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Students Get “Schooled” on Renewable Energy SourcesIn an attempt to find an alternate source of energy, the city of Harrisburg, West Virginia is targeting children. They will be discussing the idea of building a wind turbine at Thomas Harrison Middle School at tonight’s City Council meeting. It will only be strong enough to power one classroom but the Virginia Center of Wind Energy feels that there are ample learning opportunities for students.
Middle schoolers will be able to witness firsthand the benefits of being “green”. They also will be able to study energy data from the turbine as it works to do its job. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about renewable energy and ask questions as they apply to their learning environment. Motorists passing by the wind turbine will also be “schooled” as to how the system works. They are invited to ask questions and inquire about the proposed project at the City Council meeting.
Shawn Frayne invented an inexpensive non turbine wind generator called the wind belt. I have no specs other than what you see on the video. I imagine it's use on the roof of an electric car but obviously it can be used anywhere there is wind. The benefit is that it is very inexpensive to build as opposed to a standard turbine wind generator. The fan simulates the wind which moves the belt which moves the magnets through the coils to make electricity to power the clock and LEDs.
Cel shaded animation of how wind turbines make electricity out of the wind.
STRATTON, Maine – A national environmental group says three of its members who blocked the entrance to a western Maine wind power construction site have been arrested.
Maine Earth First spokeswoman Emily Posner says one woman who was arrested attached herself to a truck hauling a windmill blade. The two others arrested were among about 50 people who blocked the road to TransCanada’s Kibby Mountain construction site Tuesday morning.
TransCanada spokeswoman LeAnne LeBlanc says work continues at the site.
TransCanada is building 22 wind turbines on mountains near where it where it’s already built 22 turbines that are producing power. Maine Earth First says projects like TransCanada’s destroy mountaintops and don’t offset fossil fuel use.
We have been asked on several occasions to follow up on our previous discussion about using palm oil for biofuel, as a sustainable alternative energy resource. We didn’t like it then, and we don’t much like it now. So without further ado, here is a second perspective on palm oil as a biofuel.
What is Palm Oil?
Palm oil is an edible plant oil derived from the fruit of the Arecaceae Elaeis oil palm. It is the world’s second most widely produced vegetable oil, after soybean oil. Apart from consumption, it has also found a new use as a biofuel, a greener alternative to energy sources.
Currently, 1.5% of UK power is provided by wind and it is estimated that by the year 2010, that will have increased to 8%. Current provisions for this new capacity are both on and off shore power sites (off shore sites are extremely useful in generating power as they have unlimited waves & tidal energy).
February 2007 allowed for the opening of the Braes O’Doune wind farm with a capacity of 2GW of power. In fact, in the last 7 years, wind has been the fastest growing energy source. At this time there are approximately 269 farms providing enough power for 4,759,898 households.