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Here It Is: The Prius Race Car
Written by Megan Treacy on 07/12/11   

The Prius family of vehicles is best doses for propecia growing fast, from plug-in to minivan, and now it has it's newest member.  Toyota has released a photo of a new Prius race car, set to compete in next year's SuperGT season.  The Prius GT300 looks nothing like its namesake and, if it wants to compete as a race car, won't drive anything like it either.

The GT300 will use a hybrid drivetrain of course and will compete in a class with the new Subaru BRZ and Honda CR-Z, replacing Toyota's former SuperGT offering, the Corolla Axio racer.  More details about the GT300's specifications should be available in January.

This isn't Toyota's first foray into racing electric and hybrid vehicles.  The automaker recently set a Nurburgring record for EVs and will enter a hybrid into the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship.

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DEC 01

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Making Natural Gas from Sunlight
Written by Philip Proefrock on 01/12/11   

Producing natural gas from wastewater and sunlight sounds like an idealized fuel production scenario, and that is just what a company called HyperSolar is claiming to be able to do.

Unlike many other companies making fuel using microorganisms, the HyperSolar process is designed to mimic photosynthesis with a nanomaterial. Hydrogen is produced at normal pressure, and then reacted with injected CO2 to produce methane.

Sunlight activates the brand cialis for sale nanomaterial particles and produces a charge which allows the particle to release hydrogen from the water. The process can even use untreated wastewater as a feedstock, and will produce clean water along with the natural gas.

This kind of natural gas would, of course, be preferable to fossil natural gas, since it would use already freed CO2 and leave the sequestered fossil carbon undisturbed. Moreover, it would serve as a source of natural gas without the need for controversial extraction methods like fracking.

Because the process takes place at normal pressure and temperature, it is less expensive than other systems that require large capital investments for the special equipment needed for their processes.

U.S. Geothermal Resources Could Replace Coal 10 Times Over
Written by Megan Treacy on 30/11/11   

A new map of geothermal energy potential released by Southern Methodist University is cialis non-prescription the result of years of research funded by  The map (click here to download and cialis how much view in Google Earth) shows that there are enough viable geothermal resources in the U.S. to replace the current coal power capacity ten times over.

Last year, SMU gave us a sneak peak of the research they've been doing by releasing a geothermal energy potential map for West Virginia.  Surprisingly, the state is a hot spot for geothermal energy recovery, a wonderful development in an area where coal power has dominated for a long time.

The study limited its analysis to the top 6.5 km of the earth's crust to accurately portray what was actually drillable, recoverable energy.  When the researchers applied limits to only here selling levitra online depth and excluded areas that were inaccessible due to being in large urban areas or national parks, the technical potential versus theoretical potential for geothermal energy production was revealed.  The technical potential was about 14 percent of the theoretical potential, yet still enough to crush our current coal power capacity ten times over.

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NOV 29

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Investments in Renewable Energy Topped Fossil Fuels Last Year
Written by Megan Treacy on 29/11/11   

For the first time, investments in renewable energy projects surpassed those in fossil fuel power plants, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.  Last year, $187 billion was invested in renewable energy installations, while $157 billion was invested in new natural gas, oil and coal plants.

The increase in investments in the sector, even while in a down economy, has led to price drops in equipment and renewable energy power, making solar and wind power far more competitive with coal power.

Renewable energy subsidies deserve a lot of professional cialis online credit for the spending increase:  about $66 billion in subsidies were handed out last year.

It's a great bit of news as another round of global talks on the climate crisis is likely heading nowhere as we speak.

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NOV 28

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London Using Glue to Clean Up Air
Written by Megan Treacy on 28/11/11   

The European Union is requiring member countries to have no more than 35 bad air days per year by 2012 or the countries will face fines of around $450 million.  In order to 100 mg tramadol clean up air pollution to meet the generic levitra usa EU's standards, London is turning to glue.  Well, a glue of sorts.  The English capital is applying a calcium-based adhesive to streets to trap particulate air pollution and, believe it or not, it's working.

The city's street sweepers have applied the adhesive to air pollution hot spots around the city and particulate levels in those areas have dropped 14 percent.  The project has cost the city $1.4 million so far, which is pretty expensive, but 14 percent is a pretty substantial reduction from glue alone and a far cry from a payout of $450 million if they didn't meet the standards.

London will be taking other action to reduce air pollution, including rolling out cleaner buses, retiring the most polluting taxis, enforcing stricter emissions standards and mexico levitra planting trees.

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NOV 22

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A Short-Range Electric Vehicle for $7,000
Written by Philip Proefrock on 22/11/11   

The StreetScooter is caled an open-source electric vehicle and has been developed to buy levitra us provide an affordable and sustainable option for mobility. The target price for the vehicle is only $7,000, although the batteries would have to be leased separately. The StreetScooter is intended as a Short Distance Vehicle (SDV) with a range of 40 kilometers (about 25 miles). While this doesn't meet every need, it is suitable for many basic transport purposes.

A consortium of purchase cialis in canada 20 different companies has been behind the development of this vehicle concept, which was recently unveiled at the cialis once daily Frankfurt International Auto Show. The design team began with the idea of a vehicle that is intended for primarily short trips, and could then be priced accordingly. While it has a limited range, the Street Scooter has a top speed of 74 miles per hour (120 kph).

The modular approach undertaken by the design team focused on each partner applying their expertise to the area they knew best and having to coordinate only where the different systems interconnected. Production is supposed to begin in Europe in 2013 and then to follow to the United States later on.

The original site is in German, but this link gives a Google translated version that can give you some idea about the project.

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NOV 22

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Jay Leno Has Logged 11,000 Gas-Free Miles in His Chevy Volt
Written by Megan Treacy on 22/11/11   

We've heard a lot about sales numbers and predictions since the Chevy Volt's release, but we haven't heard as many real-world driving stories.  What kind of range are people getting?  Are they enjoying the car?

Jay Leno, probably the most famous Volt driver so far, has raved about his experience with the vehicle and reported that he's racked up 11,000 miles in the car without ever having to fill up the click now buy branded viagra gas tank.

Leno drives his Volt from his home to the studio and back every day -- a 35-mile trip each way.  With the Volt's battery range of 40 miles, he's able to make the drive to work, plug in to recharge and pfizer viagra canada then drive home again at the end of the day all without using any gas.  In fact, the half tank of gas that was in the vehicle when it was delivered to him is still there, untouched.

The big idea behind the range-extended vehicle was just this scenario:  people could make their regular commutes on battery power only, but have the option of filling up on gas for longer trips where EV chargers weren't as easily accessible.  Jay Leno has basically just proven that the idea totally works.

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Power Barge Could Provide Affordable Wave Power
Written by Philip Proefrock on 18/11/11   

Wave power is an intriguing but difficult proposition. It offers a fairly steady source of power that is more regular than many other renewable power systems, but the marine environment is particularly harsh and difficult to work in. A number of cheapest generic levitra wave power projects have struggled in the past few years, which shows how difficult this approach can be.

A mobile wave power generating system proposed by Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation would install wave generators along with banks of storage batteries onto ships or barges for portable wave power generation. The ship would go to sea and deploy its generators, and then return back to cheap viagra 50mg port and connect its batteries to the grid when it was fully charged.

These ships would need to be outfitted with millions of dollars worth of storage batteries, and would have storage measured in megawatt-hours. One advantage an integrated power system incorporating this kind of vessel would have is that it could also serve as a grid-tied power storage system. If other renewable sources were producing additional power, there might be times when it would make more sense to keep the barges tied up at the dock and providing their storage capacity instead of sailing out to generate additional power.

The basic premise for this has been around for a few years. Existing ships might be able to be repurposed for use as power stations, rather than requiring that new vessels be built. Additionally, while permanently installed wave power systems need to be robust enough to withstand the buy cialis on the internet strongest storms, the mobility of the ship-based system would allow it to be moved back to safety in a harbor when severe weather threatened, which would allow for lighter weight construction.

The cost of electricity generated in this way has been estimated to be as low as 15 cents per kilowatt-hour, as compared with 30 to 65 cents per kilowatt-hour with other wave power systems. There would also be considerably fewer regulatory hurdles that would have to be overcome since the generators would be vessels, rather than permanently installed structures.

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Honda Fit EV Coming Next Year But At a Steep Price
Written by Megan Treacy on 18/11/11   

An all-electric version of the Honda Fit made its production model debut at the LA Auto Show, making it official that this long-awaited EV was really coming to U.S. markets as expected.  But there is one big glitch -- it's priced far above what one would expect.

The gas-fueled Honda Fit is a very popular, dependable, fuel-efficient car that can be bought new for about $15,000.  The electrified version will cost more than double that with a MSRP of $36,625.  Yikes.  Now, since it's an all-electric, buyers will be able to qualify for the $7,500 federal tax credit, but that's still $29,000.

The Fit EV will feature a 92 kW motor and a three-mode electric drive system that allows drivers to choose from Eco, Normal and Sport modes.  The Eco mode improves the range by 17 percent.  For city driving, Honda says drivers will get up to 123 miles per charge and 76 miles per charge for combined city and highway driving.

The Fit EV will be released in select markets in California and Oregon next year and then its release will be expanded to six East Coast markets in 2013.  For those not wanting to buy, Honda will be leasing the Fit EV for $399 a month for three years.

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LED Bulb Looks Like Filament Bulb
Written by Philip Proefrock on 18/11/11   

Panasonic has introduced a LED bulb that replicates the appearance of a clear, filament-style bulb. It uses a standard socket base, and it's yet one more step along the line of a light that closely resembles a standard incandescent bulb, but with much higher efficiency.

The LDAHV4L27CG bulb has the output equivalent of a 20-watt incandescent, but uses only 4.4 watts. It has a color rendering index (CRI) of 80 and a color temperature of 2700 K (similar to a soft warm light bulb). And its lifespan is long, as with other LED bulbs, with a rated life of over 40,000 hours. It has a light angle of 300 degrees, so it has a coverage area similar to an incandescent.

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Miracle Rice Uses Less Water to we recommend buy levitra generic Grow, Emits Less Methane
Written by Megan Treacy on 16/11/11   

A new type of rice being cultivated by the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore, India has many advantages over typical rice varieties -- it requires less water to grow, it's higher in protein and it emits less methane over its life cycle.

This rice, which is not genetically modified but a hybrid crop, uses 60 percent less water than conventional rice crops.  It only needs to be watered once a week even in arid climates and can go as long as 15 days without water.

From a nutritional standpoint, the rice has 14 to 15 percent protein compared to seven to eight percent in conventional rice.  It also can be harvested more quickly with a similar yield to conventional rice, making it ideal for feeding the buy levitra at a discount world's growing population.

So far, only about five percent of rice fields are using this new type of cultivation, but researchers are hopeful that as word spreads about this approach to rice, it will spread to more areas.

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