Alternative fuels

FOE for Cut in Lead Content in Aviation Fuel

December 9, 2010 / No Comments

Much hue and cry is being raised on the issue of carbon footprint and related environmental problems caused by aircrafts. The international network of environmental organizations, Friends of the Earth, has come with another dimension of the same problem, but this time regarding the content of the fuel used for aviation purposes.

Regenerative Braking to Make Container Cranes More Energy Efficient

November 11, 2010 / 1 Comment

An innovative idea promises to make large cranes more energy efficient. The enormous cranes that are used to load and unload containers to and from cargo ships are usually powered by electricity from the power grid or have diesel generators animating them.

EV Taxis Switch Batteries to Save Charging Time

November 1, 2010 / No Comments

In the US, the state of California has been known for being more environmentally conscious and for far longer than the rest of the country. In a move that will continue to set and example to the rest of the country and the world, a new plan has been announced that will bring an electric taxi program to the Californian ...

Solar Energy: Would You Love to Store It?

November 1, 2010 / No Comments

Harnessing the sun’s energy for our energy needs is becoming a common concept, but have you ever thought of how, if at all, this energy could be stored? This thought is uppermost in the minds of a team of researchers at MIT, who have been trying to figure out a way of storing solar energy indefinitely. The process they are ...

Algenol Algae-to-Ethanol Study Proves Significant Cut in Carbon Footprint

October 26, 2010 / No Comments

A team from Algenol and Georgia tech has calculated the life cycle energy and green house gas emission with regard to ethanol production from algae. Algenol, which has been working on the direct to ethanol technology, performed a life cycle analysis (LCA) on the whole process of making Algenol's ethanol. The results were published as an open access paper in the ...

Spain’s Largest Biomass Plant Coming Up in Huelva

September 21, 2010 / No Comments

Renewable energy group Ence has undertaken the construction of the largest biomass plant in Spain. The Spanish Government has approved the plan of the plant. A biomass plant produces energy by using organic matter which includes agricultural waste to forest waste products. They can have carbon dioxide emissions up to 60 percentages lower than the equipments or facilities which uses the ...

Edison2 Wins Progressive Auto X Prize for Fuel-efficient, Low-cost Car Design

September 17, 2010 / 1 Comment

Edison2, designed by Ron Mathis has won the Progressive Auto X Prize, for developing featherweight conventional car that runs on gasoline or ethanol. The Auto X Prize is a race to build the most fuel-efficient, low-cost, production-ready vehicle. The prize money goes into the design of the most efficient eco-vehicle in the contest.

Solar Impulse HB-SIA to Make 3 flights Across Switzerland

September 8, 2010 / No Comments

The Solar Impulse HB-SIA which uses no fuel, which had its first successful 24-hour flight in early July, will make three test flights across Switzerland - from Payerne to Geneva, from Geneva to Zurich and then back to Payerne.

40,000 California Plug-In Hybrids Given HOV Lane Access

September 2, 2010 / No Comments

In the state of California, vehicles that meet certain fuel economy and tailpipe emission criteria have been given special access to the high occupancy vehicle lanes, also known as HOV or carpool lane. In cities that are swamped with cars, this is a major advantage to hybrid and other green car owners.

Eco-Friendly, Stress Busting, Cost Effective G-Bike – Out Now!

September 1, 2010 / No Comments

The new G-Bike is out. Cost effective, without compromising on style, the bike is fully electric and can be used for 35 miles on a 4-8 hour charge, at a speed of 20 mph.