Monday, March 31, 2014

Mac Bandy

Bandwagons aren't pulled, they're pushed.

New Word of the Day

myme
from meme/myth, noun: a dullderous falsehood propogated by urban advertising.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Economics of Photoelectricity - April 2014

Economics of Photoelectricity - April 2014

Highlights...

*Consolidated the LCOE calculators into a single engine. This was a fundamental goal of the project when I started. The worksheet still has a dedicated Photoelectric LCOE calculator but now there's a generic calculator that handles biomass, coal, natural gas, wind etc.
*Updated and standardized the Assumption sets to feed the LCOE calculations.
*Cleaned up the Index page
*Added a Size Reporting tool
*Added Production, Consumption and Reserve data for Coal, Oil, Natural Gas and Uranium (Pending)
*Started work (just today) on a Reserve Unit Translator which should come in handy.


Can't remember where I left off last month.

Lowlights...

*Fixed several problems with the unit calculator - Mostly in the Energy section... Realized the other sections must be full of problems.
*Fixed a subtle error in my existing LCOE calculator - subtle but embarassing.
*Updated the blender function considerably. The blender function is getting to be fucking awesome.
*Started work on a Power Plant database. Quickly discovered that the size of the database would be several MBs so I'm going to make it a stand-alone project. My intention is to develope a standard layout and then build a blender tool to facilitate merging databases.
*Added a Jobs page to track employment in solar, wind, coal, gas.
*I'm kinda tired...

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Speaking of Funky Camels




Phenakistoscope

Ducks Suck... Go Beavers...

The funny thing about the quack curve is that it shows net load - as if there was a net around California's grid protecting it from all the hydro in the Pacific Northwest and all the thermal generation in the 4 Corner states. If there was an annual award for how to lie with statistics this graph would take home the dishonors.

 If you think the duck curve is bad hold on to your britches. The camel curve is way worse... This stanky bastard has been known to show up randomly in Socal when it's hotter than a sheriff's pistol outside... Speaking of guns... Hey Chavez... d' d' d'you guys see the size of that griffin? You don't want to be on shift for a Griffin Event... That's when a funky camel curve collides nut to butt with a randy duck curve - It's like you're in that movie with the boat and the wicked big waves... C'mahn you BITCH!!!!