Suspect technical msm altenergy articles

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Thursday July 21, 2011 17:02
Sunday August 14, 2011 12:54


Wednesday August 3, 2011 06:17

The dark side of solar and wind power projects

Michael R. Bloomberg is mayor of New York City. Bloomberg Philanthropies recently donated $50 million to the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign.
Iowa already gets 15% of its power from wind. The energy company Xcel, in Colorado, will soon get 30% of its electricity from clean energy. Even the NFL is getting into the act -- the Redskins' Stadium, FedEx Field, will soon be powered by solar, a technology increasingly affordable and efficient. And, when extracted responsibly, natural gas can complement these clean sources and is cheaper than coal.


It's a myth that America needs coal to keep our economy running. It is a myth perpetrated by the pseudo-scientists, lobbyists and legal teams that protect the industry and disguise the true costs. Inside the Beltway, such myths -- and such lobbyists -- can block progress.

New York Times reporter Ian Urbina is sounding alarms on natural gas.
Here are some quotes from Insiders Sound an Alarm Amid a Natural Gas Rush
Natural gas companies have been placing enormous bets on the wells they are drilling, saying they will deliver big profits and provide a vast new source of energy for the United States.

But the gas may not be as easy and cheap to extract from shale formations deep underground as the companies are saying, according to hundreds of industry e-mails and internal documents and an analysis of data from thousands of wells. ...

But if natural gas ultimately proves more expensive to extract from the ground than has been predicted, landowners, investors and lenders could see their investments falter, while consumers will pay a price in higher electricity and home heating bills.


Case Western Reserve

Saturday July 30, 2011 07:59

POWER Engineering

Hello Mr Wagman,

Sam Davis of  Penton Electronics wrote,
Sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 10:27:14 AM
Subject: RE: FW: Official Penton electronics response requested


This is nonsense. I don't understand what the fuss is about.

Sam Davis
Editor-in-Chief: Power Electronics Technology
Phone: (818) 348-3982

instead of arranging to answer a question a critical question regarding feasibility of of some altenergy technologies.

Basically, Question 5. Does the invention defy the Laws of Thermodynamics? in Nine Critical Questions to Ask About Alternative Energy.

Public Service Company of New Mexico [PNM] foil asserted that Heat Rate is inapplicable to solar and wind generation of electricity.

Friday July 29, 2011 13:54

Shill technical altenergy 'journalism'.
An accomplice of a hawker, gambler, or swindler who acts as an enthusiastic customer to entice or encourage others: "I used to be a shill in a Reno gambling club"; "the agency is a shill for the nuclear power industry".

Sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 10:27:14 AM
Subject: RE: FW: Official Penton electronics response requested


This is nonsense. I don't understand what the fuss is about.

Sam Davis
Editor-in-Chief: Power Electronics Technology
Phone: (818) 348-3982

Let's figure-out a fun response.

This looks to be fun especially since we appear to be close to calculation Heat Rate [efficiency] for our Harbor Freight '5 watt' solar panels.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

First Solar, Inc. announced it set a new world record for cadmium-telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic (PV) solar cell efficiency, reaching 17.3 percent with a test cell constructed using commercial-scale manufacturing equipment and materials. The test cell’s performance, confirmed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), far surpassed the previous record of 16.7 percent set in 2001.

Hello Mr Davis,

I read

Google did not produce a link your EDITOR'S viewpoint.

Publication of altenergy schemes in msm technical arouse suspicion that some of these articles might ploys to attract investor money.

Some of the schemes might not work for the reason that they may violate the second law of thermodynamics? Or have a negative EROEI?

Public Service Company of New Mexico [PNM] foil asserted that Heat Rate is inapplicable to solar and wind generation of electricity.

Two New Mexico engineers, one employed by PNM, asserted that combustion is necessary to compute heat rate for generation of electricity.

I countered if this is true, then why did the foil report Heat Rate for geothermal generation of electricity is 29,050 BTU/kWh?

PNM engineer responded that he didn't know.

Vice President, Operation and Project Management of Meridian Energy USA, Mr Jake Rudisill, volunteered an explaination why geothermal heat rate was so high.

Electric power in an area of interest, not an area of our expertise, so we are trying to determine if Mr Rudisill's statements on Heat Rate [efficiency] are correct or not.

Solicitation of a response from Mr Pease was made or in the process of being made slightly before Mr Pease's unfortunate demise.

So I ask that you arrange for Penton electronic publications to issue an official statement, with reasons, identifying sources, as to whether Mr Rudisill's assertions are correct or not.

Please ack if you receive this email.



Electronic Engineering Times, January 22, 1996, p. 84.

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Driver, 70, dies in Saratoga crash
By Bay Cities News

Posted: 06/19/2011 07:19:07 AM PDT
Updated: 06/19/2011 07:23:10 AM PDT

An elderly San Francisco man was killed after his car hit a tree in Saratoga on Saturday evening, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The 70-year-old man was traveling eastbound in the driveway of 14831 Pierce Road at an unknown speed when he failed to negotiate a curve to the left at about 5:45 p.m., CHP officials said.

The driver's 1969 Volkswagen Beetle veered to the right off of the roadway and crashed into a large tree on the right shoulder, according to the CHP.

After the crash, the Volkswagen came to a stop on its wheels with the front of the car against a tree.

The 70-year-old was not wearing his seatbelt and it appears he was killed instantly, CHP officials said.

It is unknown whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.

The CHP has not yet released the name of the victim.

That would be ironic, if he died in a single-car accident, not wearing a seat belt. He "wrote the book" on safe driving.

We are in the process of attempting to see if Mr Rudisill is correct or not.

Mr Pease's opinion was or was going to be solicited.

Wednesday May 11, 2011 10:15

We are hopefully competent enough to be suspicious as to question whether heat rate applies, or not, to non-combustibles in hope of saving some of us senior citizens electric bill money.

Below may be very important information

From: "Jake Rudisill"
Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 4:37:20 PM
Subject: Heat Rate misconception

Mr. Payne,

The definition of heat rate is not the heat content of just the fossil fuel inputting the conversion system—it is the conversion efficiency of the system with whatever is the heat input.

Every plant’s heat rate can thus be calculated.

Geothermal energy has a very high heat rate because it utilizes a relatively low grade of heat source—at its best, 350F, 100 psi steam, and thus 1200 btu/lbm. In a modern gas-fired boiler, steam is at 1000F and 2500 psi, with a much higher heat content of around 1770 btu/lbm.

heat rate

A measurement used in the energy industry to calculate how efficiently a generator uses heat energy. It is expressed as the number of BTUs of heat required to produce a kilowatt-hour of energy. Operators of generating facilities can make reasonably accurate estimates of the amount of heat energy a given quantity of any type of fuel, so when this is compared to the actual energy produced by the generator, the resulting figure tells how efficiently the generator converts that fuel into electrical energy.

Heat Rate (Energy Efficiency)

Overall thermal performance or energy efficiency for a power plant for a period can be defined as

fhr = H / E (1)


fhr = heat rate (Btu/kW, kJ/kW)

H = heat supplied to the power plant for a period (Btu, kJ)

E = energy output from the power plant in the period (kWh)

Technical MSM get paid to write articles which promote investment from the liberal arts 'educated.'

Most liberal arts 'educated' [memorze, speculate, emote, then interpert] took Mickey Mouse BS courses in college while assiduously avoiding math, science, and engineering courses.

Most liberal arts 'educated' are unable to synthesize a solution from facts but are adept at trying to BS their way to a 'solution.'

Electric energy decsion takeover by the poorly 'educated' liberal arts legal and msm is underway in New Mexico. But not without opposition.

As a result most are gullible to engineering scams, especially those where the first and second laws of thermodynamics are violated.

Especially when well-educated scientists, engineers and msm technical writers, who are also scam artists, advise them of the soundness of an altenergy investment when they know or should know that it will not work.

Question 5. Does the invention defy the Laws of Thermodynamics? Nine Critical Questions to Ask About Alternative Energy


Lots of money to be made from investors trying to show that the laws of thermodynamics are outdated in our high tech world.

STC in an acronym for "Factory Standard Test Conditions" which is 1,000 watts per square meter solar irradiance, 1.5 Air Mass and a 25 degrees C. cell temperature. PTC is an acronym for "PV USA Test Conditions" which were developed at the PV USA test site at the University of Davis, California. The PTC rating represents a more real life condition of 1,000 watts per square meter solar irradiance, 1.5 Air Mass, and 20 degrees C. ambient temperature at 10 meters above ground level and wind speed of 1 meter per second.

The ambient temperature rating is a better standard than factory conditions because silicon solar cells average about 20 degrees C. above ambient temperature in the real world, cell voltage drops as temperature increases. A module's power output in real life conditions is lower than the power measured at the factory where cell temperature is maintained at a controlled 77 degrees F. (25 C).

Cell voltage drops about 0.08 volts per degree C. in environments which exceeed 25 degrees C. Thus, an STC rating of 17 volts can actually become a PTC rating of 15 or 16 volts. Using Ohm's Law, volts times amps is equal to watts which equals power, so a reduced voltage, means reduced watts.

Some examples?

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Thursday July 28, 2011 15:47

REI solar meeting.

Reference Solar Cell and Meter

Calibrated Solar Cell
Peak sun hours:The amount of radiant energy equal to one hour of peak sun. 1 peak sun hour equals 1 kilowatt hour per square meter.

This 2 x 4 cm calibrated silicon solar cell is rated to produce a specific open-circuit voltage and short-circuit current in 1 Peak Sun (1000W per square meter) of solar insolation. For silicon solar cells, the current output is almost linear to the amount of light. So, for example, a calibrated cell rated to produce 200 mA in 1 Peak Sun will produce about 100 mA in 1/2 Peak Sun, and about 50 mA in 1/4 Peak Sun.

You can take your solar science project to another level by using this calibrated cell to measure the actual level of light during your experiment! Measure how fast a motor can lift a weight in different levels of sunlight with this solar weightlifting experiment set-up! Or, compare two different solar panels in the same level of sunlight. You can also learn how the level of sunlight varies with the angle of the solar panel. Have fun!

No blades. Photo July 29, 2011.

Just to the north of Mr Spiller's wind turbine.

Carcases of windmills litter New Mexico.

Wind turbines next?

calibrated solar cell

Sundance Solar

New Mexico Solar Energy Association

Phone call to New Mexico Solar Energy Association on July 28, 2011.

Phone call Friday afternoon July 29, 2011 answered by Patty.

Phone message for Mr Granger, Thursday July 28, 2011.

Mr Granger responds Monday August 1, 2011. Part 1. Part 2.

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