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Chandraprakash G (சந்திரப்பிரகாஷ்)
Being an Atheist, My mind is my temple and conscience is my god. - Prakash
Being an Atheist, My mind is my temple and conscience is my god. - Prakash
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Texas Hits New Wind Generation Record Of 45% Total Electric Demand

Just in case everyone still thinks Texas is only about oil drilling....

Texas grid operator Electric Reliability Council of Texas announced that on Sunday, wind electricity generation hit a new peak record and represented approximately 45% of total electric demand at the time, topping 15,000 MW for the first time.

Specifically, more than 8,800 MW came from wind farms in West and North Texas, 3,800 MW from South Texas, and around 2,300 MW from the Panhandle region.

“We saw high wind output throughout the day, ranging from just over 10,000 MW during the late night hours to this peak output during the noon hour,” said ERCOT Senior Director of System Operations Dan Woodfin. “Over the years, ERCOT has taken a number of steps, such as improving renewable generation forecasts, to allow us to operate the grid reliably on days like this.”

Texas currently has more than 17,000 MW of wind installed throughout ERCOT’s grid, and is expected to grow even further by the end of the year, topping off at 19,000 MW by the time the year ends.

See https://cleantechnica.com/2016/12/02/texas-hit-new-wind-generation-record-45-total-electric-demand/

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London mayor issues air pollution alert for 1st time

London's mayor has issued air quality alerts across the capital for the first time because of high pollution levels.

The alerts are being displayed Thursday at 2,500 bus stop and river pier information signs and at the entrances of all 270 subway stations. Dozens of signs next to the busiest main roads into London instruct drivers to switch engines off when stationary to reduce emissions.

It's something major cities will have to get used to (already Paris, Beijing, Madrid, Mexico City and Athens and have experienced serious issues too and are taking measures to ban diesel vehicles in future) until the tide is turned on the pollution being generated within cities. This won't get better until we accept from where the pollution comes, and have taken strict measures to address it. The sad part is that many cities have not even started to realise what still lies ahead for them, and one can only hope they will learn from others that precede them with these experiences.

See http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/12/02/london-mayor-issues-air-pollution-alert-for-1st-time.html

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London mayor issues air pollution alert for 1st time

London's mayor has issued air quality alerts across the capital for the first time because of high pollution levels.

The alerts are being displayed Thursday at 2,500 bus stop and river pier information signs and at the entrances of all 270 subway stations. Dozens of signs next to the busiest main roads into London instruct drivers to switch engines off when stationary to reduce emissions.

It's something major cities will have to get used to (already Paris, Beijing, Madrid, Mexico City and Athens and have experienced serious issues too and are taking measures to ban diesel vehicles in future) until the tide is turned on the pollution being generated within cities. This won't get better until we accept from where the pollution comes, and have taken strict measures to address it. The sad part is that many cities have not even started to realise what still lies ahead for them, and one can only hope they will learn from others that precede them with these experiences.

See http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/12/02/london-mayor-issues-air-pollution-alert-for-1st-time.html

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Nokia smartphones are coming back, with Android, in an exclusive 10 year licensing agreement.

Future Nokia smartphones will utilise Google’s Android operating system, currently deployed on 86% of the world’s smartphones.

I'm excited. I hope Nokia makes a resurgence via their HMD partnership.

Here's the full PR:

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Best of Google Play 2016 is here!

Well, it's December, that means it's that time of the year where we look back and reflect upon all the things from the past year as we look onward toward the next year. If you've ever wanted to know what the most popular songs, books, movies, tv shows, or top trending apps and games were on Google Play in 2016, the Googs has compiled nice list for said things.

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Portable river turbine could trigger a ‘riverlution’ in clean energy

Canadian company Idénergie has a portable river turbine: a smart piece of kit which promises to turn a river’s flowing water into up to 12kWh of daily power for you and your family.

“There’s a lot of hydrokinetic power in a moving mass of water,” CEO and founder Pierre Blanchet told Digital Trends. “By placing a turbine in that liquid you slow down the velocity of the fluid and convert it into mechanical energy. An electric generator and converter then changes it into electricity. Using this, you have a battery that can be charged 24 hours per day.”

It’s an incredibly neat solution, and one that offers to reduce many of the downsides of gas generators — like motor noise, smell of gasoline, and round trips to the gas station.

I know someone (or many) will ask if the fish are harmed... well numerous studies with propellers as well as turbines show that the slow moving propellers are not harming fish, and they avoid them just like they avoid swimming into rocks and other obstacles. Fish are probably harmed far more by plastic and other rubbish discarded in rivers and lake, and fishing by humans. Examples http://www.cbsnews.com/news/powering-the-future-underwater-turbines-harness-river-power/ and http://www.mainetidalpower.com/files/gorlovrevised.pdf and http://www.naturalhistorymag.com/features/162660/fish-tides-and-turbines.

See http://www.digitaltrends.com/home/portable-river-turbine/

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10 Easy Ways to Make a Positive Environmental Impact.
Find out about 10 easy ways to go green, and make a positive change for the planet. Simple, realistic choices to make can lead to big positive differences for the environment, from cold water in the wash to better driving habits. Read up and do your part.
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