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Re: Wake Up Call for Green Energy
« Reply #180 on: December 01, 2022, 03:46:31 PM »
How do those battery reefer trucks work out? 
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Re: Wake Up Call for Green Energy
« Reply #181 on: December 01, 2022, 06:53:26 PM »
In MN, it gets so cold that we can spin the refrigerator backwards on a reefer and put it back in the battery😁
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Re: Wake Up Call for Green Energy
« Reply #182 on: December 04, 2022, 08:20:10 PM »
Without looking at a map that shows all of the charging stations for the E cars everywhere. I only know of one that Ive seen one in a small town about ten miles away thats been there for a couple years in a little strip mall with a small grocery store and bar. I assume they put it in because they are only a couple miles off of a major interstate. So with the E bandwagon what are the plans for the major gas stations I wonder if they will implement them.

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Re: Wake Up Call for Green Energy
« Reply #183 on: December 05, 2022, 03:09:20 AM »
I am really doubtful many gas stations have the excess electric capacity or space. Can be hard to get to a diesel pump or air compressor sometimes now and it takes about 2 minutes to top off a passenger fuel tank. No doubt 30 minutes for an EV will go smooth as silk.  ::)

Our county has 2 public charging stations available and the Makers Mark distillery and ISC Cooperage are big tourist attractions. I can see the headline in the weekly paper: "Tesla Owner cited for brawl at charging station"  :D

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Re: Wake Up Call for Green Energy
« Reply #184 on: December 05, 2022, 03:10:53 AM »
I only know of one within 24 miles, the electric company put it in at a gas station 4 years ago. I've never even laid eyes on an EV yet, with all these so called millions that are out there. :D I know you can't buy one in this area. Last I checked online at the nearest city all EV's are used and $40,000 to $80,000.
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Re: Wake Up Call for Green Energy
« Reply #185 on: December 05, 2022, 04:41:57 AM »
None of us remember, but cars were invented before gas stations. 

"They will never catch on, where will you buy that gasoline stuff?"

The main gas station in town has just been remodelled with new food and barista coffee service. They don't have electric chargers yet, but that's because of low demand. Rough observation they have as many coffee/ food customers as gas. (and profit is probably similar per customer) We aren't on the main Nth/ Sth highway, so few vehicles are "passing through", mostly local, and they don't need the chargers. 

Out on SH1, they have "service centres", which will have a gas station / subway / McDs and even other decent food and coffee. A large car park, and industrial power supply.  That's where the chargers are going in, for folks that want to drive Auckland to Wellington. That's roughly an 8 hour drive, taking a 1/2 hour out to eat lunch and recharge your Tesla isn't a big deal. But the locals around Taupo won't be queuing up, because they can slow charge at home. 

It will mean a gradual shift in the gas station model, but that's already started. At some point the coffee and sandwiches might be a bigger profit than gas or electric charging. But like I said, folks will stop at the local station just for coffee, and will probably do the same in an electric car. Starbucks isn't big in NZ because even gas stations serve better coffee. 
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Re: Wake Up Call for Green Energy
« Reply #186 on: December 05, 2022, 05:15:16 AM »
Up here in New Brunswick the first Ford dealership was owned by K.C. Irving who had his first service station in 1924.

The first dealership in the US was Metzger, which opened in 1897, selling Waverly Electric cars.

Gas won out over electric. One major issue with electric is available resources to make the batteries. There's no way to totally replace gas with available lithium resources. Will something else come along? Maybe, if there's enough supply. It's likely a long way off though. In the 1970's when there was a gas embargo in the US and long lines at pumps, it never happened up here. I'd be willing to bet there is a lot more oil left then available lithium.
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Re: Wake Up Call for Green Energy
« Reply #187 on: December 05, 2022, 05:32:41 AM »
Up here in New Brunswick the first Ford dealership was owned by K.C. Irving who had his first service station in 1924.


The Ford Model T was first sold in 1908. So 16 years later you got a gas station... 

Of course few people built a gas stations in 1908 in the hope that people might buy cars some time in the next 10 years. 
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Re: Wake Up Call for Green Energy
« Reply #188 on: December 05, 2022, 05:48:30 AM »
The model T had such a timing range because gasoline was available in cities but alcohol was more available in the country... at least in Henry Sr's mind. It was a duel fueler. Gasoline first arrived here over the mountain in jugs on a wagon which were lined up on the porch of the store round the corner. Well, that and any fuel of the time was very variable, it took some skill to dial it in after a fresh fill up.

How do you pollute less, make resources last longer, in general improve the quality of life... quit breeding like rabbits  ::). It won't matter all that much which resource depletes first when you find the limit. The population has gone from 2 to 8 billion in one generation, cull the herd.

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Re: Wake Up Call for Green Energy
« Reply #189 on: December 05, 2022, 07:58:59 AM »
Starbucks isn't big in NZ because even gas stations serve better coffee.
Same here.

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Re: Wake Up Call for Green Energy
« Reply #190 on: December 05, 2022, 08:24:53 AM »
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You hit the nail on the head
The elephant in the room is the exploding world population.
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Re: Wake Up Call for Green Energy
« Reply #191 on: December 05, 2022, 09:19:17 AM »
Wonder how much heat 8 billion bodies produce?
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« Reply #192 on: December 05, 2022, 09:48:04 AM »
It all originates from solar.   :)   fossil fuels. oil, gas, coal, wood, biomass, wind, solar panel electric, plants we eat, sunlight radiation.  nuclear is a stretch but like a sun on earth.
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Re: Wake Up Call for Green Energy
« Reply #193 on: December 05, 2022, 02:49:38 PM »
In an isolated sub-arctic village where i live,some hundreds of miles away from the road-system (with our own 12 or so miles of gravel roads),a friend has barged out a Tesla to use around town!:)

He wanted one a long time,(an engineer who geeked out on the concept for many years :)),and it's a 4x4 and supposedly could be used to haul his boat in and out of the water and pull a trailer full of birch for firewood and some other chores of the sort.

He has a modest PV array at home and was hoping to be able to charge it using that (our grid is a neanderthal kind where a 3306 Cat or two are humping 24/7,with the electric bills subsidized by the state and the feds and God Almighty himself for all i know as otherwise all anyone could afford would be a tallow candle lighting).

It's a first winter so the jury's still out as to how it may perform for him,will be cool to see what happens.

For many years my village had a deal under discussion with Toshiba corp. to have an experimental "pocket-size" nuclear reactor for testing purposes,but the regulatory side of equation (the concept being so new) had proved unsurmountable and the deal fell through.
I think that maybe the feds themselves are setting up an experiment at the Eilson AFB near Fbks,so maybe once that concept is developed and becomes more/less acceptable,then the many off-road villages around circumpolar North may become more practicable propositions...

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« Reply #194 on: December 05, 2022, 04:23:46 PM »
PV array

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photovoltaic_system

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« Reply #195 on: December 05, 2022, 04:28:04 PM »
I wonder why all the car co. are going EV. They usually just worry about money. Think the answer is the EV is a better car.

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« Reply #196 on: December 05, 2022, 05:19:25 PM »
It all originates from solar.   :)   fossil fuels. oil, gas, coal, wood, biomass, wind, solar panel electric, plants we eat, sunlight radiation.  nuclear is a stretch but like a sun on earth.
If you stick to using current sunlight, (wood, biomass, wind, solar, plants pooped out our rear end and turned into methane, moonshine...), then you are not raising the levels of carbon in the air.
If you dig up buried ancient sunlight you raise the levels of carbon in the air.
Since you cannot really burn all the carbon in the wood, with each burn of biomass some amount is sequestered. A little tongue in cheek but when using those fuels you are running a big block air cleaner.
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« Reply #197 on: December 05, 2022, 07:00:51 PM »
we have a lot of natural gas so that is what we use.  we have to remain diverse to accommodate local resources and not try to ship, transport, wire stuff all over the country if not needed.  If the CO2 levels go up, I bet the vegetation will be able to produce a bit more wood and leaves, and fruit.  CO2 is the substrate combined with water and energy that makes a tree "put on weight".  maybe if the CO2 goes up a few hundred parts per million, the trees and plants will do better and metabolize it back to sugar and oxygen. Wonder if we eliminated all the CO2, if all plant life depending on photosynthesis would suffocate and die.  a chloroplast is likened to a mitochondria in reverse "the power house of the cell".  the mitochondria takes sugar and Oxygen and releases stored energy from the sun producing CO2 and water.  plants take CO2 and water and energy from the sun and build stems and leaves and wood.  the circle of life.  sing it with me.  when we burn a carbon fuel like wood, we release CO2 and water as well as heat and light (radiation just like the sun).  If you kill all the plant life on earth, we will all die unless we can convert CO2 and water, back to oxygen chemically or mechanically.
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« Reply #198 on: December 05, 2022, 07:38:20 PM »
For a long time it was believed that all life on earth was dependant on photosynthesis. Then they found vents deep under the ocean where CO2 emanates out of the earth. Bacteria feed on the CO2 somehow and form the basis of a food chain. Big tube worms and crabs have evolved so this gas has been coming out for a very long time. There are vents all around the world, plus CO2 from volcanos. Nobody ever talks about this. Maybe Hawiai should have to buy carbon credits for that volcano that is erupting. :D

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« Reply #199 on: December 05, 2022, 07:55:17 PM »
The nutrition levels of grains drops. Not good.

I think we know better, it's how do we do it better and not break the bank.
Having blown thru half a cylinder of propane today, I can about bet you money my footprint is bigger than yours Doc, Im not preaching from too high a pulpit  :D
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