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How the World's Fastest Electric Car Is Pushing Wireless Charging Tech

lupine 20kW is not fast enough (49 comments)

Tesla superchargers charge at 120kW with a wired connection. 20kW is not fast enough to quickly charge an electric vehicle that has enough batteries to provide adequate range. Even the Fast DC chademo chargers for the leaf can charge at 50kW.

Fast wireless charging will never happen because wasting 10% of your power as heat under the vehicle will cause things to melt at high power rates.

about 4 months ago

Musk Will Open Up Tesla Supercharger Patents To Spur Development

lupine Re:He continues to show himself to be ... (230 comments)

As a fellow TSLA stock holder, I absolutely agree.

The growing electric vehicle market has plenty of room for multiple manufacturers. Tesla by itself cannot grow faster without introducing quality issues and cannot make vehicles fast enough to transition the entire vehicle market. Other automakers are unwilling to invest in their own supercharger network and without access to high power fast charging they will be forced to produce plug-in hybrids for the foreseeable future. Opening the standard would help bring in more capital to build the supercharger network and hasten the transition to zero emission vehicles.

about 8 months ago

Why US Mileage Ratings Are So Inaccurate

lupine Re:consistency more important (374 comments)

I think that over a certain speed, fuel economy goes way down.

This is because:
For high velocities drag will vary as the square of velocity. Thus, the resultant power needed to overcome this drag will vary as the cube of velocity. The standard equation for drag is one half the coefficient of drag multiplied by the fluid mass density, the cross sectional area of the specified item, and the square of the velocity.

about a year and a half ago

What's the Best RSS Reader Not Named Google Reader?

lupine Feedly sucks (287 comments)

https does not work.

about 2 years ago

Germany Exports More Electricity Than Ever Despite Phasing Out Nuclear Energy

lupine Re: Backup Heating (473 comments)

I installed a wood burning insert into our fireplace. It has a large glass door so you can still see the flames for ambiance. It is 70% efficient, using a blower to circulate heat and is designed to reignite smoke to reduce particulates. I gather wood locally from trees my neighbors cut down after summer storms.

So I can heat the house in the event of a power outage. I also have an inverter so I can use my prius as a generator to run the blower, router, wifi.

more than 2 years ago

IBM Creates 'Breathing' High-Density Lithium-Air Battery

lupine Re:Gasoline-like energy density (582 comments)

So... recharge at work? Even 110V trickle charge would be able to provide you with the few extra miles you "need".

more than 2 years ago

Solar Power Is Booming — Why Do We Want To Kill It?

lupine Re:My W-2 just shuddered with the Force (415 comments)

Have you been to a non-electrified camping ground that allows RVs? People who drive huge vehicles towing huge campers and sometimes an extra vehicle, ATV or boat achieving a paltry 8-13mpg have absolutely no qualms about breaking out the gasoline generators.

They can't leave the comforts of home behind, including the noise and smog.

more than 2 years ago

Where does your electricity come from?

lupine Re:Solar _and_ wind (498 comments)

I live in Wisconsin where solar power is not great, but because costs have come down it is now close to being cost effective and I was looking at buying a system that would effectively cut my costs in half for 15-16k after tax credits. But after reviewing my house east/west facing rooftop and several nearby trees my solar potential was unfortunately deemed to be poor.

SRP does allow you to switch to Time of Day pricing so you could offset your air conditioning costs and then only draw electricity at the off peak rates. They also have installation incentives and there may be state/federal tax credits.

about 3 years ago

Occupy Protesters Are Building a Facebook for the 99%

lupine Re:They're still around? (451 comments)

Fuck you. Seriously. The downfall of my country is not just another dysfunctional reality show.

By the way how is the weather there? Cost of living? Employment opportunities? Government Corruption? I could really use a change of pace.

about 3 years ago

Tesla Motors Announces Prices For Their Upcoming Models

lupine Re:Break even points (503 comments)

Because electric cars can (and should) be charged at night, they do not add to peak loads. Excess nighttime capacity will be sufficient to charge electric vehicles for quite some time. Additional renewable resources such as wind power will help to bolder nighttime grid capacity.

"It’s estimated that 75 percent of the 250 million vehicles on our highways could be charged at night on the current electric grid – without any new power plants"

more than 3 years ago

Tesla Motors Announces Prices For Their Upcoming Models

lupine Re:Break even points (503 comments)

Good luck buying gas for only $4 a gallon in 10 years.

Also many utilities will allow you to switch to time of day billing and charge at off peak rates. My utility charges only 6.5 cents per kWh off peak.

more than 3 years ago

Tesla Motors Announces Prices For Their Upcoming Models

lupine Re:No (503 comments)

You are correct. I have a reservation for a leaf and the last time I went to cracker barrel was over 10 years ago.

more than 3 years ago

Bill Gates On Energy

lupine Re:Say waht you will about MS (474 comments)

Pumped Water storage is 80% efficient, energy stored only depends on the reservoir size. Molten salt solar concentrators can be designed to provide power around the clock.

But the great thing about solar is that it's production curve is very similar to our electrical demand curve. Which means that expensive solar plants can replace expensive fossil fuel peaker plants.

more than 3 years ago

Passcodes Prove Predictable

lupine In other News (167 comments)

9 out of 10 iphone users don't know how to lock their phones or have never bothered to setup a passcode.

more than 3 years ago

Capturing Solar Power With Antennae

lupine Re:Most important point not in summary (190 comments)

From TFA:
The individual nantennas can absorb close to 90 percent of the available in-band energy.

So the total system efficiency depends on how wide that band is in relation to total solar energy available and whether nantennas can be stacked and designed to capture energy over a range of bands.

more than 3 years ago


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This is why I don't donate to general democratic funds.

lupine lupine writes  |  more than 5 years ago I mostly vote for democratic candidates and when I donate money to candidates I mostly donate to democratic party members. But I never donate to general campaign funds because those funds can be divvied up and used to help jackasses like Joe Lieberman and John Dingell get reelected. Today I would like to highlight a couple more reasons why I do not donate to general funds:

Blanche Lincoln, Senator Democrat from Arkansas:
In these tough economic times when rich people are scraping to get by and Blanche feels their pain. To help them she wants to cut estate taxes for super rich, the top 1%.

North Dakota Senator Kent Conrad is a fucking jackass: First, he opposed a provision to limit tax deductions for high-income earners. Second, he opposed a new cap on crop subsidies to farmers who take in more than $500,000 per year. And, third, he upbraided Obama for not doing more to reduce the budget deficit.

*I would be more likely to donate to green candidate general funds, but greens are not often competitive at the national level due to our undemocratic outdated election laws(electoral college, gerrymandered districts, Simple majority voting).


Senator Mary Landrieu extends tax breaks for Big Oil

lupine lupine writes  |  more than 7 years ago In bushes first term when republicans controlled congress as part of a new energy bill for the 21st century they enacted big tax breaks for big oil companies and a pork barbeque for coal companies and a few scraps for renewable energy. This was probably done to keep those RNC campaign contributions a flowin, just like the new income tax breaks we targeted towards the wealthy, or his base as bush like to call them.

Now in 2007 the democrats control congress, and public approval of the bush administration is in the toilet, even bush admits global warming is real and so democrats are trying to pass a new energy bill that emphasizes investment in research of renewable clean energy sources. To fund this research(without increasing the deficit) the tax breaks on big oil were to be rescinded. This bill overwhelmingly passed the house and was set to pass the Senate with support from some republicans, but it was blocked by one vote.

Mary Landrieu democratic senator from Louisiana stood up with her fellow republicans to block this bill and keep the tax breaks for big oil. Well it turns out that Big Oil is one of Mary's main campaign contributors, to the tune of $324,626 so far this fund raising cycle which shouldn't be surprising since she raises most of her money in Washington DC from corporate lobbyists. This is why I do not donate to any DNC general fund, because many Congressmen are already bought and paid for, they don't need my money and they wouldn't stand up for the little guy even if I gave it to them.

In her Defense she says: "[The Energy Bill] left Louisiana and America's Energy Coast holding the bill. Our energy producers would be severely disadvantaged against foreign competitors."

Sure bush would have vetoed the legislation in order to preserve the tax breaks for his friends in big oil, but that would have been yet another public reminder that you cant trust bush do do whats right for the people and the war in Iraq is all about the sweet sweet crude. Instead we are reminded that Mary Landrieu takes a lot of money from oil companies and does their dirty work screwing America in the public square with a smile.


lupine lupine writes  |  more than 11 years ago Aaron Anderson is a friend of mine and is an actor in a local theatre. Recently he gave an amazing performance of a man who is infatuated with the perfect sandwich.

My goal is to have the this movie ranked high when you search for his name on google. Watch the Movie Here: http://www.broomstreet.org/video/candy1.mov

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