Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Ted Cruz Calls for Easing Renewable-Fuel Rules to Save Refiner Jobs

Farm lobby vs oil lobby. 

Ted Cruz Calls for Easing Renewable-Fuel Rules to Save Refiner Jobs https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-21/senator-ted-cruz-calls-for-rfs-overhaul-to-save-refiner-jobs
Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

As Saudis Go Nuclear, U.S. Seeks an Edge Over Great-Power Rivals

First, the trade moron in chief helps bankrupt German solar companies at the expense of US companies. Now he is helping bankrupt US nuclear companies to inject more nukes into the middle east.

As Saudis Go Nuclear, U.S. Seeks an Edge Over Great-Power Rivals https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2018-02-20/as-saudis-go-nuclear-u-s-seeks-an-edge-over-great-power-rivals
Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
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Productivity Primed to Pick Up in U.S. and Europe, McKinsey Says

The one thing that can offset fears about wage inflation.

Productivity Primed to Pick Up in U.S. and Europe, McKinsey Says https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-21/productivity-primed-to-pick-up-in-u-s-and-europe-mckinsey-says
Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
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U.S. Pays Up to Auction $179 Billion of Debt in a Span of Hours

U.S. Pays Up to Auction $179 Billion of Debt in a Span of Hours https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-20/u-s-sells-bills-at-highest-yields-since-2008-amid-supply-deluge
Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
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Monday, February 19, 2018

A new form of light could power next-gen quantum computers



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A new form of light could power next-gen quantum computers // Engadget
https://www.engadget.com/amp/2018/02/19/new-light-form-quantum-computers/

Photons are among the most ubiquitous, but loneliest particles in the quantum world -- they're always around us, but never interact with each other. Scientists from MIT and Harvard have managed quite a feat then, by observing groups of three photons interacting and sticking together to create a new weird form of light. The research is purely experimental for now, but could enable researchers to entangle photons, a key part of building quantum computers.

When you throw certain elements together like hydrogen or oxygen, they can bond in pairs or even triplets, forming O2 (oxygen) or O3 (ozone), for instance. Shine two flashlights together, however and ... crickets. The photons simply pass through each other like phantoms and there's no reaction whatsoever. That's because they have no mass or charge, though they can become highly energized in the form of X-rays or gamma rays.

To get the photons together, then, the researchers beamed a very weak laser through a dense cloud of rubidium atoms cooled to a hair above absolute zero. Instead of exiting randomly one at a time as you'd expect, they bound together in pairs or triplets, creating some form of entanglement. In addition, the normally mass-less photons gained some weight, as well -- a fraction of an electron's mass, but it's something.

The heftier photon "molecules," if you like, were considerably less nimble, too. Rather than moving at their regular 186,000 mile per second pace, they were moving 100,000 times slower, less than SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Tesla Roadster is at the moment, by my calculation.

For benefits, think computers, not light sabers (Lucasfilm/Disney)

How did this happen? When passing through the listless rubidium atoms, the photons passed on some of their energy. However, because of something called the Rydberg blockade, adjacent atoms can't be excited as much, and the less-agitated atom and a photon formed a hybrid called a "polariton." As the photons skipped between polaritons, they interacted with each other in ways they normally wouldn't, and some were still stuck together when they exited the cloud. This happenned slowly on a quantum scale, about a millionth of a second from entry to exit.

It's not the first time scientists have got photons together; some of the same team managed to get pairs of photons hooked together in 2013. The new discovery, however, marks the first time that three photons have been forced to interact.

The research is not just interesting to particle physicists, but it could eventually pave the way to new types of quantum computers used to crack cryptographic codes and solve difficult equations. The photon triplets are essentially entangled, so they could be used in "qubit" processors or for transmitting information over long distances. Having multiple photons entangled would allow for more robust, powerful systems. "The interaction of individual photons has been a very long dream for decades," said lead author and MIT professor Vladan Vuletic.

Source: MIT


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NYC Will Be First City to Mandate that Existing Buildings Dramatically Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions | City of New York

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Tesla Seeks Upgrade to Grid to Recognize World's Biggest Battery

Tesla Seeks Upgrade to Grid to Recognize World's Biggest Battery https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-15/tesla-seeks-upgrade-to-grid-to-recognize-world-s-biggest-battery
Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
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Dubai signs MoU with Siemens to install solar-driven hydrogen electrolysis facility | photon.info

EIA: US imports of solar photovoltaic modules mainly come from Asia | photon.info

IBM, Maersk Plan to Bring Blockchain Into the Shipping Process: What You Need to Know

Why Solar is on an Irrevocable Path to Dominance

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Winners of France’s 500 MW solar tender reached average price of €0.061 for 5 - 20MW projects | photon.info

Uncertainty about the trade case in the USA had an impact on solar jobs growth 2017 | photon.info

With sorghum warning shot, Beijing targets Trump's core farm base

Canadian companies sue US over tariffs. EU follows. China preps tariffs on US Ag Industry

Trump taps 3 new judges in federal district overseeing Mar-a-Lago - Tax Breaks and Litigation Immunity in Sight!

NOAA climate and hurricane research slashed in Trump budget | Miami Herald

Monday, February 12, 2018

Biggest-Ever U.S. Wind Farm Suffers Blow From Oklahoma Judge - for probable good reason

Warren Buffet unit apparently gets special utility consideration about who pays for the transmission facility to connect his projects.

Biggest-Ever U.S. Wind Farm Suffers Blow From Oklahoma Judge https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-12/biggest-ever-u-s-wind-farm-suffers-blow-from-oklahoma-judge
Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
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In a direct comparison with him and his hands, Bay Area leaders call Trump's infrastructure plan a "scam" and "puny"

Beleaguered Gunmaker Remington Points To Bankruptcy Court

BBC News: Bitcoin energy use in Iceland set to overtake homes, says local firm

I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

Bitcoin energy use in Iceland set to overtake homes, says local firm - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43030677

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Inside Trump's $4.4 Trillion Budget: More Defense and Red Ink

Inside Trump's $4.4 Trillion Budget: More Defense and Red Ink https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2018-02-12/trump-s-4-4-trillion-budget-boosts-defense-with-more-red-ink
Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
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Trump Says He’ll Unveil ‘Reciprocal Tax’ on Imports This Week

Trump Says He'll Unveil 'Reciprocal Tax' on Imports This Week https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2018-02-12/trump-says-he-will-unveil-reciprocal-tax-on-imports-this-week
Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
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Trump’s Deregulation Has Had Little Economic Impact, Goldman Says

Trump's Deregulation Has Had Little Economic Impact, Goldman Says https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2018-02-12/trump-s-deregulation-has-little-economic-impact-goldman-says
Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
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Friday, February 9, 2018

Where will Utilities Spend all that Cash?

Tax Act Massive Windfall for Utilities

These Whirlpool Turbines Can Provide 24/7 Renewable Energy

Schumer Says Budget Deal Helps Upstate NY Fuel Cell Makers! ITC Reinstated?

Starting to happen in data centers

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

German Industry Wage Deal Lifts Pay, Enables Flexible Hours

More long-overdue wage increases also signal broader return to inflation and higher interest rates. 

https://www.manufacturing.net/news/2018/02/german-industry-wage-deal-lifts-pay-enables-flexible-hours
Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
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AP Mobile: Attorneys general sue Trump administration over water rule

Attorneys general sue Trump administration over water rule: https://apnews.com/29086b5da1a542ee9980d054259894a5

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