Category Archives: Water Power

An electric vehicle is less efficient than my cat

I once heard an electrical utility use the marketing phrase, “Electric heat is 100% efficient” The logic is that 100% of the energy available at a heating element becomes heat. The amount of energy lost to get that heat out … Continue reading

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80,000 dams only 3% use hydro

Gov. Ed Rendell visited Voith Hydro today to say that hydropower has the potential for generating clean energy and creating jobs for Pennsylvania and the nation. According to the study released today by the National Hydropower Association, the U.S. hydropower … Continue reading

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VIDEO Building a better water wheel

The Hanover made Fitz Waterwheel at the Wallace-Cross Mill historic site in East Hopewell Township brought new efficiency to 19th century water power. According to tour guide Wayne Spyker, the buckets of the wheel allowed the weight of the trapped … Continue reading

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A diverse alternative energy farm near New Park

Jay McGinnis’ inconspicuous house near New Park, Pa. is an experiment of alternative energy. The windmills produce compressed air and electricity. The innovative air compressing wind mill stores the air throughout the farm using underground lines that act as a … Continue reading

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Green Boating Tips from the Baltimore Boat Show

2009 Baltimore Boat Show’s Green Boating Zone Wednesday, January 21 through Sunday, January 25, 2009. Green Boating tips from the National Marine Manufacturers Association 1. Choose Green Products: Use the cleanest maintenance products that do the job. Look for the … Continue reading

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2009 Baltimore Boat Show’s Green Boating Zone

Baltimore Boat Show at the Baltimore Convention Center Wednesday, January 21 through Sunday, January 25, 2009. The Green Boating Zone will feature eco-friendly boats and accessories, including hybrid boats and products that reduce water and air pollutants. Featured manufactuer Torqeedo, … Continue reading

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Not drilling… “what is wrong with Washington”?

Rep. Todd Platts, R-York County, voted with his fellow Republicans against the (energy) bill, calling it an example of “what is wrong with Washington.” Instead of addressing the interest of all Americans, Platts said the bill would continue to prohibit … Continue reading

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Hydroelectric – solar and wind should be promoted differently

Sen. Barack Obama recently visited Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation in West Manchester Township. Bob Silknitter, of Red Lion, raised his hand and wondered why Sen. Obama never mentions hydroelectric power during his campaign speeches exhorting clean energy alternatives. Solar … Continue reading

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Ancient water turbines powered factory for free

I was riding my bike through Harpers Ferry, West Virginia today with a friend and stopped at the site of an old textile plant. Everyone is familiar with 19th century water wheels powering small grain mills, but what was interesting … Continue reading

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Rain collection system – Part 3

My 55 gallon plastic barrels are recycled from Anderson’s Car Wash. They cost $8 a piece and originally held bio-degradable detergent. The rain collection unit is placed under my deck with a spigot coming out of the lattice, so it … Continue reading

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