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Damage in Puerto Rico strains relief efforts by agencies

“Three days after the massive hurricane crossed the U.S. territory, towns in Puerto Rico remain without fresh water, fuel, power or phone service” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agencies are grappling with the vast scale of the disaster in Puerto Rico left by Hurricane Maria, the third major storm to strike the U.S. in less than a month. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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Microsoft makes a ‘crazy’ bet on fuel cells to feed power-hungry data centers

“That technology, Microsoft engineer Sean James says, could allow future data centers to someday unplug from the power grid entirely” writes Seattle Times Business for seattletimes.com. During periods of strain on the power grid, those turbines can power on and feed electricity back to the grid to prevent brownouts.Big data centers typically require their own substation-sized link to the power grid.The tech company is testing the use of natural gas-powered fuel cells that could someday allow data centers — which consume 2 percent of U.S. electricity — to unplug from…

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Tens of thousands being evacuated as dam fails, revealing scope of Puerto Rico’s dire situation

“The territory’s $73 billion debt crisis has left agencies like the state power company broke” writes Danica Coto for sun-sentinel.com. Diana Jaquez, one of the owners of the Coquette hair salon in San Juan’s Santurce area, assessed storm damage with her husband Friday as their children played nearby. Source: sun-sentinel.com Share This:

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Hurricane Maria barrels over Turks and Caicos as death toll mounts

“The havoc created by the two major storms comes at the worst possible time for Puerto Rico” writes Ciara Linnane for marketwatch.com. The forecasting service is expecting at least four more named storms, two of which may be hurricane strength, and at least one of which may be a major hurricane.The storm hit the island as a Category 4 hurricane, making it the most powerful storm to strike since a 1928 hurricane that killed 300 people. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Puerto Rico’s crippled, bankrupt power utility under pressure to rebuild infrastructure

“She is optimistic about the potential for immediate recovery, and downplayed the need for structural reforms to Puerto Rico’s power system” writes Josh Siegel for washingtonexaminer.com. Though more attention on Puerto Rico’s energy problems could prompt faster action, Long expects a continued struggle to find consensus.Ricardo Ramos, the chief executive of the government-owned Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), said the island’s energy infrastructure has been “destroyed” in the short term.Puerto Rico faced deep-rooted power problems even before the hurricanes. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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With heavy rain on the way, a stunned Puerto Rico begins to dig out after Hurricane Maria

“Puerto Rico, already inundated with heavy rains unleashed by Hurricane Maria, braced itself for several more inches of rain and possible flash floods while wide swaths of the island remained without power” writes Kurtis Lee for latimes.com. Thousands in Puerto Rico have been living without power since Hurricane Irma struck earlier this month.Rossello said Maria was the “most devastating storm to hit the island this century, if not in modern history.”.  Source: latimes.com Share This:

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Stratolaunch’s Giant Rocket-Launching Aircraft Passes Engine Test

“Stratolaunch said Sept. 19 it successfully tested the six jet engines that power the giant aircraft that will serve as a launch platform” writes Jeff Foust for space.com. WASHINGTON — Stratolaunch announced Sept. 19 that the company has achieved another milestone in the development of a unique giant aircraft that will serve as a launch platform.The company said that it successfully tested at its Mojave, California, facility the six Pratt & Whitney PW4056 turbofan jet engines that will power the aircraft. Source: space.com Share This:

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Leningrad Governor Openly Welcomes Bitcoin Miners

“While Leningrad is seemingly open to Bitcoin mining, other regions will not necessarily follow” writes Jp Buntinx for livebitcoinnews.com. It is evident this new nuclear power plant in Leningrad can play a big role in the process.The governor of Leningrad, for example, is rather open-minded when it comes to cryptocurrency. Source: livebitcoinnews.com Share This:

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