Photo Friday: Order Coal Now (1918)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

This poster of a man shoveling coal from a cart was created by J.C. Leyendecker for the Saturday Evening Post magazine. It was created with sponsorship from the United States Federal Fuel Administration. This World War I era agency that was orginally established in 1917 via the Food and Fuel Control Act, in part to address concerns over winter fuel shortages with responsibilities including setting... 

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Photo Friday: Order Coal Now (1918)

This poster of a man shoveling coal from a cart was created by J.C. Leyendecker for the Saturday Evening Post magazine. It was created with sponsorship from the United States Federal Fuel Administration. This World War I era agency that was orginally established in 1917 via the Food and Fuel Control Act, in part to address concerns over winter fuel shortages with responsibilities including setting... Read More

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Photo Friday: Supercharged microbattery used to track salmon around the world

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This photograph is of a microbattery created by scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Used to monitor the movements of salmon through rivers, this microbattery can store  twice the amount energy compared to previous designs in the same size package. This cylindrical battery is slightly larger than a long grain of rice and is used to monitor the movements of salmon through rivers... Read More

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Photo Friday: 220KV Oil Circuit Breakers at Redondo Steam Plant, 1948

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The first Redondo Beach Steam Power Plant came online in 1907. This $1.25 million power plant was operated until 1933 – it was then taken offline, dismantled, bought/sold, and rebuilt, coming online again in 1948 as a part of Southern California Edison’s power fleet. This photograph was taken in 1948 and is now a part of the online photography exhibit “Form and Landscape,” a collaborative... Read More

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Photo Friday: A living laboratory for net-zero homes (California)

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This picture is of the user interface screen of the home’s energy management system in the new Honda Smart Home in California. Located in the West Village at the University of California, Davis, this 1,922 square foot home includes a 9.5 kW rooftop solar panel array and an electric vehicle with 10 kWh of battery storage, two key components in facilitating net-zero (or even net-negative) electricity... Read More

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Senate bill shines light on the energy-water nexus

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In the United States, 410 billion gallons of water are withdrawn for use each day. Almost half (49%) of this water is used by the power sector. On the other side, more than 12%of the nation’s energy use is used to meet the country’s water and steam demand. In other words – a lot of water is used for energy and significant energy is used for water. This concept is at the core of a new... Read More

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Used Tires Could Find Second Life in Batteries

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Hundreds of millions of tires reach the end of their first life each year in the United States. The majority of these tires are recycled into road paving materials, plastic additives, and other useful materials. But, a significant waste stream remains, providing an opportunity for new applications for wasted rubber. This month, the chemistry journal RSC Advances published a paper outlining a process... Read More

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Photo Friday: Rural Electrification (California)

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The Point Conception lighthouse is located at the west enterance of the Santa Barbara Channel in Southern California. This photograph is a part of the online photography exhibit “Form and Landscape,” a collaborative project from William Deverell and Greg Hise. This exhibit features photos from the Huntington Library’s Southern California Edison archive. These archives document the electrification... Read More

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UK wind sets new record and supplies more power than domestic coal, hydro and biomass

In August, wind power in the United Kingdom supplied more electricity than domestic coal, biomass, and hydropower (combined) and set a new record for maximum hourly output. According to RenewableUK, this record was reached at 10pm when wind supplied an hourly average of 5 GW over an hour (17% of the total electricity demand on the UK power grid at that time). The new average was a 25% increase from... Read More

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The Cyclic Nature of “Crazy Bad” Air Pollution and Fuel Transitions

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Photo of Beijing Skyline (2005) by Bobak China has become an icon for global air quality discussions – with its infamously horrible airpocolypsesleading to widely publicized health impacts on the local population including widespread headaches, respiratory distress, and anxiety. On January 14, 2014 one such event led to air quality that was so “crazy bad,” measurement tools housed... Read More

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Photo Friday: Opening fusion’s 48-ton door (1979)

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This 1979 photo is of a woman at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) opening a 97,000 pound (48.5 ton) door. Eight feet thick and nearly twelve feet wide, this concrete-filled door included a special bearing in the hinge that allowed a single person to open or close it. The door was used to shield the Rotating Target Neutron Source-II (RTNS-II), which... Read More