State of the Union 2015 President Obamas Remarks on Energy
We believed we could reduce our dependence on foreign oil and protect our planet. And today, America is number one in oil and gas. America is number one in wind power. Every three weeks, we bring online as much solar power as we did in all of 2008. And thanks to lower gas prices and higher fuel standards, the typical family this year should save $750 at the pump. And no challengeno challengeposes a greater threat to future generations than climate change. 2014 was the planet's warmest year on record. Now, one year doesn't make a trend, but.
This does14 of the 15 warmest years on record have all fallen in the first 15 years of this century. I've heard some folks try to dodge the evidence by saying they're not scientists that we don't have enough information to act. Well, I'm not a scientist, either. But you know whatI know a lot of really good scientists at NASA, and NOAA, and at our major universities. The best scientists in the world are all telling us that our activities are changing the climate, and if we do not act forcefully, we'll continue.
To see rising oceans, longer, hotter heat waves, dangerous droughts and floods, and massive disruptions that can trigger greater migration, conflict, and hunger around the globe. The Pentagon says that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security. We should act like it. That's why, over the past six years, we've done more than ever before to combat climate change, from the way we produce energy, to the way we use it. That's why we've set aside more public lands and waters than any administration in history. And that's why I will not let this Congress endanger the.
Uganda Solar Energy Project
Gtgt Background Music This school called Toggo International Children's Center started off with about 60 kids they're mostly orphans in the village and they started to educated them. And through sponsorships and things like that, the school has grown to over 800 kids at this particular campus. gtgt One of their issues is clean water. Right now they have a well that digs down 200 feet. If they're out of energy or they don't have the diesel fuel, they cannot pump this well it's too deep to do it by hand.
So they end up going to the marsh and drink that water. That's highly unhealthy. gtgt What we have designed and developed here is a DC Microgrid based on renewable energy, so you see the solar panel here and battery energy storage. And so what this does is this is a complete power system designed that's particularly for them. So what it does is it actually tracks all of the power that's flowing through our system we have different voltage levels, different things like that. gtgt And we decided that bringing electricity to our school.
Of children would allow them to get computers, to get access to the Internet, to get access to education by gaining electricity. So our goal is to get the funding and then deploy the system, go there, and install it. gtgt This is a 100 watt monocrystalline solar panel. It's rated at 100 watts. The maximum power point voltage for this particular panel is 18 and 12 volts. gtgt This is a Raspberry Pie which is basically just a minicomputer. It costs about 35 dollars. gtgt The best case scenario is we go there.
Sacramento State ComputerAnimated Walkthrough Solar Decathlon 2015
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Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good Protested for Blocking Solar!
Mic Check! Lynn Good We won't restrict your energy, but we will take some time What you lead is opposition to energy advance! You only care about leading with energy..that can maintain your monopoly. Otherwise, why would Duke Energy..oppose the Energy Freedom Act The Republicansponsored legislation..that would let North Carolinians..get affordable solar power..from qualified thirdparty vendors. Solar is democratic! Solar creates jobs! Solar fouls no water! And if we had energy freedom. It would be cheap as sunlight! But ours is one of the five states.
Fox News Germany Sunnier than U.S.
On fox inference they're gonna bring out and expert and i love this fox business so they're talking about solar energy germany receive your ass now is a business expert so forces in those details of why germany is doing better with solar energy and is ahead of us then we are so let's let them at a different the united states simply hasn't figured out how to do so worry effectively right cheaply you look at the country of germany it's working out great for that dot was germany doing correct and it just a.
Small country network there a smaller country and they've got lots of sun right they've got a lot more sound than we do in the problem is a it's a cloudy day and it's raining it not that i have it i mean this nation is is back astin and and beautiful in its and they in its nsa kapiti in california it's a great solution here in the east coast it's just not going to work that's part of his reporter true bonnie do it built you want to check anything.
By those fights news analyst of factories of but you're really got to go on and on tv and say that germany gets more some of the united states let me show you a map here of who is worse on by its color coded so you know you have to take my word for it that purple is not more son you see the us where it's red hot in the southwest that is that po one of the parts the world i guess the most son envelope land that.
Machinations east coast ah lows kid nowhere near sonny's germany total other fail in fact the east coast of the united states get some more son then germany does you see the northwest that's the only thing that's remotely similar pitcher mean color where they get the least amount of sun in the united states box newsman their unbelievable all of a arctic obviously well that that's because it's in the dissident summer there all the time is there any stuff and by the way the real reason well uh. bloomberg business week explains.
Unlike the us germany as a national solar policy groups the reality is term in government emphasizes solar power and guess what their great in solar power and now they have a private industry they make a lot of money up a bit and they're leading the world and a lot of ways a surly uh. far ahead of us not because they have more son because they're actually trying and they have a government that gives a day if you're a fox news for your news yugdarpanh i got bad news for you.
Stanford students build stateoftheart solar racecar
SOUND Stanford University. MUSIC gtgt The World's Solar Challenge is a 2,000 mile race across the Australian outback. Where 47 teams from 26 countries compete to travel across the Outback as quickly as they can using sun power alone. We actually start from the ground up and build a brand new vehicle from scratch. So, while some teams will use old designs, the Stanford team tries to build a radically new vehicle every two years. gtgt It is a really fun engineering challenge just because it's so big and covers so many different fields.
So there are real challenges in the computer science. Real challenges in mechanical engineering and electrical engineering aspects. And it's just really fun to work in a collaborative environment. MUSIC gtgt Not only does our team do all the design work, we have almost all the machinery that we need to actually manufacture the entire car itself here on campus. We'll have students manufacturing carbon fiber composites. All of our electronic boards are designed and assembled by students. We even have CNC machines that allow us to manufacture all of the lightweight aluminum components for the vehicle.
With that capability our team has a lot of freedom to really advance the boundaries of clean vehicles. MUSIC This year our team will use prototype film for solar panels. If you were to take a microscope and look at this film, you'll actually see there's small little ridges that run along the film, so when the sun is at low angles in the sky, the ridges capture more light that would otherwise bounce off. MUSIC This year our team also spent a lot of time optimizing and designing the air body of the vehicle.
This is the first time that our team has actually able to do wind tunnel testing on our vehicle. The facility that we went to, the customer before us, the customers after us were all stock car racing teams and a lot of the expertise that goes into developing those cars transfers directly into our car. MUSIC gtgt We wanted to make a car that was very reliable. Just because the race is so long and so grueling. You might have only one or two cars that can make it through the entire race without some sort of major breakdown.
Gtgt The road will be raced in Australia is actually like much nastier than most roads in the state. They're very narrow two lane. You have a lot of rubble on them. A lot of potholes you can have things like dust devils, really high side winds, fire tornadoes. So, if your car is not stable in really high cross winds, if your suspension falls apart under really high dynamic loads, you're not going to make it very far. MUSIC gtgt When I'm driving I usually get a prompt from the chase vehicle to set a cruise speed.
So I set that cruise speed on my console and then from there my job is to look for anything on the road and we have no play in the steering. So the steering is very immediate. So it demands a lot more attention than a normal car. gtgt The true value of the project is really the education that the engineers and students get on it. You're never done. There are always more improvements you can make and when you have to make something that's efficient that's way more than.
Making something that just works because you really have to understand every little part of it at a very deep level. gtgt Going to 2013, it's tough to tell who is going to be the top team in the challenge class, but the Stanford team with our focus on making the vehicle very reliable, but also efficient we're relatively confident especially with the testing we've done so far that we should be able to beat the vast majority of the teams in the World's Solar challenge and place somewhere in the top five this year.
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