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Archive for April, 2007

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An Irish Business Offering Variety
and Savings on CFL Bulbs

Go On – Go On – Go On – – Save yourself money and save the environment by buying CFL bulbs at a discount. Avocalite in Co Wicklow are offering a really good range of CFL bulbs, including the nice twirly ones and the candle types at good prices. Order €60 worth and they will post the order to you free of charge.

The ordinary CFL bulb is only €2.22 that a heck of a saving over Tesco. The nice candle shaped CFL bulbs are €2.97 each and they have High Power ones of 30 watts which give the light of a 150watt ordinary bulb for €4.45. You and a friend could order together and make up the €60 for free postage.

Just in case you are thinking – I have NO connection or arrangement whatsoever with AvocaLite. Just passing on a good deal.

Sorry guys I had neglected to include a link for AvocaLite, here it is:
http://www.avocalite.ie/

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Irish Doctor Death

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Ya -Ya -Ya I know I know – – This is supposed to be a Renewable Energy Blog. I just have to have a rant at the Irish hospital consultants. These highly paid people who earn on average 10 times more that the ordinary worker, their salary is in the region of €200,000 per year or €3846 per week, are going to hold the Irish public to ransom in an even more despicable and low handed move than any ESB worker. These poor consultants are not happy with the salary and deal they have, poor guys we should all pass the hat around for them!!!

They are about to take industrial action to disrupt essential medical services because of:

1. Greed.
2. Irresponsibility.
3. Professional Arrogance.
4. Total Disregard for the public.
5. Professional Misconduct.

This action, if carried out, would earn them the undisputed world title of Doctor Death.

They have already the reputation half earned by their ability to help spread MRSA in Irish hospitals, making Ireland hospitals among the most dangerous in the world.

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ESB Workers Declare Jihad on Irish Nation

I was saying recently that I felt it is time to scrap the ESB. The workers would seem to agree with the idea and have set about self destruction by declaring a Jihad against the Irish people in an effort to blackmail the Irish Government into maintaining the Frankenstein Monster of an inefficient, badly run, overpriced state monopoly that is the ESB.

The worker say they will hold the security, safety and economic well-being of the Irish people and the nation itself to ransom by causing power blackouts. Thus putting lives at risk, jobs at risk and the ecomomic wellbeing of the country at risk.

The best thing ever to happen to telephones and communication in Ireland was the scrapping of Telecom Eireann. Now it is time to hunt and destroy this ESB monster.

This is WAR!!!

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75% of Commercial Lighting
will be LED by 2030

Some estimates put the new form of lighting using LEDs or Light Emitting Diodes at 75% of all commercial lighting by the year 2030 – replacing CFLs, halogen and other types of lights.

There are millions of lamps lighting 24×7 in office buildings, hospitals, shopping malls, hotels etc. It is easy to see whay commercial buildings account for nearly half of total energy consumption for lighting against a quarter for homes.

CFL bulbs (Compact Florescent Lamps) are a big improvement over the ancient technology of filament lamps which were the first type of electric lamp ever made. LED or Light Emitting Diode lamps are that more efficient again than CFLs over filament lamps plus they have the huge advantage of lasting for 15 years or more without maintenance or replacement. Unlike CFLs they can also be dimmed, changed in colour and are virtually unbreakable.

One big installation of LED lamps is at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas where they replaced halogen lamps. This change has cut the annual energy costs from $18,000 to $1,900 Wow that must be a worthwhile saving.

British Airways London Eye replaced fluorescent with an LED system, eliminating former maintenance costs and requirements while gaining the ability to produce spectacular colour effects.

LED String Lamps by Philips

The idea that LEDs are still relegated to flashlights, taillights and electronic gadgets is a misconception. Some major landmarks, towers, and bridges around the world, and the world’s largest spherical building are all lit by LED lights. LED lighting is one of the most versatile, safe, economical and long lasting types of lighting currently available.

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New Ultra Efficient
High Power LED lamps
the next generation in lighting technology

Saving energy and cuting down on carbon emissions got a boost recently from Osram who have produced a new type of very hight efficiency lighting. The edited techno-speak from Osram reads:

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors presents its first coldwhite LED to achieve more than 1000 lumen. This means it is brighter than a 50 W halogen lamp, making it ideal for a wide range of everyday applications. Samples of the new OSTAR Lighting LED will be produced in the next three months. Market launch is planned for summer 2007. (They don’t indicate the price these things will sell at)

The LED is equipped with six closely packed 1 mm² high-power chips giving high luminance. What this means is that a single OSTAR Lighting with a 38° reflector is all that is needed to illuminate a desk with more than 500 lux (a good amount of light) from a height of two meters. OSTAR is also settings new standards in efficiency, producing 75 lm/W from an operating current of 350 mA. Here is a link to their site with some more news on the new type of lighting:

http://www.osram-os.com/

Send me a sample please guys when they are ready!!!!

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Full a Steorn

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FULL A STEORN
Steorn Has Missed another Deadline

Last August Steorn caused a stir by placing a huge advert in the Economist claiming to have invented a “free energy” machine that would power everything from mobile phones to whole cities.

Steorn has had a “jury” of 22 scientists testing it’s machine for over 3 months. It missed it’s own set deadline today for giving some announcement on viability by placing a completely inept and useless pseudo-statement on it’s web site. It had already outlined the magneto-mechanical nature of it’s “motor”and stated it’s .5 watt per cubic cm size to power ratio.

Guys – Either the darn thing works or it doesn’t, and 22 boffins playing with a toy for 3 months should be able to say if it is viable or not. If it works say so – if it doesn’t fess up now.

Here is the promised Steorn announcement awaited for over 3 months:

Technical Specifications

Orbo is based upon the principle of time variant magneto-mechanical interactions. The core output from our Orbo technology is mechanical. This mechanical energy can be converted into electrical energy using standard generator technology either by integrating such technology directly with Orbo or by connecting the mechanical output from Orbo to the generation technology. The efficiency of such mechanical/electrical conversions is highly dependent on the components used and is also a function of size.

Orbo technology is subject to continuous development. This development is focused on improving the manufacturability of the technology, production costs and power density. Orbo was initially developed as using stop-start mechanisms (with a power density of 0.5 Watts per cm3), Steorn is currently finalizing the development of constant motion systems and a significant improvement in power density is anticipated.

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Steorn & Global Warming
There is a current sense of holding one’s breath
in anticipation of both the BAD and the GOOD.

On the one hand there are the dire predictions of the scientists about the effects of global warming. This coupled with the Al Gores horror movie adds up to producing a general sense of unease, dread and anxiety.

On the good side of the anticipation scales, are the various “save the earth energy sources” news items. Not least among these was the story last year that the Irish company Steorn had invented an all magnet “Over Unity” perpetual motion generator.

But sad to say, Steorn has missed a March 31st deadline for announcing the first series of tests and evaluations by an “independent” jury/panel of scientists. Why such a deadline should be missed would tend to lead one to question yet again the validity of their claim of “Over Unity” energy generation. Yet there is a persistant and nagging sense of hope, like a child’s anticipation of Santa’s visit at Christmas or of a fairy godmother’s magic, which outlasts all the failed science, the scams, and the failed-to-run projects that have made the news in recent years.

Some of the real science good-news stories that hold promise are mainly centred around the use of alternative fuels such as bio-diesel and bio-mass energy generation.

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