martes, 29 de abril de 2008

Microbe Produces Cellulose And Sugars For Biofuels

A newly created microbe produces cellulose that can be turned into ethanol and other biofuels, report scientists from The University of Texas at Austin who say the microbe could provide a significant portion of the nation's transportation fuel if production can be scaled up.
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viernes, 25 de abril de 2008

Hybrid cars!

Case in point Ford’s collaboration with Smith Electric Vehicles of the UK. Ford is supplying Smith with trucks and vans to be battery-electrified for the European and North American market. Of particular interest is Ford’s willingness to allow Smith to electrify a vehicle that will be a new to the Ford’s US offering by next year, the Transit Connect. In Ford’s showrooms soon the Transit Connect will be a conventionally-powered small, car-based mini-van. In Smith’s showrooms by 2009 it will be the Ampere. On the street, to casual observers, the quiet, pollution-free Ampere will appear as though Ford has gotten into the electric vehicle business.

miércoles, 23 de abril de 2008

Renewable sources in videogames

IBM has developed a game in which you have to save the planet helios from global warming, allowing people to learn while they play.

Geothermal energy in Spain

Valencia and Galicia are pioneers in the field of geothermal energy. Seizing the heat from underground to ensure hot water, heating and cooling systems in homes is presented as an alternative to ecological and economic detached houses and industries.
Valencia is the first in Spain to host a training module dedicated to the geothermal and Galicia is the first to build a geothermal plant in an industrial shed.

lunes, 21 de abril de 2008

Wind power News

Wind Power Project Development

Clipper management has similarly taken strides to better develop and expand the wind power project development arm of the company. Negotiations to combine Clipper's wind power project assets with those of Helium Energy's to create Clipper Capital & Generation (CapGen) hold out the prospect of creating an organization led by an international management team with proven ability and experience in successfully building a wind power company with global reach.

viernes, 18 de abril de 2008

The wind can spare the European Union 28.700€

That is one of the main conclusions of the report "Pure Energy", a document which has been prepared by the European Wind Energy Association.

miércoles, 16 de abril de 2008

La Muela receives the European Solar Prize

The Town Council of La Muela (Zaragoza) received in Berlin, The European Solar Prize, which has given the European Association for Renewable Energies (Eurosolar) for their "exemplary use of wind energy." The mayor of La Muela, Maria Victoria Pinilla, collected the award.

La Muela has 500 to 300 megawatt wind turbines that can serve a community of 300,000. And they continue investing in clean energy.

martes, 15 de abril de 2008

Google's clean technology initiative

Google's clean technology initiative will be called called RE

The great company well known as Google, will invest in clear development.
The company said it was to invest "hundreds of millions" of dollars in renewable energy projects, and the technology initiative, called RE

viernes, 11 de abril de 2008

Why Recycle ??

Recycling saves energy, takes less energy to recycle products than to use new materials to make them. But there are many other reasons. Recycling helps slow down the depletion of non-renewable resources, and reduces the amount of land needed to dispose of waste. Landfills pollute, and they cost money to make and maintain.
The most obvious reason is that recycling reduces pollution, especially the emission of greenhouse gases. Water and air pollution are also reduced thanks to recycling.
Not only does it help preserve the environment, but recycling plants produce far more jobs than landfills. It also produces jobs in the research department.
It doesn't take much more time to recycle than to take out the trash, and the benefits are huge, for everyone.

miércoles, 9 de abril de 2008

Hydroelectric energy

Here it is!
A short video which provides information about hydroelectric energy.

martes, 8 de abril de 2008

Solar energy

Here you'll see how solar energy is turned into electricity by photovoltaic devices.

Wind turbine

This video clearly explains how a wind turbine generates electricity with just the power of the wind.

Texas State University-Renewable Energy Sources

Cheap New Solar Cells

The use of solar cells is increasing very slowly. One of the reasons is that the most commonly used type, made from silicon, is quite expensive to manufacture. That is why there has been a great deal of research into alternative solar cells over the past few years.

A cheap alternative to silicon solar cells can be found in dye-sensitized solar cells (Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSC) are a relatively new class of low-cost solar cells).

These cells are extremely promising because they are made of low-cost materials and do not need elaborate apparatus to manufacture. In bulk they should be significantly less expensive than older solid-state cell designs.

domingo, 6 de abril de 2008

MIT Development and Investigation

With the world going mobile and billions of new devices requiring electrical storage, battery technology is almost certainly due for a renaissance in the near future and recent developments suggest MIT will play a role in the next significant battery technology. Less than a week ago, we reported on work being done by MIT's Laboratory for Electromagnetic and Electronic Systems (LEES) that could become the first technologically significant and economically viable alternative to conventional batteries in 200 years. Now a second new and highly promising battery technology is emerging from MIT - a new type of lithium battery that could become a cheaper alternative to the batteries that now power hybrid electric cars.

Until now, lithium batteries have not had the rapid charging capability or safety level needed for use in cars. Hybrid cars now run on nickel metal hydride batteries, which power an electric motor and can rapidly recharge while the car is decelerating or standing still.

Before the material can be used commercially, the manufacturing process needs to be made less expensive, and a few other modifications will likely be necessary, Ceder said.

miércoles, 2 de abril de 2008

The worldwide investment in renewable energies is now more important than a few years ago.

A study by the Worldwatch Institute shows expenditures for business R & D in clean energy technologies amounted to 9,100 million in 2006 and private investment in clean energy amounted to 8,600 million dollars that year, 10 times more than in 2001.

This shows that new firms understand the importance of the environment.

martes, 1 de abril de 2008

Oikos pavilion

The Oikos is a pavilion from the 2008 Expo in Zaragoza. It is divided in five modules that will showcase the different types of renewable energy sources, and the devices used to capture them. The modules will be based on solar, water, wind power and climate change. One of them is going to be divided into chambers, one cold and the other hot, to point out the importance of insulation in good climate control.