Waste-to-watts, trash-to-cash ideas and more

Trash, unglamorous a topic as any around, the matter, and matter trash is obviously, needs to be dealt with. Challenging is finding viable and eco-friendly ways of its disposing of. Some of the more attention-grabbing stories I remember once watching a documentary called “Trashed.” In one part, the conversation turns to trash (solid waste) shipped … Read more

A shrinking California water supply or no, power from renewables the way to go

The conversation today picks up on what I had written in: “In a warm, dry and mobile California, water rationing, mileage fees possible.” In that post I had rationalized that “[l]ess water usage could mean more energy savings, and this could, to some extent, counter the effects of the increase in driving which, no doubt, … Read more

With regulatory stability in alt.-fuels market 20% growth in 10 years possible

In my book “The Departure Track: Railways of Tomorrow,” I made the following declaration: “There is no question the transportation field has evolved.” But, I also related: “Some may ask: Has it evolved enough? Others will undoubtedly want to know: is this all there is; the end of the road, so to speak? Or, is … Read more

California high-speed rail: groundbreaking and boon for the environment

Even before California Governor Jerry Brown sang the state high-speed-rail praises at a ceremonial groundbreaking held in downtown Fresno on Jan. 6th during his inaugural address as Governor in Sacramento a day earlier, he set a goal for half of all electrical production in California to come from renewable energy sources by 2030. It wasn’t … Read more

Onion power: California grower’s recovery system generates energy cleanly

Turning food into fuel? Who would have thought?! Well, as far as I’m aware, that’s exactly what one California grower’s been doing since July 2009. “… Gills Onions, the nation’s largest fresh onion processor, and developer of the onion juice-fueled Advanced Energy Recovery System” on Jul. 16, 2009 in a company press release announced plans … Read more

Battery-energy storage does not exist by wind-farm application alone

Yesterday (Oct. 22, 2014) I posted: “CATS: Tehachapi-area project for storing energy North America’s largest.” I presented information on the testing of a battery-storage provision at Southern California Edison’s (SCE) Tehachapi, California Monolith substation. Do I believe this is a good use of resources and a good idea? I do. I’ll get to telling you … Read more

CATS: Tehachapi-area project for storing energy North America’s largest

Number 31 in the Clean Air Technologies Series. One of the great advances – in my opinion – in the area of automation, is the rechargeable battery – specifically, the application thereof. In the motorcar realm, the battery is what enables such vehicles to keep on keepin’ on, as the expression goes, by holding a … Read more

Putting pollution in its place about town, at home, on the job

There is no shortage of ideas when it comes to thinking of ways to get air pollution under control. I’m not going to say in doing so it won’t take work. It will. Now, add to this a dash of innovation here and a dash of inventiveness there, and talk about light at the end … Read more

Putting into context air-pollution-statistical ‘estimates’

When it comes to polluted air, there is the abstract part: pollution-related illness and death. On Mar. 25, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) in the “7 million premature deaths annually linked to air pollution” news release states: “In new estimates released today, WHO reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died – one … Read more