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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.
Google: Earthday 2013

Friday, June 10, 2011

Cooling with the heat of the sun

Deutsche Welle, 9 June 2011-06-09 

The potential for solar energy in
Africa is huge
The sun's rays can boil water, but they can also cool buildings and keep food fresher longer. While solar-cooling technology is advanced and environmentally friendly, it is also prohibitively expensive.

"Cooled by sunlight" are words that might well be found on food packaging of the future, since solar cooling units that keep fruits and vegetables fresh, and edible, longer, are now a reality.

The solar cooling technology could be especially beneficial to people in developing countries, where refrigerators are often unattainable luxuries and then only available in urban areas that have reliable electricity networks.

Keeping medicines cool is also a crucial issue in many poorer countries, particularly in rural regions.

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) have demonstrated that solar cooling is now a reality, even in hot countries.

As a part of the EU-backed MEDISCO (Mediterranean Solar Cooling) project, ISE scientists set up solar installations in a winery in Tunisia and a Moroccan dairy.

The MEDISCO Project set up a
facility to cool wine in Tunisia
"The technology is very useful in sunny countries, especially in remote areas, where conventional cooling methods are difficult or impossible given the lack of water or the absence of a reliable energy source," said Tomas Nunez, a Fraunhofer ISE researcher.

"Solar cooling is environmentally friendly and greatly reduces the need for expensive electricity to power conventional refrigerating devices," he added.

Researchers have set up large solar collectors which use mirrors to focus sunlight on an absorber. The concentrated solar radiation heats water in a container to 200 degrees Celsius, which then drives a so-called "absorption chiller" that creates chilled water used to cool a space.

"Unlike refrigerators we don't use electricity to create cold, but heat," said Nunez. "It is cold in the form of cold water or, in our case, a water-glycol mixture."

Market barrier – cost

Many trials to cool rooms or entire buildings with the solar units have been successful and shown that solar systems can use from between 50 to 80 percent less energy than traditional air conditioning systems.

However, despite the obviously environmental advantages, experts warn that the technology is not yet ready for the market.

"The costs involved in installing these complex systems are simply too high," said Professor Ursula Eicker of the University of Applied Sciences in Stuttgart.

Solar cooling can be especially helpful to rural regions without reliable
power sources

A solar cooling system in a single-family house in Germany or Austria will cost between 30,000 and 40,000 euros ($44,000 and $59,000), double the price of traditional air conditioning.

While that would discourage many Europeans, for an average mid-sized company in Africa, such an investment is often out of the question. In addition, the installation costs of an industrial system are even more daunting.

Still, most researchers say development in the sector will take place largely in the industrial sector. Nunez, for one, is optimistic about the technologies chances in the mid-term, especially in helping air condition buildings in hot, sun-rich places like Africa.

"The important thing is to promote the technology slowly, step by step," he said, stressing the need to spread awareness of solar cooling with sponsored projects and getting local people involved.

"Part of the production should take place at the local level, and you need trained engineers for the installation," he said.

Getting the government on board

Without state backing, like exists in Germany, Spain and Austria, solar cooling systems will never be competitive.

"We are in an absolute niche," said Eicker.

In 2007, 81 larger solar refrigeration machines were installed worldwide, almost all of them in Europe, and most of those in office buildings.

A "green" refrigerator keeps medicines
cool in Swaziland
In order to create a market for the technology, governments have to show interest and step up to the funding plate, experts said, like is happening now in Egypt and Morocco.

Despite the costs, replacing conventional cooling systems, and preventing the installation of many others in emerging countries, is essential to environmental protection. Refrigerants and foam blowing agents contain ozone-eating chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which are 12,000 times more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide.

European governments are now helping some developing countries replace these substances with more environmentally friendly variants. Such efforts were kicked off by the Montreal Protocol, an agreement signed in 1987 that committed 180 countries to helping phase out these ozone killers.

To this end, the German government initiated the Proklima project, which introduces and disseminates environmentally friendly technology in developing countries that neither harms the ozone layer nor contributes to global warming.

The project has partnered with 40 nations, including Swaziland, where local businesses are manufacturing new, "green" refrigerators.

All in all, the initiative has prevented some 46 million tons of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere.

Author: Torsten Schäfer (jam)
Editor: Ranty Islam

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