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Comment: Re:Great... Instead of CO2 we get CO (Score 2) 133

by kolbe (#47378145) Attached to: Solar-Powered Electrochemical Cell Used To Produce Formic Acid From CO2

If you look up the properties of Formic Acid on any Chemistry site and review its compounds and decomposition state you'll see that it dissipates, breaks down, decomposes into Carbon Dioxide and Water.

Actually, here is a link to wikipedia that is actually correct in statement:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Otherwise, here is my source:

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10...

See the main paragraph below the introduction in the scanned image.

 

Comment: Great... Instead of CO2 we get CO (Score 5, Interesting) 133

by kolbe (#47374397) Attached to: Solar-Powered Electrochemical Cell Used To Produce Formic Acid From CO2

Why would you want to convert Carbon Dioxide into Carbon Monoxide?

If not used immediately, Formic acid decomposes into carbon monoxide and water when exposed to air and heat. I wouldn't exactly call this a "game changer" unless the target of it all is to give everyone A) a lot of toilet bowl cleaner for cheap or B) a silent death.

Comment: Re:And yet they raised prices (Score 1) 116

by kolbe (#47366331) Attached to: Renewable Energy Saves Fortune 100 Companies $1.1B Annually

Solar pricing is a monopoly.

Green Building Programs that offer incentives (http://www.dsireusa.org/) are in decline year-over-year due to reduced cost of panels, yet no increase in efficiency is offered on those panels in the same timeframe (2009-2014) AND price/W has nearly stagnated over the past 4 years:

2009 median installed price of PV systems installed was $6.10/W for residential and small commercial systems smaller than 10 kW
2011-13 median installed price of PV systems installed was $5.30/W for residential and small commercial systems smaller than 10 kW

http://emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/f...
http://emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/f...

Comment: Re:Details Please? (Score 1) 116

by kolbe (#47366243) Attached to: Renewable Energy Saves Fortune 100 Companies $1.1B Annually

Modded you up as everything you say is true. Here's some further facts illustrating that without tax breaks/subsidies, Solar is at most a "wash" at best for consumers:

SOLAR FACTS:
- Most Efficient Solar Panel - 44.7% efficient Fraunhofer Q-Cell (1), AVERAGE efficiency between American's top 5 retailers: 17% (Kyocera KD+SunPower+SunPower+SolarWorld+Canadian Solar), which is crap compared to corporate use panels that average 21%.
- Photovoltaic (PV) Degradation Rate - Every Solar panel loses between 0.5% and 4% of its efficiency per year (depending on a-Si, CdTe and CIGS films) further resulting in a constant decline in ones ROI (2)
- Solar pricing is a monopoly: Green Building Programs that offer incentives (http://www.dsireusa.org/) are in decline year-over-year due to reduced cost of panels. (3)

REFERENCES:
1) http://cleantechnica.com/2014/...
2) http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy12o...
2) http://energyinformative.org/l...
3) http://www.energymanagertoday....

Comment: Re:Biofuels = Faster breakdown of engine parts (Score 1) 159

by kolbe (#46805677) Attached to: Biofuels From Corn Can Create More Greenhouse Gases Than Gasoline

The viscosity caused by those fuels are not meant to be handled by most engines for any long duration, period. Anyone running >10% blend over long periods is asking for trouble. If you do not believe me, go run some 50/50 "WMO" mix for 10k miles and check how many of your injectors are clogged, gaskets ruined and seals leaking. Engines in todays vehicles are still not ready to handle it.

Comment: Biofuels = Faster breakdown of engine parts (Score 1) 159

by kolbe (#46802779) Attached to: Biofuels From Corn Can Create More Greenhouse Gases Than Gasoline

Go ask any mechanic who deals with vehicles that run on Biofuels such as BioDiesel, Green diesel, Bioethanol or >10% blends and you will find that they often clog up the injectors so badly that they need to be replaced (injector) 45% more frequently (adjusted % based on time injector was installed and comparing same brand part durability on the same vehicle until breakage).

That may not seem like much to some, but for those running public transportation and school buses, the political "go green" machine ends up including a hefty maintenance charge, metal waste and labor... All this atop of added air pollutions.

Comment: Produced by Team Fail (Score 4, Insightful) 89

by kolbe (#46737335) Attached to: <em>Civilization: Beyond Earth</em> Announced

The game is being produced by the same group that put out the failed Civilization V ala Lena Brenk, Dennis Shirk and Lisa Miller. They can pay off all the game reviewers they want, but the simple fact remains that Civilization V sucked when it came out. It might as well have been an expanded version of Civilization Revolution!

For me an countless others out there @ CivFanatics, I am heartbroken that this series has lost its way and any games they have put out since Civilization IV lack any merit as they play like garbage.

I truly hope Sidney Meier actually puts his foot down and ensures this game is done right without the constant pressures from the asshats @ 2K Games & Take-Two shits, but I highly doubt it considering the current industry trend of releasing unfinished games and then gouging their supporters by forcing them to buy DLC and fixes.

Comment: Re:I wonder if it will acutally work (Score 1) 89

by kolbe (#46735647) Attached to: <em>Civilization: Beyond Earth</em> Announced

Was just thinking this...

After being bitten by Firaxis on my CivV pre-order, insisting Valve shutdown of my Steam account to ensure I could prove I never played it and then threatening litigation with Firaxis for false claims on a product I wanted a refund for (which I got from them); I have serious doubts about anything they put out.

All they need to do is remake Alpha Centauri like MS is doing Age of Mythology and I think a majority of people will be happy. Anything to the contrary and I'll pirate it just so I can continue giving the bird to EA/Firaxis.

Comment: Always was, always will be... (Score 1) 612

One of the most difficult topics of the human condition in my opinion is time, time itself.

Humanity seems to believe that "time" exists in a relative manner to itself and thus time is inherently flawed at any level objective analysis of events throughout the existence of the Universe. When we look at what we know to have happened, we want to draw some conclusion relating to what caused it. The Big Bang in this example appears to have happened and we ask why? This is where our interpretation of time, which in turn can relate to "nothing" becomes skewed. If we avoid self-destruction, if we avoid the explosion of our planet by natural forces, if we thrive beyond the limits of our solar system before time runs out we may one day change our views of time and nothing... Until then, it is relatively impossible to draw any real conclusion other than to assume that the Universe always has been and always will be... in some form or another.

If you had better tools, you could more effectively demonstrate your total incompetence.

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