Nissan is making the world’s first solid-oxide fuel cell vehicle

August 17, 2016 by  
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Nissan is the official sponsor of this summer’s Rio 2016 Olympics and, in addition to contributing a fleet of cars for the games, the automaker has revealed the world’s first solid-oxide fuel-cell vehicle. Nissan’s new e-Bio Fuel-Cell prototype doesn’t rely on hydrogen like today’s fuel cell vehicles and instead runs on ethanol and ethanol-blended water. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HF-eE8pRzMw The e-Bio Fuel-Cell prototype vehicle runs on 100-percent ethanol or ethanol-blended water to charge its 24kWh battery that gives the fuel-cell van a cruising range of more than 373 miles. If the prototype looks familiar, it should since the e-Bio Fuel-Cell is based on the e-NV200. According to Nissan, it chose to create the e-Bio Fuel-Cell prototype because bio-ethanol fuels, which are mainly sourced from sugarcane and corn, are widely available. Due to the easy availability of ethanol and ethanol-blended water, the system is not heavily restricted by the existing charging infrastructure, making it easy to introduce to the market. Related: Nissan is gifting gilded Leaf EVs to winning Olympic Athletes Nissan president and CEO Carlos Ghosn stated: “The e-Bio Fuel-Cell offers eco-friendly transportation and creates opportunities for regional energy production…all the while supporting the existing infrastructure. In the future, the e-Bio Fuel-Cell will become even more user-friendly. Ethanol-blended water is easier and safer to handle than most other fuels. Without the need to create new infrastructure, it has great potential to drive market growth.” Nissan will conduct further field tests on public roads in Brazil using the prototype. + Nissan All images @ Nissan

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Artist Sue Austin Creates a Prototype Self-Propelled Underwater Wheelchair

August 29, 2012 by  
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With the Paralympics about to get underway, artist Sue Austin has modified her wheelchair and created a prototype self-propelled underwater version. The design is all part of Ms. Austin’s performance piece called “ Creating the Spectacle! ,” which is a series of filmed and live artistic exhibitions that feature her and her underwater exploits. Read the rest of Artist Sue Austin Creates a Prototype Self-Propelled Underwater Wheelchair Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aqua wheelchair , Artist , creating the spectacle , diving , PADI , paraolympics , self-propelled underwater wheelchair , sue austin , underwater wheelchair

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Renzo Piano’s MUSE Museum is a Sustainable Building that Will Help Revitalize Trento’s Riverfront

August 29, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of Renzo Piano’s MUSE Museum is a Sustainable Building that Will Help Revitalize Trento’s Riverfront Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adige river front , bamboo flooring , brownfield revitalization , geothermal energy , industrial site redevelopment , italy , muse , museum of natural sciences , photovolatic panels , rainwater harvesting , renzo piano building workshop , sustainable museum exhibit , trento , tri-generation energy plant

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The Leaf House is an Energy-Efficient Tiny Home Built for the Tundra

August 29, 2012 by  
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The Super Fast All-Electric Lightning GT Supercar Gears Up to Hit the Streets!

February 6, 2012 by  
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Method Prototype Detergent Bottle Made of One-Quarter Ocean Gyre Recovered Plastic

September 16, 2011 by  
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Plastic monster on the beach. Image credit: Flickr , Genista What a great idea! From the Method company press release : “Method’s bottle is 100 percent post-consumer polyethylene, 25 percent of which is plastic collected from the Gyre. Partnering with Envision Plastics, one of the largest recyclers in the U.S., Method was able to make bottles out of a novel and potentially profound new plastic material — Ocean PCR.”… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Major Utility Contradicts GOP Talking Points On EPA’s Proposed Air Emission Standards

September 16, 2011 by  
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Exelon’s Limerick Generating Station: a nuclear energy plant located in southeastern Pennsylvania. Imager credit: Exelon This is one of those rare news events where you can’t beat the public record for clarity and depth. An Exelon spokesperson was quoted at length about the electric power sector’s overall ability to comply with EPA’s proposed Mercury and Air Toxics Rule and final Cross-State Air Pollution Rule , as they apply to coal-fired power generators in… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Cell Phones Could Be Talk-Powered

May 12, 2011 by  
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How cool would it be if your cell phone could gain all the power it needed to fuel your conversations by the actual sound of those conversations?  Scientists at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea think they’ve developed the technology that could soon have that very application. The technology produces energy from the vibrations caused by sounds.  The prototype consists of tiny zinc oxide wires sandwiched between two electrodes.  A sound pad on top vibrates when hit by sound waves which causes the zinc oxide strands to compress and release.  That generates an electrical current that charges the battery. Currently, the prototype has only been able to convert sound at high decibel levels like loud traffic to generate about 50 millivolts of electricity, but the scientists are hoping that changing the material the wires are made of will allow more energy to be produced from lower sound levels.

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More Hydrogen from Sunlight

May 12, 2011 by  
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When there’s a good idea around, there’s more than one person pursuing it. And so it turns out that the artificial photosynthesis we covered recently isn’t the only approach being pursued to produce hydrogen using only water and sunlight. A team of scientists from the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University and others at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) are also working on a method to generate hydrogen from water using sunlight

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Toys "R" Us Facility Getting Largest Solar Rooftop in U.S.

May 11, 2011 by  
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A Toys “R” Us distribution facility in New Jersey will soon be home to the largest solar rooftop installation in the country.  The huge installation will feature 37,000 solar panels producing 5.38 MW of power. Toys “R” Us has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Constellation Energy Group — the builders of the project — and will meet 72 percent of the facility’s energy needs with the solar power system.  The facility’s carbon footprint will be reduced by 4,569 tons.

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