Study: Tax Revenues from Wind Farms Offset Tax Incentive

 Study: Tax Revenues from Wind Farms Offset Tax Incentive

 Its only a matter of time before OPEC buys up all of our wind rights

GE Energy Financial Services has released a study estimating that the federal production tax credit (PTC) for wind power that is set to expire December 31, 2008 more than pays for itself through tax revenues from the projects’ income, vendors’ profits and individual workers’ wages.

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New Kind of Solar Dish to Energize Power Production

 New Kind of Solar Dish to Energize Power Production

Team leader Spencer Ahrens fastens mirrors in place using wire and plastic washers

Researchers say that a new type of solar energy collector, which concentrates the sun into a beam that could melt steel, could revolutionize global energy production. The prototype is a 12-foot-wide mirrored dish was made from a lightweight frame of thin, inexpensive aluminum tubing and strips of mirror. It concentrates sunlight by a factor of 1,000 to produce steam

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World’s First Megawatt-Scale Tidal Turbine Installed

World’s First Megawatt-Scale Tidal Turbine Installed

 The power of the ocean without the smell of the sea

Marine Current Turbines Ltd, the global leader in tidal stream technology, has successfully completed the installation of its 1.2MW SeaGen tidal energy system in Strangford Narrows in Northern Ireland. There will now be a 12-week period of commissioning and testing before it starts regularly feeding power into the Northern Ireland grid.

 

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Saigak Power Boots

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The news report is in Russian language

This is a Russian TV news report on the russian made “Power Boots”, also known as “Seven League Boots”, or “Quickwalker Boots”, or the “Saigak Power Boots”, which is the russian word for a kind of elk.

The boots were created by a russian scientist Viktor Gordeyev. Each boot includes a single diesel cylinder which is powered by diesel fuel.

The boots make it possible for the wearer to increase their running and walking speed up to 25 miles per hour or more. Additional videos after the jump.

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Hacking the Power Grid

 

Hacking the Power Grid

Cracking a power company network and gaining access that could shut down the grid is simple, a security expert says, and he has done so in less than a day.

Ira Winkler, a penetration-testing consultant, says he and a team of other experts took a day to set up attack tools they needed then launched their attack, which paired social engineering with corrupting browsers on a power company’s desktops. By the end of a full day of the attack, they had taken over several machines, giving the team the ability to hack into the control network overseeing power production and distribution.

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Tornado Power – A Future Energy Source?

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Retired scientist Louis Michaud has plans to generate tornadoes near power plants that could provide a 40% increase in the plants’ power output. If the concept works, it could dramatically cut down on the need for building new power plants, instead creating energy from the waste heat of existing plants.

Michaud is president of AVEtec Energy Corporation, a company based in Ontario. He has recently received a $30,000 grant from Ontario’s Center for Energy that will enable him to continue building larger prototypes of the tornado – or, what he calls “the atmospheric vortex engine” (or AVE, as in the name of the company). Michaud is also in the process of applying for a $3 million grant from Ontario’s Ministry of Innovation.

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Nuclear Waste for Sale

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You know you have a problem when you have to start selling off your nuclear assets to pay the cleanup costs for your nuclear assets, all while acquiring new nuclear assets.

It may seem odd, but that’s just what the British government is doing. Thursday night, assets from Britain’s nuclear power stations were made available to the private sector in an effort to raise £72 billion ($144 billion) for nuclear waste cleanup costs.

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