The “Fellows” Who Will Shape Tomorrow – TogetherGreen

December 22, 2008 / No Comments

In October, Alex shared an initiative brought to you by Audubon in alliance with Toyota called TogetherGreen. If you remember, TogetherGreen’s main focus is to secure a bright and healthy future for generations to come … but it takes the inspiration and wisdom from dedicated leaders to accomplish such a goal. TogetherGreen has been fortunate enough to have some of the ...

Japanese Research Group Charges Home Appliances with DC Supply of Solar Power

December 22, 2008 / No Comments

A Japanese group was able to charge a Li-ion secondary battery with DC power generated by solar cells and supply it to home appliances without using AC conversion. The test was part of the Development Project of Energy-saving Technologies for Weak Energy Storage Type Eco House. The program was conducted by Japan's Ministry of the Environment with an aim of developing technologies ...

Panasonic Plans to Spend $1B+ on Eco-friendly Energy Technologies

December 20, 2008 / No Comments

Panasonic is planning to spend Y100 billion ($1billion+ depending on the yen rate) to develop eco-friendly energy technologies like rechargeable batteries and solar cells. This plan is in align with the company's desire to acquire Sanyo Electric for a sum close to $9 billion. Sanyo's strength is in rechargeable batteries (leader in Li-ion batteries) and solar cells (ranks 7th), which Panasonic considers ...

Toyota Car Interiors to Get Plant-based Resins

December 19, 2008 / No Comments

How cool is this? Super eco-friendly Prius-maker, Toyota Motor Corp, has come up with a number of new plant-based resins that they can use to make automotive interior materials such as scuff plates, seat cushions, and so on. The new resins will be used in their new hybrid cars released in 2009. Toyota aims to make 60% of the surface area in ...

Asia’s Largest Railway Station is Powered by 3,246 Solar Panels

December 19, 2008 / No Comments

We hear that China is not very eco-friendly. That may be true in many regards, but not so when it comes to the builders of Asia's largest railway station - Beijing South. The station is large enought to hold a 747, has a roof area the size of 24 football pitches, can send 30,000 passengers on their way each hour ...

Cars Make Us Fat: Active Transportation is the Way to Go

December 19, 2008 / No Comments

Have you changed your habits? Do you commute to work on a bicycle or doing an extra mile walking? Well, good for you. Apparently you're not only helping the environment to reduce carbon emissions, but you're also helping yourself to stay healthier. Researchers at the University of Tennessee and Rutgers University found a direct link between "active transportation" and obesity. As ...

China’s Police Will Start Pedalling to Catch the Bad Guys

December 18, 2008 / No Comments

China's police in Liaoning province (look it up - map of China) are fighting bad guys AND fighting global warming at the same time. Talk about dudes! Instead of patrolling the streets in gas guzzlers, the good guys will be found making the rounds on self propelled two wheelers ... en masse, en force ... on bicycles, that is. So, is China ...

Dell Plans to Lower Packaging Waste by 10% Until 2012

December 18, 2008 / 2 Comments

Dell is trying to reduce the packaging waste by 10% in the next four years. Using green packages for their products - intensive recycling and sustainability programs, the company will help preserve "more than 150,000 trees" and should see a drop in costs by some $8.1 million. The effort is to integrate an "air-filled cushion technology and renewable materials including molded ...

Japan Meteorological Agency Adds to Global Warming Statistics

December 18, 2008 / No Comments

The Japan Meteorological Agency has some new global warming statistics. According to the agency, the pace of global warming appears to be slowing. "The average temperature in the world in 2008 registering a rise of 0.2 degree Celsius compared with the average rise between 1971 and 2000." Even so, it was the 10th largest margin of increase from benchmark average ...

Biofuels in the News in Japan

December 18, 2008 / No Comments

Biofuels are in the news in Japan. A Japanese research group is claiming a first - a cleaner/greener production of biodiesel fuel - the "non-catalytic superheated methanol method." "At a pilot plant the group was able to continuously produce 400L of fatty acid methyl ester (FAME), a biodiesel fuel, out of 500L of raw material oil every day." They also succeeded in ...