wouldn't you love it if . . .


there were some way to make landfills less of a problem?

I mean, really.  They smell.  They take up lots of land.  Building a new one is always another game of NIMBY.  And, once they’re filled up and closed . . . well, then all they do is smell!

Most people don’t give much thought to the science behind landfills, but they’re a highly engineered environment, designed to safely contain decomposing waste and methane while keeping out the elements. Clean energy advocates have looked at landfills for years as a ideal location for solar power installations, but encountered problems because as waste breaks down over time, their shape can shift and damage solid structures. Source: Clean Technica (http://s.tt/13Jfx) And that’s where the Spectral Cap comes in. Using of a geomembrane (made of thermoplastic polyolefin) and flexible solar panels, the Spectral Cap covers thousands of acres of landfill, allowing the solar panels to collect energy. The landfill highlighted in the video below is one of only 3 such installations in the United States – New York, Texas, and the largest in Georgia is seen on the video.

The geomembrane is  interesting all by itself, made of a durable kind of plastic and easy to use alone or with other rolls – which can be attached by welding them together on site. But the thing that makes the Spectral Power Cap innovative is the7,000+  integrated flexible solar panels. Each Teflon-coated panel carries 144-watt and is “factory bonded” to the geomembrane, shipped to the landfill and unrolled on site. The PV panels are  durable enough to walk on, and connected by a million feet of wire to four inverters that sends the solar energy onto the grid. This grid has a total capacity of enough power to operate 224 homes! And, the owners of the landfill, Republic Services, have a deal to sell the power back to Georgia Power at wholesale prices, providing clean energy for their commercial customers.

So, all in all, this is a great way to convert all those old landfills we’ve got lying around the country into something wonderful! Unless you’d rather have another ski resort, like the one in Mt. Brighton, MI.

Rock on!

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Hello and Welcome! And, Yea, Montreal!!

Hi,

This blog is about bringing good things to you, Dear Reader, whomever you may be.  I may find these ideas in my web surfing, or perhaps on a friend’s blog, or even – gasp – in face-to-face conversation with someone. No matter how I come by the information, I will pass it on to you here and for me “now.” Of course, my now won’t probably be your now, but that’s what physicists and web sites and blogs are all about. You’ll access it in your “now” and enjoy an uplift from hearing about a good thing.

So, here’s my first good thing:

The City of Montreal no longer uses its parking meters to charge people who need to park their cars – a good enough thing on its own! but not the good thing. The good thing is what they have done with those unsightly unused (not for long) meters. They use them to collect money for the homeless!! Yea, Montreal! You get 5/5 hearts – a perfect score. You’re oh so hard to follow.  🙂

Read more about it here:

http://inspiredeconomist.com/2010/08/15/repurposed-parking-meters-collect-donations-for-homeless/

Or watch this little video(which is embedded in the above article, too):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKWv4jTl0Ig&feature=player_embedded#t=0s