Solar Power Current Events
USA Fuel Mix is Changing|
November 17, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
“The mix of fuels used to generate the electricity in homes, factories, and businesses across the United States has changed in the past few years as coal, still the largest single fuel used for electricity, has lost some of its share of the generation market to natural gas and non-hydroelectric renewables.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration.
Energy Trader as a New Career?|
November 14, 2013 | Reuters
Five years ago the United States was importing 2 million barrels of oil per day. Now it is exporting over a million. Crude oil is shipped by train. Natural gas is displacing coal from power generation. LNG is being exported. Renewable energy generation is growing. All of these changes require people for logistics and transactions.
Reflected Light from a Building Melts a Jaguar XJ|
September 5, 2013 | National Geographic
A new building in London is covered with mirrors and the south-facing side has a slightly curved shape. That, combine with intense autumn sun, has caused it to melt plastic parts on a Jaguar XJ parked nearby and cause other damage to unfortunate objects in its “hot spot”.
Switching Hawaii from Oil to Natural Gas?|
September 4, 2013 | National Public Radio
Hawaii has been addicted to expensive oil for decades when many people thought that they would be running all of the islands off of hot rocks, sunlight, ocean breezes or wave power. Now they are looking to bring natural gas to the islands. One problem is that natural gas from USA wells can not delivered to Hawaii because an old law requires the transporting vessel to be built, registered, manned, owned and licensed by people in the USA – and not one vessel like that exists.
Solar Magnetic Field is about to Flip?|
August 12, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
It happens about once every eleven years. This video from NASA tells you what to expect.
120,000 Tons of Molten Salt as a Heat Sink?|
August 2, 2013 | Arizona Geology Blog
A new solar energy project in Arizona will use 120,000 metric tons of molten salt as a heat sink.
Energy Use Rising in the USA|
June 27, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
“U.S. primary energy consumption totaled 8.4 quadrillion Btu, an 8-percent increase from March 2012. Petroleum made up 35 percent of primary energy consumption, natural gas 31 percent, coal 18 percent, renewable energy 9 percent, and nuclear electric power 8 percent.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration