• How EcoTricity’s Sea Raiser Project Harvests Water From the Sea
    published on January 27th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    Electricity obtained from sea water is one of the most reliable clean sources of energy and now it’s set to become one of the most affordable ones. The proof lies in the SeaRaser project, belonging to the UK alternative energy company Ecotricity – more low-cost even than fossil fuels. Devon Energy engineer Alvin Smith is [...]

     

  • Study Reveals Young People Would Drive Hybrids
    published on January 27th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    Generation Y (GenY) consumers seem more environmentally-conscious than previous generations, according to a study made by New York-based accountancy firm Deloitte. Apparently, young people between 19 and 31 really do mind what they drive, and the majority (59%) of them would opt for hybrid mainly, augmented with pure battery electric (2%). The research included 1,500 [...]

     

  • Q-BICs: Quantum Dots With a Built-In-Charge to Increase Solar Cell Efficiency
    published on January 27th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    A few articles back we all agreed that gathering the infrared part of the visible sunlight would do the solar industry a huge amount of good, as the production of electricity would skyrocket. The finding is at least a decade old, but only now did UB engineers and their military colleagues think about putting it [...]

     

  • Tesla Motors Releases Classy Model S Electric Sedan In The Summer
    published on January 27th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    Think easing up your pocket with at least $57,400 for an electric car isn’t worth it? Take a look at the Model S electric Sedan that’s to be out this summer and think again! The renowned Tesla Motors is squaring away the latest details for this hot release, while still allowing us to take a [...]

     

  • New York City’s East River to See Energy Turbines In Its Waters In a Year
    published on January 25th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    What do you do when your local population starts growing out and consumption skyrockets? The answer is you start looking at alternative ways to feed its energy hunger. According to the Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York’s population will reach another million by 2030, so Verdant Power Inc., a marine clean-energy company looked towards New York [...]

     

  • Better Place Launched Its First 100 Electric Cars on Israeli Roads
    published on January 25th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    Denmark and Holland are far ahead of others in the implementation of the electric car infrastructure, hence you can easily charge an EV there. It’s now Israel’s turn to shine: the Tel Aviv Better Place Education and Test Drive Center has delivered on January 22 its first 100 EVs. The release was part of an [...]

     

  • Philips & BASF to Develop OLED Lighting Concept for Car Roofs
    published on January 24th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    Often enough, Philips is the synonym to light. And they keep proving this by teaming up with BASF – “The Chemical Company” and releasing the OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) technology for car roofs. Just as Dr. Dietrich Bertram, General Manager of OLED Lighting at Philips says, the technology is innovative in every way. First [...]

     

  • The World’s Smallest Electric Vehicle Charger Unveiled in Japan
    published on January 24th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    The Tokyo 2nd Automotive Weight Reduction Expo closing its gates a few days ago brought the world its smallest charger for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs). The device small that it could fit in the palm of your hand: 116 x 279 x 225mm, not to mention its reduced volume by [...]

     

  • New Photovoltaic Device Recovers Smartphones’ Lost Screen Light
    published on January 24th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    Do you own a smartphone? I do. And I charge it every day, in the evening. I even have a friend who charges his iPhone two or three times a day, but he’s an extreme talker. However, great efforts are being made by scientists at the University of Cambridge toward making batteries last longer by [...]

     

  • China Increases Locally-Produced Electric Car Subsidies, Puts Huge Taxes on Imported Ones
    published on January 23rd, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    The Chinese government seems to be in love with these fancy electric vehicles, because the feeling keeps encouraging them to “breed”: it pays interested people good money to take one or cuts them some slack at the counter. The subsidy measures for EVs are not something special in this country, but this time the sums [...]

     

  • Bankrupt Kodak to Produce Thin-Film Solar Cells In Near Future
    published on January 23rd, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    Every end is a beginning. We all heard that before. I guess it’s not Kodak’s turn to test it for itself, as the company filed for bankruptcy just at the end of last week. The announcement is still fresh, but Kodak already has a back-up plan: going into the solar business by manufacturing flexible solar [...]

     

  • Doyle Doss’s BluBox Thermal Fan Takes Heat Down to Your Feet, Saves Money
    published on January 23rd, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    The warmest (and most expensive) air in your home (or small business) is lazily floating around above your head looking for some way to escape. This is especially true if you make your heat with a Single Point Source (wood burning stove, floor furnace, wall furnace, etc.) or you have high ceilings, or (who would [...]

     

  • How Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Global Warming are Connected – A Plausible Theory
    published on January 20th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    The recent volcanic eruptions in Indonesia and March 11th’s massive earthquake in Japan (and the ensuing tsunami) may have a simple rational scientific explanation: land ice melt. The oceans have risen 4 inches in the last 50 years (wikipedia.org/Current sea level rise). Two inches of this rise is due to thermal expansion (the oceans have [...]

     

  • UKH2Mobility – UK’s New Hydrogen Car Project With Ambitious Green Goals
    published on January 20th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    Everywhere you look or either way you take it, hydrogen is becoming more and more popular. From gadgets to cars, it’s clear that hydrogen is the best replacement for fossil fuels. The UK is looking to become a key player in this global trend, with the government and 13 other companies working to see hydrogen [...]

     

  • The Criegee Biradical – A New Molecule That Could Stop Global Warming
    published on January 20th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    Saying that you’ve discovered a molecule that could fix global warming is maybe a bit far-fetched. It’s like saying you found a medicine to cure cancer… My point is that it’s not that simple. There is however some truth in it: according to researchers at the University of Bristol and Snadia National Laboratories, the Criegee [...]

     

  • Last Year’s News: Music Concert in Bari Powered by Pedaling Spectators
    published on January 20th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    There’s news I know about, news I like and news that pass me by. I’m really ashamed I didn’t see this when it came out, but at least I’m consoled my competitors didn’t see it either. To be short, it’s about a concert of a band called “Tetes de Bois” (Wooden Heads) which took place [...]

     

  • World’s Largest Wind Farm in Wyoming to Be Equipped with 1000 Wind Turbines
    published on January 19th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    Although the word “wind farm” makes you think about a bunch of wind turbines, it’s usually not more than a few of them cluttered together or at best, a few hundred. But when you say the Wyoming wind farm, then you know you’re talking big. How big? Like 1000-wind-turbines big! The 2500 GW to be [...]

     

  • 13 Year-Old Aidan Dwyer Uses Fibonacci Sequence to Improve Solar Power Collection
    published on January 19th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    Inspiration comes in a many forms, or rather at many ages – you just have to recognize it. For example, you can feel inspired by 13-year-old Aidan Dwyer, who applied a very frequent mathematical principle found in nature to boost the solar panels’ performance. And quite successfully, we might add: by using the Fibonacci sequence [...]

     

  • Study Describes Wind Power Dependence on Atmospheric Stability
    published on January 19th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    Scientists from LLNL, University of Colorado at Boulder and the NREL have recently assessed the performance figures of a wind turbine producing energy on the East Coast, and found how power depends on atmospheric stability. “The dependence of power on stability is clear, regardless of whether time periods are segregated by three-dimensional turbulence, turbulence intensity [...]

     

  • New Federal Law Regulates How Renewable Energy Is Transmitted Through The Grid
    published on January 18th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    How frustrating is it to build a wind turbine or install a solar panel which produces energy and then have no possibility of transmitting it because the people it is intended for live too far? Pretty frustrating, we guess, judging from the law passed last year by the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The [...]

     

  • Windlens: Three Times More Efficient Wind Turbine Developed in Japan
    published on January 18th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    After the Fukushima disaster wiped out the future of nuclear energy, wind energy has taken on a new swing: a wind turbine that could generate twice or even three times the energy that regular turbines put out so far. Ever since March last year, a team at the Kyushu University have been testing their “Windlens” [...]

     

  • EV Battery Prices Will Drop 87.5 Percent by 2020, Says U.S. Energy Secretary
    published on January 17th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    The only roadblock in the way of electric car development nowadays are batteries. Be them lithium ion, nickel-metal hydride or any other type, batteries are the only thing keeping our polluted world apart from a much cleaner one, with cars that don’t break as often, without oil wars and so on. Good news: batteries will [...]

     

  • 14 Ways to Reduce Global Warming, as Postulated by NASA Researchers
    published on January 17th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    Some measures can be so simple and yet so effective that you sometimes stop to wonder how come you didn’t thing about them before. You probably heard this a dozen times, but it’s true. The same goes for air pollution control measures: simple acts like putting a filter or changing a house appliance can make [...]

     

  • Spanish Consortium Equips Greenhouses With Photovoltaic Panels
    published on January 17th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    When we hear about solar panels, most of us think about them being perched up high on a roof to generate electricity for people. This time, Spain’s ULMA Agrícola consortium and Tecnalia research center attached the photovoltaic solar panels to greenhouses to grow perfectly healthy tomatoes and peppers. According to Basque Research, the worry was [...]

     

  • Military-Owned Lands in CA and NV Could Yield 7 GW of Solar Power
    published on January 17th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    The military has a few of the United States’ largest sun lit areas in its administration. A recent study, performed by ICF International and funded from military money, revealed that seven bases in California and two bases in Nevada could produce some 7 GW of electricity and could ease the load put on taxpayers’ pockets. [...]

     

  • Austin Energy’s New 30 MW Solar Plant Inaugurated in Texas
    published on January 16th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    Lately, states across the U.S. and around the world are in competition about which is adding more solar power. With the Webberville Solar Project – a 30 MW plant in Webberville, Texas – we get the same impression. Not that it’s a bad thing! When you think about the 5,000 US homes that will be [...]

     

  • Toyota to Launch 2012 Facelifted Prius in Europe
    published on January 16th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    Toyota’s flagship hybrid, Prius, has received a new facelift at the beginning of 2012. What has once been world’s first commercially-available hybrid car now received new multimedia systems, but the performance figures stay the same. The front bumper has been revised, the air intake is now bigger, and the headlights feature daylight-visible LEDs. The rear [...]

     

  • Osaka Student Team Creates Hydrogen-Powered Car From Scratch
    published on January 16th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    Everyone started building battery-powered electric vehicles lately, but few are those who built cars whose power comes from hydrogen fuel cells. Such an example comes from a team of students at Osaka Sangyo University, who built a fuel cell-powered car from scratch, creating Japan’s first non-industrial team to ever accomplish this. Actually, they haven’t been [...]

     

  • How New Self-Healing Circuit Restores Electricity in 20 Seconds
    published on January 16th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    As many of you know, a broken and then repaired thing won’t ever be as it was before, no matter how much we try. This truth applies as well to electronic circuits, that once broken are not very easy to fix. Despite these, a team of engineers at the University of Illinois managed to create [...]

     

  • PowerTrekk – A Hydrogen Fuel Cell Charger That Runs on Water, Including Urine
    published on January 13th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    If you’re stuck in the wilderness with no electric plugs in view, but still want to chat on your cell phone, run your iPod or GPS, now you can: New York-based SiGNa Chemistry will be offering a portable hydrogen fuel cell charger that runs on anything with water, starting May. And yes, that includes urine! [...]

     

  • Renault Tests ZOE Electric Car on Romanian Roads (Spy Photos)
    published on January 13th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    Renault is seemingly testing their future ZOE electric cars on Romanian roads. A masked prototype has been photographed while riding muddy terrain and having Romanian test registration plates. In the back of the ZOE is one of Nissan’s flagship SUVs, the Dacia Duster, probably watching its little sibling and taking care it doesn’t get stranded [...]

     

  • eMO: Tata’s New Cheap Electric Car Unveiled at NAIAS 2012
    published on January 13th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    The Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) isn’t only seeing American or European cars this year. Tata Technologies Ltd., India’s maybe most important corporation, is presenting a $20,000 electric car they dubbed eMO (Electric Mobility). The four-seater is yet the cheapest electric car put on a stand so far, and “symbolizes the coming of age of Indian [...]

     

  • New Concentrated Solar Power Plant Design Reduces Land Use, Increases Efficiency
    published on January 13th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    Probably the most efficient way of harnessing solar power is by using Concentrated Solar Power plants, or CSPs. Their design, however, is based on large mirrors (heliostats) placed in rows around a central tower, onto which they reflect the sun’s energy. These heliostats are placed in an expanding formation, the mirror in the back being [...]

     

  • PNNL Scientists Studying Cheap Borane-Based Hydrogen Storage System
    published on January 12th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    Lots of money are spent on research and development of electric vehicles. Electric cars, powered by hydrogen fuel cells have an increased driving range and are also environmentally friendly. In not such a distant future many hydrogen powered vehicles may fill the U.S. roads, but this will only happen after the issues concerning the recharging [...]

     

  • 700 MW Offshore Wind Farm Built by Swedish Government
    published on January 12th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    Building wind farms off the coast is quite pricey, but it will totally be worth the cost: winds out there are very strong and the potential for energy really high. One of the places that can boast with having this potential is in the Baltic Sea, near Sweden’s southeastern shores. The country already has 6 [...]

     

  • BP And Sempra to Build $1 Billion US Wind Energy Project
    published on January 12th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    The oil giant BP first came into the spotlight a few weeks ago for closing down its solar division, showing that maybe advancements in clean energy are driven by profit after all. Still, maybe to contradict or confirm these doubts, BP is coming back stronger than ever with a massive project of 2 wind farms [...]

     

  • Ford Recycles PET Bottles to Make Electric Car Seats
    published on January 11th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    Whoever thought recycling would go that far? The first all-electric Ford Focus will continue what has now become a tradition for the company: using recycled materials to manufacture car accessories (PET bottles for carpets, tires for gaskets and dandelions for rubber components). This time the novelty consists of seats made out of recycled bottles. The [...]

     

  • Hawaii Extending Geothermal Industry
    published on January 11th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    Hawaii is set on becoming more than just “the” touristic destination – the Hawaii Electric Light Company (HELCO) is putting in an effort to increase this year’s geothermal exploitation through a Geothermal Request for Proposals. Plans include an increase to 50 MW out of geothermal power alone, not to mention the wind, solar, biomass and [...]

     

  • The Jetta Hybrid: VW’s Next Prius Competitor Unveiled at NAIAS
    published on January 10th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    As the first ever hybrid vehicle, Toyota Prius will have a worthy competitor later this year as it enters the market: The Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid. Although a family car and smaller in size than what Volkswagen offered to its US buyers so far, the Jetta Hybrid will be a star at the Detroit Motor Show [...]

     

  • Via Motors and PG&E; Unveiling Extended-Range Electric Trucks, Vans and SUVs
    published on January 10th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    GM seems to have hit the right button when it comes to electric cars, or, at least, extended range EVs. Or so thinks Bob Lutz, former GM executive, who now joined VIA Motors, a company whose aim is to rebuild America’s most loved trucks, SUVs and vans, but propel them by an electric motor instead [...]

     

  • IBM’s New Lithium-Air Car Battery Offers 500-Mile Range
    published on January 10th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    IBM seems to be the saviour of all electric vehicles, since it has recently come out with solutions for every major setback they present. For starters, they tackled the problem of the lithium-ion battery, meaning its heaviness, the low energy density and the ensuing range anxiety, all of which kill the buyers’ enthusiasm at the [...]

     

  • Chinese Automaker BYD Unveils World’s Largest Battery for Renewable Energy Storage
    published on January 9th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    BYD is already being known as China’s main producer of electric cars. They also produce their own ferrous batteries for the cars, which they now use to store wind and solar power in what represents the world’s largest renewable energy storage based on batteries. Having the size of a football field, the huge battery bank [...]

     

  • High Winds Generate Record UK Wind Power Production
    published on January 9th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    You know the saying: every cloud has a silver lining. This proved to be particularly true on December 28 as strong winds cut off the power for 100,000 British homes but wind turbines registered a record high power production. Wind turbines present onshore and offshore broke the last peak by 20%, meaning a 12.2% of [...]

     

  • SpaceX Dragon: The First Spacecraft Using Solar Panels (Video)
    published on January 9th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    I wonder what it feels like to know that you’ve contributed to space expeditions and, indirectly, to the future of mankind? Very proud, I assume, as must feel the engineers from SpaceX, a private space transport company led by Elon Musk, also Tesla Motors’ CEO. During its first mission to the International Space Station, the [...]

     

  • Wagan Tech Launches Two Affordable Portable Solar Generators
    published on January 9th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    The Solar e Power Series includes 2 generators, which have been designed to help isolated communities. The best part about them is that they produce energy without the fumes and noises that traditionally accompany the process. The “bigger brother” of the two – the Solar e Power (TM) Cube 1500 – can be wheeled in [...]

     

  • NEXT-Drill: Norway’s New $4 million Geothermal Project
    published on January 8th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    Two things do geothermal and solar heat have in common: they are both clean and “bottomless bags.” Still, unlike solar, geothermal heat does not vary according to the weather forecast, the moment of the day or the season we’re in. It’s there to stay and make our lives better, less dependent on perennial sources like [...]

     

  • Japan to Set Nuclear Power Plants Lifespan to 40 Years
    published on January 7th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    After last year’s March 11 events, the Japanese government wants to impose strict limitations to the lifespan of future nuclear power plants. Environment and Nuclear Crisis Minister Goshi Hosono said that the limit would be 40 years. Only in rare cases would this time be extended, and that would be done with rigorous security checks [...]

     

  • Volvo’s XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept at Detroit Auto Show
    published on January 5th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    Strict fuel economy regulations have driven the company to come up with the XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept ready to be presented at this year’s Detroit event starting in a few days. By the look of it, Volvo has big plans for 2012: only last month, the company enriched the market with a V60 plug-in diesel [...]

     

  • India Plans Increasing Solar Power Capacity During The Next Few Years
    published on January 4th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    India seems to aim higher and think bigger in terms of its solar energy: from a set goal of 20 GW, the National Solar Mission grew its prospects to 33.4 GW all around the country, according to a report by Bridge to India. The first step is to have 14.15 GW by 2018. By then, [...]

     

  • BMW to Present i3 Electric Car iPhone Applications at The 2012 Detroit Auto Show
    published on January 4th, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    The 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit will open its gates on January 9, but every car fan is already buzzing with excitement at the thought of it. Small wonders are expected to be presented, like the iPhone/iPad application for the 2013 BMW i3 electric. Granted, the application is not the first one [...]

     

  • Argonne Researchers Splitting Water 10 Times Faster With New Metallic Compound
    published on January 3rd, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    Due to its storage capacity, hydrogen has an enormous potential in the clean energy industry. Unfortunately, it is very hard to “master”: only setting apart single atoms costs a fortune! Luckily for us, researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory succeeded in splitting hydrogen molecules ten times faster, which is a lot cleaner and less expensive [...]

     

  • How to Build a Water-Powered Battery for Your Calculator
    published on January 3rd, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    14-year-old Instructables user Angelo S. Casimiro put up a step-by-step fabrication process that can be completed in as little as 10 minutes and can power a small calculator or a similar low-consumption device. If you’re just before an exam, but forgot to buy a battery for your calculator, you can always revert to …water! Yes, [...]

     

  • Germany Produced 60% More Solar Energy in 2011
    published on January 2nd, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    Living in Germany has suddenly become more appealing and wait till you’ve read this article – you’ll want to move there too, if only for a little while! Why? Because thanks to a major increase in the usage of solar power, electricity bills have run a lot lower in 2011. More precisely, the country’s alternative [...]

     

  • Happy New Year ! Here are 2011′s Hottest Green News
    published on December 31st, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    Dear reader, We, The Green Optimistic team, want to thank you for being loyal to us during 2011. As a sign of our appreciation, I am writing this post and wishing you all the best in the year to come, May all of your wishes come true and we hope you’ll love (or hate) some [...]

     

  • The Bullet – Electric Unicycle Built By an Inventive MIT Student (Video)
    published on December 30th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    People all over the world are taking their own initiative in what the protection of the environment is concerned and try to come up with their own “green” ideas. Take Stephan Boyer for example, an inventive MIT student who has built “The Bullet”: an electric unicycle, semi self-balanced and reaching up to 15 miles per [...]

     

  • SIM-LEI: Relatively Cheap Japanese Electric Car Goes Over 300 KM Per Charge
    published on December 29th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    A weird-looking electric car called SIM-LEI has been unveiled by a Japanese company, SIM Drive Corporation, which is actually a spin-off from the Keio University in Tokyo. The company has been founded in August 2009. The SIM-LEI has had multiple versions in the past, but the latest can brag with over 300 kilometers per charge, [...]

     

  • Morgan Stanley Predicts Not-Too-Optimistic Future for EV Sales
    published on December 29th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    We try to keep an optimistic tone while writing on this blog, although there are lots of (realistic) reasons we sometimes shouldn’t. We nevertheless know that the oil reservers are going to end some day, and all we’ll have around is the Sun, electricity and electric motors. The reason why I’m saying this is that [...]

     

  • ZeroHouse 2.0 – KB Home’s First Net-Zero Production Home Opened in California
    published on December 29th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    It’s been said that the dream house does not exist, just like any other ideal, but after moving into one of KB Home’s ZeroHouse 2.0, you’ll beg to differ. Fresh on the market, one such home will leave as much as $250 in your pocket from the monthly bills budget. To make the public aware [...]

     

  • Europe to Fine Automakers Who Don’t Comply to New Emissions Regulations
    published on December 29th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    In an effort to tighten CO2 emissions, the European Union has recently announced that it will forcefully reduce tailpipe-generated carbon dioxide 20 percent by 2015. This move will be imposed on European automakers and those who don’t comply will pay higher taxes. Therefore, starting with the beginning of 2012, the automakers will have to comply [...]

     

  • Sun-Believable: Solar Cell Paint Developed by University of Notre Dame Researchers
    published on December 28th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    You think you’ve seen it all, but you haven’t – at least regarding solar energy production! Nowadays, you can produce your own heat by just painting your house with the right kind of paint! An innovative paint of this kind would do a lot more than just free up space on your roof by displacing [...]

     

  • How to Prolong the Life of Your E-bike Batteries
    published on December 27th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    Wouldn’t it be great if you could free yourself from the high costs of gas and oil by turning to an electric bike or electric scooter? It sure would, but how do you make their expensive batteries last for longer? That seems to be the most important aspect when it comes to the wide usage [...]

     

  • Apple Working to Develop Fuel Cell Powered MacBooks
    published on December 23rd, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    Wouldn’t you like to be able to take your laptop anywhere with you without the fear of forgetting the charger at home? Thanks to the Apple folks currently working to acquire patents for hydrogen fuel cells, it will soon be possible to go on and on without resorting to a battery change or charge. More [...]

     

  • University of Texas Discovery Could Turn Solar Cells’ Lost Heat into Electricity
    published on December 22nd, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    Solar cells are a real treasure if handled and improved properly. The problem with them is that they usually use silicon, so the efficiency rate doesn’t exceed 31%, at most. All of this is about to change once the organic plastic semiconductor material suggested by the University of Texas comes in place: a predicted 50 [...]

     

  • Dean Benstead’s Yamaha Motorbike Runs on Compressed Air, Competes With Battery-Powered Ones
    published on December 21st, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    Compressed air has been one of the fields “in vogue” a few years ago (namely, four or five), ever since the invention of the DiPietro motor and the dreams of a French company called MDI Cat. However, the DiPietro air motor is now owned by an Australian Company, EngineAir, who gave one unit to Dean [...]

     

  • A Cheaper Way to Produce Fuel Cells – The ALD Method
    published on December 21st, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    It was expected to see the manufacturing of fuel cells getting cheaper in the near future, but nobody thought it would go as far as the ALD (atomic layer deposition) method discovered by the researchers at the Aalto University in Finland. The ALD makes it possible to put in only 60% of what was previously [...]

     

  • Russia Builds Liotech, World’s Largest Lithium Ion Battery Factory
    published on December 21st, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    Some say the Chinese have the brightest minds in the world, an impressively high level of technological achievements (even though some are done by copying others), and that Russian things are ultimately the ones built to last. What could be better for the EV industry than the world’s largest lithium ion battery factory built in [...]

     

  • KiteGen Plans to Harvest High-Altitude Wind Power More Efficiently
    published on December 21st, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    A new power generating technology has recently given the phrase “go higher” a new meaning. The KiteGen technology has literally taken the wind turbines to new heights never dreamed before, way more than 100 metres. The reason? The upper they go, the more chance they have of capturing stronger winds and increasing their efficiency (although [...]

     

  • Germany Uses More Renewable Energy Than Ever Before, Surpassing Nuclear
    published on December 20th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    Among the world’s most developed countries, Germany seems to be on the right track concerning renewable energy production. The country’s renewable resources have been used more than the classic ones this year, reports BDEW, Germany’s Federal Association of Energy. Therefore, nuclear power dropped to 17.4 percent after Chancellor Angela Merkel had decided to show down [...]

     

  • Usable Quantum Dot Solar Cells Finally Produced at NREL
    published on December 20th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    A new type of solar cell developed by a team of researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, is able to harvest the energy that photovoltaic cells usually lose as heat. Although the efficiency is for now only 5 percent, the process could be improved in the future. The researchers led by [...]

     

  • DIY: How To Build Your Own Pedal-Powered Bike Generator
    published on December 19th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    If you were a puzzle fan in your childhood or if you simply love building things, you now have the chance to make a most surprising combination: a power-generating exercise bike out of a washing machine. So you get a double effect from a work-out: great legs and power for your house! A regular routine [...]

     

  • Burning Sugarcane Fields Bad for Ethanol’s Carbon Footprint, Researchers Find
    published on December 19th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    Ethanol is already established as a good biofuel source and is being blended with gasoline to make the fossil fuel cleaner-burning. But ethanol that is made from sugarcane crops has been found dirtier than previously thought, if the fields are burned prior to harvesting. The discovery has been made by a team of researchers from [...]

     

  • Self-Cleaning Clothes Turned Reality by Two Chinese Researchers
    published on December 19th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    Two Chinese researchers have developed a chemical coating that makes cotton clothes self-cleaning. The method that gets rid of stains and foul smells is also eco-friendly, since the fabric doesn’t have to be washed anymore. A simple exposure to light will do the job. Mingce Long and Deyong Wu covered the cotton with a layer [...]

     

  • GM Exposes Chevy Malibu Eco’s Mild Hybrid Mechanism
    published on December 16th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    I guess everybody knows by now what a hybrid car is, what it does and how. What most people don’t know, though, is that you can do many tricks with an electric motor and a battery, and it doesn’t have to get even nearly that expensive if you want your car to become a hybrid. [...]

     

  • Sony’s New Technology Generates Electricity From Shredded Paper
    published on December 15th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    The Japanese electronics giant Sony has announced the development of a new technology that produces energy from shredded paper. At a fair about environmental products, opened in Tokyo, Sony invited children to make a little experiment. They introduced a paper into a mixture of enzymes and water. After a few minutes, the liquid has become [...]

     

  • ECC to Build 1.5-Megawatt Wind Turbines For Air Force Center
    published on December 14th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    The Energy Competence Centre (ECC) has recently finished the development of its second wind turbine project at the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR). The project consists of the installation of two 1.5-megawatt GE wind turbines which will provide clean electricity to the Air Force Center for Engineering. MMR’s main goal is to obtain all of its [...]

     

  • Volvo V60 Diesel Hybrid Bragging 124 MPG and a Hefty Price Tag
    published on December 14th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    Volvo is going to become maybe the greenest car manufacturer out there, or at least they’re going to produce the greenest car on the streets powered by a diesel engine and an electric motor. The new V60 will hit Europe’s highways and will feature a fuel economy figure few have been able to brag with: [...]

     

  • Thai Airways to Inaugurate Asia’s First Commercial Biofuel Flight
    published on December 13th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    In recent years, many airlines have turned their attention to biofuels. Now, Thai Airways, the national airline of Thailand, has decided to launch Asia’s first commercial biofuel flight. According to the president of Thailand’s flag carrier, Piyasavasti Amranand, the commercial flight will take off on December 22. This biofuel flight is part of the airline’s [...]

     

  • High-Altitude Winds Some 200 Times Weaker Than Previously Thought
    published on December 13th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    High-altitude winds have been thought by some to be the ultimate energy source that will drive our needs in the future. However, recent calculations that researchers from the Max Planck Institute performed, reveal that these high winds contain some 200 times less energy than some people thought, and cited elementary physics in favor of that. [...]

     

  • On-Plant Carbon Capture Much More Efficient Than Air Scrubbing, Study Says
    published on December 13th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    To get rid of carbon dioxide from our atmosphere, one sure way to go would be capturing the gas directly from the air. However, this is more of a challenge than would be capturing the carbon at the source of its emission, the power plant furnaces, say Stanford and MIT researchers. A similar study has [...]

     

  • Laser-Powered Micro Stirling Engine Invented by German Researchers
    published on December 12th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    You know how Stirling engines work, don’t you? If you don’t you can make an idea by imagining a cylinder with a fixed quantity of gas inside that expands when hot and compresses as it loses heat, creating movement and perhaps moving a piston (just like in the picture). That’s a 200-year-old idea, but now [...]

     

  • BMW to Use GM and Toyota Technology for Future Hydrogen-Powered Cars
    published on December 12th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    BMW is seemingly looking for ties in the auto industry with Toyota and General Motors to develop future battery and hydrogen fuel cell-powered EVs, says Motorauthority.com, quoting the German Wirtschaftswoche (Business Week). So GM’s Volt technology may not be officially a secret any longer, and Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive could enhance the power of all [...]

     

  • Mathematical Model Proves Anti-Fungal Paints Negatively Affect Ecosystem, Food Chain
    published on December 10th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    At least once in your lifetime you’ve heard about anti-fungal painting, or even used it on your own home. Did you know that the same anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties of such a paint are unbalancing the ecosystem? A scientific study performed in Lausanne, Switzerland, says so. Sylvain Coutu, from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), [...]

     

  • Gold Nanodots Could Improve Solar Cell Efficiency, Researchers Say
    published on December 9th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    An international team of researchers from France and Denmark have recently discovered that, by using a thin film of gold nanodots in solar cells could improve their conversion efficiency. The 0.5 nanometer-thick nanodots thus find applicability in the field of organic photovoltaics, where the researchers want to cover the indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode layer [...]

     

  • Apple’s “Spaceship” to be Powered by 5MW Solar Rooftop
    published on December 9th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    Apple has updated their plans that describe their future headquarters yesterday. The updated Spaceship campus is now planned to include solar panels on its roof, and as ugly as it may have looked through the eyes of Steve Jobs, maybe, the idea is not bad – after all it will generate around 5 megawatts of [...]

     

  • Bayer’s New Composite Technology Improves Wind Turbine Blades
    published on December 9th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    Bayer MaterialScience LLC, one of the world’s largest producers of polymers and high-performance plastics, has recently created a new polyurethane-based composite technology in order to improve the wind power industry. The new composite material has been designed for stronger, longer wind turbine blades. This technology was well received at the recent American Wind Energy Association [...]

     

  • New Organic Solar Cell Efficiency Record Obtained by Heliatek
    published on December 8th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    A new efficiency record for organic photovoltaic cells has been reached by Heliatek, for the third time in a row. The German company created a cheap solar cell that can convert up to 9.8 percent of the incoming light into electricity. Heliatek’s new solar cell is made from oligomers, and differs from polymer and dye-sensitized [...]

     

  • Bill Gates Deals New, Safer Nuclear Reactors With China
    published on December 8th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    If you’ve gotten used to seeing Bill Gates in the role of Microsoft CEO, then as the image of his foundation fighting for poverty alleviation, now it’s time to see him entering the energy business. Not kind of energy business, though, but a specially controversial one: nuclear power. Gates has begun discussions with Chinese authorities [...]

     

  • Honda to Build Innovative SH-AWD Hybrid Using Three Electric Motors
    published on December 8th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    Honda wants to reaffirm its position in the hybrid vehicle business by planning a kind of hybrid that nobody has ever seen before. The Japanese car manufacturer wants to put two electric motors in the rear, and one in the front. Besides the electrical part, a V6 3.5L gasoline engine will be mounted in the [...]

     

  • Nissan’s Future Leaf Versions Will Have Wireless Charging Option
    published on December 8th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    Nissan Leaf is already one of the most popular electric cars on the planet. Now the company moves to the next technological level, replacing the wires with a wireless system in order to charge the batteries. Nissan has begun demonstrating its wireless charging system which will be available in 2013. The electromagnetic induction unit used [...]

     

  • WindFloat: Offshore Wind Turbine That Doesn’t Need Heavy Lifting Equipment to Install It
    published on December 7th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    Principle Power, Inc. (Seattle-based offshore wind energy developer) in collaboration with Energias de Portugal ( a Portuguese utility) have successfully installed a full-scale 2-megawatt WindFloat off the coast of Agucadoura, Portugal. The WindFloat project is the world’s first offshore wind deployment which, according to the companies, doesn’t need any heavy lift equipment offshore. The wind [...]

     

  • Huge Geothermal Potential Revealed Beneath U.S. by Google-Funded Map
    published on December 7th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    The recently revealed map, released by the Geothermal Laboratory of Southern Methodist University, shows once more that massive resources of potential energy lie hidden beneath America. After years of development, carried out with funding from Google, the newly revealed map shows that there are enough resources to equal 10 times the amount of energy that [...]

     

  • Report Suggests 2009 Financial Crisis Didn’t Lower Pollution
    published on December 6th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    A paper published recently in Nature Climate Change reveals that the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) has not yielded a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, as did the other crises, like the oil-related ones in 1973 and 1979. Instead, the emissions kept growing because of developing countries like China and India, on whom the crisis did [...]

     

  • Nissan Leaf Wins “Japan Car of the Year” Prize
    published on December 6th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    Japan’s auto giant Nissan Motor is officially the owner of the trophy for the “Car of the Year Japan” at the Tokyo Motor Show for its Leaf electric model. According to its makers, this is the first time when an electric car has picked up the award. This year, the Tokyo Motor Show, which runs [...]

     

  • Wachsman’s Fuel Cell Can Transform Various Fuels Into Electricity – Not Only Hydrogen
    published on December 5th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    A new fuel cell that uses not only pure hydrogen to generate electricity has been discovered by Eric Wachsman, an engineering professor  at the University of Maryland. It could be used in applications ranging from laptops to powering entire buildings, emitting only a fraction of the pollution today’s fuel-burning engines do. We’ve been used to [...]

     

  • Aptera: Another Innovative Electric Car Company Goes Bankrupt
    published on December 5th, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    Although I never believed in three-wheeled vehicles, there were times in my life when I thought we’d need just this kind of cars to get through our ever-busier cities and parking lots. An electric three-wheeler could have been, from that point of view, a bliss for the human kind. But it looks like reality beats [...]

     

  • Kobot – Foldable Electric Robot Scooter Presented At Tokyo Motor Show
    published on December 2nd, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    Japan’s robot venture Kowa Tmsuk has unveiled its foldable robot scooter controlled by a smart phone at the Tokyo Motor Show, on December 1, 2011. Dubbed Kobot, the three-wheel scooter features collapsible and extensible mechanisms in order to reduce the parking space footprint. Due to its small dimensions, the electric vehicle has the possibility to [...]

     

  • Simbol Materials to Extract Cheap But Precious Lithium From Geothermal Wells
    published on December 2nd, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    Electric cars produced nowadays use lithium ion batteries. As this market will rise over the next few years, so will the lithium demand, ultimately driving new extraction technologies for the industry to keep pace with the demand and to lower the prices. While some 12 years ago the U.S. had been producing 75 percent of [...]

     

  • I-GO Car Sharing Announces New Locations For EV Charging Stations
    published on December 1st, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    I-GO Car Sharing, a non-profit initiative in Chicago, recently announced the new locations where the solar-powered electric vehicle charging stations will be installed. The electric vehicle project is worth around $2.5 million and the company wants to add another 18 publicly-available solar charging stations to power its cars and 36 all-electric vehicles to its own [...]

     

  • Toshiba Planning Commercial Underwater Ocean Turbines
    published on December 1st, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    The issue with the various alternative energy sources is that they are intermittent. You can’t trust the sun or the wind to provide a constant power output, and people can do at best is to predict. Ocean currents, on the other hand, are moving steadily, and could provide us with endless amounts of energy while [...]

     

  • Mazda to Use Double Layer Capacitor for Regenerative Braking in Future Models
    published on December 1st, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    Every electric or hybrid vehicle owner knows that, when he pushes his car’s brake, a function called “regenerative braking” kicks in and transforms mechanical energy into electricity, and this in turn slows down the vehicle. This is old news. What’s new is that Mazda has developed (and probably patented) a system that uses an electric [...]

     

 


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