Clemson University in South Carolina is known for its International Center for Automotive Research, and in particular the Deep Orange sustainable mobility program. We profiled one of the program’s first concept vehicles designed by students back in 2010, and now those involved in it have just unveiled their third next generation ride known as Deep Orange 3.
Efficient is better than not efficient. More efficiency is better than less. In case you’re wondering, there is a light at the end of this tunnel, and I’m pretty sure it looks like the Zero Home.
Honda, busy preparing its pricey Acura NSX supercar hybrid for sale sometime in 2015, trotted out over the weekend at the Indy 200 IndyCar Series race held in Lexington, Ohio a working prototype of its much hyped vehicle.
We’ve seen wood offered as an environmentally friendly alternative to steel for the giant towers that hold power-producing turbines high off the ground. Now comes concrete as a tower candidate, although for a different reason.
The evolution of the electric vehicle industry in Europe, particularly in the United Kingdom where we’ve seen strong examples of its progress, is something producing some very interesting innovation.
The latest idea for producing hydrogen efficiently and without emissions drawbacks uses the sun in a setup that looks a lot like the big power-tower concentrating solar power plants that are nearing completion in the American Southwest.
A University of Colorado Boulder team has developed a radically new technique that uses the power of sunlight to efficiently split water into its components of hydrogen and oxygen, paving the way for the broad use of hydrogen as a clean, green fuel.
Attempts to roll back state renewable energy standards failed in recent legislative sessions, but the folks behind the efforts apparently aren’t giving up.
There’s an line of thinking that’s been going on for a long time that the suburbs of a city are about as environmentally unfriendly as you can get, particularly given the unchecked sprawl and cookie-cutter tract housing so common across the US. Is it possible though, at least as far as the relationship between renewable energy and electric vehicles go, that the suburbs could be the ideal green locale?
I have great respect for scientists who work in the field, rather than a laboratory. Not only is their work slightly more relevant, because it happens in the real world, it’s conducted in what are often extremely harsh living conditions. Like Antarctica.Anta
Professor Bruce Logan of Penn State University has got a cool YouTube show and tell on a microbial fuel cell. Flush your toilet; recharge your batteries. Could be a new way at looking at wastewater.
Get ready to throw all of your assumptions about how to make a battery right out the window. Scientists at the University of Maryland are working on a powerful new battery that could help reduce hazardous waste usually associated with power storage. The main ingredient? Wood.
They don’t really do wind power in the South – mainly because they don’t do much wind, with the exception of the occasional devastating hurricane of course.
Nearly doubling the efficiency of a breakthrough photovoltaic cell they created last year, UCLA researchers have developed a two-layer, see-through solar film that could be placed on windows, sunroofs, smartphone displays and other surfaces to harvest energy from the sun.
BMW formally unveiled its first mass production electric car, the i3, yesterday to a global audience. It is the first product of the German automaker’s i sub-brand of green cars, and will price for around $41,350 before tax rebates and the like. Release plans here in the United States are set for the second quarter of next year.
EarthTechling has featured LED lights powered by solar energy, wind energy, and even human energy. But each of these has obvious limitations–sometimes there’s no direct sunlight, the wind won’t blow, or you don’t feel like cranking on a handle.
It has been a few months since we heard anything about Honda’s upcoming Acura NSX hybrid supercar. The Japanese automaker brought the vehicle back from retired supercar status first as as a concept at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Japan seems a bit like an electric vehicle playground and testing lab for the automakers over there. You’ve already got Honda and Nissan field testing micro electric cars in conjunction with partners for study of how they perform under various real world scenarios, and now Toyota is in on the act as well.
As the days countdown to the upcoming World Solar Challenge in Australia, in which college student solar car teams race 3000 km across the Outback, the number of vehicles being unveiled continues to creep up. One of the latest is from the University of Minnesota, which took the wraps off its Daedalus entry last Thursday.
Economic modelling shows that the methane emissions caused by shrinking sea ice from just one area of the Arctic could come with a global price tag of 60 trillion dollars - the size of the world economy in 2012.