Crowdsourcing Green Innovation – The GE Ecomagination Challenge

GE announced a $200 million effort in crowdsourcing green innovation, the GE Ecomagination Challenge.  Running for ten weeks from July 13 through September 30, 2010, it is an open call for “breakthrough ideas to create a cleaner, more efficient and economically viable grid, and (to) accelerate the adoption of smart grid technologies” http://challenge.ecomagination.com/ct/a.bix?c=ideas.

While the language seems . . . → Read More: Crowdsourcing Green Innovation – The GE Ecomagination Challenge

To Big to Spill? BP and the Question of Subsidies

The sinking of the British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon rig into the Gulf of Mexico on April 22 will be investigated, written about, cleaned up after, and litigated for the next decade.  While the environmental costs of this disaster are on everyones minds, now would be a good time to take a look at the subsidies that . . . → Read More: To Big to Spill? BP and the Question of Subsidies

Smarter Grid

The electric grid can be thought of as the largest man-made machine.  Quite literally (glossing over certain technicalities in definition and interconnection), it can be seen as a single, integrated “device” that stretches from coast to coast (and beyond if you include underwater cables in some areas).  To do that, and to supply electricity to millions . . . → Read More: Smarter Grid

Connecting the Dots

The keynote speaker at the fundraiser was not intending to be alarmist, but, as a physicist, merely trying to explain certain aspects of cause and effect.

The cause, in this instance, was the warming of the earth due to the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and, being a physicist, he was more comfortable referring to . . . → Read More: Connecting the Dots