December, 2009

Colorado State University Spinoff to Commercialize 3D Li-ion Battery Technology for Higher-Capacity, Longer-Life Cells

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Examples of prospective 3-D architectures for charge-insertion batteries, as proposed by Long et al. (a) a) array of interdigitated cylindrical cathodes and anodes; (b) interdigitated plate array of cathodes and anodes; (c) rod array of cylindrical anodes coated with a thin layer of ion-conducting dielectric (electrolyte) with the remaining free volume filled with the cathode material (the Prieto Battery approach); (d) aperiodic “sponge” architectures. Credit: ACS. Click to enlarge.

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Greenius Says The Congresswoman Gets It. Harman Calls Lack of Bold or Binding Agreement to Cap GHG Emissions in Copenhagen, “Stunning.”

Creative Greenius

When our South Bay 350 Climate Action Group asked for Congresswoman Jane Harman’s help with our October 24, International Day of Climate Action we got it. Her Environmental Deputy, Diane Moss, has been not just accessible but also terrifically responsive in a straight forward, no bullshit way the Greenius really loves.

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Electric Motorcycle Crash Fundraiser - Nikki's Video!

Electric Cars are for Girls

It's been a few weeks since Nathan Abbot crashed his electric motorcycle during a cross country ride - you can read all about it in this Wired magazine article. Nathan is now in a Portland hospital recovering from his (severe) injuries, and he and his family need our help this holiday season! Please click on the link below and donate whatever you can until Dec. 31; I know they will really appreciate it

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EV’s in England

Revenge of the Electric Car

The EV revolution continues in England’s second city, Birmingham. Read more about it in: Electric Car Trials Begin in Birmingham. In the Birmingham News.Net. “ELECTRIC car trials have begun in Birmingham with 25 motorists testing new ecologically-friendly vehicles… The drivers will pay £350 a month to lease one of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV cars being tested and will report on their experiences over the year.

2009 144

Replacing and Saving the Aux Battery

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Well, the car's back on the road again. I replaced the 12V auxiliary battery (a group 30 motorcycle battery) and got a 2 year warranty on it just in case. I remember in the past, I fully drained my 12V accessory battery at least twice by accidentally leaving the headlights on. In fact, I almost did it again yesterday when driving the car over to a friend's place. The car is a bit older and doesn't have an alarm when you leave the headlights on when turning off the ignition.

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Jay Leno drives the Volt

Plugs and Cars

"Electricity has always been the best way to power a car. They knew that since the turn of the last century." - Jay Leno Source: Autobloggreen and NBC.

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Toyota Industries Corp. Develops Solar Charging Station for EVs and PHEVs

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Toyota Industries’ solar charging station. Click to enlarge. Toyota Industries Corp (TIC) has developed a solar charging station for plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHVs) and electric vehicles (EVs). The municipal government of Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture plans to build 21 such stations at 11 locations such as the municipal office and branch offices. Full operation of the stations will begin in April, with 20 Prius Plug-In Hybrids.

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Electric Car Batteries: Lead or Lithium?

Electric Cars are for Girls

Which electric car batteries do you need for your conversion or NEV? Let's wade through the information and decide for ourselves, shall we

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GM puts $336m into Volt plant

Revenge of the Electric Car

GM to invest $336 million in Volt plant. General Motors Co will invest $336 million in a Detroit-area plant to produce its heavily anticipated Chevrolet Volt electric car beginning next year, the No. 1 U.S. automaker said on Monday.

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Update to Azure Dynamics DMOC Information

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

I've been receiving several requests this past year for the FTP site that contains the information on the Azure Dynamic DMOC445 controller. I just received word from Azure Dynamics that they posted all this relevant information online here: [link] drive/TractionMotorswithDigitalMotorControllers.htm Have a great Holiday Season! Cheers, Tim

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Flawed PHEV report has legs

Plugs and Cars

There has never been a shortage of stories in the press denigrating plug-in electric cars. Because people naturally, logically believe electric cars are a good idea. Special interests who preferred to maintain the internal combustion status quo (read oil and auto companies) have long needed to plant seeds of doubt.

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DOE Launches $122M Energy Innovation Hub to Focus on Solar Fuels: Fuels from Sunlight

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The US Department of Energy will invest up to $366 million to establish and operate three new Energy Innovation Hubs focused on accelerating research and development in three key energy areas, one of which is developing an effective solar energy to chemical fuel conversion system—i.e.,

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Welcome to the Clean Energy Revolution! Lying Lobbiests for Oil & Coal Punk’d in Copenhagen

Creative Greenius

Here’s professional con man, Tim Phillips, paid lackey for the coal, oil and gas industries trying to use the Copenhagen Climate Summit as a propaganda platform and failing miserably. It’s Tim’s job to spin the story so that you believe his clients shouldn’t have to pay for the damage they do and the endangerment their greenhouse gas spewing products put us in.

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Electric Motorcycle Crash Fundraiser - Nikki's Video!

Electric Cars are for Girls

It's been a few weeks since Nathan Abbot crashed his electric motorcycle during a cross country ride - you can read all about it in this Wired magazine article. Nathan is now in a Portland hospital recovering from his (severe) injuries, and he and his family need our help this holiday season! Please click on the link below and donate whatever you can until Dec. 31; I know they will really appreciate it

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Nissan Leaf Hits Seattle

Revenge of the Electric Car

Listen to what happens when the Nissan Leaf roadshow reaches Seattle. Read more about it in: Nissan Plans Leaf with Complete Charging Infrastructure. by Denis Du Bois for Energy Priorities. “In some cities, Leaf drivers won’t have to wait for the charging infrastructure to catch up. Mark Perry, Nissan North America’s Director of Product Planning, says Seattle is part of a DOE project to place 2,500 charging stations to the Puget Sound region this summer.

Seeing the Nissan Leaf in Person

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Things have been nuts this week, but I did get a chance to see the Nissan Leaf come to Portland today. It arrived at OMSI this morning and the OEVA got a private session with the Leaf this afternoon. Here's Nissan's spokesperson who graciously answered all our geeky questions about the car. The Leaf boasts a 100 mile range on a 24KW battery pack. I have a 14KW battery pack and I only get about 20 miles when going on the freeway.

Yet another CARB ZEV meeting

Plugs and Cars

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) met on Thursday to discuss the Zero Emission Vehicle regulation and the revisions staff was tasked with exploring for 2015 and beyond. Plug In America President Dan Davids offered testimony applauding CARB's achievements, but faulted the agency for skewed priorities and reliance on unreliable information and projections.

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Google Unveils Faster, Cheaper Mechanism To Track Worldwide Deforestation Online; Support for Land Use Change Measurement, Verification and Reporting

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by Jack Rosebro. Progressive deforestation in Rondonia, Brazil as seen in. satellite imagery; from left, 1975, 1989, and 2001. Sources: USGS. Landsat images via Google Earth. Click to enlarge. Through its philanthropic arm, Google.org, Google introduced an online suite of beta software that leverages cloud computing to track worldwide land-use changes such as deforestation.

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Greenpeace CSI – On the Scene of a Climate Crime Spree!

Creative Greenius

I’m very proud to be a Greenpeace volunteer and supporter and I had a blast last night at the Greenpeace holiday party in Silver Lake with Southern California Field Organizer for Greenpeace, the amazing Jenny Binstock. I’ve met and worked with some terrific people through Greenpeace Los Angeles and most of them were there last night. I’m very excited about our plans for the year ahead.

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2 steps backwards, 0 steps forward

DIY Electric Car

Still can't get the last bolt holding the axle to the tranny. Got an air compressor with an impact wrench and ratchet wrench. Put the two bolts in on either side of the problem bolt and still couldn't get the last one loose. Wife is not happy as lack of progress means a long cold winter without being able to park in the garage

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GM’s Volt Program = $700m

Revenge of the Electric Car

GM to invest $700m in Volt rechargeable electric car. By Richard Kessler for Recharge News. “GM is spending $336m to upgrade the Hamtramck plant; $202m for a new plant in Flint, north of Detroit, that will build 1.4

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When Things Fall Apart

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Yesterday was not a good day. My landline and internet connection went dead on Saturday and the lamp globe for my ceiling fan broke apart above my bed, putting glass shards in the covers. This gave me an excuse to get off my computer and drive over to Home Depot yesterday (Sunday) to try and find a new globe for the ceiling fan. I had recently installed the PakTrakr system, so I cleared out the serial logging attachment and started collecting data.

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Detroit Auto Show Preview: Electric Volvo C30 Hatchback

Green Car Reports

Advance news on the green concept cars to be shown at next month's Detroit Auto Show continues to trickle out. The latest: a further evolution of the all-electric Volvo C30 three-door hatchback concept. It's the second European electric concept car. It joins the BMW Concept ActiveE electric car, based on the 1-Series Coupe, that was revealed last

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New Catalytic Pathway for the Reduction of CO2 to CO Under Mild Conditions

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The reaction for carbon dioxide splitting into carbon monoxide with aromatic aldehydes as oxygen acceptors. Credit: ACS, Gu and Zhang. Click to enlarge. A team of researchers in Singapore have developed a process for the catalytic reduction of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) to carbon monoxide (CO) under mild conditions, using aromatic aldehydes as reductants and N-Heterocyclic Carbenes (NHCs) as organocatalysts. The resulting CO can be used to convert water to hydrogen via the water gas shift reaction.

2009 237

Hey Exxon! Hey Chevron! My Friends At the EPA Are Declaring What You Do Dangerous & You Will Pay. Pack Up Losers, It’s Time For You to Go!

Creative Greenius

How do you like me now South Bay spewers of greenhouse gases? Yeah, I’m talking to you Exxon/Mobil mercenaries who work at the Torrance refinery and you amoral assassins who get your blood money from the Chevron refinery in El Segundo. I told you there was a new sheriff in town and that your days in my community were numbered. Did you think I was kidding? Now the EPA is about to smack both of you upside the head – and these are only the opening smacks you both have coming.

Get a Free Electric Car from Drive Electric

All Cars Electric

A headline like the one above begs the question, "What's the catch?" Can you really get an electric car for free? Well, kinda. Oklahoma-based, Drive Electric, sells neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs - a.k.a. electric golf carts) made by Western Golf Cars and Zone Electric. The NEV retailer is currently offering the four-passenger Zone Electric

Nissan in China

Revenge of the Electric Car

The government of Guangzhou Municipality in China and Dongfeng Motor Co., Nissan Motor Co.’s ’s Chinese venture partner, have formed a partnership to promote electric car transport in the city of Guangzhou. The Renault-Nissan Alliance, which will start marketing electric cars in the U.S.

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Hints from Paul on Paktrakr Installation

Open Source Civic EV Kit

I'm just cleaning up my e-mail this morning and found a message from Paul Pancella about more installation issues regarding the PakTrakr system: I can share my experience with the PakTrakr if you want. Ken Hall was very helpful, but the device itself was a little disappointing. The main thing is to be very careful with installation. The directions mention it, but it can't be emphasized enough, the remotes are easily destroyed if the ring terminals contact any battery terminals out of sequence.

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2009 Los Angeles Auto Show: Preview

Green Car Reports

Only a handful of U.S. auto shows count as important. Detroit, in January, is one; historically, New York in April has been another. But the up-and-comer is the Los Angeles Auto Show, which now occurs in late November or early December and focuses on green cars of all stripes: hybrids, electric cars, clean diesels, even vehicles powered by

2009 88

Argonne National Labs Ramping Up Lithium-Air Research and Development; Li-ion as EV Bridge Technology

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A Li-air cell. Source: Argonne. Click to enlarge. Argonne National Laboratory, which has contributed heavily to the research and development of Li-ion battery technology, is now pursuing research into Lithium-air batteries. Li-air batteries use a catalytic air cathode that converts oxygen to lithium peroxide; an electrolyte; and a lithium anode.

2009 237

I Am Spartacus!

Creative Greenius

President Obama’s on Air Force One flying home from Copenhagen as I write this and while the final details of the side deal he cut with a handful of countries outside the UN process aren’t fully known yet, one thing is already certain. The deal he negotiated isn’t ambitious, it isn’t fair and it isn’t binding. In short, it ain’t the real deal this climate crisis calls for and it’s not worth celebrating.

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2010 Toyota Prius Wins Another Award, U.S. Market Green Car of the Year

All Cars Electric

The Toyota Prius is the poster child of the green car movement. Its overall sales volume speaks for itself as the Prius has outsold every other hybrid model and the trends show that this dominance is likely to continue for some time. The Prius has won countless awards for its innovative technology and frugal use of fuel. Now Toyota can add one

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US to pump millions into solar energy

Green Cars News

Described by many as the ultimate transport solution, solar fuels will finally receive a significant financial investment as the US Department of Energy (DOE) announced plans to invest up to $366million to establish three new Energy Innovation Hubs. The Hubs will focus on three key areas including developing an effective solar energy to chemical fuel conversion [.].

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Comparing Conversion Costs with Paul

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Paul Pancella (see link at right) put together a great spreadsheet comparing his Civic conversion costs with mine. There are a few minor updates, but things are very close for the most part. The only things that have changed on the Open Source Civic are the MES vacuum pump for the brakes and the fact that I ditched the custom tachometer and pillar pod. Even with these differences, the prices only change about $100. Thanks for assembling this list, Paul!

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Including 2011 LEAF, Nissan Has Fourth EV In The Works

Green Car Reports

Leave it to economies of scale. If Nissan is moving to mass production with one vehicle, and designing its own proprietary battery systems, it makes sense to put it into as many vehicles as possible. Even as Nissan is taking its LEAF prototype on a cross-country tour, about eleven months ahead of its small-scale U.S. rollout and well over a year

2009 85

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Leads Project on Hydrogen Production From Microalgae; 2.1M Funding for HydroMicPro

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In cooperation with eight partners, scientists from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are working on the development of highly efficient methods for hydrogen production from microalgae.

2009 235

A Holiday Classic Rediscovered! 1984’s Christmas Commentary: Mr. Joe & Santa @ the Springsteen Concert

Creative Greenius

First broadcast in December 1984 on NPR affiliate, KLON, FM-88, Long Beach, California.

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