Corporation, the second largest toy manufacturer
in the world. Over the years, Super Soaker®
sales have totaled close to one billion dollars.
Currently, Lonnie Johnson holds over 80 patents,
with over 20 more pending, and is the author of
several publications on spacecraft power
Two of Johnson’s companies,
Excellatron Solid State and
Johnson Electro-Mechanical Systems
(JEMS), are developing
revolutionary energy technology.
Excellatron is introducing a new
generation of rechargeable battery technology
which has the potential to revolutionize the
battery industry. Providing a source of energy
many times that which exists today in a
substantially reduced size, this technology will
solve many of the problems related to technology
mobility in the future.
Heat Direct to Electric Energy -
A Moonshot Project
Lonnie Johnson is trying to create more energy,
and do it with clean sources. He envisions an
engine that could convert heat to energy. Lonnie
tells us that the best energy source is the sun,
but cost effective technology to convert the sun
to energy does not yet exist. In his SolveForX
Heat Direct to Electric Energy,
Johnson gives us his best current solution.
Buildings consume around twenty percent of the
energy consumed in the United States. Two thirds
of that consumption comes from heating and air
conditioning needs. Johnson envisions an
efficient technology that could cut building
consumption in half.
Rapid solar energy growth
predicted in US: industry
It has taken 40 years for the US to hit 1
million solar energy installations, but it will
take only another two years for that figure to
double. Meanwhile, the current total solar
capacity of 27 GW is expected to triple by 2020.
In short, officials said Wednesday, solar's
future is bright as the sun.
Climate Nexus, a New York-based strategic
communications organization that promotes clean
energy solutions, hosted an online conference
call to mark the major milestone of 1 million
solar installations. Solar's benefits were
extolled by officials with the Solar Energy
Industries Association, Greentech Media and Vote
Careers in Solar Power
Sunlight is the most abundant source of
potential energy on the planet. If harnessed
properly, sunlight could easily exceed current
and future electricity demand. According to the
U.S. Department of Energy, every hour, enough
energy from the sun reaches Earth to meet the
world's energy usage for an entire year. 
Creating solar power by converting sunlight into
electricity would lower emissions from
electricity generation and decrease long-term
energy costs. As solar power becomes more
cost-effective, it has the potential to make up
a larger share of growing U.S. energy needs.
The solar power
industry employs a wide range of occupations in
a number of major industry segments: research
and development, manufacturing of solar power
materials, construction of solar power plants,
operation of solar power plants, and solar power
installation and maintenance. Sales occupations
are also integral to the solar power products
Following are descriptions of the most common
jobs in the solar power industry; for each
occupation, job duties are listed, along with
the credentials needed for the occupation,
including education, training, certification, or
Wind Power Continues Steady Growth
Across The U.S.
The U.S. wind power industry is celebrating
after reaching a new milestone in November: 70
gigawatts (GW) of generating capacity.
"That's enough to power about 19 million
homes," says Michael Goggin, senior director of
research at the American Wind Energy Association
There are more than 50,000 wind turbines
operating across 40 states and Puerto Rico,
according to the AWEA.
Wind power has grown quickly in recent years.
It sprinted past the 50 GW and 60 GW milestones
in 2012. Growth temporarily stalled as members
of Congress let a federal tax credit expire. But
now the boom times are back.
The federal budget deal, passed by Congress
and signed by President Obama last week,
includes a five-year extension of the Renewable
Energy Production Tax Credit. That sent solar
company stocks soaring.
Solar Will Replace Nearly All
Retiring Coal In Texas
In the next 15 years, Texas expects to add
somewhere between 14 and 27 gigawatts of solar
capacity, according to a new
long-term system assessment from the state’s
grid operator, ERCOT.
ERCOT is considering eight different
scenarios, such as continued low natural-gas
prices or extreme weather. Under all scenarios,
solar makes up nearly all of the new capacity.
In all of the scenarios, ERCOT assumes that
changes to the U.S. Environmental Protection
regional haze rule will go into effect.
Those changes are expected to make the rule more
stringent and impact power producers with
emissions that affect air quality.
What Can Solar Do for You
My townhome doesn't allow solar panels. To
the homeowners association (HOA), they are ugly
and disrupt the cohesive (cough, cookie-cutter)
look of the neighborhood. To me this was a blow.
Not only do I think solar panels look cool, I
work at the National Renewable Energy Lab. I
talk about energy-efficiency on Energy Saver
social media, and I used to constantly nag my
roommate to turn off her lights. (At one point I
secretly switched all her light bulbs to LEDs
without her noticing.) So needless to say, I
wanted to install solar panels.
But while I don't have the option for solar
panels (at least until the HOA wakes up and
changes its policy), many of you out there do!
This month we've talked all about how to use
solar energy, but we haven't talked about
why. Well, you're in luck. Today, you get
to hear all about what solar can do for you.
Solar panel incentives, rebates
& tax breaks
Investment tax credit for solar
government provides a solar tax
credit, known as the investment
tax credit (ITC), that allow
homeowners and businesses to
deduct a portion of their solar
costs from their taxes. Both
homeowners and businesses
qualify for a federal tax credit
equal to 30 percent of the cost
of their solar panel system
minus any cash rebates. Learn
more about the
federal solar tax credit,
including the timeline for the
eventual end of the ITC in 2022.
offer additional tax credits for
installing a solar panel system.
With a state solar tax credit,
you can deduct a portion of the
cost of your solar panel system
from your state tax bill,
similar to the federal ITC.
These amounts vary significantly
Obama promises more help for U.S. cities
WASHINGTON — President
Obama promised more help for America's
cities Thursday, telling a gathering of mayors
at the White House that they're on the front
lines of providing services to citizens.
Obama promised $80 million in water
infrastructure grants to Michigan, the day after
returning from a trip to Detroit in which he
lamented the water crisis in Flint.
“Our children should not have to be worried
about the water that they’re drinking in
American cities. That's not something that we
should accept," Obama told the mayors.
10 Best US Cities For Tech
Jobs In 2016
"In particular, work-life
balance and affordability
increasingly matter to tech job
seekers when they are searching
for the best city to land a new
job," Berry explained. Employees
on Glassdoor have been reporting
a decline in work-life balance,
many employers in the
listed cities are
amend this with benefits
like work-from-home days and
unlimited paid time off.
Affordability is also
important in searching for a
place to live, but tech pros in
popular and expensive cities
like San Jose typically earn
handsome salaries to offset high
prices. Many accept the
trade-off because these cities
offer the work-life balance and
job satisfaction they crave.
Many of the cities on
Glassdoor's top 25 list are
well-known and rapidly growing
hubs within the technology
industry. The company did not
specifically measure the top
cities for tech pros as part of
its research, but it did shed
some light on which cities best
cater to the evolving needs
people who work in tech.
Audio -Video References
The following are bread crumbs to assist in
Revolutionary designs for energy alternatives:
Lonnie Johnson at TEDxAtlanta 17:07 (VIDEO)
- Dave Follette - Solar Energy At The
Gigawatt Scale 9:41 (VIDEO)
President Speaks at the National Clean Energy
Summit 27:26 (VIDEO)
Energy in the United States: A Decade of
Record Growth 4:05 (VIDEO)
Renewable Energy 4:16 (VIDEO)
of Green Energy - Documentary 53:00
Growing On-track in U.S. 0:51 (VIDEO)
Wind Power Stations Fuel Renewable
Energy Growth - Energy Minute for August 29, 2013
and Solar Replace America's Coal Plants?
Panels Can Save & Make You Money! 2:39 (VIDEO)
Ultimate Guide To DIY Off Grid Solar Power
the Future of Commercial Aviation: Boeing's
787 Dreamliner 1:24:56 (VIDEO)
Griffin: A new vision for rebuilding Detroit 11:48
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