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Monthly Archives: November 2008

“Baseload” Power from Waves

Written by , on November 28, 2008

A British engineer, Alvin Smith, has developed a simple system, called Searaser, which uses ocean wave energy to produce electricity on demand – including so-called baseload power  – even at times when the sea is calm. The system is based on a two-part pump. The bottom part of the pump is anchored to the ocean […]  Read more »

Electric Vehicle Range from Chrysler

Written by , on November 25, 2008

Chrysler has demonstrated prototypes of “range extended” electric vehicles for each of its brands – Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep. The first production vehicles will be available in North America from 2010 and later in Europe. Chrysler uses the term “range extended” for plug-in series hybrid vehicles in which an electric motor is used until the […]  Read more »

Energy from Ocean Currents

Written by , on November 22, 2008

It has been estimated that their is sufficient energy in the world’s ocean currents to meet 3,000 times the current power needs of the the entire world’s population. The difficulty is in harnessing that energy. Turbines and watermills need water flowing at 5 to 6 knots to operate effectively. But most of the ocean currents […]  Read more »

Google’s “Clean Energy by 2030″ Plan to Save $820 billion

Written by , on November 22, 2008

According to an analysis done by energy experts at Google, the United States could wean itself from coal and oil for electricity generation and nearly halve its petrol consumption by 2030.  The analysis was first published in October but has since been revised in the light of comments and changes such as the decrease in […]  Read more »

Diesel-making Fungus

Written by , on November 14, 2008

Scientists from Montana State University have discovered that a fungus found in a Patagonian rainforest could provide an alternative source of biofuel. The fungus, Gliocladium roseum, grows in the ulmo tree (Eucryphia cordifolia), a species native to the Patagonia region of Argentina and Chile. The researchers have found that it possesses the metabolic machinery to […]  Read more »

Electricity Grid Proposals

Written by , on November 13, 2008

The Australian electricity grid includes three major sections which are not connected: the so-called National Electricity Maket, linking all of the east coast and South Australia the Western Australian grid in the south west of Western Australia, centered on Perth and the Pilbara local grid serving the mining area in the north west. Associate Professor […]  Read more »

Battery Breakthrough

Written by , on November 13, 2008

Korean researchers have found a way to make lithium-ion batteries, which are commonly used in notebook computers, mobile phones and the latest hybrid vehicles, hold eight times more charge than they do now. Lithium-ion batteries are currently the most energy-efficient storage devices for their size. Electricity flows through the batteries as positive lithium ions move […]  Read more »

Big Investment in UK Offshore Wind

Written by , on November 12, 2008

Swedish firm Vattenfall, which already operates the 90 megawatt Kentish Flats offshore wind farm, has announced that it has paid £35 million ($au 80 million) for the rights to develop the Thanet Offshore Wind Project, off Margate, Kent. Total costs for the project, which is expected to be completed in 2010, will be about £780 […]  Read more »

Vespa Maker Shows Plug-in Hybrid Scooter

Written by , on November 11, 2008

Italian manufacturer Piaggio (the maker of Vespa motor scooters) has unveiled a plug-in hybrid three-wheeler scooter that it says will be on the road next year. Ppiaggio’s MP3 Hybrid combines a 125-cc petrol engine with an electric motor in an easy-to-ride three-wheeler that reportedly can do zero to 100 kilometres per hour in around 5 […]  Read more »

Fiat “Bugster”

Written by , on November 9, 2008

 At the São Paulo Auto Show, Fiat has unveiled a new electric, off-road concept car deigned to “make saving the world outrageous fun”. In what may a bad omen for the car’s future, Fiat’s corporate masters have changed the car’s original fun name, “Bugster”, to the distinctly boring “FCC 11”. The FCC 11 has a […]  Read more »