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Space Solar Power Conference

Hold a conference on space solar power which brings together The Department of Energy, NASA, The Department of Commerce, University researchers as well as corporations such as Solaren, PowerSat, Space energy, Space Island Group, Boeing etc. Also inviting the Japanese, European, Russians and Canadians who are who are working on Space Solar power. The conference would develop ideas on how best to bring this technology to... more »

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DOE should live webcast all meetings

DOE should live webcast all meetings for proposed rule making and regulations where the public comment should take place. They should make these meetings available for on demand viewing and have the ability to have that content be indexed for video search. By doing this the public and stakeholders will be able to see the inner workings of the rule making process and make the content and proceedings transparent to the... more »

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Orbital Solar Transmissions

This concept uses solar panel satellites in orbit that transmit electricity to earth.
I read that it is possible to transmit electricity.
In light of this, I consider this to be one our greatest discoveries if used correctly.
The sun generates an enormous amount of power that is radiated in 360 degrees cubed.
Using the transmitted electricity concept coupled with already existing solar panels would render electric... more »

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Proposal for a National Solar Hot Water Heating Program

PROPOSAL FOR A

NATIONAL SOLAR HOT WATER HEATING PROGRAM

PAYS FOR ITSELF AND WILL:

. Create hundreds of thousands green jobs
. Save homeowner one-third electric bills each month
. Save the nation’s homeowners $45 billion each year
. Save 500 billion pounds CO2 pollution each year
. Offset power consumed by over 30 million homes
. Offset 80 coal-fired 1 billion watt power plants

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Remove subsidies for oil and gas

Businesses would make investment in new sources of energy if oil and gas were not subsidized.

Oil and gas companies are financially capable of investing in new sources of energy if that is where the money can be made. They will not be harmed if subsidies are removed; only what they do to make money will change.


Sasol's technology is used by the Dakota Gasification company to make Substitute Natural Gas from lignite.... more »

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Encourage local/neighborhood involvement in green energy

My current subdivision has a bylaw that prevents any homeowner from installing any kind of solar or wind harnessing system on their property. While I understand the rationale behind this decision, it stifles any chance our neighborhood would have of becoming greener. For instance, as soon as I moved into my house, I replaced all my light bulbs with CFL bulbs, and while the house was being built, we chose higher quality... more »

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Make use of existing technology used commercially elsewhere

Plasma gasification is already being used commercially to generate electricity. An example is the Eco-Valley plant in Utashinai, Japan.

Solena Group Inc, headquartered in Washington DC, is going to build a jet fuel plant for British Airways using their Solena Plasma Gasification ('SPG') technology.

This is an example of a technology already available that is not being utilized.

Instead of dumping garbage in a landfill,... more »

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Better leverage open source software and open IT

The 1,600 members of Open Source for America are dedicated to supporting and guiding federal efforts to make the US government more open through the use of open source software. We have established recommendations for all agencies to consider in their Open Government Plans, with these recommendations especially highlighting the need to remove barriers to the successful leveraging of open source software and open IT more... more »

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"Bureau of Renewable Energy"

As I understand it, the Bureau of Reclamation provided capital appropriated by Congress to build major dams on rivers in the Western U.S. These dams provided irrigation water to farmers and cheap electricity to consumers. The revenue generated from selling water and electricity would recuperate the money invested in the dam, which would then be invested in a new dam.

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Algae for Fuel, Food, Feed & Fertilizer

Algae is one of the worlds fastest growing organisms on this planet; In a system where algae is intentionally cultivated, maintained, and harvested Algae crops can double each day, yielding a steady supply of fuel, food, feed & fertilizer. This one substance which prepared our environment for human arrival, just may be the savior of humanity.

Algae can be used as a CO2 scrubber, and produces oxygen as well as 40-60%... more »

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Put visitor logs online, for anyone visiting a DOE employee

Put visitor logs online, for anyone visiting a DOE employee, contractor, appointee, or agent. We the People have the right to see who has been meeting with our government. Logs should include at least: 1.) name, title company, 2.) date/time, 3.) person(s) being visited, 4.) reason for visit. This would make FOIA requests so much more specific.

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Level the playing field

Put a tool on the home page of the DOE open government site, or on the DOE home page. Tool should list ALL contacts between senior DOE executives and any lobbyist, company executive, trade group, or other person/entity representing the interests of corporations or groups of corporations. Tool should indicate what was talked about, and details of the discussions should be made public via hotlinks. It is government of... more »

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Accept "Open Standards"

For some of its dealings with the public the DoE seems to favor the Windows
operating system. One consequence is that non-Windows users may have to jump
through all kinds of hoops before they can deal with the DoE. The example
I refer to is submitting proposals through the website 'grants.gov'. Last year
this was very windows-specific, this year it seemed to be a little easier for
non-Windows users, but it was still... more »

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SolarEnergy powering from here

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the cleanest form of energy for our planet. It also renews itself daily. Historically the challenge has been its efficiency rate, i.e. the energy output compared to the solar energy input, which has been uncommercially low. This is now changing as new materials yield substantial improvements. As a consequence the interest is now quickly growing for solar energy as a serious alternative source of energy. Manufacturers... more »

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Restore Public Access to Los Alamos Reports

Public access to the unclassified technical report library at Los Alamos National Laboratory should be restored and expanded. This collection represents a wealth of technical knowledge, historical information, and current science. Until 2002, it was publicly available. In the interest of data availability it should now be restored to public access online, together with new unclassified publications that have been generated... more »

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