letter I wrote to Senator Dorgan on this subject as well as an older letter I wrote on wind COOP in JAN07. These websites are:
Sincerely and very respectfully,
ETC(SW/AW) Mike Kendall USN
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Robert, I checked out your Squidoo site. I really like it. I even joined Squidoo myself. Instead of calling them lenses, they should have called them tentacles! I've started a non-profit organization called LEAP in the Philippines a couple of months ago which supplies medicines and related health services to the poor people. Life is really tough over there for the masses. I'll be traveling back again to the Philippines sometime in December this year.
Robert - Nice to meet you. My backround is in Electrical Power design with over 25 years of experience I'm doing other things now aside from pure engineering, specially on this PickensPlan movement. As a group I think we can actually achieve something. I'm interested in particular on natural gas alternative energy. I have started a CNG Working Group .. take a look at that and perhasp take a lead on one of the recommended working committees that I have proposed. Also take a look at Dr. Hans Kugler's member's page. The alternative energy subject is really fascinating and with the like of your engineering background and mine, we can put something that can be implemented. A lot of other ideas from smart people are out there but I think most of those ideas are fairly long term. My direct contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org