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Jake Richardson Hello, I have been writing online for some time, and enjoy the outdoors. If you like, you can follow me on Google Plus.



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All Of US Could Be Powered By Solar Alone?

June 1st, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Critics of solar power are often very wrong-headed about this clean, renewable source of electricity. One of the most misleading claims is that there simply can’t be enough of it to be meaningful. They seem to be unaware of various facts stating solar power in the US could easily supply electricity to 40% of the country or more, at least


Centrica Trials Blockchain Energy Trading For Local Market

May 15th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Centrica and LO3 have collaborated to put together a local energy market trial in Cornwall, England. Blockchain technology will be used to create a peer-to-peer energy trading platform. Solar power and energy storage will also be integrated into the local energy trading system.


Solar Jobs Could More Than Double In New Mexico

April 29th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

An American Jobs Project report has found that solar jobs in New Mexico could more than double by 2030. Projected growth of the New Mexico solar industry over the next 12 years could increase solar jobs to 6,800 from the current figure of about 2,500.


Solar Power Trade Using Blockchain Completed In UK

April 28th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Excess solar power generated by a community solar power array at the Banister Housing Estate in Hackney, a London borough, was sent to a nearby residential structure using blockchain technology. It was the UK’s first energy trade using blockchain.


Sunrun Expands Partnership With GRID Alternatives

April 3rd, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Sunrun has announced that it is expanding its partnership with GRID Alternatives. Sunrun will support solar power installations for low-income families, job training, volunteerism, and provide a philanthropic donation


EV Battery Usage At Office Buildings: Hitachi, Mitsubishi & ENGIE Explore Options

March 31st, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Technology might be used to send excess solar power from an office building to be stored in an EV battery which is connected to it. When electricity is needed by the building, it can be discharged from the EV battery, which acts as temporary energy storage. The pilot is being tried out at ENGIE's Zaandam, Netherlands, office building


Solar Power Energy Payback Time Is Now Super Short

March 25th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Some solar power critics seem to enjoy trying to point out that the energy payback time for solar power is too long, and therefore this form of renewable energy is not valid. Those critics have not kept up with the times or are simply lying to you


Solar Power Works In Many Places You Might Not Expect

March 23rd, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Solar power is often seen as a form of electricity that only works in sunny, hot areas, but this view is not accurate at all. While it’s easy to understand why some of us hold such a belief, some solar critics rely on this bit of misinformation to try to dismiss solar power as something marginal


Blue Planet Energy Supplies Energy Storage & Training In Puerto Rico

March 14th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

The energy storage provider Blue Planet Energy recently deployed its Blue Ion energy storage systems to support the electrification efforts in Puerto Rico. These deployments took place in areas where there has not been reliable electricity since September of 2017, when Hurricane Maria struck


The Future Of US EVs : Interview With The Electric Power Research Institute

March 11th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has estimated that by 2050, 70–90% of all EV driver fueling will be done either at home or work. There are many pieces to the electric vehicle and charging infrastructure puzzle in the US and Dan Bowermaster, the program manager for Electric Transportation at EPRI, answered some questions for CleanTechnica recently about what the EV future for America might look like


Renewable Energy Has More Economic Benefits Than You Know

March 10th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Renewable energy is already cheaper than other energy options in most of the world, but it comes with other economic and societal benefits as well. Because of the number of countries investing in renewable energy, the complexity of their national economies and their energy infrastructure details, it isn’t possible to cover everything in one online article. The subject would be better addressed in a book. So, this article is intended only to be a snapshot of some key high-level points


No Huge Energy Storage Breakthrough Needed For Renewable Energy To Flourish

March 4th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

In the last couple of years, there has been a growing a number of news articles and blog posts published about energy storage, particularly in the form of battery systems. This interest is very reasonable and the news is exciting because these systems can fill in wind power and solar power electricity production gaps. In many places, they could replace gas-powered peaker plants


Wind Power Resources In America Are Abundant & Underdeveloped

March 4th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Wind power might seem like a fringe source of electricity to some, and critics certainly have gone after it aggressively at times, but it's now a large source of electricity in the United States and many other countries. One of the main points of misinformation about wind power is the idea that it couldn’t ever produce enough electricity to be an important source for everyone. This notion is totally untrue — there are plenty of wind resources that can be developed in order to eventually make wind power a primary source of electricity


38% Of American Cars Were Electric In 1900

February 25th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

In our modern era, we may assume that electric cars are new technology. The Chevy Bolt, Nissan LEAF, and all Tesla vehicles are certainly cutting-edge automobiles, right? But there was a period in America a long time ago when about 30% of all cars were electric. (Today, only about 1% of the fleet runs on electricity.)


Wind Power Results In Very Few Bird Deaths Overall

February 21st, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Wind power critics sometimes try to say that this form of clean, renewable energy is bogus because a number of bird deaths result each year from collisions with wind turbines and towers. What they fail to mention is the context, so they leave out certain very key facts. The number of birds killed by wind turbines is relatively tiny


Electric Cars Often Actually Save Owners Time

February 18th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Among current EV drivers, the vast majority of charging is done at home or work. In such places, it takes a few seconds to plug in the car and a few seconds to unplug it. In actuality, it is often easy to leave with a “full tank” (full battery) most of the time. Drivers no longer have to find gas stations on or near their travel routes, don’t have to spend time getting off the road and into the gas station, don’t have to get out and pump gas, don’t have to go inside or pull out their credit card and pay for gasoline, and don’t have to take their cars in for oil changes & smog checks. In the end, this saves them a lot of time, even if you take into account the times when they do have to charge in public (during which they can often eat, play, or engage in other useful activities)


Electric Vehicles Do Work In Cold Weather

February 13th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Critics of electric vehicles sometimes mistakenly or misleadingly try to dismiss electric vehicles by claiming that they don’t work in cold weather. This view is quite untrue and easily proven incorrect. All EVs operate in cold weather, but their driving ranges do decrease to varying degrees in cold weather


Solar Cars Are Far From Mainstream. OTOH, Solar-Powered Cars Are Normal, Common, Becoming Popular.

February 10th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Many of us who are interested in electric vehicles and solar power have probably wondered if this form of clean electricity could be integrated into an EV somehow. In fact, for some years now, there have been a number of solar-powered car races conducted. However, these vehicles, though impressive in their engineering and abilities, do not meet consumer expectations for speed, comfort, safety, passenger capacity, and storage space


Solar Panels Do Work On Cloudy Days

February 8th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Solar panels do produce electricity in cloudy weather. They don't produce as much electricity as they do on sunny days, but they have been shown to produce 25% of what they produce on a sunny day, or 10% when it's very cloudy. 



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