• Sewage plant to be named after George W Bush

    Posted in Other Stuff on July 10, 2008

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    Everyone wants to remembered after they are long gone, be it as a wage memory or as a legend of their times. When it comes to being the President of the USA, it’s not that hard to be forgotten considering the remarkable achievement one already may possess in being a president of any country. Nevertheless, no one would like to be remembered or even associated let alone be named after a garbage dumping ground. The Presidential Memorial Commission of San Francisco wants to switch the name of the Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant to the George W. Bush Sewage Plant. Supporters hoping to put the issue on the November ballot turned in more than 10,000 signatures to San Francisco election officials. It takes just over 7,000 valid names to qualify and the group expects to find out later this month whether they made it.

  • GM’s Spain plant to go solar

    Posted in Alternative Energy on July 10, 2008

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    Solar cell arrays on houses are commonly a handful of kilowatts, or thousandths of a megawatt. On big commercial buildings, installations of one or two megawatts have become common. A one-megawatt installation will run about 1,000 window air-conditioners simultaneously, at least as long as the sun is shining. Energy Conversion Devices has planned to solarize the General Motors assembly plant in Zaragoza, Spain. The project will be putting out 12 megawatts, a huge number in a field where most arrays are measured in kilowatts. The project will use solar devices manufactured in rolls, like carpet runners. Installation will be completed this fall, according to the company, which is based in Rochester Hills, Michigan Energy Conversion will supply the equipment to Veolia Environment and Clairvoyant Energy, which will lease the rooftop space from GM and own and operate the installation, which will be two million square feet.

    Mercedes to ditch petroleum by 2015

    Posted in Transport on July 10, 2008

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    Mercedes may be name of true luxury, safety and class, now it will be the name for green too. It is planning to eradicate petroleum powered vehicles from its own line up of vehicles by the year 2015. It will now be putting its best brains into building electric, fuel cell, and biofuel vehicles; the company is revving up research in alternative fuel sources and efficiency. From what we know Mercedes well they really do one of the best research in the field of automotive engineering, so nothing less than perfect is expected off a green Merc. The Mercedes facility in Spain has one vehicle the F700, powered by a DiesOtto engine that combines HCCI and spark ignition to get nearly the same efficiency as diesel, but minus the expensive after-treatment systems. Mercedes is looking into electric vehicles, both battery-powered and fuel-cell powered. Not only are models in development, but we’ve also seen the company making steps towards its zero-petroleum goal right now, from better cabs in London to li-ion battery improvements. The company also has about 100 Smart electric cars undergoing testing in London, with that favorite 2010 year as the projected market release date.

    Inside the Zero-Emission House where all home appliances work with electricity generated by solar and wind energy

    Posted in Architecture on July 9, 2008

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    The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan build a model house called the “Zero-Emission House” in the outdoor car park of the International Media Center (IMC) for coverage by international journalists during the Hokkaido Toyako Summit. This house of the near future is equipped with a photovoltaic power generation system, fuel cells, advanced robots, and other cutting-edge technologies. All home appliances in the zero emission house work with electricity generated by solar and wind energy.

    Germany says no to Nuclear power announces 30 wind Farms

    Posted in Alternative Energy on July 7, 2008

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    Germany’s Bundestag or lower house of parliament passed a law last month aimed at increasing the amount of power generated by renewable energy sources like wind or solar power to 30 percent from the current 14 percent by 2020. The rise in the oil price has made this all the more pressing and the interest from investors’ shows that it is economically viable. The government is aiming to obtain “25,000 megawatts of energy from wind farms by 2030.

    LG builds Korea’s biggest solar plant

    Posted in Alternative Energy on July 7, 2008

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    LG completed construction of the Korea’ biggest solar panel plant, as part of the group’s strategy to make inroads into the alternative energy market. The LG solar plant in Taean county, about 110 kilometers southwest of Seoul, is capable of producing 14 megawatts of electricity a year, equivalent to the demand by some 8,000 homes, LG said. The solar plant is part of LG’s move to provide alternative energy amid rising oil prices. LG spent 110 billion won (US$105 million) to build the facility.
    Via – Fareastgizmos

    An all electric car that recharges in 2hrs flat

    Posted in Transport on July 7, 2008

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    With the amount of new technology coming up in the field of alternate power for our vehicles, it seems to me that the future of driving isn’t so dark after all. A graduate student at the University of Delaware created an electric car that can go for 150 miles on a single recharge, and has prospects of the power company paying back to him instead of charging him. The students also created a “vehicle to grid” technology. When you plug the car in, it actually becomes a storage device for the power grid. The power company would actually pay you to store their power in your car until they need it. That could add up to about $2,500 to $5,000 a year the power company would pay the driver back. The $70,000 Scion that’s fully electric and goes about 3 cents to a mile, when compared with a gas vehicle that might go between 10 and 12 cents a mile, barely takes 2 hours of recharge time. The car is no a hybrid, it is all electric. It gets plugged into an outlet.

    Toyota to add solar panels to Prius hybrid

    Posted in Transport on July 7, 2008

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    Just like the Th!nk OX that we covered a few days back, Toyota is planning to put solar panels on the roof of the high-end version of the Prius when it redesigns the gasoline-electric hybrid car early next year. The power generated by the system would be used for the air conditioning. Toyota plans to use solar panels made by Kyocera Corp, it has remodeled the Prius with an improved hybrid system in 2003 and is expected to launch a third-generation version by next year.

    Samsung launches the SCH-W510 Eco-Phone in Korea

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on July 7, 2008

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    We had mentioned about it last month and now Samsung has gone ahead and launched the Eco Phone (aka SCH-W510) a “green” HSDPA phone made from natural corn in its construction and does not use lead, mercury, or any such harmful materials. The phone comes with all the standard features in a modern day mobile device like a 3MP camera, Bluetooth, multimedia player and the sorts.

    69 year old Japanese rides wave powered boat from Hawaii to Japan

    Posted in Transport on July 7, 2008

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    Some people simply rest on a futile argument; others travel the world to prove a point. A 69-year-old Japanese sailor Ken’ichi Horie has made a 6,400-kilometer (nearly 4,000 mi) journey from Hawaii to Japan in his wave-powered Suntory Mermaid II boat. The Suntory Mermaid II, a 9.5 meter (31 ft) long x 3.5 meter (11 ft) wide, 3-ton vessel made of recycled aluminum, does not use an engine for propulsion. Instead, it relies on a pair of fins under the bow that move up and down as the waves come in, propelling the boat forward.