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Nanotech Works for Hydrogen
March 6, 2008 05:47 PM - , Private Landowner Network

Hydrogen is everywhere on our planet, but it is not free to roam. It is always joined at the molecular hip with something else. It is a carrier of energy since it requires energy to break it away from a mate. But when free, hydrogen can be a fuel, a source of energy to do something, to do work. Unfortunately as a carrier of energy hydrogen is not very efficient. It takes considerable energy to separate hydrogen from oxygen or carbon, for instance. By some estimates more energy is needed for separation than hydrogen will give back as fuel — with available technology that is.

Aging Hybrids Rejuvenated?
March 3, 2008 09:20 AM - , Private Landowner Network

Both Toyota and Honda make excellent cars. The motors, the bodywork, the interiors, the transmissions, the electrical bits, all first rate. Sure, there are occasional problems, some expensive to fix, and sure, items wear out and have to be replaced, but both companies build cars that can be driven 150,000; 200,000 perhaps as much as 300,000 miles with a little love and care.

A solar powered world?
February 26, 2008 10:35 AM - , Private Landowner Network

Arizona Public Service (APS) has announced plans to build a 280-megawatt concentrating solar power plant in the desert 70 miles southwest of Phoenix. The Solana Generating Station, if it were operating today, would be the single largest solar power plant on the planet. Solana, with its thermal energy storage, will be able to operate 24/7 providing power for 70,000 homes.

Thank carbon for air cars
February 16, 2008 09:31 AM - , Private Landowner Network

One of the great success stories of recent technological history is carbon fiber. Light, stronger than steel and corrosion proof, it’s used in everything from airplanes to fishing rods to sailboat masts. Without carbon fiber composites Guy Negre wouldn’t have his air powered cars. It’s the super strong carbon fiber pressure tanks that make the cars possible. Soon cars running on compressed air will go into production — in India. MDI Industries, of Carros, France, which develops the air powered cars and engine technology, has signed a licensing agreement with Tata Motors that allows that company exclusive rights to manufacture and market an MDI car and its technology in the world’s second most populous nation. The small, fiberglass composite 770 pound (350 kg) cars could sell for about $5000.

High Speed Rail Advances Globally, Crawls in the U.S.
February 12, 2008 10:50 AM - , Private Landowner Network

Somewhere deep in the pages of President Bush’s proposed 2009, $3.1 trillion budget is a 40 percent cut in Amtrak funding. A cut so deep that the quasi-government interstate passenger rail service could screech to a halt. The lame duck’s plan is to give Amtrak $800 million. Nearly on the same day that the President unveiled his budget Alstom, of France, unveiled its latest high speed train, the AGV (Automotrice y Grande Vitesse) ) a next generation replacement for the TGV (Train y Grande Vitesse). The company already has orders: 35 trains, with an option of 10 more to Italian rail operator NTV

Mechanically Energized: Readily Commercialized
February 8, 2008 09:36 AM - , Private Landowner Network

Current conventionally powered vehicles, gasoline-electric hybrids, natural gas vehicles, biofueled vehicles as well as rechargeable battery electric, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell vehicles all have something in common: They’re refueled by way of a “tether” that links them to a stationary energy source. A hose is used to replenish a supply of gaseous or liquid fuels, or a cord is used to supply a flow of electrons.

The Lawn Mower of My Dreams
February 4, 2008 09:37 AM - , Private Landowner Network

I’m in love. With a lawn mower. I’ve never seen her in person, as it were. I’ve never taken her for a stroll around my yard. I’ve only seen her in pictures and I’ve reviewed her, ah, “specifications.” That’s enough. I know she’s perfect for me. The lawn mower in question is Remington Power Tools new cordless PowerMower (tm). It has all the features necessary, for most of us, to replace our dirty and heavily-polluting gasoline-powered mower.

A garbage /septage cocktail for fuel.
January 31, 2008 10:38 AM - , Private Landowner Network

Here’s a frothy brew you wouldn’t want to put a straw into: a not-so-tasty blend of sewage and garbage. As unappealing as it may seem together the two can cut greenhouse gases, help cleanup water supplies and add a new source of green and endlessly renewable fuel, all with the help of a new patented invention by Viridis Waste Control: Septage Bioreactor Landfill (TM) technology.

Economy, Planet in Trouble: Green Energy to the Rescue?
January 29, 2008 09:56 AM - , Private Landowner Network

With a tipping point in climate change maybe a few years out, perhaps triggered by the soon completely melted summertime Arctic ice cap, we’re probably well past the point where a semi-market-based-only approach to cutting greenhouse gas emissions, like cap-and-trade, will do any good. Government needs to step in. Among the measures that can be done now is to continue to build emission free renewables while dramatically cutting back on power consumption, so that new fossil power plants don’t need to be built until carbon sequestration technology can be implemented. There needs to be some political leadership to put direction in the climate saving effort.

Wood Chips and the U.S. Economy
January 24, 2008 10:22 AM - , Private Landowner Network

Unofficially the United States is now in an economic recession. Investment bankers Merrill Lynch say so. Officially, the US may not be in recession for months. That kind of announcement usually comes from the White House, but since this a presidential election year, and the party of the sitting president usually is ousted when there’s bad economic performance, the Oval Office will be slow to admit a downturn.

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