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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Green Job Growth

Written by , on May 30, 2012

The U.S. Labor Department recently announced the results of its first ever survey on green jobs in the United States. Green jobs accounted for 2.4 percent of total employment in 2010, or approximately 2.3 million jobs. The following graph shows job category growth as measured by LinkedIn. Jobs in renewables and the environment are growing […]  Read more »

Street Furniture for the 21st Century

Written by , on May 23, 2012

A New York design company, Pensa LLC., has come up with the idea of adding charging points for mobile phones to street furniture, such as bus shelters and signs. The charging points would be powered by solar PV panels on the roof of the bus shelter or on brackets attached to signposts. The solar PV […]  Read more »

A New Non-standard Stardard for EV Charging

Written by , on May 19, 2012

A group of European and American car makers has announced the adoption of the J1772 standard developed by the International Society of Automotive Engineers for electric vehicle charging. The single plug system is to be adopted by Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, BMW and the Volkswagen group (including Porsche and Audi). The problem is that Nissan, […]  Read more »

CO2 Absorbing Street Lights

Written by , on May 19, 2012

French biochemist Pierre Calleja has developed a lighting system that draws CO2 from the atmosphere and uses micro-algae to produce light with oxygen as a byproduct.  The inventor claims that one of his street lights will absorb CO2 at the rate of one tonne a year – which is about as much as a typical […]  Read more »

Electrifying the Highway

Written by , on May 16, 2012

A system of powering hybrid trucks through overhead wires is being tested at Long Beach, Califormia. The basis of the "eHighway", developed by Siemens, is a series of overhead wires that would be installed over at least one lane of a highway, similar to the electrical wires of tram lines. Specially equipped hybrid trucks would […]  Read more »

Four New Electric Nissans Planned

Written by , on May 15, 2012

Nissan is planning four new electric vehicles. A new version of the Leaf is expected to be released at the Paris Motor Show in October. It is expected to be offered with various levels of trim and a lower entry price. An electric van, the e-NV200, is expected by late 2013. It was previewed at […]  Read more »

Simulating Climate Change in Woodlands

Written by , on May 15, 2012

Scientists at the University of Western Sydney have embarked on a large-scale study of how the natural environment would cope with the atmospheric conditions which are expected if if no significant action is taken to reduce carbon emissions. The centrepiece of the study is six fibreglass and steel ring structures 28 metres high and 25 […]  Read more »

LED Lighting Advances

Written by , on May 12, 2012

At the recent Lightfair Internation in Las Vagas, GE, Phillips and Sylvania all announced LED light bulbs with an output equivalent to a 100-watt incandescent bulb. The Philips and Sylvania bulbs are extensions of current technology but the GE bulb is cooled by "breathing". A diaphragm embedded in the GE bulb vibrates to create a […]  Read more »

An “Infinite Range” Electric Plane

Written by , on May 11, 2012

One of the disadvantages of battery powered planes is that their weight remains the same as they fly whereas liquid fuel aircraft become lighter as they use up their fuel. This realisation led Chip Yates, holder of the world record for the fastest electric motorcycle, to the idea of dropping batteries when their charge was […]  Read more »

Microsoft to Impose a Carbon Price on Itself

Written by , on May 11, 2012

Microsoft is creating a "carbon price and charge back model" that will levy fees on each of its various internal business groups for the emissions they generate. The company expects that this will result in its becoming carbon neutral by its next fiscal year. Each Microsoft business unit will be responsible for the carbon that […]  Read more »