Archives for February 2010

Wave Power Farm – $60 Million To Power 400 Homes

Not a typo – it is going to cost $60 million to build a wave power farm on the Oregon coast that will supply 400 homes with electricity. It’s the first of it’s kind in America and involves installing ten 150 ft x 40 ft, 200 ton buoys. The up and down movement of a buoy will be harnessed to drive an electric generator. It’s an idea that has been around for over 100 years and is only now being explored due to our mad search for alternative energy sources. The first commercial wave power farm, the Aguçadora Wave Park, was built in Portugal in 2008 and was suspended indefinitely in March of 2009. So lets get back to the $60 million – I truly hope we don’t look back on Jubbling projects like this the way we look back on the dot-bomb fiasco or even more recently, the mortgage banking crisis. You know, that feeling of “I knew it was a bunch of crap!”

Wave Power Farm Buoy

That is why I think ideas like the Humancar deserve a second look. The Humancar is kind of MacGyver-Jubbling that generates electricity for your home when it’s paired with the optional chassis driven electric generator [skip ahead to 4:40 in the video]. And for 60 million bones, you could buy 4,000 Humancar Imagine_PS NEV’s. Inhabitat

[youtube width=”350″ height=”280″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Glmlby7HIx0[/youtube]

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Humancar’s Imagine_PS NEV – Human/Electric Hybrid Car

A cool article out of Treehugger about Oregon based Humancar™ and their Imagine_PS NEV (PS = Power Station; NEV = Neighborhood Electric Vehicle). The Imagine_PS NEV is propelled by a rowing action that also generates power stored in the vehicles battery.

[youtube width=”425″ height=”300″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXUJjFvgOdk&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

Humancar is taking pre-orders on the Imagine_PS NEV. It’s $50 to hold your place in line and it’s fully refundable. Humancar plans to start building the cars when they reach 800 pre-orders and the final Imagine_PS NEV price will be $15,500.

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The Bloom Box

February 22, 2010 – 60 Minutes did a story on The Bloom Box from Bloom Energy last night and pitched it as a replacement for power plants and substations. The main advantage of the Bloom Box is that the power it creates can be delivered more efficiently than the current power grid and it works like a personal clean power source in a box. Besides oxygen, the Bloom Box will need a fuel source – natural gas or landfill bio-gas (methane) – to generate electricity. And according to Bloom Energy, the Bloom Box can convert natural or landfill gas to electricity at twice the rate of a normal power plant.

Bloom Energy’s showed their box working at Google and eBay but they didn’t show the future home version. Based on the interview, the home version should have a footprint close to the size of a Macintosh cube computer. Watch the video for more information.


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Related articles:
Cnet: Bloom box challenges: Reliability, cost
GreenBiz: eBay, Walmart, Google Among First to Hop on the ‘Bloom Box’ Bandwagon

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Clothesline Season Is Around The Corner

Clothesline 2010 Winter Training Begins
It’s not too early to get outside in 30 degree weather and practice your clothespin pinch technique to prepare for clothesline season. We call it training at altitude. By getting your pre-season workout in and then hanging your clothes on a clotheslines, you could reduce your power bill by up to 10%. It’s time to look at clotheslines as an affordable solar panel support system. [Read more…]

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Ocean, Air and Auto: Slow Down And Save

Slowing down ocean freight could cut up to 30% in fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Slowing down ocean freight could cut up to 30% in fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

The NY Times has an interesting article about the positive impact slowing down will have on the bottomline and environment with ocean freight, air and auto travel. Saving money with reduced fuel consumption which in turn reduces CO2 emissions. Now, the problem is getting everyone to buy into the “slow down” idea. Full article @ NY Times

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Hummer H2 Converted To Hummer 2H(orsepower)

Artist Jeremy Dean paid $15k for a Hummer H2 for the sole purpose of slicing it down and converting it to a horse drawn carriage. Dean did this to make a statement about our over reliance on fossil fuels and the threats to the environment. According to Dean, “the goal was to deconstruct the vehicle, long held as an icon of over-consumption and waste.”

Waste-O-Hummer from Treehugger.com

Somebody needs to kick me in the nuts twice because I’m missing it. It’s hard to defend destroying a working car to make a statement about over consumption and waste. How about convert the pre-owned Hummer H2 to biodiesel and donate it to a family that can’t afford a vehicle? That would be Jubbling. This, well this just operates under the idea that if you can afford it, you can destroy it. [Treehugger]

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