Ellen Ciurczak Hattiesburg American Published 12:32 p.m. UTC Aug 31, 2018 SUMRALL — The sun is beating down on a 90-degree day at Mississippi's largest solar farm — a 52-megawatt facility located off Mississippi 42 in Sumrall. The sun's rays are vital to the operation of the facility, which provides electricity to Mississippi Power customers. It has generated more than 12.6 million kilowatt hours since June 2017 when it opened. That amount powers about 8,000 households, with the energy from the enterprise going wherever the demand is. All Mississippi Power customers benefit from it. Story continues after photo gallery. The amazing thing about the farm is that it also runs on the sun's energy. "It's all self-powered," said Tony Smith, Mississippi Power Renewable Projects manager, as he stands near a row of panels. "The solar charges a battery during the day that turns the panels at night." Smith looks out over … [Read more...] about What’s the future of solar power in the Pine Belt, as two local solar farms mark their first year?
Abundance the future is better than you think
“Water, once heated, produces steam and can propel that rocket for up to four years,” Abbud-Madrid says excitedly. “Think of [the asteroid] as a celestial gas station, with a convenience store attached.” He smiles, then adds, “Oh, thank heaven!” While the professor’s story about future astronauts making a pit stop at an asteroid on the way to more distant cosmic destinations may be fictional, it’s hardly implausible. In fact, Abbud-Madrid’s example is merely one way that humans are anticipated to utilize vast quantities of untapped resources in space. “Welcome to the nineteenth Space Resources Roundtable. Yes, my name is Angel Abbud-Madrid. Yes, that unpronounceable name that has been keeping your inbox flooded with requests and abstracts,” he says, earning laughs. “This is truly an exciting year in the era of space resources. It’s worldwide. It’s not just one country. Or one mission. … So … [Read more...] about At Mines, Angel Abbud-Madrid Is Leading the New Space Race
If I had my way, Fayetteville would stop promoting itself, stop winning national awards and hide from the rest of the world. But, I don't have much of a success record in getting my way. So all I, or any of us, can do is tell local elected officials and their staff how we think things should be in our town and region and hope for the best. One of the major quality-of-life decisions Fayetteville will finalize next year is a 10-year "Imagine Tomorrow's Parks" master plan for its city parks. And, one of the things town leaders have learned over the decades is it is wise to ask its citizens what they think then pay attention to their responses. To that end, this past month the city parks department launched 12 show-and-tell presentations. Their purpose was to show maps with park information to people across town so these informed residents can better tell city leaders what they want, where and why. Taking the parks department survey, accessed via http://www.fayetteville-ar.gov/imagine, is … [Read more...] about FRAN ALEXANDER: Parks and the future
By Mike Allen ( [email protected]; @mikeallen), with Daniel Lippman ( [email protected]; @dlippman) JACK SHAFER’s Politico column, “Team Clinton Will Beat the Press—Again”: “[W]hy her whole lackadaisical attitude so far about her emails? The answer is that while reporters operate in insect time, buzzing over facts and queries that may have a life of hours, days, or weeks before expiring in a natural death, the Clintons operate in geological time. She and her campaign staff have a 20-month-long runway in front of them, and like a glacier they will patiently grind their opponents into gravel by applying time and pressure. ... Story Continued Below “The longer Hillary Clinton sits tight and allows the email collection and vetting ‘process’ to work in the background, issuing assurances that she’s now in complete compliance, the better off she will be. The press insects will lose interest and move on to other, more juicy sources … [Read more...] about GAY TALESE returns to Selma, 50 yrs. after covering Bloody Sunday for NYT — DONNA SHALALA to head Clinton Foundation — CLINTON CAMP WAITED 6 MONTHS to begin email response – PFEIFFER pharewell
When it comes to cars, Toyota thinks hydrogen fuel cells are one of the technologies of the future. And the company isn't alone. Offering the promise of a clean ride with long range, it's a technology automakers are racing to perfect, and one they're betting will catch on. "We see fuel cells as the ultimate answer (down the road) to zero-emission vehicles," Toyota spokesman Wade Hoyt told CBSNews.com. "By 2020, we're going to have fuel cells as an important part of our portfolio." By 2015, Toyota plans to release a hydrogen fuel cell sedan to the general public, priced at $50,000. In the meantime, it's lent prototype hydrogen fuel cell Highlanders to research institutions and government agencies like the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, as part of a testing and demonstration program. In these Highlanders, fuel cells produce electricity by mixing oxygen from the air with hydrogen gas stored on board in four high pressure tanks. The byproduct is mostly water, and so instead of … [Read more...] about Powering the Future: Running on hydrogen