S U N D I A L
Alabama Solar Association (ASA) P.O. Box 143, Huntsville, Alabama 35804
Established to Promote the Use of Our Sun’s Renewable Energy to Preserve Our Environment
Inside this issue:
Some of you have heard my tongue-in cheek prediction of some
future time when our air is clean, gasoline costs more than $25 per gallon, most
folks ride bicycles to work, an electric tram network
serves our city, and magnetic-levitating trains cross
Could this come true? Could gasoline costs rise to twenty bucks more than last year’s high? Even then, would Americans abandon their precious personal vehicles for human power and public transit?
One thing is for sure, we are running out of petroleum. We are using oil at ever increasing rates and no more is being produced. Something has to change. We can no longer afford an attitude of business as usual.
The transportation industry around the world is evolving. How we use energy, technology, and the infrastructure upon which we operate, will transform how we move people and goods in this century.
One group, The Global Green Initiative, will hold a
three-day seminar in
The FedEx Institute, located on the
The 25 x ’25 vision seeks 25 percent renewable energy by 2025 (www.25x25.org)
Are we there yet? No,
but the conference in
It looked like a scene from the sci-fi movie Back to the Future.
So how strange is this vehicle? Under the hood, it looks amazingly like any other farm truck, give or take a few wires and tubes. Even the truck bed looks normal, except for the two old oil drums and some connecting piping.
Is this the future of travel in
How many miles to the cord does this thing get?
Know why we have paved roads in
Oh, that was the 1890’s, and the advocates were cyclists. Before the automobile began polluting our air, bicycles were “King of the Road,” at least for those travelers who wanted the independence of personal wheeled transportation.
The bicycle has changed over the years, but many people
still find it a flexible and reliable way to commute.
Lauren Lewis has cut her commute to campus in half, just by
cycling. The junior agricultural
economics major from
I had a similar experience in
When we moved back to
The Alabama Bicycle Coalition (www.AlaBike.org) is helping to make cycling a safe, convenient, and economical form of travel again.
Candy bars as an energy source, anyone? Morton
None of you know me yet. But, I think that will change soon enough. I have just recently volunteered to become the Newsletter Editor for the Sundial. I am a native Alabamian who is about to return home for good. I have been an instructor for the Army for these last few years. I have a range of experience. From writing to shooting, you-name-it, I have either heard of it or done it. I have a motto that is easy to follow, “If you don’t agree with the idea, then be able to present a better idea.” What can you think of to reduce, reuse, and only then recycle?
My goal is to help people who are trying to go green. I want to enhance my understanding going green, and I wish to help others do this also.
I will be temporarily at
How will world citizens move
people and goods around the world in the future? Will we follow
One thing is for sure, we can’t go on with the attitude of “business as usual” much longer. Petroleum demand is increasing as supplies become harder and harder to obtain. None of us want to experience the brown sunrises that big cities in developing countries see every day.
We have a lot of smart people
Ideas, anyone? Morton
Tired of waiting for Mom or Dad to take you someplace? Maybe they’re tired of taking you. Learn to ride a bicycle safely, and a whole new world will open up for you.
Ask your parents to buy you an ANSI or Snell
approved helmet and learn to use it properly.
Wear your helmet flat atop your head, not tilted back at an angle! Make sure the helmet fits snugly and does not obstruct your field of vision. Make sure the chin strap fits securely and that the buckle stays fastened.
ü Learn to ride your bike. You are going to fall at first, so learn to land properly. Learn to avoid obstacles in your path. Think ahead.
ü Stay on the sidewalk with your parents close, until you learn to handle your bike well.
ü Before you venture onto the street, learn the rules of the road. Under Alabama law, you are afforded the same rights as any other vehicle—just like Dad’s car or even a big truck. It’s a lot of freedom, but it is also a huge responsibility.
ü Participate in a local Bicycle Rodeo. Learn from people who have more experience than you.
with a bicycle club, a parent, or someone more experienced before striking out
on your own.
ü When you think you know it all, learn some more with practice, practice, practice!
Learn more from:
Source: US Energy Information Agency
Synthetic lubricants actually go great with any fuel, but it seems especially appropriate with organic fueled vehicles. I learned to use synthetics during the first energy crisis of the 70’s. I mainly wanted to make my gas go further in my vans.
Synthetic lubricants are not that new. Lieutenant Colonel Albert J. Amatuzio, US Air Force, flew for 25 years betting his life on the quality of the synthetic oil keeping his jet fighters running smoothly. He found synthetics had three extraordinary performance characteristics: they reduced friction and wear on engine components, they worked at extreme temperature differences, and they withstood long engine operations without chemical breakdown.
Colonel Amatuzio realized that the same benefits would make internal combustion engines last longer and run more efficiently. There was only one problem. Jet engines did not circulate oil. Jet engine oil need only to lubricate and cool the moving parts. Oil for internal combustion engines also must clean the by-products of combustion and remove them from the cylinders. This third requirement needed a detergent able to withstand higher temperatures and last longer, if the synthetic oils were to take full advantage of the lubricant’s inherent properties.
In 1972, Al Amatuzio formulated the first synthetic motor oil in the world to meet API service standards for automobile engines. Mobile Oil followed with Mobile One in 1975. Other companies have followed since.
Synthetic motor oil was just the beginning. You can now find synthetic grease—great for boat trailer hubs and other wet applications, gear lube (a favorite of race drivers), transmission fluid, high performance filters, and many more products. What works best for you depends on how you will use them.
The primary benefit of synthetic lubricants is that they reduce wear and extend machine life. The benefit most folks recognize is the 10 to 20 percent better gas mileage and the fact the oil lasts for 25,000 miles or more between changes. The thing I like best is that it originates from farm products in the American Heartland, not from under desert sands.
Whatever reason interests you most, synthetic lubricants help reduce our dependence of foreign oil three ways: organic origin, longer life, and improved gas mileage. Learn more about the benefits from these websites, and consider using synthetics in your vehicles and machinery.
More on synthetic lubricants:
Wednesday, April 22nd,
Earth Day celebration at Burritt on the Mountain,
Friday, April 24th,
Earth Day celebration at Burritt on the Mountain,
April 30th, ASA Quarterly General Membership Meeting, Ryan's
Saturday, May 2nd, Bike ride with Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, 9:30 AM
Tuesday, May 12th,
May 11th –
16th, American Solar Energy Society national convention,
Friday, May 15th, deadline for nomination of the 2009 Solar Professional of the Year.
Tuesday, May 19th, Annual Tour de Arsenal bike ride, 5:00 PM
Thursday, May 21, 2009, ASA Board of Director’s meeting, noon, everyone welcome
Saturday, May 30th,
Boy Scouts recycle in
Thursday, June 11th, HATS 2009 Professional of the Year Dinner, von Braun Center
Thursday, July 16th, , ASA Board of Director’s meeting, noon, everyone welcome
July 16th, ASA Quarterly General Membership Meeting, Ryan's
Saturday, October 3rd,
Thursday, December 3rd, the annual HATS Holiday Reception and the ASA Christmas Party at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens
Solarites professionals that get the job done: