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Fresh update on "solar panels" discussed on The Good News Podcast
"I i. I'm neil the host of the good news podcast. This is your source for good news. Fun stories and sonic showing. All of this. Goodness is coming to you from beautiful chicago illinois. We are coming up on the end of twenty twenty and what year. Jeez louise one thing that there has been plenty of in. Twenty twenty is good news on green energy. It does seem like in this past year. There has been real movement pushing utilities towards solar and wind power. What that for the good news. Podcast is that it's been really tempting to rehash similar ideas about successful green energy projects. But i like to keep things interesting for you dear listeners. So for today. I'm just going to highlight three projects that have caught my eye recently. They are three solar projects that are in unusual spaces and causing unusual dividends. First let's go to batesville arkansas and specifically batesville high school three years ago. The school district conducted one of my favorite. Things and energy audit was brought to the districts. Attention that their utility bills were racking up about six hundred thousand dollars a year. One of the recommendations from this audit was to install about fourteen hundred solar panels switch out lights heating and cooling systems and windows with these. The district was looking at a savings about two and a half million dollars over the next twenty years. The superintendent of the district was impressed with those numbers and committed to using that money to boost teacher. Pay saying it's the way we're going to attract and retain staff and it's going to attract and retain students in this day and age of school choice. That was three years ago fast. Forward now and the district is consuming way less energy and has changed the district's two hundred and fifty thousand dollar budget deficit to a one point. Eight million surplus and as promised a big chunk of that money is going towards raises for teachers between two thousand three thousand per educator next. We're looking at steel. new core. As steel manufacturer in north america has signed a deal for two hundred and fifty megawatts of solar energy to be built in texas. All of that energy is going to offset. The energy needs of new course entire north american operation nucor. Ceo leeann palin has said that the company has a specific focus on producing sustainable steel. They want to reduce their carbon footprint and support clean power on electrical grids. I've never previously heard of the phrase sustainable steel but as you might expect i'm totally on board and finally we're going to northern canada to fort chip away in because this community is so remote. They ended up going through a ton of diesel fuel to power generators to support the town. A new two point two megawatt solar farm is going to cut out about eight hundred thousand liters of diesel fuel and remove about twenty two hundred tons of greenhouse gases. That's about five hundred cars worth of emissions over the course of a year. This project is owned and operated by three nations energy. A coalition of indigenous people who are pleased to continue a quote proud tradition of making our livelihood from the sustainable use of local renewable resources. So there you have it. Three interesting solar stories a remote canadian town and school district and a steel mill all going solar to save money stay independent and use renewable energy. Thanks for listening. If you've got good news or an idea for the show. Amazing send an email to hello at the good news podcasts dot. fm one. Follow us on twitter at the good news pot if you love the show think about supporting our patriots or reviewing us wherever you're getting this podcast from both are great. The music you here on the show was from paddington. Bear have a great dane..
Fresh "Solar Panels" from The Oil Patch
"It's divine design, a suite of options that has the mix of the best in his regionally specific and that will vary from place to place him from time to time. That makes a lot of sense, because when you look at Midland, Texas or Permian Basin, there's a lot of the wind turbines out there as well as in South Texas around the coastline. And then you look in places like San Antonio in other areas from where urban and you see a lot more solar farms and solar panels going up When we get back from break. I want to get a little bit more detailed into the specifics, Future. Resource is, if you will, you're listening to an old patch radio show will be like Hi, folks. Alvin Bailey here. Did you know a Greco is proud to sponsor in the oil patch radio show?.
In Pennsylvania, Fracking and Renewables Compete for the Future
"Year's presidential election. As I am sure you've heard It's It's also also one one of of the the key key states states for for the the fracking fracking industry industry up up and and down down the the ballot. ballot. As As I'm I'm sure sure you you have have also also heard heard Fracking Fracking for for gas gas has has long long been been thought thought of of as as a a bridge to get us to wherever the cost of wind and solar Has made those renewables as cheap as gas and his marketplaces. Scott Song reports. A couple of new studies suggest that time may already be here. It just gets cheaper and cheaper to make solar panels and wind turbines, says analyst Marlene Metical at Deloitte. The actual cost of the components are declining, but also the efficiency. Of the technology is increasing, so the wind turbines are now becoming larger and larger, and as a result, solar and wind are now the cheapest ways to add power generation in most of the world, says a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Another report from the investment bank, Lazard says building and maintaining the solar or wind farm costs as much as keeping an existing gas plant running, all of which threatens the market for natural gas. Nico Sappho said. The Center for Strategic and International Studies, says pressure's mounting for folks in the gas business. This may be an industry that could be shrinking in 10 15 20 years so How can I be sure that my project is the one that survives? So it puts you in that mindset rather than a mindset where everything is growing their space for everyone. A typical natural gas power plant last 20 years or so bye, then wind and solar will be thriving. So some gas plants will have to shut down early, predicts Sue Tierney at the analysis group consultancy. You would expect to see disclosure statements by companies that there will be much slower utilization rates or a truncated life that's being discussed in a lot of places. Because of that, Tierney thinks a lot of money invested in the natural gas business won't be made back. I'm Scott Tongue for
Slab City - The Last Free Place In America
"Hello, this is Stephanie. And this is cocktails and trivia the show. I talked about Society culture pop culture and a little bit of trivia so that you can have an enlightening conversation. Listen. I am a med researcher when it comes to be doing the research on the topics that you find interesting and giving you that trivia so that you can be intelligent look at Myton and stump your family and friends all at the same time here. We're coming up on the holiday season. So you want to have something to talk about at that dinner table and this is perfect for you. Today. We are talking about something that is really intriguing and interesting and something that's kind of like what I talked about last week when I talked about the Kowloon walled City in Hong Kong this time. I'm talking about a city job. That's in California and the United States of America sit back relax and listen and enjoy my tail about Slab City. I hope that you enjoy it said well, what is Slab City? Where does it all about? It is the last free place on Earth among the desert of Southern California. You will find Slab City Los Feliz.com wrote about it two hundred miles from LA and 150 miles from San Diego in the margins of a county that has the second highest unemployment rate in the country. You are free to resist, but you must adapt on Wikipedia. I found that prior to the United States official entry into World War Two the Marine Corps made a decision to cite a training ground for field and anti-aircraft artillery units to create the training base. 631 Acres were obtained after a construction was completed Camp Dunlap dead. Was commissioned on October 15th. Nineteen forty-two the camp had fully functioning buildings water roads and sewage collections. The base was used for three years during the war but by 1949 military operations at Camp Dunlap had been greatly reduced but a skeleton crew continued on until the base was dismantled and by 1956. Well, all buildings had been dismantled though. They're concrete foundations remained and that is where they got the name Slab City. It was determined. The land was no longer required and the deed did not contain any restrictions. All of the former. Camp Dunlap buildings had been removed. The remaining slaves were not proposed for removal and the Washington Post. I find that since the 1950s Slab City has drawn a variety of people such as anarchists artists drug addicts home. Centrex outcasts retirees and the impoverished that's practically everybody in the whole world and it is a sad truth that the very addictive drug met is fairly common and accounts for much of the crime in Slab City interesting but not altogether that surprising after doing that episode on the Kowloon walled City I learned so much and it is the same type of situation here in Slab City not unlike the Kowloon walled City at all slash city is Lawless talk dirty with crime and Anarchy. It's not pretty and it doesn't bring to it the best elements of society, but it is home year-round for less than 300. No mad, but life is hard rough and scary and the desert campers and old RVs are living quarters for these squatters that don't pay to live on the barren land. That's right. Yep. It is government land that the residents don't have to pay for Slab City is a town with shops and a culture of like-minded people will for the most part and it has the internet cafe where you can charge your electronic devices and sit and have a cup of coffee with your neighbors. This Cafe is the only place around with it. And it's run by solar panels from the same man that runs the internet cafe a tenant of Slab City can watch TV play video games and have a way of the world outside of this desert city up until two hours before the sun sets. That's when the solar panels stop working each tenant as it is with any homeless person and much money in Walled City must find ways to pay for food laundry clothes drinking water and anything for their own Comfort. It doesn't have the modern conveniences that most Americans dead. For granted and the one shower is owned by a man named George the one person in the slabs who has a water tank that he turns on when Neighbors come to take a shower. He charges $3 per person despite not having government officials watching over it. There are helicopters that are really border patrol flying over the city every so often took an eye on the occupants. You see Slab City being only 50 miles away from the Mexican border. That is why they need border patrol. Why would anyone want to live this way though? You say that's all it takes a thick skin to be able to handle the desert life. One of the slabs of the occupants say that it has been amazing living there. When you see Slab City on the videos or pictures of Psalm City. It's hard to imagine anyone living an amazing life there. But these are people that have finally found acceptance and in otherwise cruel world some have had trouble with the law. In prison or can't cope with the outside world. And what about the children of this Lawless City? There are children the few children do attend school and that's their life, but not a lot of investment for them and in the summer at night the occupants get a taste of the world around them. There is great music singing and dancing and the small businesses are open out for the tourists to come by and the tourists are upwards of two thousand people and the summer that want to see and experience a bit of the Lawless ungoverned lifestyle and there is so much to see
"solar panels" Discussed on Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe
"You can have a sugar factory on your roof. You feed in carbon dioxide and water and sunlight, and yes, it will give you sugar and oxygen. So their whole group of folks working on these artificial leaves instead of working on full takes so interesting. So you can put it in your cold coffee is you don't have any electricity to heat it up. Yeah but you know artificial lease still do not grow themselves or fix themselves, and there are a lot more expensive than seed. So it's a tough engineering challenge to beat nature at its own game. Yeah. Well, what if Daniel you build like a factory with AI that makes its own solar panels to power itself that'd be sort of like making a cell growing solar panel design robots that could build solar panels and manage them and fix them then. Yeah that would be pretty awesome. That's kind of what a plant is in it. It's like a little robot I? mean. He's following the instructions in the DNA is kind of like a little robot that's following its own instructions. Yeah. It's a little organic evolved robot but then against still are we right until you're ai goes crazy and then just covers the whole planet was solar panels. which would be Energy, there you go. But there'd be nobody to use it right like star half the knocked down your house to build solar panels. Those are my instructions. Well, I can live under a panel. Just saying you know, I'm imagining the science fiction novel Future Dystopia where we all live in the darkness but we have a lot of energy from the panels. Yeah. Well, you can build windows I mean come on and they can spare a few percentage of the square footage there, and then the robot comes along and fill it in with stiller panel. All right a little off topic here. So solar panels. Yes. They take sunlight and convert Tillich. and. They do it through these silicon circuits but you know they take some infrastructure but overall the infrastructure sort of worth it right because it's clean energy absolutely and the infrastructure can get cleaner simpler and cheaper. That's an engineering, the technology barrier not something fundamental to the process nuclear fission, which will always produce some toxic waste or with fossil fuels, which will always release some sort of carbon. This at its core is a really clean cheap source of energy that's already produced and being being to us from the facility ninety million miles away. And guilt free. Mansard it's negative guilt. So you can turn on your solar panel and have an extra box of cookies es. Go and the electric company will send you a bus cookies every month. Or money whichever you prefer. All right. Well, we hope you enjoyed that. Thanks for joining us..
"solar panels" Discussed on Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe
"Rewarding Hey there it's mango host part time Genius Co, mental floss, and like many of you, I'm one of twenty one million people that have picked up gardening in the past six months. That's why I'm hosting the brand new podcast humans growing stuff brought to you by Iheartmedia and your friends at Mira. Crow? It'll be the most human podcast about plants you'll ever listen to. I've actually been thinking about that a lot. How like in this groundhog day these plants are tangible measure of time. I love that you're thinking about that too their proof of life like we're all being held hostage in these plans are. There the markings on the door frame that show that time is passing. They're continuing to live and probably somehow showing us how well we would slow down enough to pay attention. I'm not quite area. Listen to humans growing stuff on iheartradio, APP apple podcasts or wherever you get your podcast. We're talking about solar power and we talked about how solar panels work, and so they you thought something interesting would be to sort of compare this man made machine and divisive. We've made to capture solar energy to what nature has done plans to use solar power, and so they would through something called photosynthesis and how did the two compare? Do they use a similar mechanism or is it totally different? Yeah I thought this was really fascinating because you know we've been working on this technology for decades, but nature has been doing this. For literally billions of years and it's got a really refined process for making things more efficient and more effective in finding solutions and so naively thought to myself. Well, I'm sure that are officiency is pretty good. But nature's efficiency must be even higher because it's been fine tuned for for so long but you know you start to read about photosynthesis and you discover that is actually less efficient than a smaller fraction of the light that comes from the sun hits. A plant gets turned eventually into energy and it's usually a completely different. Process it. Yeah. So they're they're not as good as solar panels I guess an absorbing energy I, guess, they don't have the advantage of like having silicon and all these dope materials in highly engineered materials. How do they work to plant absorb some? Yeah you're right. The plants don't necessarily have access to some the rare elements that we use to dope are silicon to make these diodes work. What they do is they had the light come in and it interacts with carbon dioxide and water inside the leaf and essentially what it does. is, it builds a sugar they turn light not into electricity 'cause plans are interested in `electricity they don't run air conditioning or sit on their phones all day. Right it basically turns light into plant food, which is these complex carbohydrates is carbons and hydrogen. Oxygen is all built together into things that are fiber or what we would call sugar. They do it through chemistry like you know they have the ingredients they're sort of on the leaf, and then the sunlight triggers a reaction or triggers like a molecules kind of coming together. Exactly. Is. All about energy flows, right. So you can store energy in chemical bonds. You can build something that has energy inside of it, but then you need to put the energy in right you can't just have ingredients. They're sort of like baking a cake. You can't just mix the ingredients you need to supply the heat and so in order to make these sugars these sugars. which store energy you need to bring the wrong gradients together, which is carbon dioxide and water, and then you need to apply the energy and that's the Photon comes in as the Photon comes in and chemistry happens, and then you get out get sugar and you get oxygen as a byproduct which is wonderful for all of us oxygen breeders. Yeah. All of the salad eaters take. Yeah and for the plant specifically is basically turned the energy into plant food, right so we want to generate electricity and plans. WHAT THEY WANNA do is they want to generate these sugars really answered. The question of you know wise photosynthesis less efficient than solar power is really they're doing different things plans, optimize turning photons into plant food into this fuel, which they can store, and then very easily used later on whereas we've optimized for creating these electrons which we can either. Use, immediately or try to funnel into batteries Tell us like Dave invented the battery and the panel at the same time. Yeah. Is really pretty impressive technology. Right. This plan fuel is a great way to store energy, and so it's a really nice thing for them because they can use it whenever they need it. They don't have to worry about creating the battery right and if I could takes carbon dioxide from the air. Yeah. Exactly and produces oxygen and delicious vegetable. In delicious vegetables exactly, and you know it also had captures a different fraction of the solar energy like photovoltaic cells the ones that we build, they can capture energy that out of the visible spectrum, you don't have to be able to see the photon for your solar handled to be able to slurp it up and turn it into electricity you can also captured. The energy of photons. The have a wavelength that's long in the infrared or photons Abba wavelength. It's too short there in the ultra violet photovoltaic cells made from silicon concert that up plans are mostly sensitive to the visible spectrum. So they get sort of a smaller slice of all the light that comes in, but I think solar panels also use the photovoltaic effect. A little bit similar I mean it did their optimize for certain wavelengths right? Young I mean we certainly are optimized for the wavelengths that come from the Sun Right. They've chosen material that can absorb it and you're right this is quantum mechanical and so you can't absorb just any photon the comes in has to be a good match for the material because every. Material has certain wavelengths of light can absorb and other wavelengths it's transparent to, and so one of the reasons silicon has chosen not just because it's the semiconductor, but because it can absorb light in the wavelength that's hitting the earth. So plants are as efficient. They're pretty good at other things right like a plant eater need to hose down when it gets dusty. Plants are much nicer option compared to solar panels in some way because for example, they build themselves right if you could just sprinkle like solar panel seeds on your room and they like sprouted up and created working solar panels that would be pretty awesome. That would be pretty awesome. Yeah. That sounds like crazy science fiction right. But that's basically what plants can do they. Self Assemble from seed. Me Ever look at it like a huge tree and wonder like. All this stuff from that tree come from will that tree is basically built itself out of the air it is pulled the carbon out of the air to construct itself. That's pretty awesome. Engineering you know without any supervision no project management no excel spreadsheets you know no invoices no meetings it did it. The. Most attractive to you right now, like zoom meetings were required to make this tree. That's apex of of. Cleverness in. Achievement. there. And and on top of that, they fixed themselves you know if you shadow your solar panel, you can't come back the next day and see it started. He'll. But if you leave falls off your plant, ill, just grow a new one you know it'll just fix itself. So they're really pretty awesome and they can be grown basically anywhere using the materials readily at hand. You don't have to mind delicate material out of the crust of the earth. So I got a lot of good things to say about plants and even though technically their energy transmission rate is less efficient than photovoltaic panels. They're pretty awesome. Yeah. Now for sure plants are amazing but they can't power my computer or our podcast recorded here though not directly. But there are folks who are working on electric leaves what what do you mean? These are mechanical devices or electrical devices that are trying to replicate photosynthesis instead of replicating photovoltaic process. So you have the stuff inside this device basically watering carbon dioxide and you want to replicate photosynthesis to produce sugar and oxygen electric leaf is different from a photovoltaic cell, right? Oso. It will produce sugar as output like.
"solar panels" Discussed on Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe
"When it's sunny outside and so that's not that big an issue well. It's not like free energy and it's not super simple to get solar energy but it's still I think overall it's it's renewable right and we don't create carbon emissions and still more positive than most other sources of energy absolutely, and it's getting cheaper. You know the more we work on it the easier it is to fabricate these panels they last longer they're more efficient, they're cheaper easier to produce and. It's sort of something that builds on itself. The larger the market is the more companies get involved the more competition. There is the more clever engineers get onboard making these things effective. The better batteries get it seems like an excellent option for the future just take sort of an investment. It just takes US deciding to make this happen. Yeah, and it's like we're getting the energy from space for free. It feels great to use it. It does and there's lots of really fun ideas for how you could tap into it. You know you don't need to build a huge array of solar panels in the middle of your city you can put them in the desert. We have lots of huge areas of the earth where nobody's living because it's just sand and you could put bath solar arrays there. You can even have them like floating on things in the ocean to gathering up solar energy. So if you built an infrastructure there, you could really power. Of Our civilizations energy needs yeah and create a lot of shade in the desert which would be pretty good probably for animals there. Are Well That's the big picture and the little picture of solar power and bring it into something a little bit interesting next, which is compare them to photosynthesis. But.
"solar panels" Discussed on Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe
"Hit my solar panel and powers my devices. Exactly. So really solar power is fusion power. You know it's just like you are a blanket to absorb energy from a fusion device. We talked about eater few weeks ago and how big problem. They have is how to absorb the energy that eater creates like haven't really tackled that problem yet, and you're basically doing that for the sun, the sun is huge fusion engine. Yeah and you're putting up a little panel, the grab a tiny little slice of moment I. Wonder How many more penalty would sell the they call the debt you know fusion panels. Lenz once probably fewer wants A. Generator on the roof. A hydrogen bomb on your roof. Doesn't want their computer work powered by fusion energy me I don't know. No. Honestly I do that's super awesome. I think it's wonderful and also a worked pretty well, you know it's sort of shocking how efficient it is what do mean what's the efficiency while the record efficiency for like the most highly engineered solar panels so far is about forty six percent myth, the fraction of the energy of the photons coming in that you can affect the gathering electric's out and that's pretty good. That's like a one out of every. Two otani actually use it for something. Yeah, and it's one hundred percent efficient because not all the energy goes into one electron electron loses some of its energy along the way as a moves along through the silicon and gets to the thing that's thrifts it out or it goes into you know exciting the nucleus or stuff like that, and most devices that you would have on your roof are not that efficient mostly, they're like fifteen to twenty percents efficient though they've climbed a lot in recent years it's incredible. The prices are dropping. The efficiencies are rising and even twenty percent is really pretty efficient. Yeah. What happens to the other percent? Like where does L. The other energy go gets reflected or absorbed just goes into heating the material. You know there's lots of ways for silicon to absorb energy not just one electron getting kicked up an energy level. The nucleus can absorb energy or the electron can absorb the energy and then lose it to something else, and so a lot of engineering involved in getting those electrons to be the place with the energy lands. And getting them to deliver it to the edge of the Peon junction. You know this stuff is really cool because he's actually very similar to what we do with the large. Hadron collider you silicon devices to detect the passage of particles, photons but also like nuance or other particles and you detect particles in exactly the same way, the particle passes through the detector and it leaves a trail of electrons behind it, which we then slurp off and use that as evidence to say, Hey, there was a particle the past three years. So. We should maybe think by rerunning that way to like caller solar panels, call them me on absorbers. Particle detectors article and who doesn't particle detector and the roof. And you're the same basic principle works also in every camera, right? That's a digital camera turns Photon, which is the picture you're seeing into an electrical signal, which is what your computer needs to record it. The photovoltaic affected turns a photon into little electrons, which then get gathered up at the edge of the little pixels and recorded as evidenced photon came through as. That's right. Yeah. That means everyone who has a camera on their phone has a a solar panel in their pocket. That's right. That's right. Except that it draws power instead of generating unfortunately, it generates images doesn't generate power. Giant camera on my roof. Making pictures of the Sun every day as you know, we have done the calculations can you use solar panels as particle detectors? Could we use everybody's solar panels huge telescope to understand cosmic rays? Unfortunately, you can't because you're swamped by the photons from the sun which make a huge. And everything else we're interested in the MU on's or positron or protons is swamped by that huge blinding light from the sun but it does your you say, my solar panels do detect. These other particles is technically like catching them and converting them to signal totally as if you covered your solar panels and you made them lifeproof, which would be terrible for your electrical efficiency. But if you made them light proven covered them up, said they were in a black box. Then they would be great detectors for Mu on other kinds of particles that could penetrate that seal and leave energy Interesting are I. I am ready to scientific experiments on my roof at the expense of actually generating any electric. Some sacrifices might have to be made how important is to you? All right. Well, That's sort of how they work. Maybe a question is they're pretty great but why aren't there more of them out there weight is in everyone jump into this. Solar Energy Bandwagon is it political or are there other limitations? There are some other limitations you're right they're pretty great but there are some downsides to solar panels. One is that the sun is not always above you in the sky ride sometimes there are clouds or it's nighttime, and so you're generating power whenever the sun is above your solar panels but that thought always the case and you. Need power sometimes at night or when it's cloudy as you need a complicated system there too buffer to gather energy into like a battery and to save it for you for when you need it. Right. But that's not really a negative means it. You know you need a like a buffer you need like a something that's stores like a battery young, but it adds to the cost you know. Just, like the transport issues say for example, you have a huge solar panel array out in the desert together energy really efficiently. Then you need to send that energy hundreds, thousands of miles to where it needs to go because you've a mismatch sometimes between where the energies used and where the energy is created i. mean if every device could just create solar power whenever needed it wherever it. was that would be awesome. But one of the main costs of solar power is fabricating the devices themselves, of course, which is not trivial and not cheap, but also transporting and buffering building these batteries battery technology is complicated and also quite toxic. Right. But I think that you know you need to do these things anyways for any kind of power don't you like you still need the infrastructure for? Burn coal or for nuclear power. Energy. Ray. Well, you know you can turn your coal power plant on anytime day or night right and so it can be much steadier source of power doesn't have these fluctuations. You don't need the same kind of buffer for a coal power plant, a coal power plant, essentially the energies already in a battery that battery is called coal and is available for whenever you need it. You just have to transform it into electricity. Now, of course, Kohl's terrible for lots of other reasons and not selling coal but one of the disadvantages of solar power is that it's not always created when you need it right right. But fortunately, mostly asleep at night. I started trying to for me but I think for most of humanity years sleeping is you don't actually use that much energy at night right and it's cooler and you. So you don't need the AC really like I think most people's power consumption matches sort of daylight. Do you use less power when it's cloudy outside? Yeah. 'cause you know you don't need to. Cool your houses. Much right. No you're absolutely right. It's not a killer for solar power just means you know you have to build this infrastructure and you have to have batteries I do this kind of stuff but you're right people use more energy when it's daytime and they need more AC.
"solar panels" Discussed on Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe
"Am more Hammy cartoonist and creator of PhD. I'm Daniel I'm a particle physicist and like you I haven't to do list. That's too long. Welcome to our podcast Daniel and Hori explain the universe eight production of iheartradio in which we talk about all the things that are amazing about the universe. All the places are curiosity is taken us all the questions we have asked and all the answers we have found so far but we love to talk about the questions that we have in the questions that you have the things that you are curious about the. Universe. We like to take you to the far reaches of the Cosmos to other galaxies and inside of black holes but we also like to take you to your neighborhood to the world around you and talk about the things and the questions that we have in our everyday lives because physics is everywhere. It's not just out there in the center of black holes and the craziness of neutron stars. It is right here making our lives better or maybe hit you'd say this is engineer yes. Yes I would say that. Or maybe finally, this is physics and engineering working harmoniously together. Yeah. Because as as humans, we've made a lot of technology and a lot of progress in size and knowing how things work to the point where we can create things that take advantage of nature to make our lives easier ride because the universe is out there pumping out energy into space these crazy nuclear bombs going off. At the center of every solar system, and so of course, it's tempting to potentially take advantage of that today we'll be tackling question that a lot of readers has sent in. Right. Then you that's right a lot of folks see these things on the roofs in their neighborhoods they wonder how does that work what's going on in there? So the the per game, we'll be asking the question. How do solar panels work? It's a really fun question because you see these on roofs in your neighborhood and you know they generate electricity but has it actually happened I mean we know the sun pumps out energy. But how does that turn into Zippy electrons in your iphone battering have solar panels on my roof it's amazing. Haven't painted an electricity bill in light years. In fact, the Electric Company Rights Metex for how much energy I produced. So you are the electric company I am my own. Company the is. Pretty Awesome I mean you invest in it and then it pays off over the years yeah and it makes a Lotta sense because in the end, the sun is the direct source of almost all the energy we use here on earth even fossil fuels originally just came from energy from the sun and so it's tempting to say, Hey, let's go direct to the source. Why build a fusion reactor here on earth when we have a huge one, the center of our solar system let's just suck up some of that energy. Yeah because. It sort of feels like a waste. Almost you know like, I, think about all of the energy that used to hit my roof before had a solar panels and all that energy just Kinda goes to waste issues, hits the Reuven bounces and the heated up a little bit but then it cools down again at night. So I feel so much more like taking advantage of nature in using the energy. That's their right. So you're not just doing it for the economic benefits you do because it makes you feel like a better person. Honestly. I invested in a more guilt free lifestyle like in the summer we can just turn on the AC guilt free because it's all coming from the sun and have the second box of cookies, right? Yeah and you're right there is a huge amount of energy there the amount of sunlight that falls on the earth like a hundred and seventy three, thousand terawatts. It's incredible. It's a lot of what that's a lot of terawatts and it's actually a thousand times more than the entire entity. Budget of our civilization while meaning that a thousand times more energy falls and earth from the Sun than we use yes. Oh, if you could capture the solar energy, you could easily power the entire civilization with just a fraction of the energy that comes from the Sun. So it's a huge resource. It's incredibly powerful age right there. It seems awfully tempting to try to capture what would be the number. So if it's a thousand times more, does that mean that if we cover the Earth One, one thousands of the earth in solar panels we would be said if it was one hundred percent efficient. Yeah. I've seen lots of different calculations actually about how many solar panels you would need but you don't need to cover a significant fraction of the earth and solar panels to get enough energy to power the earth we'll talk about a little bit more later what is the biggest challenge is actually is getting that power to the right place and storing it and having. It at the right time but it's a big percentage of these days or a significant percentage of the power that we consume these days right? I, mean it's not like zero. It's not like zero here in the US, we get about three percent of the energy that we use from solar panels. But in other countries, it's higher. China's four percent Germany's eight percent Australia goes to nine percent and Honduras tops it out at fifteen percents well, Australia's understandable I mean everything's bigger in Australia. And Sunnier, even their solar panels. SPIDERS in solar panels. Aren't like the kangaroos hanging out on top of the solar panels blocking it owned if that gets factored in and I guess the great thing about it is that it's carbon free legged dozen give off any emissions does it operate in the solar panels? Certainly doesn't is a question of constructing solar panels and the infrastructure to store that decree batteries, and there's definitely some toxic materials that are used in created there but operating solar panels no, they have no moving parts they just sit there and turn photons into electricity. They're pretty awesome. Yeah. So Bay question our readers have is, how do they work like how do they convert solar energy sunlight into electricity? You can use for your devices and video games and Television Net flicks and so were wondering how many people out there know how solar panels work as right and so I ask folks who volunteered to speculate without googling about how solar panels work and if you'd like to speculate without reference materials on difficult questions in physics, please write to me at questions at Daniel and horray dot com. Yeah. So think about it for a second. Do you know how solar panels work? Here's what people have to say? I've never thought about it and I have no idea. Panels capture the the photons from the Sun store a you know what I, it's a circle of life. You know I don't really know the specifics I know. That there are also.
How Trump And Biden Differ On Energy Policy
"We are now just over a week away from election day although we know millions of people have already voted. But in these final few weeks, we've been focusing on some of the policy differences between President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden differences that might not be so easy to discern when they're buried in the middle of campaign rhetoric or debate jobs. Right now, we're going to focus on one revealing moment during last Thursday's presidential debate when the two candidates talked about energy specifically, how should the US get and use power in the future have a transition from their own minister yes? Oh. It is a big statement because I would stop why would you do that because the oil industry pollutes significantly here so let's dig into that a bit more what other two candidates competing visions for us energy policy going forward and what are the implications per workers and the environment to help us sort this out. We've called Dino Grandoni he reports on all this for the Washington Post with us now Dino Grandoni. Thank you so much for talking with us your. Thank you for having me on. So let me just start if we can with that clip that we just played there is a divide and how these to view the future of. US Energy. So when it comes to oil, where does each one stand? Yes. So the two candidates have laid out starkly different visions for what they would like to do with the oil industry and how they would like to transition away from fossil fuels or whether or not. They would want to even do that You saw a Democratic candidate Biden pledge to move away from oil in favor of renewable energy and predicted that that kind of move will generate millions of jobs president trump by contrast says that doing that would be costly and hurt the economy and in particular would hurt the oil producing states where both men are competing for votes. Well. You've recently written that president trump has very recently tried to rebrand himself as an environmentalist which would seem like a difficult sell when his administration has rolled back countless environmental regulations over the past four years and he continues to push for oil coal and gas. So what's his pitch? Yeah, and this is a man who has spent much of his life trying to rebrand himself during various business ventures. So He Over the past year has changed his position and a few different things he has promised to fund restoration of the Great Lakes when in the past White House had proposed cutting money to do that similar story with the everglades in Florida and He is endorsed this idea planting a trillion trees around the world in order to suck carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. President trump is going to have a hard time convincing the public that he is a more environmentally friendly candidate than Joe Biden, release candidate who cares more GONNA do more to solve climate change. His administration has spent the past four years rolling back literally dozens of anti-pollution another environmental rules and that kind of reputations probably baked into the public. At this point president trump has attacked for vice president Joe Biden for what trump a radical climate plant and we do have to say this has been described as by far. The most aggressive climate and energy platform that this country has ever seen from a major party candidate. So could you just just as briefly as you can describe what are some of the key elements? So what Joe Biden wants to do is eliminate US contributions to climate change by the middle of the century and on the way they're doing. So he wants to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector in particular power plants by twenty, thirty five, both of those are very aggressive timelines and like you're saying more. Aggressive than anything any other major party candidate has ever put forward. It's in fact more aggressive in some ways than what Bernie Sanders was saying back in two thousand sixteen. So let me ask you this though how does Biden respond to the argument? That's would cost this have tremendous adverse economic impact especially in states that are necessary to for him to win I, mean, how does he respond to that cost the loss of just thousands upon thousands of jobs? Well, he says that his climate plan is also a jobs. Plan that transitioning away from fossil fuels will create millions of jobs in itself to have to install solar panels, built wind turbines. But then also all all the different sort of retrofits that his plan calls for to homes and businesses to make buildings more energy efficient. He really thinks of this as an economic plan in addition to being a plan to stop climate change or headed off at least. Well, we knew though that president trump in contrast president trump has always kind of focused on that economic impact of. This country is kind of reliance on fossil fuels and back in two thousand sixteen many people may remember he promised to reopen coal mines and to bring back coal mining jobs has that happened no that has not happened and we've seen trump talk less and less about coal in the first two state of the Union addresses. He gave he talked a lot about clean call and saving jobs but he dropped those references in the last two state of the Union addresses and we've seen coal fired power plants continue. To Shudder and call nine continue to close down during his presidency not because of any government policy. Really. But experts say it's because of economic pressure Kohl's just gotten to expensive relative to natural gas and renewable 's and what about oil I. The idea that a move away from fossil fuels from reliance on fossil fuels is increasingly popular with the public. I mean, the polls make that clear but apart from that are the economics driving oil to face a similar fate, a colleague of yours reported last month, for example. That British Petroleum VP has come out publicly and said it is shrinking it's oil and gas business and investing in wind and solar. So are sort of economic imperatives or whatever public policy imperatives regardless of what president trump sort of perspective on this are they driving in that direction anyway. So during the pandemic at least in the short term, the oil industry has been hit particularly hard as people driving fly less. There's a lot less demand for oil and that has caused a lot of oil companies to have to. Lay off people and even have to declare bankruptcy in this country that said, there are some experts who do think that oil is going to go the way of coal right now, electric vehicles. There aren't that many being used relative to the entire auto market in the United States, but there's this expectation that adoption of electric vehicles is going to pick up and that's going to really eat into the petroleum business because most of the petroleum in this country is used towards transportation field towards the gas tank in your car. That is Dino Grandoni. He is an energy and environmental policy report with the Washington. Post Dina Grandoni thank you so much for talking to us. Thank you for having me
Steps For Growing Your Coaching Brand
"Your friend in business success and marketing? Thank you very much for tuning into the podcast show on today's episode. I want to talk about the five steps to Growing your personal coaching brain. So if you're a coach or even if you're a consultant or a trainer, if you do anything online and you offer a transformation, this is going to be very instructive to you. You're going to get a lot of value out of this five-step process and it's not about building some elaborate plan and massive business. Right what it's about. It's about having a streamlined process where you can scale to your first two hundred thousand then five hundred thousand even a million dollars a year using these five simple steps. So let's jump in and get started. Number one is that you've got to create massive value up front by creating valuable content that can offer a transformation to your ideal by month. Sona so those people that you serve the people that you want in your coaching program and you Consulting programs and your mentoring programs and your online training products and services those people, right you want to create a massive value valuable content that they can consume at their Pace whenever they want online through blogging through podcast in through you tubing whatever platform you prefer and I would highly recommend that you pick a couple of platforms but it's going to be transformational right? You don't want to just put content out there just for Content sake off a lot of people doing that. Right and the biggest danger you can make also is relying on social media to place your best content. There's been a lot of people over the years that have them spooked for one of the better word, you know organic posting our cross social media. So they're teaching the to put your best blogging or your best plugs or your mini blogs or your best contact number. On on a LinkedIn post or a Facebook post or anything like that. Now the danger with that is that all social media platforms at some time will change their organic algorithm and what you will end up with is you'll no longer get the rich that you really want. So by all means post on social media, but don't let that be the only way that you're getting content out into the world right out into the internet into the web. Right. So you want to be placing content in multiple places, but not just one place don't hang your hat just on Facebook don't hang your hat just on LinkedIn posting. That's a dangerous place my friend because what will happen is those platforms will change their algorithm back sometime cuz what they want is they want our advertising dollars, right? So they get us hooked with a free algorithm and it goes great and we reach lots of people and then all of a sudden they flick the switch off. And before you know it you post no longer get the reached as they deserve. So make sure you using podcasting. Make sure you using YouTube make sure you using adding content on your own website, right but whatever reason, you know, people have gone crazy with sales funnels, you know, they think that building a funnel is the only way that you're going to grow your business. What can I tell you that is not the only way to grow your business. In fact before solar panels were even sexy or trendy you grew your business by adding value on your own website people would go to Google look for it find it comes out to you and book a call. Right? So you want to be adding massive value. You do need a sales funnel if you're doing paid advertising, but you do need a website where you're offering value in life got somewhere to store your content. So it's step number one is to create massive value through valuable content and step too and I I covered this already dead. Bit in step one step two is to create both organic and paid traffic to that content. Right? So when you create your content and you create a page on your own assets on your own website on your own landing pages in your own email marketing when you create that content you want to drive traffic to it organically. So organic life you create content on your own website and then you'll flip over to social media. You'll take a snippet of what's on your own website and you'll dump it on social media and steal everyone back to your own asset, right? That's the name of the game to get people out of one sandpit into the other Saint Pete and enter your Sanford things that you can control and that's really super important. So create an organic traffic by sending people back to your own assets and create paid traffic to do the same. You know, why not do a Facebook post or a LinkedIn boost or whatever it is that you watch. To and send people rather than send people to a sales funnel their offers no value and just ask them for an email address and all you've done is put a headline on a page and say you watch my webinar on the same thing twice to grow and scale a seven-figure business. What a load of bull shit right in exchange for email address. Like what you want to do is offer massive value booster content post right? Say hey, I just created this Autumn blog. I just created this awesome podcast. You should go and check it out. Throw some advertising dollars towards that that will build some value. You don't need a funnel. You don't need a webinar right need to offer massive value. You've already created it in step one and then you can pay to have that promoted in step two and you can also share that organically through your own SMS marketing email marketing Facebook posting Facebook groups LinkedIn post linked in groups that has many ways that you can share your organic content
Minnesota family saves energy through simple living
"David Abbas Finland Minnesota keeps his freezer on the porch. Because, guess what it zero lot in northern Minnesota and so our stuff is frozen without the motor running at all. It's just one of the ways that Abbasi families save energy at their rural offer at home and farm the heat with Wood and get water from a well pumped by a windmill. What electricity they do need is generated by solar panels. Abbass says they live simply, but he does not think of it as a sacrifice. I think there's a lot of joy to be had. For example when it's time to fetch some frozen food, we've actually step outside and guess what the stars are beautiful where I live to educate people about conserving energy, and after Living Abaas offers workshops, classes, and internships at the farm. He tried to help others find pleasure in protecting the planet and the billions of lives. It supports I think our farm and other experiences like that. Provide that opportunity for people fall in love with what's around them and just imagine if the world were filled with people that were thinking about how much they love each other and the world how much better the world would be.
There's not enough internet for remote learning to go around
"This fall, we've been talking every Monday about education and technology during this pandemic including how access to high speed Internet and devices is just not cutting it across the country and there's new data on this in our latest marketplace Edison Research poll thirty percent of parents or guardians with kids. Online and making less than fifty thousand dollars say their Internet access is inadequate for online school marketplace's Scott Tong reports from Virginia on the broadband gap in central Virginia's Louisa County working mom Megan duck gets her two daughters online for school. By getting in the car they drive to a Wifi. Spot School district has set up in the Strip mall parking lot and here you can see a small jury rig flatbed trailer with solar panels powering electronics that send out an internet signal and from the car they log on the zoom. If we know like if their teachers say we have to do something we have to go to the Wifi spot because you couldn't even begin to logging on the website. Not. From home where they have just one choice for Internet service satellite, it's costly and it's not reliable doesn't work if it wind blows that doesn't work also at the hotspot. Today is fifth grader oriented Nestor Riding Shotgun next to her grandma in their suv, her online class. Let's her message the teacher for the box. It just POPs up on your computer win where at school it got good editor at their. At you need help you get acid they'll bested U. back. When your home. Do. You ever wish you could send a message yes I do. Her family has no broadband at home a reality for one third of rural Americans according to a recent
Python at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
"Angles especially around some of the remote stuff. A lot of things you guys do work with like Rovers. You talked about spirit just to have a conversation with those things is like we complain about late and senior website was slow or I was playing this game and it was hard because there was. Two hundred milliseconds of latency. There's different kinds of latency out in space. Right? Wouldn't the speed light is not enough. So he can some of the smart and putting it on rovers and other stuff. Some of this ai work that you're doing. It sounds like it might have some lakes Ai I. Hope. So and we think it does too. So Michael, basically the work that. We're doing for your listeners. We have a project that we've been investigating now. So let's fast forward the clock rovers nowadays the last one that landed on the planet. I won't say that we shipped because we just shipped one, which we'll talk about called does a couple of weeks. The right we did pandemic shipping and launching of rockets, Rovers, new fad but yes, for pre. That pre pandemic in two thousand, twelve, we ship the the Mars Science Laboratory or the Curiosity Rover, and that one is about. So spirited opportunity just the size them ver- you know your listeners it's about the size if you have kids of one of those cars that you push maybe or something like that or maybe like a power wheel big wheel type of thing that size. Of Spirit and opportunity the MSL rover is about the size of a small car like Volkswagen bug and if you came to jpl and it was open to have these some day and things like that, you could walk into our building agency a full scale model of to really get the feel of it but that's the size rover over that we're talking about now that's. Sort of the modern class at them and so twenty, twenty s the perseverance, the launched it's the same size. So we've got MSL still operating spirit and opportunity arts anymore because they were solar-powered MSL is powered basically by nuclear fission uses an rtd power source and things like that. So it doesn't have to worry about solar panels so it can go for quite a while and. Has Been. So it's a great test basically as long as it mechanically is still functioning right? Absolutely and so challenges with mechanical functioning are like, Hey, we learned a lot about the wheels for a car sized thing as we drove over walks in it toward the wheels up, you know and things, and so we did we learned a lot about them if you look at one. Quick Update and twenty twenty as the wheels have little homer simpson speed holes are not speed old but holes to prevent having just track and tread that dies catching on everything and that's just one thing we learned amongst other things. We've got smart engineers JPL. MSL's agree platform to test stuff out on. However let's talk about AIML L. I'm going to dispel some missing rumor so. MSL and space assets and others they all need right we gotta do computing we need a processor and A. And things like that they are running off of an old the what is that the latest? GP probably like a Invidia like twenty eighty something like that. Yeah. Everybody thinks that and I know you're being facetious and I liked the snark it's awesome. But yes, no, and that's the challenge. Everybody thinks that and it's not it's running off of a rats fifty, which is a be a h that's as bad as powerful as a POWERPC chip and process or in so and why real quick y right when we crash something in the government, we've got a congressional inquiry that we have to respond to. This virtual companies do it and we love the commercial companies where partner with them. Now, they don't right they I mean not to say that it doesn't ruin their value stream or their reputation or things like that. But they've got a little bit more flexibility to do testing and stuff like that than we do and so we are risk averse by profile definition, and so because of that, we were only use things that are what we. Call radiation hardened, which means that when it gets up there in space, a space does and cosmic radiation do weird things to your hardware they flip the bids amongst that's the easy stuff they do. They do a lot of other nasty stuff and so you gotta make sure that the hardware works in space and so because of that the technology, the Gartner life cycle for what we could use for that is real behind and so this big. Smart this big. Potentially smart you know and it is smart. They did great things on MSL and they're going to do even greater on twenty twenty is writing off of an old processor. So the I is human in the loop even more. So coupled with the fact that you alluded to, Hey, you know bandwidth latency you think that's an issue the lifetime from Earth to Mars eight minutes round trip. So anything you send to Mars you, gotTa. Weigh eight minutes to figure out what the heck happened or even what happened for your report back. Then you know that's not it doesn't all have to be synchronised. They're asynchronous ways. There are ways to kind of achieved some advantages and key things up, but it's still it's eight minutes basically, and so because of that, there's a video on youtube by the way for your listeners. If you haven't seen it, it's called the seven minutes of terror. Closer to eight. Yeah. Yeah. That's a great one. Yeah. Yeah. That's for the entry descent and landing. When they landed MSL curiosity, they had to use a big sky crane instead of the typical big balloon rap the rover to balloon it let it balance which was the way they did it before it was so big they had to have this elaborate sky crane thing and in that seven minutes when you go into entry descent and landing there seven minutes before you knew, Hey, what the heck happened and all this stuff had to happen autonomously and things like that, which is great. But yeah, normally eight minutes and so if I told you today that the Mars surface operations people use about two. Hundred images a day that are taken from the rover from its NAVC cans, which are camps by the wheels, and it's Mass Cam, which is the big head that take selfies and other things that you see what it's arm. If I told you that today, they only use two hundred images to plan what to do for rover operations. The next day you'd understand why we're bandwidth limited or Ltd what we can process on the reverse sucking them down to the ground and making decisions. What if I told you tomorrow? We'll get close to that nvidia chip maybe not exactly but there's efforts called high-performance space like computing to build a multi-core. GP. Like chip that is radiation hardened. It's a big government project. That has an emulator already that they're making and that we also today have Mars helicopter I'm perseverance, which is a little drone that went along with it that if successful is running a qualcomm snapdragon, which is gp like chip and why are we not fully radiation hardened and all this? It does we've tested in whatever but it's not like has the years and years of testing. Why are we doing that? Because it's a technology demonstration and we have a bigger like the mission is still successful even if Mars Halley you know is not successful with that what you call ingenuity right and I. Suspect that the risk to a little drone helicopter thing
The Future of Computing Might Not Be So Battery-Powered
"Batteries have become the de facto way we power our portable devices everything from our phones to our laptops to electric vehicles. But some have been turning away from batteries and moving towards something called perpetual computing machines. Instead, they operate unharvested energy from their environments. Are Columnists Christopher mims has been looking into this and he joins me now to explain Chris thanks for being here. Thank you for having me. Okay. So like we said pretty much everything uses batteries right now we've reported that demand is through the roof. So why push to move away from them? So the big push here is that computers are getting smaller they're getting more numerous and the CEO of nvidia Jensen Wong said that he believes the future of computing is a trillion devices doing a at the edge. It's basically just means a bunch of sensors with a little bit of compute attached and they're scattered throughout our environment. Our buildings are oceans are farms. In, order to make all of these, do their jobs you need power from somewhere. Right so the question becomes are we gonNA have a trillion batteries and if so who's going to change a trillion batteries once every two years whenever they run out. And so there has been this push in the really low power computing engineering world. Number one what if we could make computers so low power that they would last for long time on batteries and number two what if we could make them? So power that they don't need batteries at all because they're just harvesting energy from their environment. So obviously, you can put tiny solar panels on them. You can harvest vibrations a that directly intellectuality, and they're very basic physical principles that allow you to turn, for example, ambient heat into electricity. That's a really well known. Old Physical principle that dates back to the beginning of semiconductor even before they were used for computers. And so we are really kind of at a tipping point where you have these super tiny but powerful processors that are using on the order of maybe like five hundred, million watts of power to compete and to put that in perspective. That's half the amount of energy are sorry power that a fly uses inflate a tiny little house flyer and that so little energy that you can sort of. Soak it up from your environment literally there scientists working on harvesting this energy from dirt they call it a microbial fuel cell, two metal electrodes. You just stick it in the TURT- and literally these bacteria create tiny current across those electrodes and so where are we actually putting that sort of technology into practice as part of computing tool. So there've been some really interesting demonstrations where people harvest wireless. Energy. So. There are teams that have done things lake complete phone that has no batteries and is working just by capturing energy from a nearby radio tower and sort of bouncing the signal back. So lots of wireless energy harvesting work has been done. The latest work is that some very clever researchers out of t you delft and northwestern got together and created a Gameboy that has no batteries. and. It has solar panels on it and it's also harvesting energy from your button presses believe it or not. It's so efficient that it can run its display and it's compute and everything with just. A handful of of mill watts of power which can harvest from his environment. So as you said, the vision is that these sorts of devices eventually become ubiquitous what would that look like and what needs to happen between now and then? In order for this to become ubiquitous, there's one other really key unlocking technology that's coming. It's fascinating because this complete up ending of the way that computing has always worked. So we all know that if we restart our computer, we lose unsaved work right before the cloud existed. We all remember losing our class projects in Microsoft word documents. When somebody tripped over the power, they're working on a kind of computing, which is called intermittent computing where Ram the sort of temporary memory which requires power to store information and storage, which in the old days was like hard drive or flash drive or even going back to punch cards those types of storage and memory are exactly the same. So you create a permanent storage, it uses so little energy. You can update it like Ram, but when you switch the power off. Nothing changes. So the cool thing about inter-meeting commuting is you can be doing a calculation and you're using solar power whatever cloud goes in front of the Sun. The computer loses all power. Instant and gets power again, it just picks rate left off it's a computer you never restart and it can operate forever, which is a weird concept and you think about it it's computing is infrastructure. So people have proposed. Let's put a strain sensor a little bit of computer center inside of fresh concrete that you're going to build into a bridge, and then for as long as bridge exists, and until that sensor breaks down, which is not going you imbedded in stone more or less. It will be able to sense its environment and you can sort of Ping it with a little bit of wireless power and I'll tell you like here's how this part of the bridge is doing, and so it's this enabling of what's called perpetual computing through something called intermittent computing. Also these really low power processors and then the really kind of mind bending thing that comes next is if this becomes the norm and we know it's already possible because people are doing in the lab. Sunday the majority of computers will be these tiny perpetual computers these little tiny sensors that we just kinda dot over our environment. So. Does that mean that we're heading towards a totally battery future or are there limits to how applicable this kind of technology really could be? So. This solution definitely only works on very simple applications. You can actually do a little bit of. I once trained the network to like listen for a week word or do some very elementary processing. Out at the edges, they say edge being the opposite to the cloud, but you're not going to have a battery free phone. For example, because our phones are just way too demanding in terms of their processors and their displays and all the rest, you're not going to have a battery free laptop but some of the things that your phone has to interact with now and query those things could be battery free.
"solar panels" Discussed on TechStuff
"But on top of that, you're looking at a much lower environmental impact in the long run compared to carbon dioxide emissions you would get from from fossil fuel plant and there has been some research on the Brookhaven National Laboratory released a study saying that regardless of the technol- of the specific technology being used in photovoltaics they generate fewer harmful gas emissions like some eighty nine percent fewer. Than anything fossil fuel related so well and related to this is the concept of solar trackers something else that you can find at solar farms where. In this case, I'm talking about how your more traditional solar panels that are using photons to convert it to electricity as opposed to this approach where you're using the solar, the solar energy to heat water. A solar tractors are kind of what they sound like. These are devices that can track the movement of the Sun Although of course, we know the Sun's Movement is relative to the Earth there is spin and all that stuff but any rate we're just GONNA go with the movement of the Sun across the horizon. Across the sky, the pathway across the sky. So you've got solar panels. Now, solar panel panels are going to be angled away where they're going to capture. As much sunlight as possible throughout any particular part of the day. So what do you do? Well, you could mount the solar panels on some sort of pivoting system that would change throughout the day or you create solar trackers that are enormous mirrors mounted on some form of of stats. Especially, you're looking at something that can that can tell the so that it will direct sunlight back down to the panels right. So the panels are stationary they don't move throughout the day but the trackers these. Mirrors that can move in relation to the way. The Sun's path takes across the sky can continuously adjust so that the sunlight is directed back to the solar panels thus maximizing the number of hours when you can collect sunlight because that's another one of those challenges that we didn't really mention sometimes the sun's not out might be cloudy. Night or sometimes it's in a different place. You know if you if you cover, say the West Wall of your house with solar panels, which is a terrible plan overall don't do that. That's the least efficient way of going about anything. Yeah. You're only going to get. The Western facing son Yeah. Like. At different times of the year, you're not going to get as coverage. Exactly. Yeah. The the they'll be sometimes the year where will get more of real get longer hours, not longer hours longer time periods where that will stay the same, but you'll get a longer period to. Well, you know Becky my day hours used to be sixty three minutes long but you know the kids. Know You, you'll have longer times when you'll be able to collect sunlight. So these are just little strategies to.
"solar panels" Discussed on TechStuff
"These days and what per watt and that's that's a huge improvement over the eight to ten that it was a few years back. But in fact I I remember seeing one report and it was based out of the UK, which is already kind of interesting because the UK is not necessarily the ideal spot to have solar panels they don't have as much it's a little bit cloudier. Enron they can get A. Lot. A lot of cloud cover that's the climate in that region of the world. But the report found that after about seven years of use the first seven years, you would essentially be offsetting that cost of installation. After the seven years, you would essentially have recaptured those costs and apart from maintenance fees for whatever purposes you would need your energy production at that point forward would be free. So you then you know be be at a surplus, which is fantastic and same thing is generally true throughout the world. And as we see these costs go down both installation manufacturing we'll both all of the costs installation manufacturing and maintenance going down. Then that will mean, you don't have to wait as long for this investment to pay off rate. Part of this is dependent on the market. Currently, there is more supply than there is demand for photovoltaics, and that's only because it has been so expensive and so I I think that as this price comes down, it's going to be interesting to see how the market adjusts and whether we're going to see a flattening a plateau prices or or what's going to go on and and also I mean also has to do with rare and toxic materials which you know rare Earth metals are big component In China is the chief producer of rare earth metals. We've talked about that in a previous episode of text as well about right? Yeah. Well, e-waste. Yes. That was one of it. Yeah. In particular was e-waste but rare metals I think we have a specific episode just about rare Earth metals because. We wanted to explain what what they were why they're important and why is it that China is the main producer and the main reason that China's the main producer is because it's super cheap to get it from China because China does not. Sure they have fewer the the problem with Berith metals. They all contain certain radioactive elements and also getting them out can. Can release a lot of toxic stuff and there, and in general if you're doing that, you tend to incur lots of expenses except in China where they don't care as much. Fewer regulations than it's a lot cheaper but a lot more dangerous for the people who are doing it and for the environment because as it turns out, there are other places on earth that are rich relatively speaking in rare earth metals but it's the term. Earth metals doesn't mean that there are very few of them in the earth generally means that there are very few of them concentrated in a single, right? Yeah. So the mining process is very different than striking a vein of say iron. Yeah. Being able to mind it so. Of course that's going to play into the other podcast that we're going to record next but has already published I believe. So if you've listened to our mind craft episode, just know that we haven't recorded you're at time travel. Eventually Travel I. I don't even know where you are now. A guys. It's Johnson from twenty twenty. Just breaking in here to say, we're going to take a quick break,.
How green banks drive investment in renewable energy
"A new clean energy project is tough to finance a Green Bank sometimes steps in help using public capital. These institutions can provide loans and encourage private investment. Alex Craig is director of the American Green, bank consortium. We're not in the business of competing directly with private capital. For example, we are not interested in financing a solar farm that's being built in the Nevada desert. There's plenty of attractive financing available for those types of projects. What we do focus on is the projects that have some hesitation from private sector lenders. So maybe that solar panel insulation in the Nevada desert. Has Energy storage component that is making lenders little nervous green banks can step in and jump into the capital Stack and get to the point where lenders are comfortable with the project turning the project from a red light to a green light. Efforts by members of the American Green Bank consortium have collectively led to over five billion dollars of new clean energy investments. By craigie says a lot more is still needed. It sounds nice and we're proud of it but we got attack on some Zeros to the end of that fast if we want to do anything about actually tackling the problem of climate change.
Refocusing climate change as a human problem
"Been talking about how to adapt to climate change and how technology and the tech industry can help. But here's the part even on tech show where we acknowledged that climate change isn't just about tech solutions or Whiz Bang inventions, and in fact, like the pandemic climate change is a problem that reflects an exposes lots of things about our society Ion Elizabeth Johnson, and Katherine Wilkinson Co edited a book called Can Save Truth Courage and solutions. For the climate crisis, it features poems, essays, and other works of art by women working on climate issues I spoke with them. Both will Told me there's a lot in that subtitle we need to have eyes wide open to what is happening listened to the science we need courage, and then of course we need solutions and not just the solutions that kind the climate rose are really into like evt's and solar panels we definitely need those on just got Tesla. I think that's the TRIFECTA right though truth courage and solutions when people are like well, if not hope then what that's our answer. A when did we find ourselves at a point where we sort of stop talking about climate? As the thing we live from the air, we breathe the rain that falls or doesn't fall. Do you think it's important to like even before we start talking about solutions to recenter the conversation as a human problem? Yeah. Even though we didn't cause this problem, it's in fact one hundred corporations who are responsible for seventy one percent of emissions. There is a wide range of possible futures. And we so deliberately curated this book to show the wide range of ways that people can contribute building the best possible future. So it includes farmers and architects and artists, and journalists, and of course, scientists and policy experts and lawyers, and all of those skills are are needed and very much wanted. How much of this storytelling is also about making the simple economic argument that saving people also saves money. When we talk about the cost benefit analysis of doing various things to address the climate crisis, we usually only focus on the costs as opposed to making sure that we are also thinking about the benefits. And I think that is quite bolstering to me as a marine ecologist by training and thinking about nature based solutions and how protecting and restoring nature actually makes financial sense. 'cause it's cheaper to have mangroves and marshes and sea grasses than seawalls, right for example. So so I, think this book really shows not just some sort of techno Utopian version of the future where we like. Innovate, our way out of everything and instead it talks about the huge array of work that needs doing and the costs of of not doing it and what the world could look like for the better. If we do I feel like this conversation about racial justice, climate, justice, social justice, the importance of involving women in these conversations, how many women are leading solutions all over the world. is still kind of new and still kind of Nathan which is so lame but you're right. Which is pretty lame. But maybe take some explaining you know like what? What is what is this relationship between Racial Justin climate change and why don't people understand that I think we don't understand it because. Don't want to because it's it complicates something that has already really hard right like that's the. That's the push back that I hear most often it's not like I'm a racist and I WANNA, save the planet. It's more like solving climate change is hard enough without bringing in all these other layers. Can we just please focus on climate change now I and we'll deal with Lake police not murdering block people for no reason later. And the answer is no. No, we can't. We have to walk and Chew Gum on this one and there are many reasons for that. One is just it's the right thing to do, and so I hate having to give other reasons. But one of those other reasons is we know from polling by Yell and George Mason University's the people of Color actually are more concerned about the climate crisis. They're more motivated to be a part of the solution and to hold the politicians to higher standards on Climate Policy But how you know how can we expect black people to be focused on climate solutions when? Making, sure they have the basic right to live and breathe. and so this I can't breathe has become a rallying cry across You know across the racial and climate justice groups that it's not just in relation to police brutality but in the ways that communities of color are burdened with more polluted air and where or low where power plants decide to locate themselves, and then you know people who are breathing that dirty air being more at risk for extreme forms of of Covid, and so of course, these things are all connected and wouldn't it be great if we were building the winning team by including the people who were already on board and beyond to help and if we could unburden them from. Our White Supremacist Patriarchy, which is certainly not serving us in terms of really anything. But definitely, it's it's preventing a lot of people from being part of climate solutions because you know they have to dedicate their time and energy and ingenuity towards solving other problems about quality of life and justice and I. I just WanNa add because I think on articulates the. So incredibly well that when we think about climate change as quote unquote the problem I think that's where we start to miss. These intersections and entanglements when we understand actually that climate change is a manifestation of the problem, right? It's emerging of a system that we're getting so much feedback that it's not working. Racial violence is part of that feedback massive wealth inequality as part of that feedback the epidemics of loneliness and meaninglessness are part of that feedback, and also an atmosphere that is kate marvel says is larded with carbon dioxide and is having all of these climatic impacts that's also part of the feedback. But if we're just thinking about climate change as the problem we need to solve. Then our analysis isn't defense about what's actually going on here and thus what it's actually going to take to solve it. Kathryn Wilkinson and Iona Elizabeth Johnson Co edited the Book All. We can save truth courage and solutions for the climate
Bricks Can Be Turned Into Batteries
"Are one of the oldest known building materials dating back thousands of years, but researchers at Washington University in. Saint, Louis have found a new use for bricks as. Storage units a team of engineers and chemists have found a way to transform an ordinary house brick into a pseudo battery, allowing it to conduct and store electricity. The bricks are powerful enough to illuminate and led light bulb and cost only about three dollars to make I love. The idea of adding value to things that are inexpensive things that are affordable things that we kind of take for granted Julio, Darcy is an assistant professor of chemistry at Washington University and one of the researchers on the project. The brick battery relies on the reddish pigment known as. Side or rust. The gives red bricks, their color, the scientists pumped. The bricks was several gases that react with iron oxide to produce a network of plastic fibres. These microscopic fibers, coat the empty spaces inside the bricks and conduct electricity or we're trying to do is we're trying to make specialized. That are only used in the Nanna scale where we use very little plastic on we can actually embed that plastic inside construction materials that can store energy. This study is in the Journal. Nature Communications in the future Darcy says. Could. Potentially serve a dual purpose providing structural support and storing electricity generated from renewable energy sources like solar panels. The technology is still at least a few years away from being ready for the commercial market right now, the energy storage capacity of the bricks. Low about one percent of a lithium ion battery. The team is now testing ways to improve brick performance because it looks like you can teach an old brick new tricks.
After 2011 Disaster, Fukushima Embraced Solar Power. The Rest Of Japan Has Not
"Before the earthquake before the NAMI and the nuclear disaster Japan got nearly a third of its energy from nuclear power. But after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in two thousand eleven, the country took all of its nuclear reactors off line, which has led Japan to increasingly rely on fossil fuels and also solar power. NPR's cat ORF continues our series on recovery and Fukushima. She only endo is saying a final goodbye. To the home she once shared with her husband and three kids and for Cosima it's less than a mile from the Daiichi nuclear power plant where three reactors overheated and exploded in two thousand eleven. They left fast only taking what they could carry. Their things left nearly exactly as they were the day everything changed to coffee, Cup sit on the kitchen table her daughter's old school uniform is laid out on a bed a calendar on the wall is still flipped to March two thousand eleven. clueless you the kit ago. Muluzi. Nice. This is sad. She says this House System Nice, but we can't come back. She looks around your moon to Ni life is so different diddle do remind us. To start from nothing even less than. A totally reinvent ourselves after the disaster digging up this. She's here to give the keys to government officials. This house will be bulldozed soon and the land used as part of a storage site for radioactive topsoil scraped from the earth and the massive cleanup effort Tschumi heads upstairs. And takes one last look at the bedroom shoes to share with her husband Hitter Yuki. He died a few years ago suddenly. And then she walks back down to hand over the keys. The thing is pretty unceremonious though in reality she only says, she said goodbye to this part of her life. Disaster when her family piled into a car and drove as far south as they go to the southern tip of Japan on the island of Kyushu. Here, she's a single mom to her bubbly ten-year-old son Cagey who was just a baby when the disaster happened, he doesn't remember Shema at all her other two children are grown and live nearby, and she only has found herself within unlikely job running a small solar farm. On a big hill overlooking the tropical landscape Ma hidden is yet. She never imagined. My life would be like this guy when we first moved here, I was in my late thirties my husband was in his forties unanue issue we were like, okay. Do we get new jobs? So we decided to do this. We saw as investment for the future month on her husband worked at the Nuclear Power Plant for over twenty years and for him, the switch to solar was purposeful. He felt that nuclear power had betrayed him do on didn't He grew up really believing nuclear power was safe and then he lost his home to come see today the energy collected by these panels has allowed her to build a new life. The power is sold to the local utility company and brings in thousands of dollars a month when her husband died suddenly a few years ago she only took over the work and the family placed his grave in the center of the solar panels show me walks over to tall marblestone. Hook. With an inscription that says. Good you send do essentially remember that this family is here because of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in two thousand eleven cocoa use. A message to future generations she explains looking away device. My biggest wish is for renewable energy to take over I mean look at my old home, it's going to be a storage site for nuclear waste. We can't deal with that kind of wasted drivers go. Joey's wish might not come true though her family started their business at the right time. The price was so generous and also delegration was sold loose. So anyone can register. Naida is the executive director of the Institute of Sustainable Energy Policies. In Tokyo, he says in the early years after the disaster Japan pushed renewables to help fill energy gap left after fifty four nuclear reactors were taken off line the. Government offered big incentives, new investors, lots of people like me and her husband jumped on board to build smaller operations. incorporations rushed in to build massive solar and wind farms but also the liberation was more strict compensation dropped. It got increasingly harder for alternative energy producers to connect into the power grid edith says, this was partly due to the big utility companies trying to maintain control and the government allowing. It to happen the sitting kind of a body of to north to Laputa increase anymore, the institutions make a big difference that's Jennifer Sclerosis of George. Mason University she studies energy policy in Japan, and she says, there is technology an interest for renewables in Japan, but the bigger power companies in government need to commit if people in place do not watch to implement policies to empower the economics and the. Technology innovation then it can't happen regardless of how advanced technologies earn regardless of how good the economics look many of the major utilities as well as the Japanese government are still waiting to see if nuclear power can make a comeback and renewables just aren't that reliable yet. So in the meantime, I would assume the defaults going to import gas import coal eater agrees is the most the early sick and Not so optimistic future, but one place in Japan that is optimistic about Renewables Hookah Shema the local government here has set a goal for the entire prefecture. The third largest in Japan to be completely fueled by renewable energy by twenty forty. It's a real turnaround for a place where nuclear power ruled only a decade ago especially in the former exclusion zone near Daiichi, there are solar panels everywhere from small ones on roofs and hillsides to massive mega-farms along highways making use of land available after the disaster some of these panels are run by big developers and others are not. Lake the solar panels on farmer. She get Yuki Corneau's field. He's seventy four years old and this land has been in his family for generations he gestures around it. This is all my land, but it's nonsense. Nonsense because it's relatively useless the wind carried radioactive material here after the disaster and the government has scraped off all the topsoil in decontamination efforts. The farmers here can't really far much anymore. So small local power company came and asked sugar. Yuki if they could rent land for solar panels, he said, yes could you go I was really worried after the nuclear accident how would we get power most of his neighbors also agreed but that means everything is different. Now he says there were Rice patties all around here with tiny frogs that created a kind of soundtrack for his life now it's quiet. He misses the frogs a lot and he says, and he doesn't make nearly the same amount of money as he did farming. But She Yuki says he sees this as a necessary change. He has nine grandkids they all live far away now but they were just in town the other weekend for visit running through the fields. Suze my grandparents farmed here my parents do. But now it's time for Change I've realized it's a new season pitcher. This he says looking out over the solar panels is for future. Generations Khatlon store NPR News Fukushima Japan.
Is Space Junk Cluttering Up The Final Frontier
"We are tackling a question from listener. Rachel. Weiss space-junk this growing population of manmade objects cluttering up Earth orbit so Does that happen? Okay I. Let's consider what satellites are made out of metal plastic glass powered by batteries or solar panels, and when they're placed in specific orbital highways, they stay there moving. So quickly that they don't fall towards the earth kind of like, you know if you had to put a boat in a body of water, you want to avoid fighting the current kind of thing that's more. But jaw who we met earlier, he says that from sputnik onwards, our satellites have been creating debris shedding spent rocket bodies pieces becoming glued satellites have been known to explode when unspent fuel is on board, and of course, they can cross flightpaths and collide with one another and whenever satellite shed pieces they. Tend to not should one but many many pieces, hundreds of thousands of pieces depending on the type of collision. These collisions rarely destroy the satellites, but they can alter their operation and send pieces jettisoning off into space affected not only by gravity, but other physical forces. So we're pressure thermal radiation charged particle, environment interactions with you know magnetic fields, and all of this makes it very difficult to predict what space junk will do next the little that falls back to Earth, which is one object that day on average burns up or falls into the ocean. So space junk is probably not going to land on your head. Have you calculated that probability because you're GONNA ask me this question I haven't. But there's a scientist mark. Matinee, at NASA orbital debris program who has it's one in several trillion honestly I still like it but okay Mattie the people you should worry about more astronauts right? The International Space Station actually has a tracker to monitor for collision risk and they will maneuver out of the way when the risk is too great. Wow. But I feel like if there was a major collision, I would hurt about it, right? Yeah. There hasn't been a major collision you know the US military NASA and other agencies and groups around the world they tracked debris and Warren of potential collisions but there's been a few scares in recent decades. So in two thousand, fifteen, for example, the crew. On. The International Space Station had to hide in their Sawyer's capsules. Basically, the stations lifeboat when debris from an old Russian weather satellite came dangerously close. I don't like that no spacecraft and satellites will routinely maneuver out of harm's way but only if they have ample warning so the whole spacefaring community was pretty rattled when in two, thousand, seven, the Chinese military destroyed one of their own weather satellites they were testing out anti-satellite. Technology. Brian Weeden, remembers tracking this big explosion for the US air. Force. I personally was sort of shocked. It was of like wow Brian was part of a squadron that counted the resulting debris and in the end ended up cataloging more than three thousand objects. So that one. Got turned into three thousand things and that's just the things we can track wasn't space junk a big part of the movie gravity you are remembering cracks lake. From the missile strike has caused a chain reaction hitting other satellites in creating desgris two thousand eighteen Hollywood movie begins with a chatty George Clooney and Sandra bullock servicing the Hubble space telescope gays, and contentedly back at Earth. When this huge cloud of debris from missile strike grips through communications blackout it's a bad situation happen North America's laws individual. Dramatic portrayal definitely raise the profile of space junk. Even if the portrayal wasn't very accurate I, think navy on the whole it has been a good thing for for the issue. Even, if I might grumble a little bit scientists love to grumble. That's Brian Weeden again he's now the director of program planning for the Secure World Foundation thinks a lot about sustainability in space, and he says that opening scene gravity doesn't capture the true problem over the breath catches him was portrayed as sort of a nuclear chain reaction. Right there's one event that sets off this series of things that will happen very fast. The reality is sort of the opposite where it's it's like climate change. The problem with space junk is it's a long relatively slow accumulation over decades with a big negative impact down the road. Got It. Yeah. So Brian says. The risk of space junk involves convincing people, launching satellites, governments, and companies to change their behavior. Now mindful of the future and maybe have a little inconvenience or a little more cost now to forestall bad things in the future, and that's a really difficult argument to make because we humans just aren't engineered to kind of think like that preach especially when nothing truly catastrophic has happened yet but space junk is already proving to be problematic in the short term, it's translating into real world costs a satellite. Field alerts about potential collisions. Do Do I change my satellites orbit because that costs fuel and that will shorten the lifetime your satellite, which isn't good for the commercials base economy, which is Kinda booming right now. Yeah. We did that episode all about how SPACEX IS GONNA put a bunch of satellites up there. Right you know in the long term space junk has the potential to not only collide with manned spacecraft like the International Space Station, but threatens satellites at all levels of orbit like those used for imaging and whether data collection, which then could mean our climate models are less accurate or we don't have a good way to track the mirrors and that could have negative
What Does A Healthy Rainforest Sound Like?
"Today we're speaking with Sarah, Seti about ecosystem health monitoring using sound. But before we dig into it, let's first look at one traditional method for evaluating the health of an ecosystem. Say you're interested in measuring bird biodiversity. For instance, you might use the point count method where you stand outside for hours on end with a lot of patience and a talented pair of ears. Every single bud you have a closing will you see visually united down what species that was what time you saw it? You kind of repeat that thing over the twenty, four hours a day different house at different locations it's. A super thorough process for monitoring ecosystem health, but incredibly tedious. So Sarah and his colleagues thought you know with all this modern technology, we have sensors, wireless networks. Solar panels there has to be a more efficient way to do this. Can we get something this? So approximately as good as this kind of data, but is completely yours mason methods, recorders uploading audio to the internet straight from the field allowing them to potentially track ecosystem health. In real time, they've set up this acoustic monitoring network in Borneo part of the safe project which records audio continuously, and it is a staggering amount of data. About seventeen thousand dollars so far from the network seventeen thousand. One seven zero. Gosh but it's not just background noise housed in those seventeen thousand hours is a treasure trove of. Impossible for us, mere humans to listen through. But fortunately, the folks Google have figured out a way to sort through all that audio Sarah and his team turned to Google's set a massive data set of sounds that was developed using machine learning Odier says done is it has labeled data for. kind of almost every type of sound that you can imagine that being an so from that a cannon knows the amongst all dog box. There is something that is consistent about old dogs that makes it dog and so it knows the this is one fingerprint, and then amongst all of gloss smashing into, it knows that says finding things the kind of we as humans perceptually consistent in touch the sound. And then fixing them down to one type of fingerprint taking Google Technology, they applied it to their forest recordings, training their machine to create an audio fingerprint a way to kind of identify that forest brew, it sound, and the algorithm they've developed can potentially predict important indicators of a forest health like habitat quality and biodiversity based on it soundscape alone, and it didn't just work in one particular kind of Forest Sarah and his co authors analyzed the audio recordings of forests around. The world they published their findings this summer in proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences What did you and your team show with these audio recordings beyond the fact that yes, the technology worked, what did it reveal about the character and what's happening in these forests? What you see quite nicely full out from all of this is we looked at really Clinton is diurnal patterns so that so of how they annoy a different in how odier consistently follows the same kind of trajectory. Fingerprints when you can start see West season change in weather day. So how evolve through the day as the sun comes off goes down and how that changes the species communities of licensing. That's lovely because we think about days and years and months mostly in relation to light like the sun coming up the sun coming down. Yeah. But you're saying there's like a rise and fall of sound exactly throughout the twenty four hour day that you. You measure? Yeah. Exactly. Unto the point where you can and we did this analysis within the papers that you can just take random piece of audio and you can gas with pretty good accuracy. Our the rodeos recorded that again, is questionable. What's what's the point in time I recall it Kinda. Just shows you the amount of information that's like temporary coded in this audio as well, and you can guess what month is recorded from so. We're GONNA actually listen to some of the sounds that your team has recorded from the safe acoustics website, acoustic dot, safe project, dot net. So these recordings they're all the all uploaded like wirelessly. Yeah. Wow Cova did not live right now, but they would normally be recorded in real time and uploaded. So you'd be able to listen to the forest sounds like an all these different locations right now. So, this very mood setting. The rain at night in an old growth forest. In Borneo. Yeah. He spent some nights under a tent in these conditions. Yeah. I mean this kind of rain is like Gold Senate because most of the time spent doing fieldwork sweating. So when the rain comes in, it's Nicer Wendy and COO. Yeah Music
Farmers earn income by leasing land for solar
"Solar. Developers need land where they can install solar panels and many farmers are looking for new ways to make money from their land especially as they approach the end of their careers. Charles Gould an energy educator with Michigan State University extension in his State about a third of farmers are sixty, five or older. And they want to retire. They worked hard all their lives and the profit margins for agriculture have been so thin he says fewer young people are taking over their family farms. So older farmers often consider selling their land to housing or commercial developers, but leasing acreage for solar installations has become an alternative source of annual income. When farmers are approached with the lease agreement that can pay depending on how close you are to the power substation twelve hundred dollars to. Five hundred dollars an acre that's very attractive. What's more Michigan farmers can earn tax breaks for keeping land preserved as open space that can include land lease for solar as long as it meets certain conservation standards. So gold says growing solar can be away for farmers to continue making money from their land while preserving it for future.
Mars Is The Place To Go This Summer
"Okay Joe Palca. We are talking missions to Mars. Let's start with the United Arab Emirates which launched its probe two weeks ago. As you said, this is the country's first mission to Mars Yup and the probe is called hope and it will arrive in twenty twenty, one and twenty twenty one is a big year for the U. E. as I'm sure you know Emily Kwong I do not Joe Palca, but you're going to tell me why, yes, I am a because it's the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the UAE which was established in nineteen seventy one. So the morality leadership was eager to do something. Something to celebrate and a mission to Mars seemed like a great idea, Joe, that is a pretty splashy birthday present. Yes. That's what I was hoping for my fiftieth birthday, but I didn't get it. But seriously, that's just one of the reasons that they were going to Mars, it's partly to celebrate, but I talked Sarah Murray the deputy project manager and science lead for the emerets Mars mission. The purpose was not only to get to Mars by twenty twenty one and have vowed scientific. Data coming out of the mission that is unique nature and no other mission has captured before. But more importantly, it was about developing the capabilities and capacity of engineers in the country. Interesting. Yeah. Sarah says that the country's leaders wanted the you A. to develop a more of a knowledge-based economy and building a Mars probe provided a focus for expanding the country's technological capabilities. Okay. So Sarah mentioned the unique nature of this mission. Joe Tell me about the probe and what it is designed to do. It's about the size of a small car in weighs about a ton and a half, and it has these solar panels that look like wings essentially an and when they're spread out, it's about twenty four feet wide and when it goes to, Mars it will go into a really unusual elliptical orbit that will take essentially over every point on Mars. Once a week, it's providing us with full understanding of the changes, the weather of, Mars. Throughout an entire Martian day and throughout all the seasons of Morris throughout an entire Martian year, which lasts roughly two earth years. Wow. So they're really trying to get a comprehensive picture of the Martian atmosphere right and it's not just over time. Here's David Brain. He's part of a team of scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder collaborating on the emerets Mars mission. The three instruments that are on the space craft will help us measure the atmosphere of Mars from the surface, all the way to space. which has really been done before with other missions and that's very cool. All right. Joe, I know that China's mission to Mars has been a bit shrouded in secrecy. Here's what we know that it's name is teen win one which means questions to heaven. But one of the most notable things about it is that it includes an orbiter, a lander Andrew Rover. So a spacecraft that orbits the planet can land on it and move across the surface. Right? Well, it's really it's got three parts. It's all pushed together for the trip there, but then they separate. The orbiter of course stays in orbit and does remote sensing of the planet, and also will serve as a radio relay station for the mission on the surface, and then they'll these two things together, Land Rover, and then the rover will drive down a ramp and explore around the landing site. So it's an interesting mission, and I think it's a little hard to say China is not obviously in the same category as. As NASA terms of look what we did look over here, look do this we you know there there are a little more circumspect about how they do their missions. But the scientists I've talked to say this is a very serious interesting probe and it puts China in a really interesting position because only one country has successfully landed and roved round on Mars. Can you guess which country that is Russia? Now it's a It's the U S. of course, Russia did actually land a probe. It's a question of whether to call it a success or not because it only sends signals back for a few seconds. So technical success, I guess but not a very interesting mission.
Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities
"Now on the gyrations of a commodity space, and it is a deceptive space. The Bloomberg Commodity Index is actually really good math. And it's about 18% gold and with gold to the moon. Clearly, that index has done better. But what about the rest of the space? Francisco Blunt is head of global commodities and derivatives and owns gold up to his eyeballs. He's like gold in there in the early bond movie, and he joins us this morning as well. Francisco blond Good gold on her way here. Is it dominating all of commodity analysis right now? Are the index is no good just because of gold. You make me laugh way. Look, it's way we're having old person's medals ripping here, but also, frankly, we've had a pretty good run on industrial metals. Then the one commodity has told Munch has been oil, which has been pretty stable around the 40 45 0 level for for a few for a few weeks now, But there's a lot of focus on precious metals. Also, little fork use on China's going to next in terms of the infrastructure. Then the big pool from from China from a resource is perspective, so I think you can. You know there's a reflation story going on. Um and obviously called this the biggest beneficiary because ofthe little micro factors that have having piling out to support you. I don't think it's the only story Good morning. Also think that industrial metals are picking up and oil is kind of waiting on the sidelines until a good we get a bigger uptake in economic the reality for oil crisis hold on a second there because there's a sweet spot between industrial metals and precious metals, and that is silver, which is on a tear. How much do you see that escalating at this point can give us some calls both on silver and gold in the upcoming months. Wait, maintain the 25 yard target on silver. I mean, obviously the one of the things that that summer is good for solar panels and what we're saying is that a lot of support and uphold this money going into the structure. Is going into. Well, some people label the energy transition and of energy transition means we're gonna be using a low bar sober for all of this. This uses the same thing applies to copper, by the way. So think about think about the energy consistent medals. What we call the minute the medals in future and technologies. Copper. Ah, him. Yeah, Kobold silver itself. So silver is getting is getting hot, partly because that's a combination in this also Also, some people put us support man's gold. It's just something a little easier to buy. But I mean, I don't buy that argument, but I think I think there's certainly that that accelerating trend on silver. I also think both blocking on palladium. Platinum has a long way to go here as well. So that way we should say that Tom has been outfitting his entire apartment and solar panels, so he's been attributing Tio theorize in Silver. There's a question of whether the industrial metals can continue to rally in tandem with weakening oil. The idea that you could have demand for building but not necessarily a commensurate demand for crude. Could you see that happening? It's happening some expense right because we said a lot of infrastructure packages coming through on like a good pedigree. China, I think are going to boost that kind of spending. Part of it is primarily mobility crisis, the more we moved The more covet spreads, and that's I think a fact that hopefully husband has been shown in different ways now. So my sense is that until we have a vaccine or a cure or combination of both, we're gonna have to keep limiting our mobility. And that's not great Oil way. Still think that the land will be 98 million barrels a day for next year on average. Again issue have been 103. So we're going to be maybe five or six million barrels a day away from billable demand that we should see next year. Full of things being equal. Francisco What is the instability to E? M here to commodity? Am How close are we to where your world folds over into the physical world of these AM nations? Um so I think if you look at you look at Russia, Russia recently iconic shape. Their budget's break even is in the mid forties for oil. So with quibbling having right back into a 43 $45 range, they are reasonable shape. All the emerging markets. Not so much remember, countries like Saudi Arabia have a much higher break. Even so, so they're going to struggle more and then all the countries which are heavily reliable things like iron more. Or cultural mornings like Brazil are in better shape because, you know, um Iron ore has been one of the one of the stellar commodities in the past in the past year, so I'll note really is really ripped here. So that's kind of benefiting now. Brazil as well. So so I think, for the most part It's oil nations, and it's those oil nations that have not adjusted their their budgets on DH Saudi Arabia come some quality of the fund but also many others in in Africa and Venezuela, because we will have you Two short of his friends visit Francisco Barnes. Thank you so
Spacewalkers in home stretch of station upgrade
"To NASA astronauts will venture outside the international space station on a spacewalk. They'll upgrade the orbiting labs Power system from member station W. M. Fi, Brendan Byrne reports. After it's Bob Banking and Chris Cassidy will install new batteries on the space station, replacing the aging nickel hydrogen batteries with lithium ion replacements. The new batteries arrived at the station back in May on a Japanese cargo ship, the battery store power collected by the station's arrays of solar panels. The space walk is expected to last about seven hours. Restaurants have been working to replace the battery since 2017 conducting a dozen spacewalks to upgrade the power system. The final spacewalk to finish the project is scheduled for next week, which will also marked the 3/100 spacewalk with the U. S
"solar panels" Discussed on Dear Hank & John
"Fifty two deck of cards. We should make a deck of cards. What would we add to the DECK OF CARDS? That would make it better than all the other decks of cards would. If we made a Pelicans Pelicans I was thinking. We're like AFC Wimbledon history. You Know Mars. There's a big because they'll to ask. Women and Tech Card big audience of people out there who want to learn AFC Wimbledon history while playing euchre Yep. Yeah. We'll do a Wimbledon water on Mars one and see which one sells better. Let's not do that competition. Let's stick with no, no, no, no, okay. If we have another question, this one's from Kucher. Who writes dear John and Hank in the most recent episode you both answered a question about the water cycle, and mentioned giant underground lakes, and I realized that I imagined groundwater to be like large cavernous dark swimming pools for some reason. If I bored a hole through the ground deep enough to reach this water table. Could I actually like swim in it like a lake and more importantly would classify as a beautifully foolish endeavor great job. Making sure that your question gets answered on Dear John Hanks Book. Beautifully Foolish Endeavor is out now wherever books are sold. I think that not mostly mostly you drill water down and you get water out of a well. It's like loosely packed like when you dig down at the beach and the water comes up out of the beach. It's like yeah. We're like you create the whole in the waters of seeps into the whole, because there's water around, but there are also there are also big lakes like big caverns that you could swim in for sure that are. There down there, so you you could. If you found the right, the right one in the right place and but it also could be terrible. It could be like a bad lake, but yeah you know, but usually like an ice cold freshwater. Yes, so crucial. I'm not an expert in this certainly, but I have played a Lotta. Minecraft and I think it's like minecraft where. I do when you dig down. Sometimes it's lava, and sometimes it's just like water. Stars porn out of nowhere. Sometimes it is an underground lake. Sometimes, there's weird old abandoned mine shafts down there, and you think like Oh, I'm GONNA be able to get lots of loot out of this and I I'm going to have like a goonies like adventure, but then you just get eaten by a spider. The great news is. is nothing like and there are no spiders down there that will come out of your pipes right? Okay? Yeah, I mean. That's a great theory except that. How do you know okay, so hang says that life underground is not like minecraft, and I say that live underground is like minecraft. Believe who you want, Cousteau. That's how it works in twenty twenty. It's just people with opinions, and we are both equally trustworthy and. And you decide do your own research and and buy your own research I. Mean opened up Youtube type. Thing that you want to. Research is underground rating. And then you'll find, you'll find out answer. That is determined by an algorithm that is interested, not in providing with information, but in providing you information that will cause you to pay attention for the longest amount of time possible. That's correct. which is you never mind? We all know what this means. This next question comes from drako asks deer hanging. John Hi I'm drake and I think humans would be a million times cooler if we made our. Our own food like plans to I've learned in my third grade. Science project that a sea slug can use the chlorophyll. It eats algae to make its own food from the Sun. Is there any species genetically closer to humans that can do photosynthesis if not my cousin and I think we should merge with slugs instead of artificial intelligence since we're killing all the green plants too fast, sincerely, drake. Drake I'll I love this I? Love everything about also. This is also from Sienna my aunt, who paraphrased in type this for me, because my hand was tired from playing minecraft. Ha, it's hard out there when you're in third grade and you love minecraft. It's true there are photosynthetic animals, not usually they don't not usually animals that do this as the primary source of their energy, but but yes. Yes definitely as part of their energy, there is an eighth amid that. Does this the P. A. which is called the PF because it's green screen because it has little plants, basically living inside of it that provided with food. There's also a salamander which is the closest relation to us that has called the spotted salamander and it. It is a vertebrate. It is the only photos Vertebra. A photosynthetic part of how it generates energy, and it basically is colonized by an algae and that algae leaves inside of its skin and produce. nutrition that the salamander actually consumes. It's not the only way that it gets energy, but it is a big part of how it wow, it's it's life sustaining energy, so this is within the realm of possibility like we could eventually. Establish I. Don't know colonies of land-based algae that live on our skin and helper give us lots of the energy that we need. It would totally be possible I I mean like I don't know what we are, really we. We generate a lot of energy like we need a lot of energy to to survive fits. Energetically taxing to be human dislike, the amount of work that the brain is constantly doing burns a ton of calories. Leave me I know we. We don't have a ton of surface area per unit of mass, so like were pretty heavy for the amount of like skin. We have so, but like it could be. It would be better than nothing I don't think it would ever be enough to sustain us, but you know it could be like one to two percent. percent of the amount of energy that we need and that that's not nothing you know, yeah I, I, and also it'd be like maybe would absorb some those harmful UV rays. That's what I really want. So I can go side. Not Get somber would also just be very cool if you could get the photosynthesis again, you know how you can get different skins craft. Maybe I'm guessing I will. I will tell you that you will be green. You will be grin. Feet like the Color Green. Yeah, ever since I was a little kid. People have been making jokes about like. Are you green? Are you feeling green today? Is it easy being green and the I of all the people in the world I would be the least bothered by waking up tomorrow green. Be like finally, Yeah. I can come back for all those people be like. Yes, correct I am green. All of your insults eventually turned my skin green. which you would think is a bummer, but no now I'm photosynthetic. Yeah, take that. Well, thank God for plants They do great, and and our wonderful little solar panels made by nature and. Creating everything that we consume. What would we do without it seriously? Can you believe this? Can you believe this? This is amazing? You wouldn't you just? Have had moments I. have those moments periodically? I, sometimes I go outside and I'm like there's so much life out here. Like It's not just that it's not just that life happened on earth. It's that life happened everywhere on earth like I was on a walk yesterday, and there was a maple tree inside of an oak tree.
"solar panels" Discussed on The Dave Ramsey Show
"That's triple eight. Eight two five five two two five. Wanda is whether it's to start off this hour in Texas a Wanda welcome to the Dave Ramsey show. I have a question for you in regards to mortgage so we have a home in Florida and We two years ago. We were in the middle of a short sell offer on our home when the category five Hurricane Michael hit and damaged severely damage our home since then. We've had to get two different. Uh Attorneys wanted to fight the foreclosure and the other to fight the insurance company now. Two years almost two years later Here we are. The insurance company is finally responding to our attorney for money and we are only getting a portion of what is owed on the full amount on the home. You didn't really know how you're getting. The insurance settlement on the repairs is how much is. The full amount was one sixty eight but of course we have to pay. You know the Attorney. So we're getting one twenty four back toward someone in. December are other attorneys told us one fifty eight but now all of a sudden they're telling us it's one seventy nine thousand and and and what is the house worth if you don't repair it would give about fifty thousand four hundred. It's not been repaired right. It has not been repaired. There's black mold. There's all kinds of craziness you can see the sky so needs to be pushed down it does. What's the lot worth.
"solar panels" Discussed on The Good News Podcast
"Podcast is your source for Good News Fun Stories Auditory Delight and Sonic Joy. We're bringing you all of this goodness from beautiful downtown Chicago. Katie you Jimmy Carter former former. Us President thank you for clarifying. What is something you know about him as factoid? I know that he was a peanut farmer. He was a peanut farmer. And it's fun to think of him. I don't actually know peanuts grow. I have no idea how I have never seen a peanut in the wild. I don't know what they dangled and trees like apples. But that's insane. I don't think that's right a dumping ground lag. A CAM legumes. What does that mean? They are not a tree nut. That's what leg. Im's main legume is like a bean. And that means that you're on the ground. Well no I think it's like a Green Bean you've picked. Have you picked green beans? Oh you picked like snap peas. No they're low to the ground. You pluck them from a little boy. I know it's not a Bush. No I do. I feel well no. It's twenty twenty less confident. I could be wrong about so. I'm not one hundred percent sure that it's Bush but I feel long tree. I feel pretty confident peanuts. Dunker entrees and don't run bushes. Well later we'll google it later. There's no time now now. He grew past tense peanuts in his small town in Georgia called planes to small towns And on the farmland that used to grow peanuts now there are so panels. How wait where are the peanuts? I don't know I don't think he's GonNa. They're not trendy anymore well times of change for the peanut industry. That's right so he's got so he's got solar panels on his farmland and he is single handedly with those solar panels powering half the town is freaking suite on a good day. He can power something like four hundred homes with solar panel says personal. Solar people are getting free. Electricity from Jimmy Carter. If I lived in planes I would turn on a light switch and say thanks Jimmy Matt Georgia accent. Thanks Jim thanks Jimmy. That's really call a reason. This is interesting. Is that in. Nineteen seventy nine. He put solar panels on the White House because he felt really strongly about it. He was a big proponent of solar energy and thought it was really important. People know about it so that either would have some staying power or become like this relic of history. So he put it on the White House. Ronald Reagan immediately took them off now. Those White House. Solar panels are in like museums. Really the world. Yeah I another thing I was just hearing about on. Npr again solar panels used to be like kind of joke because they were very very expensive. Share if natural gas coal was like five cents for a unit. Solar power is like a dollar right one. Eight Times is expensive right. I heard that too. Yeah but just recently. They said that's what you're running. Low the switch Rooney snails cheap cheap cheap cheap cheaper to somebody called up. Jimmy Carter to personally apologize. I mean I bet. He was mocked and chastised and I bet he deserves an apology. I know he does. He was a forward thinker. So Katie my question to you is on a personal note. I'm an open but I'm GonNa ask that you tell me what crop you would have like to grow. And then let either currently or in the future you would like that crop to be replaced by so for Jimmy peanuts and then solar panels and you already asked me what Crappo. Well the answer's Levin's okay. So you would have a lemon orchard out of well. We don't know that I feel really have a lemon Bush will. We're attacking that. Oh no I'd like eleven of Kado Hybrid. How so but your salads and Guacamole is our Tartan hanging and once I move past. I guess I'd like them to be replaced with our house. No I don't think of it as an evolution of your spirit. Okay so I'm really into tear it. Avacado is right now in the the future. Yeah I guess in the future. I'd like it to be those massage chairs at the airport. You put the money in. Or it's like a weird postured chair. We put your face in a donut and your legs rest really comfortably. Great good well. Here's mine okay. I'm thinking strawberry. Patch kills drivers a really fun and then for whatever reason and this is unlike me. I'm imagining that. I scrape up all those drivers and I have a quarter mile race. Track like where people can drive. Little Dune buggy like small like not full sized cars like eight hundred eighty s like inbetween carts and cars. And I don't think there's little race cars called but they've got like a big like sale on top like a bumper. No No. It's definitely not that either. Some like a wagon healer getting further. Thanks for listening. Do you have good news? Incredible or maybe you want to tell us a joke or idea. Excellent email us at hello at the good news. Podcast dot F. M. or. Leave us a voicemail at seven seven three two one seven zero one five six. You can also tweet us at the Good News Pot and follow us on instagram too. 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"solar panels" Discussed on How to Money
"And offers a good value for the silver install that you're looking to get done joe something to keep in. Mind is the amount of time that it would take AAC for you to essentially earn your money back. The average payback period is about eight years which I think for a lot of folks. That's that's doable but if it's closer to fifteen years may not be worth it for you. You may not even be there in that house but hopefully having those solar panels there on the roof would boost your potential resale value game and I feel like solar panels is actually from everything I've read really do boost value of a home as long as they're not installed right in the front lawn you know like the satellite dishes. I came out and they're massive and then you'd see them in yards cards back in the eighties but these are typically getting on your roof right and so typically when you're selling your home you're GonNa make your money back because a buyer is interested in having having solar panels that will essentially pay their electric bill to by the way Matt. You just mentioned the roof. One thing that you need to think about is the age of your roof. If your roof is in that kind of like ten in your old range like minus it makes a decision a little bit harder because basically you have to replace a roof. That isn't really begging to be replaced. It's still in pretty good shape and it kind of feels like this extra expenditure the you have to come up with in order to make solar panels worth it. If you have either a pretty new roof installed within the last three redefine years and you want to put solar panels on top of that. I think it makes sense if you have a really really old roof and you have to replace it anyway well. I think it makes sense to install solar then but if you're in my place and you Kinda the middle well for me. It just puts another check in the corner of I'm just not ready to do solar quite yet. You're kind of in that. No Man's land as far as the roof goes. You think that's the biggest thing that's kind of kept you from. Maybe maybe moving forward with solar panels for you guys because I know you love electric stuff. You got that electric car. I figured you'd want the Electric House to match it. I would let them all set yeah. That's probably I believe the biggest reason for me is the age of my roof because that extra expenditure of six or seven thousand dollars that throw into the mix and I'm just I'm just not ready to do it. Although I do do see solar panels in my future at some point for sure man yeah we are in a very similar boat right. We don't have that brand new roof but we also don't have an old crumley roof. One of the biggest things though that's keeping me from moving forward with solar is just worrying about being an early adopter. I have a tough time with the idea that I would drop a ton of money on these solar panels and then have the potential for technical advances to be just right around the corner that would either cause prices to drop drastically or to where your current solar panels just aren't really cutting it anymore more because guess what everyone's got the tesla roof and they look awesome and there's no panels on your roof at all. It just seems like you have a regular roof. You know I gotta tell. You I'm totally down with waiting for the Tesla roof to get a lot cheaper and just have solar panels essentially as part of your roof. Ed's chose to putting the panels on Bilton. Have you seen like the terra cotta style yachts. What's it looks so good super cool terra cotta. They got the slate. I mean yeah I have a feeling that that is going to be where things are headed but who knows how long it takes until that becomes a cost cost efficient way of putting solar on your roof right yeah exactly and if you're curious if your house would even be a good candidate for solar checkout Google's project sunroof which you can obviously find by ogling it but you just punch in your address and they will rank and give you a score as far as how well your house would do when it comes to solar so joe in the end you can crunch French all the numbers you can figure out the return on your investment and compare that Roi to what you would actually earn if that money was invested in the market from a number standpoint. It seems flank. Roi Is high in that. It does make sense but it's more than just the numbers. This is a personal decision. Some of it comes down to how you feel. You're playing a role in reducing energy costs costs. You're able to contribute overall to a clean environment. There are a lot of benefits that come from solar as long as you are not over leveraging and over financing these panels and spending money that you don't have we we think that going solar could be a great move for you yeah and be sure to reach back out to us and let us know how it goes and what the numbers look like once. You've actually done the install I know. I'm just super interested to know how it goes. I got a couple more questions that we need to tackle including a listener who is currently serving in the Peace Corps and has a question for us. We'll get to that right after.
"solar panels" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts
"This podcast and following message are sponsored by wbur and read it presenting endless thread the new podcast that brings the front page of the internet to your ear buds brought to you by ziprecruiter available wherever you get podcasts thanks for listening to wbur made possible with support from whist ear and zip recruiter presenting endless thread the new podcast that brings read it the front page of the internet to your ear buds available wherever you get podcasts found wbur boston and npr i'm jane klay sent in this is on point president trump slept tariffs on imports of washing machines solar energy cells and solar panels on tuesday the message is clear a year into his presidency trump is ready to make good on his promise to put america first critics warn of a trade war with china and massive domestic job loss on his heels canada opens trade with asia in a new deal leaving out at one major player the us this hour on point will america first leave america behind you can join us on air or online does putting america first america pays a price and what is that price join us at on point radio dot org or on twitter and facebook at on point radio trying to me now from washington is jacobs lesson jurist in your correspondent covering trade for the wall street journal you can linked to his piece us imposes new tariffs ramping up america first trade policy at our website on point radio dot org jake welcome to a point great to have you great thank you so how exactly will these tariffs exactly work so uh in a couple of weeks through tariffs will take effect there a a combination in the case of of uh the uh because of the solar panels of tariffs and quotas were they will start at a certain level and they ratchet down over three or four years the way the law works is that these are not intended to be permanent but to give an industry temporary relief.
"solar panels" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"Equity is available now for bloomberg press influential conversations from bloomberg television here's brands seen look what donald trump took his first major protectionist move of the year shape the slapping tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines now the ministry of commerce in beijing called the move of misuse of trade measures our next guest says the most significant political risk is the united states here to discuss all this is professor joe stiglitz he's columbia university professor thank you so much for joining us mr stiglitz how concerned are you that donald trump will show up here in devils with america first agenda and we're going to have a protectionist two thousand an eighteen arctic trump was already been discounted resume the financial mortgage people have walks chosen for the last year his rhetoric was fears during the campaign his actions have been fortune away much milder the tariff city slapped on today are the kind of thing that everybody at expected it obama had a solar panel tariffs so this is not a new thing i thought it was wrong when so when when obama did again i think it's wrong when trump does it particularly when he's accompanied by this protectionist rhetoric bad for the global environment expat for the american economy x bad for jobs in the united states hear more interviews like this one on bloomberg television streaming live on bloombergcom and on the bloomberg mobile app or check your local cable listings global business news 24 hours a day at free book daughter coop delayed year plus mobile app and on.
"solar panels" Discussed on Marketplace All-in-One
"Foreign solar panels and washing machines will get more expensive in the us as the trump administration moves to fight overseas competition i'm david brancaccio in new york the trump administration is imposing new tariffs on imported washing machines and solar products american appliance manufacturers say they've been facing rising competition in recent years and now imports of larger residential washers we'll have a twenty to fifty percent tax in the first year but it is these solar piece of this new decision a thirty percent tax on imported solar cells and panels that's getting even more attention today for more on this i'm joined live by marketplace's kimberly adams in washington kimberly what's the trump administration's reasoning for this david this announcement came from the office of the us trade representative who says artificially cheap solar panels from other countries particularly china have really gutted the american solar industry so this tax applies after two point five gigawatts worth of import solar cells and panels in terms of how much output these panels would give you an electrcity and then that thirty percent tariff would drop to a fifteen percent tariff after four years and what's the reaction been so ford of lots and lots of blowback especially internationally obviously china is upset saying this move hurts the global trade environment south korea another big solar exporter says they're going to take this to the world trade organization others questioned just how much this will really help american manufacturers here's rune sivaram who's as science and technology fellow at the council on foreign relations china supported its own manufacturers uh about a decade ago and in doing so it enabled them to flood the global market with below cost solar panels by two thousand eleven united states solar manufacturers accounted for less than five percent of global solar production so he says this move is probably too little too late.
"solar panels" Discussed on .NET Rocks!
"Or just like reading light and stuff so and i am obsessed with the instagram in the end life hashtag so i wanna see you know how how which fowleri can get while campaigning reading lights in all of that do some experiment with combination solar panel and led light is pretty interesting caselli these links so much less power but i've actually ordered and i think i could only get this off alibaba but there might be another one on amazon it's a it's a phone charger that's a battery pack with a solar panel a solar panel on the top so essentially charges itself with the sun and then you charge a phone with it nice years and years ago i got from microsoft as swag a battery pack with a solar panel on it cool up literally sure i left in an airport lounge somewhere years later it's a shame as it happens but you know at noon on a perfectly clear day on the equator one square meter of solar panels can get you about a thousand watts of power and carl's not surprised at all it i would know this because he's the sort of stupid things that i know so the reality of course where the battery pack is just so much power in it the solar panel is in come close to being able to really charge it it's just a little bit of power really liked him the penalty to be big he act we'll look at this here's one on amazon from neck tech that's n e k t c k sola charger ten thousand million powers rainresistant dirt shock proof tool usb port portable charge battery with high efficiency son power solar panel.
"solar panels" Discussed on KOIL
"Solar panels will allow 58000 for student loans and fourteen thousand for solar panels on a house okay for their work in good good a money back then a good investment worked out good for you fun fun so our hongyoo has been married eleven years next week so what happens seven months ago that made you turn this song well about three years ago i had read this huddle money makeover and thought and we were we were doing all right we are following our own that snowball we weren't doing all the other steps and then about a year ago driving to work i stumbled across your radio show and heard a couple of doing their debt free scream an israeli resonated with me i early and most snow listening taylor like they can do it we can do it you know we we make plenty of money to be able to accomplish this silent home told him all about it and he's like in never allowed to listen to the radio weird people are on the radio pretty minutes and so last summer we were on our camping trap and i just felt like more money was going out china remodel our bathroom and we've are investing for retirement archives our kids college anthony i just felt like the needle wasn't moving very quickly in a way i wanted it to sell we can't came up with a budget and decided to be you know intense we don't really know at that mad at that point but leads his cat listening to your shell getting more and more is now intensely went to fpo everything we were all about.
"solar panels" Discussed on The Show About Science
"So if you don't know what a type one several reservations is i actually know what it is oh what goodso a type one civilization is basically a civilization that can harness all the energy and resources on its home plan wowdo you think that means that we are attacked one civil as they it's probably gonna happen in the next century that's great that's really cool whoa now are there type 2 or type three civilization yeah there's type 2 anti three type three is harnessing all the energy of its home galaxyn type 2 is harness in all the energy of its home star wowi really like that that's awesome so how can we get to be a type one type 2 or a type three civilization well uh based on what you've told me if type one civilization use this store energy within a planet i think we are already had one civilization now type 2 is when we are harnessing total energy for the parents star we already kind of do that by using solar panels or by the simple natural fox photosynthesis but we can also i guess maybe look towards um developing technologies that can capture more energy from the parent start for example have you ever heard of this concept call the guys dearyesi guess only have that's wonderful so a days in fear is a device that we put into space whether that's outside of our orbits or close to the starter in this sphere can capture the stars energy and we use that energy for our civilization soi think it's really cool when a lot of people are working towards the technology that can capture the energy from the stari suppose to energy that's coming from resources that are not renewable for example fossil fuels and things like that and if we want to go on to type three that's another level of energy capture that i'm not very familiar with but i think we have to be tough and interstellar traveling civilization first before we can consider using energy within our galaxy and currently we don't have that just yet.