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Green energy and Job creation are not incompatible

Hello everyone,

I read an article on internet and I would like to share it with you because I found that moving to green energy can be good for job creation.

Several thousands of jobs will be created thanks to the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). Indeed, the IDC will invest around $5 billion in 12 out of 28 Independent Power Producer (IPP) projects.

On the one hand, this is good news because it will reduce the unemployment and on the other hand, industries will modernise their equipments and consequently reduced their energy costs.

With this investment, green energy are expected to provide around 3 725 megawatts of electricity within 20 years.

If you want more details or more information, you can see the entire article here:

http://www.iol.co.za/business/business-news/idc-s-cash-boost-for-renewable-energy-to-create-jobs-1.1250444

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

2050 Energy Report, Nuclear still on the road…

Hello everyone,

I just read google news and apparently according to the 2050 energy report commission, the nuclear energy is not ready to die…

http://www.zdnet.fr/actualites/le-rapport-energies-2050-prone-la-prolongation-du-parc-nucleaire-actuel-39768581.htm

This commission had to determine which plan is the best to continue producing electricity for french people:

The first plan was to continue the nuclear energy,

The second was to promote EPR,

The third plan was to reduce progressively the nuclear,

And the fourth plan was to get out of the nuclear.

After a study of 535 pages, getting out of the nuclear is too expensive for them.

I think it is the truth and getting out of the nuclear is not the best idea for the moment and I think one of my colleagues can confirm that ? I think the fusion technology can answer all of our questions but still at experimental state…

I think that the new technology in producing electricity like solar energy or wind energy is much more complementary than an alternative…

What do you think about it ?

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

How to avoid oil spill from the corsica cruise ship ?

Hello everyone,

First of all, I wish you a very happy new year!!

How well starting a year without talking about the sinking of the corsica cruise ship which occured last week?

This sinking should never have happened and it is horrible to think that several persons are still blocked inside…

A second Titanic? 100 years after? It is not a way to celebrate an anniversary!

This boat is featured with the latest technology of navigation, how is it possible? Apparently, an error from the commandant which quit the ship before all the people…

Furthermore, there is a fear of oil spill from the ship. A new threat for the environment.

I can’t imagine how they can recycle a ship of this size? It is just a titanic work (not a joke ^^)

Even on a cruise, there is a risk!

What do you think about this?

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Recycling is good for [ Earth | us ]

Every day, we buy, we use and we throw.

To produce what we buy, some products are made with petrol. When we throw something in the trash can, the waste generated must be stored in a municipal dump and the waste accumulates every day.

Some engineers found a way to produce Oil, Petrol ans Gases by recycling the waste. I think it’s very important to go in this way, because the waste is used as raw materials and it is “unlimited” while we consume, of course !

 With this new energy, we could control our consumption of petrol and we can be self-sufficient.

No more oil imports !

Others engineers find a way to produce Oil by mixing algae-green and carbon dioxide combined to the principle of the photosynthesis.

In less than 5 years, we could use a brand new energy, the biopetrol which will be cheaper than today, 30$ the barrel instead of 120$ the barrel.

What do you think about the recycling ? Do you recycle at home ?

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Apple vs Google


In the war between Google and Apple, the matter is not only about who has the best operating system. With the rapid growth of Internet during this decade, the number and the size of infrastructures have increased and their energy consumptions too. We cannot imagine the amount of energy needed to power these datacenters.

In a race to reduce their environmental footprint, many companies like Google and Apple (I will limit my post to these two companies) uses renewable energy.

Why do they do that?

Firstly, they want to replace their energy source in order to reduce their huge energy bill.

Secondly, they want to show people that they are concerned about global warming, that they are using green energy and also thanks to this “green attitude”, it is easier to sell a product to the customer, it is a big selling argument.

Here is a picture showing solar panels on the roof of Google infrastructure:

Google is showing us their willingness to use more and more renewable energy and in order to minimize its environmental impact.

Google revealed, on its website, to have used 2.26 million megawatt-hours of electricity and generated 1.46 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2010.

Google also communicates about the footprint by user and more precisely on the impact of the search:

Apple, for its part, has recently opened a brand new datacenter fot its new iCloud service. We can see on the picture below, that there is many spaces around it. This is because a solar panels farm is being planted and it will look like the picture on the right:

And as an effort to prove people their “green attitude”, to improve their “green image”, they both communicate about this subject on their websites.

On Apple website, we can read that for 2010, Apple was responsible for 14.8 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Apple has a different activity of Google because of its production of computers and smartphones and Apple is showing us its footprint by slicing its activity:

If you want to know more about the footprint of Apple or Google, go to their websites:

http://www.apple.com/environment/

http://www.google.com/green/

You can also check on Google, the upcoming datacenter in Sweden of Facebook, the most popular social network in the world.

So, what do you think about renewable energy in big companies? Is it useful? Does it change anything for you?

Do you want or do you use renewable energy at home? Why?

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Abstract – Why is renewable energy important ?

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/tech/why

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Renewable energy is really important nowadays because a lot of people care about the world where they live and the world they will let to their children.

We are too dependent on fossil fuels from abroad. These are not unlimited. A day will come and we will be running out of fossil fuels. Unlike it, renewable energy are unlimited and clean sources of energy. Furthermore the impact on the environment is incredibly low compared to conventional technologies. These new energies are not yet widely used because they produce less energy than a nuclear central for example. The government doesn’t earn as much money as for fossil fuels, which means less profitable for them.

But by multiplying the number of solar panels installations, wind turbines, etc, many jobs could be created and the economy could be relaunched in some way. The investments could be locally made, like materials or workmanship, and people could enjoy their local energy.

At the beginning, these investments are generally too expensive but make save money over time but I think we all want to reduce our dependence on foreign oil supplies.

This is going to change our world, our ways of life, our ways of consumptions, our ways to consume our resources. It is a big step for the humanity but it is a gesture from each of us…

Good for us and good for Earth !

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

What is Renewable Energy ?

Renewable energy is energy which are inexhaustible (unlike fossil fuels).

There are several sort of Renewable energy sources:

  • Wind energy
  • Solar energy
  • Ocean energy
  • Biomass energy
  • Geothermal energy
  • Hydrogen
  • Hydropower

You can find more informations about the different sources of Renewable Energy on this website:

http://www.energysavers.gov/renewable_energy/

Renewable energy is energy which do not emit any greenhouse gases or toxic waste in the process of producing electricity. So it is clean energy and on the long-term.

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2011 in Uncategorized