Hydro power has been used ever since water runs down hill and the invention of the water wheel. In this country the big projects are Columbia river dams, TVA dams, Niagara Falls diversion power plant, Colorado River – Hoover Dam. All completed at least 40 years ago and out of the news since that time. In the seventies during one of the energy crises one of the small utility companies looked into putting water turbines at the numerous dams spotted all over New England for furnishing for a canal system long abandoned.
Your electric utility produces or buys power generated by a variety of power plants. Some burn coal, others burn natural gas. Your electricity may come partly from nuclear power plants, which does not burn coal but has problems of long-term waste disposal. “Carbon power” is electricity generated by burning fossil fuels like coal.
Build your own solar panels, and create a power supplier source and a method of generating you own energy needs. Some things that you will want to consider before building are the following. How are the solar panels going to be used? To supply all the energy needs of your home, or just as a partial offset from utility power? How much power you wish to generate will determine the size of the panels. If your solar panel frame is being built out of wood, you will need to have the following tools to build your own solar panels.
All that energy equates to about 15 terawatts, give or take, per year. A terawatt is a trillion watts. And demand, while stymied somewhat by recession-aided stagnation, is expected to grow.
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They decided it was too expensive and a nightmare to keep track of all the units. What’s new in the North East is the construction of hydropower Plants in Quebec in the narrow river valleys that drain into the St. Lawrence River. They sell power as far south as Long Island. This came at a time when LILCO was struggling with the Shoreham Nuclear Power fiasco. Hydro Power is not quite perfectly reliable though. A recent example in the Northwest a few years ago when light snowfall and light run off required rationing where the utility paid the aluminum plant to shut down to conserve water. Quebec also had a problem where extreme cold weather cut power production enough that some steam plants had to delay their planned maintenance outages.
Garbage is inexhaustible it seems and a growing concern for municipalities. I grew up on Long Island and back in the forties they use to dump it in a big pile and light a match to it. The resultant stink was quite memorable. Growth of Nassau and Suffolk counties of course led to some deep thinking. There are old sand mines they started to dump in but they stunk too. Several towns tried several types of incinerators which was an improvement lost their licenses due to emissions. Finally they built 2 large plants that used technology developed to destroy chemical weapons to burn the trash and use the heat to make steam to run generators. They charge to unload the trash then turn around and sell the power.
BMW offers its hydrogen powered series 7 car with an internal combustion engine. And as Leno says, “It’s a fuel just like any other fuel.” The fuel is maintained cold enough to be in a liquid state.