UPS deploys 300 natural gas mail trucks

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 to build 10 megawatt solar power plant, wind proving far cheaper

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.

High speed railway coming to California, Gov claims U.S. rail system needs upgrade

California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, will be overseeing a technology injection into the state's railway system. A new high-speed bullet train will be built in California over the next two decades. The 800 mile railway will travel at speeds up to 220 miles per hour, and is the first major advance in railway commuter speed in the U.S. over the past 100 years.

Diesel trucks converted, now powered by cow manure

This week the wheels began turning on the first cow-powered milk trucks in the United States at the World Agriculture Expo in Tulare, California. If you have an image of a team of cows pulling a truck along, well you'll be happy to know it's not quite like that.

BP building cellulose biofuel business from grasses

As far back as March, 2007, BP's plan to bring about biofuel technology was causing a raucous. BP wanted to instigate biofuel production on a scale large enough to have a net drop in carbon emissions from automobiles, something believed to be a step toward addressing global climate change. While several warnings were issued to BP over the next two years, plans were announced yesterday that BP would enter the next-gen biofuels industry with a refinery being built in Florida, powered by waste agricultural products and grasses.

Raw biomass converted into gasoline-like biofuel in two-step process

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin have developed a two-step process which converts the raw cellulose of biomass into a promising fuel. The process is described in the February 11 issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society, and is "unprecedented in its use of untreated, inedible biomass as the starting material."

Biofuel test flights by airlines increasing

Airline usage of biofuels seems to be on a slow upswing, with several airlines recently testing alternative fuels to power their airplanes to various destinations. It looks as if all of these tests were, at least for the moment, only for research purposes.

Brewery converts beer waste into ethanol fuel

Next time you enjoy a microbrew you might find it even a little more tasty knowing the discarded beer yeast used to make it helps with the creation of eco-friendly fuels. That's the idea, anyhow, behind a partnership between an ethanol gas company and a California brewery.

Wind farms will soon receive specialized weather forecasts

How many roads must a man walk down? The answer is blowing in the wind. And now, thanks to new research carried out at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and Xcel Energy, new forecasting technologies might just tell us which way the wind blows, how fast and for how long.

The Arctic may become fully protected in response to climate change

With arctic sea ice melting more and more each year, scientists want to protect a region they say will someday be the sole remaining frozen bastion of a disappearing world. An area reaching from the northern Canadian archipelago and western Greenland would be the first area to be formally protected because of climate change. This would attempt to preserve the lives of polar bears and other arctic animals in a safe habitat.

Study: Rising oceanic acidity could disorient fish

 With global carbon levels reportedly on the rise, it is possible that ocean life could potentially be in danger. As the carbon levels rise, ocean acid levels also rise giving fish a biologically difficult time living in the seas.

UPDATED: Swiss develop cheaper, alternate Hybrid-like technology

 Swiss engineers believe they've developed an alternative, competitive technology to electric hybrids such as the popular Toyota Prius which could someday make hybrids more globally affordable. They are referring to something called a pneumatic hybrid.

UPDATE: Removing a major hurdle to wide acceptance of battery powered vehicles

Opinion - I had a thought yesterday. I was doing some research on future green technologies and something occurred to me. One of the limiting factors today in greener, battery-powered automobiles is their limited range. Another is expense. Most battery-only vehicles will get you about 75 miles, and hybrid solutions are very pricey. Still, 75 miles is enough to commute back and forth to work each day even with some extra driving thrown in. But, it's not really good for much else. So what's the solution? I think it might be an external, auxiliary source of power.

On the Campaign Trail: Green energy beginning to evoke the feelings of Americans

Opinion - The discussion and debate over the state of our nation’s energy independence is in full swing. The Republicans are taking an offensive approach and attacking the concepts that are involved in Obama’s energy plan. Unfortunately, John McCain isn’t doing such a great job at pronouncing his own energy plan’s name. With the concept of offshore drilling becoming more popular and more acceptable among the general public, it still has the candidates divided.