Welcome to V1 Energy

Energy will continue to be a focus well into the future. V1 Energy is the second Vector1 Media publication dealing with issues of sustainability that will cover both renewable and non-renewable types of energy.

At Vector1 Media we began by publishing V1 Magazine, our online publication oriented around the topics of infrastructure, building information modeling (BIM), computer aided design (CAD) and geographic information systems (GIS) as they pertain to sustainability.

V1 Energy emerged as a result of our previous publishing activity which often involved the topic of energy from the infrastructure and building side of the equation. Discussions were often around the theme of energy, particularly in terms of efficiency and planning processes.

The development of new technologies and approaches has grown through increased innovation to neet the challenges of continued energy supply and efficiency. Wind, solar, wave, gasification and hybrid energy forms are supplementing oil and gas, coal and nuclear forms of energy. While so called ‘green’ technologies have captured public and political interest due to their renewable nature, non-renewable forms of energy will continue to supply the bulk of the world’s energy needs in the near future.

A transition is rapidly taking place around the world as both renewable and traditional forms of energy are being pursued with a view to continued supply and sustainability. The impacts of these changes will connect to the changes in how people live, the support systems they need and the sustainable energy strategies they seek.

We are not about to move to a totally renewable energy based economy in the near future. A transition will take place and has already begun. The challenge of sustainable energy and living remain. V1 Energy will attempt to inform, educate and raise awareness about this transition through the resources of all forms of energy. We can expect CAD. GIS and other spatial technologies will also relate to energy technologies. The combination of V1 Magazine and V1 Energy magazines will hopefully provide our readers with a well-rounded and thorough understanding of sustainability from energy through to infrastructure.

ViewPoint will change weekly with Matt Ball and I alternating with a different perspective of topical interest weekly.

We don’t have all the answers, but we do recognise that sustainable energy is a primary goal of the future. Innovation is clearly happening and we will strive to bring leadership in news, discussion, articles, opinion, technology and solutions as the energy challenges of the future meet  us all.

Tag Away Review

I recently had the chance to review the Tag Away skin tag remover, the as seen on tv product. Does it really work, is it just a scam?

The type of remover quickly and painlessly gets rid of the tags with a natural, homeopathic formula. Just use it as directed and they simply dry up and flake away. The product is made from all natural ingredients and may be used even in sensitive areas. It is the safe way to remove unsightly tags for all skin types.

What Is A Skin Tag?

It is a growth that hangs by a thin strand. It often begins as a small bump on the skin. Over time, the bump grows outward and may develop into a growth that simply hangs from the surface of your skin. They may measure from as small as one millimeter to as large as a centimeter.They may be wrinkled or smooth, and they may be flesh colored or may be darker than the rest of the skin.

These tags may develop anywhere on the body. However, these growths usually develop in places where the skin folds or creases. They are similar to moles. However, they are non-cancerous and moles may develop into cancerous growths under certain circumstances. They generally are painless unless they are located on a part of the body where the come into contact with clothing or jewelry. When clothing or jewelry catches on the tag, it may become irritated and sore.

People are not born with skin tags. They develop over time and medical professionals are not sure why these skin abnormalities develop. Some people may have one or two tags, while others may have more than 100 on the body. There is a genetic link, however, in the development of such tags. Research shows that if one or both parents had them, the children will likely develop them to some degree.

Another contributing factor is obesity. Yet another contributing factor seems to be changes in hormone levels. For example, changes in hormone levels due to pregnancy seem to contribute to the development. Certain viruses may also cause them and a link between diabetes and skin tags has also been identified.

Treatment With this kind of Remover

No matter the cause of skin tags, there is hope for those who have them. Tag Away Remover is the natural way to remove them. With just a few applications of the Tag Away homeopathic formula, the tags will dry up and fall away. They may cause embarrassment and discomfort. You do not need to put up with them any longer. Whether you have one tag or many, this sort of remover will rid your skin of the unsightly tags without pain or medical treatment. It is all natural and homeopathic, safe for all skin types and may be used in sensitive areas. It does not irritate the skin and may be used on all such tags found anywhere on the body.

Tag Away is:

  • All Natural
  • Safe For Skin
  • Easy to Use
  • Fast Acting
  • Non-Scarring
  • Non-Irritating

Those annoying tags are not medically dangerous. However, many people are embarrassed by the skin growths. They may be medically treated and removed. However, the cost of the procedure to remove them is often more than many individuals can or will afford. With this cream, the cost to remove unsightly tags is minimal. The product is safe and natural. It is also easy to use. Simply use a Q-Tip or a small applicator to apply the product to each skin tag. Apply it to the tag as directed. This tag will simply dry up and flake off within a short time.

Medical removal may leave scars where the tag once was. However, with this product, no scars result from the removal process. Medical removal may cost as much as $150 per tag. Tag Away is a cost effective option to surgical removal. It costs a fraction of having just one tag removed by a physician. In addition, there is no chance that scar tissue will develop once the tag is gone.

The active ingredient in the product is Thuja Occidentalis. This all natural ingredient is known for its abilities to remove annoying tags. The product contains no harsh chemicals and will not scar. It may be used in sensitive areas of the body, such as the underarm area, bikini line and groin. One bottle contains a 60-day supply. Moreover, because the remover is all natural and healthy, the formula leaves the skin soft and supple after such tag is gone.

Reviews of Tag Away

- Sheryl from Atlanta says, “It is an exceptional product. I had 14 skin tags when I purchased this product. I used it for three weeks, applying it twice per day. By the end of the third week, the tags began to fall off! I was so surprised that the product worked just like the advertisements claim. Thank you so much, Tag Away!”

- Alan from Illinois remarks, “I had a few tags on my back that really got irritated when I wore t-shirts. The tags would catch on the the shirt when I put a shirt on or took it off. I used this kind of remover for a month. I have to admit that I didn’t expect the product to work. But it did! One day I noticed that the tags were completely gone. Now, I don’t have to worry about wearing t-shirts anymore. I would recommend it to anyone who deals with skin tags.”

How to Make a Baby Stop Crying

It’s a fact of life that any baby will cry.  Crying is the only language babies have to express all of their needs and emotions: hunger, exhaustion, fear, discomfort, or anything else they may be feeling.

As a parent, how do you know what your baby’s crying means?  It can be difficult to figure out the cause, especially when you have a young infant.

Crying is usually the result of a simple problem, based on physical or emotional discomfort.  A baby needs constant reassurance that the world is a safe and orderly place.  So when your baby is crying, you can never go wrong by giving them lots of love and affection.

You may encounter people talking or writing about how a baby tries to manipulate or control their parents by crying.  These ideas are way off base.  Babies cannot understand that adults have their own thoughts or feelings, so the very idea of manipulation is way beyond them – not to mention, what baby would have the attention span for that kind of a project?  Your baby is not planning to play on your emotions in order to control you – when they feel a need, they cry.  It’s that simple.

Are there any energy boundaries?

Are there limitations to the amount of energy available, and if so, how would we know? It is a straightforward calculation for determining the limits of non-renewable energy resources – though one could argue that all of them have not been discovered, nor exploited. But our understanding about the boundaries surrounding renewable energy use are far less known, understood and realised.

The Energy Path Chosen
As the world’s population rises, the need for greater amounts of energy rises as well. With the recent downturn in the global economy we are seeing people beginning to put the breaks on consumption, to re-evaluate their needs and consider the relationship of energy use into their daily living.

The path ahead is not fully clear, but there are signals that investment in new forms of energy is growing. This is particularly true for solar, wind, biomass and geothermal types of energy. Yet, the balance between the amount of needed energy and it’s use remains highly related to the level of consumption of goods, products and services. It is also impacted by climate and environmental situations.

Sometimes we hear the phrase ‘think global, act local’ and that can have meaning and significance to the boundaries we begin to set on our daily use of energy, but also where and how that energy is produced. Energy is geographical and its transport, processing and distribution are also impacted by boundaries including, costs, availability, environment, access, quantity and quality, for example.

Sustainability and Boundaries
A discussion of energy sustainability opens the door to the wider issues of daily living and how society functions. A connectedness exists between people and the landscape and the resources available and their use. There are different approaches for determining sustainability and many of them often consider, and include, differing parameters, tools for evaluation as well as incorporating wide ranging policies and funding support.

How do you see and understand the boundary of energy in your community? If the area in which you live has larger amounts of different types of energy sources, then what are your responsibilities for helping and sharing that energy with others in need of energy?

This goes back not only to the idea of geographical boundaries for energy, physically, but the very concept and realisation that not all places can generate enough wind, solar, oil or biomass. There is a need to understand these differences in availability and how they act as boundaries and impact policies and development. It is not simply a matter of saying the entire world will move to biomass, solar or any other form of energy.

Instead, a careful evaluation of the ‘geography of energy’ against availability and other factors is a fundamental step leading toward sustainable energy planning. It also means that areas of supply must not simply be mined for their resources, then later transported, but new approaches for establishing sustainable boundaries within production areas could become part of the wider discussion.

There is a growing sense that a multi-modal energy approach holds great promise. It would involve all resource types and require greater understanding, investigation and education. Perhaps it is time we evaluate the boundaries of energy more fully.

EU Seeking Input on Sustainable Energy

The European Union has released a  ‘ Green Paper “Towards a secure, sustainable and competitive European energy network”. “Across the EU, there is a need for massive investments in new energy networks. The energy supplies we rely on for our everyday lives depend on complex and often costly infrastructure projects, ” the Commission states.

A few basic questions are being asked for which responses are being sought.

Network Policy

  1. What do you consider to be the main barriers to the development of a European grid and gas network? How far can they be addressed at national/regional level, and when should the EU act?
  2. What circumstances justify an EU intervention in local planning disputes related to energy infrastructure? In those circumstances, what should the EU do?
  3. Is a more focussed and structured approach to research and demonstration relating to European networks needed? How should it look?
  4. What do you think is the most important activity for the EU in network development?
  5. Should the EU be more involved in facilitating infrastructure projects in third countries? If so, in what way?

TEN-E

  1. What sort of support should the EU provide to developers of new energy networks to have the greatest impact, considering that resources are limited? Is the approach of TEN-E still relevant? How can the EU help improve the conditions for investment?
  2. In view of the proposed revision to the TEN-E guidelines, how can the EU improve the focus, effectiveness and impact of the TEN-E policy within its existing budget?
  3. Should TEN-E be extended to oil infrastructure? Should it also be extended to new networks for CO2, biogas or other networks?
  4. Do you have views on, or suggestions for new priority projects which the EU should give backing to?
  5. Would it help TEN-E/EU to gain more impact and visibility if it was turned into an operational security of supply and solidarity instrument?
  6. What additional EU measures beyond those mentioned in this Green Paper would help secure a sustainable infrastructure for the EU?

What role does efficiency play in driving down energy emissions?

There’s a growing groundswell of effort to take a hard look at making power generation and energy use more efficient. While renewable energies are widely touted to drive down carbon input, there’s a growing realization that an important element in the carbon equation is the amount of energy that we currently consume.

The Obama administration has outlined an energy plan that places a great deal of importance on clean energy and energy independence, but they have also identified energy efficiency as a high priority, calling efficiency our “cheapest, cleanest, fastest energy source.”

Energy Recycling

The design and development of creative systems for power generation provide an exciting new means of energy efficiency. The idea is to take the waste energy from one part of a process and convert it into energy elsewhere. A simple example of this is being implemented by the University of Notre Dame in India, where waste heat generated from computer servers is used to heat a greenhouse, saving $100,000 in cooling costs and $70,ooo in heating costs at little or no actual cost. It’s simply a means to repurpose waste energy to drive energy creation.

A larger-scale example of recycled energy is the Mittal Steel Plant, again in Indiana, that uses waste heat from their blast furnace to produce 75 MW of electricity. The heat energy from the blast furnace creates steam that is used to power a turbine, taking waste and creating better environmental efficiency. As a result of this process the plant generates 215,00 fewer tons of carbon per year.

The most interesting aspect of the idea of recycled energy is that potential energy sources surround the systems that we’ve built over the years. This idea works best in large industrial manufacturing facilities, and is even being explored for the creation of green business parks where the waste and energy from one manufacturing process can be used to power the process of compatible businesses. Everyone benefits, and the pooled energy costs savings help make the businesses sustainable.

Efficiency Incentives

In the United States, the government backs the Energy Star program to help individuals and businesses choose energy efficiency. One of the more interesting parts of the program is an effort to encourage appliance manufacturers to create more energy efficient products. Here, the manufacturers need to meet certain metrics to achieve compliance, and the promotion of Energy Star status gives the manufacturer a marketing incentive as individuals are most likely to choose appliances that save them money. Energy Star becomes a much-needed consumer advocate in this process, and has established itself as an authoritative arbiter of product quality.

Many electric utilities provide incentives to their residential and business customers to cut back on energy usage. One such incentive is rebates for the purchase of more efficient air conditioners, water heaters and furnaces. In many states, a business can receive rebates for installing more energy efficient lighting, drives and pumps. And in most states the utility will come to your place of business and conduct an energy audit that points out where you might save by increasing efficiency. This may seem like a counter-intuitive move, because the utility will generate fewer dollars from these efforts, but the energy utility benefits by reducing the number of new plants that it must build, which is a considerable capital cost.

Weatherizing

One of the areas of greatest energy efficiency gains is in the application of better home insulation to save on home heating costs. The lack of proper insulation in a home is equated to throwing money out the window, and new diagnostic techniques (such as whole house blowers and thermal imaging cameras) reveal these invisible problems.

Older homes are more susceptible to insulation issues, and so too are lower-income homes. In the United States the weatherization of low-income homes is built into the stimulus package with a goal to weatherize 2 million homes at a cost of $6 Billion. In the United Kingdom, aerial thermal imaging is deployed for whole cities to graphically illustrate the homes that need attention, and to quantify the energy loss problem.

Energy efficiency may not be as compelling as creating new clean technologies, but the benefits absolutely cannot be ignored. A recent study by an economics professor quantified the benefits of energy efficiency in the state of California, based on its mandates for higher energy efficiency than other states. The results found that the state saved $56 billion in electricity costs while creating 1.5 million jobs over 35 years. Those are very compelling metrics in such uncertain times as these.

Can clean energy be achieved without mandates and incentives

Unfortunately, there’s very little evidence that cleaner energy technology will take hold without mandates and incentives. Suppliers and consumers are comfortable with the status-quo of fossil fuel dependency when the alternative would mean a large upfront cost. The near-sighted vision prevails that places more importance on next quarter’s bottom line over long-term cost savings with an investment in more efficient operations and energy choice.

Where the true cost of energy is factored in, including environmental impacts, then there is progress. Slapping fines on emissions or taxing high-emission fuels provides the necessary incentive to make better choices for the long term.

It’s hard to fathom how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce can make claims that mandates and incentives “distort the market,” when they provide an across-the-board incentive for more efficient operations and provide real business opportunity for countless suppliers and service companies. When all companies share the burden, then the move to more efficient operations stands to stimulate the markets while driving down operations cost.

It’s the nature of shared burdens that makes good business sense here, as no one company or region is singled out with higher burdens, thus evening the playing field for all to make the necessary changes. In businesses where change would harm operations, they can choose to pay fines or transfer their impact through such mechanisms as cap and trade. The choice is up to the business, with options that stand to benefit all.

While in the U.S. the states have set standards for a certain percentage of renewable energy by a specific date (20% by 2020 in Colorado where I live), it makes the most sense to have a national standard. The push for energy companies to buy energy from consumers greatly stimulates the local market with solar and wind installers working with home owners and driving down the cost of these alternatives due the increasing demand.

Mandates and incentives on energy have far-reaching positive impacts — mitigating global warming, saving individuals and corporations money by reducing energy costs, and increasing global security by reducing the reliance on foreign oil. Let’s bring on more mandates and incentives for quicker green rewards.