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Google Enters the Alternative Energy Market

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Google always on alert to new markets announces that it will invest in offshore cables for wind farms.

This from National Public Radio
Google is making a huge investment in a massive off-shore cable that would eventually carry power from off-shore wind farms to cities along the Atlantic seaboard. The Atlantic Wind Connection will lie 15-20 miles off shore and run from New Jersey to Virginia. Google says the cable will be able to carry 6,000 MW of wind power. The aim is to make off-shore wind farms feasible and cheaper to build. Farms that are built closer to shore, like the Cape Wind project off the coast of Massachusetts, face objections from people who fear the turbines would clutter the ocean view. Farms miles off-shore would barely be visible from the coast.

google awc project map provided by Google of the project.

The eventual cost of the backbone cable will be in the billions. Google and Good Energies are both investing 37.5% of the initial costs of the project, but are expected to bring in other investors.

Google announced the project last night on its blog, saying:

Why offshore wind and why the Mid-Atlantic? Many coastal areas in the United States have large population centers on an overstretched grid but limited access to a high-quality land-based wind resource. These coastal states can take advantage of their most promising renewable resource by using larger wind farms with larger turbines that can take advantage of stronger and steadier winds offshore.

Even before wind farms are built, when complete the cable would take power from Southern Virginia, where it’s cheap, to New Jersey, where it’s expensive. It would also bypass an area where the electrical grid is already congested.

Partial Lunar Eclipse June 26, 2010

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Tonight a partial lunar eclipse will be visible in many areas of the United States. An eclipse occurs when the earth blocks the light from the sun onto the moon.  An eclipse can either be a partial or total event.

In Florida and the lower eastern US, the partial eclipse will begin at around 3:00am EDT.  And the greatest eclipse will coincide when the moon is setting at around 5:30 am EDT, creating the effect known as the Moon Illusion.

The Moon Illusion is called this because, as the moon nears the horizon, either rising or setting, it has the horizon and either buildings, trees, hills or some object as a reference point to compare it with, making the moon appear larger.

Because of this affect, the view of the eclipse in the southern regions of the United States will be spectacular, as the moon will exhibit a reddish glow.  This glow is created by the sun’s light passing through earth’s atmosphere, where it is scattered when passing through particles contained in the atmosphere.  The amount of particles that the sun’s light must pass through, determines had red the glow.  With recent volcanic eruptions we have experienced this may well be worth the effort of getting up early.

The next lunar eclipse will be on December 21, 2010.

For more information visit the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Eclipse website.

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