July, 2009

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Researchers Develop Urea Electrolysis for Conversion of Urine and Urea to Hydrogen

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Researchers at Ohio University have developed a new technology that accomplishes the direct conversion of urine and urea to pure hydrogen via electrochemical oxidation with an inexpensive nickel catalyst. Hydrogen production from urine. Credit: RSC. Click to enlarge. A report on the work led by Professor Gerardine G. Botte was published in Chemical Communications , a journal of the UK Royal Society of Chemistry.

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The REAL Climate Change Debate: Are All Deniers Evil or Are Some Merely Ignorant?

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Either Way They Are More Dangerous To Your Future Than Any Terrorist. You wouldn’t know it from the mainstream media, your elected representatives or the folks at the US Chamber of Commerce, but we’re currently in the most threatening crisis our civilization has ever faced. Sure, if you’re a regular Creative Greenius reader you’re already hip to the news, but that only puts you in very enlightened and highly entertained minority.

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Forklift Salvage: Electric Car Under $1000

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Want to build an electric car, but don't have 10K to spend on the project? Forklift salvage is the way to go!

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Nissan’s Big Plans

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I’m probably going to seem a little Nissan-centric this month, what with their imminent big announcement August 2nd. But also because I, along with a few other Plug In America members, spent the better part of the past three days meeting with about ten of Nissan’s advanced planning team. They invited us to come to their Los Angeles facility and participate in a wide ranging series of discussions, marketing seminars, and even a drive over to Santa Monica to see what a normal day drivi

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How serious is Norway about climate change? So much that its streetlights self-dim

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Electric Pedicabs - future for London's transport

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London belongs to one of the largest cities in the world. It's transport also belongs to the one of the most developed. London's undergrounds is one of the most developed in the world but also one of the oldest in the world counting over a 100 years. There is also an excellent network of overground trains and if we think of it all of these are powered by massive electric drives.

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EV Awareness Day, Synkro faults

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Yesterday was our local EV organization's big annual event called EV Awareness Day. We held it at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland. I gave a press event with the Mayor Sam Adams and two VPs from local power companies (PGE and Pacific Power). Probably one of the coolest things about the show is that a Tesla Roadster showed up unexpectedly!

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That Super Sexy Clean Tech Roundtable, Part II of a Greenius Exclusive

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If you’re like me you would have found Tuesday’s gathering in Santa Monica a very sexy day at the beach. And by sexy I mean hot and arousing, the way I get when serious people talk serious talk about renewable energy, about the revolution that’s needed to respond to climate change and about the reality of current world situation. You know, the kind of stuff never discussed on television or in the newspapers anymore.

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Toyota's First Electric Car?

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Huh? Autocar.co.uk is reporting: "Toyota's iQ-based electric car, due to be launched in 2010, will get its own body style to create a stand-alone model which will become Toyota’s first all-electric car" (emphasis added.) I'm pretty sure I just stepped out of my 2002 Toyota RAV4 EV. With 69,000 miles on the original battery, it still gets over 100 miles per charge.

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Nissan’s Big Gamble

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We’ll finally get to see the new Nissan August 2nd. (That’s Tokyo time, it’ll still be the 1st here.) I assume they’ll have the name finalized by then, too. I’m kind of excited to see this car, having tested the drivetrain in the Nissan Cube. The drivability was similar to my RAV, but quicker. Since the Cube is 200 lbs heavier than the final body of the EV, it should be a bit quicker still.

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Planning a 1995 Mazda b2300 conversion

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I have purchased a 1995 Mazda b 2300 small truck with the intent of converting it into an EV. Purchase price was $ 650.00 with a blown motor on 7/15/2009, the seller bought this truck at an auction, untested, just to discover that it has a serious problem, blown piston ,rings, or valves, who knows, it did run but smoke, whooiee!!! it has new paint and a fairly clean interior, 4 speed trans/w overdrive, manual windows, manual steering, and drove fairly well, I was afraid on the test drive that it

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Faurecia and Accenture partner on products and services for connected and autonomous vehicles

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AC or DC Drive for Electric Cars?

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Why does one select AC over DC drive for electric cars? I see both kinds of kits offered but I don't understand why one would choose.

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Piaggio Introduces Li-ion Electric Version of Ape Calessino As Part of 2009 Refresh

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Ape Calessino Electric Lithium. Click to enlarge. Piaggio has introduced the refreshed 2009 range of the Ape Calessino, including a new electric version powered by lithium-ion batteries. The three-wheeler Ape has been on sale for more than 60 years, and has sold more than 2 million units in five continents. The Ape Calessino Electric Lithium is powered by the AEnerBox system from Archimede Energia , including a liquid-cooled, 222V, 6.88 kWh Li-ion battery pack built with 3.7 V, 31 Ah cells and a

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Exxon/Mobil Guilty of Climate Change Coverup. Now Ordered Out of Torrance 3 Years Sooner.

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I initially gave Exxon/Mobil till 2020 to get out of Torrance and clean up their toxic mess here in my town. But now that I’ve found out they’re still lying and covering up their role in climate change and the size of their own carbon footprint, I’m going to have to get tougher with them. Some people just cannot be negotiated with and need a swift, hard kick in the ass.

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Green Cars News - Untitled Article

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There are a vast number of upstart car companies emerging on the West Coast of the USA at the moment, but Coda Automotive is determined to establish itself as more than just one of the pack. The company has completed an agreement with UQM Technologies which will see the latter supply its UQM PowerPhase 100 electric propulsion systems to the electric car company for a period of 10 years.

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ExxonMobil announces 6th oil discovery offshore Guyana with Ranger-1; Guyana may move from non-producer to regional powerhouse

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Spirit of DC - PHEV3A - Untitled Article

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Tesla Roadster Visits Las Vegas July 27th-28th during Renew America Roadtrip by Stan Hanel, Editor of "Watts Happening" Newsletter for LVEVA Michael Craner and Madushini “Maddy” Gunawardana are 21 st century trailblazers. He is an electrical engineer who works on patent law issues. She is a medical student, who plans to study international medical law.

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1 more @#$! bolt

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Buddy David came over again. We got all the bolts except for one off the tranny on the passenger side. That one bolt is the only thing keeping the engine in (except the engine mounts themselves). If anyone has tips, secrets etc for hard to remove bolts, now would be a good time to share. I would be most appreciative. We gave up on that bolt and went to the rear.

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Electric Car with a Generator on a Trailer?

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I'm considering getting a 98 Saturn SL1 (I can get the basic car for about $1000.) My idea is to put a small electric generator on a.

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McLaren Snags First F1 KERS Win; Custom A123Systems Cells with More Than 20,000 W/kg

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The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 team scored the first win for a KERS-equipped car at the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix. According to the McLaren synopsis, driver Lewis Hamilton benefited from KERS to charge down to the first turn alongside Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. He out-braked Mark Webber to briefly hold second before losing traction at the exit and ceding the place back into Turn Two.

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California Goes To Hell In A Handbasket But Greenius Says AB 811 is Our Route To Green Heaven

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As my beloved state of California’s driftless and leaderless economy was being driven deeper and deeper into the toilet by the least impressive occupants of Sacramento in modern history, I hopped in my del Sol Greeniusmobile and motored to downtown Los Angeles last month headed for the palatial headquarters of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the MTA.

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Twitter Updates for 2009-07-28

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@ Doc__Brown We’re still waiting for the Flux Capacitor to become affordable. Great Scott! in reply to Doc__Brown #. Tags: Latest news.

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RenewAmericaRoadTrip in Vegas

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Lloyd Reece VP of the LVEVA here. The Tesla arrived at the Springs Preserve yesterday July 27 and was quite impressive. I got a short but very fast and smooth ride in the car with Michael at the wheel and this is one great car. Las Vegas is in the middle of an excessive heat warning (temp. over 112 degrees) but the Tesla Roadster is COOOL!! Two of our long standing members Jan Himber and Al Sawyer escorted the Tesla in from St.

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Near the point of no return.

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I've never been confident that I'd succeed with this project. However, until now, I could have the car (or what's left) towed away. I'm about to drop the rear axle. At that point, I'm not sure it can be moved. I suppose there are ways to move wrecks. Still I have the sense of getting in deeper and deeper.

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AIST Developing New Lithium-Air Battery; Lithium Fuel Cell

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Long-term discharge curve of the newly developed lithium-air cell. Source: AIST. Click to enlarge. Researchers at Japan’s AIST (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) are developing a lithium-air cell with a new structure (a set of three different electrolytes) to avoid degradation and performance problems of conventional lithium-air cells.

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UK Plans £1.1B Investment in Electrification of Rail Network

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The UK is planning to invest £1.1 billion (US$1.8 billion) in first big electrification of its rail network since the late 1980s, involving the London to Swansea and Liverpool to Manchester lines. This will result in the first electric main line trains running in Wales. Electrification on UK Rail Network. Source: DfT. Click to enlarge. Work will start immediately and for Liverpool-Manchester will be completed within four years and for London-Swansea within eight years, although stages in between

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Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Restores Hydrogen Research Funding in FY2010 Funding Legislation

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The US Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development approved Fiscal Year 2010 funding legislation that, among other elements, would provide $27.398 billion for the Department of Energy—$1.109 billion below the President’s budget request—including $190 million for the continuation of the Hydrogen R&D program, which the administration had terminated.

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Opel Launches Broad LPG ecoFLEX Range; GM Having Detailed Final Talks with Magna and RHJI on Offers for Opel

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Opel’s LPG range. Click to enlarge. Opel is now offering five dual-fuel LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas)-powered Corsa, Meriva, Astra station wagon and Zafira models with a wide performance range, expanding its line of ecoFLEX models with alternative propulsion. The Opel LPG models can run on gasoline or LPG—the switch happens automatically, but can also be made by pressing a button.

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Prius Top-Selling Car in Japan for Second Month in a Row with 22,292 Units

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Toyota’s Prius was the top-selling car in Japan in June for the second month in a row, with sales of 22,292 units—3.58 times June 2008 results of 6,231 units— according to data from the Japan Automobile Dealers Association (JADA). The Prius became the country’s top-seller in May for the first time, with sales of 10,915 units, which was up more than twice year-on-year from 5,079 units in May 2008.( Earlier post.).

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Fiat Group and Guangzhou Automobile Group Creating JV for Chinese Market

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The agreement was signed in Rome by Zhang Fangyou, Chairman of GAC Group, and Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Group, in the presence of the President of the People’s Republic of China, Hu Jintao, and the Prime Minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi. Click to enlarge. Fiat Group and Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. Ltd. (GAC Group) signed a Framework Agreement to establish a 50/50 joint venture for the production of cars and engines for the Chinese market.

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New Life Cycle Analysis Finds that Current Technology for Producing Algal Biodiesel Can Jeopardize the Overall Energetic Balance; Oil Extraction Technique Is Key

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Total energetic debt of 1 MJ of biodiesel and its distribution within the production chain. According to the study, only the wet extraction on low-N grown algae has a positive balance. Credit: ACS. Click to enlarge. Biodiesel production from microalgae, while looked upon as an environmentally advantageous source of fuel, suffers from several drawbacks at the current level of technology that can jeopardize the overall energetic balance, according to a life cycle analysis (LCA) by a team of resear

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Study Provides Evidence That Low-Level Clouds Act as Positive Feedback to Climate Change

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Time series of annual mean values of cloud and climate quantities averaged over the NE Pacific. (A) COADS cloud data. (B) ISCCP cloud data. (C) COADS SST data. (D) Hadley Centre SLP data. Clement et al. (2009), Science. Click to enlarge. Low-level stratiform clouds—which play an important climatic role because of their net cooling effect on the global climate—appear to dissipate as the ocean warms, thereby enhancing the warming (i.e., a positive feedback), according to a new study of the NE Paci

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Study Finds Ozone Concentrations at Current Clean Air Standards Levels Can Impair Even Healthy Lungs

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Exposure to ozone at levels currently deemed safe by the NAAQS clean air standards can have a significant and negative effect on lung function, according to researchers at the University of California, Davis. The results are published in the 1 August issue of the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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Venter to Keynote Algae Biomass Summit

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J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., CEO of Synthetic Genomics Inc (SGI), will be the keynote speaker at the 2009 Algae Biomass Summit. The Algae Biomass Summit is the official conference of the Algal Biomass Organization ( ABO ) and takes place this year 7-9 October in San Diego. SGI recently announced a $600-million alliance with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company to develop next generation biofuels using photosynthetic algae. ( Earlier post.).

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Nissan Exploring Inductive Charging Capable of Power Transfer Over Longer Distances for its Plug-ins

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Guardian. Nissan is developing an inductive charging system capable of transmitting power wirelessly over longer distances, and is exploring scaling it up for use with its electric car. Traditional magnetic induction, such as used in an electric toothbrush or electric transformers, uses conductive coils to transmit power wirelessly over very short distances.

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Third Phase of SDGE In-Use Study Shows PHEVs Excel on Fuel Economy and GHG Emissions Reductions Compared to Gasoline ICE and Hybrid-Electric Vehicles

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One of SDG&E’s converted PHEVs. Click to enlarge. The third phase of a SDG&E multi-year in-use study on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles showed that plug-in hybrids offer significant improvements in gas mileage and reductions in emissions when compared with standard hybrid-electric and gasoline internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. ( Earlier post.