Archive | February, 2012

Polymer Fuel Cell Challenge Aims to Bring Down Costs

The Carbon Trust, a UK non-profit company, has thrown down the gauntlet with its Polymer Fuel Cell Challenge which aims to bring down the costs of fuel cells and commercialize them in the near future. In the latest part of this challenge the Carbon Trust has put up ½ million British pounds in a collaboration […]

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Tata Pixel Clean Diesel High Mileage Concept Car

Tata Pixel Tata Motors of India has introduced a car conceptually designed for Europe. The Tata Pixel benefits from challenges Tata experienced in designing the earlier Nano. The Pixel concept car is a bit over nine feet in length, and it is purported to be the most efficient car that can still seat four adults. […]

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Solar and Wind Power:

Materials Issues Emerge Although it is not my intention to “go after” any energy technology–I continue to believe we need them all–like a lot of people, I continue to be disturbed by the overly simplistic images people have of the different technologies, and the effect these misperceptions have on public opinion. When people think of […]

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91st Carnival of Nuclear Energy Bloggers

The Carnival of Nuclear Energy Bloggers is up at Yes Vermont Yankee This week it is titled “The Vogtle Edition” after the historic decision Feb 9 by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to grant combined operating and construction licenses for two Westinghouse 1100 MW AP1000 nuclear reactors.  This post is the collective voice of blogs […]

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Clean Fuel:

Is It Always Cleaner? I was reminded again–as if I needed another reminder–that the supposedly “easy” fixes–just use energy more efficiently or just substitute “cleaner” fuel–doesn’t always work. We’ve already heard a lot about the downsides of some of these measures. For example, if cars get higher mileage, they are cheaper to run and people […]

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