Inter-relationship between Energy and Water

It takes large amounts of water to produce energy, and it takes energy to treat and distribute water.

The demand for both are ever-increasing in a growing state like Arizona.

Arizona Corporation Commission Chairman Kris Mayes, Arizona Investment Council President Gary Yaquinto, and Professor Mike Pasqualetti of ASUS School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning discuss this inter-relationship between energy and water and how to ensure Arizona has a sustainable supply of both.

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How much does solar cost?

A growing number of homeowners want to know how much solar costs, but it can sometimes be difficult to get a straight answer. To help shine a light, One Block Off the Grid took the results of over 45,000 solar estimates created by real U.S. homeowners in 2011 and put them into these maps.

 

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Home Solar Power Discounts – One Block Off the Grid

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A 40-foot battery?

A guy gets a standing ovation for talking about batteries?

At the 2012 TED Conference in Long Beach, MIT professor Donald Sadoway shared his story of how six years ago he started developing a liquid battery, a three-layered device comprising high-density molten metal at the top, low density molten metal at the bottom and the layer of molten salt in between.

His prototypes got bigger and bigger until he was able to produce a working model the size of a 40-foot shipping container.

What can you do with a 40-foot battery?

Sadoway’s invention isn’t for the individual, it’s about cheap energy, or rather the storage of it.

If it works as well as he says it does, it could be a game changer in making wind and solar power a lot more reliable.

Source: Smithsonian

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This is Your Brain on Comedy – Chris Bliss

Chris Bliss explores the inherent challenge of communication, and how comedy opens paths to new perspectives.

Chris Bliss is a national headline comedian, with credits including the Tonight Show and the Late Show with David Letterman, as well as an internationally renowned variety artist, opening for superstars from Eric Clapton to Michael Jackson.

In 2005, he founded MyBillofRights.org, with the mission of creating monuments and permanent displays of the Bill of Rights in civic spaces across America. The organization expects to dedicate America’s first monument celebrating the Bill of Rights at the Arizona Capitol Mall, in December of 2012.

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Solve for X: Rob McGinnis on global water scarcity


Global water scarcity presents a grave challenge to continued human development and sustainability. The answer, however, is to use more water, not less. In order to do this, a dramatic technological breakthrough in desalination is necessary. This presentation describes the beginning of that effort.

Rob McGinnis is Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer of Oasys where he’s developing forward osmosis desalination technology.

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A Modest Question or two…

Q: Do we have the technology to become energy independent and run our economy on 100% clean energy?
A: Many people would say “Yes,we do.” Many people would say “No, we don’t.”

Is one side telling the truth and one side lying? If one side is lying, which side is doing the lying and what is their motivation?

Q: With all of our technical capacity, why aren’t we energy independent and running our economy on 100% clean energy?
A: It is not a matter of technical capacity. Its a matter of public will, political will, and financial will.

Q: If we were energy independent and running our economy on 100% clean energy, how would our lives be different?

Q: If we were energy independent and running our economy on 100% clean energy, who would be the new success stories and who would be the old success stories who faded away?

Q: What are we doing today to make our country energy independent and run our economy on 100% clean energy?

Q: Who wins if we are NOT energy independent and running our economy on 100% clean energy?

Q: Who wins if we are energy independent and running our economy on 100% clean energy?

I invite you to ask more questions, the bigger the better.

I invite you to ask great big scarey questions.

I invite you to think big, dream big. “Let’s go to the moon” kind of big dreams.

I invite you to see the world filled with solutions to some of our biggest problems. And then take steps to help give birth to one or more of those solutions.

The world is waiting for you to live your passion. To live your passion take these steps:

1. Ask big questions.
2. Find a big problem/need that either makes your heart sing or makes you really angry.
3. Do what it takes to become part the solution to that problem/need.

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How a home-built wind turbine can create usable electrical power

An engineering student explains how a home-built wind turbine can create usable electrical power.

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Reinventing the Leaf: Future Sources of Fuel

RETHINKING SUSTAINABILITY

Reinventing the Leaf: Future Sources of Fuel

Nate Lewis, George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology

Compass Summit, a forum for true interaction and exchange, examines some of today’s most pressing problems through the lens of global citizenship, recognizing that human ingenuity is an unlimited resource. Guided by NPR’s Ira Flatow, an intimate group of some of the of the world’s best thinkers and doers convened along the rugged Palos Verdes coastline on Oct 23-26, 2011 at Terranea Resort to engage in meaningful conversation, ask questions, and challenge ideas.

From Compass Summit on FORA.tv

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e2 Design – First Season Trailer

The e2 series introduces the inventive leaders and technologies driving sustainable practices in the buildings where we live, work, and play.

e2 demonstrates that living in harmony with nature is not only a matter of progress; it’s a matter of survival.

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Solar Industry Executives Talk About Massive Solar Job Growth

Mike Casey of clean energy public relations firm, Tigercomm, takes Scaling Green’s Communicating Energy lecture series on the road to the Solar Power International 2011 (SPI) conference and trade show in Dallas, Texas. Casey interviews several clean energy industry leaders on the state of the solar industry today and its prospects for the future.

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