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gmoke writes—MIT Energy Hackathon Puerto Rico (Caribbean) Challenge Results: “The MIT Energy Hackathon began on Friday night, November 3 and ended Sunday morning, November 5.  9 energy challenges were presented to about 300 people for 2 minutes each.  After a take-out dinner, each presenter had the chance to talk with individual and small groups of students for an hour and a half and to check back in over the weekend. I presented my challenge, Rebuilding Energy Infrastructure in the Caribbean After the Hurricanes, the only one submitted by an individual not a corporation, as best I could. There were over 40 teams at the Hackathon working on problems with Shell and GM’s and other’ climate goals, beer and other food and beverage waste treatment, drilling fluids, building energy use, and other topics. Three teams took the hurricane reconstruction challenge up. Each of them concentrated on Puerto Rico although I had specifically reminded them of the situation on Barbuda, which was a much smaller scale, about 2000 people rather than more than 3 million. One team redesigned Puerto Rico’s electrical system as modular micro-grids with energy storage to provide 40% of the island’s power from renewables within a reasonable time period. Hawaii, with a population of about 1.5 million, is planning on 70% of its energy from renewables by 2030.  This team intends to keep working on their proposal for another upcoming hackathon.”

OhioDem1 writes—A Plan to rebuild Puerto Rico: “Puerto Rico and other storm-ravaged areas in the Caribbean and elsewhere are in great need of big plans, both for the purpose of putting their lives and infrastructure back together, and as a means to protect themselves from future hurricanes, which, due to Global Warming are likely to be both more frequent and far stronger because the warming increases both the temperature of tropical seas and oceans, but the depth of heating provides more energy available to power the storms, making them both more destructive with wind and water from rain and storm surge. The red lines on the map above is a BIG plan to rebuild Puerto Rico.  The red lines are a massive transportation backbone for the island territory of the United States, home to 3.2 million American Citizens, who are suffering because of recent Hurricane Maria and the woefully inadequate humanitarian response of the United States government, which of course is “led” by Donald J. Trump, whose job of play-acting a president is woefully less skillfully done then that by President Reagan two generations ago. So what do the red lines indicate?  Consider a quarter mile wide right-of-way for the installation of passenger and freight rail, highways, a new electrical distribution hub, complete with high reliability long line transmission, substations, and a network of higher elevation storm shelters, all within 10 to 20 miles of every resident of Puerto Rico.  Most of the network will be in the foothills of the mountain range, and well above where it can be damaged by a storm surge.”

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