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"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -
"The Quantum Factor" – Apr 10, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Galaxies, Universe, Intelligent design, Benevolent design, Aliens, Nikola Tesla (Quantum energy), Inter-Planetary Travel, DNA, Genes, Stem Cells, Cells, Rejuvenation, Shift of Human Consciousness, Spontaneous Remission, Religion, Dictators, Africa, China, Nuclear Power, Sustainable Development, Animals, Global Unity.. etc.) - (Text Version)

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."

(Live Kryon Channelings was given 7 times within the United Nations building.)

"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)

"Recalibration of Free Choice"– Mar 3, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) - (Subjects: (Old) Souls, Midpoint on 21-12-2012, Shift of Human Consciousness, Black & White vs. Color, 1 - Spirituality (Religions) shifting, Loose a Pope “soon”, 2 - Humans will change react to drama, 3 - Civilizations/Population on Earth, 4 - Alternate energy sources (Geothermal, Tidal (Paddle wheels), Wind), 5 – Financials Institutes/concepts will change (Integrity – Ethical) , 6 - News/Media/TV to change, 7 – Big Pharmaceutical company will collapse “soon”, (Keep people sick), (Integrity – Ethical) 8 – Wars will be over on Earth, Global Unity, … etc.) - (Text version)

“… 4 - Energy (again)

The natural resources of the planet are finite and will not support the continuation of what you've been doing. We've been saying this for a decade. Watch for increased science and increased funding for alternate ways of creating electricity (finally). Watch for the very companies who have the most to lose being the ones who fund it. It is the beginning of a full realization that a change of thinking is at hand. You can take things from Gaia that are energy, instead of physical resources. We speak yet again about geothermal, about tidal, about wind. Again, we plead with you not to over-engineer this. For one of the things that Human Beings do in a technological age is to over-engineer simple things. Look at nuclear - the most over-engineered and expensive steam engine in existence!

Your current ideas of capturing energy from tidal and wave motion don't have to be technical marvels. Think paddle wheel on a pier with waves, which will create energy in both directions [waves coming and going] tied to a generator that can power dozens of neighborhoods, not full cities. Think simple and decentralize the idea of utilities. The same goes for wind and geothermal. Think of utilities for groups of homes in a cluster. You won't have a grid failure if there is no grid. This is the way of the future, and you'll be more inclined to have it sooner than later if you do this, and it won't cost as much….”

"Fast-Tracking" - Feb 8, 2014 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll) - (Reference to Fukushima / H-bomb nuclear pollution and a warning about nuclear > 20 Min)

Obama unveils landmark regulations to combat climate change

Obama unveils landmark regulations to combat climate change
In a bid to combat climate change, US President Barack Obama announced the Clean Power Plan on Monday, marking the first time power plants have been targeted by mandatory regulations on carbon dioxide emissions in the US.
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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Coal mining company hopes to tap into green energy market

Deutsche Welle, 10 June 2011

Where miners once worked, green
energy will flow
Germany will cease hard coal mining operations in 2018. But abandoned mines could receive a new lease on life and make an important contribution to the development of renewable energies.

If the Ruhrkohle coal company (RAG) has its way, wind turbines could someday dot the top of its many mining waste mounds and hydroelectric pumped-storage stations could be installed in defunct underground shafts, turning former mines into "green batteries."

All the prerequisites exist, according to Walter Eilert, director of renewable energies at RAG. "Three years ago we examined the company's resources," he said. "And we discovered that we had resources in mine water, deep shafts, open surface areas and waste mounds."

Mining companies able to exploit these resources can reduce the so-called "eternity costs" of mining hard coal, Eilert argues. These costs stem, in part, from the need to continue pumping mine water out of shafts after operations have been shut down. RAG, for instance, pumps more than 100 million cubic meters of water out of its mines every year.

Wind conditions similar to North Sea

Initially, the Heine-based company will focus on using its mounds of mining waste, which can reach heights of 70 meters, as a base for wind turbines, according to Eilert. Wind conditions at these heights are similar to those along Germany's North Sea shoreline.

Prosper-Haniel could house the
first hydroelectric pumped-storage
Currently, two wind turbines erected on mining waste mounds in Gelsenkirchen are generating up to 2.5 megawatts of electricity each – enough energy to power more than 10,000 households in the region.

A key challenge for expanding renewable energies is to ensure a constant power load. Electricity generated from solar and wind installations is subject to fluctuations, requiring energy storage facilities.

RAG says it has found a solution. "We aim to store electricity by pumping water into reservoirs," Eilert said. "When demand grows, we allow the water to flow down to turbines that generate electricity."

Two reservoirs needed

The plan is to install turbines in old RAG mines and turn their shafts into hydroelectric pumped-storage stations.

RAG hopes to receive a patent for its new underground electricity
storage concept

Two reservoirs will be required: one on the earth's surface and one underground. If the wind is particularly strong, surplus wind energy can be used to pump underground water into the surface reservoir. If the wind is low and not meeting demand, water is released from the surface reservoir to flow down a shaft and power electricity-generating turbines.

Pumping mine water from depths as great as 1,000 meters is a task that RAG has mastered for decades. What the company still needs to realize its hydroelectric pumped-storage station concept, however, are large storage tanks to serve as underground reservoirs. It also needs to install turbines and linings in the mine shafts. In cooperation with researchers from the Bochum and Duisburg-Essen universities, RAG aims to complete a feasibility study within three years.

Economical and ecological

After that, the company aims to select mine sites where it can implement the new energy concept in this decade. Two mines in the Ruhr Valley, Auguste Victoria and Prosper-Haniel, as well as one in Ibbenbüren are already shortlisted.

The Ibbenbüren mine is
another possible hydroelectric
Along the way, RAG intends to secure a global patent for its concept. "So far, all of our research has shown that no one has yet to implement an underground hydroelectric pumped-storage system like the one we have conceived," Eilert said.

According to company calculations, the system will be able to generate about 300 megawatt-hours of electricity. The depth of the mines will play an important role from both an economical and ecological viewpoint. The greater the drop height, the less water is necessary to generate electricity from the turbines.

Equally important, Eilert expects no opposition from environmentalists who are currently trying to block the construction of surface reservoirs in southern Germany. "We don't see hydroelectric pumped-storage stations located below ground having any significant impact on nature, if any impact at all," he said.

Author: Klaus Deuse / jrb
Editor: Sam Edmonds

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