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Fusion Power May Not Be Giants

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Just before last week’s finale on permanent peak demand reduction went to press, news dropped that nuclear fusion was successfully pulled off in the Livermore Laboratory in California. A controlled fusion reaction “produced more energy than it consumed,” according to The Wall Street Journal and many other outlets. Before reading anything, my first reaction to the headline was 1) yawn and 2) they broke the second law of thermodynamics. Later, I realized that they may have broken the first law of thermodynamics as well. Fusion Highlights What is fusion? It is the slamming together of two hydrogen atoms to create…
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Building Energy Codes – A Blutonian D-

By Energy Efficiency, Energy Rant 4 Comments
Building energy codes and the legal age for buying and consuming alcoholic beverages have something in common.  If you read this blog regularly, you probably know what it is.  In case you are new, I will explain. I’ve been off the college campus scene for about a quarter century, so I can’t speak for students today. However, back in the day it seems we started classes on Thursday and Friday, received our syllabi, joked around a while, and then immediately launched into a three day weekend for Labor Day.  The regents must have been young or dumb because that does…
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