Stupid Virus Plagues NC Belief That Solar Panels Will Harm the Sun
So this story sounds like it came straight from an episode of South Park but, no, it really happened! Ignorant townspeople in South Carolina used their backcountry, hicktown education to prevent the rezoning of land which would have been used for a solar farm, because they suspected that the panels were causing cancer, impeding photosynthesis, and just generally sucking up too much sun. So let's look more closely at some of these concerns, shall we A retired schoolteacher from the area expressed concerns that the solar panels would prevent plants from using photosynthesis. Surely there must be some clear high school level science.
To prove her point No, not really. The woman claimed that she had noticed some vegetation around the sites of current solar panels which looked brown and dead, which was clearly an indication that the plants weren't getting enough sun due to those pesky panels stealing it all. That's a great use of the scientific method, Teach'! The retiree also expressed concern about the risk of cancer she felt the solar panels posed. She stated I WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN. I WANT INFORMATION. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. The husband of the retired schoolteacher also threw his opinion into the mix, saying that.
Solar farms would suck up all the energy from the sun and that somehow, this lack of energy would cause businesses to move out of town. A legitimate concern, you might say. Except for the fact that the sun produces enough energy in an hour to power a lightbulb for each person in the world for their entire lifetime. And that's just in an hour! The sun continuously pelts the earth with 35,000 times the amount of energy required by humanity, so rest assured hicks worldwide, those solar panels aren't going to take your sunshine away.
One of the solar panel company representatives Brent Niemann reminded the braindead townspeople that the solar panels don't draw additional sunlight, but only absorb sunlight that is reflected onto the surface of the panels. Unfortunately, this story doesn't have a happy ending, as the ignorance from the schoolteacher, her husband, and the army of other uneducated citizens was successful. The land has not been rezoned, the solar farm has been rejected, and a moratorium has been placed on allowing any future solar panels to be installed in the town for the foreseeable future.
Flexible Solar Cells Could Be Woven Into Clothes
This is a fascinating science story the first flexible fiberoptic solar cells that can be woven into clothes are being developed this is but on international team of engineers this is a physicists and chemists were developed the first five rocket solar cell these are their they human hair they're flexible and they produce electricity just like a normal solar cell the us military is of course already interested in the zipping about weeding them into clothing it's almost like a wearable power source as you walk around your equipment is powered literally by the sun think about all of.
These other ideas i mean you could weave this stuff into a building right i mean you you could literally we've this into a building in the building itself is powered by the sun heated clothing right and evaluate this idea i know you're often very harsh about potential new technologies you consider them either stupid or just not practical are unlikely to come to fruition evaluate this one it seems like a reasonable idea but uh. generally speaking in the future we're going to have batteries that are much smaller and much more powerful.
Which will probably eliminate the need for something like this will go where will the battery be charged from you still need to charge that battery and using the son could be a great idea let me give you an example a cellphone the battery in the cellphone might get smaller and smaller and last longer and longer fine but what if you had a baseball hat with these fibers warning and you can plug that reading to your phone and charge it off of you have yes it seems interesting but like i said i think i think with her just.
Technologies that were not thinking of that will make this obsolete evaluate this on a scale of one to ten one being completely worth of spending the most interesting idea you've ever heard to louis this scale with everything's below a fiveweek what's the latest are doing with the latest eight that we've talked about on the ship the latest a yeah are now i've got a good one on tomorrow's gonna show that ok have a very good he's worked as a list of any tends to lose any pens.
Spain Privatizes the Sun Solar Power Collection Tax
Solar power in Spain a lot of people are angry that spain has essentially privatize the sunday put together a consumption tax on solar power via a Royal Decree it taxes people who are gathering sunlight on the wrong in other words you can pay to have a professional installation done um up solar panels and a and a large installation with an official utility company if you choose to have the install done privately so to speak you can have to pay you can be forced to pay a fine.
Up to 30 million euros for illegally gathering sunlight without paying attacks the tax happens to be just enough to make sure that homeowners who are gathering and storing solar energy cheaper then the statesponsored providers have to pay a tax that makes it slightly more expensive completely disincentive Ising the advancement in creativity of ways to harness solar power I think this is a real problem I i understand why the government is doing it on the Secretary of State for Energy is being labeled a backup toll and it's high enough to make sure that it will be slightly cheaper to keep.
Buying energy from the current official providers I think this is a real problem I'm the equipment has decreased about eighty percent in Spain in prison terms of price to to harness solar power on your own if you were thinking this is really cheap I'm going to take advantage of this this tax essentially makes it an I know when Louis yeah I I can't believe I'm hearing this I I don't know what types have a taxes like this are at the poorest citizens a spanner are hit with but this one.
Is despicable I I can't believe this is happening I mean Europe is supposed to be the place where are the place where people are pioneering in areas like this well I understand that the economic situation in Spain is problematic right now I was just in Spain last week and talking to a lot of different people about the job situation about the economic situation I understand that but there's another subway to view this which is OK the government can can recoup or get additional tax revenues by doing this.
But the other side if it would be what about a complete energy revolution in Spain by allowing people to save the money by by doing the installations wouldn't without the statesponsored providers and turn Spain into a bastion of alternative energy over the longer term and maybe Spain maybe the economic situation is so bad that Spain can't whether the temporary loss of revenue that's going to be good for Spain in the same way that well I don't wanna make a direct comparison but that sugar cane and ethanol in Brazil has been very good for Brazil.
And I know that there's still tons of problems but so so it may not be a the best analogy but I just completely disagree that this is the best way to go about you completely disincentive Ising people from continuing to develop ways to to harness solar power more cheaply by just saying hey if you do that you can end up paying the same amount or more than if you just did the kind of tired all things going with the state providers I completely disagree with that its yeah it's a lack of foresight and let's keep in mind.
Now with solar power you it can actually pump energy that you collect from a sign back into the grid I but that doesn't really help the government the individual gets money for that well I hadn't been in the long term it it really can't in the long term a cat alright so we're gonna keep following the story there send me your thoughts there was actually a diesel tax in Finland at one point with the same idea a because diesel was providing much better gas mileage etc an additional tax that kind of took away the benefit and it just didn't make any.
Are Solar Panel Roads The Future
How's this for an insane idea that just might work Scott in Julie Bruce aw have been working on making roads out of solar panels I know that sounds crazy but listen to this quote finding a way to replace regular concrete roads with ones they can better services stable world has long been their dream the solar panels are covered with four square foot glass hexagon panels the glass panels are designed not only to withstand the heaviest I've trucks bar also textured encouraging tires to grip the surface and water to run of.
The solar panels underneath generate energy from the Sun which can not only power nearby communities but also the electric vehicles they drive above them the power could also fuel embedded heating elements that would melt ice and snow a century making plateaus obsolete to top it all off the power also lights up yellow LED lights instead of painted on road lines making nighttime driving safer so is this again it's a seemingly crazy idea but it's actually working so far it's been boosted by two phases of funding that they've received from the.
US Federal Highway Administration and they've successfully built up parking lot that they say can withstand wat generate electricity in ultimately help fight climate change we think that this is like a road up the future all the things I just listed they could do that's fuckin mind blowing you can create get a concrete roads and have like a smart road basically now the roads if installed everywhere which I knows a really optimistic goal at least right now who knows what the future holds but it has the ability to cut American greenhouse gas production.
By 75 percent are you wanna talk about really making a dent in climate change cutting carbon emissions seventy five percent that's amazing are so as a right now they have an IndieGoGo campaign they're trying to raise a million dollars they have about 250,000 dollars right now and they even have their first big time customer the town of standpoint Idaho wants to be the first to implement these kinds roads look I think it's the future url immediately say if it's not this specifically that's the future it's going to be something similar because we.
Can't meet continue with this you know the kind engines we have now in the car pollution that we're doing now in now we know the toll it takes on the environment in the planet n is just not sustainable it's not sustainable and the problem is that as a right now it's so hard to really get these things going and really implementing it but because the fossil fuel industry has a stranglehold on the government in fact I'm surprised they even got a grant from the uh Federal Highway Administration.
Mass Price Drop in Solar Power No Longer Alternative
Big dropped in solar power prices and hopefully it will make alternative energy no longer alternative there's an article in the economist which talks about the price of photobook uh. the cost of photovoltaic bubble take cells per what but they generate right now in nineteen seventy seven it would cost seven little over seventy six dollars per walked to produce it photo vote apical take cells in nineteen ninetyseven it'd prop to about five dollars per lot and the forecast for the end of this year is only seventy four cents.
Or walked wind farms provide about two percent of the world's electricity and that their capacity is doubling every three years and we really have the opportunity to see huge growth in solar power and that the fascinating thing here is there's two ways to get more efficiency oneway is reduce the cost for the cells such that the collection of one wat goes down but then there's also allowed the cells to harness a higher percentage of the sun's energy which is where we've talked about being stuck with solar power for a while which is.
Top 5 Power Banks of 2015!
Hey guys AppsOnFire here and today I'm gonna be counting down the best power banks that I have seen this past year. This is the top 5 power banks of 2015. So first on our list is the ravpower 3200mah power bank with UV flashlight. This is pretty much your average mini power bank except for the fact that instead of the usual flashlight it comes with a built in UV light which is useful for a lot of different things. It is really good at catching stains that you wouldn't see with the regular eye. I found this fun to play around with at times.
But haven't used the UV light much. But still this power bank from ravpower has a solid design with the matte black finish and a special shaped ergonomic design that is different from most power banks. You get one smart charging port and you get some LED indicators to tell you how much power is left. Moving on to the second power bank on our list I have one with probably the best build quality out of all of them. The jackery giant plus has just an awesome build and a lot of power. It is packing a 12000mah battery and has two fast charging.
USB ports. The battery pack itself is not the thinnest but still remains light and compact. With an aluminum build and this much power, it is one of my favorite power banks. It also comes with three LED indicators as well as a flashlight. So this is one of the more traditional lipstick power banks. This design is probably the most popular design because it is very compact and you can fit it almost anywhere. If you search for portable chargers chances are that it is going to look like this one right here. Small chargers like this usually.
Come with 1 to 2 charges for your phone. This one comes with 3200mah. Anker is probably the leading company in portable chargers and that's because they are just very good at what they do and you know that with every product you get from them, you can expect quality. So this is actually one of the biggest power banks out there coming from a company called Avantech. This may not have the best build quality but it is packing a huge amount of power. You can probably charge two devices at least 5 or 6 times without even recharging.
The power bank and that is amazing. It is a bit bulky and heavy but it is definitely worth it if you are looking for the power. Again you get some LED indicators and you get a plastic design with a matte finish. Now finally we have my favorite power bank out of all of these and that is the elivebuy 10,000mah portable charger. It is my favorite because of its really cool two tone color and that it is packing a huge amount of power into a very thin package. I mean this is just a little bit bigger than my phone. It also.
ZeroLemon SolarJuice Charger Power Bank 10000mAh Review
The ZeroLemon SolarJuice Power Bank is a great solution for charging your mobile devices. It has the total package a huge battery life, high durability, and it's easy to use. There is a link to purchase this item from Amazon in the description. Let's get into the details of this device and as you are watching hit the subscribe button because we are reviewing new tech devices all the time. First off, with 10000mAh of power that's enough for a full charge on a large 12 inch tablet or multiple charges on your average smartphone. The larger the battery capacity.
Is the bigger and heavier the charger will be, so a 10000mAh battery is the perfect size for portability. As you can see by the size comparison, the power bank is about the same size as my Nexus 5 with the case on it. It's a little heavier than the Nexus 5, but again it's portability is still excellent. Now it is a power bank so it's meant to store a charge on the device and then transfer it to your phone. It's not intended to be used to charge your phone from the sun simultaneously, but you can get decent results by leaving.
It in the sun with your phone plugged in. As far as durability goes, the device claims to be rain resistant, dirt proof, and shockproof. I didn't run any durability test, but you can tell from it's solid construction that it definitely has high durability. The build quality is strong and there aren't many places for water to seep into the device. The yellow exterior is rubber coated and the solar panel itself is very hard. As the company name says, ZeroLemon, they don't produce products that are lemons. So the device should last you a long time. Why is durability important.
In a charger Solar chargers work best for people who are active outdoors during the daytime, where they can't charge their phones with an outlet. It has 2 USB ports on the top for battery output and 1 Micro USB on the side for battery input. In my test, I received a nice steady stream of battery flow to my Nexus 5. The four blue LED lights on the side indicate how much power the device currently has left. The Micro USB input can also be used to charge the device, so you don't necessarily need.
To rely on solar power to fill the device. It also has a flashlight on the top, which is a little weak but this is could be considered an emergency flashlight. Currently retailing at $36.99 on Amazon the ZeroLemon SolarJuice charger is a staple in my daily bag. Given the fact that you can charge it through a power outlet with the micro USB input or through solar power, there's no reason why you wouldn't get a solar charger. I highly recommend the charger and I hope you can get some great use out of it if you.
CIA Director Cant Believe Michele Bachmann Asked That Question
Speaking of not productive remember how we've been covering congresswoman michelle bachman zip session with bank ozzie like she was asked about when she made a comment about something white house hiring someone just a walk president obama's dog was that wasn't true she was asked about it by gannett dash from cnn and she said you're asking me questions about dog handlers what about then god is the you don't remember that clip louis right career so now she got the chance to have a hearing she she got the chance that some.
Questions of new cia director john brennan and some of brennan stopped uh. and she gets return of the microphone and her first question is about what louis bank ising act exactly right and this is that you have i'd hope you're watching this if you just listening to this you're gonna wanna find a tutorial online because she asks about why didn't the white house informed the state department about some a drone strikes in libya anyway it's unclear exactly what she's asking about but john brennan the look on his face he's so confused he.
Just has no idea what michelle bachman is talking about it gives them actually he has to just for second pos and wonder what does this woman asking me about and then he says i have no idea the key moment here is when the camera goes back to john brennan and the look on his face of just not knowing where he is even is is amazing let's look at this news about them thank you mister chair and welcome mr brown and to the committee who think all of you for being here and we join mister lobby on delta it is really an honor to.
Be able to come even close religions community all over the world we thank them for their work my questions are recurring ron entertaining the nuclear weapon i'd like to ask some questions about that but butler or do that i'd like to ask a question after actor brannan when the white house conducted their aren't your own strikes in north africa particularly in eastern libya prior to the attack on our mission in bangkok a safety on nine one one last year did the white house notified the state department of the armed drawn strikes before they were made.
Uh. arm trust wrexham uh. 'em unknowing of of such and i would defer to the white house too uh. address your question were there any armed ron's farai that this is some of the big understated but it's on the the best tutorial ever ever seen a bill for the moment when the camera turns to him is just the nato i want to go i just want a repeat that part wash his face he kind of cox is neck and turns to his right because he's in shock he's in shock that he's being asked this question take a.
Look and get notified the state department of the armed drone strikes before they were made it uh. arm drawn strike some libya so there is what a fantastic usa time if you if you're not watching if you just listening to this you've gotta find a tutorial of this and by the way what's this voice that she's using she's adopted a it's almost like she's playing a character i guess it's her i'm not crazy voice i'm really not crazy it's really great to be here you mister i would like to ask some questions about.
Iran but first uh. completely absurd question that follows the narrative i've been falsely creating an fox news has been helping me parrot for months now or is that her kind of like please take me seriously by some very sober because it's a very serious thing yes you're here to calculated decision to use of force like that because you're no more voices quite abrasive hispanic there's makers seem like a complete ltd crazy in a uninformed is a dangerous combination is high uh. michelle bachman is a dangerous combination and especially with her.
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