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Nissan Launches 7-seater Electric Minivan

March 6 2015 | 1:32 pm

Electric Cars | Energy Industry | TransportationEver wanted to own an electric car, but didn’t think any of the current options were practical? Think again! Nissan is turning over a new leaf with it’s new 100% electric e-NV200 — a 7-seater electric minivan — perfect for cargo, families and even taxis. Previously only available as a 5-seater, the new model has […]...

The Lateral Axis Wind Turbine

March 5 2015 | 9:29 am

Energy Inventions | Wind Power | Wind TurbinesSri Lankan inventor Leelananda Jayasuriya just sent us this concept for a Lateral Axis Wind Turbine. The turbine functions just like a Ferris Wheel, with the blades orbiting in an epicyclical path around the central shaft. Leelananda believes there are many advantages to his design: it can rotate with the direction of the wind, it […]...

Meet the Strati: A 3D Printed Electric Car

March 4 2015 | 11:54 am

Electric Cars | Future Technology | Transportation3D Printing is all the rage these days, so it’s no surprise someone has printed a complete and functional electric automobile, appropriately named the Strati (Italian for “layers”) 18 months ago, Phoenix Arizona company Local Motors teamed up with Cincinnati Incorporated to develop a neighborhood electric car. The project is open source; members are encouraged […]...

Green Cars in 2015 (Infographic)

March 3 2015 | 8:17 am

Electric Cars | Hybrid Cars | TransportationConsidering a green car? These days it makes a lot of sense but there are so many options; electric, hybrid, hydrogen and even solar. One day soon we’ll all be driving one, so how do we choose? And if we don’t have a green car, what can you we do to help the environment in […]...

Google Biodome: New Headquarters to Blend with Environment

March 2 2015 | 9:32 am

Energy Politics | Environment and Sustainability | Future TechnologyToday Google announced their exciting proposal to redevelop four sites in Mountain View, California. Designed by Bjarke Ingels at BIG and Thomas Heatherwick at Heatherwick Studio, the new headquarters will be the first time Google will design and build their offices from scratch. The concept is simple and genius: instead of building permanent structures with […]...

3D Printed Solar Energy Trees

February 28 2015 | 8:24 am

Energy Inventions | Future Technology | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerHow would nature do it? Researchers at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland may be discovering the answer, thanks to advancing solar and 3D printing technologies. They have developed some very decorative prototypes of what they are calling “energy harvesting trees”. The tiny leaves generate and store solar energy and can be used to […]...

The Benefits of Solar Power (Infographic)

February 23 2015 | 1:23 am

Environment and Sustainability | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerHome Inspector Bill Barber recently created an excellent infographic that details how solar panels can power homes and help the environment at the same time. According to the infographic, “1 hour of Energy from the Sun = 1 Year of Power for the Global Population”. And as stated, solar power remains the 3rd most important […]...

Oriental Hornet: Expert Solar Power Harvester

April 29 2011 | 9:37 pm

Do you know who is the most competent solar power expert, according to a research team from Tel Aviv University? It is the humble common Oriental hornet found in our gardens! Much to the astonishment of the scientists and researchers, the hornet utilizes solar power much like a plant and it produces electricity. [...] Read More...Posted in: Environment, PhotoVoltaics, Solar Power...

Brooklyn Bridge Park: Greenest Destination in New York City

April 27 2011 | 11:35 pm

New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge Park is getting even greener with the addition of a solar powered electric vehicle (EV) charging station – the first of its kind in New York City. Brooklyn Bridge Park has already added a number of green areas with lush grass, making it a great spot for both locals [...] Read More...Posted in: Environment, Politics, Solar Power...

Infinyte I4: A Purely Electric Catamaran Cruiser

April 27 2011 | 2:08 am

While solar-power electric hybrid vehicles are a proven success story on the roads, the time is ripe for the appearance of solar-electric watercraft. Already a pontoon boat – Loon – is available in the market. It is solar-electric powered and can seat eight passengers. Now a smaller one – the purely electric run, Infinyte [...] Read More...Posted in: Electric Cars, Future Energy, Transportation...

Pepsi’s New Green PET Bottle

April 26 2011 | 12:20 am

PepsiCo is one of the leading food and beverage businesses in the world. Since 2010, it has been focusing on protecting the earth’s natural energy resources with competent use of soil, water, power and finding and focusing on innovative ways to do so. Recently PepsiCo developed the world’s first plastic bottle made entirely from [...] Read More...Posted in: Environment, Industry, Inventions...

Flying Wind Farms: Future Power Harvesters

April 24 2011 | 11:34 pm

How would you like swarms of kite-like airborne turbines spinning at high altitudes sending power down via nano-tube cable tethers to generate power for your community? This could very well be a true picture of future power harvesters according to NASA. A federal fund of $100,000 is being reserved for exploring these high-altitude, nano-tube [...] Read More...Posted in: Future Energy, Wind Farms, Wind Power...

Hydrogen Generation & Storage Made Easy with Nano-Technology

April 18 2011 | 7:34 am

Fuels like gasoline, based on hydrocarbon, create pollution and carbon footprint. Hydrogen has been claimed to be a good alternative to replace fossil fuel since the 1970s. But hydrogen’s potential has not been realized even partially mainly because of storage and commercial production difficulties. There have been research being done on renewable energy sources [...] Read More...Posted in: Fuel Cells, Future Energy, Hydrogen Fuel...

Artificial Electronic Super Skin – Powered By Stretchable Solar Cells

April 17 2011 | 12:27 am

Zhenan Bao, Stanford researcher, is keen to create “Super skin.” Taking her previously created super-sensitive sensor a step ahead, she is now creating a super skin that will be self-powered with renewable clean solar energy. Bao and her team have designed polymer solar cells that are flexible and can be stretched to power the [...] Read More...Posted in: Inventions, PhotoVoltaics, Solar Power...

South Saigon Yacht Park: Modern and Green Clean Living

April 8 2011 | 7:42 am

Vietnam is setting an example in setting up a stunning green center with the ongoing project called South Saigon Yacht Park. Right in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, the state capital, plans are afoot to create a green oasis to spread the message of green revolution across the country. This Yacht Park [...] Read More...Posted in: Environment, Industry...

PowerMod: To the Rescue

April 7 2011 | 7:12 am

Think of the earthquake that happened at Tahiti, or havoc-provoking typhoons like Katrina; or the recent plane crash that took so many lives. With man-made or natural disasters occurring unexpectedly at all corners of earth, there has been a sharp demand for dependable portable energy sources that can make rescue efforts a lot [...] Read More...Posted in: Inventions, PhotoVoltaics, Solar Power...

Common Algae for Biofuel Butanol Production

April 6 2011 | 7:37 am

There have been various methods tried for reducing fossil fuel dependency and containing carbon footprints for a healthier and more eco-friendly future. Corn-produced ethanol has been used for mixing with gasoline but there have been side effects like corrosion from ethanol. Also huge tracts of precious farmlands need to be diverted for corn production. [...] Read More...Posted in: Biofuels, Future Energy, Transportation...

The Empire State Building: Brighter & Greener

April 4 2011 | 7:20 am

Yes, as of 2011, The Empire State Building, one of the world’s largest buildings has achieved the distinction of becoming the largest buyer of green renewable wind power. The Empire State Building will be using more than 100 million kWh of wind energy in the coming couple of years approximately. It will be totally [...] Read More...Posted in: Environment, Solar Power, Wind Power...

MiraQua: A Tiny Miracle

March 30 2011 | 7:42 am

Today there seems to be more and more and yet more vehicles on the road than ever. Everybody wants to have their own transport and a smaller car with least carbon emission seems to be an ideal solution for this inexhaustible number of cars that seem to be coming up. Tiny cars electrically driven [...] Read More...Posted in: Electric Cars, Future Energy, Transportation...

Ceria Mimics Plant Life

March 29 2011 | 7:19 am

Newer 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 natural propensity of alternatively exhaling and inhaling oxygen as it heats up or cools down. [...] Read More...Posted in: Inventions, PhotoVoltaics, Solar Power...

The New Role of Microbes in Bio-Fuel Production

March 28 2011 | 7:01 am

Currently 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 new research has led to a new discovery of getting the microbes to [...] Read More...Posted in: Biofuels, Future Energy, Inventions...

Laser ‘Scribing’ to Increase Solar Cell Efficiency

March 23 2011 | 7:08 am

Over 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 flexible and adaptable for use in corners, curvilinear and other structures. Today almost 20% [...] Read More...Posted in: Future Energy, PhotoVoltaics, Solar Power...

E-Reader Going Green: Biblio Leaf

March 22 2011 | 7:04 am

Glad 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 provide solar-powered e-readers. Biblio Leaf is the new kid [...] Read More...Posted in: Inventions, PhotoVoltaics, Solar Power...

Flat Tower: Innovative Architectural Solution

March 21 2011 | 7:04 am

High-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 without hogging precious soil which is at a premium in most cities. But sporadic eruptions of skyscrapers do not add to [...] Read More...Posted in: Environment, Industry, Inventions...

Solar Tracker Solar Panels

March 19 2011 | 7:03 am

A 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 solar panels are the largest in Summerville in South California. IMO is [...] Read More...Posted in: Inventions, PhotoVoltaics, Solar Power...

Power from Two Energy Sources?

March 18 2011 | 8:28 am

Alternative 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 being made to combine two forms of external energy [...] Read More...Posted in: Future Energy, Inventions...

Generating Electricity from Wing Waves

March 17 2011 | 7:18 am

Just 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’s College of Engineering is working on this technology for its advance and proper use. [...] Read More...Posted in: Hydro Power, Inventions, Wave Power...

Increasing the Efficiency of Wind Turbine Blades

March 16 2011 | 7:00 am

To 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 increasing the efficiency of these turbines under various wind conditions. […]...

Making the Best Use of Polymer Solar Cells

March 15 2011 | 7:08 am

A 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 layers on textured substrates. This increases light absorption by polymer solar cells, thereby increasing their efficiency […]...

Ramanathan’s Work on Solid-Oxide Fuel Cells

March 14 2011 | 7:10 am

A 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 is making along with other scientists, will become a highly sought after technology […]...
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Update: Daily Peak Oil News Feeds and Submissions

Peak Oil Feed As a part of our continued site upgrades, we are now offering 4 new services: daily peak oil news feeds, the ability to submit peak oil articles (with HTML), a submission form for link exchanges and/or RSS feeds, and a RSS feed tool for peak oil webmasters. We hope these new features will provide a better resource for our visitors while giving webmasters and bloggers a new way to increase their online visibility. The subject of oil depletion and world energy supplies is increasing on a daily basis - we are dedicated to improving our site in order to meet the growing public ...

World Energy Predictions 2006-2030

World Energy OutlookThe World Energy Outlook (WEO) is a yearly energy forecast published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the International Energy Agency (IEA). The 2006 report urges the international community to invest heavily in energy efficiency in order to avoid a global economic crisis. Governments will need to invest at least $20 billion into the energy infrastructure over the next 25 years to meet the growing worldwide demand for electronic technologies and gadgets. Demand for oil and energy resources from industrialized nations like China are expected ...
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American Oil Depletion in Canada

Canadian OilCanadian oil wells supply a large percentage of American natural gas and oil imports. Satisfying America’s prodigious energy appetite depends on the continued availability of Canadian energy sources. About 25 percent of the crude oil and 80 percent of the natural gas imported into the United States come from our very accommodating neighbor to the north. More than half of the fuel pumped out of Canadian wells heads south to keep us Yankees warm and happily tooling about on our highways. What happens when Canada runs out of its oil and natural gas resources? What will this mean for the economies of both Canada and the United States? Even though the Canadian economy is no less dependent on hydrocarbon energy ...

North American Energy Consumption

Energy ConsumptionWhenever the price of gas rises, North Americans begin to talk about driving less. Recent oil price trends have seen a noticeable reduction in SUV sales and have hit the large automobile manufacturers hard. Middle class America has been hit hardest by the rising cost of living; higher taxes and mortgages, car payments and the rising price of home and vehicle energy. Large suburban homes require large amounts of heat, electricity (for lighting) and air conditioning. Most households have two or more full-sized cars which are used to travel far distances for education and employment. All of these factors ...

Energy Supply Solutions

Energy SuppliesLou Grinzo, a technical writer and bachelor in economics, is working hard to raise awareness about the peak oil situation in two ways. First, he is trying to introduce people to the major trends in energy development and talk about what can be done for the future. Second, he wants to give people the references they'll need to fact-check his information. He says that he's been an 'energy geek' since the 1973 oil crisis, and he is obsessed with gaining knowledge about global energy economics and supplies. His take on energy resources is not as pessimistic as some, he believes oil will not become as expensive as some experts believe because the price ...

Global Ecosystem Collapse - WWF Report

Future EcosystemEvery other year, the World Wildlife Fund publishes the Living Planet Report, which charts trends in the world's ecosystem biodiversity and the human ecological footprint. The most recent report update released Oct 24th, 2006 warns of a worldwide ecosystem collapse within 50 years. The WWF report urges that we must reduce global consumption by at least half of current trends in order to avoid a serious global catastrophe. The world's natural resource depletion is currently escalating "at a rate unprecedented in human history". Growth in demand for raw materials, food and energy is having a devastating impact on the earth's ability to sustain natural biodiversity and clean air. The ...

World Oil Reserves and Supply Statistics

Oil SupplyGlobal oil resources are at times difficult to measure. World oil statistics are available from a variety of sources, but no one can make an accurate prediction of when and where new oil deposits will be found, or how much oil exists in these unknown locations. In order to be able to predict the date when oil supplies will run out, we need to have a grasp of how many supplies currently remain. Future geo-technologies may allow us to better analyze oil deposits, but until then we have to rely on the data we have. Here is a comprehensive listing of research sources for current oil supply statistics. » Source: Peak Oil Statistics ...

2006 Boston ASPO World Oil Conference

Peak Oil ConferenceThe 2006 Boston World Oil Conference will be held October 27th and 28th at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts . Time for Action: A Midnight Ride for Peak Oil is co-hosted by ASPO-USA and Boston University. ASPO USA announces the second “Dialogue with the Experts,” a high-level conference to discuss impacts of and responses to a peak in world oil production. Experts will provide current information and oil supply statistics along with alalysis of alternative energy research and technology. Attendants at this year's peak oil conference will have the opportunity to voice their questions and concerns. » Source: ...

Low Gas Prices = Demand Increase

Gas PricesAmericans are celebrating plunging gasoline prices by hitting the roads. After barely rising during the summer months, gasoline demand rose swiftly in September, the American Petroleum Institute said Wednesday. Deliveries of gasoline to U.S. service stations, a proxy for demand, rose more than 4% in September from the same month a year ago. That number was boosted by the comparison with September 2005, when Hurricanes Katrina and Rita interrupted deliveries. But even excluding the hurricane effects, gas demand likely was up approximately 2% in September, API economist Ron Planting says. That's about triple the average increase over the prior six months and the biggest gain since August 2005. » Source: USA Today ...

Global Oil Addiction Alternatives

Global OilThe economic growth of many nations is exclusively linked to the international oil production economy. This fact results in increased resouce competition between the great powers, and as we have seen in recent U.S. foreign policy, war and conflict are born from these factors. The growing energy needs of Asian nations such as China and Japan are only likely to increase the political tension during the coming decades. America needs to lead by example by investing heavily in renewable energy research and technology. Not only will this leadership help lessen the growing energy needs in the continental United States, but it will also go ...