If you happened today to be outside of London’s Design Museum, you might have noticed a curious sight – an aquaponics ecosystem powered by a fuel cell vehicle from Hyundai. Known as the Fuel Cell Farm, it was a one day “piece of design theatre” aiming to educate people about the real-life benefits of hydrogen fuel-cell technology.
Toyota last week priced out two of its 2014 hybrid offerings as it continues to look to dominate the category. The pricing for the most part for the Avalon Hybrid and Prius trims remains the same, likely reflecting a desire to continue to bring in through the door more consumers wanting to buy a hybrid from the Japanese automaker.
Traffic-related air pollution is increasingly shown to have negative health effects according to a growing body of epidemiologic evidence and is a substantial public health concern in Canada, argues a commentary published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).
Most solar cells used in homes and industry are made using thick layers of material to absorb sunlight, but have been limited in the past by relatively high costs. Many new, lower cost designs are limited as their layer of light-absorbing material is too thin to extract enough energy.
Volvo seems to want to be on the cutting edge of electric vehicle research, despite the fact it doesn’t have that much in the way of actual green car offerings as of yet. It’s already been involved in a project that puts power lines in roads to consistently charge EVs passing overhead, and now it is tinkering with energy storage built directly into car panels.
No, the idea isn’t to power commercial air travel with photovoltaic solar – that’s being left that to super-lightweight, experimental efforts like Solar Impulse.
Honda luxury brand Acura is now in the second year of production of its more entry level ILX sedan, which is based upon the Honda Civic platform. It is also the second year of a hybrid offering for this model, and it has just been released to Acura showrooms for a starting price of $28,900.
Back-up batteries and solar chargers are fine, but if you’re in a real emergency where phone power is a must, both can be cumbersome and time-consuming. A new gadget on Kickstarter clears through the clutter and puts the power back in your hands–literally.
Scientists have created a heat-resistant thermal emitter that could significantly improve the efficiency of solar cells. The novel component is designed to convert heat from the sun into infrared light, which can than be absorbed by solar cells to make electricity – a technology known as thermophotovoltaics.
Let’s take a brief moment to travel back in the hybrid time machine to 2010. In late March of that year, Mazda announced it was licensing hybrid technology from Toyota to develop its own hybrid offering, which would likely see the light of day in Japan in 2013.
There’s even more turmoil than usual in the U.S. biofuels policy realm, with lawsuits, demands for criminal investigations, leaked documents and threats flying all over the place.
Mitsubishi Motors, ahead of the upcoming 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, announced plans to showcase at that event two new plug-in hybrid concepts. The automaker to date has mostly been a footnote in the evolving low carbon transportation market, so it will be interesting to see specifics of what these concepts offer as a clue into future green vehicle development.
Tired of living in an analog house? Wish your home would remind you to turn down the heat or know to only do laundry at night when power its cheaper? There’s a new device on the market that just might make your wish come true.
Congress should minimally modify – and not, as petroleum-related interests have increasingly lobbied for, repeal – the Renewable Fuel Standard, the most comprehensive renewable energy policy in the U.S., according to a new paper from two University of Illinois researchers.
I love art that plays tricks on my eyes, making me see something that isn’t there but is. The upcycled ‘Rising Moon’installation created for last month’s Mid-Autumn Festival in Hong Kong is just such a piece of art.
There’s no denying it: most of us depend on electronics in every aspect of our lives. Even if you don’t own that many gadgets, electronics fill the hospitals, police departments, schools, and farms that we count on for valuable services. When these vital electronics die or break, they become part of the 50 million tons of e-waste generated every year.
Vast areas on the Northern Hemisphere are covered by tundra. Here, dwarf shrubs, sedges, mosses etc. thrive on top of permafrost in areas where only the uppermost soil layer thaws during the short Arctic summer.
How much do you know about glass, other than that it’s a pain to clean up when it breaks? Glass is made from a combination of sand, flint, or other silica, thrown together with some fixed alkalies, and in some cases a metallic oxide. Glass is a marvelous substance. It’s the only material that can be recycled indefinitely without losing quality (unlike plastic).
The world of patents is a bit screwy these days, with trolls warping a system that was designed to encourage innovation by protecting and rewarding innovators. Still, it has to be seen as an encouraging sign for renewable energy that the number of patents issued in the broad field has skyrocketed of late.
One of the most controversial issues emerging from the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) is the failure of global climate models to predict a hiatus in warming of global surface temperatures since 1998.