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Comment by jeff on July 16, 2009 at 8:30am
"Jetstream Wind Inc. officials said the $219 million plant would use electricity from wind, solar and other renewable energy sources to separate water into hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen would then be burned in a turbine - similar to those used by natural gas-fired power plants - to generate enough electricity to power about 6,000 homes and businesses."

so, they're using ELECTRICITY to run another process which is designed to create fuel which can then be burned to create, uh, ELECTRICITY.

rube goldberg utilities, inc.?
Comment by cc on July 16, 2009 at 9:16am
Hey Self Serve - love these selections you choose!!!
Comment by cc on July 16, 2009 at 9:19am
Wonder if Jetstream could use salinated water for its Hydrogen & Oxygen source?
Comment by Self Serve on July 16, 2009 at 9:25am
Thanks, CC! It's fun... and seems folks like the more bizarre and obscure news. Am I right, people?
Comment by Barelas Babe on July 16, 2009 at 9:38am
I second cc's praise - your selections are great!
Comment by shotsie on July 16, 2009 at 11:14am
Hopefully, the Jetstream folks will make use of the hot air produced by the turbines, as well as the "waste" pure water that is produced as by-products (distilled water is pretty profitable these days). We used turbines to produce electricity and heat/cooling for a landfill gas project a decade ago - the captured heat made the project profitable. I would've preferred seeing them use a hydrogen fuel cell, since it's much more efficient, but they probably have their reasons. I see their technology as being a better fit for windy areas - wind turbines are much cheaper per kilowatt than solar, but wind energy tends to be spastic - storing the hydrogen for later use is a good idea.
As a side note, Garrett Turbines in Phoenix adapted one of their older cast iron turbines to use the waste gasses from the Holsum Bread company - turning waste alcohol and methane into both power and heat for the facility, plus, as a side benefit, cleaning up the emissions from the Holsum plant enough to get them off the EPA's air quality list. Win-win-win!
Comment by cc on July 16, 2009 at 11:56am
Spouse and I have a rescued rez dog, so we appreciated the article. Earlier in the week, the article about the murders of folks who are transgendered was news I had not heard and was so important to know about that going on, though so awful. You are showing other news sources not familiar with but excellent.
Comment by killbox on July 16, 2009 at 12:01pm
As for hydrogen conversion, and storage, id like to see some efficiency statements, unless there are some secret breakthroughs you wind up throwing away 85-90% of your (green)energy just trying to make the hydrogen, and then eat up nearly as much again to compress it and chill it and store it. it seams to me that one would be better of loosing the 10-20% by just storing it in batteries, or using it as its generated.
Comment by Suzanne on July 16, 2009 at 12:47pm
The City posts all of its surplus auctions online including cheap City vehicles.

http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/albuquerque,nm/browse/home
Comment by Self Serve on July 16, 2009 at 9:48pm
Yay. Thanks for all the energy making explanations and feedback! I love it. I love DCF! -Molly

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