NC jobs, Green energy jobs, Solar energy, Wind energy, Passive solar, Weatherizaton, North Carolina Green Business Fund
From GEO, Green Energy On-line November 22, 2010.
“Win win situations. Creating jobs, saving money and becoming more energy independent. What’s not to like?
That is what we believe. And that is what we are working on. GEO, Green Energy On-line, new company name for projects we have had in the works for a while and research that began in the 1970′s. We are focusing on passive solar and wind energy with some integration of active solar. Why? Because it is so simple and can be employed in existing and new home construction without major costs.
We are testing multiple passive solar strategies beginning with ones that are portable and smaller in scope. Our first and second passive solar projects are operational and providing heat. The first one feeds heat through a window passage. The second is attached to a crawl space opening and connected to ductwork. We are working on new designs that will be not only be cost effective but also unobtrusive and even attractive.
Our 2000 watt wind generator has been operational for over four months. As expected it produces electricity part of the time due to the lower wind speeds in the Piedmont of NC. However, it may come close to running as much as active solar panels. Remember, best case scenario, solar cells produce electricity on average 8 – 9 hours a day on sunny days.
We are working on a design that integrates solar and wind energy to drive a wind generator. This will greatly increase the output in lower wind areas and thus will make this option attractive to more people.
We are in the process of applying for a Pepsi Refresh Project grant. It is hoped that the public will see the value in our projects and in our vision for using down to earth simple techniques to take advantage of the “free energy” surrounding us, save money and put people to work. The beauty of spreading these simple technologies is that they will put many people to work in communities across our state and the nation.
Weatherization is another simple way to save money, become more energy independent and put people to work. A good friend of mine with a small electricial company is being very proactive in embracing new energy and energy saving technologies. He is currently updating his weatherization skills. We meet almost daily to discuss our projects. He has taken a keen interest in our projects and has helped on the installation.
The North Carolina Green Business Fund.
“As a State-authorized advisory board administered by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the North Carolina Board of Science and Technology encourages, promotes, and supports scientific, engineering, and industrial research applications in North Carolina.
The Board is focused on accelerating North Carolina’s next generation of technology and technology companies.
The Board works to investigate new areas of emerging science and technology and conducts studies on the competitiveness of North Carolina industry and research institutions in these fields.
The Board also works with the North Carolina General Assembly and the Governor to put into place the infrastructure that keeps North Carolina on the cutting edge of science and technology.
Created in 1963 (the first such organization in the US), the Board has been responsible for the creation of a number of internationally recognized initiatives to catalyze the transformation of the North Carolina economy by leveraging university research, science, entrepreneurship, and technology-based economic development.”
The North Carolina Green Business Fund has used up all funding for 2010. We will seek funding from them in the future. However, many politicians speak in platitudes about becoming energy independent and putting people to work. This is simple. I am reminded of efforts from the Wright Brothers, Thomas Edison and others who, without initial government aid or prodding, persisted with hard work and changed the country and certainly created jobs.”