Thorium laser car, yeah, right November 11, 2013Posted by Maury Markowitz in Uncategorized.
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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.
PV outpaces Wind, in other news, River Styx very cold September 27, 2013Posted by Maury Markowitz in Uncategorized.
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I’m not normally one for the blogroll, but I thought this little news tidbit was worth pointing out – PV is on track to install more new generation than wind for the first time.
According to Bloomberg, they’re expecting 36.7GW of PV, 33.8GW of onshore wind, and 1.7GW of offshore wind for 2013.
At least some of this is due to the massive upswing in PV in Japan, while at the same time we’re in a low point in wind due to the permanent boom-and-bust cycle in US wind installations, and a surprising uncertainty in China’s normally robust wind pipeline.
This is expected to reverse again as new builds come into the pipeline, but it’s an interesting point in history anyway.
Power-One Aurora Micro first look September 19, 2013Posted by Maury Markowitz in solar.
I had my first chance to try out the new Power-One Aurora Micro last week. It’s part a small twelve-panel install that we deliberately built with six PowerOnes and six Enphase M215′s. The system isn’t fully operational yet so I don’t have any production numbers to share, but that will definitely follow. Here’s some preliminary thoughts…
Enphase M250 review, fourth time’s a charm? August 19, 2013Posted by Maury Markowitz in solar.
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The host of competitors trying to muscle in on Enphase’s territory just found their lives got a lot more difficult…
Enphase’s M250 is starting to ship.
Although it’s best described as a minor evolution of the M215, the larger power rating and a minor change to the grounding system does make it that much more attractive.
Read on for a mini-review…
Enphase joins the big leagues – a 2 MW micro-inverter system August 16, 2013Posted by Maury Markowitz in Uncategorized.
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I’ve covered the topic of micro-inverters before, and it remains a popular topic here on the blog.
Generally speaking, micro’s offer a strong design argument on small systems, below about 5 kW. For larger systems their higher per-unit costs generally reduces their advantages, and above 10 kW they tend to be rare.
So I have to say I was a little surprised when I saw this story about a 2 MW Enphase system. It was even nicer to learn that it was just down the road from me.
The installers used the panels as the roofing, which left the back of the panels – and the inverters – open to easy maintenance. This kills the biggest complaint people aim at the micros, that you can easily service them from inside. Very clever, kudos on the design!