Cellulosic Ethanol to be Produced in Large Quantities

Monday, January 17, 2011 14:03
Posted in category Ethanol

Cellulosic ethanol is a new type of ethanol made from waste like wood or paper, or from the uneatable part of crops. Unfortunately, no company is producing large amounts of this substance. The Environmental protection agency reduced the 250 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol required by a federal law, to six million gallons. Read the rest of this entry »

Recently Discovered Form of Uranium Could Power Vehicles

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 16:20
Posted in category nuclear power

A new form of uranium could power cars from now on. Experts from the Los Alamos National Laboratory have created a molecule called uranium nitride, that not only provides safe and cheap fuel, but could also extract more energy from fossil fuels.

Uranium nitrade works by ripping the hydrogen atoms off a carbon atom, similarly to the process that occurs in car engines currently. The advantage of the new molecule is that it is more efficient is storing energy and thus electricity is not lost as heat. Read the rest of this entry »

New York to Have First Flywheel-Based Energy Storage System

Thursday, August 12, 2010 0:24
Posted in category Batteries

Beacon Power Corporation recently start construction of the world’s first 20MW flywheel energy storage plant in Stephentown, New York after it received a $43 million loan guarantee from U.S. Department of Energy. According to the company, their flywheel electricity storage systems will provide efficient, frequency regulation services to help maintain and improve stability of the New York mains power grid and also allow greater use of solar and wind energy.

The working principle of this system is not so complicated. It works by accelerating a flywheel ( the rotor) to very high speeds and keeping the energy in the system as rotational energy, which is converted back to electricity by slowing down the flywheel. Read the rest of this entry »

California to Have World’s Largest Wind Farm

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:06
Posted in category Wind Power

Terra-Gen Power LLC, a company specialized in renewable energy, has recently inaugurated the place where will be built the world’s largest wind power site. It will be located in central California and the project will generate about 1,550 megawatts of wind power.

With the support of investment group ArcLight Capital, Terra-Gen hopes this wind farm, that will use turbines from Denmark’s Vestas and General Electric Co, to provide electricity for 1.1 million people since 2011 and to create over 3,000 green jobs. Read the rest of this entry »

MIT’s New Multilayered Optical Fibers that Carry Electricity and Light

Thursday, July 15, 2010 8:27
Posted in category Experiments

A group of MIT scientists headed by Professor of materials science and engineering Yoel Fink, have developed a new multifunctional material that carries both electricity and light. The fibers could be used to create biomedical devices, smart textiles that monitor the body or structural sensors that are able to detect even the smallest stresses on a structure.

The MIT team created this new fiber from heat sensitive and light sensitive materials. Then they added piezoelectric functionality to convert mechanical changes in shape to electric signals and vice versa. Read the rest of this entry »

Quick Battery Charger Needs Just Three Minutes for a 50% Charge

Saturday, July 10, 2010 2:31
Posted in category Electric Vehicles

Companies around the world are trying to find solutions to make electric vehicles attractive but so far there hasn’t been a charging speed war among those.

It seems that the competition already starts because one of the biggest companies in Japan called JFE Engineering now claims it has developed a quick charger that apparently needs just three minutes to get your car’s battery from zero to 50 percent and 30 minutes for a 80% charge. Read the rest of this entry »

Triple-Layered Solar Panel Increase the Total Efficiency to More Than 35%

Sunday, July 4, 2010 4:12
Posted in category solar power

According to scientists, traditional solar panels are able catch just about 15% of the sun’s rays. But now, a company that focuses on the production and development of high efficiency thin film photovoltaics, called RoseStreet Labs Energy Inc. (RSLE), founded a new way to increase that efficiency using mirrors and even the shaping them like origami.

They’ve developed solar panels that can increase the total efficiency above 35percent. The company’s thin film solar panel includes integrates three separate layers of PV cells into one panel and each layer captures a different part of the sun’s spectrum. Read the rest of this entry »

HHO Generator Converts Water into Fuel

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 12:36
Posted in category Hybrid Vehicles

Glenn Old, an Australian inventor, has recently developed a new interesting device that is able to convert water into fuel. He has been working with a group of American engineers to design the device that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save fuel.

Called the HHO generator, the device generates enough hydrogen reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent and to increase fuel efficiency by up to 60 percent. The generator is a simple device that could converts water from H2O into a gas called HHO, this gas having two parts oxygen and one part hydrogen. Read the rest of this entry »

Sustainable Cellphone for Developing and Underdeveloped Nations

Saturday, May 1, 2010 13:56
Posted in category solar power

Mobile network providers are trying their level best to connect even the most remote locations on the planet with the rest of the world. However, in places like rural Africa nine out of ten people don’t have access to electricity, which means that they’ve to get their cellphones charged in villages that either have access to the grid or have to use diesel generators for the same. Read the rest of this entry »

Flexible Fabric Equipped with Photovoltaic Cells

Saturday, May 1, 2010 13:47
Posted in category solar power

FTL Solar has created a lightweight tensile fabric with integrated thin film solar panels that is capable of shading your deck while powering your home. Originally designed as easily deployable canopies for military applications, FTL’s solar products are now available now for solar parking lot shades, rooftop building installations, and small and large solar tent structures. The solar fabric could even act as a shading for your sunny deck, and since it’s a fabric it’s easy to install without any heavy duty mounting hardware.

FTL has two main solar products – the Powermod 285 and the Powermod 1200, which are rated at 285 W and 1200 W, respectively. Read the rest of this entry »