Alternative fuels

Fuel Cell Boat’s First Cruise Through Amsterdam’s Canals

December 9, 2009 / No Comments

A canal boat using fuel cells for power made its first cruise this Wednesday. The "Nemo H2" has a capacity of 87 passengers, and is the first boat to utilize new fuel cell technology, which combines hydrogen and oxygen to create electrical power and water - while also leaving no harmful traces in the environment, emitting only water vapor.

Germany Announces Life Extension For Nuclear Plants

November 5, 2009 / No Comments

Nuclear power plants in Germany are on their way to an extended life, surmounting the huge obstacles in their path. There is a vehement opposition to nuclear power plants in Germany, and most of the population believes that the country should let go of nuclear power plants. The new policy aims at keeping the old plants running to ultimately have ...

Japanese Solar Vehicle Wins World Solar Challenge

November 3, 2009 / No Comments

The World Solar Challenge started off in 1987, and features teams of some of the top engineering colleges from around the world vying to get hold of a top spot, while traveling thousands of miles in solar powered racecars. The challenge puts up a grueling task for the vehicles which are powered by only solar energy. This year, the cars ...

Study Finds Sugarcane Ethanol a Viable Alternative to Gasoline

November 2, 2009 / No Comments

A study by researchers at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, has found that ethanol can be a viable alternative to gasoline for vehicles, and at the same time, its use can effectively reduce emissions. Brazil is one of the world's largest producers of sugarcane, and cane-based ethanol. Researchers found that the ethanol provides nearly eight times the energy used ...

Electric Cars Aren’t Really All That Green, say Scientists

October 21, 2009 / 4 Comments

Electric cars have been hailed as the modern, non-polluting vehicles, but it's too early to shower them with all the praise, say scientists. In fact, if things don't change dramatically, electric vehicles may not be very green even in 2030. The problem of course doesn't lie entirely in the zero-emission electric cars, it has more to do with the generation ...

How Many Helium Balloons Does It Take To Lift a Human Off the Ground?

October 15, 2009 / No Comments

The bizarre story of a Colorado family's runaway balloon aircraft this afternoon got me to thinking: How many helium-filled balloons are required to lift a human off the ground?

Chicago 2016 Olympic bid is blue-green

October 1, 2009 / 2 Comments

Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics is bold. It’s exciting. And, it’s green. In fact, Chicago 2016 organizers even call their concept of the Olympics the “Blue-Green Games.” Blue for clean air and water. And, green for parks and nature. Together, the blue and green combine to create the ideal conditions necessary for optimal athletic performance. What’s more, Chicago 2016 organizers have ...

Green Speed Air Powered Motorcycle from Edwin Yi Yuan

July 8, 2009 / 2 Comments

The oil resources are diminishing fast and we still haven't found an apt solution to replace gasoline to power the modern day commuters. But how about a vehicle that only needs compressed air to roll? [caption id="attachment_5870" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Green Speed Air Powered Motorcycle by designer Edwin Yi Yuan"][/caption] Edwin Yi Yuan has succeeded in designing a concept air-fueled bike dubbed the ...

12 Alternative, Alternate Fuel Sources to Oil

July 7, 2009 / 5 Comments

Stop the dependence on oil is the rallying cry.  Are there alternative, alternate fuel sources to oil? There are. Here are 12 of them ... Wind power - is a converted form of solar energy. The atmosphere warms differently. Hot air rises, reducing the atmospheric pressure at the earth's surface, and ...

Alternative Fuel: Methanol better than Hydrogen?

June 3, 2009 / No Comments

With the alternative fuels hype going on, the debate for a better choice between hydrogen and methanol is on and whoever would be the winner, it would benefit the mankind either ways. The ecologists have re-instated their faith in methanol based on the fact that making hydrogen commonly available as a fuel is a tough deal. [caption id="attachment_5441" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Do ...