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Monthly Archive: October 2010

Big Potential for Zinc-air Cells in Transportation

Written by , on October 22, 2010

A Montana company, Zinc Air, has announced plans to begin commercial producion of zinc-air fuel cells which the company believes could play a significant part in future transportation. Various types of zinc-air cells are possible but mechanical recharged cells offer great potentail for transport. In these, zinc granules are fed into the cells and act […]  Read more »

Floating Wind Turbines More Cost Efficient

Written by , on October 22, 2010

Project Deepwater, a study by the UK’s Energy Technologies Institute, has found that floating wind turbines are more economically efficient than turbines built on offshore foundations. Even though the technology is a little more complex and the inital cost is higher, floating turbines have greater ability to access stronger and more consistent winds in deeper […]  Read more »

Solar PV Cost Decrease

Written by , on October 21, 2010

The following graph, produced by MIT Professor Emanuel Sachs, shows how the cost of solar photovoltaic cells has fallen since their invention in 1978. (Professor Sachs is a co-founder of 1366 Technologies – see Company Claims It Will Make Solar Power Cheaper than Coal.) (Click for a larger view.)  Read more »

Company Claims It Will Make Solar Power Cheaper than Coal

Written by , on October 21, 2010

The solar cell manufacturing company, 1366 Technologies, claims that its innovative approaches to solar manufacturing have the potential to halve the cost of solar energy. The company produces crystalline silicon wafers using a "Direct Wafer" process that it says can reduce the cost of manufacturing silicon wafers by 80 percent. Traditional silicon wafer manufacturing involves […]  Read more »

More Rice with Less Water

Written by , on October 20, 2010

According to Oxfam America, rice farmers could produce 50% more rice using less water than with current techniques.   Rice farmers normally rely on flooding their fields to keep seeds covered in water throughout the growing season. But farmers in parts of Africa, Southeast Asia and India have been able to produce as much as […]  Read more »

Electric Tuk Tuks for Europe

Written by , on October 20, 2010

A Dutch company, Tuk Tuk Factory, is introducing what it claims is the first fully-electric version of the tuk tuk, the three wheeled taxi which is popular throughout Asia, at the eCarTek Show in Munich. Tuk Tuk Factory says that it has obtained European approval for three model of the electric Tuk Tuk – a […]  Read more »

Wind Power without Rotating Blades

Written by , on October 19, 2010

A New York design firm, Atelier DNA, has proposed an alternative wind farm concept that uses stalks instead of rotating blades. The ‘Windstalks’ generate electricity when the wind sets them waving. The designers have proposed the idea for the planned city Masdar being built outside of Abu Dhabi. Atelier DNA’s “Windstalk” project is an entrant […]  Read more »

Container Ship Design Reduces CO2 by 35%

Written by , on October 19, 2010

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has designed a new energy-efficient container ship which it claims promises a 35 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. One key features of the new design is a dual propulsion system that the company says would reduce CO2 emissions by 24% compared with conventional container ships. A proprietary air lubrication system […]  Read more »

Big Potential for US Offshore Wind Power

Written by , on October 17, 2010

According to a new report from the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the United States should develop at least 54 gigawatts of offshore wind power. Doing so would provide clean power to high-demand urban centers, generate $200 billion in new economic activity and create more than 43,000 permanent, high-paying jobs. Although the US currently […]  Read more »

5 Gigawatt Solar Park Planned in South Africa

Written by , on October 16, 2010

The South African Government and the US-based Clinton Climate Initiative have completed a pre-feasibilty study on the creation of a "solar park" in Northern Cape Province. The solar park would ultimately generate 5.000 megawatts of electricity and cost $20 billion. Currently, the largest solar park in the world, in California’s Mojave Desert, generates 354 megawatts. […]  Read more »