Archive for July, 2013

Jul 25 2013

Lessons from ‘Cape Spin!’

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Cape Spin, a documentary by Robbie Gemmel and John Kirby neutrally follows the back and forth struggle between opponents and supporters of the proposed 130-turbine wind farm to be placed in Nantucket Sound. Having primarily learned about the environmental impacts and the logistical side of finding suitable locations for wind farms in an academic setting, […]

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Jul 24 2013

Advancement wtih Anacondas

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Ocean wave energy is certainly gaining popularity around the world but it is still in its beginning stages. There are many different prototypes of machines that have been tested in the recent years and some do well but others don’t do very well. Therefore, no design has been come up with yet that is widely […]

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Jul 17 2013

Carbon / Emission Trading

Problem: Is it as functional and beneficial for environmental concerns as it sound?   On my last post, I discussed some of the issues related with the Kyoto Protocol in regards of the developing nations. Today’s blog will be more focused on the carbon trading (also called emission trading). What is Carbon / Emission Trading? […]

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Jul 17 2013

Offshore, Inshore: Wind Development in the Great Lakes

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When asked to consider offshore wind, I would always think of potential installations along the Atlantic coast of the US. Perhaps it is because I am an OBX local, I often forget that there are other major bodies of water in the US than the oceans. Offshore wind developers have not been so nearsighted. The […]

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Jul 17 2013

Solar Power Takes Flight

Whether you’re aware of it or not, solar power has truly taken flight. I’m not just talking about the drastic increases in photovoltaic energy production worldwide, estimated to be increasing 40% to 90% annually (Tyagi et al.), or the increase in different solar technologies (including use of different collection methods and materials) and efficiency of […]

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Jul 17 2013

Less Natural Gas more PECs

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Petroleum is a significant source of energy in the United States. Recently, Natural gas is emerging as a preferred source of energy in the U.S. Both of these energies are not clean and release many harmful materials into the earth’s atmosphere. The U.S. is trying to find feasible ways to use clean energy. Earlier in […]

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Jul 17 2013

Frack: Forget the Facts

The passing of the Fracking bill was news in North Carolina. Its passage had many outraged because of how quickly the legislation passed and how heavily influenced by private energy companies the passing was. The influence was blatant when the state Mining and Energy Commission approved a move to have energy companies disclose some the […]

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Jul 15 2013

Kyoto Protocol Carbon emission goals

Today’s problem: Controlling the Carbon Market with increased emissions from developing countries?   On December 11, 1997 the adoption of the Kyoto Protocol (more info), an agreement that set internationally binding emission reduction targets, took place in Kyoto, Japan. It later took force in February 2005 following the 2001 Marrakesh Accords. Although the world was […]

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Jul 15 2013

Appropriately Responding to Bird Fatalities caused by Wind Turbines

One of the most widely publicized disadvantages of wind turbines, on or offshore, is the threat that the spinning blades pose to migratory birds. It’s no secret that thousands of birds, including endangered species and everything from large raptors to small songbirds, are killed each year due to collisions with wind turbine blades (Erickson, 2005). […]

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Jul 14 2013

Visibility of Offshore Wind Energy Structures

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Wind is a significant renewable energy found near the coasts of many continents. A factor causing the lack of harnessing coastal wind renewable energy is the dislike, by coastal residents, for visibility of the turbines from the coast. This visibility factor has caused failure of U.S. offshore wind energy projects. As offshore wind turbines have […]

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