Sustainable Engineering News

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BMW Mobile Storage Program Charges into Tesla Territory
The Green Optimistic, 1 hour ago
BMW announced the BMW i ChargeForward Program at the recently concluded CES 2015. It is a two-part program to help stabilize the PG&E’s franchise area, an area which covers Tesla’s headquarters in Fremont. The first part allows PG&E to delay the charging of selected BMW i3 cars d...
Electric Three Wheeler Spira4u Boasts 70 Mile Range
The Green Optimistic, 1 hour ago
Spira4u is the first of its kind super economical three-wheeler, which is a mix between a car and a scooter. It comes in two versions- electric and gas powered, it meets all EPA requirements for emissions, highly fuel-efficient and safe, but most of all, it is made of super light … The post El...
Plant-e Produces Electricity from Green Plants
The Green Optimistic, 1 hour ago
Plants have once?again made it to the green news, and surprisingly, the main reason this time is not their ability to absorb carbon dioxide. Dutch start-up Plant-e?is currently harvesting the energy from plants and using it to power street lights, Wi-Fi spots and charge cell phones. Protecting world...
Solar Impulse 2 Set to Kick Off in the Middle East
The Green Optimistic, 1 hour ago
The Middle East is the first leg of Solar Impulse 2‘s record attempt to fly around the world without using a drop of fuel, only relying on solar power. Test flights were made in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, which holds 9% of the world’s proven oil reserves, and were … The post Solar I...
The Wind Energy Industry is Nothing New
Alternative Energy Technology, 1 hour ago
Wind Farms | Wind Power | Wind TurbinesThough our scientists may claim that they are inventing something new by using wind as a source of generating energy, the truth is that wind is being used for centuries for this purpose. An example of this is an article published in 1838, which clearly shows th...
Forecasting Wind Data with Cell Phone Towers
Alternative Energy Technology, 1 hour ago
Ethanol FuelWind data provider Onesemble has developed sensors which can keep note of wind date for around 95% of the wind farms existing in the Texas area. The help of cell phone towers is sought for this purpose. Onesemble Network Sensors collect accurate data by getting to know the wind speed at ...
Best Green Car of 2011: Chevrolet Volt
Alternative Energy Technology, 1 hour ago
Electric Cars | Energy Industry | TransportationThe 2011 Chevrolet Volt became the first electric car to be chosen as the Green Car of the Year 2011. Chevrolet Volt received this honor at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which is held every year by the Green Car Journal. The 2011 Chevrolet Volt electric c...
Solar Powered Wheelchair Sets World Records
Alternative Energy Technology, 1 hour ago
Solar Power | TransportationHaidar Taleb, a 47 year old man from UAE, displayed a rare combination of human spirit and willpower when he took up a 200-mile long journey on a wheel chair that he has built for himself which runs on solar power. Being a person with polio since the age of 4 has not stop...
Advantages of Renewable Energy at Macro and Micro Level
Alternative Energy Technology, 1 hour ago
Energy Economy | Energy Industry | Future TechnologyIt is now certain that the current energy systems and technological advancements available in the world are not sufficient to make the planet free from the carbon dioxide that is emitted from those resources. To solve this problem, there is a scope...
Ramanathan's Work on Solid-Oxide Fuel Cells
Alternative Energy Technology, 1 hour ago
Fuel Cells | Future Technology | Hydrogen FuelA team of researchers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences that is headed by Sriram Ramanathan is working on developing fuel cells. If Ramanathan is to be believed, the solid-oxide fuel cells the visionary and specialist in the field...
Making the Best Use of Polymer Solar Cells
Alternative Energy Technology, 1 hour ago
Future Technology | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerA report recently published in an online journal called Advanced Materials points out that a process has been developed by the researchers at the Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory that can produce thin and constant light absorbing layer...
Increasing the Efficiency of Wind Turbine Blades
Alternative Energy Technology, 1 hour ago
Future Technology | Wind Power | Wind TurbinesTo ensure wind turbines that are big in size work in a better manner, a new kind of air-flow technology may soon be introduced. Apart from other aspects, it will focus on efficiency of blades used in the wind turbines. The technology will help in increas...
Generating Electricity from Wing Waves
Alternative Energy Technology, 1 hour ago
Energy Inventions | Hydro Power | Wave PowerJust like wind mills and wind turbines that generate power and electricity from the wind, scientists are now working to generate power from the sea. Stephen Wood, an assistant professor of marine and environmental systems at Florida Institute of Technology...
Power from Two Energy Sources?
Alternative Energy Technology, 1 hour ago
Energy Inventions | Future TechnologyAlternative sources of energy are clean and green but the catch is they generate less energy compared to fossil fuels. So now the scientists are trying to use different sources of alternative energy at the same place and same time to generate power. Attempts are ...
Solar Tracker Solar Panels
Alternative Energy Technology, 1 hour ago
Energy Inventions | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerA German owned company IMO has set-up a plant in USA that will make the largest solar tracker solar panels to tap solar energy. As per Ruediger Unverzagt and Klaus Pless, respectively the CEO and vice-president of this company, these solar tracker ...
Flat Tower: Innovative Architectural Solution
Alternative Energy Technology, 1 hour ago
Energy Industry | Energy Inventions | Environment and SustainabilityHigh-rise buildings and skyscrapers have been the most favored architectural solutions for highly populated cities. It is a commendable idea for combining height – growing more vertically – and for its small footprint wi...
E-Reader Going Green: Biblio Leaf
Alternative Energy Technology, 1 hour ago
Energy Inventions | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerGlad tidings for book lovers with green ethics! Maybe the e-reader does not consume much power. But if you love to read online and think you should do your bit towards using renewable energy, you have Toshiba and KDDI joining the ranks of LG to pro...
Laser `Scribing' to Increase Solar Cell Efficiency
Alternative Energy Technology, 1 hour ago
Future Technology | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerOver the years, thanks to the devoted research work going on for increasing the efficiency of solar cells, today solar cells are no longer flat shaped or unyielding. Ultra thin film-type solar cells have now been manufactured which are quite flexib...
The New Role of Microbes in Bio-Fuel Production
Alternative Energy Technology, 1 hour ago
Biofuels | Energy Inventions | Future TechnologyCurrently biofuel is produced from plants as well as microbes. The oils, carbohydrates or fats generated by the microbes or plants are refined to produce biofuel. This is a green and renewable energy that helps in conserving fossil-fuel usage. But a ne...
Ceria Mimics Plant Life
Alternative Energy Technology, 1 hour ago
Energy Inventions | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerNewer and more exciting devices are being invented to harness renewable energy – especially solar energy. One such device is a prototype which uses one of the rare earth metals – ceria, otherwise known cerium oxide – utilizing its...