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Solar Power – 7 Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

Čtvrtek, Červenec 19th, 2012

In today’s world, we are becoming more and more aware that the fuels of yesterday are causing damage to the world we live in. There is more pressure to find energy sources that will not damage the fragile Earth. One of the more common of these options is solar energy. With all of the hype about solar energy, more and more myths are being created so that people do not want to make the switch from fossil fuels. This article will review seven popular myths about solar energy systems.

1. The first myth is that solar energy will not work in cool or cloudy climates. The fact is that the cold temperatures make the energy transfers more efficiently. Solar panels work off of the UV rays of the sun which get through the clouds.

2. Solar panels do not require regular maintenance contrary to popular belief. It is recommended that a hose off once a year is done so that the solar panels are clean. It is also prudent to check for debris and clean it off as soon as possible.

3. Solar panels will not cause the roof to leak or collapse. The companies normally install a rail across the roof for the panels to go on top of. The companies make sure that everything is waterproof before they are done installing.

4. The fourth myth is that the solar system is so expensive that it will not pay for itself. Solar eliminates the electricity bill which is why most people are getting the panels installed. The companies normally have several financing options and the money saved typically pays the system off in around seven years depending on the state.

5. The next myth is that solar panels add to global warming. The solar panels do not burn harsh chemicals or fossil fuels which release the greenhouse gases associated with global warming. The only carbon footprint is when they are made and transported.

6. Solar panels may seem delicate but, they are actually pretty resilient. NASA uses them all the time out in space where there are plenty of hazards. They are black so snow melts off of them quickly as well.

7. Solar power systems can either use batteries or they are grid tied. In modern day systems they are grid tied which is cheaper for most families. It also allows them to feed the excess to the electric company so the get credited for the power that would be sitting in the batteries. It also allows them to not worry about storing energy for the night and bad weather days.

A company official said the solar division is in talks with integrators – people assembling solar energy rooftop equipment – to offer the Avancis range of modules. The company hopes to build a network of integrators who will use the modules, besides acting as a distribution chain. Saint-Gobain sees particular potential in the hospitality and healthcare segment, where there is keen interest for solar photovoltaic and solar powered-steam generation applications.

The policy environment for distributed energy generation capacity is slowly falling in place, with support for solar power generation as a part of renewable energy options. Also, grid power shortage in many States is driving residential and industrial consumers to set up backup power.

The company is also a major supplier of components the for solar power generation capacities being set up under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

It manufactures curved mirrors for solar concentrators and flat mirrors used in solar thermal applications. It has supplied mirrors to power over 150 MW of such applications under the scheme, the official said.

Joining the Dots: Connectivity, Safety and Energy Are Jakarta’s Transport Challenges

Pátek, Únor 17th, 2012

The developers note that the elevated position of the track will lead to “no traffic accidents and no traffic disruptions.” Elevation will surely reduce accidents and delays, because there will be no cars or busses to crash into. However, people love walking in areas they have been asked not to.

So while mitigation and prevention are critical, sometimes human beings can short-circuit a sophisticated system. Developers’ promises on their “integrated safety and control systems” are reassuring in this regard.

But this brings us to the third, surely most tricky aspect of any transport system part of a larger one: the supply of energy.

Energy security is not only an issue at the national level. Complete systems like street lighting can go black if, for instance, a mouse gets fried in an electrical substation. Whole sways of major cities in the United States have slipped into darkness as demand for electricity went beyond peak levels.

We still have the occasional power outages in Jakarta. When these happen, will the trains still be able to run?

Additionally, are alternative energy sources such as solar or wind power being developed? Could the roof of each carriage or the roof of each station be fitted with solar panels? What about the lighting along the track? Solar-powered lighting already exists in Jakarta.

The developers of the transportation system have promised a system that is “environmentally efficient and clean.” Do they mean: no exhaust fumes, or are they aiming for a zero-carbon footprint?

Whichever new technologies and ideas are incorporated into the new transport system will have a massive demonstration effect on those already in place. The TransJakarta buses and many others already run on natural gas, a much more environmentally friendly energy source than petrol. But public transport systems could really lead the way to a cleaner and more fuel-efficient city: a big step in the direction of the low-carbon economy we are all striving to achieve.

Jakarta is a city waiting to be further developed and explored. Its people are great, with a friendliness not always seen in similar mega-cities. But new transport systems that are people-friendly, efficient, reliable and a joy to use are essential to put the capital firmly on the map internationally.

It is believed the new transport system will carry approximately 2.5 million passengers per day by year three, when all the work is complete. Those people deserve a break from the current traffic mayhem. So the message to all developers out there should be: talk, connect, collaborate, invent, cooperate and surprise us, so we can be proud of the world-class transport system we deserve. We’re keeping our eyes peeled.

Let there be light!

Středa, Listopad 30th, 2011

Let there be light — the chosen Christmas theme for downtown Buckhannon — came to life literally Saturday with an official ceremony that showcased what volunteers have spent many days bringing to fruition.

“This is totally awesome,” exclaimed one young boy who was viewing the downtown light fest.

Otis and Bonnie Rowan of Audra were walking Main Street with hot coffee in hand and said they enjoyed seeing the new lighting downtown.

“We like it,” Otis Rowan said. “It’s a big change this year. It brightens downtown up and makes it more Christmasy.”

Mayor Kenny Davidson, who was enjoying the downtown entertainment and lights with family in tow, said, “I like it and we’ll add to it. If you empower a group of citizens, then they will make this happen.”

Davidson said this is just another example of what a group of people can do when they come together.

He also praised Mary Albaugh, who was the first to volunteer for the Downtown Christmas Committee when he asked for citizens to brainstorm a plan to make downtown more festive in 2011.

Albaugh and the streetscape committee of Create Buckhannon were instrumental in making the lights downtown happen and solicited community support to finance the decorations.

Lois Clemens said Lowe’s of Buckhannon donated colored lights for the tree that stands tall in the corner lot of Main and Spring streets.

A closer look at the tree will reveal handmade decorations from students, including those from Buckhannon Academy, Rock Cave Elementary and Buckhannon-Upshur High School.

There is still more to be done however, and Kevin Campbell, owner of Advanced Power Controls and in charge of the LED lighting, said he hoped to get more done this week in time for Friday’s downtown Christmas Christmas parade.

“We have close to 50,000 lights up and still have another 15,000 to go,” he said.

“Next week we will do city hall and some of the other buildings,” he said. “The weather has been such a problem because there is not much we can do in the pouring rain.”

Pouring snow is another issue, but volunteers did spend some time in a recent snow shower working as the flurries fell around them.

Campbell said there are a few more odds and ends to connect on the first two blocks as well, but another issue is finding a bucket truck with a high enough reach. They have gone as high as they can with the current one.

Dr. Joseph Reed submitted the 2011 theme of “let there be light.”

Prior to the lighting, the audience was treated to a re-enactment of “America’s First Christmas” as Michael George portrayed one of George Washington’s militiamen, and musical entertainment from Rhonda Gunn, Marvin Carr and two impromptu singers — Ryan Carr and Connor Brown.

Jacksonville Light Parade to continue with private/public partnership

Středa, Listopad 9th, 2011

A 26-year-old holiday event in Jacksonville is back on the St. Johns River after city budget cuts initially sank it.

Most of the funds needed to hold the 27th annual Light Parade on Saturday, have been raised through a public/private partnership. While the rest is being sought, some in attendance during a Monday news conference to announce the event’s return offered to kick in more.

Spearheaded by the Jacksonville Marine Association after an outcry from the boating community over the event’s cancelation, Downtown Vision, Visit Jacksonville and Sleiman Enterprises offered money and other help, said Mayor Alvin Brown, who even offered $1,000 from his own pocket

“In our troubled economy, it is truly inspiring to see Jacksonville’s business community leaders step up to provide an opportunity to continue this great event,” Brown said. “This public/private partnership effectively takes the financial pressure off City Hall to put on this event. This is the work of people who understand the financial bind that hurts our city budget.”

The Sons of Norway have decorated a replica Viking boat or a pontoon boat with lights and other holiday decorations for the past decade, former president Marci Larson said.

Now preparations can start up again for this year’s boat. “We do it because it is a great family and community event,” Larson said.

The parade saw 85 decorated boats cruising the downtown riverfront last year in front of an estimated 200,000 fans. The city paid for police and firefighters, fireworks, barricades, portable toilets and marine safety, which cost $125,000 last year, according to city officials. But with millions in cuts needed in the 2012 city budget, the event joined some popular fireworks displays as budget deletions this year.

Boaters griped about the loss and approached the marine association to save it, said Michael Chambliss, a Jacksonville Light Parade Committee member. The city agreed to provide logistical and special events support, marketing, police and fire staff if funds for the rest, including $30,000 to $40,000 for fireworks, could be found.

Downtown Vision, a nonprofit organization that works to build and maintain a healthy downtown, committed $15,000. Visit Jacksonville, the city’s destination marketing organization, committed $27,000.

Now visitors who usually come from as far as Daytona Beach and Savannah, Ga., for the parade might also want to stay for the city’s official Christmas Tree lighting the day before and the Jacksonville Jaguars home game the day after, Chambliss said.

“This is a downtown event on the river and important to the merchants, who feel a significant economic impact,” he said.

Toney Sleiman will pay for some of the Light Parade’s sound system around The Jacksonville Landing and for a boat captain’s safety party with the city’s dockmaster before the parade.

Clamping down on energy cash costs

Pátek, Září 9th, 2011

THE ANNOUNCEMENT in July by the UK government that the average domestic fuel bill will rise to 1,000 – or just above 4% of UK average diving light to nearly 400 press articles and a good deal of political debate. A less reported story was the increasing cost to business of the UK’s sustainable energy policy, which the government admits will lead to energy price rises of up to 10% per year.

One of the main issues driving the escalating costs is the increasing dependency of the UK economy on imported energy sources. To address this issue, the forthcoming Energy Reform Act will stimulate more UK energy being produced from local renewable sources, including nuclear energy.

However, it will be a long time before such renewable energy sources come online, which will leave UK businesses facing unpredictable energy costs for the foreseeable future. UK finance professionals will need to factor the unpredictability into their cost projections or, better still, establish processes to mitigate the impact of this unpredictability.

Finance directors need a strategy to help their organisations cope with four major energy issues that are rapidly approaching: a lack of mid-term pricing certainty, rapidly increasing energy costs, higher costs from more stringent compliance reporting, and – on the upside – renewable investment cost-saving opportunities.

The UK’s mix of energy sources leaves UK business increasingly dependent on non-UK providers and therefore very susceptible to the whims of the global energy market. Not only is there a diminishing supply of fossil fuels, there are also increasing demands on what is left, due to the high growth in energy consumption in the BRIC countries.

This is amplified by recent political events, such as the so-called Arab Spring, and economic events, such as fluctuations in the US dollar exchange rate. Purchasing forward energy contracts when prices are volatile is risky. Such unpredictability can make FDs over-cautious and funds that might have been used for investment are set aside to insure against further rises in energy prices.