BLOG #3 FOR CAMPUS ENERGY PROJECT

Taken from Proctor Academy Flickr Tom Global impacts? There are a few global impacts that all wind turbines in general have. Wind farms create turbulence, vertical and horizontal, which make warmer air mix with water vapor unnaturally and can change the weather in the local area, and less majorly in the areas downwind. Despite this,…

BLOG #2 FOR THE CAMPUS ENERGY PROJECT

Wednesday, May 17th, the day after innovation night. The innovation night was great, team winter killed it, as expected. Our prototype came together last minute, big thanks to Jim Cox for helping with the 3D printing.   First off, here are some of the critiques we faced during innovation night: From the sharks, they suggested…

BLOG #1 FOR THE CAMPUS ENERGY CONTEST

  Vertical wind turbines have a significantly reduced efficiency in power generation. When wind blows on a vertical axis turbine, only one fraction of the blade generates torque while the other parts merely, “go along for the ride.” The air passing over the blades are converted into rational momentum which spins the generator. Vertical turbines also…

The Nuclear Option

On Sunday, April 8th I watched a movie on nuclear power called “Pandora’s Promise.” The purpose of the film was to was to show people that their fears about nuclear energy are baseless. The movie had interviews of several people as well as fallow people to places like Churnoble. In many ways, nuclear power is…

The Climate is Changing NOW!

On Wednesday after classes, I watched two episodes of the show Years of Living Dangerously. Years of Living Dangerously is a show that looks into specific problems caused by climate change starting Mat Damond Michael Hall and Thomas Friedman. Episode eight is split between the dangers of heat waves, how climate change affects people in…

Clean Up Sights

Last week Kent Armstrong was invited to our AP environmental science class. Kent has his own bioremediation company. You might be wondering what is bioremediation? Bioremediation is cleaning up properties that have been infected with pollutants using living things. Thos method cost as little as $10/ton. One of the drawbacks is that it can take years to dispose…

PBDE Treasure Hunt

In Environmental Science class we are learning about PBDEs also know as flame retardants. Flame retardants are man-made compounds that are designed to stop the spread of fires. Flame retardant in three different ways. 1)Vapor phase inhibition. This kind flame retardant is the most common, the flame retardant works by releasing Bromine before the surface…