Energy & Storage

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Energy continues to make the news this week as the barrel price for crude oil goes up and gasoline prices at the pump increase.  Electricity, which has increased…

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Climate Change Weekend

Sunday, September 21, 2014

This weekend saw climate change demonstrations all over the world.  Interesting juxtaposition with an article by Steven Koonin, former Undersecretary of the Department of Energy, who says that…

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Electric Car Competitions

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The mainstream automobile racing community, in spite of the assumed goal of pushing the limits of technology, has been slow to engage really new technology.  One would think…

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MPG and What’s Really Important

Sunday, March 9, 2014

How we spend our money on transportation is a big part of the economy.  The purchase of an automobile is the second largest expenditure after a home.  There…

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Solar Tracking

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Solar Tracking is an interesting mechatronics challenge.  It is particularly interesting because on one hand it appears very simple, keep the solar panel oriented perpendicular to the sun…

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Power Delivery and the Grid 2.0

Sunday, May 26, 2013

The energy infrastructure of the United States is aging.  Since the beginning of the 1900’s and Edison’s light bulb delivering reliable power has been a major industry.  One…

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Cars and Reliability – Part 2

Sunday, April 14, 2013

One aspect of reliability is simplicity.  Simple mathematics.  If there are fewer parts, there are fewer things to go wrong.  Yet the internal combustion engine, not to mention…

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Renewable Energy Future

Sunday, March 31, 2013

What is the current state of renewable energy in the US?  Depending on who you listen to, 2012 could have been the best year ever, and 2013 is…

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Electric Racing

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Lots of email this week about electric car and motorcycle speed records.  My apologies to the many who corrected my errors, I was probably looking at old information….

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Does Solar Power make Dollars and Sense?

Monday, August 27, 2012

I think solar power generation is a great idea.  It’s got no moving parts, and it produces electricity where you need it.  There is one important consideration; can…

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