Energy

Department of Energy Awards $3.8 Million in Funding to 38 U.S. Universities for Nuclear Research Infrastructure
August 22, 2007 04:12 PM - U.S. Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today strengthened its commitment to advancing nuclear power by awarding $100,000 to 38 universities to enhance nuclear research and development (R&D) under President Bush’s Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP).

Researchers Urge Officials To Study Indirect Impacts of Fossil Fuels
August 22, 2007 03:23 PM - Carnegie Mellon

A team of Carnegie Mellon University researchers report that the choices U.S. officials make today could limit how the nation's future energy needs are met and could cost consumers billions in idle power plants and associated infrastructure systems.

New Technology Prmoises Dramatic Chip-Cooling Potential For Future Computers
August 22, 2007 01:20 PM - Emil Venere, Purdue University

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Researchers have demonstrated a new technology using tiny "ionic wind engines" that might dramatically improve computer chip cooling, possibly addressing a looming threat to future advances in computers and electronics. The Purdue University researchers, in work funded by Intel Corp., have shown that the technology increased the "heat-transfer coefficient," which describes the cooling rate, by as much as 250 percent.

Radical Engine Redesign Would Reduce Pollution, Oil Consumption
August 22, 2007 01:15 PM - Purdue University

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Researchers have created the first computational model to track engine performance from one combustion cycle to the next for a new type of engine that could dramatically reduce oil consumption and the emission of global-warming pollutants. "We're talking about a major leap in engine technology that could be used in hybrid cars to make vehicles much more environmentally friendly and fuel stingy," said Gregory M. Shaver, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University.

Nissan's New Models to Feature Fuel Efficiency Gauge
August 22, 2007 11:10 AM - Nissan Global

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., announced today that all future new models will be equipped with a fuel efficiency gauge to give drivers more information on how their driving style directly relates to fuel economy.

Cow-Powered Fuel Cells Grow Smaller, Mightier
August 22, 2007 10:26 AM - Ohio State University

"Cows could one day help to meet the rise in demand for alternative energy sources," say Ohio State University researchers that used microbe-rich fluid from a cow to generate electricity in a small fuel cell.

Small-Scale Wind Turbine Named a 2007 Top 10 Green Building Product
August 22, 2007 09:56 AM - , Green Progress

The Skystream 3,7 backyard wind generator, from Southwest Windpower, has been named a 2007 Top 10 Green Building Product by Sustainable Industries, a magazine for green business leaders.

Global Electric Motorcars, A Chrysler Company, Wins California Eco Award
August 21, 2007 12:11 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

California environmentalists have recognized Global Electric Motorcars, a Chrysler company, for its leadership in bringing environmentally-friendly technology to the state's residents. The company produces the nation's best-selling street-legal all-electric, zero emission vehicles, the GEM.

Indonesian, Japanese Companies Agree To Major Geothermal Project
August 20, 2007 01:44 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

JAKARTA, Indonesia - At a total of over 300 megawatts power output, the Sarulla Geothermal Project located in Tapanuli Utara, North Sumatra will be the largest single-contract geothermal project to date in the geothermal industry. It's due to start putting out power in approximately 30 months. Indonesian business leaders call it a reflection of the large scale, high productivity and potential of Indonesian geothermal resources.

Toyota Drops Price On 2008 Highlander SUV Hybrid, Options Galore, Only $33,700
August 20, 2007 12:50 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Toyota today announced manufacturer's suggested retail prices for the all-new 2008 Highlander Hybrid. All loaded up with new standard equipment and convenience features, the 2008 Highlander Hybrid base grade 4WD-i model will carry an MSRP of $33,700, a decrease of $190, or 0.6 percent over the previous generation comparably-equipped Highlander Hybrid.

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