Archive for May, 2011

Breaking News Worldwide Real-Time

May 25, 2011

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Hawaii Environmental Tweeting Real-Time

May 19, 2011

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Satellite Interpretation Message

May 17, 2011

http://www.prh.noaa.gov/cphc/pages/sim.php

 

 

 

New omni-directional wind turbine can capture wind energy on building rooftops

May 16, 2011

New omni-directional wind turbine can capture wind energy on building rooftops

May 16, 2011 by Bob Yirka report

New omni-directional wind turbine can capture wind energy on building rooftops

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Image: Katru Eco-Energy

(PhysOrg.com) — Katru Eco-Energy, headed by founder and inventor, Varan Sureshan, has developed a new kind of wind turbine meant to capture the winds that fly in all directions atop big buildings, and unlike conventional devices, the IMPLUX, as it’s called, can capture wind from any direction as it stands; meaning without having to be repositioned or pointed. The IMPLUX achieves this feat by means of horizontal turbine blades that sit atop a vertical axis and are turned by wind that is pushed up through what Sureshan calls a “fluid dynamic gate.”

The IMPLUX, under development for several years, and recently field tested in Singapore, relies on a central chamber that has been specially designed to capture wind as it comes from any direction and then to propel it upwards towards the turbine, accelerating it, without allowing any of it to escape. It is considered to be a vertical wind generator, as its main rotor shaft is arranged vertically, and while it’s not the first to incorporate such technology it is unique in that it has horizontal blades, and because it’s likely the first to have been tested by Honda Formula 1’s racing team to validate its unique ability to capture wind and hold onto it, rather than letting any escape out the opposite side.

New omni-directional wind turbine can capture wind energy on building rooftops
Sureshan, who has been in the business of designing mechanical systems (such as the first hybrid rooftop solar air-conditioning unit to go up on a commercial building in  Queensland, Australia), for over 25 years, says he began working on the design after spending a lot of time working on building rooftops and noting how there was a lot of very nearly constant wind flying around, and thought there ought to be a way to capture it and put it to good use.

After studying then current ideas for capturing wind, Sureshan hit on the idea of building an enclosure of sorts, or shroud, with airfoil blades for “walls” that allowed air to travel inside the chamber, but because of the angle, would force it to flow upwards inside the chamber, rather than allow it to pass through and out the opposite side; all that wind (or at least 87% of it) would then flow upwards towards the horizontal blades connected to the turbine, which would spin, producing electricity. The result is a wind turbine that has just one moving part, is much quieter than most other turbines and doesn’t harm birds because they are too large to fit through the sidewall blades. It looks pretty cool as well.

New omni-directional wind turbine can capture wind energy on building rooftops

Image: Katru Eco-Energy

The Katru Eco-Energy website indicates the IMPLUX  should be ready for sale by mid 2012.

Tracking STS-134 Real-Time in Google Earth

May 16, 2011


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TEPCO to review No. 1 reactor plan

May 12, 2011

TEPCO to review No. 1 reactor plan

Tokyo Electric Power Company is being forced to review its strategy for stabilizing the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after announcing that one of its reactors is in a state of “meltdown.”

TEPCO revealed on Thursday that most of the fuel rods in the No.1 reactor are believed to have melted and fallen to the bottom of the reactor                                   The company said the coolant water in the reactor had dropped to a level that would completely expose fuel rods if they were in their normal position.

 


TEPCO believes the fuel at the bottom has cooled down, judging from the surface temperature of the reactor.

On Friday, workers brought in equipment for connecting a circulating cooling system to the reactor, in line with a plan TEPCO decided last month.

Under the plan, the utility was to fill the No. 1 reactor containment vessel with water. A cooling system was to be set up that would circulate this water through a heat exchanger.

But this system will only work if the water in the containment vessel is at least 5 meters deep.

TEPCO says it does not know the current water level, but is hoping to quickly establish a way to find out.

Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Banri Kaieda said it is a fact that the water injected into the No.1 reactor leaked away because of a hole or holes created by the meltdown.

He said this is the main reason why TEPCO’s plan needs to be reviewed.

Friday, May 13, 2011 13:17 +0900 (JST)

 

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/13_16.html

Carlos Nakai to Perform with Peter Kater at Awakening Kindness Concert

May 10, 2011

  Carlos Nakai                                     

 

 

Tibetan flutist Nawang Khechog, arrived on Maui on Sunday afternoon to perform five “Awakening Kindness” concerts with me around Hawai`i, May 11th – 15th. While only yesterday we casually walked the beach, today, in a jolting and unexpected turn of events, Nawang underwent five hours of surgery to remove a large blood clot from his brain. This was probably a complication from a serious auto accident he was in a few years back in India. Currently, he is in intensive care and the outlook is cautiously optimistic. I humbly ask that you send him your prayers and healing energy.

As an expression of kindness, Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai is flying to Maui to perform the Awakening Kindness tour with me in honor of Nawang. Carlos and I started recording and touring together some 22 years go and I introduced Nawang and Carlos a few years later. Ironically, this will be the first time in over 10 years that R. Carlos Nakai and I have performed together in concert. Please join Carlos and myself at our Maui performance with prayers and/or support of our dear brother, Nawang Khechog. – Peter Kater

R. Carlos Nakai is perhaps the world’s premier Native American artist. He serves as an effective ambassador in reaching new concert audiences, consistently drawing capacity houses. Nakai is a seven-time Grammy Award nominee. In 2005, he collaborated with Keola Beamer on the release Our Beloved Land. Listen to Carlos perform “Sentient Beings” with Nawang Khechog.

Peter Kater is a pianist/composer who has received six Grammy Award nominations. He has written music for well over 100 television and film productions and on and off-Broadway dramatic plays and is a recipient of the prestigious Environmental Leadership Award from the United Nations. Watch Peter perform “Spirit” live in concert.

 


Satellite Interpretation Message

May 5, 2011

Based on data through 8:00 am May 05 2011 HST

An upper level low over the main Hawaiian islands continues to bring unstable air over the Hawaiian islands. Enhanced showers are found across the islands as a result of the instability introduced by the upper level system. Low level winds near the islands are from the east due to a high pressure system to the north northeast of the islands.

Low clouds cover most of Niihau and Kauai at 8 am. On Oahu, clouds cover the Koolau range, and most of the Waianae range. The clouds over these mountain ranges are spreading over adjacent areas. Molokai has clouds over the eastern end of the island. Meanwhile, clouds blanket Lanai, Kahoolawe and most of Maui. On Maui, the area of the island with the fewest clouds are the west facing slopes of Haleakala.

Overall the Big Island has the fewest clouds overhead at 8 am. There are low clouds over the north Hilo, south Hilo and Puna districts. Additional clouds are found over the remaining districts, but not as heavily concentrated.

Thunderstorms have been noted in the Big Island plume overnight. Cloud tops in the Big Island plume are reaching near 38 thousand feet at 8 am. Additional towering cumulus are found about 110 miles southwest of Honolulu with tops reaching near 32 thousand feet.

Hawaii Infrared Satellite image for 1800 UTC

 

Hawaii Visible Satellite image for 1800 UTC

Central Pacific Infrared Satellite image for 1800 UTC

 

HH The 14 Dalai Lama of Tibet

May 4, 2011

 

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Satellite Interpretation Message

May 3, 2011

Issued: May 03, 2011 7:45 PM HST


Based on data through 7:00 pm May 03 2011 HST

An area of isolated to scattered cumulonimbus, CB, persists over and just southwest of the main Hawaiian islands, specifically bounded by 22°N 161°W, 19°N 155°W, 17°N 165°W, 22°N 161°W. Some CB tops have temperatures around minus 57 degrees c, corresponding to heights near 38000 feet using the afternoon Lihue sounding. The bulk of this activity lies just outside Hawaii coastal waters. However, radar still shows isolated moderate to heavy showers across some windward areas of the islands.

Water vapor loop shows a northeast to southwest oriented upper trough across the islands, with an axis extending through 28°N 140°W and 18°N 170°W. The CB area lies just east of the upper trough axis. An upper low near 23°N 148°W lies within the upper trough as does a weaker upper low near 21°N 164°W. The southern flank of the upper trough is marked by a ragged 300 mile wide band of broken to overcast high clouds south of a line from 17°N 142°W to 11°N 160°W.

Broken to overcast layered clouds north and west of a line from 44°N 140°W to 37°N 151°W to 37°N 170°W to 35°N 180°W mark a series of fronts moving eastward within the storm track far north of the main Hawaiian islands. A broad anticyclonic circulation is noted in low cloud motion, with a center roughly near 42°N 131°W. This circulation center, actually a center of high pressure, has an associated ridge extending southwest through 33°N 150°W and 30°N 163°W. Since the main Hawaiian islands lie south of this ridge, local prevailing flow is east to west across local Hawaiian waters.

High clouds from nearby CB are blocking the view of lower clouds across Hawaiian leeward waters this evening. An area of broken to overcast layered clouds lies 60 to 240 miles northeast of the islands of Maui county and Oahu, moving toward the southwest at 15 to 20 mph. A single CB near 22°N 155°W, about 100 miles northeast of Maui, lies within this layered cloud area. Scattered to patchy broken low clouds prevail elsewhere across windward waters. Last visible imagery showed patchy broken low clouds across most windward areas of the islands, with towering cumulus noted across leeward Big Island slopes.

 

Hawaii Infrared Satellite image for 0500 UTC

 

Central Pacific Infrared Satellite image for 0500 UTC

 

http://www.prh.noaa.gov/cphc/pages/sim.php