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Prototype Battery Explodes at GM Tech Center
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A battery pack undergoing "extreme testing" caused an explosion at the cheap cialis online prescription GM Technical Center in Warren, Michigan earlier this week. Local news reports indicate that 5 people were injured in the explosion. According to a statement from the company, the battery that caused the blast is "unrelated to the Chevrolet Volt or any other production vehicle."

The GM statement also indicated that, "Chemical gases from the battery cells were released and cialis online sales ignited in the enclosed chamber. The battery itself was intact." Conventional automotive batteries can produce hydrogen gas which can explode in the presence of a spark or flame, as well.

This kind of news is likely to spur concers about the safety of electric vehicles from some corners, and GM has been quick to note that the accident was not related to any of their production vehicles in order to allay concerns from drivers of their vehicles. Accidents are an occasional consequence of stressful testing, and this shouldn't be taken as a sign that electric vehicles are somehow far more dangerous than previously thought.

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Largest Solar Thermal System Installed at University in Saudi Arabia
Written by Philip Proefrock on 12/04/12   

The world's largest solar thermal system, with a collector area of the best place viagra lowest price nearly 400,000 square feet (over 36,200 square meters). The system is providing hot water and heat for the entire campus of the Princess Noura bint Abdulrahman University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The campus covers 8 square kilometers (over 3 square miles) and houses 40,000 students and faculty.

Special solar glass as well as a special mounting system for the panels were used to help protect them from the region's sandstorms, which could otherwise ruin the $4.7 million dollar array. The array is nearly twice as large as the previous record holding array, located in Denmark. Panels for the project were built by Austrian manufacturer GREENoneTEC

via: Engineering News-Record


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SciShow: The Dark Lord of Nutrition
Written by Philip Proefrock on 11/04/12   

US agricultural policy provides billions of dollars of subsidies to corn farmers every year, which helps to support the industries that produce ethanol for fuel and corn syrup for sweetening (among many other products).

In this week's Sci Show, Hank looks at high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) - the new "dark lord of nutrition" - and the controversies around its increased use as a sweetener in many of the processed foods. Some studies have indicated that HFCS may be linked to increased obesity.

But HFCS is pretty similar to "regular" cane sugar or table sugar, and other studies are less conclusive about the negative effects. Watch this episode for some further information on the ambiguities around all the claims being made about this sometimes controversial food product and the American diet.

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Yes, you read that right. An all-electric DeLorean made its debut at the New York Auto Show last week and generic viagra wholesale not just as a cool concept, but with an actual plan for production -- and soon. According to Autoblog, DeLorean Motor Company president Stephen Wynne said the DMCev should hit the market in early 2013.

The production model will feature a so-called "Flux Power" 32-kWh lithium iron phosphate battery pack and will have a max speed of levitra medication 125 mph and a range of 100 miles. The EV will be able to go from 0 - 60 mph in under six seconds and the price tag is expected to be a steep $95,000.
The carmaker is currently testing different motor/inverter combinations for the EV and has about 200 pounds to shave off the prototype before a production model is ready for the road. When those problems have been solved, the DMCev will be built in Houston, TX. Check out the video above of a ride in the prototype.

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Portable, High-Altitude Wind Power
Written by Philip Proefrock on 09/04/12   

High altitude wind power systems continue to be explored with new systems and new approaches. The latest comes from Altaeros Energies, who recently tested the Altaeros Airborne Wind Turbine (AWT), a prototype 35-foot diameter, helium-filled, tethered structure with an onboard turbine. The prototype turbine is able to be transported and deployed from a trailer, which makes it potentially very useful for use at remote locations.

Using a Southwest Skystream turbine, the test model of the AWT was flown to an altitude of 350 feet where it produced more than twice the power as what is generated at a conventional tower height. The company is interested in developing high-altitude wind resources at elevations over 1,000 feet (over 300 meters) above the only now buy cheap cialis online ground, where the winds are stronger and cost of viagra more regular.

According to the company, "The Altaeros AWT will displace expensive fuel used to power diesel generators at remote industrial, military, and village sites. In the long term, Altaeros plans to scale up the technology to reduce costs in the offshore wind market."

link: Altaeros Energies Press Release (PDF)

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Crusaders Taking Electric Bikes on Cross-Country Tour
Written by Megan Treacy on 05/04/12   

Two electric bike enthusiasts and environmental crusaders will set off this weekend on what they're calling the Trans-American Electric Bike Tour, a cross-country trip where they're traveling only by electric bike to show off the eco-friendly mode of transportation.

Boris Mordkovich, an original team member of RelayRides, a peer-to-peer carsharing service, and Anna Mostovetsky, an environmental scientist, will begin their 4,000-mile journey in New York this Saturday that will take them to 25 cities, ending in San Francisco in mid-June. Along the way, they'll be doing talks and presentations, attempting to turn people on to commuting via e-bike. Their trip has three goals:  increasing awareness of e-bikes, proving they're reliable and efficient, and gathering information on commuting via e-bike in the various cities they're visiting.

The bikes they'll be using are the Aries and Aurora from EVELO bikes, who is sponsoring their tour. The bikes have a 40-mile range per charge, so they'll each be carrying a spare battery to extend their range. They'll also be towing cargo trailers to hold all of their essentials for the trip.

You can follow their progress and see a schedule of events at the tour's website.




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Pentagon Isn't Abandoning LEED After All
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Last week, we joined in with the approved cialis pharmacy speculation that the issuance of an internal building code for the Armed Services based on ASHRAE 189.1 would be further sign that the Pentagon was moving away from using LEED. However, the Pentagon's Media Relations Division has offered clarification to Building Green, saying that the Army is not abandoning LEED. Congress has already moved to explicitly limit funding for LEED Gold or Platinum certification, although how that limit has been interpreted is interesting.

The Congressional Prohibition on Use of follow link levitra paypal Funds for LEED Gold or Platinum Certification states that "No funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act or otherwise made available for the Department of Defense for fiscal year 2012 may be obligated or expended for achieving any LEED gold or platinum certification."

The approach the military is taking with respect to the Congressional requirement is based on avoiding added cost, which is what the specific language in the legislation speaks about. As Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy, and the environment, told Building Green, "The challenge right now is one of education," she explained. "If a building got a Gold-level certification and only for you online viagra sales we were striving for Silver, that does not mean there was an incremental cost. We're working to help prepare a report for Congress so they understand the benefit of high-performance buildings."

Furthermore, there are communities and local governments where incentives, such as reduced building permit fees or rebates, are available for projects that use LEED. Also, LEED certification fees are waived if project receives Platinum LEED Certification. In the long run, better performing buildings will be less expensive to operate and maintain. In fact, just a week ago, the Navy opened its first LEED Platinum facility at the Naval Operational Support Center (NOSC) Phoenix at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz. Whether the Pentagon uses LEED or ASHRAE 189.1 or its own code, it is clear from numerous programs undertaken by all branches of the military that they understand the value of building good buildings.

Previously on EcoGeek: US Army Abandoning LEED Certification

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Great Lakes States Streamline Offshore Wind
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The governors of discount generic viagra soft tabs several US states adjacent to the Great Lakes have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (PDF) along with the federal government in order to streamline the development of offshore wind power generation in the Great Lakes. The governors of Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and Pennsylvania, as well as ten different federal agencies have all signed the Memorandum. This agreement has created the it's cool viagra mail order new Great Lakes Offshore Wind Energy Consortium which will serve to "support the efficient, expeditious, orderly and responsible review of proposed offshore wind energy projects in the Great Lakes."

Most of the Great Lakes area offers some of the best wind potential in the country, although there is not yet any offshore wind power generation installed. With this Memorandum, future development of wind energy in the Great Lakes should be less encumbered with bureaucratic difficulties and encounter fewer interdepartmental coordination problems.

According to the Department of Energy press release, the Great Lakes offer "the potential to produce more than 700 gigawatts of energy from offshore wind, about one fifth of generic viagra overnight the total offshore wind potential in the U.S." Wind power generation in this region would also be well positioned to serve the more densely populated Midwest.

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Denmark Sets Goal of 100% Renewable Energy by 2050
Written by Megan Treacy on 02/04/12   

Denmark has released a portfolio of programs to achieve the ambitious targets of getting all of its electricity and fuel needs from renewable sources by 2050 and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 34 percent compared to 1990 levels by 2020. The country intends to get half of their energy from wind and effect of levitra on women the rest by utilizing smart grid, biogas, geothermal, wave and other sustainable technologies.

Denmark will add 1500 MW of offshore wind and 1800 MW of onshore wind by 2020 in order to reach its goal of 35 percent renewable energy by 2020. By 2016, the government will invest $18 million in renewable energy research and $4.5 million in wave power research.

The government is also offering incentives for companies that invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements. Power plants will receive incentives for switching from coal to biomass. By next year, no new building will be allowed to have oil or gas heaters and by 2016 no existing buildings will be able to install them.

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Live, Interactive Wind Energy Map is a Thing of Beauty
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Two of online levitra cheap Google's finest, Fernanda B. Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, have created an interactive map of the country's wind energy that is both hypnotic and click now buy low price levitra hopeful. The map uses data from the National Digital Forecast Database to provide hourly visual updates of wind patterns and speed across the U.S.

The creators made the map to illustrate that "an invisible, ancient source of energy surrounds us—energy that powered the first explorations of the world, and that may be a key to the future." That's the hopeful part. Looking at all of the wind energy churning around the i use it where to find cialis country is enough to make anyone excited about installing wind turbines wherever we can.

Viégas and Wattenberg would like to eventually map more regions and even the entire globe if they can find suitable sources of live wind data. Click here to see the map in real time.

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Electric Vehicle Racing at Pikes Peak
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An electric vehicle may offer serious competition to conventional racing vehicles in this year's Pikes Peak race. Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima is the current champion and the record holder for the fastest time in the race. For the 2012 race, he hopes to extend his title run and set a new time record with an electric vehicle. Team Monster has not released many details about their vehicle, but it is known that the vehicle will be an EV with a twin motor system and regenerative brakes.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is an ecclectic event, and the race has a number of classes of vehicles, including electric vehicles, that take part every year. Part of the attraction for using an EV is that electric motors are relatively unaffected by the change in altitude (the course rises 4,721 feet (1,439 meters) over its length of 12.42 miles (19.99 km), whereas combustion engines must deal with the change in air pressure and oxygen as they climb higher.

A strict environmentalist perspective might look at any form of motorsport and buring levitra online see it as unnecessary excess. But racing can be a testing platform to develop and improve EV technology. Racing can also serve to make more people aware of electric vehicles and bring them further into mainstream awareness.



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