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12MW Haliade Nacelle Underway to the Netherlands

Total height: 260 m
Rotor diameter: 220 m
Commercial rollout: 2021

The first exemplar of the 12 MW French-made wind turbine GE-Haliade has been shipped to Rotterdam in the Netherlands for testing. Once installed it will look like this:

Gordian Raacke – It Can Be Done 100% Renewable Energy

This talk is a wonderful global perspective on climate change and the effective actions we can take as individuals to collectively save the planet. Gordian Raacke is executive director of Renewable Energy Long Island, a not-for-profit organization working to accelerate the transition to 100% renewable energy systems. With a degree in civil engineer and 25-year track record on regional energy issues, Mr. Raacke will portray why and how we must and will transition to a 100% renewable energy supply glocally.

Gordian was a founding member of the Long Island Offshore Wind Initiative established in 2002, helped build the solar market on Long Island, and was trained by Vice President Al Gore as a Climate Reality Leader. In 2011, he led an initiative to study a one-hundred percent renewable electricity future for the region. He chaired the Energy Sustainability Committee of the Town of East Hampton and serves on the Town of Southampton Sustainability Committee, helping to formulate and implement community-wide 100% renewable energy goals. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

https://www.ted.com/tedx

Energie-eiland in de Westerschelde

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The vision for the future: a series of energy islands for the coast of the Dutch province of Zeeland. Not pumped-hydro, but chemical salt-water storage, using osmosis, membranes and under water large plastic bags of 4000 m3 each, to store and retrieve renewable electricity. Zeeland needs 3 of these 5 km diameter islands to satisfy its own needs. Total storage capacity 900 GWh, sufficient to bridge 2 weeks. The islands are 100 times smaller than an energy storage-equivalent pumped-hydro storage would be, operating at 10 m height difference.

[haverdroeze.nl] – ZEELAND ADEMT! Energie-eiland in de Westerschelde

Iron Could Replace Precious Metals in Solar Panel Production

Scientist from the university of Lund, Sweden, propose to replace noble metals like ruthenium, osmium and iridium in solar panel production with cheap iron.

For the first time, researchers have succeeded in creating an iron molecule that can function both as a photocatalyst to produce fuel and in solar cells to produce electricity. The results indicate that the iron molecule could replace the more expensive and rarer metals used today.

[lunduniversity.lu.se] – Brilliant iron molecule could provide cheaper solar energy
[sciencemag.org] – Luminescence and reactivity of a charge-transfer excited iron complex with nanosecond lifetime

GDP Timeline

1484 MW Borssele to Become the Largest Windfarm in the World

Currently the Walney Extension wind farm in the Irish Sea of 659 MW is the largest offshore wind park in the world. By 2020 the new Dutch 1482 MW Borssele I-V wind farm will become operational and take over from Walney. Two additional 7 GW wind farms are in the pipeline.


Borssele wind farm, now under construction

[wikipedia.org] – Windpark Borssele
[wikipedia.org] – Walney Wind Farm
[government.nl] – Netherlands Offshore Wind Farm Borssele cheapest world wide
[businessinsider.nl] – The world’s largest wind farm Walney was just completed
[english.rvo.nl] – Borssele V, last minute innovation & test site added
[deepresource] – Dutch Energy Figures

Additional Dutch offshore wind farm plans

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Bill Gates with DOE into Mini Molten Salt Reactors

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The Energy Department is participating in major push with electric utility Southern and a company founded by Microsoft founder Bill Gates to develop small nuclear power reactors that are less expensive and more efficient than their much larger cousins.

“Molten salt reactors are getting a reboot,” the Energy Department tweeted late Wednesday, offering a schematic of a battery-like power plant module that “could power America’s energy.”

Investment volume: 20 + 28 million $.
Prototype expected by 2030.

[washingtonexaminer.com] – Energy Department teams up with Bill Gates to move mini-nuclear plants to market
[whatisnuclear.com] – Molten Salt Reactors

The Sudden Death of Peak Oil – 4.5 Trillion Barrels of Oil Left

Google trends – nobody is interested anymore in the topic of “peak oil”

Technology is not just expanding our daily oil production; it also continues to increase the amount of oil and liquid fuels we can count on for the future.

In 1981, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated that remaining global recoverable crude and condensate resources were 1 trillion barrels; today, the IEA estimates that it is 4.5 trillion barrels – enough to meet global oil demand beyond the 21st century. By 2040, the amount of resources yet to be produced will still be far higher than total production prior to 2040, even with a 20 percent rise in global oil demand.


Oil reserves according to the IEA and US Geological Survey: 4.5 trillion barrel of recoverable oil left, that would be 27 times the largest oil field in history, Ghawar.

[oilprice.com] – Exxon’s Shocking Supply And Demand Predictions

[reason.com] – U.S. Oil Reserves Bigger Than Saudi Arabia’s

Note that the IEA doesn’t state at what price levels these 4.5 trillion barrel can be recovered. Regardless, there is enough oil left to set up a renewable energy base. The challenge is not to find new oil, the challenge is not to use it.

“The Population Bomb Has Been Defused”

Some of the most spectacularly wrong predictions in history have been made by those who claim that overpopulation is going to swamp the planet.

[bloomberg.com] -The Population Bomb Has Been Defused

Lithium Mining

[wikipedia.org] – Lithium

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EasyJet Believes in Electric Flying

EasyJet says that electric flying could be with us in a decade and for that purpose has begun a partnership with US firm Wright Electric to build a battery-powered plane for two hours flight duration.

[theguardian.com] – EasyJet says it could be flying electric planes within a decade
[money.cnn.com] – Your airliner may be flying electric within a decade
[telegraph.co.uk] – EasyJet could be flying battery-powered electric planes within the next 10 years

Industry 4.0

[wikipedia.org] – Industry 4.0
[wikipedia.org] – Smart manufacturing
[i-scoop.eu] – Industry 4.0: the fourth industrial revolution
[forbes.com] – Why Everyone Must Get Ready For The 4th Industrial Revolution
[spiegel.de] – Industrie 4.0 – Das Internet der Dinge

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CO2 per Capita [Tonnes/Year]

Qatar 40
USA 18
Saudi-Arabia 17
Australia 17
Canada 15
Russia 12
Norway 12
Netherlands 11
Japan 9
Germany 9
Denmark 8
UK 8
Italy 7
China 6
France 6
Sweden 6
Switzerland 5
Argentina 4
Turkey 4
Mexico 4
Egypt 3
Brasil 2
India 2
Armenia 1
Pakistan 1
Philippines 1
Nigeria 0

[cotap.org]

Samsung Doubles Battery Capacity

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More substantial progress from the storage front. Samsung has achieved a whopping 1 kWh/kg. This is extremely good news for e-vehicle proponents (cars, bikes), who can double vehicle range without any added weight. We care more about 24 hour home storage cycles in combination with solar panels.

Innovation: new technology that enables Samsung to coat silicon battery cathodes with high crystal graphene. The bad news: no substantial cost reduction yet.

[kompulsa.com] – Samsung Almost Doubles Li-Ion Battery Capacity

Solar Set for Global Dominance

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Tuesday, June 23 2015

More solar will be added over the next quarter-century than any other form of power-generation, spurred by huge and sustained booms in the utility-scale and distributed PV sectors across both the rich and developing worlds, according to new figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

[rechargenews.com] – Solar set for global dominance after $3.7tr investment boom – BNEF

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Energy Generation and Birds

wind-turbine-and-birds-changhua-coast-cons-act[birdnote.org]

Professional environmental justice warriors like to accuse wind turbines of being bird meat choppers. Yesterday night on German television our favorite Krimi (detective) Tatort, showing a battle between a wind turbine manufacturer and bird protectors. Der Spiegel evaluates the program and refers to a Danish study with the following result:

Number of birds killed per GWh generated electric energy:

Wind – 0.27
Fossil – 5.18

Case closed.

P.S. why is it so difficult to mount a few low energy led lights in/on the rotor blades, so the birds are warned, especially in offshore operation?

[greenwichwindpark.com] – The avian benefits of wind energy: A 2009 update
[spiegel.de] – “Tatort”-Faktencheck: Kungeln Naturschützer wirklich mit der Industrie?

Michel Bauwens: Four Scenarios for the Collaborative Economy

Published May 21, 2013 – Closing keynote of the OuiShare Fest by Michel Bauwens, founder of the Foundation for P2P Alternatives, who introduces four prospective scenarios for the collaborative Economy.

[shareable.net] – The Transition Will Not Be Smooth Sailing
[wikipedia.org] – Michel Bauwens
[twitter.com] – Michel Bauwens: The Transition Will Not Be Smooth Sailing

SnappCar

Dutch language intro video

Business idea: privately owned cars aren’t used most of the time. Average annual distance traveled by car in Holland: ca. 13,000 km. Assuming an average speed of 60 kmh, implies ca. 200 driving hours per year of 8760 hours, or 2% of the time. Compare that with commercially operated buses, trains and planes, that are on the move as often as they can. Why not apply this economic principle to privately owned cars as well? SnappCar is an organisation that wants to match supply and demand for passenger cars and provide an insurance scheme. This potentially could eliminate the need for expensive personal car ownership for many and at the same time lower the cost of car ownership for those who still prefer to have one. Transaction mediation works via mobile devices. Renting a ‘Snappcar’ is much cheaper than renting a car traditionally via the likes of Sixt, Hertz, Avis, etc. The end goal is realizing the same cumulative mileage with less cars and hence less embedded energy required to build your car fleet. This business model could become very big once Western society will crash and large number of people no longer can afford car ownership, but nevertheless want to stay mobile to some extent.

snappcar
We downloaded the SnappCar app and browsed a little and found offers as low as 20 euro per day, 100 km free.

[snappcar.nl]
[snappcar.com]
[mt.nl] – Hoe SnappCar autodelen groot maakt

Some figures:
– 20% of the private car owners can imagine to rent his car to others.
– monthly growth rate: 15%
– current monthly transactions: 1500
– available cars: 7000
– platform members: 33,000
– SnappCar fee: 10 euro + 2,50 transaction cost
– Participating insurance company: Centraal Beheer Achmea
– Apple mobile device app: SnappCar
– Registration: upload copy ID and drivers license
– Innovation: introduction of SnappKit, eliminating the need to personally hand-over car keys and instead work with email sent pin code.
– SnappCar crowd funding effort result: € 558.625 (in 8 weeks)

[sharenl.nl]

Iran Connected to All-Eurasian Oil Distribution Network

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Russia may start importing crude from Iran next week as part of an oil-for-goods agreement, Iranian Energy Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said… “Much of this will be for cash and we will be using this money to buy commodities from the Russians.”… Iranian oil exports have dropped 50 percent since international sanctions against the country were tightened in 2011 amid a dispute over its nuclear program… Zanganeh said he discussed the deal with Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak in the Austrian capital on June 3. The country plans to buy “much lower than 500,000 barrels day” in exchange for cash, which Iran will then spend on Russian goods including steel, wheat and oil byproducts, he said.

Editor: the lifting of anti-Iranian sanctions after successful completion of the nuclear deal, will mean that the sky is the limit for Iran. Iranian oil can be pumped via the Russian pipeline network to virtually every location in Eurasia, notably Europe and China, avoiding US navy controlled sea lanes.

[bloomberg.com] – Russia Set to Start Iran Crude Imports Under Oil-for-Goods Deal

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Leon de Winter Product Placement Door Afshin Ellian

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Wij zijn dikke vrienden

Leon de Winter en Afshin Ellian zijn dikke maatjes en we kunnen het vermoeden niet onderdrukken dat daar een ethnisch componentje aan ten grondslag zou kunnen liggen, maar dat kunnen we niet bewijzen. Leon de Winter heeft een roman geschreven over bin Laden en die gelegenheid wordt door Ellian aangegrepen door bespiegelingen te lanceren over het fenomeen van empathie met de vijand door de geschiedenis heen, de persoon van bin Laden in het bijzonder, met natuurlijk rijkelijk gelegenheid om het boek van de Winter te pluggen. Hier een paar quotes uit het artikeltje met, toegegeven ietwat skeptisch getint commentaar:

Ellian bewierookt het fenomeen van empathie met de vijand. Maar in de geschiedenis is er een uitzondering:

Empathie bij het begrijpen van de verslagen vijand was geen taboe. Niet alleen literair, maar ook juridisch en militair werd geprobeerd een en ander te leren van de verslagen vijand. Met de opkomst van het nationaal-socialisme kwam een einde aan deze traditie.

De nationaal-socialistische wreedheden konden slechts – terecht – in een demonisch perspectief worden geplaatst. Ze werden niet gedemoniseerd; ze waren een moderne verschijning van het kwaad. Dit werd niet gezien als een interruptie in een lange traditie van oorlogen en conflicten.

Sindsdien is de verleiding groot om het nationaal-socialistische kwaad ook op andere conflicten toe te passen. Het nazisme was in alle opzichten uniek.

Even in perspectief: Ellian was in zijn jongere jaren lid van de Iraanse communistische partij. Hij heeft zelfs tijdens de Sovjet-bezetting van Afghanistan medicijnen gestudeerd in Kabul. Bij Ellian zul je dus nooit een onvertogen woord horen over het communisme. Als je de track-record vergelijkt van het nationaal-socialisme en communisme gedurende vredestijd, dwz tot aan September 1939, dan waren de Duiters heiligen vergeleken met de Sovjets. Zo uit het blote hoofd: in Duitsland kwamen hooguit pakweg een paar honderd mensen om, nota bene vnmlk Nazis zelf (!) tijdens interne machtsstrijd (Nacht van de Lange Messen, 90-200) en de Kristallnacht, een spontane volksopstand nav de moord op een Duitse diplomaat door een Joodse meneer in Parijs, waarbij ca. 94 Joden te betreuren waren, zeg maar de schaal van een goedgeplaatste autobom in het midden van Baghdad, waarvan er vele honderden afgingen na de illegale invasie van de VS in 2003. Verder zaten er ca. 28,000 vnmlk (veelal Joodse) communistische leiders in de kampen. Wat zou je anders moeten doen met die lui, als je eenmaal weet wat ze hebben aangericht in Rusland, China and Cambodja?

En nu de USSR. Daar was letterlijk niemand zijn leven veilig. Miljoenen zijn daar opgepakt, kregen een schijnproces en werden mbv een nekschot in kelders afgemaakt als er ook maar de geringste twijfel bestond aan de ideologische zuiverheid van het slachtoffer. Verder zaten er miljoenen regime-tegenstanders in de Gulag-kampen. En toch waagt (voormalige?) communist Ellian te beweren dat het Nazisme, een puur reaktie- en verdedigings-verschijnsel tegen het communisme, uniek was in het schenden van de mensenrechten. Zijn club was honderden malen erger. En wat er tijdens de oorlog gebeurde, daar zijn we voor een groot deel afhankelijk van wat de geallieerden als waarheid hebben opgedist tijdens hun Nuremberg showprocessen en moeten we maar hopen dat ze niet (te veel) gelogen hebben (we weten wel beter).

Leon de Winter heeft in zijn nieuwe roman Geronimo de aansluiting gezocht met de traditie van Aischylos. De Winters boek gaat over Osama bin Laden. De wrede terroristenleider is ook in Geronimo de leider van een moorddadige bende – daaraan heeft De Winter in zijn laatste roman niets veranderd. Maar hij ontzegt Osama de menselijkheid niet.

Uiteraard bij Ellian geen spoortje twijfel aan het door de VS geconstrueerde verhaal omtrent 9/11, in werkelijkheid een operatie uitgevoerd door Israëliërs en Amerikanen, de twee mensensoorten die Ellian het meest bewondert (in genoemde volgorde). De inzittenden en piloten werden kort na opstijgen vergast met capsules, verscholen in de luchtschachten, waarna de vliegtuigen op de automatische piloot zich op weg naar hun doel begaven en 2 uit 4 dat doel (WTC1/2) ook daadwerkelijk bereikten, F93 (target WTC7) werd neergeschoten (de jet piloot zag de dode lichamen van passagiers en piloten in hun stoelen hangen) en F77 stortte in the Atlantische oceaan, al dan niet na te zijn neergeschoten. Pentagon werd geraakt door drone of kruisraket oid, na een haastig uitgevoerde improvisatie.

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Except for Netanyahu as a pilot, Haaretz inadvertently got 9/11 right [source]

Ik heb gehuild om Apana en om vele andere Afghaanse meisjes.

Het lijkt ons een fraai gezicht, die Ellian huilend in een hoekje met een boekje, terwijl tranen van gevoel over zijn wangen biggelen. Maar de miljoenen Russen die werden afgemaakt door de Cheka zullen Ellian met zijn selectieve morele verontwaardiging aan zijn communistische multiculturele r**t roesten. Immers, je kunt geen omelet maken zonder een ei te breken. Of niet soms?!

[elseiver.nl] – Ook in de gruwelijkste oorlogen kan empathie voor de vijand bestaan

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