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Entries from February 2007

iPod Cool too??? The Naro …

February 28th, 2007 · Comments Off on iPod Cool too??? The Naro …

We already know that the VentureOne is iPod Cool. For those who come to this discussion, interesting moves forward in energy related technologies and options can be truly iPod Cool.  So, the Naro looks to be iPod Cool as well …

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Hybrids — mileage performers?

February 27th, 2007 · Comments Off on Hybrids — mileage performers?

As reported in Green Car Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency reporting on the new fuel mileage standards enables analysis of where hybrids fall out. Much press reporting has discussed how the hybrids aren’t performing as ‘claimed’, using the new standards as a way to attach hybrids’ gas mileage as falling without examining the relative changes.  […]

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Wave cool … Desalinization + Rnewable Power Generation. Does it get better than that?

February 22nd, 2007 · Comments Off on Wave cool … Desalinization + Rnewable Power Generation. Does it get better than that?

Okay, we probablly all agree, the VentureOne is iPod cool. But, chances are if you’re hanging out on this web site, defining cool for you (and me) doesn’t come from American Idol or the pages of People magazine, but more fundamentally about thinking and learning about things that have a real potential to change the […]

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Fly the road

February 21st, 2007 · 8 Comments

A new approach to personal transportation? How often do we hear that promise?  Well, Venture Vehicles might be delivering on the promise. As they put it:  “The VentureOne:  Revolutionary. Radical. Innovative. iPod Cool.”  iPod Cool: Yeah, it really is.  They’re developing a 2-passenger, flex-fuel hybrid vehicle with over 100 mpg capability. And, well, it look […]

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Blowin’ in the Wind — NY Times on wind power

February 16th, 2007 · Comments Off on Blowin’ in the Wind — NY Times on wind power

The New York Times has an interesting series underway on The Energy Challenge with the quite sensible subtitle: “No Perfect solution”. Articles in this series will periodically examine the ways in which the world is, and is not, moving toward a more energy efficient, environmentally benign future. The installment on wind power from back in […]

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Wind/Solar combo … a business case being made?

February 16th, 2007 · Comments Off on Wind/Solar combo … a business case being made?

A key challenge for wind and solar systems is intermittency. The wind isn’t always blowing and the sun isn’t always shining.  But, in many parts of the world, this presents an opportunity for complementary systems — as the wind is often blowing when the sun is not at peak and vice versa.  Combining these systems […]

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Squealing brakes to power at 5:45 am

February 16th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Once a week, my alarm clock is truly unnecessary … the rumblings of the trash truck, with the loud squealing of braking with the roar of acceleration between driveways, ensure that I won’t sleep late that morning.  For awhile, I’ve been wondering why hybrid technologies aren’t making into those garbage trucks. While regenerative braking would […]

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Feedback systems … a key to a better energy future?

February 15th, 2007 · 4 Comments

Having a readout on miles per gallon gets most drivers to drive better — in ways that increase safety and reduce fuel usage. With minimal additional cost, these feedback systems can help to improve fleet fuel efficiency through fostering changed behavior by the users (the drivers).  This is an impact that better car design, hybrid […]

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Signs of a Changing World … ReMax TV ad …

February 14th, 2007 · Comments Off on Signs of a Changing World … ReMax TV ad …

So, while happily wandering the web, half-watching the TV, on comes a ReMax ad.  What are the buyers looking for? An energy efficiency home … one with renewable energy, solar, wind, and methane … “Well,” the wife says, standing right next to the tail end of a cow, “maybe not methane.” Of course, this being […]

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Forgetting CFLs already? Raleigh going LED …

February 13th, 2007 · Comments Off on Forgetting CFLs already? Raleigh going LED …

Raleigh, North Carolina, is setting out to see whether it can go all LED for its lighting. The initial effort will go into a parking lot, where they see a 2-3 year payback period.  After that, they will move to streetlights.  Now, CFLs/fluorescents are several multiples in price to incandescent bulbs.   LEDs are often an […]

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