Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Siemens Hybrid Airplane

Siemans DA-36 E Star, Diamond aircraft and EADS team up for a fantastic little plane. This plane is demonstrating the power of hybrid electric flight. It has an electric motor, a fuel power assist/generator and a bank of batteries. It is 25-30% more efficient and quieter than a regular plane. The technology will be available to other sizes of plane as well. The larger the vehicle, planes included the more efficient the hybridization process...

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

X PRIZE - 2 Edison 102 mpg

The X-prize Foundation showcases and rewards cutting-edge innovations in fields that have the potential to benefit humanity. The Automotive X-prize is for fuel efficiency. Sponsored by the Progressive insurance company and partially funded by the Department of Energy, it was given in three different vehicle classes. Regardless of the class, the cars had to be safe, "commercially viable" -- meaning only that they had to perform more-or-less like a regular cars -- and they had to get at least 100 miles per gallon or the equivalent.

Li-ion Motors Corp.'s Wave II

Team from: Mooresville, N.C.
Class: Side-by-Side
Prize: $2.5 million
Fuel: Electricity
Fuel economy: 187 MPGe

Li-ion Motors Corp.'s Wave II
Vehicles in this category seated two people side-by-side, as the name implies. They also had to go at least 100 miles before needing to refuel or recharge.

The winner, in this case, drew on the advantage of electric motors: their much greater efficiency compared to internal combustion engines. Electric motors turn nearly all the energy fed into them into motion. Gasoline engines turn only about 30% of gasoline's energy into motion while most ends up wasted as heat.

This car got 187 MPGe, or miles per gallon equivalent. In other words, it can go 187 miles on same amount of energy as that contained in one gallon of gasoline.

This Wave II also minimized one big disadvantage of electric drive: weight. Gasoline contains much more energy per cubic foot than batteries, so electric car batteries end up being big and heavy compared to a tank of gasoline. In this case, the car itself, built largely from aluminum, is so light that it all adds up to only 2,176 pounds total. That's less than a tiny Smart car.

X-Tracer Team Switzerland's E-Tracer No. 79

X-Tracer Team Switzerland's E-Tracer No. 79
X-Tracer Team Switzerland's E-Tracer No. 79
Team from: Winterthur, Switzerland
Class: Tandem
Prize: $2.5 million
Fuel: Electricity
Fuel economy: 205.3 MPGe

Cars in the "tandem class" were two-seaters with the occupants sitting one behind the other. In this case, you might question the use of the word "car" since this vehicle looks an awful lot like a motorcycle. It does have four wheels, though. It's just that two of them fold up and out of the way while driving, dropping down at low speeds to provide stability. It thus qualifies as a car under the X-prize rules.

Its bike-style body saves a lot of weight, which confers advantages in both efficiency and performance. In tests, this car got to sixty miles per hour in a relatively blistering 6.6 seconds.

Still, the Wave II takes almost 15 seconds to reach 60 miles an hour, good enough to win here but downright pokey by most standards.

GO SLOW>>> Live better....

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Fuel from Algae - Solazyme


Solazyme makes fuel from algae!!!

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Phantom EYE

Hydrogen powered long term surveilance aircraft from Boeing ... 4 days in the air. God Bless America!!!

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Hydrogen Toyota 2015 - $ 50,000

hydrogen fuel cell technology!!!!

Toyota--the automaker perhaps best known for producing hybrid vehicles--now claims that it will be able to produce a $50,000 hydrogen sedan by 2015, according to Green Car Reports.

That's not an impressive price considering that there are multiple sub-$40,000 EVs being released later this year (including the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt), but consider this: Toyota claims that the cost to build hydrogen fuel cell vehicles has plunged 90% in under 10 years. And Toyota is far from the only automaker to invest in fuel cell technology. GM, Honda, and Daimler all have research programs of their own.

But while startups like SunHydro are convinced that hydrogen technology will end up being practical, it seems like most automakers are only investing in fuel cell vehicles as a backup plan. After all, it's unlikely that we'll have three fueling infrastructures (gasoline, electric, and hydrogen), and automakers appear to be rushing out EVs as fast as possible. It's always wise to have a backup plan, though, right?

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Cheap Catalyst for Splitting Water

Hydrogen would command a key role in future renewable energy technologies, experts agree, if a relatively cheap, efficient and carbon-neutral means of producing it can be developed. An important step towards this elusive goal has been taken by a team of researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California, Berkeley. The team has discovered an inexpensive metal catalyst that can effectively generate hydrogen gas from water.

Hydrogen gas, whether combusted or used in fuel cells to generate electricity, emits only water vapor as an exhaust product, which is why this nation would already be rolling towards a hydrogen economy if only there were hydrogen wells to tap. However, hydrogen gas does not occur naturally and has to be produced. Most of the hydrogen gas in the United States today comes from natural gas, a fossil fuel. While inexpensive, this technique adds huge volumes of carbon emissions to the atmosphere. Hydrogen can also be produced through the electrolysis of water -- using electricity to split molecules of water into molecules of hydrogen and oxygen. This is an environmentally clean and sustainable method of production -- especially if the electricity is generated via a renewable technology such as solar or wind -- but requires a water-splitting catalyst.

The technology is coming to change the world and free us from oil dependence...

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

BP in cleanup efforts - techno/political failure

Our shared failure to generate sustainable renewable clean sources of energy are at really at fault in unleashing this black angle of death pictured...

In the depths of the smoldering ruins of a once beautiful ocean going deep sea drilling rig, the futility of searching deeper and deeper for oil is unnecessary and dangerous to the planet.

DON"T BE FOOLED!!!! they only have to drill in 5,000 ft of water, instead of closer to the coast in shallower waters is a political and not technical problem... The whole system is twisted and confused by political interest groups and lobby. The true voice of the people can be found in protecting the enviorment intelligently.

The application of advanced technology capable of alleviating dependence on oil, is controlled/limited by political governance. The taxation models interpret and constrain all new technology implementation. The political will to end the oil dependence of industry is influenced by old world thinking about control. The world can be made safer, cleaner and "nicer" with the intelligent implimentation of systems to implement environmental vehicle systems.

Solar Power - All housing units should contribute to the independent generation of electricity...

Geothermal - Perhaps the greatest source of power the its consistently ignored...

Waste Power - Instead of release into atmosphere convert it into energy with fuel cells...

Nuclear Power - Cleaner than coal

Photosynthetic Power - The extraction of combustible oil from organic sources such as Jatropha, algae, worms and enzymes...

Optimized Smart Grid - Implementing better technology in the movement, storage and generation of electricity

Go to Evcenter.org and help out by learning...

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