At least they got the name right February 28, 2014Posted by Maury Markowitz in Uncategorized.
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I suspect they’re not.
A recently released 3rd party report on the project was damning, pointing out enormous problems with the project’s management, while the budget and timelines continue to recede into the infinite.
Completion has already slipped to 2020, four years late in a ten year timeline. The budget is currently US$22 billion, three times the estimates, and the report suggests this is going to rise dramatically.
Lunacy! February 25, 2014Posted by Maury Markowitz in Uncategorized.
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I’ve written on the topic of solar power satellites on several occasions. I thought it would be obvious to anyone that the negatives are so great that it’s a dumb idea, even if there is no night time cutting off your power half the time.
So what’s an even dumber idea? Putting them on the Moon. Now you have all the problems the problems of a satellite in terms of launch costs and beaming losses, and a night time that lasts two weeks!
And yet the interwebs are all alight with this silly idea.
Widespread grid parity is here February 11, 2014Posted by Maury Markowitz in Uncategorized.
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I’ve posted on the concept of “grid parity” in the past.
Basically the concept is that if the interest payments on your panels are less than what you’d pay to the power company for the same amount of power, you’re at parity.
The industry has long been predicting that we would hit parity at some point. Most of them suggested this would happen around 2020. It came early.
We are clearly at grid parity for most of Canada today. And that means it’s also true anywhere south of us, and most of Europe.
2013 in review January 1, 2014Posted by Maury Markowitz in Uncategorized.
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I started this blog in 2009 with the aim of talking about some rather technical topics. I didn’t expect much in the way of traffic.
But for some reason Google has blessed me as the Guru of Microinverters, and Minor Minion of Fusion. The GooGods send a steady and growing stream of traffic to the site. The most popular article remains The Great Microinverter Debate, a post I wrote almost two years ago! In total, over 11,000 people from 121 countries came to the site this year, and the stats suggest they actually read the majority of the articles they found.
I love the interwebs!
Thorium laser car, yeah, right November 11, 2013Posted by Maury Markowitz in Uncategorized.
I never cease to be astonished at the total bologna that gets the bloggers all a Twitter. Oh I know all about link bait and click throughs and all that garbage, but still, don’t you want to avoid looking like a complete idiot?
Well apparently not, because the entire technosphere was blogrolling a story about a thorium powered car that never needs fuel, ever!
Darlington B nuclear plant cancelled October 11, 2013Posted by Maury Markowitz in Uncategorized.
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I missed it when it first came over the wire, but last night Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli announced that the Darlington B project is dead. As the only ongoing development project in Canada, this represents a sort of mid-life point for nuclear power in the country.
Although Chiarelli didn’t close the door on re-examining the decision in the future, given the history of similar decisions around the world is that this is basically that. Vogtle may prove to hold the unlikely banner as last nuclear plant built in North America.
It’s interesting to read the few news reports that covered this. In Durham Region, home to Pickering and Darlington, the news was presented in a surprisingly neutral light, referring mostly to the governments oft-announced plans to keep nuclear around 50% of the energy mix. In the Owen Sound area, home to the Bruce plant, the news was greeted with a very positive spin, noting that the cancellation almost certainly means a round of refurbs at that plant.