Sunday, August 2, 2015

Collin O’Mara is The Eddie Haskell of Green Energy

I knew I recognized Collin O’Mara the Delaware Cabinet Secretary who hid the scores of tons of solid waste with sulfur in the Bloomdoggle.  I kept on thinking I have seen his face before.  Then it hit me this guy is the Eddie Haskell of Green Energy

Just look at the pictures!! 

O’Mara is now the CEO of the National Wildlife Federation.  All the Beavers in the wilderness are in for a hard time.

Mr. Wallace is the Chairman of the National Wildlife Federation and he is big chums with Eddie.  Sadly we cannot leave it  to the beavers to protect themselves.   The NWF needs new leadership that does not hide solid waste with sulfur that end up being treated in an EPA licensed facility.  O'Mara is on record that sulfides are terrible chemicals.  He made a speech to that effect in Northern Minnesota.  
Check out this video of the modern day Eddie Haskell.

The actor who played Eddie Haskell was Ken Osmond.  Maybe Mr. Osmond has a son who can play a role in the upcoming movie The Bloomdoggle - Celsius 1960.  Leave it to Beaver ran from 1957 to 1963 and the mean of those years is 1960.  This is no coincidence!!!  

Saturday, August 1, 2015

New Stock IPO - KYAG

Oil tumbled in July 2015 like it has not done since the crisis of 2008.  West Texas Internediate (WTI) is trading at $47.12 a barrel on July 31.

CNBC reported the drop in prices for July at 21%.

What this all means is that US motorists and truckers are driving more and consumption of liquid hydrocarbon fuels is way up over last year.  In turn this means that US CO2 emissions for 2015 could again increase over 2014 as they did in for the previous two years (2013 and 2014).  This implies that Dr. Moniz the secretary of Energy will have struck out with three strikes.  Dr. Moniz is very busy defending the Iran deal and not very busy in lowering CO2 emissions.  He killed coal and thought viola the CO2 emissions would plummet.  Ernie The Coal Killer could be a sequel movie to The Bloomdoggle – Celsius 1960.

The price of copper, silver, gold, platinum, steel, and just about every commodity has dropped.  This is great news for folks building solar farms.  The capital required to build a 100 megawatt solar farm in say the Atacama Desert has dropped from $280 million to $160 million in three years.  The solar panels did not drop much in cost but the balance of plant which is steel frames, copper wires, inverters, transformers, concrete foundations, and steel fences has dropped like crazy.   I doubt that commodities will regain their former prices but some are betting that copper which now trades at $2.35 a pound will return to $3.50 a pound.  Oil and iron ore prices will likely stay low for quite some time to come.

The drop in the cost of commodities is actually good for consumers but bad for the atmosphere.  Low prices mean higher consumption which means higher carbon emissions. As an example electric power generation with high sulfur bunker fuel is now the low cost option for many developing countries and projects to burn renewable biomass to generate power are now uncompetitive against bunker fuel.  Bunker fuel can be bought is Asia for $285 a metric ton.

Talking of Bunkers and less expensive rebar and concrete, it may just be time to build a shelter in my backyard in case of nuclear war.  The president who is Neville Chamberlain on Sominex will allow the Ayatollah to have his bombs in a few years.  A nuclear fallout shelter in a backyard can now be built for half the price it would have cost three years ago.  I could build a swimming pool in the backyard but we have no water to fill it with and a swimming pool provides no shelter against mushroom clouds. 

I wonder if Elon Musk will be the man to bring a Fallout Shelter to rich folks’ homes just as he has brought an expensive electric car and an expensive powerwall battery.   He could be chairman of TSLA, SCTY, and KYAG.  

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Life’s a Beach

Picture a perfect white sand beach with warm ocean water.  Imagine a middle age lady hauling her beach bag and a comfortable folding beach chair.  She scours the beach for a perfect spot and finds what she thinks is the best location about twenty feet from a rocky jetty and thirty feet from the tide line.

She sets up her chair, lays out her beach towel, decants a glass a chardonnay into her plastic wine glass and sits in a slightly reclined position starting to sip her chilled glass of wine.  Enjoying the wine she thinks it is time for a cigarette.  She pulls out a Marlborough Light and lights up her cig.  Suddenly there is a kaboom and she is flung from her chair onto the rocky jetty 20 feet away.  She is injured and needs hospital treatment but survives.

Is this Tunisia and a terrorist act?  No this is Rhode Island and not a terrorist act.  This actually happened and happened by accident.  Many years before she sat on the beach the US Coast Guard had laid copper cables on the beach and had abandoned the cable.  Over the years the insulation on the cable wore away and the seawater corroded the copper.  A resulting chemical of the corrosion reaction is hydrogen.  The hydrogen got trapped in pockets under the beach surface.

The lady had perfect timing of lighting the cigarette and disturbing the beach sand to ignite a pocket of hydrogen that had sufficient energy to propel her like a human cannon ball into the rocky jetty.  Hydrogen has a very wide flammability range in air (4% to 75%) but needs a spark to ignite.

Here is the fox news article on her story

I wrote a textbook on hydrogen (Hydrogen – Hope or Hype?) and never ever conceived that an accident like this could happen.  As part of my work I investigated a fire in a semiconductor manufacturing facility where an incompetent contractor switched hydrogen for nitrogen and helped cause a billion dollars of insurance loss burning down the factory.  Simply put hydrogen goes kaboom pretty easily when there is a spark.

Just yesterday I read the US Department of Energy link below to use hydrogen to store the energy of intermittent wind generated electric power.

The technical aspects of this are very simple.  But the expense is enormous and it is actually not competitive with simply storing the electricity in a lithium ion battery.  The DOE idea is kind of like the Rube Greenberg idea that AC Transit wasted eighty seven million dollars on for their few fuel cell buses.  Here is my blog on that.

My advice to folks going to the beach is that you don’t smoke cigarettes, just enjoy the fresh air.  Also pick a spot high enough up the beach that remains dry during high tide thereby preventing the buildup of pockets of hydrogen via the corrosion of buried cables.  Also make sure that the Department Of Energy is not producing hydrogen from wind power anywhere close to your favorite beach.  Yeah life is a beach and because of entropy shift happens.  It is the buried shift that will get you.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Time For A Third Party

They are all the same.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

US Uses More Gasoline Than 2008

Despite the “green” policies of the Obama administration gasoline consumption is soaring.

The President is failing us in his energy policy.  It is actually a disaster.  In the three years since Dr. Moniz took over the Department of Energy from Dr. Chu, Carbon Dioxide emissions have grown each year.  Moniz gave a thumbs up to Ivanpah the project I have rightly called Solyndra times three.  Moniz is happy to have “assisted” in the Iran deal.  If Moniz cannot comprehend Ivanpah how in heavens name will he contain the centrifuges of the Ayatollah?

The Ayatollah made a hateful speech and we are going to let him spin centrifuges and give him Billions of dollahs.  I just shake my head in disbelief at the state of the country from Chatanoogah to Caliphorniah one cannot live in peace.  The Donald has real hair and has pointed to real problems but CNN and my Congressman think Donald is a joke and wears a wig.  Bernie Sanders is pointing to real problems.  Bernie knows it is the Military Industrial Congressional Presidential Gubernatorial Statehouse Complex that has deprived most citizens of money, rights, and the pursuit of happiness.  

Getting back to gasoline consumption it is all because money is wasted by Feds and the States on giving rich folks tax credits to buy EVs.  EVs are a joke.  We need to get Prius type hybrids in the hands of many millions not plug-ins in the hands of thousands to make a dent on gasoline consumption.  The precious lithium should not go to the 1% it should be spread around to the 99%.

Tesla is now offering a 90 kwh battery pack at $3,000 premium to the 85 kwh pack.  This actually proves my contention that batteries are still very expensive.  The option costs $600 per kwh and note it is really only the cost of the cells as the battery housing, thermal management system, and battery control system are essentially identical. 

Thermo bats 1,000.  I believe that Tesla battery packs are still far too expensive for them to sell a people’s EV at a profit.  Time will tell if Model 3 is a success.  If the battery pack can enjoy several thousand cycles, and the car can go the distance of 30 to 50 years of driving, then it will be a success.    My great hope in plug in cars is not a price reduction but a cost of ownership reduction by having very long lived batteries.

I found this link about a guy in Washington DC who has 120,000 miles in 2 years in Tesla Model S.

I was thinking how does a guy drive 60,000 miles a year in DC???  It can’t be that he is a lobbyist as they just hang out in fine bars, clubs, and restaurants in town.   It could be that he is an Uber lobbyist driving the rich and famous.   The photo of the car in snow seems to be taken in a large estate he might own.  All that snow and a Tesla had me thinking what ever happened to the New York Times reporter John Broder that reported his Tesla battery went flat.  I know the NYT threw him under the electric bus but where did he wind up?   I do hope he landed on his feet as he was not factually incorrect about the trip he took in ice cold weather in early 2013 in that Model S.

It is strange how Broder now lives in obscurity, Musk is the new Edison, and the US consumes more gasoline as EVs collectively are a commercial flop.  Americans and the Obama administration live on hope even if it fantasy, truth is just a passenger on the diesel bus.   The EV is a prank call to world about sustainability.  Our problem is social not the fuel.   Like I say "you can fuel some of the people some of the time, but you cannot fuel all of the people all of the time."

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Bloom's Lawyer Answers New Jersey BPU

I had contacted the NJ Board of Public Utilities who in turn contacted Bloom’s lawyer Elizabeth McKeever:

Elizabeth M. McKeever
Bevan, Mosca, Giuditta & Zarillo, P.C.
222 Mount Airy Road, Suite 200
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

This is the response she gave and I quote:
Response:  The Bloom project manager, Mr. DeMeis provided the following testimony:  “…the emission is 773 pounds per megawatt on natural gas.  That’s the average.”  He also referred to the Bloom Energy Data sheet “cutsheet” which specified 773 lbs of CO2/MWh at a specified efficiency of approximately 57% LHV.  As an average would indicate, the systems actually function in a range of efficiency so there is some variance in the CO2 emissions within tolerances.  For example, presently the Bloom Energy Servers deployed in Freehold and Middletown are both performing at above 60% LHV efficiency with a resulting CO2 emissions rate of less than 735 lbs/MWh, well below and considerably favorable to the 773 lbs of CO2/MWh referenced in the testimony.  There will be some degradation in efficiency of the Bloom Energy Servers  over time resulting in a slight increase in the CO2 emissions rate which is why the 773 lbs/MWh was referred to as an average number in the testimony.  This average of 773 lbs/MWh is comprised of a range of performance that is expected to be 735-849 lbs of CO2/MWh based on an efficiency range of 60% to 52% LHV.  Current Bloom Energy Server data sheets clearly reflect this range.  The New Jersey Clean Energy CHP-FC program also mandates a performance level above 50% LHV.

The Delaware performance numbers referenced by Mr. Leveen are not relevant to this discussion.  The numbers cited are for a utility scale deployment with unique target efficiencies specified in that particular Delaware-specific tariff.  There are also gas quality issues in the region as well that have periodically impacted performance.  Bloom Energy is in compliance with all the Delaware Public Service Commission tariffs and environmental agency regulations and permits in the State.”

OK let’s analyze the response.  The 773 pounds of CO2/mwh equals a heat rate of 6.6 million BTUs/mwh.  This was the MAXIMUM not the AVERAGE that Bloom promised under penalty of perjury in their January 13, 2012 Coastal Zone Act Permit Application in Delaware.  Suddenly they have a range and 773 is in the range.  The lawyer and Bloom fails first grade arithmetic 773 is not the average of 735 and 849.  The average is 792. 

Now Bloom claims to operate in Delaware under a “tariff’.  This is correct a bogus tariff that does not match a fake permit.  The bogus tariff allows an average of 884 pounds CO2/mwh . Way outside Bloom's new range for the ES 5700 Bloom Coffin.   Bloom operates in Delaware under the protection of Governor Magic Jack Markell who should be impeached.  His sidekicks O’Mara and Levin have resigned due to the BLOOMDOGGLE and Markell should be next to go.

Now the zinger of the lawyer’s admission of the solid waste with sulfur and I quote:
“Response:  Bloom Energy Servers do not produce sulfur.  Because natural gas is odorless, virtually all gas suppliers in the United States add sulfur compounds to their natural gas as a safety precaution, allowing those in the vicinity to smell the gas in the event there is a pipeline leak. The sulfur compounds, however, impede the function of the fuel cell and their removal ensures longer system life and enhanced productivity.  So a sulfur removal unit consisting of sealed metal canisters containing sorbent beds is included with each Bloom Energy Server to remove sulfur compounds from the natural gas stream before it enters the fuel cell system.  Periodically these sealed desulfurization canisters are removed and replaced as sorbent material is used up. 

At the time of replacement, the filter materials have essentially the same make up as when they were new.  In addition, they have adsorbed a small amount of sulfur compounds, which are filtered from the natural gas stream and accumulated in the sorbent.  The sulfur and sulfur compounds captured in this process are not considered hazardous waste per the EPA Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations. The sorbent materials may also contain trace amounts of hydrocarbons or other organic compounds which are naturally present in natural gas. The canisters remain sealed until they are opened and treated at an EPA licensed facility.  Throughout the process, Bloom adheres to all applicable federal, state and local environmental requirements.”    

A little sulfur in a heavy canister with sorbent means tons of solid waste with sulfur ending up in the EPA licensed facility.  If the waste is harmless why send it all the way sealed up in a steel canister to an EPA licensed facility that is out of state???  Bloom needs to tell us what the chemistry is before and after the sulfur is trapped and also Bloom needs to tell us how much waste is treated at the EPA licensed facility.  The lawyer misspoke that the only sulfur compounds in the pipeline natural gas are those added to impart odor.  There are naturally occurring sulfur compounds in natural gas besides the odorant.  

The lawyer is clever but not that clever Bloom is now stuck in having admitted the solid waste with sulfur is large and ends up in an EPA licensed facility.  None of this waste was in the coastal zone act permit that Collin O’Mara fraudulently approved.  This clown has resigned, and his whole department at the Delaware DNREC is under investigation.  The CZA permit in DE has a maximum of 773 pounds of CO2/mwh not an average.  The lawyer has impeached Bloom and has helped them dig a deeper hole that they are burying themselves in.  The Bloom Box is a Bloom Coffin.  Markell has to go.  The DE professional engineering association needs to strip as many as five professional engineers of their PE licenses, and Bloom needs to return $1 billion of ill-gotten ratepayer and taxpayer money.

The Green Machine AKA The Thermonator needs Al Gore to admit that not even Tipper believes him anymore.  Thermo Rules and I have copyrighted the lyrics of GreenThieves that is sung to the tune of Greensleeves.  This will be the theme song of the documentary movie “The BLOOMDOGGLE – Celsius 1960”  Da Da…Da Da…. Da Da Da.. Da Da.   Interestingly Henry the 8th wrote the original lyrics to Greensleeves.  Al Gore’s girth is getting up to be a Henry.

The first Verse of GreenThieves is as follows:

Alas, my congressman, you do me wrong,
To cast me off discourteously.
For I have chased you well and long,
Delighting in your gangrenery.

Green  Thieves Took all my dough,
Green Thieves made sulfur go.
Green Thieves Took tons of gold,
and who but our greedy Green Thieves.

Copyright Lindsay Leveen 2015

Friday, July 10, 2015

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