David Kirkpatrick

November 5, 2008

Last night’s election and sustainable energy

Filed under: Media, Politics, Science — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 11:28 am

This release came out today — hit my inbox about six minutes ago. I think someone got one of those robocalls one the election being pushed back to today. Otherwise, why?

Day late and a dollar short …

Election 2008: What Does the Future Hold for Sustainable Energy

  What are the energy and environmental implications of the presidential

  Issue:                  Regardless the outcome of the presidential
                          election the impact on the future of renewable
                          energy is inevitable.

  What’s at stake:        America’s dependence on foreign oil and
                          sustainable energy sources such as hydro, wind and

  Obama’s platform:       *Require 10 percent of electricity come from
                           renewable sources by 2012
                          *Set national building efficiency goals
                          *Reduce federal energy consumption
                          *Invest in a Smart Grid
                          *Build more livable and sustainable communities
                          *Cap-and-trade auctions that require companies pay
                           for carbon emissions

  McCain’s platform:      *Lower corporate tax rate to foster renewable
                          *Make greening the federal government a top
                          *Tax credits for homeowners who utilize wind,
                           hydro and solar power
                          *Become more energy independent as a nation
                          *Invest in a SmartGrid and SmartMeter technologies
                          *Cap-and-trade auctions that allow companies free
                           access to carbon permits

    About Standard Renewable Energy

Founded in 2006, Standard Renewable Energy is a premier provider of energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions for homes and businesses. Operations include energy audits, high-efficiency heating and cooling products and services, spray-foam insulation, solar window film, solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems, solar thermal water heating systems, wind energy systems and more. For further information visit their website at http://www.sre3.com.

PRNewswire — Nov. 5

Source: Standard Renewable Energy

October 18, 2008

“Light Blossom” latest in street light tech

Filed under: Business, Science, Technology — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 5:35 pm

Not surprisingly from Philips. They’ve really been pushing lighting innovations these days.

Hit this link for more the whole PhysOrg story.

From the link:

One solution to the urban lighting problem is a new concept called “Light Blossom,” designed by Philips Electronics. Light Blossom is an intelligent LED lighting system that can provide bright light when it senses people walking nearby, and decrease its luminosity when people aren’t around. The technology is also energy-efficient and operates off the grid, gathering solar and wind energy during the day to use for light at night.

During the day, Light Blossom works similar to a flower, opening its “petals” to collect solar energy. As the sun moves across the sky, the petals gradually reorient themselves so they’re facing the sun head-on to operate at maximum efficiency, similar to a sunflower.

On cloudy days when the wind is strong, the Light Blossom automatically converts its petals into an upward, open position that allows them to catch the wind. As the petals rotate, they transfer the motion to a built-in rotor that converts the motion to energy.


The Light Blossom collects energy from the sun and wind during the day. At night, the device glows dimly when no one is around, and brighter when it senses motion, such as people walking nearby. Image: Pocket-Lint.


August 11, 2008

Potential battery storage breakthrough

If this Texas-based firm is right on the science, this is a major breakthrough in battery life. EEStor says it’s prepared to do battle with lithium-ion batteries, possibly besting the current technology’s energy density by three times.

From the link:

A Texas startup says that it has taken a big step toward high-volume production of an ultracapacitor-based energy-storage system that, if claims hold true, would far outperform the best lithium-ion batteries on the market.

Dick Weir, founder and chief executive of EEStor, a startup based in Cedar Park, TX, says that the company has manufactured materials that have met all certification milestones for crystallization, chemical purity, and particle-size consistency. The results suggest that the materials can be made at a high-enough grade to meet the company’s performance goals. The company also said a key component of the material can withstand the extreme voltages needed for high energy storage.

“These advancements provide the pathway to meeting our present requirements,” Weir says. “This data says we hit the home run.”

Also from the link:

Despite its critics, EEStor has won support from some significant corners. In addition to Lockheed Martin, venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is an investor, and former Dell Computer chairman Morton Topfer sits on EEStor’s board.

The company is also in serious talks with potential partners in the solar and wind industry, where EEStor’s technology can, according to Weir, help put 45 percent more energy into the grid. He says that the company is working toward commercial production “as soon as possible in 2009,” although when asked, he gave no specific date. “I’m not going to make claims on when we’re going to get product out there. That’s between me and the customer. I don’t want to tell the industry.”