Tuesday, July 31, 2007

venturi solar car

Eclectic, the first autonomous vehicle in the history of the automobile, opens up a new era in the field of mobility : reserved for daily driving in urban areas, its low energy consumption makes it the most economical environmental vehicle ever built.

Innovative and astonishing, Eclectic is much more than a simple vehicle ; it is a production and storage plant for renewable energies, either solar or wind based. Charging of these energies, which is intermittent in certain regions, can also be complemented by electrical recharging.

Hybrids and flex-fuel cars

Hybrids and flex-fuel cars have the hype, but diesels have the history. As the battle to develop a more Earth-friendly automobile heats up, both technologies offer strengths and weaknesses.The world is filled with positive energy and technology. Enjoy the blog...

Mitsubishi Concept-cX

Mitsubishi Concept-cX: The compact crossover uses a new high-output, high-efficiency 1.8-liter diesel engine, featuring a variable geometry (VG) turbocharger and a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) with diesel particulate filter (DPF) in the exhaust system for compliance with upcoming Euro 5 emission standards. Europeans have learned to drive Clean Diesel Technology... We will see a shift towards clean diesel in the USA... Looks pretty sweet...

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LS9, Inc., the Renewable Petroleum

LS9, Inc., the Renewable Petroleum CompanyTM, is a privately-held biotechnology company pursuing industrial applications of synthetic biology to produce proprietary biofuels. LS9's products, currently under development, are designed to closely resemble petroleum derived fuels, but be renewable, clean, domestically produced, and cost competitive. In addition to biofuels, LS9 will also develop industrial biochemicals for specialty applications.

Should be interesting to watch if these guys survive...

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Solar Ark; Sanyo

Solar Ark: solar power for the future

The Solar Ark, a unique, ark-shaped, solar photovoltaic power generation facility, offers activities to cultivate a better appreciation of solar power generation, and thereby of both ecology and science. This 315m-wide, 37m-tall facility is located in Gifu Prefecture, in the geographical center of Japan, and can be seen from the JR Tokaido bullet train, which runs past on an adjacent railway track. This structure while beautiful seems like some kind of dinosaur. Research is yielding advances in solar panel efficiency and today's solar farms are more oriented towards high heat and located in deserts/ sunbelts.

Using a novel technology that adds multiple innovations to a very high-performance crystalline silicon solar cell platform, a consortium led by the University of Delaware has achieved a record-breaking combined solar cell efficiency of 42.8% from sunlight at standard terrestrial conditions.

That number is a significant advance from the current record of 40.7% announced in December and demonstrates an important milestone on the path to the 50% efficiency goal set by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

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Monday, July 30, 2007


SRI International has announced the deployment of a prototype buoy-mounted, ocean wave-powered generator off the coast of Florida in the Tampa Bay. The electroactive polymer artificial muscle (EPAM™) technology is used to produce electricity as they bob up and down attached to buoys. The deployment is part of a program sponsored by HYPER DRIVE Corporation, Ltd., a Japanese company focused on development and deployment of wave-powered generators around the world.
The wave-powered generators can be deployed on existing ocean buoys that use batteries as their energy source. The new generator utilizes patented electroactive polymer artificial muscle (EPAM™) technology, and offers a renewable method to continually power ocean buoys. The bouys will be equipped with instrumentation that allows remote monitoring of the generator’s output energy as well as wave height and buoy motion. SRI is working with Artificial Muscle, Inc., an SRI spin-off company and the exclusive licensee of EPAM, in the development of the EPAM components for the wave-powered generators.Tidal, wave, and river water power generation is about a decade behind wind power. Just now moving from the lab into power generation with breakout potential just over the horizon. This month should see installation of one of those exciting tidal power generation systems, a 1.2 mw system to be be installed in Strangford Lough by
SeaGen. After years of testing smaller turbines, this is a production level system that is going in the water. This is the last phase of testing and development before large scale installations can occur.

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Friday, July 27, 2007

PRIUS Hymotion Concept Van

HYMOTION CONCEPT: A123 Battery Co. is the maker of high quality Lithium Add-on Battery kits used to extend mileage in Hybrid Electric Vehicles. It is referred to as PHEV. EVCENTER.ORG has added the van design to demonstrate a potential project. Sponsor a PHEV Van and be a green leader.

Report: Environmental Benefits of Deploying PHEVs

PHEVs Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions; Potential for Improved Air Quality

Plug-in hybrid cars (PHEVs) could cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 500 million tons a year by 2050 without taxing the electric grid, according to a report issued Thursday by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Among study's key findings were:

  • Widespread adoption of PHEVs can reduce GHG emissions from vehicles by more than 450 million metric tons annually in 2050 -- equivalent to removing 82.5 million passenger cars from the road
  • There is an abundant supply of electricity for transportation; a 60 percent U.S. market share for PHEVs would use 7 percent to 8 percent of grid-supplied electricity in 2050
  • PHEVs can improve nationwide air quality and reduce petroleum consumption by 3 million to 4 million barrels per day in 2050

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

PHEV Prius

Does that look like a smart thing or what. Toyota is testing plug ins, Ford and Edison are talking PHEV... It is just the start of radically upgrading the nations energy systems. Pretty much home made technology. Everything should have batteries.... It is just a matter of time before we are talking about 100 mpg and we will then talk about MPT miles per tank...

TMC, new Prius Plug In Specs : PHEV is a 5 passenger vehicle with a cruising range of 8 miles (13 km) in the all electric mode with a top speed of 60 mph (100 km/hr). It is equipped with 2 - 6.5Ah nickel-metal hydride batteries powering a 67hp (50kW)/1,200-1,540 rpm synchronous electric motor with a maximum torque of 400N-m(40.8kg-m) @ 0-1,200rpm. The 1,496cc gasoline engine has a maximum output of 75 hp (56kW) @ 5,000 rpm and a maximum torque: 110N-m (11.2kg-m) @ 4,000rpm. Maximum output using both the engine and the battery is 134 hp (100 kW). Charging time for the battery is 1-1.5hrs @ 200V and 3-4hrs @ 100V.

General Motors is working on two new plug-in hybrid vehicles, but it has not set a specific timeline. A plug-in hybrid could have its batteries charged by plugging into an electrical outlet as well as by using power generated from an on-board engine. The first GM vehicle would be a plug-in version of the new Saturn Vue Hybrid. The other would be something like the Chevrolet Volt concept car, where the wheels are driven by electricity alone, and an on-board engine is used only for back-up generator power.

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Toyota Prius is a user-friendly gas/electric hybrid capable of delivering an impressive 60 miles per gallon in city driving. It is the first of such vehicles to move into the automotive mainstream, with performance, style and quality. Spacious enough to be classified as a midsize sedan, the Prius' futuristic bodywork, innovative Hybrid Synergy Drive, pleasing interior and five-door hatchback design, clearly placed it above the competition. These benefits have not been overlooked by entrepreneurial cabby's....

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

high mileage


New Cars with Best Fuel Mileage (EPA Estimates and Base MSRP)

  1. 2007 Toyota Prius Hybrid - 51 Highway/60 City - $22,175
  2. 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid - 51 Highway/40 City - $22,600
  3. 2007 Toyota Corolla - 41 Highway/32 City - $14,305
  4. 2007 Toyota Yaris - 40 Highway/34 City - $11,150
  5. 2007 MINI Cooper - 40 Highway/32 City - $18,050
  6. 2007 Honda Civic Sedan - 40 Highway/30 City - $15,010
  7. 2007 Honda Civic Coupe - 40 Highway/30 City - $14,810
  8. 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid - 38 Highway/40 City - $26,200
  9. 2007 Honda Fit - 38 Highway/33 City - $13,850
  10. 2007 Kia Rio - 38 Highway/32 City - $10,770
Imagine the gains in fuel savings if these vehicles were converted to plug-ins.

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clean diesel and plug in

If your only experience with diesel engines comes from watching buses and trucks or driving an old diesel car from the 1980s, performance is much better than you think. It is a little different from driving a gasoline-powered vehicle, though. Engine RPMs are lower than with a gasoline engine and the engine sound, while not harsh or noisy, is slightly different, too. But when you step hard on the gas pedal, the turbocharger kicks in quickly. (All modern diesel engines are turbocharged.) With its superior torque - torque gives the pull you feel when accelerating - you'll be surprised how quick a diesel car can be.

Also, Diesel is the world's most efficient internal combustion engine. It provides more power and more fuel efficiency than alternatives such as gasoline, compressed natural gas or liquefied natural gas. Read more about the history of the diesel engine. Today though ULSD Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel can be combined with PHEV technology to significantly reduce emissions and extend mileage.

By 2010, diesel cars will be held to exactly the same EPA emissions standards as gasoline-powered vehicles. Several car companies say they will make cars to meet those standards.

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prius diagram

The Hybrid Engine of the Toyota Prius has a unusual way of driving the wheels -not through gears like a normal car, but through an electric power train: the combustion engine charges the battery by making the generator spin. The battery gets packed with electric energy, but it feeds the electric motor if more power is needed, in case of accelleration for instance. By smartly combining generator, gasoline and electric engine the car is very efficient, is doesn't need a lot of gas which is good news for the environment.

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Monday, July 23, 2007


This is the “LoopWing” wind turbine. It was unveiled at Japan’s Eco-Products 2006 Exhibition. The E1500 model turbine is aimed at homeowners, and it sports a unique wing design that operates with low vibration, and at wind speeds as low as 1.6 m/sec. The efficiency specs on the turbine are vague — “43% power performance at optimum wind speeds” is all published. :: LoopWing via Japan For Sustainability.

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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Hydrogen system

Our energy system can’t be changed for hydrogen from one day to another. Most hydrogen today is produced for industrial purposes from fossil fuels, and in amounts far enough for supplying a hydrogen energy system. Fossil fuels today are the cheapest way to produce hydrogen. Fossil sources and technologies for hydrogen production therefore will be necessary for decades to come, and will help the transition to hydrogen.

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CA Clean Air Stickers Spreads

DMV RULES: A vehicle that meets California's super ultra-low emission vehicle (SULEV) standard for exhaust emissions and the federal inherently low-emission vehicle (ILEV) evaporative emission standard. A 2004 model-year or older vehicle that meets the California ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV) standard for exhaust emissions and the federal ILEV standard.
A hybrid or alternative fuel vehicle that meets California's advanced technology partial zero-emission vehicle (AT PZEV) standard for criteria pollutant emissions and has a 45 miles per gallon or greater fuel economy highway rating. A 2004 model-year or older hybrid and meets California's ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV), super ultra-low emission vehicle (SULEV), or partial zero-emission vehicle (PZEV) standards.

The 85,000 Clean Air Vehicle Stickers (yellow) that VC §5205.5 allows for hybrid vehicles have been assigned. Original Clean Air Stickers will no longer be issued to hybrids; however, substitute stickers may be issued if the original is damaged.
vehicle that has a 45 mile per gallon or greater fuel economy highway rating

To find out if your vehicle qualifies, check the California Air Resources Board (ARB) website.

The aforementioned set of rules have created a defacto secondary market in the trading of dmv stickers. I refer to it as the "sticker spread" and it can be calculated by taking the average of several used hybrid vehicles, separating the similar vehicles into catagories of having stickers and not. Then subtracting the difference between the two amounts. I have been told the current spread is about $4,000 per car. Not bad...

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Algae Bio Diesel

ALGAE FOR CARS: Why not, oil is decomposed organic material, long ago converted from the sun... The main issue is not whether fuel can be extracted from organic material; whiskey and ethanol from corn, vodka from potatos etc... Algae can produce fuel, but how much and at what cost. Microbiotic's combined with fuel stock can convert garbage into gold. Closed end systems with microbiotic loops will become the energy production standard of the future. I think that the algae is a remarkable realization, and now the marketplace can speak up and find uses..

Imperium Renewables, is bringing renewable fuel to everyone through technology innovation. With less than 3% of the world's reserves, because the USA consumes over 25% of the world's petroleum production and our dependence is growing. World wide growth in demand for petroleum exceeds growth in supply. The economic, environmental, and security implications of our consumption are mounting, threatening every aspect of life in America and around the world. We believe there is a better way - renewable fuels, especially Biodiesel.Solazyme, Inc., and Imperium Renewables, Inc. have entered Into a Biodiesel Feedstock Development Agreement

In which Solazyme will generate algae oil for Imperium's biodiesel production process. Under the agreement Solazyme will grow its proprietary strains of microalgae, extract the oil, and dell conliver it to Imperium. Imperium wivert the feedstock oil using its proprietary technology into biodiesel fuel in its Seattle plant.

Algae can be incorporated into numerous renewable energy stategies, and from what I understand the by product makes a tasty treat for cows...

Prius Delivery Vans

Specially designed Prius delivery van. EVCENTER.org is seeking to find a company that wants to have the world's first PHEV Prius Delivery van. Contact david z spdwy777@gmail.com for more information.

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Friday, July 20, 2007

solar ejeepney

“The e-Jeepneys are powered by five-horsepower electric motor engines with 12 batteries that, at full capacity, allow the vehicles to run 120 to 140 kilometers at around 40 kilometers per hour.

“The batteries are charged for eight hours on ordinary 220-volt power sockets at a minimum cost of P120. In contrast, regular fume-spewing jeepneys guzzle P300 (US$6.50) or more of diesel each day.”

The information on this vehicle is a bit sketchy. The vehicle would be a lot better with a hybrid recharger. Pure battery power is a bit problematic for a taxi. But I love the paint scheme. Do they do a lot of LSD in the Philippines or what?

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Top 5 Unique Ferrari models

These are 5 unique ferrari models, my favorite beeing Ferrari P4/5 an awesome design from Pininfarina. Lots of pictures too

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

hydrogen engine

HEC has introduced the first production hydrogen-fueled, spark-ignited, internal combustion engine for industrial uses. HEC is making hydrogen-fueled power generation systems and engines available years before automotive companies will offer their hydrogen engines for industrial applications. The technology promises to reshape our energy network. The most interesting aspect of the hydrogen engine is that it can be mated with a solar powered fuel cell to extract the hydrogen from water...

In addition, Hydrogen-boosted gasoline engines have the potential to considerably improve fuel economy. A major cost and environmental advantage of the hydrogen-boosted lean system engine are low amounts of NOx emissions gasses, hence, complete elimination of the need for external NOx emissions control. Currently, NOx emissions control is a major cost problem for diesels which use expensive traps to meet emissions standards. Diesel particulate emissions must also be collected by a filter that must be periodically regenerated.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Supra HV-R hybrid race car / Lexus GS450h hybrid sedan

Hybrid Toyota Supra HV-R wins Tokachi 24 hrs

The most significant aspect of the Tokachi Race occurred quietly, it was the dieing breath of internal combustion gasoline racing. To win next year you better show up with an optimized hybrid...There are alternatives to burning gasoline... The combination of inwheel motors, ultracapacitors and hybrid power can win at any level of racing. Toyota is to be praised for their efforts. The electrification of the automotive world is an integral part of developing energy independence from foreign oil. By demonstrating the reliability and effectiveness of the HV-R Toyota has shown that the configuration is more efficient than a pure ICE vehicle. The ripple effects of this event should be tremendous. Can you imagine an F-1 hybrid, pure energy...

Toyota has demonstrated that by entering hybrid systems into racing events that hybrid configurations can be both fast and reliable. Additionally, Toyota engineers are discovering ways to make hybrid systems, most famously fitted to the Toyota Prius production car, more efficient and lighter. In only the second year of competition Toyota has used – with success – the data gained from last year’s race, Lexus GS450h hybrid sedan, in order to develop a new, special racing unit to the limits of hybrid performance.

The Supra HV-R hybrid was based on the iconic Supra GT used in Super GT races in Japan. It was modified and equipped with a special racing hybrid system. In order to improve the system’s energy regeneration and operating efficiency during the race, the following two distinctive technologies have been incorporated into it:

  1. Three electric motors

A four-wheel energy regeneration and drive system has been adopted which includes in-wheel motors in the front wheels in addition to one 150 kW rear-axle mounted electric motor. Thanks to this energy regeneration system with three motors/generators, the vehicle can more efficiently recover a greater amount of energy during rapid deceleration and braking from high speeds.

  1. Specially Designed Capacitor

In light of the fact that racing involves a repeated acceleration and deceleration under full system performance, a quick-charging capacitor system was adopted instead of the usual rechargeable batteries.

I can't wait to see ev nascar...

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

HyTrans Van: Micro Hybrid

HyTrans is based on a Ford Transit van which has a belt-driven integrated starter generator that operates automatically to stop the engine when it is idling with the gear lever in neutral, and restarts it once the clutch is depressed.. The aim is to save up to 20 % of fuel consumption by adding a start/stop or "mild" hybrid system. Transit vans are used in towns and cities as commercial vehicles. It is quite normal for commercial vehicles to be stuck in traffic jams or at traffic lights for 10 to 20% of their journey time. This means that they are burning expensive fuel and creating unnecessary pollution.The HyTrans concept adds Valeo-built electro-motors to a Ford Transit diesel engine. The starter alternator is connected to the engine via a Gates front-end ancillary drive (FEAD), and the regenerative braking is controlled by a Ricardo supervisory control system.

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Citroen C4

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Smart Grid

Edison’s smart meters, which are really small, powerful computers and communication systems, will enable broader use of real-time pricing of electricity. This will create powerful incentives for customers to save money by shifting their usage to off-peak hours, when the cost of producing electricity is lower. The evolution of this technology will hopefully incorporate other sources of electricity from domestic sustainable sources such as wind, solar and biomass. Grid evolution also includes the addition of storage devices such as batteries and inertia machines that will allow for a more distributed and functional grid...

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