solar energy

Your Questions About Solar Energy Jobs

David asks…

Is there any kind of training for something related to solar energy?

I heard in solar energy jobs is growing. I want to learn more about it & maybe working in that field. Where can I take training class in San Jose, California?

admin answers:

ITT tech insitute

Michael asks…

What are some jobs created by using solar energy?

I mean how is solar energy contributing to the job market?
Is it creating more jobs? If so, which ones?
If not, why not?

admin answers:

It requires people to manufacture the solar cells (in a semi-conductor plant) as well as people to get up on roofs to install them, PV doesn’t require much maintenance although solar thermal (pretty much restricted to large scale generation) does require quite a bit of maintenance.

The diffuse nature of solar power means that you need a lot of collectors to get a decent amount of power out of it so solar would create quite a lot of jobs for the amount of power generated which is one of the disadvantages of solar power compared to other more concentrated forms of power. Creating jobs isn’t really of much use if the jobs are useless and having more people working in the energy industry than necessary means that there are less people available to work elsewhere (though there are much better arguments against ground based solar power).

If we reduced our energy usage by the levels that many solar and wind proponents want us to then we’d probably find we don’t have enough energy to run any of our factories (although those levels are never going to happen so it isn’t a very realistic worry).

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Your Questions About Solar Energy Generator Suppliers

Mark asks…

Does the excess solar power you make from your home solar panel go back into the grid?

I know someone that has solar panels on their house. They say that the extra electricity they make goes back into the grid and they get paid for it.

Now i was wondering, as they have no way of storing the electricity(elec) they make, that this means that any elec they make must be used at the time of making the elec, i.e if they happened to be boiling the kettle and the sun was shining then they could immediately use their solar generated elec.

But what if the sum of the elec they generate is greater than what they immediately need?

Then this extra elec goes back onto the grid?

If so how does the grid manage this extra supply of elec(even if it is tiny, it’s still surplus?) as i would imagine the grid already has some way of knowing how much elec should be needed.

Or does this extra supply go back to some storage batteries or however the grid may store elec.

Confusing i know, but basically how does the grid manage the elec they need plus any extra from home users?

If you imagine a river with lots of little streams pouring into it, the more rain the more these streams fill the river adding surplus water, same idea with the elec.

admin answers:

Sending your excess energy to the grid is a very convenient arrangement and small suppliers normally get paid as much (sometimes more!) for the kWh they supply as for that which they draw; often ending up with net income. So you notice no inconvenience or interruption with your power supply due for example to the vagaries of batteries.

No one seems to address your central question about where the supplied energy goes. Well, it may, as you say, ever so slightly upset the balance of input and output power on the grid and this will cause all the generators and the grid frequency to speed up just a tiny amount. Because of such imbalances between supply and consumption occurring from minute to minute on the grid, the frequency is constantly monitored and generator loads are always being adjusted to maintain the frequency which can nevertheless vary by 1 or 2 percent from its nominal value at any time. Over a whole day the frequency is adjusted so as to achieve exactly the correct total number of cycles, which keeps any mains-powered clocks at the correct time. So an extra 2 kW that you supply may be taken by a load which happens to switch in at the same time and if not then ultimately the load being supplied by a generator somewhere will be reduced by 2 kW. In the end then, there is an energy storage buffer in the grid in the form of the kinetic energy of its connected generators but it is not much and requires pretty continuous control to stabilize it.

James asks…

Anyone know where I could access solar panel and wind generator for small home from reliable supplier? Thanks?

Try to help small village home with their drought, electricity, farming, small industry, pump and water problems. They got plenty of wind and sunshine but rather dispense with fuel operational cost. Perhaps wind generator and solar panel generator could be the solutions. Besides being a good standby reliable no cost operation it also help prevent greehouse emission. Looking for a reliable products and supplier both for sosial and commercial purpose. Appreciate any website you could introduce me to. Thank you.

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i know that tractor supply company carries solar panels but they are not high producing. Each set cost around 300 bucks not including the batteries. I’m going to use complete solar energy for my house. I figured that it would take 3 sets of solar panels from tsc. Each set using 4 marine batteries would cost 2500 to 3000 bucks and it would produce enough power run my most basic energy needs. As far as wind mills i haven’t checked that idea out yet but i will soon enough. I hope that you find what you need. Good luck.

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Your Questions About Solar Energy Materials And Solar Cells

Mary asks…

What role does information technology play in the solar energy industry? and how is IT used in this industry?

Appreciate any information the areas in the solar energy production or solar cell manufacturing where IT plays a role? IT firms providing solutions or technology to solar companies or case studies?


admin answers:

Any manufacturing is going to need control of inventory, process control, and procurement of materials at best prices.

Large solar facilities will need to track the output of each panel and each inverter individually, or at least track groups of them, so that if something breaks, the company can go and fix it. They can also notice a slight percentage drop in output, possibly indicating that the panels need to be cleaned.

Selling the electricity is a financial transaction. The kind of bidding and selling that Enron did still goes on, but is more regulated now. As such, it’s the similar to a stock market, and lots of IT is needed.

Mark asks…

What is the difference between a panel of solar cells and a solar heating panel?

What is the difference between a panel of solar cells and a solar heating panel?
Its for my physics homework :/

admin answers:

The cells produce electrical current. The panels produce heat.

Cells are made of photo electric material (like variations of silicon). So when photons (light) strike the material, electrons are bounced off their outer orbitals and become free electrons. The free electrons drift through connecting wires towards ground level and that creates the current to power your computer.

The panels are infused with small pipes that carry a fluid. As the photons strike the pipes, the fluid is heated by the radiant energy. And that fluid is propelled by the heat gradient, high heat runs toward low heat, and that creates a fluid current. The fluid then travels through pipes, usually embedded in the floor, to heat the room.

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Your Questions About Solar Energy Generators India

Paul asks…

What’s the most earth friendly car on the market today? Also is there any solar powered cars in the works yet?

I think that having solar powered cars would be amazing you hear about people trying to make them possible and then the idea just fades away. I guess that would be a big upset for the gas company’s or maybe it’s just impossible…. Any why, what is the most earth friendly car on the market right now and what is it powered by?

admin answers:

A problem with solar is the energy conversion is so low that to be affective the cells must be put into huge frames on large land areas. These are solar farms that convert the Sun’s energy into electricity.
The most earth friendly vehicle is made in India and are used as delivery trucks. They run on compressed air. Here in the states, a complete electric car that can travel 200 miles on a charge is called a Tesla sports car and costs over $100,000. Here is the problem, it runs quietly and efficiently on electricity but where does this power come from? Much of our electricity comes from heavily polluting coal generators. See the problem?

David asks…

why use of solar energy has not worked for India so far?

It is widely accepted that use of solar power for domestic purposes in the country like India can share the burden of power crisis to a great extent. Govt. apathy may be the reason?

admin answers:

Solar panels or cells requires silver lining which needs more capital (money) and the output is very less for each solar plate.It also requires lot of maintenance because of direct exposure to environmental conditions.Any how, the solar generators or solar lamps are now coming into market abundantly;But as you said to resolve the power crisis,I think it would take more time….

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Your Questions About Solar Energy Facts

Michael asks…

what is the fact about earth that creates the unequal distribution of solar energy?

Need help on this question:

what is the fact about earth that creates the unequal distribution of solar energy?


admin answers:

That it is a sphere. At high latitiudes, the sun’s rays hit nearly parallel to the ground, and thus heat is spread over a large area (like tilting a flashlight at a wall. It forms a circle, but as you tilt it, it makes a larger and larger circle that’s dimmer). And that’s why it gets cold.

William asks…

How could i find a sponsor to invest on solar energy?

I have finalized some inventions in the field of hydrogen and solar energy. I have made many connections to demonstrate them, but because of very poor investment on research in my region there is the least chance to find a sponsor. Do you know someone, some company or organization to be interested in the matter?
The fact is that i have also contacted some universities, but since my prior education is not related to this field (mining engineering), they can not accept me.
At the time being I am working on the patents.

admin answers:

I work for appalachian energy. We provide solar, wind, andhydro power. Go to

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Your Questions About Solar Energy Generator Cost

Betty asks…

What is the cheapest type of generator to use?

I’m thinking about using a generator for outdoor use but the price of petrol and diesel is too expensive and wondering of there’s any other types of generators that cost a lot cheaper to run. I was actually thinking about buying a Diesel one and running it on red diesel but I don’t know where to buy red diesel.
Over here in the UK you need to prove what you want red diesel for like if you own a farm or something to run tractors. It isn’t easy to buy because people will use it to run diesel cars as its tax free.

admin answers:

Solar cells or wind powered turbines, but initial cost is horrendous.

However, in the UK at the moment there are Government backed schemes for these Green Energy sources where you can actually put power back into the National Grid, when you are not using it, or generating an excess for your own usage and get paid for it. Again initial costs are mind blowing.

Jenny asks…

Why doesn’t set up a deep water siphon to lift deep cold water power running on solar and?

Energy to power, generators for the pumps that lift the water,

is cost the only factor or are there any

ideas on generating electricity from noise as it’s everywhere,

like a static powered watch only higher

levels of current for houses ?

Cheers & Thanks to all answers, Mars Mission.

admin answers:

Cost seem to be the key factor and the lack of Research on it.

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The Facility Of Portable Solar Power Generators

Sunlight stands as one of the most important renewable sources of energy in prospect. Solar energy is now actively being used by the technology of solar cells, which collect solar energy from the sunlight and covert it into electric power. To greatly facilitate the use of such solar plants, now we have the portable solar power generators commercially available.

Reasons For Choosing Portable Solar Power Generators

Users of power generators gas and motor oil are often complaining against the noise produced by them. Also, these generators have to be constantly refilled with the fuel-an alienating duty. Solar power generators rid the user of these concerns. Still better, portable solar power generators make it possible to provide the appliances as small as a power drill to larger ones like TV or Refrigerator with the required electric power. Running on wheels, these generators are ideal for using at remote construction sites, camping, desert trips, and ordinary household use. Many durable designs are now available for use with a strong wagon-style base and large handles that are easy to grip. In short, portable solar power generators make power available at almost anywhere.

Features Of Some Good Portable Solar Power Generators

Some of the best portable solar power generators come in different models with 12 to 30 Amperes electric current and 150 watts inverter. These are mostly easy to use due to their plug and go system. Some of these come with batteries for storing the charge others lack batteries. A good solar power generator will store six batteries. Panels, which run the generator, can be folded for easy portability. Also, these generators show protective and durability features like separate fusion of the sockets, unbreakable enclosures, and resistance to weathering or corrosion. Most of all, such generators are environment friendly and produce both AC and DC current without noise or fumes. House lights, computers, fans, radios and TV etc. all run perfect with these portable solar generators.

Pros And Cons In Using Portable Solar Generator

On the plus side, a solar power generator is going to be more efficient than electricity powered generators. You will not to have to not have to search for an outlet to plug in your generator. On the other hand, you must remember that your solar generator will require sunlight. On a cloudy day or after sunset, it will not work unless you have additional batteries stored in it for holding solar energy as electric charge.

Your Questions About Solar Energy

William asks…

How solar energy can be generated at competitive cost?

How solar energy can be produced at competitive cost for the welfare of people at large?Presently what is the status of its use in india?

admin answers:

Professor Andrew Blakers from The Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems at the Australian National University will today report to the Greenhouse 2000 Conference in Melbourne that photovoltaic (PV) solar energy conversion can be cost-competitive with any low-emission electricity generation technology by 2030.

His paper describes how extrapolation of the huge economic and technical gains made by photovoltaics over the last 15 years gives confidence that a dramatic shift in electricity generation technology over the next quarter-century is possible.

Worldwide photovoltaic sales are growing at 40 to 50% per year. Government research & market support for photovoltaics of around $400 billion spread over the next 25 years can deliver the technology required to eliminate electricity production as a contributor to climate change. This is a large sum of money – similar to the cost of the Iraq war – but it is dwarfed by the $23 trillion expected investment in oil exploration out to 2030 or the $24 trillion investment in PV systems required to generate half of the world’s electricity by 2040.

Professor Blakers will also describe Sliver solar cell technology, which was invented at Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh, Scotland, by Dr Klaus Weber and Professor Blakers in 2000 while attending a conference. Origin Energy, one of the sponsors of the Greenhouse 2000 Conference, is commercialising Sliver technology in Adelaide.
Work at ANU shows that Sliver solar cell technology can achieve electricity costs below retail electricity costs within five years, with the right investment. Explosive growth in sales in the commercial and residential sector will then follow.

Professor Blakers said that Sliver solar cell technology “can go all the way.”

“It’s not difficult to envisage Sliver based technology delivering electricity at a cost that matches wind energy, zero-emission coal and other clean energy technologies. No leap of faith is required; just careful engineering and adaptation of existing techniques from other industries,” he said.

Dr Weber added that it is essential to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel based electricity generation in order to limit climate change. The cost of doing this with advanced solar technology will be far lower than the pessimistic forecasts advanced by some analysts.

“The key to a clean energy future is the setting of clear and challenging targets and the provision of reliable, long-term support to the solar industry. The industry will respond and deliver the required technology,” Dr Weber said. Recent solar and fuel cell articles

Organic solar cells will help spur viability of alternative energy October 10, 2005
Imagine being able to “paint” your roof with enough alternative energy to heat and cool your home. What if soldiers in the field could carry an energy source in a roll of plastic wrap in their backpacks?

Harvesting tornadoes as power plants; renewable wind vortex energy October 9, 2005
Engineers are working to use artificial tornadoes as a renewable energy source according to an article in last week’s issue of The Economist. Storms release a tremendous amount of energy. Hurricane Katrina, a category 4 hurricane, released enough energy to supply the world’s power needs for a year, while the typical tornado produces as much power as a large power station.

Danish researchers develop hydrogen tablet; stores hydrogen in inexpensive and safe material September 21, 2005
Scientists at the Technical University of Denmark have invented a technology which may be an important step towards the hydrogen economy: a hydrogen tablet that effectively stores hydrogen in an inexpensive and safe material. With the new hydrogen tablet, it becomes much simpler to use the environmentally-friendly energy of hydrogen. Hydrogen is a non-polluting fuel, but since it is a light gas it occupies too much volume, and it is flammable. Consequently, effective and safe storage of hydrogen has challenged researchers world-wide for almost three decades. At the Technical University of Denmark, DTU, an interdisciplinary team has developed a hydrogen tablet which enables storage and transport of hydrogen in solid form.

High oil prices make Asia pursue green energy September 9, 2005
For energy-hungry Asian governments, the answer could literally be blowing in the wind. Across the region, renewable energy such as solar, wind and geothermal power is gaining ever greater credence as a way to curb the region’s appetite for oil and cut runaway import bills. With oil prices near $70, and expected by many analysts to stay over $50 through the end of 2006, governments believe alternative energy will help keep their economies growing.

Cockroaches and rats used as batteries? August 24, 2005
An article in today’s Manilla Times highlights some local research into using common household pests as energy sources. A group of scientists from Feati University recently devised a biological fue

Robert asks…

When solar energy is available in abundance why we rely on oil and other alternative?

Why can solar energy be not used everywhere? Is it very expensive to tap it?

admin answers:

Solar energy is (or was) very expensive, yes. That is changing. Current costs versus long term power production are falling, however. At present, the cost is borderline.

However, solar energy alone is not a complete answer. First of all, for the production of electricity, it has some problems. The main one, of course, is tha tit doesn’t work at night. You either need a storage system (batteries) or an alternative source when it’s dark or cloudy.

There are alternatives which, combined with solar energy, can replace coal. Wind, existing hydroelectric systems, nuclear energy, and tidal power are some of them.

Myy point is, don’t fall into thhe trap of fixating on a single all-encompassing cure-all technology. We need a mix of technologies. That’s true today–we use coal, oil, nuclear, hydroelectric, and other sources–a mix of technologies to provide our energy needs. We need to change themix–eliminating fossil fuels and incorporating new technologies to replace those fossil fuels. There is no simple solution.

Now-as to oil–it is used primarily for transportation. In some ways it is ideal: its easy to store and the fuel stores the energy, whichis released when it’s burned.

There are alternatives. The one I think the most practical is to use electric cars. Current technology makes electric cars with performance and adequate range possible at prices comparable to gas-powered cars (once they are produced in large numbers as gas-powered cars are). That’s acutally a solved problem. What we do not have is a way of producing the electricity to power all those cars (without buring oil or coal, which defeats the purpose) at present. For that–go back to the first part of this post.

But we also do not have a practical infrastructure to deliver that electricity to a fleet of 150 millioncars (in the US). That is not a trivial problem. Think of what it takes to deliver a gallon of gas from an oil well to your car. Here’s the sequence. Oil well to pipeline (hundreds of miles) to refinery to another pipeline to atanker truck to an gas storage tank under a gas station and then a pump to take the gas out o fthe tank and deliver it to your car.

And remember, you need tha tinfrastructure so comprehensive that it blankets an entire CONTINENT.

You will need the samme for electric cars (or any other alternative).

I don’t mean to discourage you–this is doable. We DID do jsut that in the early 20th century to make our current system of gs-driven cars possible. But that took decades–and a hellava lot of engineering and research.

But–as to your question–we wil get solar power on a large scale in the foreseeable future. But we will need a lot more. It’s a complex problem–and a big one.

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Your Questions About Solar Energy Generators

Robert asks…

How to build a free source of energy?

Ive decided i want to use my free time to build something useful like a solar powered energy generator, or wind powered turbine to produce free energy, does anybody out there know of any FREE sites that teach you step by step how to build any one of these? Also what are your thoughts on these machines?

admin answers:

Build either of these
1. Solar powered generator
2. Wind turbine
3. Tidal flow turbine
4. Magnetic generator
5.geothermal energy source

Chris asks…

Where to buy an affordable Solar System in Saudi Arabia?

Does anyone knows where to buy an affordable Solar Energy Generator for the use of homes or remote farms in Saudi Arabia? I would appreciate solutions in the Eastern part of Saudi better. Does anyone knows if the technology now is practical in Saudi and do you have any information on people who have used these on small scales like homes?

admin answers:

Have you considered building your own?

Resources and parts to build them are pretty common place these days. There is lots of info around on how to do this.


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Your Questions About Solar Energy For Kids

Donald asks…

What do you think will be the next big thing in energy?

Few years ago we had horse powered cars, then came the steam powered engines, and now we have fuel powered engines.

There are some cars in the market that work with electricity today, or solar energy, but none of them have yet addressed the needs of the market, what are your thoughts? Are we going to see or more probably our kids are going to see a new set of vehicles propelled with some sort of energy that replaces petroleum based fuel?

admin answers:

I think plug-in hybrids like the Chevy Volt will be a big deal.

For the short trips, it’s all-electric. No gas needed.

For longer trips, you have a small gas engine to generate electricity for the electric engine. And that engine doesn’t have to be gas either. E85, biodiesel, butanol, etc.

The possibilities are endless.

John asks…

Why did Ronald Reagan rip out the solar panels Jimmy Carter installed on top of the White House?

Sure, Jimmy Carter’s administration was a mess.

But solar energy was a legitimately good idea.

Why did Reagan remove the solar panels (at TAXPAYER EXPENSE, no less…) that Carter had previously installed on top of the White House?

What was the point?

What did Reagan actually do to decrease America’s dependency on Mideast oil – anythng?

admin answers:

The day the votes were tallied and we got the news that Reagan had won, the very first commentator asked him what his plan was to boost the economy.

He answered “I don’t have a plan.”

The commentator then stated ” But Sir, when you campaigned you said you had a plan.”

Reagan replied ” Anybody that was running for President would say they had a plan whether or not they really did have a plan.”

This told me right then and there that this man was a great Poster Boy for Opportunists everywhere.

I never believed another word that came out of his mouth, just like Bushie Boy Jr’s.

Far too many Americans died from AIDS during his term of office, mostly because he denied there was such a disease, so absolutely no Fed. Dollars were appropriated for AIDS/HIV Research, Care, or Prevention during his reign.

As far as ripping the Solar Panels out, he did this for two reasons.

One was because Nancy Reagan, being the Liberal that she’s always been, liked them, and Ronnie hated anything that Nancy liked, even her grown kids.

The second reason was out of pure spite.

I can’t tell you how much of a bad President he was.


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Your Questions About Solar Energy Generator Wikipedia

Ken asks…

What are the best three electrical energy suppliers?

[Location no object] Can anyone give me the details of three electrical energy suppliers that offer the best value for money?

And any additional details about the company…(Website etc…)


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Ecologically speaking

the Sun
Solar energy is the radiant light and heat from the Sun that has been harnessed by humans since ancient times using a range of ever-evolving technologies. Solar radiation along with secondary solar resources such as wind and wave power, hydroelectricity and biomass account for most of the available renewable energy on Earth. Only a minuscule fraction of the available solar energy is used.

Solar power technologies provide electrical generation by means of heat engines or photovoltaics. Once converted its uses are only limited by human ingenuity. A partial list of solar applications includes space heating and cooling through solar architecture, potable water via distillation and disinfection, daylighting, hot water, thermal energy for cooking, and high temperature process heat for industrial purposes.

Solar technologies are broadly characterized as either passive solar or active solar depending on the way they capture, convert and distribute sunlight. Active solar techniques include the use of photovoltaic panels, solar thermal collectors, with electrical or mechanical equipment, to convert sunlight into useful outputs. Passive solar techniques include orienting a building to the Sun, selecting materials with favorable thermal mass or light dispersing properties, and designing spaces that naturally circulate air.

Wind power is the conversion of wind energy into a useful form, such as electricity, using wind turbines. At the end of 2008, worldwide nameplate capacity of wind-powered generators was 120.8 gigawatts.[1] Although wind produces only about 1.5% of worldwide electricity use,[1] it is growing rapidly, having doubled in the three years between 2005 and 2008. In several countries it has achieved relatively high levels of penetration, accounting for approximately 19% of electricity production in Denmark, 10% in Spain and Portugal, and 7% in Germany and the Republic of Ireland in 2008.

and Waves,(as in ocean waves)
Ocean waves are caused by the wind as it blows across the sea. Waves are a powerful source of energy.

The problem is that it’s not easy to harness this energy and convert it into electricity in large amounts. Thus, wave power stations are rare.


Today the largest use of hydropower is for the creation of hydroelectricity, which allows low cost energy to be used at long distances from the water source. Hydroelectricity is electricity generated by hydropower, i.e., the production of power through use of the gravitational force of falling or flowing water. It is the most widely used form of renewable energy. Once a hydroelectric complex is constructed, the project produces no direct waste, and has a considerably different output level of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) than fossil fuel powered energy plants. Worldwide, hydroelectricity supplied an estimated 715,000 MWe in 2005. This was approximately 19% of the world’s electricity (up from 16% in 2003), and accounted for over 63% of electricity from renewable sources.[1]

Some jurisdictions do not consider large hydro projects to be a sustainable energy source, due to the human, economic and environmental impacts of dam construction and maintenance.


Daniel asks…

where do you find info on converting fruit waste into energy?

ok im in 8th grade advance science and i want to do a science fair project on converting fruit waste into energy but im having issues on finding Information help me please???!!

or if you have a better idea on how to wow the judges but have the experiment be something that has to do with environment that would be much appreciated.

admin answers:

There are 3 ways to utilize organic waste for energy.
1 biodiesel -corn/soybean/any oil
2 methane -mostly animal waste
3 ethanol -sugar/starch vegetables

Since fruit has a high sugar content you will want to produce ethanol. You will want to search the web for wine making(drinking alcohol is wine) The process is simple, just add water and yeast to the container and keep it sealed at room temperature.

Tip: If your fruit waste is clean i would put it strait into a container. If its not, I would cook it first to make sure all the bacteria is killed. You wan the only think living in the container to be yeast otherwise it wont work.

Here are the steps to energy production:

1. Fruit waste
2. Yeast creates ethanol from sugars
3. Remove Juice (compost the solids)
4. Distill the juice( to seperate the ethanol from the other stuff)
5. Burn the ethanol with alcohol burner (you can use a peice of cotton rope poked through the top of a container filled with ethanol)

This would be a very cool project. The alcohol burner is simple, but it represents ethanol being used in a car, generator, etc.

For a first attempt you may want to add some sugar with your fruit waste just to make sure it works. Once you have the process down you can remove the sugar.

This is a hard project. If you run into stumbles, ask lots of questions. If your project doesn’t go fully as planed, explain to the judges the process, what you learned and what you would change.

Best of Luck!

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Your Questions About Solar Energy Colorado

David asks…

What type of home construction in best suited for the climate of Denver?

What climate factors need to be considered when building a home in Denver?

How well should the house be insulated?

What is the number of heating degree days?(mean below 65 degrees F)

What is the number of cooling degree days?(mean above 85 degrees F)

Is solar energy an option?

Should I worry about water conservation?

This is not a homework question! I am looking to move there and have herd lots of bad things and am looking to build a home and need help figuring it all out because my husband is an idiot!

admin answers:

To get really accurate answers you will need to ask a home construction person, but I will give you some rough ideas.

>> What climate factors need to be considered when building a home in Denver?
Denver gets cold. It can get below zero and stay there. In summer it can stay over 90 for weeks. The heat and cold are dry so it rarely gets really hot or really bone-chilling cold. I consider Houston really hot. I consider the east coast really cold. I have never been that miserable in Denver. A well constructed, well insulated, passive-solar designed, south-facing house is a big plus.

>> How well should the house be insulated? I would suggest R30 or above

>> What is the number of heating degree days?(mean below 65 degrees F)
At night temps gets below 65 a good deal of the time. A well build house will retain heat so there is no need to turn a furnace on until it gets a lot colder than 65. I have friends who turn off their furnace from May to September.

>> What is the number of cooling degree days?(mean above 85 degrees F)
I was born in Colorado, and have never used air conditioning in a house. You get a few well places fans and there is no need for air conditioning. Again, dry heat.

>> Is solar energy an option?
Absolutely! With over 300 days that are at least party sunny, solar is an excellent option. Passive solar is one of the best options around. See the link to CRES last time I answered your question

>> Should I worry about water conservation?
Absolutely! Colorado is high desert. We have serious water shortage problems that are only partially being addressed. Consider xeriscaping your yard and use water wisely.

Ruth asks…

How much energy does Colorado use a year?

hello could you please tell me how many MW of energy Colorado uses a year? and also what percent of that is made up of solar and wind energy? What is the most common source of energy? Were there any solar and wind plants 10 years ago? If not, could you please tell me when they first arrived?

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