Energy Belt Turns Body Fat Into Electricity

This energy belt concept works by having artificial protocells take natural brown fat and then turn it into Adenosine-5-triphosphate. This chemical energy could then be used to generate electricity.

Sounds pretty messed up to me if this actually went into production but the whole concept is based on real science. Read more about this product and other nano products here

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Virtual Human Hamster Wheel Generates Electricity While You Workout

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The illegal nature of the big gulp drink in New York city, the Chavez requirements that hot showers happen on only certain days of the week, and cities developed for strictly bicycle travel (cars and trucks strictly forbidden) help feed the conspiracy’s that swirl in my head. Maybe we finally arrive at the answer to it all where there is an endless supply of electricity and we end such things as pollution, world hunger or this CO2 thing Al Gore keeps talking about.

Think of it, one day we are strongly encouraged by our government to workout on a daily basis at workout stations that create electricity on site and send it on the electric grid for the other human hamsters. Come to think of it we would be huffing and puffing quite a bit of CO2 so that begs the question if we would need to wear a carbon emissions capturing mask as we workout?

Okay that’s a little spooky, of course that scenario is very unlikely but the conspiracy theories are always a fun thing to work out in ones head as I sometimes like to do.

6Here is an awesome idea produced and actually being used right now in a park in Hull Northwest England. So far the park has generated 40,000 kilowatt hours of electricity based on information from The Great Outdoor Gym Company. That is enough electricity to run 3 – 4 homes for a year on electric power. You can like them on Facebook here.

In general people can typically make about a kilowatt hour of electricity per day. So in a smaller city like Tyler Texas that has about 50,000 people capable of working out at a gym that could feasibly be a very big human hamster lab experiment. Your talking a good sized amount of energy being produced! Creating several gyms like this across the city and offering incentives for their use, you could get 50,000 kilowatt hours created per day that would power about 1200 homes. They say each person can easily generate at least 1 kilowatt hour per day.

All the sudden this idea sounds really great but if it were to ever get coupled with a law of some kind that forced people to generate electricity each day via exercise you kind of would be a hamster in the government spoke. We would collectively solve the worlds energy and pollution problem by actually being in a literal “rate race”.

The justification in selling the law could be that it’s for the good of the health of the citizens and to reduce pollution but at the same time your talking about a lot of money these human hamsters would be creating in the name of the environment. At this level of government control you would actually be trading human dignity and authority over the environment for environmental authority and control over humans. Quite a bit of backwards thinking here but this is actually how many people think and lots of them seem to have no way to stop just how far off the deep end they will go.

In summary, there is always a trade off in our earthly environment in order to offer benefits to humans. Pollution is something that will always happen as long as there are people. We should always work to reduce litter, pollution, etc. and live in moderation. The electricity generating outdoor gym is a great idea and I wish we had one in Tyler TX, nonetheless I can’t help but think of myself as a little turbine spinning hamster using one of these and the government temptation of implementing something like this as a required part of society in say something like the year 2050.

Texas Faces Power Shortages Possibly 10 Years Out

A new study suggests Texas may have to deal with with power shortages for the next 10 years or so (source:  The Statesman) . These power shortages would happen during peak demand periods each year. So for instance, on a very hot summer or very cold winter you can expect that would be the time when everybody’s power goes out.

This worse case scenario occurs because too many people are demanding electricity at the same time. Combine this increase in demand from an expanding population and economy in Texas with EPA actions preventing coal fired power plants from being built. It isn’t that Texas wants to pollute the environment, kill the elderly and poison small children.

The fact of the matter is that new coal technology allows for clean burning cheap coal to meet demand for electricity and still let everyone have affordable electricity.

It will always sound great to protect the elderly and the children and like you I want to do this as well but when the elderly and children are used in propaganda by green activists to the eventual hardship of every Texas power consumer someone needs to say something.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas has hired an outside consultant that will be delivering a report on June 1 on how Texas can encourage the construction of new power plants.

Right now wholesale electricity prices are too low to attract investors in new electricity generation plants and you have the EPA to contend with if you mention the word, coal.

Remember at one time TXU was planning to create at least 11 new state of the art coal fired power plants and now look at the situation?

For now Texas must work to get more commercial and industrial customers to agree to interrupt their electricity usage during peak demand times in exchange for payment.

A noteworthy aspect to getting businesses to automate electricity curtailment is that in the process they sometimes create complete backup generation systems that can produce onsite electricity through natural gas and remain completely off the grid long term.

Hopefully we will see more off the grid electricity systems that are built for these individual facilities alleviating Texas electricity demand troubles.

You can learn more about commercial distributed generation systems and implementation in Texas by watching the video below.

HCT offering thin film Solar Panel technology

Solar Panel Sales and Service in Texas

Applied Materials Aquires HCT and Introduces Integrated Thin Film Production Line

Applied Materials, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMAT) has aquired HCT and is making large inroads on their Solar PV technology. HCT Shaping Systems started this thin film solar technology and Applied Materials will see it through with their announcement of its Applied SunFab™ Thin Film production line. By applying their four decades of thin film on silicon experience to the manufacturing of solar modules, the company claims that the total volume of solar panels manufactured each year can be vastly increased. At the same time, their products are aimed at reducing the cost per watt of energy produced, to become more competitive with current electricity generation. Thinner solar panels means cheaper materials which is past on to the consumer in a more affordable green and clean energy solution.

HCT Shaping Systems SA (HCT) is the world’s leading supplier of precision wafering systems for manufacturing crystalline silicon (c-Si) substrates for the solar industry. The acquisition of HCT expands Applied’s portfolio of solutions for helping solar customers reduce the costs of manufacturing photovoltaic (PV) cells to make solar energy more competitive with grid electricity.

This acquisition, combined with our strong production technology and global support infrastructure, will enable us to bring crystalline silicon solar manufacturing to a new level of efficiency and help drive down the cost-per-watt of solar power, said Mike Splinter, president and CEO of Applied Materials. HCT’s technology is critical to our roadmap since it complements our high-throughput deposition systems and will enable customers to scale up production and reduce costs.

Sunfabline_webready_090307Applied SunFab is the world’s first and only integrated production line for manufacturing thin film silicon solar modules using 5.7 square meter (m2) glass panels. These ultra-large substrates, sized at 2.2m x 2.6m, are four times bigger than today’s largest thin film solar production panels. This line defines a new standard for the industry that can be replicated by customers around the globe to rapidly establish solar panel manufacturing capacity and achieve the lowest production cost per watt to drive down the cost of solar electricity.

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