Technology

Chevrolet Spark EV to Use Lithium Phosphate Battery Tech from 2013

December 12, 2011 / No Comments

The Chevrolet Spark EV will be ushering in a new battery technology, which involves the use of lithium phosphate, from 2013 onwards. Current technology utilizes lithium-ion batteries that have provided many automotive breakdowns, and this has motivated the researchers to find a new way out. The recent NHTSA investigation concerning the issue of lithium-ion batteries after crash-testing Chevrolet’s Volt extended-range hybrid, ...

Supercomputer Tsubame2.0 Most Efficient in Green500 List

December 1, 2011 / No Comments

It’s celebration time at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, with their new supercomputer; the Tsubame2.0, being voted the most eco-friendly and efficient among its class in the Green500 List. The Tsubame 2.0 uses just 1.2MW of power to reach i2.0 petaflops (two times thousand trillion floating point operations per second) of performance, making it 3.4 times more efficient than a similar ...

BMW and Toyota May Team Up to Make Next Gen Lithium-Ion Batteries

November 30, 2011 / No Comments

Rumors that speak of a likely bond between BMW and Toyota in the near future are turning out to be hot in the green car arena. Luxury car makers BMW and Toyota are expected to soon announce a partnership to develop next generation Lithium-ion batteries for electric cars. If the partnership materializes, it will be beneficial for both the car makers. ...

Dragonflies to Aid Future Flying Robot Design

November 25, 2011 / No Comments

Nature has always proved to be an inspiration for tech innovations. It is now the turn of dragonfly to inspire technological innovations in Robotics. A Duke University team has put together their hopes on the dragonflies’ flight dynamics to create better flying robots. They are reportedly dong this by fixing tiny sensors on the tiny creatures. Complex flight patterns of ...

Solar Cucumber for On-the-Spot Desalination of Sea Water

November 9, 2011 / No Comments

Innovation never isolates environment friendly technology. This time around, let us introduce the innovation in solar powered desalination process to our readers. This one, called the Solar Cucumber, carries out the desalination of sea water and produces drinkable freshwater. The Solar Cucumber turns sea water to freshwater at source, making it much useful to the water starved communities in costal environment. ...

Mo Gives You Transportation Options; Helps Save Money Too

November 1, 2011 / No Comments

There are times when a technological evolution can cater to some notable changes on a rather different system. Heard about the Mo sharing service? It lets a cell phone app to form a linked network of more varied transportation options. This is a joint venture between LUNAR Europe, environmental organization Green City e.V. and the University of Wuppertal. This service ...

Pipistrel G4 Emerges Winner at Google-Sponsored 2011 Green Flight Challenge [Video]

October 10, 2011 / No Comments

The popularity of e-concept shows the acceptance of this new technology by the companies. You might have already known about the Google-sponsored 2011 Green Flight Challenge which played an important part of increasing this new concept. The eGenius and the Pipistrel G4 were the final contestants for the $ 1.35 million competition in which Pipistrel G4 became the winner. Both the ...

Lockheed Stratoliner Hydrogen Jet Can Keep On Flying; Without Refueling

September 22, 2011 / No Comments

The fact that many of the automobile designs are inspired from swift moving animals is known to all. When it comes to aircraft, many birds share their design credit. No different is the zero emission jet concept from renowned designer William Brown. The Lockheed Stratoliner concept has taken shape with over-sized wings for the extra lift needed for the prolonged ...

Smart Ebike Boasts Pedelec System; to Sell for $4,000 in 2012

September 15, 2011 / No Comments

Smart has always resorted to ideas that are innovative and aid urban commuting. The company has earlier, at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, displayed their green commitment apart from compact city cars with their ebike concept. The production model of this two-wheeler is now exhibited at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Electric Smart bike hopes to play an important role in ...

First Ever Manned Electric Helicopter Takes Off

September 6, 2011 / No Comments

The first manned electric helicopter has taken off. On August 12, this year, the aviation world wrote history with electrical/aerospace engineer Pascal Chretien piloting a fully electric manned helicopter flight he himself designed and built. The manned electric flying machine set a record of 2 minutes and 10 seconds during the test flight. The prototype almost took 12 months of development ...