Blog Heap o'Transport Links 8 May 2009

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Blog-Heap links regarding transportation and related infrastructure,
also energy, because it takes energy to transport,
and virtuality, because telepresence saves on transpresence.

Nature vs Infrastructure

Warning: Sunspot cycle beginning to rise Fri 2009 May 8, 2:01pm

SunIt's time for the sun to move into a busier period for sunspots, and while forecasters expect a relatively mild outbreak by historical standards, one major solar storm can cause havoc with satellites and electrical systems here....


'Smart Turbine Blades' To Improve Wind Power Fri 2009 May 8, 9:19pm

a technique that uses sensors and computational software to constantly monitor forces exerted on wind turbine blades, a step toward improving efficiency by adjusting for rapidly changing wind conditions.

How Much Oil Have We Used? Fri 2009 May 8, 9:18pm

UK researchers have published a new estimate... of how much crude oil we have extracted from the planet

Infrastructure Threat

Will America's Power Grid Be Able To Keep Pace With Future Demand? Fri 2009 May 8, 9:15pm

Distributed and intermittent electricity generation, such as wind power, is rapidly expanding, new smart meters are giving consumers more control over their energy usage, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles may someday radically increase the overall demand for electricity. The evolution of America's energy needs has forced scientists and engineers to re-examine the operations, efficiency and security of the national power grid. The creation of a more secure and efficient national power grid requires significant innovations in the way we transmit electricity and monitor its use.