This the end of day temperature data on one of our systems, an SP501 PRO “all year round” solar hot water system.
Archive for November, 2011
Here we have another outstanding example of Surface Power’s outstanding performance.
HITS 60 C plus…………. produced 7 hours of solar heating non stop
9.368 kWhrs of heat, that’s the same as leaving your standard electric immersion on for over 9 hours solid, 4 weeks from christmas and it was all FREE in just ONE day………
This is an SP501 PRO, only 4.75 sqm. This is one of our most popular solar hot water configurations as it is an “all year” solar system.
The Solar collectors were over 50C by 10:55 am and hit 62C (143F) by 3 O clock.
The cylinder climbed to 58C by 15:10. AT 58C, this equates to approx 475L of available hot water.
And only 4 weeks from Christmas.
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New Report Slams Biomass for Energy Plan
The new study, entitled ‘Fuelling a BioMess’, contradicts industry assertions that this kind of ‘biomass’ fuel is clean and carbon neutral. The science behind the report shows how using forests for energy can be worse for the climate than burning coal.
The US is set to overtake Canada as the world’s biggest exporter of wood pellets, which are used in power plants and burnt instead of fossil fuels.
not biomass,biomass for energy,alternative energy,
“Using forests to produce energy is like pouring gasoline to put out a fire” said Larry Edwards, a Greenpeace-US forest campaigner. “Science shows that it can take decades for new trees to absorb the carbon that escapes when we burn timber from existing forests.”
Using peer-reviewed scientific literature and focusing on the Canadian market, the report shows how the amount of wood being burnt in power plants or turned into liquid fuels is growing fast. U.S. wood pellet exports were negligible before 2008, but the country will soon eclipse Canada as the world’s biggest exporter. Exports to European power plants from southeastern U.S. ports alone are expected to reach 4.6 million tons in two years.
“Wood biomass isn’t the silver bullet that the industry would have us believe,” continued Edwards “To deliver truly green growth and new jobs we need to invest in renewable energy and make better use of our resources, not burn trees to fuel an already wasteful economy. ”
The demand for biomass now exceeds the supply from traditional sources like bark, sawdust and other residues from pulp and paper plants or sawmills. As a result, wood biomass increasingly comes from actual forests, including standing trees, naturally disturbed forests and logging debris that, along with its nutrients, was traditionally left in the forest.
The Greenpeace report recommends that:
* Using woody biomass for energy production should be restricted to a local, small-scale use of mill residues
* Approval of new wood-based bioenergy projects should cease, pending public hearings, a full accounting of the life-cycle climate and biodiversity footprints, and a re-thinking of government policies.
The report describes how in 2009 Canada released more greenhouse gas emissions from the production and use of bioenergy than from every car on Canadian roads.
“We’ve got a decade or two to get a grip on greenhouse emissions, and biomass won’t help because it will take far longer than that to repair the damage we’re doing by cutting down forests in the here and now.” commented Edwards
Grrenpeace’s report comes on the eve of the opening of Europe’s first commodity exchange for trading energy biomass, operated by APX-ENDEX in Amsterdam.
David Silverman/Getty Images – An Israeli Air Force F-16C jet.
Yadullah Hussain Nov 9, 2011 – 11:22 AM ET | Last Updated: Nov 10, 2011 10:10 AM ET
Oil prices could surge to $175-200 per barrel if Israel attacks Iran’s nuclear facilities, leading to the closure of an important oil route, according to market observers. Tensions between the two arch foes have escalated after the International Atomic Energy Agency reported it had ‘credible’ evidence of Tehran’s nuclear weapons plan.
In a survey of oil traders, Washington D.C.-based Rapidan Group said that participants expected an $11 rise in the price of a barrel in the immediate aftermath of an Israeli attack.
“Participants said prices could rise by $61/bbl under the prolonged disruption scenario where IEA [International Energy Agency] stocks are used. The scenario includes price change 30 days after an Israeli strike, and assumes a 21-day disruption of oil traffic through the Strait of Hormuz before returning to normal throughput of 15.5 million b/d. IEA countries offset half the loss with around 8 million b/d,” the Financial Times quoted from the report.
“Participants said prices could rise by $175/bbl under Rapidan’s prolonged disruption scenario, where no IEA stocks are used. The scenario looks at price change 30 days after an Israeli strike, and it assumes a 21-day disruption of the Strait of Hormuz before returning to normal throughput of 15.5 million b/d.”
The Strait of Hormuz is the world’s most important oil route, with 40% of the world’s oil passing through the narrow sea route between the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf.
The IAEA findings came weeks after the United States said it unearthed a plot by Iranian agents to kill the Saudi ambassador to the U.S.
“Iran is the most important latent threat in the oil market,” Robert McNally, head of the Rapidan Group, told Platts Energy last week, partly because previous threats against Iran over the years have not materialised, and also as Arab Spring has stolen the limelight from Iran during the past ten months.
McNally noted that oil traders would not have ignored the alleged-Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador had there been a Republican U.S. President, rather than Democrat Barack Obama, despite his hawkish stance on Iran.
Meanwhile, independent consultant Philip Verleger told the Financial Times that the Strait of Hormuz closure is a “$200-a-barrel scenario”.
Verleger correctly predicted in August 1990 the price rally after Iraq invaded Kuwait, the FT noted.
This is not such a far-fetched scenario as crude prices are gearing up to hit $150 as global markets show some signs of improvement and demand ramps up.
The International Energy Agency reported today that oil prices could hit $150 in the near-term if the energy sector remains under-invested.
“If between 2011 and 2015 investment in the MENA region runs one-third lower than the $100 billion per year required, consumers could face a near-term rise in the oil price to $150 per barrel,” the IEA said in its annual World Energy Outlook.
Oil prices have been historically high this year, with North Sea Brent crude oil futures averaging well over $100 per barrel, partly due to the loss of oil production from Libya during its civil war.
Religare, a U.K. based investment bank focused on emerging markets, has also raised the probability of an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities from 5% in March to 40% in October.
“From a comfortable level of 0% last year, we put the chances of an attack on Iranian nuclear facilities at 5% in March, 15% in June, 20% in September and then finally upgraded it to 40% in October, although we cautioned that it was highly unlike to occur before the IAEA directors meeting in mid-November, after which it would rise to this point,” said strategist Emad Mostaque.
“We maintain our position and see December as the most likely point (Christmas day would especially annoy everyone), diminishing back to 15-20% once we get through to mid-January as Iranian enrichment progresses to dangerous levels and the pace of rhetoric subsides.”
It’s another busy month in the Surface Power offices, and we are grateful for all the positive comments we get. Attack your OIL and GAS BILLS now, as our technology stills works throughout the winter …
Now that it is November, let’s take another look at how we use our proprietary and patented TDLF and MPPTt technology to give FREE heating energy to our customers.
Here we will look at central heating and hot water as we are definitely in home heating mode with temperatures of minus 3C being recorded in the last couple of nights and daytime air temperatures of 8C to 9C.
First, we can look at an overview for the first week of November. You can see that our all year round solar hot water & heating systems are STILL achieving record temperatures in November with one SP501PRO (4.75 sqm) even exceeding 86C (186 Farenheit) in the collectors and achieving 80C in the hot water cylinder. (these are performance results our competitors would love to achieve on a hot summers day)
Remember when buying a solar hot water system, demand “Proof, Not Promises”……….
The home shown below with System 1 currently has ONLY spent approx 80 euros on oil so far this year….expected to be the same as last winter of 400 euros in total as we are told another hard cold snap is forecast for this year.
System 1 @ 14:37, Nov 7th, 2011.
System 2 @ 15:39, Nov 7th, 2011.
System 2 @ 17:27, Nov 7th, 2011.
System 1 @ 10:24, Nov 5th, 2011.
System 1 @ 18:15, Nov 5th, 2011.
System 2 @ 18:13, Nov 5th, 2011.
System 1 @ 15:45, Nov 4th, 2011.
System 2 @ 15:43, Nov 4th, 2011.
System 1 @ 16:18, Nov 1st, 2011.
System 2 @ 16:16, Nov 1st, 2011.