Oct 31, 2014

How Renewable Energy Could Help You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse

Green Tech
4 min
Sure, preparedness for the zombie apocalypse is something some may scoff at. “Zombies aren’t real,” they say. “It&rsq...

Sure, preparedness for the zombie apocalypse is something some may scoff at.

“Zombies aren’t real,” they say. “It’s a stupid thing to worry about.”

Well, while I’m off safe, surviving and helping to rebuild society while they’re quickly becoming zombie food, we’ll see who gets the last laugh.

Of course, I’ve put a lot of thought into my survival strategy. There are the basics for the immediate term—use bladed weapons, only use guns if necessary, wear tight-fitting clothing that can’t be grabbed and covers your whole body, etc.—but there are the longer term things a lot of people don’t always think about. Stuff like shelter, water, and food are often secondary concerns when you’re surrounded by the walking dead, but they’re vital none-the-less.

Another pressing concern is finding a power source. Chances are, though, if zombies are roaming the earth, the electrical grid probably isn’t up. However, thanks to renewable energy, that’s less of a problem than ever.

With all sorts of technological advancements in off-grid energy, it’s possible to get power to places that you never could have before, increasing your chances of survival.

Your first order of business should be to head to Indiana and get your hands on WindStream’s MobileMill. It’s a mobile command center that runs entirely on renewable energy. Not only is it great for protection, but you’d have an unlimited source of energy and an entire command center at your fingertips at all times.

Look how rad this thing is. It's a mobile command center than runs on renewable energy! That's like, a guaranteed ticket to suriving the zombies. They can't even get in. 

If Indiana is too far, try getting to Boston and locate a Soofa. The solar-powered benches will at least allow you to charge your phone and try to get in contact with other survivors.

Though I'm sure you'd be treating the situation with a great urgency if zombies are bearing down on you, but you get the picture of how the Soofa works. Oh, and if you're looking at this post-apocalypse, this is in Boston. Go find this thing! There's several around the city.

Also, with solar panels and turbines now printable and portable, you can carry power with you if need be, though it might not be a large amount. Really though, it’s enough to survive.

When it comes to the zombie apocalypse, sustainability is important. This is especially true when it comes to fuel. Finding a car could be the difference between life and death. My advice? Gun for something electric.

Okay, so it's not the most intimidating looking car, but the Nissan Leaf is small, quiet, and rechargable. It'll get you where you need to go without the zombies ever knowing you're around. 

It’s rechargeable, reliable, and perhaps most importantly: quiet. You can sneak past zombie hordes without them ever knowing you’re there.  

Now, while these are all helpful for survival, you can use renewable energy to fight back. Let’s take the Ivanpah solar facility in the Mojave Desert, for example.

This is the facility at Ivanpah. Look at all of that highly-concentrated sunlight. Picture using that to fry all the zombies. They wouldn't be able to get near you without getting burned to a crisp. It's sustainable, too!

The concept behind the facility is that the panels reflect light onto a central location (in this case, a tower) which harnesses the energy. Now, the light being reflected is bright—really bright. There have been reports of birds being incinerated mid-air because of its intensity. While that’s certainly no good for the birds, turning the awesome power of the sun onto the living dead is undeniably awesome. Sure, you’ll lose some efficiency in the panels, but you’re not going to get eaten. Plus, like I said, using highly concentrated solar beams to incinerate zombies is just plain cool.

If you happen to get any of these thing after the world ends and zombies take over, you can start rebuilding humanity using sustainable energy. How cool is that?

Do you have any tips on using renewable energy to combat the walking dead? Tweet us @EnergyDigital or leave a comment below!

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Jun 7, 2021

Trafigura and Yara International explore clean ammonia usage

Dominic Ellis
2 min
Commodity trading company Trafigura and Yara International sign MoU to explore developing ammonia as a clean fuel in shipping

Independent commodity trading company Trafigura and Yara International have signed an MoU to explore developing ammonia as a clean fuel in shipping and ammonia fuel infrastructure.

Reducing shipping emissions is a vital component of the fight against global climate change, yet Greenhouse Gas emissions from the global maritime sector are increasing - and at odds with the IMO's strategy to cut absolute emissions by at least 50% by 2050. 

How more than 70,000 ships can decrease their reliance on carbon-based sources is one of transport's most pressing decarbonisation challenges.

Yara and Trafigura intend to collaborate on initiatives that will establish themselves in the clean ammonia value chain. Under the MoU announced today, Trafigura and Yara intend to work together in the following areas:

  • The supply of clean ammonia by Yara to Trafigura Group companies
  • Exploration of joint R&D initiatives for clean ammonia application as a marine fuel
  • Development of new clean ammonia assets including marine fuel infrastructure and market opportunities

Magnus Krogh Ankarstrand, President of Yara Clean Ammonia, said the agreement is a good example of cross-industry collaboration to develop and promote zero-emission fuel in the form of clean ammonia for the shipping industry. "Building clean ammonia value chains is critical to facilitate the transition to zero emission fuels by enabling the hydrogen economy – not least within trade and distribution where both Yara and Trafigura have leading capabilities. Demand and supply of clean ammonia need to be developed in tandem," he said.  

There is a growing consensus that hydrogen-based fuels will ultimately be the shipping fuels of the future, but clear and comprehensive regulation is essential, according to Jose Maria Larocca, Executive Director and Co-Head of Oil Trading for Trafigura.

Ammonia has a number of properties that require "further investigation," according to Wartsila. "It ignites and burns poorly compared to other fuels and is toxic and corrosive, making safe handling and storage important. Burning ammonia could also lead to higher NOx emissions unless controlled either by aftertreatment or by optimising the combustion process," it notes.

Trafigura has co-sponsored the R&D of MAN Energy Solutions’ ammonia-fuelled engine for maritime vessels, has performed in-depth studies of transport fuels with reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and has published a white paper on the need for a global carbon levy for shipping fuels to be introduced by International Maritime Organization.

Oslo-based Yara produces roughly 8.5 million tonnes of ammonia annually and employs a fleet of 11 ammonia carriers, including 5 fully owned ships, and owns 18 marine ammonia terminals with 580 kt of storage capacity – enabling it to produce and deliver ammonia across the globe.

It recently established a new clean ammonia unit to capture growth opportunities in emission-free fuel for shipping and power, carbon-free fertilizer and ammonia for industrial applications.

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