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David Amsler

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David Amsler


The universe abounds with energy.
Our task is to harness it and use it wisely.
This page will be used to post news and articles relating to progress in new technologies in generating and using energy that can free us from imported oil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
We are on the cusp of a major revolution in energy use.  For the first time, we have batteries that allow decent sized automobiles to run practical distances on electricity with greater effciency than the internal combustion  engine can offer,  and heat pumps that can pump more energy than they consume,  to efficiently heat and cool homes and buildings.   Both require ample supplies of affordable electrical energy that is available when needed, and generated from clean U.S. derived sources.
Please pass this Information on to friends not currently concerned with energy issues so they can better grasp the opportunities we risk losing with misguided policies that promote boondoggles like corn-to-ethanol and wind turbines. 
Our current misguided energy subsides impede this revolution, and risk denying this country the opportunity to regain technological leadership and real jobs.

An Interesting article in April 07,08 Forbes - Ecosolutions - Jump Start.  GM may beat Toyota in plug in cars, but ----
http://www.forbes.com/opinions/forbes/2008/0407/068.html   Electric vehicles have been in the news, but the number of companies involved, and the seriousness with which these companies are battling for the lead may surprise many.  Business community is taking electric vehicles as very real.  Big investments, real jobs, etc.  The stakes are high for those companies and the future of the US economy.
Also interesting note seen elsewhere,  Exxon Mobile is investing in new plant to make high tech barrier film for lithium ion batteries for automobiles.  Does this oil company see the handwriting on the wall ?
On electric vehicles also check GM's own site on their all electric vehicle the Volt.  
From that site, the estimated power required for 40 mile trip is 8 kWh.   Estimated cost of that 8 kWhs with U.S. average electric power cost  of 10.31 cents per kWh = 82.5 cents which equals 2.1 cents per mile.  Same 40 miles with average New York State cost of 16.72 cents per kWh =  $1.34 = 3.34 cents per mile.   How much more do we want to raise our electric costs without any good benefit, how more nails do we want to drive in NY's coffin ?  How long do we want to stay dependent on foreign oil ?

On the alternative energy front:   A recent report from Germany, on how engineers used the motion of continental plates to estimate underground stresses that would cause fracturing to open passages between two very deep wells along predictable lines thus reducing the number of deep holes needed to be drilled to tap deep geothermal energy.  Test worked,  one more step toward affordable, reliable geothermal energy.  Also worth noting, are Chevron oil's ads featuring their roll in developing geothermal energy.  Deep hole drilling technology from the oil industry makes Geothermal energy available in most of the US. not just Geyser areas, where incidentally the U.S. leads the world in mass produced geothermal energy.  The business community is awakening to the opportunities here, and our drilling companies have the technological lead.
In the Economist Feb 23 issue, a good short article on The Power of Concentration.  Solar power the old fashioned way, using sun to heat water to steam to drive turbines, and the companies investing in it..  Direct conversion by solar voltaic cells gets the attention, and costs are dropping, but by first making heat, that heat can be stored to extend the time of usable power output, and to continue to produce steady output while occasional clouds pass.   In the Southwestern U.S., solar electric power can be one of the few forms of intermittent energy that makes sense, since it is produces maximum output just when peak electrical demand due to air-conditioners occurs.
Also two good eco energy related articles in March 14 issue of the Economist, in its Technology Quarterly section.  Hydroelectric power without dams and In search of the perfect battery ( for automobiles ).   Will post links to these if I can locate them.




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