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Frozen Fish Help Reel in Germany's Wind Power

Renewable energy leader Germany sometimes has more wind power than it can handle, but a fishing community on the North Sea is exploring a creative solution for storing all that energy.

Cuxhaven, a small city on Germany’s blustery North Sea coast, has ample supplies of fish and wind. A new project is exploring how these two abundant resources can work together to solve some of the problems that have bedeviled Germany’s renewable energy drive.

In short, Germany’s electric grid operators need a place to store all that wind power. And in Cuxhaven, they think they’ve found an answer — in frozen fish

Old story is old but it illustrates one of the long standing issues with wind and solar: how do you store excess power for when the wind doesn’t blow or when its dark out?  convert it to thermal energy!

This is one of the more creative methods of storing energy, but there’s lot of other interesting storage methods.  One of the oldest and widest used is using excess solar or wind to pump water back up behind a hydro dam. Some interesting other options: thermal energy in superheated oil or salt (solar), ice (all types), flywheel (all types), compressed air in cave systems (all types), cracking water for hydrogen (all types, but usually solar), and dozens of other novel ideas, many site specific. (can’t compress air in a cave if you’re got no caves…)

But in frozen fish, so far my favorite method.  But most of the storage projects never get any kind of media coverage despite being one of the most important parts of the overall plan.

Can I Vote? | Where and how to vote for each US state

Handy links for each state on whether you’re registered and where, where your polling station is, ID requirements, and info for obtaining absentee ballot if you’re out of state.

I know midterm elections tend to have much lower turnout than presidential years, but still important to vote.  If your home district is gerrymandered to hell and back, go ahead and vote for a third party candidate.  Because of low turnout in midterms they actually have better odds of getting enough votes to qualify for state election funds and get an automatic line on ballots in NEXT election. 

Each state has slightly different requirements for what that threshold is, but its generally based on percentage of votes cast and its AROUND 5%. Not a set number of votes, but a percentage of total cast.  So the midterm years are easier to hit the 5% because so few votes are cast, so third party votes are a much greater percentage then.  

and don’t forget to vote in your LOCAL elections.  Those people are much more likely to have real an immediate impacts on your day to day life. 

There’s no point to a guy yelling, “Hey sexy baby” at me out of the passenger window of a car as it speeds past. Even if I was into creepy misogynists and wanted to give him my number, I couldn’t. The car didn’t even slow down. But that’s okay, because he wasn’t actually hitting on me. The point wasn’t to proposition me or chat me up. The only point was to remind me, and all women, that our bodies are his to stare at, assess, comment on, even touch. “Hey sexy baby” is the first part of a sentence that finishes, “this is your daily message from the patriarchy, reminding you that your body is public property”.
My First Name Ain’t Baby: ‘Hey Baby’ and Street Harassment (via official-mens-frights-activist)
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