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a Average solar insolation for Southwest Florida is approximately 7.00 X 109 J/m2/year (E.

P. Odum, 1971). Total solar energy is (7.00 X 109 J/m2/year) (372.1 m2). b Wind energy = (0.5)(density of air) (wind velocity2)(eddy diffusion coefficient) (height of boundary layer). Density = 1.2 X 103 g/cm3. Wind velocity = 378.3 cm/sec (Ruttenber, 1979). Eddy diffusion coefficient = 1 X 104 cm2/sec (Kemp, 1977). Height of boundary layer = 1 X 104 cm. Area affected = 130.5 m2. c Tidal energy = (0.5)(area elevated) (tides/year) (tidal height2)(density of water) (gravitational acceleration). Area = 60 m2. Tides/year = 706 (H. T. Odum, 1996). Tidal height = 100 cm (Carter et al., 1973). Density = 1.025 g/cm3. Gravitational acceleration = 980 cm2/sec.

d Chemical potential of rain = (area)(rainfall) (Gibbs free energy of water). Area = 90 m2. Rainfall at Ft. Myers, FL = 1.37 m/year (Drew and Schomer, 1984). Gibbs free energy = 4.94 J/g (H. T. Odum, 1996). e Wave energy = (shore length) (1/8)(density of water) (gravitational acceleration) (wave height2) (velocity) (from H. T. Odum, 1996). Shore length = 3.1 m. Density = 1000 kg/m3. Gravitational acceleration = 9.8 m/sec2. Wave height = 0.1 m (assumed). Velocity = (gravity X depth)1/2, where depth = 1 m (assumed).

units of joules per unit time. These standard unit flows are then scaled with transformation ratios to account for the degree to which different energies are concentrated (i.e., embodied energy or emergy), measured in equivalent units of solar joules per unit time. This scaling accounts for differing concentrations (in terms of ability to do work) of energies. Table 4.3A shows energies for Southwest Florida, which is the natural analog for the Everglades mesocosm, whose energy signature is given in Table 4.3B. Wave energy dominates the emergy budget in the real Everglades of Southwest Florida, while natural gas and electricity, which are needed for heating, cooling, and running machinery (such as the wave generator) have the highest emergies in the mesocosm. Such analysis illustrates how much more total energy is required to operate a mesocosm compared with the actual system it models. In this case the mesocosm required two orders of magnitude more emergy to operate than the analog ecosystem. Beyers and H. T. Odum (1993) include a similar analysis of

Getting Started With Solar

Getting Started With Solar

Do we really want the one thing that gives us its resources unconditionally to suffer even more than it is suffering now? Nature, is a part of our being from the earliest human days. We respect Nature and it gives us its bounty, but in the recent past greedy money hungry corporations have made us all so destructive, so wasteful.

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