Volkswagen showed off its fourth generation fuel cell research vehicle in San Francisco, making its North American debut. This vehicle, built into Volkswagen's new Tiguan crossover model, uses hydrogen to create electricity, providing power for the car's electric drive motor. It also has a lithium ion battery pack for extra electricity storage, and gets the gasoline equivalent of 42-to-62 miles per gallon. A Volkswagen spokesman predicted a consumer version in 7 years to 10 years, when a hydrogen refueling infrastructure is built up.
Linux captures the 'green' flag, beats Windows 2008 power-saving measures - Network WorldTests give Linux the edge on energy efficiency, although your "wattage may vary." Toyota develops improved hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle - ReutersThe fuel cell vehicle, for lease in Japan, can go over 500 miles on a tank in very cold temperatures. Stion leaves photovoltaic patent trail - Gunther PortfolioStealthy solar start-up Stion says it will beat everyone on price but never says how. Gunther Portfolio digs into patent applications for clues into its PV … Read more
A Texas company is offering a glimpse of a high-end hydrogen-gasoline sportscar it hopes to sell by the fall.
Rather than using fuel cells to power an electric motor, the Scorpion from Ronn Motor Company would have an internal combustion engine burning both gasoline and hydrogen, achieving 40 highway miles per gallon.
Unlike with a hydrogen fuel cell car, the Scorpion's "hydrogen on demand" system wouldn't require a high-pressure hydrogen storage tank. Nor would a driver need to find and fill up at a hydrogen fueling station.
Instead, electricity from the Scorpion's alternator sends an … Read more
BOSTON--Shell is preparing to open a fueling station in west Los Angeles later this month that will dispense gasoline or, for the right car, hydrogen.
Duncan Macleod, vice president of Shell Hydrogen, gave the keynote talk on Tuesday at the CTSI Clean Technology conference, where he said that the Santa Monica Boulevard station will be followed by a few more in the coming months.
The Los Angeles station will use an electrolyzer to manufacture hydrogen from electricity on site.
The Los Angeles station was part of a U.S. Department of Energy hydrogen research program with Shell and General Motors. … Read more
Saving Energy in Data Centers with Smart Sensors and Algorithms - TreeHuggerMicrosoft Research is looking to use sensors in power-gobbling data centers to make them more energy-efficient.
SunEdison to Build Largest U.S. PV Farm - Greentech MediaDuke Energy will buy the electricity from SunEdison from this plant, which, at 16 megawatts, is expected to be the biggest photovoltaic-solar farm.
Hydrogen-powered phones on the horizon - AFPFrench researchers at STMicroelectronics say they are making a hydrogen fuel cell to charge cell phone batteries.
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Here's a sampling of recent green-tech news:Sony Unveils Ultrasmall Hybrid Fuel Cell -- Tech-On Sony looks to put fuel cells in gadgets, following a prototype that Sharp demonstrated last week that uses methanol as a fuel. Canon patents fuel cell-powered cameras -- Crave -- CNET AsiaFuel cells are coming to consumer electronics, it seems. Quite a bit of activity on this front in the past week. Oil Left in the Ground -- Technology ReviewWe have smart grids--why not have "smart oil fields?" Interest in existing oil fields, where as much as 75 percent of … Read more
Sharp and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this week detailed technology advances in making liquid fuel methanol a source for fuel cells.
Sharp on Thursday claimed to have achieved the highest density ever with its prototype direct methanol to fuel cell (DMFC). The fuel cell has a longer continuous-use life span than a same-size lithium ion battery, Sharp said in a statement.
Sharp will continue to invest in DMFC research and development. It envisions using the technology in consumer electronics such as PDAs and notebook PCs.
Also on Thursday, MIT announced that researchers have managed to improve the power output … Read more
If you think buying a "green" car is as easy as picking the paint color, we've got news for you--there are different types of green and many different car choices. Are you trying to reduce smog and its attendant health risks, or are greenhouse gases and global climate change your biggest concern? And those aren't exclusive concerns, either. Amongst the types of cars you can choose, there are hybrids, PZEVs, SULEVs, flex fuel vehicles, natural gas vehicles, and even diesels. We also take a look at future technologies that are in heavy development and could the … Read more
MTI MicroFuel Cells is hoping to use its portable fuel cells in digital cameras.
The company, a subsidiary of Mechanical Technology, announced Wednesday that it is already working with a Japanese optics manufacturer to adapt its integrated Mobion fuel cell technology for digital cameras.
Fuel cells are being explored as potential power sources for everything from data centers to SUVs. Over the years, MTI Micro has designed products for the industrial and military markets, but as of late, the company has been making a big push on the consumer electronics side, with the hope of replacing lithium ion batteries with … Read more