Energy

For Or Against Nuclear Power - Common Ground Traveled

A Presentation & Discussion By Tony Green

pixabay chimney 1733 smThe question of whether nuclear power should be adopted as a technology to produce clean energy along with wind and solar has been hotly debated for years. In fact, during last years’ COP21 meeting in Paris, the debate over whether nuclear power should be part of the climate change solution was almost enough to distract the attendees from the true goal of the meeting which was to come to an agreement to carbon dioxide reducing targets. Amazingly, beneath the surface, both the pro and anti-nuclear communities have more in common than you would think. I will cover questions such as:

  




>>How the rift developed between the pro nuclear and anti-nuclear communities.

>>The common ground shared by both sides.

>>Why future technologies may make the nuclear argument null and void.

>>Why both sides will need to work together to tackle our planet most pressing problem.


Come join us for this special Eco Green Group meeting!  

Presentation Available Here 

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Energy Vulnerability Found by Kaspersky Lab - Security Company

Kaspersky Lab Discovers Important Vulnerability in Popular Energy Equipment

24 Jun 2016
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While performing a security assessment for one of its clients in the critical infrastructure sector, the Kaspersky Lab Security Services team discovered an important vulnerability. The CVE-2016-4785 vulnerability could allow an attacker to remotely obtain a limited amount of device memory content from relay protection equipment. The vulnerability was reported to Siemens, the equipment vendor, and has already been patched.

kaspersky lab logo 1The vulnerability was discovered in the network module of a Siemens SIPROTEC 4 protection relay – a device that is widely used in the energy sector to protect the grid against short-circuits or critical power loads. A successful attack through this vulnerability would allow an attacker to remotely read some of the device's memory content through the module. This information could be used for further attacks. Siemens has acknowledged the vulnerability and has released an advisory with useful instructions on mitigation and updates. Kaspersky Lab urges any security specialists working for organizations that use this kind of equipment, to pay close attention to the advisory and follow its recommendations.

“Finding vulnerabilities like this is not our primary job, but experience shows us that when we undertake security assessment procedures, it’s almost inevitable that we will find something. The end user of vulnerable products usually has nothing to do with the vulnerability itself, and remains at risk of attack even if other parts of the IT infrastructure are organized and tuned rather well. For these reasons it’s our responsibility to report on every security weakness we find during our day to day work. This is a key part of our contribution to the security community. We would also like to thank ICS CERT for coordinating the disclosure of this vulnerability, and Siemens for its swift reaction to the news,” - said Sergey Gordeychik Deputy CTO, Services at Kaspersky Lab.

The vulnerability was discovered by Pavel Toporkov, senior application security specialist at Kaspersky Lab. During the last 12 months, Kaspersky Lab experts have responsibly disclosed more than 20 vulnerabilities in different hardware and software products: from consumer devices to industrial control systems and vehicle and railway routers.

Finding potential weaknesses in IT or industrial infrastructure is the key benefit of Penetration Testing and Security Assessment services, offered under the Kaspersky Security Intelligence Services umbrella. These services also include a diverse set of products aimed at faster delivery of security expertise to businesses: Security Training, Digital Forensics, Threat Data Feeds and Intelligence reporting. These services help companies to support all key aspects of cyber resilience strategies, including threat prevention and detection, attack response and prediction. More information about Security Intelligence Services can be found at Kaspersky Lab’s website.

A Look At Energy Storage

Discussion And Viewing Of Videos On The Topic Of Energy Storage

pixabay battery 1821 960 720Advances in energy storage continues to improve the performance and capabilities of numerous products from automobiles to cell phones. In todays meeting we will view some videos on this topic and follow it up with some discussion.

Please join us for this interesting interactive session.

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Happy New Year! Wind Turbine Day

Fireworks Original D Merged 2016Welcome to the start of the new year! Alot happened in 2015 and 2016 looks to be a very important year in making or breaking it when it comes to attacking our CO2 problems.

 

 

 

 

 

enercon e126 turbineWe are going to start off this year quietly with a couple of interesting videos on the topic of wind turbines. We will take a look at what makes them tick and we will spend some time checking out the worlds largest wind turbine. Discussion on this and other topics will be welcomed. Please join us!

The videos used for todays event can be found at the following locations: Wind Turbine Basics  and The Enercon E126 Turbine.

 

 

 

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Rechargable Battery Technology Overview

Bert McMahon PhotoRechargable batteries are used in many places as the power supply of choice. In this presentation Bert McMahon will provide an overview of the technology behind rechargeable batteries as well as examples of how they are being used today. Rechargeable battery issues and opportunities will also be discussed. Please join us for this interesting presentation. 

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A Revolutionary New Battery for Grid Energy Storage

A Video Featuring Prof. Donald Sadoway

donald sadoway pictureOne of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world, MIT Professor Donald Sadoway, describes the development of a new revolutionary, cost effective, and very durable grid storage liquid metal battery which will revolutionize the electric grid and solve energy storage problems for renewable energy such as solar and wind energy. The presentation in this video was made at the February 18, 2015 MIT Enterprise Forum of Texas program in Houston.

Please join us for this interesting viewing.

 

 

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Enter on west side, corner of Oak Place and Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd (Hiway 9).

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