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.
Mars Opportunity Discoveries at Eight Years
I often get asked, well, how long will Opportunity last And, you know, I can't say. And, you know, I don't think anyone knows. You know, 8 years ago we were scratching our heads and said, well, maybe 6 months if we're really lucky. But here we're 8 years later and the rover is still in very good health. And now we're at Endeavour Crater. We're seeing new geology, older geology. It's a whole new window on the history of Mars. It's the earliest period of Mars in which there was water sustained liquid water.
on the surface. It was in that era that life started on the Earth. So that's when we think Mars was the most Earthlike. And we've already seen evidence of that era reflected in some of the minerals that we've discovered at this new location. We've assessed them to be gypsum. And that's significant because these are minerals that form in water. And they form in place. Perhaps groundwater came up and filled cracks and fractures in the geology that formed these veins of lighttoned material. That's the great advantage that.
You have with a rover that can travel and move. It's not the same stuff. It's new stuff every day. Right now Opportunity's going through her 5th Martian winter. And this one's a little more challenging than the previous winters, because dust continues to accumulate on the solar arrays, which has reduced the power levels we can produce. We had to take the rover and drive it up onto a ridge that gives us about a 15degree tilt towards the north. That's where the sun will be in the wintertime because we're in the southern hemisphere.
It's kind of like adjusting your deck chair to maximize your suntan. In a very unusual way, this roving vehicle, when it's stationary, allows us to probe the interior of Mars. Its radio signal now becomes a proxy for the rotational rate of Mars. And so we're going to measure the rotational rate of Mars very precisely, which will give us a handle on the physical interior of the planet its distribution of material inside, the size of the core, maybe the fluid state of the core. Right now, Opportunity is alone on the surface of Mars. We had to say goodbye to Spirit after.
Pika Energy Company overview and a look at the wind turbine nacelle
Hi this is amy from the altE store. We're here on location in Westbrook, Maine at Pika Energy and I'm here with Andrew Hickok. Hi Amy, Welcome, Thank you very much. So it is a beautiful November day so I thought we come out and take a look at your place. So can you tell me a little bit about Pika Energy Sure well Pika Energy is a manufacturer of solar and wind powered electronic products and small wind turbines. So the facility that we're at here is in Westbrook, Maine, just outside of Portland, we have a.
13 person dedicated team that we have been manufacturing here since 2013, manufacturing mainly our wind turbines here, we also ship out our invertercharge controller products here as well,. So we provide both grid tied, off grid and starting in 2016 islanding inverter products for the residential and commercial market. So we're gonna actually do another tutorial getting a tour inside as well so thank you very much. Yeah well let's check it out! Alright. Hi I'm Amy from the altE Store we are here again in Westbrook, Maine at Pika Energy and I'm here with Chip Means and he's giving me a.
Tour around the place. Hi there. Hi Amy. Thanks for coming. My pleasure. So what do we have here This is the t701 wind turbine in mid production here so this is one of the steps in the process where the nacelle of the turbine is an aluminum casting here. It's being outfitted with our circuit board and this is the control mechanism for the data that runs through the same wires as the power transmission on our system that reads the microgrid. The other element that this board has is a grid rectifier to bring the wild.
AC current from the alternator up to that 380VDC inverter, and this right here is a close up of the slip ring assembly, for a brush pup. This is when the turbine is moving around , yawing in the wind , this stays stationary and the turbine moves around it so the wires dont get tangled or anything. Right over its harness right here and what we do with the brush pup is we add double redundant alloy brushes so they can't fail as easily. In fact we have some simulations set up here that we can show you where we have been simulating.
High wind conditions for several years and proving that our brush pup assembly is really resilient and strong. Which is a point of failure on some other turbines so we really sought in our designs to overcome that. And then here is what would be the front of the turbine when it is up and spinning. This is the blade hub right here so the blade is attached up here, and you get a shroud on the nacelle pop it on the tower and thats your wind turbine. Excellent, well thank you very much! Sure.
Bird Barrier Creates Mess On Long Island
AN EFFORT TO PROTECT PEDESTRIANS FROM PIDGEON DROPPINGS IS CREATING A MESS ON LONG ISLAND. THE LIRR PUT UP FISH NETTING BELOW OVERHEAD RAILS BUT BIRDS HAVE BEEN TRAPPED IN THE NETTING AND AS A RESULT HAVE DIED. CBS 2'S JENNIFER McLOGAN REPORTS FROM LINDENHURST. Reporter IT'S AN APPALLING SIGHT, COMPLAINED MANY IN THE COMMUNITY OF LINDENHURST, LIVE PIGEONS ENTANGLED IN TOUGH NEW NETTING. EVEN LAYING EGGS ON IT. IT'S MESSED UP. THEY SHOULD FLY AWAY. Reporter BEFORE PUTTING UP THE NETTING YEAH, BEFORE. Reporter BELOW THE LIRR TRACKS UNDER THE.
SUPERSTRUCTURE SEVERAL TRAPPED BIRDS ALREADY SUCCUMBED TO THE LACK OF FOOD AND INABILITY TO FREE THEMSELVES. SMELLY CARCASSES SPOTTED ON A LEDGE AND IN A CAGE. IT'S A SIN. IT REALLY SHOULDN'T BE HAPPENING. IT'S CRUELTY. Reporter SMALL BUSINESS OWNER TC CROSS CONTACTED THE MTA ENRAGED ABOUT ANIMAL ABUSE. THE RAILROAD SAID IT'S DOING ITS BEST TO CURB DROPPINGS AND KEEP PIGEONS AWAY FROM DROPPINGS. THEY ARE REFERRED TO BY SOME AS FLYING RATS. THEY DON'T DESERVE TO SUFFER, SHE SAID. ONCE HERALDED AS MILITARY MESSENGERS DURING WORLD WAR I AND II.
NETTING OVER LIVE ANIMALS SO THEY DIE OF DEHYDRATION AND STARVATION THAT'S NOT OKAY. Reporter LOCALS CONTACTED PIDGEON EXPERTS SEEKING ADVICE. ALTERNATIVES SUCH AS SPIKES AND EGG STERILIZATION. AFTER POWER WASHING THE AREA WHERE FOOD FAIRS ARE OFTEN HELD AND CHILDREN RIDE BIKES. I'M SHOCKED TOO BECAUSE BASICALLY, WE CALL THE MTA IN REGARDS TO THE PROBLEM WE HAVE WITH THE PIGEONS, THEY PUT UP THESE NETS WHICH WERE HORRENDOUS AND NOW THEY WANT US TO CLEAN IT UP. Reporter THE MTA IS NOW ACCEPTING RESPONSIBILITY AND GETTING AN EARFUL FROM.
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