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29 November

People Have Spoken-Keep The Oil In The Ground & Let The SunShine In

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"Our shoes will march for us." Nicole Ghio of the Sierra Club

“Our shoes will march for us.” Symbolic & poignant Silent March by 20,000 pairs of shoes in Paris on Nov. 29, 2015. (credit: Nicole Ghio of the Sierra Club)

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I’ve been away for quite a while. But this event definitely needs to be shared, despite how busy life may get. Even though the focus of Sun Is The Future is to promote, educate, and share information regarding solar energy, please do keep in mind that the transition into use of solar energy would help to reduce pollution, solve energy problem, slow down climate change, eliminate international conflicts, and generate local jobs and economy.

This may seem to be the worst of times, but it holds the promise of a future for the best of times….on this eve of the COP 21 climate talks (when leaders of nearly 200 countries will be joining for a global conference on climate change in Paris), climate activists and Parisians once again stepped up with creativity, in Place de Republique, to demonstrate not only to those in the City of the Light, but also to all of those around the world: placing about 20,000 pairs of shoes as a symbol of the poignant “silent march,” after being told by French authorities that they couldn’t march in Paris.This is a way of symbolically and powerfully joining the climate march and each pair of shoes shows the determination of Parisians to have their voices heard on climate change,” said Iain Keith of Avaaz, which helped plan the action. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon dropped off a pair of his running shoes, saying, “As the world gathers in Paris to stand up for climate action, let us also stand in the shoes of all victims of terrorism, war and persecution and respond with compassion.” Pope Francis sent along a pair of shoes to be placed on his behalf.

Human Chain in Paris demanding the oil be kept under the ground (credit: 360.org)

Human Chain (nearly 10,000 people participated in the human chain, according to Agence France Presse) in Paris demanding the oil to be kept under the ground (credit: 350.org)



When the clock struck noon in Paris today (Nov. 29, 2015), thousands of Parisians and activists joined hands to form a human chain down Boulevard Voltaire, starting from Place de Republique, passing the Bataclan Theater (where most of the lives were taken during the tragic attacks of November 13th), and down to Place de la Nation. At the Bataclan, participants left a 100-meter gap for the memorials that line the sidewalks. Nearly 10,000 people participated in this human chain, according to Agence France Presse.

Human Chain in Paris (credit: Ben & Jerry's)

Human Chain in Paris, on November 29, 2015, from near Place de Republique to Place de la Nation  (credit: Ben & Jerry’s)

We joined hands today against climate change and violence,” said Hoda Baraka, Global Communications Manager for 350.org. “People here in Paris, and hundreds of thousands who are taking part in climate marches worldwide, have a clear message for world leaders: keep fossil fuels in the ground and finance a just transition to 100% renewable energy.” In London an estimated 50,000 showed up. In Belfast and Berlin and Barcelona, climate activists took to the streets. Here in the United States, climate marches are underway in New York and Nashville, in Louisville and (later today) in Los Angeles. In Bargny, Senegal, demonstrators flowed through the streets. Please allow me to share some of the images by 350.org of marches (Global Climate March) that broke out in Africa, Asia, Australia, Middle East, Europe, and North and South America.

Climate March Nov 2015-Bargny Senegal (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Bargny Senegal (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Wellington New Zealand (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Wellington New Zealand (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Warsaw Poland (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Warsaw Poland (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Tuvalu (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Tuvalu (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Quezon City Philippines (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Quezon City Philippines (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Paris France (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Paris France (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Oakland CA (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Oakland CA (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Oakland CA 2 (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Oakland CA 2 (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Moruya New South Wales (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Moruya New South Wales (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Melbourne Vic Australia (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Melbourne Vic Australia (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Melbourne, Australia2 (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Melbourne, Australia2 (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Melbourne Australia2 350.org final

Climate March Nov 2015-Melbourne, Australia (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Melbourne, Australia (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-London England (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-London England (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Human Chain Paris (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Human Chain Paris (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam2 (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam2 (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Green Groups Declare That Our Survival Is Non-Negotiable2 (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Green Groups Declare That Our Survival Is Non-Negotiable2 (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Green Groups Declare That Our Survival Is Non-Negotiable (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Green Groups Declare That Our Survival Is Non-Negotiable (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Forest City, Rockford, IL (credit: 350.org )

Climate March Nov 2015-Forest City, Rockford, IL (credit: 350.org )

Climate March Nov 2015-Fiji (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Fiji (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Dhaka Bangladesh (credit: 350.org )

Climate March Nov 2015-Dhaka Bangladesh (credit: 350.org )

Climate March Nov 2015-Coppenhagen Denmark (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Coppenhagen Denmark (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Cliffs of Moher, Ireland (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Cliffs of Moher, Ireland (credit: 350.org)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is   time to let our Sun Shine In Throughout Our Planet Earth It Is Time To Let Our SunShine In for it is the Clean and Renewable Energy such as Solar and Wind Energy that will slow down the climate change, solve pollution and energy problem, reduce international conflicts, enable prosperity for clean energy industry by creating more local jobs. Leaders of the world, will you be riding on the top of the wave of  Solar Tsunami or below it ?! The decision is yours!

~have a bright and sunny day~
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12 July

Ideal Power’s 2-Port & 3-Port Hybrid Converters at InterSolar North America 2014

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I’d like to share with you an interview at InterSolar North America 2014, in Moscone Center of San Francisco, CA on July 9, 2014. The future of the multi-billion dollar solar industry depends much on the progress in combining PV with energy storage. In this post, Sun Is The Future will present to you Ideal Power’s AWARD winning 30KW Hybrid PV Storage Converter (which is becoming the de facto industry standard to enable PV+storage integration). Ideal Power received its award on June 4th during a ceremony at InterSolar Europe in Munich, Germany, the world’s largest exhibition for the solar industry. Ideal Power’s technology stood out due to its ability to combine PV and battery systems with an efficiency level of up to 97%. It also provides modular flexibility for different applications, particularly in off-grid systems. Due to the dramatic improvement in size, weight, cost, and efficiency over conventional converters, the Hybrid Converter integrates multiple power sources (i.e. PV+storage+grid) to lower the cost of delivering grid resiliency during blackouts such as Superstorm Sandy. I can’t wait to get my hands on the 3-port Hybrid Inverter/Converter (125 lbs) that will enable us to be better prepared for future natural disasters without the dependence on the grid. Currently the 2-port converter system (100 lbs) is used for demand reduction in grid-tied system (currently used in Walgreen of  Southern CA) whereas the 3-port converter will be in one box and creates its own microgrid during power outage.

Below, is an interview with John Merritt, Director of Applications Engineering, of Ideal Power, at InterSolar North America 2014:


Ideal Power’s hybrid converter is the first 3-port product to leverage the Company’s Power Packet Switching Architecture™ (PPSA), which allows it to combine PV inverter capabilities on one DC port, bi-directional battery converter capabilities on the second DC port, and provide an AC port supporting both grid-tied and off-grid applications. It can accomplish these functions with only a modest increase in product size and weight over its established 2-port battery converter and PV inverter products and with no loss of system efficiency. Conventional technology solutions to hybrid power conversion systems combining PV and storage require multiple power conversion steps, thereby reducing efficiency, and multiple power converter units, increasing size, weight and cost. (Ideal Power press release)

 

About Ideal Power Inc.
Ideal Power Inc. (NASDAQ: IPWR) has developed a novel, patented power conversion technology called Power Packet Switching Architecture™ (PPSA). PPSA improves the size, cost, efficiency, flexibility and reliability of electronic power converters. PPSA can scale across several large and growing markets, including commercial Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS), electrified vehicle charging, and solar photovoltaic generation. Ideal Power utilizes a capital-efficient business model to commercialize our technology through the use of contract manufacturing, product licensing, and market distribution channels. Ideal Power has won multiple grants including one from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) to commercialize bi-directional power switches, which are expected to improve power density by thirty percent and reduce efficiency losses by fifty percent. For more information, visit www.IdealPower.com.

Ideal Power Wins Electrical Energy Storage Award for Product Innovation in Integrating Solar and Storage

Ideal Power Media Contact:
Mercom Communications
www.mercomcapital.com
Wendy Prabhu
Email Contact
1.512.215.4452

Ideal Power Inc. Investor Relations Contact:
MZ North America
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Matt Hayden

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1.949.259.4986

Other pertinent link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04G6E6CokHc


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4 July

The Future Is Hopeful…When Solar/Renewable Energy Age Is Here

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Fireworks (Public Domain Author Copyright holder Jon Sullivan)

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This post is thought through and written between July 3-4, 2014, when I was on the road, hurrying to get back to home,  in Florida, for the July 4th Celebration. The televised intense discussion of situation in TX border seemingly to have added few degrees of mugginess to the airport waiting room. The overly excited rhetoric of the TV reporter presented the loosening grip of the Southern border of USA as something unprecedented in the entire human history. In reality, the territorial evolution of North American boundary had been changeable for hundreds of years. Let’s take a look at what wikipedia had to say on the subject: Territorial Evolution of North America Since 1763. The difference between then and now is the lack of bloodshed in association with any boundary changes in 21st century.

Another example is taking place in Europe during the past 60 years. Europe has shifted from a land of net emigration to one of net immigration. A progressive lessening of restrictions on labor mobility between certain European countries has taken place. As indicated in an article of Free Movement in Europe: Past and Present in MPI (Migration Policy Institute):

In a way, this opening up of borders is a return to the past. Prior to the start of World War I in 1914, there were virtually no border controls or restrictions to labor mobility across the continent. During the war, however, the crossing of borders by foreigners began to be considered a security concern, and it was at this time that passports and visas were introduced in Europe.

Then in the 1950s, when Europe was beginning to recover from the devastation of World War II and experiencing a period of intense economic growth, labor mobility was again encouraged. Because the lack of skilled workers was seen as a threat to the economy, freedom of movement of qualified industrial workers was included in the treaties founding the European Economic Community (EEC), the predecessor of the current European Union, in 1957.

If going far back enough, the same would have been true in USA. If we take a look at the history of Ellis Island, closing the border usually was preceded by occurrence of war when greater paranoia or fear resides in people’s heart. Loosening the border is generally associated with peace time when work needs to be done to induce greater economic expansion.

The oil crisis that started in 1973 put an end to the open-doors policy regarding migrant workers, who were welcomed when the economy needed them but were expected to leave when times were hard. To the surprise of the host nations, however, most of the guest workers had come to stay. Moreover, many of these migrants had invited their families to join them in the destination countries, making family ties a more prominent cause for legal migration into Europe than active labor recruitment. This dilemma was neatly summarized by Swiss author Max Frisch: “We asked for workers, but human beings came.” (Free Movement in Europe: Past and Present in MPI (Migration Policy Institute).

Why am I writing about this in Sun Is The Future? Well, the open-door policy that was closed by the oil crisis will now be opened by  Solar and Renewable Energy Age. There will be so much work needing to be done! There will be countless job opportunities, better and cleaner environment, lessened fear of fuel shortage or wars among nations. It is the pressure of population density and shortage of jobs or natural resources that would fuel the potential of wars. It is high time we earthlings should recognize the fact that we are all in it (our planet Earth) together! Free mobility and free trade are both much more efficient and humane way of distributing our resources. In the long run, it would benefit all of us! Perfect example is seen in lack of free trade:  the eventual outcome of tariffs on Chinese solar modules would  hinder the pocket book of the American consumers.

If economics and history are still not able to convince us of the benefit of the free mobility and free trade, then please allow me to appeal to our emotions….nothing stated the sentiment as eloquently as Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor (the Statue of Liberty Song).  Lyrics from the inscription on the Statue of Liberty (music by Irving Berlin and words by Emma Lazarus): Below is a video of Sandi Patty, performing Irving Berlin’s “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor” with the Cincinnati Pops in 1999, with Emma Lazarus’ words below.


Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free;
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless,
Tempest-tossed to me
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame is the imprisoned lightning,
And her name, Mother of Exiles.
From her beacon-hand glows world-wide welcome;
Her mild eyes command the air-bridged harbor
That twin cities frame.
“Keep, Ancient Lands, your storied pomp!”
Cries she with silent lips.

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free;
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless,
Tempest-tossed to me
I lift my lamp beside the golden door
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Let us ask ourselves: if our neighbors’ house was burned down by the fire and needed a place to stay, how can we turn them away? Perhaps we should all simply try to do with a bit less. So, that in the long run, we will not have to deal with the cost and sufferings of bloodshed or warfare. Then, I may be able to travel to any corner on earth, and still be able to hold my head up high and be proud to be an American. For despite all of our imperfections, we are still trying and we still have not yet given up on our hope.

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3 October

Game Changer:Tesla’s Supercharger, Using Solar Power, Fills Your Tank For Free !

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More of Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 clips will continue to be uploaded on sunisthefuture Youtube Channel and http://www.sunisthefuture.net between/under September 30-October 2, 2012.

But right now, I am so excited about Tesla’s Supercharger that I’ve got to share this pieces of news/clip I’ve just received with you! Apparently, on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, the U.S. auto maker Tesla (specializing in electric cars), just opened a large network of service stations that provides free charges from the sun for their electric cars. The company Tesla Motors unveiled six stations called Supercharger (west) where it is based and will open more in high traffic corridors throughout continental USA. Tesla also indicated that Supercharging stations will be installed in Europe and Asia during second half of 2013, aiming to have more than 100 such stations in operation by 2015 and covering all of USA and lower part of Canada within 4-5 years. Take a look at this clip, below:

“The Tesla Supercharger network is a game changer for electric vehicles, offering long distance travel with a comfort level equivalent to that of gasoline cars in practical terms,” said Tesla CEO, Elon Musk. “We are giving the (auto) Model S’s ability to travel almost anywhere for free with pure sunlight.” The electricity used by stations Supercharger is generated by solar systems designed for more power to be used by cars, the company said. The Supercharger is able to charge to about 100 kW (perhaps even up to 120 kW in the future, translating to long distance driving of up to about 3 hours and stop to recharge for 30 minutes and be ready to go again).  Right now, one can drive almost any where using free power from the sun in California.  Soon, the Supercharging stations will also become available to a location near you!  Supercharging station will actually be able to produce more energy than it uses, therefore, be able to put excess energy into local power grid for general use.

The company, founded by Musk, co-founder of PayPal and SpaceX, in 2003, has a factory in Fremont, in northern California. Tesla sports car sold in more than $ 100,000 and launched its Model S at an initial price of USD 49 900. Without an internal combustion engine or transmission tunnel, the Model S has more cargo space than any other sedan, and includes a second trunk under the hood. This car reaches 100 mph in just 4.4 seconds, and includes an in-dash touch screen, Internet access, allowing listening to the radio and getting round navigation instructions from the web.

This is fantastic news! I will look forward to all future electric cars being able to run on free power/fuel from the sun and Supercharger possibly even supply some more energy for our power grid.  The future is looking brighter all the time!

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2 March

Ambitious Tongan Goal-Targets 50% Renewable Energy by 2015

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Do you know which of the Pacific island nations is the only one that had avoided formal colonisation from the West ?

If your answer is Tonga, you would have been correct!  The Kingdom of Tonga is a sovereign state and an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, comprising 176 islands (fifty-two of which are inhabited) scattered over 700,000 square kilometers (270,000 sq mi) of ocean in the South Pacific.

Tonga on the Globe, wikimedia commons

The kingdom stretches over a distance of about 800 kilometers (500 mi) in a north-south line located at about a third of the distance from New Zealand to Hawaii. Tonga also was known as the Friendly Islands because of the friendly reception  accorded to Captain James Cook on his first visit there in 1773.

As oil prices and CO2 emissions continue to increase, many countries in different corners of planet earth are trying to invest in renewable energy sources, such as the sun, wind, or geothermal energy, providing them with more energy security in the future.  Many nations are setting targets, to have certain amount of their overall energy consumption to be coming from renewable energy sources by 2015: Russia is aiming at 4.5%;China at 15%;Australia at 20%; Europe at 21% .   None of these nations was as ambitious as the South Pacific Tonga, setting its renewable energy target at 50% by 2015 (some even wanted it by 2012!) and already have a plan, the Tonga Energy Roadmap, for how it will achieve this lofty figure.

Now, I’d like to share a piece/clip of Tongan experience with solar and renewable energy with you, below:

“during the oil price spike in 2008, Tonga’s economy screeched to a halt. And since then, with oil prices continuing to rise, many consumers are not able to afford electricity at all.” Zachary Rybarczyk from Climate Progress wrote. Tonga is receiving financial support from New Zealand and technical support from the Renewable Energy & Efficiency Program (REEP) in the development of its renewable energy projects.  The Director General of REEP, Martin Hiller, hopes that Tonga will provide “a blueprint for other Pacific Island states that are grappling with similar challenges.”

The latest report from Earth Techling indicated that Tonga has already signed a memorandum of understanding with Masdar, a Abu Dhabi based company,  for the order of a 500 kilowatt solar project to be built on the island of Vava, to add to the 1 megawatt solar plant being constructed on the main island of Tongatapu.

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