Archive | February 2019

This is the history of electricity. Unbiased.

The video title is a bit misleading. The “largest” power plant is only about 2 minutes of this UNBIASED informative and educational video. Please watch and gain the knowledge that can help you sort through the contorted “energy media.”

We have been told so much about “energy” from so many marketing agendas that I’m starting to question if I even know what’s really going on.
However, the history this goes over, and the way it’s presented, is the most complete and accurate I’ve ever seen.
For my Quora followers, I beg you to please take this 1-hour “class” on electricity, and energy. It will give you a baseline about how the electricity system, so dependable and affordable, has evolved and enabled the data age.

The reliability that we expect has been coming from this infrastructure. Yes, it’s been using coal, and efficient as coal has become, it’s now possible to replace it with “clean” natural gas, as a matrix for renewable electricity integration.

That option was not available 12 years ago. We had used up most of America’s traditionally produced natural gas. But unconventional natural gas has now made it more abundant and cost-effective than coal.

Our electricity sector is no longer the “Bad Actor.” in our energy mix. First, the CO2 per MWh is coming way down, and second, our electricity efficiency is getting better. That efficiency is paying for itself and getting more economically beneficial every day.

Electricity is now the “energy” that will save our climate. But we do need to reframe it, and the regulatory structure that’s being turned against electricity consumers, in order to start that swing.

That is a topic unto itself, and one of the most confusing situations for Americans today. So, before we go there, and before a lot of my perspectives will make sense, please take the time to set down and enjoy this “Class.”

That will give us a basis to build on, and as we build on that we’ll also be opening some windows to new perspectives that will lead to “Happy futures.”



Infographic: Why Farmers Are Ideally Positioned to Fight Climate Change | InsideClimate News

Source: Infographic: Why Farmers Are Ideally Positioned to Fight Climate Change | InsideClimate News

This is the kind of expertise and knowledge we must utilize in SubSaharan Africa,  Agriculture can absorb more CO2 than it creates when done properly.

Our Clean and renewable energy powered food processing can triple the retainable earnings of smallholder, and larger farming without fertilizer or unnatural pesticides.

It’s all about the correlation of what we know. We have the knowledge, we can make it very profitable and beneficial for every human involved. It just takes balance and a new mental model

 

Earth’s dismal water future, mapped – Los Angeles Times

Source: Earth’s dismal water future, mapped – Los Angeles Times

The good news for my friends who did not brush off my water concern is that we do have options for long term secure water and food production capability.

And it can be highly profitable and sustainable.  Provided we get the regenerative and balanced business model firmly in place before passing out the recipe to the scorpions.

Getting lights, food security and discretionary income to 600 million people is achievable. No “charity,” just productive work and fair earnings for the adults in the families

The potential profitability is in the areas of Sub Saharan Africa where no one is looking.  And, it’s sustainable productivity that supports business structures where  “every party wins”.  From the poorest subsistence farmers, up through the entire supply, services, and support tiers of a high value-added  processing plant

The only thing new about the approach is the broad-based business model. The revenue model is already working in South Africa where the raw ingredients are grown, and concentrated, frozen or powdered into long shelf life exportable products. The difference between South Africa and the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa has been South Africa’s availability of cheap and reliable electricity.

There are many large underutilized areas of Sub-Saharan Africa that have complete ecosystems capable of growing the needed raw food products. They just lack the reliable energy needed by the value-added segment of the process.

Now, with affordable and reliable clean and renewable electricity that can be near the point of food production, we can bring the capability to do the value-added food processing to the food farming areas.

This will bring a whole new economy to the area by enabling the gross revenue enhancement of food processing.  Sustainability is in the fabric of this business model.  A new food processing plant using 50 employees, will create a minimum of 1000 peripheral jobs.

Another essential is creating privately owned and managed farmers cooperatives. Business-oriented management at the outset will also provide the capability of maintaining the transparent equitable distribution models. The cooperatives can maintain the new buying power and affordable electrification at the farmer level.  

The distributed energy and food processing approach can now make it possible for smallholder farmers to produce and monetize crops that would be lost to spoilage without the markets, and refrigeration capability in the immediate areas of production.  Tomatoes, avocados, citrus, extractives for essential oils, can now be grown and processed for far-off markets.

Part of our commitment is to develop this enterprise in a way that also allows others to replicate the successes and avoid repeating the inevitable –Surprises- that accompany first implemented new enterprises.  

For more information call or text Bill Williams at 01 303 888 0380, William@Altresco, or connect on Facebook or LinkedIn with William Ross Williams.

©William Ross Williams 2.16.2019.

The Nuclear Boogieman

This is what a coal plant explosion looks like. We don’t hear about these

If you think that radiation from nuclear plants is a threat to your health, you’d better stop jetting about. You’ll be exposed to more rads of radiation on your long distance, higher altitude flights than you would be walking through the forest around Chernobyl.

Nuclear power generation has the best safety record, highest reliability, and least emissions of any thermal power option.

More people have died as a result of the TVA Kingston ash spill than from Fukushima.

https://www.nrdc.org/stories/hundreds-workers-who-cleaned-countrys-worst-coal-ash-spill-are-now-sick-and-dying

The Coal Industry underwrote the China Syndrome movie. Writers can get paid more for instilling nuclear fear, than most other topics.

In the 60s, the fear campaigns regarding nuclear were launched by Big Coal, And by the early 70s, Exxon, and friends were instituting their climate denial campaigns. And electing Presidents, Senators, congressmen, paying off Hollywood, writing the legislation that has kept America dirty.

Did you know that most of the coal-fired plants running 5 years ago were built during the nuclear fear campaign years?

What we don’t hear about are all the deaths that occur in the coal industry or generation. Those are hundreds of times worse than nuclear operations.
If the Fukushima Plant had been coal, the overall environmental impact would have been worse.

We must stop letting them keep killing us with fear. That’s part of why I write.

Microgrids for productivity

Microgrids are not a product in the durable product or consumable product sense, and unless they are part of a system that does produce tangible products, they have no value. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the products should be high value-added food products.

With refrigeration, this can be 5 days after harvest

In that context, they can start enabling a whole new SSA economy to develop. My vision is that “micro-grids” will be the key to helping the African population triple the Sub-Saharan Africa GDP.
It’s not about electricity. It’s not even about food. Its all about adding or preserving value.

By using micro-grids to power a new Distributed Agricultural Industry, we can change that poverty situation. By adding value, I mean like manufacturing Value-Added food products.

It’s not going to be hard to add value to otherwise spoiled high-value perishable fruits and vegetables. Refrigeration will stop the spoilage. And, when we stop the spoilage, we enable the farmers to quadruple their cash incomes. It’s really not that complicated.

My” back of the napkin” calculations indicate that this can increase the SSA GDP fourfold. 
 A $2/day increase in retainable income for smallholder farmers would add $2 trillion to the SSA GDP.
Before we can spread the “lights,” we must start spreading income potential. What we have here is an opportunity to do that while lowering the carbon footprint rather than raising it.   
 When every “stakeholder” involved in or impacted by new enterprises “wins” the economic impact expands exponentially. We know what that looks like and intend to include that as we take part in the transformation that is now possible.

Onward!

Himalayan glaciers predicted to melt as global warming bakes Asia

Let me add a perspective. This means that over 3 Billion of the earth’s inhabitants will be suffering from starvation by 2060. And, that’s just in Asia. Millennials will just be reaching their 60s. Just make a mental note. It’s stuff like this that is just below the surface of what I’m writing.

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In fact, a whopping two-thirds of Himalayan glaciers could melt by 2100 if global warming continues, according to a new report.

Source: Himalayan glaciers predicted to melt as global warming bakes Asia