Monday, August 18, 2014

KIOR at 12 Cents a Share

Condi’s green company continues to get more gangrene.  The stock hit an all-time low of 12 cents a share.  Condi’s patron Vinod Khosla and his good friend Bill Gates just do not know how to treat a patient with gangrene.   Actual these two guys are totally clueless in all things that relate to thermo and energy.

They also have a geothermal company called AltaRock that caused earthquakes  

Bill Gates is more tied into Vinod than only the KIOR or AltaRock connection.   He invested in Khosla’s green fund as well

Bill’s algae-to-oil company Sapphire is Blue not Green and laid off fifty workers earlier this year and got a new CEO last month.

When Chu Chu ran the department of entropy they too were thinking Sapphires were green not blue.

Bill and Vinod know a lot about software and computers but the simply get an F in thermo.   Condi does not even know what day of the week it is and was last seen at Stanford playing the piano.   Haley Barbour in Mississippi is still trying to figure out what to do with the shiny steel facility in Columbus that KIOR is “safely” shutting down.   Haley the only part of the facility worth a cent is the chipper  that can mulch the rest of the worthless plant and send scrap to China.

It is time to refocus the department of energy on shale oil and gas and for the President to say he had terrible advice for Chu and Moniz and that Solyndra was just the tip of the green fiasco.   Gates and Khosla should simply go back to knitting binary numbers.  Condi should probably just play golf at Augusta where she can wear a green jacket. 

The Green Machine should get a medal of honor for pointing out all this nonsense years ago.  Congressman Huffman should finally meet with the Green Machine and listen to his constituent that has been begging for some representation.   But guess what the thermodynamic fake out will continue and Nancy Pelosi will still say the Qataris told her that Hamas is a welfare organization and that Al Jazeera lies less than Al Gore.   At least Al Gore has stopped saying that Al Jazeera is a news organization he is now saying they are a bunch of crooks and Ehab the CEO of Al Jazeera America pulled a fast right jab on him.

The Green Machine – “You can fuel some of the people some of the time, but you cannot fuel all of the people all of the time”

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A real green guy

My friend Ophir is an engineer and his job is to manage projects for installing solar cells on large roofs of commercial properties for projects that are typically greater than one megawatt.  He has a real green job.   Ophir lives in Napa County and commutes to his office near my home in Marin County.  This is an 80 miles a day round trip.  Previously he drove his pickup truck when he commuted but on taking this job he bought a CNG powered Honda Civic and commutes using natural gas as his fuel.

His Civic get 40 MPG equivalent and he commutes 20,000 miles a year.  His old pickup got 20 MPG at best.   He would have used 1,000 gallons a year of gasoline had he not switched vehicles, now he uses approximately 62,000 standard cubic feet of natural gas a year.   Performing all the tedious algebra he would have emitted 25,000 pounds a year of CO2 in his truck and now emits only 9,500 pounds a year of CO2.  Of course he could have bought a gasoline powered Honda Civic and halved his CO2 foot print to 12,500 pounds a year.

Ophir also enjoys dollar savings by using CNG not gasoline.   His cost to fill up averages $2.40 a gallon equivalent.  He pays PG&E $2.20 per gallon equivalent at the PG&E yards where he can fill up during business hours and he pays Clean Energy $2.80 per gallon to fill up at their sites that are open for business far more frequently than the PG&E yard.  His bill for fuel in his car is now $1,200 a year versus $4,000 had he kept the pickup truck.  The fuel savings pay for his new car.

Ophir is a mechanical engineer and also a licensed contractor.  He is now investigating installing a natural gas compressor at his home.  PG&E has a special rate for homeowners who install home compression for fueling vehicles and the cost saving on his natural gas compared to buying the compressed gas at Clean Energy may well pay for his compressor as he will install the system himself.

His Honda Civic has a compressed gas tank that is set to operate at 3,500 psi.   Pretty high pressure!!   He told me he fills up once in a while in Berkeley California where the station actually compresses gas to over 3,900 psi.   Yeah those folks in Berzerkeley always had high blood pressure while protesting and causing mayhem.  The compression to 3,900 psi versus the rated 3,500 psi gives the car an extra 10% of range but I am not sure I would like to drive with an overfilled tank.  I am not sure I would feel too good with 3,500 psi behind my butt but the CO2 savings solar savings make Ophir feel comfortable.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Who Is The Bigger Liar Al Gore or Al Jazeera

Looks like the two Big Als are fighting

Yeah Al Share The Word


I kind of remembered that Senator Di Fi's hubby Richard Blum was on the board of the company Al Gore sold to Al Jazeera I wounder if he will become involved in the latest suit.   Of course he will there is money to be made in the suit.

I wonder how one says hanging chad in Arabic?  Kling Ons may well be the word !

Thursday, August 14, 2014

BBC Says Israel Causes Global Warming

Dateline London August 14, 2014

The BBC has agreed with the UN GWBI panel that Israel is responsible for 95% of global warming and Qatar only caused a minor amount of the rise in sea levels that are being reported in Dover a town on the French Channel.

The UN GWBI is a special panel headed by former Prime Minister Tony Blair an adviser to Vinod Khosla in Silicon Valley.  GWBI is short for Global Warming - Blame Israel and had nothing to do with George W Bush Iraq.

To substantiate their position the UN GWBI panel said the Jewish State emitted 53 metric tons of CO2 per capita for the year 2009, while Qatar only emitted 44 metric tons of CO2 per capita for the very same year.

I did some checking and found that wiki does list carbon emissions per capita

I did see that Israel did emit 5.3 metric tons of CO2 per person and was wedged between Switzerland and Sweden in their crimes against nature.   No doubt some “honest and fair” reporter for the Biased Broadcasting Corporation reporting from a tunnel and looking through the slit in a burka managed to multiply Israeli crimes by a factor of ten to make it look worse than the owners of Al Jazeera.    The reporter also failed to tell listeners that the United Kingdom a country that perpetrated crimes against humanity in the Boer War, the Opium War and the fire-bombing of Dresden emitted 8.5 metric tons of CO2 per capita in 2009.

The Board of the BBC said they will investigate the bias in their reporting but in essence they simply were using data provided by UN GWBI and that Tony Blair was a “reliable source” on rising sea levels and the underlying causes for this threat to mankind.   Supporters of Israel pointed out that 12 million Jews on Planet Earth while accounting for a significant fraction of Nobel Prizes did not disproportionately cause global warming and that again the biased media and that BBC and the UN GWBI have no right to accuse Israel of being disproportionate.   Al Jazeera the Qatari owned humanitarian news organization that told Nancy Pelosi that Hamas are environmentalists who care for the earth had this idiotic piece by Toby Cadman about proportionalism.  Toby is a Brit who still believes the Boer War was justified while defending the UK in ongoing investigations at the Hague

Perhaps Al Jazeera should report on Qatari crimes against nature by having an opinion on per capita CO2 emissions. 

P.S.  I made up the part of the slipped decimal point, it was used to illustrate Bias and Anti Semitism.   Al Sharpton, Al Jazeera, and Desmond Tutu have yet to utter a word on the Rabbi who was murdered on his way to temple on the Sabbath carrying only a bag for his prayer shawl.    Maybe the murderers were members of PETA and the bag was made of the fur of Non-Jews.   PETA stands for Please Eradicate Tel Aviv and is headquartered in London.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Robin Williams Superman

Of course Robin Williams has nothing to do with thermo, but he lived in my town and he was the greatest comedic mind of the past 20 years.   Sadly he died yesterday in my little town of Tiburon and the world is focusing in tribute to this amazing man.  Robin attended the local high school and added massively to the humor and knowledge in the world.  He simply was a genius and a mensch of a person.  I doubt he read my pieces in our local paper the Tiburon Ark and I doubt he ever heard of the Green Machine.

I did a google search to see if Robin ever joked about energy using the words Robin Williams Joke Energy and got 33 million links.   The links talk to the endless energy that Robin Williams had.  One link discussed Meryl Streep saying that Robin had “unstoppable energy”

Robin did look a bit like Bono and told a joke about Bono clapping his hands

I once joked in a blog that Bono told Al Gore that even Bono did not believe Al Gore anymore.   I do not know if Robin believed Al Gore although he did help Clinton and Gore raise money when Clinton was president.  I voted for Clinton twice so I do not hold that against Robin.  Note unlike most democrats I did not vote twice for Clinton in the same election.

Had Robin studied thermo he would have mastered it beautifully.  His mind was as sharp as a bell.  Had I tried to become a comedian I would have failed miserably.  It is very hard to say who the funniest man in Tiburon is now as we lost our funniest man ever.   Sadly that role of funniest man in Tiburon could be mine now.  Robin you made me laugh over and over and now that you are up there please tell God a joke.

I still have to convince those on earth like Al Gore that Doubt Fire that there is no fuel like an old fuel and fossil fuels are bloody old  and that you can fuel some of the people some of the time but you cannot fuel all of the people all of the time.  Robin your job is done and you certainly added in large measure to mending the world.  Have fun with your college buddy and good friend Christopher Reeves, he played Superman you were Superman.  The photo is of a sunset over the San Francisco Bay taken from Tiburon that I took last summer.  Each time I will look to the west over the bay I will think of how Robin lit up my life. - The Green Machine Tiburon CA.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Nice Photo From Capetown Today

A friend in Capetown shared the photo.  Nothing to do with thermodynamics but a really heart warming photo of people expressing friendship not hate.  Not calling for death to anyone.  The difference between good and evil.  Of course CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera will not carry this as it does not ferment hate.

The BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera should read what Isaiah wrote 4,000 years ago

"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil."

Things like the second law of thermo and the words of Isaiah endure.  Al Gore Jazeera will soon be forgotten.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Electric Vehicles In China

This week I read an interesting article on the real story of electric vehicles in China.  Not Teslas or BMWs but a host of small companies making simple EVs that have lead acid batteries (not lithium ion) and selling these cars in rural villages.

These low speed cars are pretty cool and make sense.  Friends then asked why these type of cars are not imported into the US.  The answer is safety.  A three wheel car does not need all the safety approvals.  A our wheel car does need them all.   That got me thinking about three wheel cars which are actually classified as motorbikes in the US.  I found this company called Elio that will soon launch a three wheel gasoline powered car.

The article is a little wrong in that the car cannot accelerate to 100 mph in just over 9 seconds, the author mixed up kilometers per hour with miles per hour, but other than that the article is very revealing.  I do hope the Elio comes to market.

Tesla sales are dropping in the US.  Lots of hype about the Giggle Factory, the Model X, and then the people’s model but the Model S was a 18 month wonder and then sales have dropped in the US pretty precipitously as reported by Inside EVs.  Only 7,900 Model S Teslas sold in 7 months this year versus 11,850 last year.  This is in a growing market where other like the Nissan Leaf are gaining market share.

Tesla is still hyping the Chinese market for their Model S but I think the company is selling a really wonderful car at a high price that has a limited number of potential buyers.  They should simply increase the price on their cars by another $20,000 and make some profit as they are in the luxury goods market not in a major market.   Even Chev has now admitted the Volt is never going to be a mass market vehicle.  

The Volt will have a new model coming out in about a year and will have an even smaller gasoline engine mated to the electric drive.    This is a pretty innovative internal combustion engine.

A lot of innovation is happening in the automotive industry.  Navigant reported that within a decade one billion gallons a day of gasoline will be produced and sold worldwide.  This is pretty scary.  Back in 2006 the US peaked in gasoline usage at approximately 375 million gallons a day.  I drive about 15 miles a day and use about three quarts of gasoline a day.  I am well below average as a motorist and that is good.  I do hope to be using even less gasoline in ten years time when I buy a low miles Model S that someone got tired of.    I am still convinced that Elon knows th3 85 kilowatt hour battery pack in the model S is good for 5,000 charge discharge cycles and that one can get almost a million miles on a Tesla without changing the batteries.  My low miles Model S that I buy in 2024 may have over 150,000 miles on it. 

I am serious that the battery pack can go through 5,000 cycles.  Ping Batteries, the Chinese company, that I referenced more than 4 years ago in my US Senate Testimony claims their much simpler battery pack which is air cooled can last over 3,000 cycles with 70% of the capacity still remaining.

I was completely wrong in thinking that lithium ion batteries are not well suited for electric vehicles as I was wrong on the assumption of the number of charge discharge cycles the battery pack could survive.  The batteries last a long time if properly cooled and controlled and I do not see any reason why a 2012 Model S will not be running 25 years from now.  Sadly for Elon and Tesla they have to find new buyers each month in a crowded market that others have easily copied.    I doubt many of the 2015 Elios will still be running in 25 years.   As they say on Shark Tank it will get squashed like a bug.