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Alternative Energy

  • China to Invest $373 Billion in Energy Saving Projects by 2016

    China has said it will invest ¥2.37 trillion ($373 billion) in energy-saving projects and pollution control by the end of 2015, boosting share prices of environmental technology companies in the country. The State Council of China published a document late on Tuesday outlining measures to save energy, reduce emissions, protect the climate and enhance capacity for sustainable development, as part of its 12th Five-Year-Plan. The investments will go to energy-saving projects estimated to save 300 million tonnes of standard coal equivalent by 2015, the document says. This would bring the country about half way to achieving its goal of energy…

  • Is India About to Alter the World's Energy Future?

    Since 1951, the Indian government has somehow managed to fail in every single attempt to reach its annual target of increasing the nation’s electricity production capacity. But while the nation continues to struggle with crippling blackouts and power shortages till today, an energy plan, conceived during the 1950s, may fundamentally alter the nation’s, and quite possibly the world’s, energy future. Thorium, like its Norse god and Marvel superhero namesake, is expected to change the world. Late last month, India suffered two consecutive power grid failures, which crippled the nation’s social and economic infrastructure: On July 30th, nearly 300 million Indians…

  • New Retrofit Kit can Turn Any Car into a Plug-In Hybrid

    Dr. Charles Perry at Middle Tennessee State University continues driving toward success in the development of the plug-in hybrid retrofit kit for any car.  Dr. Perry, his collaborators, and students are very close to achieving their goal.MTSU Wheel Hub Motor Retrofit Kit.Perry, who holds the Russell Chair of Manufacturing Excellence, and this year’s five-member team saw gas mileage increase anywhere from 50 to 100 percent on a 1994 Honda station wagon retrofitted with laboratory prototype plug-in hybrid capability.The Honda wagon research vehicle has been fitted with electric motors at each rear wheel and a large lithium-ion battery that’s mounted in…

  • The Modern World of Nuclear Generated Electricity

    The issue of nuclear electricity is a complex one. In this post, I offer a few insights into the nuclear electric situation based on recent reports and statistical data.Nuclear Electric Production Is Already DecliningFigure 1. World nuclear electric production split by major producing countries, based on BP’s 2012 Statistical Review of World Energy. FSU is Former Soviet Union.According to BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy, the highest year of nuclear electric production was 2006.There are really two trends taking place, however.1. The countries that adopted nuclear first, that is the United States, Europe, Japan, and Russia, have been experiencing flat…

  • Determining Mitt Romney's Position on Biofuels

    In 1938, as the German-Czechoslovakian crisis unfolded on the eve of World War II, Hilaire Belloc summarized British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement policy as:“Dear Czecho-Slovakia,I don’t think they’ll attack yer,But I’m not going to back yer.”So might the policies of a Romney Administration towards biofuels be fairly described. It shaped up as a campaign hopeful for breakthroughs under an “all of the above energy” umbrella, supportive of basic research, silent on the fate of key Bush-era instruments such as the Renewable Fuel Standard, and unwilling to invest in steps to accelerate the commercialization of technologies or the building of…

  • Drought and the Second Ethanol Crash

    When gas prices plummeted during the recession and at least half of US ethanol producers went bankrupt in the 2008-2009 ethanol crash, ethanol production continued to increase. But ethanol will crash again in the face of a summer drought, and this time the crash will be more definitive.The difference this time around is that the ethanol will not crash because of product value, but because of under-supply of feedstock, like corn. The US is now experiencing its worst drought in over half a century; the United Nations is warning of a food crisis and EIA is warning that exports will…

  • Looking for Alternatives to the Renewable Fuels Standard

    During the debate over the Obama administration’s health care policy, Republicans came up with the catchy phrase “repeal and replace.” I’ll get back to health care in another post, but for now, I’d like to filch the phrase for the increasingly lively debate over the federal ethanol mandate, or Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), as it is formally known. “Repeal and replace” is the right approach when a problem is real and existing policy addresses it in so clumsy a way as to make it worse.With every passing day of drought in the American Midwest, the outcry against the RFS grows…

  • New Microbial Fuel Cell can Produce Electricity from Waste Water

    Wastewater, more commonly thought of as sewage or gray water is estimated to use 3% of the electrical energy consumed in the United States and other developed countries.Engineers at Oregon State University have made a breakthrough in the performance of microbial fuel cells that can produce electricity directly from wastewater.  There have been other ideas pursued in the past, but the new technology can now produce 10 to 50 more times the electricity, by volume, more than most other approaches using microbial fuel cells, and 100 times more electricity than some.The new microbial fuel cell technology cleans sewage by a…

  • What Clean Energy Innovation can Learn from the Curiosity Mars Rover

    This week, the land rover Curiosity finished an incredible journey of more than 350 million miles and safely touched down on the surface of Mars. The mission carried significant risk of failure – the landing involved complex, never-before-attempted manoeuvres, including “seven minutes of terror” to slow the spacecraft’s speed from 13,000 mph to 2 mph upon entry into the Martian atmosphere. Its success, which has been characterized as a “flawless, triumphant technological tour de force,” has thus captured the imagination of the country. While NASA deserves the lion’s share of credit for the achievement, government supported research through the National…

  • Wireless Charging Technology will Give EV's Infinite Range

    San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc. recently announced that it has partnered with the automaker Renault for a field trial of its new wireless electric vehicle charging system later this year in London.According to Forbes:“The California-based company signed a memorandum of understanding with Renault to work on the field trial and to figure out how to integrate the wireless charging technology into Renault’s cars. Qualcomm also announced on Tuesday that Delta Motorsport, an automotive engineering company in the United Kingdom, plans to put Qualcomm’s wireless technology into its electric cars, which will then be used for the same field trial in London…

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