This one may make you speechless. It is so obvious in its idea that you
wonder why no one else has thought of it before, yet it sounds like a
plot from a 1960s science fiction movie: Collect solar energy in space,
convert it into radio signals, send it down to Earth and change it into
Progressive Insurance is hosting the Automobile X-Prize, which has now announced the full list of registered teams who have been accepted into the competition. The 111 separate teams include 136 vehicles, 14 different fuel sources, with 25 states in the U.S. represented, and 11 countries in all. The $10 million prize will be given to the team that not only makes it beyond 100 mpg in a four-passenger car, but also does it the fastest.
New Energy Technologies claims to have developed a device that is able
to harvest the kinetic energy from moving vehicles and convert it into
electricity. One day, the company believes, its MotionPower device
could be efficient enough to be powering street lights and roadway
Segway and General Motors (GM) describe it as Project PUMA, but there
is really other way to describe this device as a Segway scooter with
two seats and a roof. It is just a prototype at this time, but if this
vehicle becomes a reality it may not only give GM better cards when
dealing with the government and its bailout, but also make us rethink
how we get around town.
Earlier today we learned about the massive retreat of glaciers in
Antarctica and now we are hearing from NASA that average Arctic sea ice
coverage is decreasing at a stunning pace. Thin seasonal ice – ice that
melts and re-freezes every year - now makes up about 70% of arctic ice
in the winter, up from only 40 to 50% in the 1980s and 1990s.
Antarctica’s glaciers may be retreating at a much faster pace than
previously believed, a new study released by the U.S. Geological Survey
(USGS) indicates. One major ice shelf has completely disappeared and
another shelf three times the size of Rhode Island has broken off since
1986, the maps reveal.
Sharp has introduced a line of scalable 1800 lumen LED-based lighting fixtures
appropriate for permanent outdoor use (roughly the same illumination as
a traditional 250 Watt flood light per head). While two of the three
models introduced are traditional AC power units which would sit atop
utility poles, one model can operate on either AC power, or DC from
power stored by an included solar panel and battery assembly.
It was reported and presented during a meeting of the American Chemical Society that researchers from the U.S. Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR) have observed lab-controlled cold fusion. Whether or not it's possible to create and manage cold fusion is a subject debated endlessly since 1989 when Martin Fleishmann and Stanly Pons claimed to have achieved cold fusion within the confines of their laboratory.
Taiwan's government has approved a 5-year budget of US$8.8 billion (NT$30 billion) for the support of the nation's "renewable R&D projects". A specific focus is given to the solar energy and LED industries, according to DigiTimes.
The President of Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, said Sunday in a statement, that within the next ten years the Maldives, an island nation located in the Indian Ocean, has plans to shift entirely to renewable energy sources in an effort to become the world's first carbon-neutral country. "We aim to become carbon-neutral in a decade," he said.
A team of international researchers have discovered that Sulfuryl fluoride, a gas typically utilized in the repellant and control of insects, actually has an impact on global warming and is most definitely considered a greenhouse gas. In fact, though most are familiar with carbon dioxide (CO2) the effect of Sulfuryl flouride on global warming is 4,800 times worse than CO2. Lucky for us, the gas has a maximum lifespan of 36 years, and is not currently produced in high quantities so its ill fated effects can be halted prior to the occurrence of devastating effects.
Over the next five years, as part of a project costing $350 million dollars, AT&T will buy and convert 8,000 Ford Motor Company vans and trucks over to natural gas (AT&T currently has 88,000 vehicles in its entire fleet). This move is the single largest commitment ever by a U.S. corporation toward using alternative fueled vehicles.
Scientists attending the International Scientific Conference on Climate
Change in Copenhagen today said that sea levels may rise this century
at about twice the pace previously predicted. The new forecast claims
that by 2100, the climate change could cause sea levels to rise by as
much as 39 inches.
While .COM, .NET and .ORG are the oldest top-level domains on the Internet, other more recent additions have included .GOV, .BIZ, .INFO, .NAME and .TV. A suggested porn-only .XXX domain was defeated back in 2007. And now Al Gore, the former vice-president, and his Alliance for Climate Protection, are both backing a group called Dot Eco LLC that would like to see .ECO added as an official domain for raising environmental awareness. Could we someday be visiting www.algore.eco?
Boston (MA) - The latest among the solar race car designs produced by MIT looks outrageous, and directly from space, however it is capable of achieving speeds of up to 90 mph and is equipped with technology that could eventually reach the EV's and hybrids that many of us will actually drive.
Eleanor, the 90 mph solar powered racecar
California's Air Resources Board voted unanimously yesterday to regulate "some of the most potent gases produced by the semiconductor industry, which makes chips for cell phones, computer and cars." Some of the gases in question are fluorinated gases, which reportedly have a 23,000 times greater greenhouse effect on the Earth than does CO2.
With the entire world looking for green alternatives, Toyota is in talks regarding an ultra lightweight, incredibly efficient plug-in hybrid with a body made of seaweed. The vehicle could potentially be seen in showrooms in 15 years, but it’s definitely not coming any time soon.
In remote locations it's often very expensive to build generators or run power lines from remote power sources for whatever the need, even hospitabls. But in Africa, the desire by cell phone companies to "reach out and touch someone", even in extremely remote areas, is being overcome today through the use of one of that continent's most abundant resources: sunlight. Ericsson will begin by adding 100 base stations used for cellular phones, each of which will be at least partially powered by solar energy.
UPS has added 300 CNG (compressed natural gas) vehicles to its delivery
truck fleet. The company said it now operates more than 1800
alternative fuel vehicles.
China is quickly moving into alternative energy in monstrous proportions. There will be an open-bid competition in March to choose a project lead for the construction of a 10 MWp (megawatt-peak) solar power plant in northwestern China. The plant is estimated to generate 16.37 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year. This follows a previous investment in a 400 megawatt-peak wind farm, which costs $659 million to construct.