California’s Grid Geeks: Mastering kinetic force

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California’s wind and solar farms can generate the electricity to power its grid — but it needn’t go it alone.

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Infographic: The Real Emissions of Your Electric Car Will Depend on Where You Live

June 10, 2013 by  
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We’re not exactly sure why, but people love a good myth about clean-tech— e.g. making solar panels uses more energy than they generate, or wind farms actually increase emissions. The most fashionable of late is that producing and charging electric vehicles means heavy carbon emissions . So is it true? In a recent study comparing grid-powered electric car emissions around the world,   Shrink That Footprint  found that electric cars using coal-fired electricity have carbon emissions similar to average gasoline cars. However, when charged with low carbon power, they have just a quarter of the emissions of a typical car, or about half those of the best hybrid. Even when you account for a car’s manufacturing footprint, it turns out that what really matters is the electricity source and where you live can have a big impact. Find out more on the subject over at Shrink That Footprint . The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , car emissions , clean air , electric car emissions , gas emissions , green air , green transportation , hybrid car emissions , reducing emissions , vehicle emissions        

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Electric Plane Flies 200 Miles in Two Hours, Wins NASA Challenge

October 7, 2011 by  
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Pipistrel-USA , a team from Pennsylvania has won the NASA CAFE Green Flight Challenge by flying an electric plane 200 miles in less than two hours. The Google-sponsored contest was created to spur development of electric airplanes and efficient aircraft designs and with a first-place prize of $1.35 million, it could very well succeed at that. The contest took place at the Sonoma County Airport in California and required entrants to fly 200 miles in two hours while using less than one gallon of fuel per occupant or the electricity equivalent. Pipistrel-USA’s plane , the Taurus G4, had two occupants and used less than a two-gallon equivalent of electricity.  Check out the video above of a flight demonstration of the Taurus G4. Both the winning Pipistrel-USA and the second place team flew electric airplanes . Only three teams out of 14 that registered met the contest’s requirements. via Wall Street Journal  

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City of Austin Facilities Now Fully Powered by Renewables

October 3, 2011 by  
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The City of Austin, Texas is now the largest U.S. municipality to use only renewable energy to power its facilities.  The city uses Austin Energy’s GreenChoice, a voluntary program, to buy their electricity. The city has bought about 400 million kWh of renewable energy from the program that will get the electricity from a wind farm in West Texas. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Austin Energy sold more renewable energy than any other U.S. utility in 2010, selling 754 million kWh electricity from wind and landfill gas. via Environmental Leader

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A Prettier Power Pylon: British Competition Short List Unveiled (Survey)

September 14, 2011 by  
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Plexus Images credit Pylon Design Competition There are 88,000 power pylons in the UK, and the design of them has barely changed in 90 years. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change have been holding a competition for architects, engineers and students ” to rethink one of the most crucial but controversial features of modern Britain: the electricity pylon.”- Something we might want to consider on this side of the ocean; a smart grid deserves smart towers. The short list of six was announced this morning; vote for your favourite! 1. PLEXUS by

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nice rack.

July 3, 2011 by  
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Nothing says summer like clothes drying on the line . But if you don’t have a back yard or if the bad weather won’t dry your clothes, get an indoor drying rack. Drying racks are inexpensive and you’ll make the money back in no time by saving on the electricity consumed by your dryer. Just be sure to get a good one that won’t fall down!  Here’s a sexy tip to stay cool:  in the summer months, place a fan in front of your wet hanging clothes to help bring the room temperature down a little.  Another bonus: drying your clothes in your bedroom during the winter months can help bring a little moisture back into the dry winter air, and your dry winter skin – how neat is that?!

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Legalizing Marijuana Could Reduce Its Energy Consumption 75%

April 27, 2011 by  
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photo: Stay Faded / Creative Commons When we found out a couple week ago that the marijuana industry is responsible for 1% of all US electricity consumption , the first and perhaps obvious big question that popped to my mind was how would that figure change if pot was legalized?

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Houston Getting Extensive EV Charging Network

November 19, 2010 by  
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NRG Energy, a New Jersey-based utility company is building the nation’s first privately-funded network of electric vehicle charging stations in Houston.  EV drivers can subscribe to the service, giving them access to both private, home-based and public charging stations around the city The network is called evGo and will put everyone in Houston within five miles of a charging station by the end of 2011. There will be two levels of subscriptions.  For $49 a month customers will be provided with their own private charging station.  For $89 a month, customers will have access to a network of 50 to 150 charging stations located in public parking lots across the city,   The stations will mainly be in retail locations like Best Buy and Walgreens.  The network will include quick-chargers that can fully charge a battery in 25 minutes. If the the $10-million charging network is successful in Houston, the company plans to expand the idea to other major cities, with New York and Dallas at the top of the list.  NRG plans to focus on states where the electricity industry is deregulated, like Texas.

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Power Up Without a Plug

July 30, 2010 by  
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A Virginia company called Evatran has debuted their prototype for an EV charger that works without plugs, cables or a flow of electricity between the vehicle and the charger. This new charging system doesn’t work by magic, but by induction.  To recharge an EV with this system, the vehicle pulls up to the charging station and parks over a floor-mounted parking block.  An adapter fitted to the vehicle and the parking block both contain metal coils that become aligned by magnetic sensors.  The control tower for the charging station converts electricity into the right frequency for the charger and when the coils are aligned, the electricity creates a strong magnetic field in the parking block’s coils that induces a flow of electricity in the coils in the vehicle’s adapter, which charges the battery.

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GE and 4 VC Partners Offer $200M to Fund Best Smart Grid Ideas

July 13, 2010 by  
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General Electric and four venture capital partners are offering $200 million to back the best ideas for technology that will speed transformation of the electricity grid into a digital energy network that is smarter, cleaner and more efficient.

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