April 25th, 2008 by Michael

I ran across a blurb on C|Net today about Coskata and their new ethanol plant. According to the article, they have broken ground on the new facility and should be in production early next year. They will use a unique process to produce ethanol from feed stocks other than corn and they estimate it will cost approximately $1 per gallon to produce. The other touted benefit is that this ethanol should be able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 84% compared to gasoline. Corn ethanol is said to have about the same emissions as gasoline. (more…)

April 12th, 2008 by Michael

Honda is airing new commercials for their FCX Clarity sedan. It would seem that the Japanese manufacturers are going to far outstrip the American companies in the shift to more environmentally friendly product lines. While there is not any information of what the cost of fuel cell refills are, there is a lot of good information on the number of ways Honda has designed an environmentally friendly vehicle from the ground up. (more…)

December 4th, 2007 by Michael

Over at C|Net, they have a short video of the Tesla Roadster with a reasonable amount of information about the car. The describe the power and charging systems along with the design of various components. Don’t let the title fool you, however; there is very little time spent actually with them driving the car. If you are interested in where automotive technology is headed, a couple of minutes with this video would be time spent well.

August 24th, 2007 by Michael

This article over at PhysOrg has some very interesting implications. Sony has managed to develop a process for producing bio-batteries. These batteries produce electricity by breaking down sugars. At this point, they are able to produce about 50mW of power, the highest yet achieved by bio-batteries. This comes as a result of Sony’s work on an improved and efficient process for breaking down the sugars. (more…)

August 22nd, 2007 by Michael

According to an article at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign website (and also reported at Treehugger), another solar panel improvement has been discovered. We hear all the time how nano tech will change everything, well this time it appears to be right. One of the problems with solar panels is that ultra-violet light is not converted to electricity. It is either filtered out or it becomes heat that shortens the life of the cell. (more…)