Interesting articles on energy
#, which I just stumbled across, about how come they don't sell energy efficient vehicles here. Quote to ponder: For example, Ford builds a high fuel economy diesel engine in Ã¯Â¿Â¼Great Britain for the ECOnetic, a small car that gets as much as 71 mpg by U.S. standards, but has a fairly small engine (1.6 litre). Ford executives reportedly believe that two factors make a North American version of the Fiesta ECOnetic uneconomical
So they're selling cars that get 71 mpg in the UK. But the guru's at Ford say that it won't work here.
And then yesterday, an article about the slow demise of coal fired power plants and replacing them with natural gas.
money quote: Firing up the [coal] plant is time-consuming. It takes 10 or 12 hours to get the pulverizers going and the boiler temperatures up.
The new [gas] plant would be cooled primarily by air and would use 100,000 gallons of water a day; the coal plant cools itself with 100 million gallons of water a day from the harbor, Furniss said. And, with a new generation of gas turbines GE unveiled in September, the plant could ramp up in as little as 15 minutes, not 10 hours.
So, I was thinking that you use solar during the day, then hit the switch for natural gas at night.
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