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Monthly Archive: September 2009

Quick-charge, Light-weight Battery Using Algae

Written by , on September 23, 2009

Researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden have designed a battery that exploits the unique cellulose structure of the Cladophora algae, which is characterized by a very large surface area. By coating this structure with an extremely thin layer of conducting polymer, the team produced a battery that weighs very little and can be fully charged […]  Read more »

VW’s Electric Beetle

Written by , on September 17, 2009

Wolkswagen has demonstrated the concept version of it’s E-Up! – a fully electric car which it says will be “the Beetle of the 21st century”. VW says that the car will have a maximum speed of 135 kilometres per hour and a range of 130 kilometres. Fully recharging from a standard 240 volt outlet will […]  Read more »

French Show Electric Concept Cars

Written by , on September 16, 2009

Citroen, Renault and Peugeot have all displayed new electric concept cars at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Citroen showed its ultra-chic plug-in REVOLTe hybrid concept inspired by its iconic 2CV. The REVOLTe measures just 3.68m long, 1.73m wide and 1.35m tall. The most interesting feature is its original and distinctive three-seater layout – the driver’s seat […]  Read more »

Report: Renewables Would Create 2.7 million New Jobs

Written by , on September 16, 2009

Greenpeace and the European Renewable Energy Council have released a report into the impact of switching to renewable on employment. According to the report, called Working for the Climate, switching to renewable forms of electricity and phasing out coal would create 2.7 million additional new jobs. The report concludes that a total of 11.3 million […]  Read more »

Wind Alone Could Provide All China’s Energy

Written by , on September 12, 2009

A team of environmental scientists from Harvard and Tsinghua University have demonstrated the enormous potential for wind-generated electricity in China. Using extensive meteorological data, the researchers have estimated that wind alone has the potential to meet the country’s projected electricity demands for 2030. While wind-generated energy currently accounts for only 0.4 percent of China’s total […]  Read more »

Huge Solar Power Plants for Mongolia

Written by , on September 10, 2009

American solar photovoltaic panel manufacturer, First Solar, has signed a memorandum of understanding with China to partner on a 2,000-megawatt power plant in Ordos City, Inner Mongolia. This follows an agreement signed last month for Canadian Solar to develop a 500-megawatt solar power plant in Baotou, Inner Mongolia. Before these announcements, the largest solar electricity […]  Read more »

Solar Panel Price Collapsing

Written by , on September 9, 2009

According to the market research company, The Information Network, the wholesale price of solar panels has dropped from $US4.05 per watt a year ago to $US1.85 today. The company predicts that the price could drop below $US1 per watt next year and be as low as $US0.50 per watt in 2011. The main reason for […]  Read more »

Solar Panel from Human Hair

Written by , on September 9, 2009

Milan Karki, an 18 year old student in Kathmandu, Nepal, believes that he has found the solution to the developing world’s energy needs in a solar panel in which the silicon is replaced by human hair. Milan began his quest to create electricity when he was a boy living in Khotang, a remote district of […]  Read more »

Lower Cost Fuel Cells

Written by , on September 6, 2009

One of the main factors in the high cost of fuels cells is the use of platinum as a catalyst. Platinum is scarce and costs around $1,200 an ounce – and that price is likely to skyrocket if fuel cells with platinum catalysts become widely used. A U.K. company, ACAL Energy, has developed a new […]  Read more »

PG&E to Use Compressed Air to Store Wind Energy

Written by , on September 4, 2009

The American utility company, Pacific Gas and Electric, is to build an underground compressed air storage facility that would deliver as much electricity as a medium-sized power plant. The company intends to use wind turbines to pump air into natural underground caverns. The air will then be released as needed to power turbines and meet […]  Read more »