Category Archives: Alternative energy

A clean power plan that makes great business sense

Delighted by President Obama’s announcement of the Clean Power Plan, a set of smart regulations intended to tackle climate change and set the US energy sector on a pathway to a cleaner future. The measures include a commitment to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions by 32 percent (over 2005 levels) by 2030, and are a great…
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Revolutionary graphene polymer batteries charging 10 minutes to run 1000 km

According to a report from a Chinese website, The Spanish Graphenano, along with the University of Cordoba and Grabat Energy, developed a polymeric graphene battery, especially suited for electric cars, that will be cheaper and lighter than conventional batteries and will run 1000km on a 10 minute charge. Graphenano claims that this revolutionary battery will…
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Batteries That Will Save the Planet

Just three years ago, science journalist Farhad Manjoo wrote an article for Slate called “Better Batteries Will Save the World.” The subtitle, however, quickly undercut the headline’s claim: “Too bad they’re impossible to make.” This in spite of the recent launch of the Tesla S, the Nissan LEAF, the Chevrolet Volt and the announcement of…
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Apple Will Spend $848 Million Building A Massive Solar Farm In Monterey

Tim Cook dropped a bit of news in a conversation at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference today: Apple is putting a massive $848 million into solar energy. According to Cook, Apple is putting $848 million into building a 1,300-acre solar farm in Monterey, Calif., in partnership with Arizona-based First Solar. As part of the…
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New aluminum air battery could blow past lithium-ion, runs on water

As battery technologies go, the world has a love-hate relationship with lithium-ion. On the one hand, breakthroughs in Li-ion designs and construction are responsible for the Tesla Model S, new installations, green energy research, and the modern smartphone. On the other hand, lithium-ion limitations are the reason why most EVs have a range of 40-60 miles,…
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Berkeley Continues to go “Green” in a $100B+ Industry

Going “green” in chemistry has become a lot more lucrative than was anticipated just 18 short months ago. In June of 2013, Biotechnology Calendar Inc. reported that the green chemistry market was expected to grow from $2.8 billion in 2011 to $98.5B by 2020 and will save the industry $65.5B. However, recent reports indicate that…
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Flexible nanogenerator harvests muscle movement to power mobile devices

The consumer world is becoming powered by mobile devices, but those devices are still powered by being tethered to a wall or a reserve power pack. What if you could generate power for your mobile devices simply by moving your body, and the power source was almost unnoticeable? A new device developed at the National…
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What is the real range of an electric car? Tesla helps us find the answer.

The last few years have been very kind to electric cars, mostly thanks to the ice-breaking carried out by the Toyota Prius hybrid, and then the runaway success of Tesla’s Model S. Excess Logic congratulates you with New 2015 Year and wishes you Happy New Year and good luck. We continue reposting interesting articles. We trying to…
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The Copenhagen Wheel turns any bicycle into an electric hybrid

The heyday for electric vehicles was way back in the early ’30s — the 1830s that is. By 1867, a workable two-wheeled electric cycle was on display at the Paris World Exposition courtesy of Austrian inventor Franz Kravogl. In the early 1900s, the premier bike shops of the day, namely that belonging to the Wright…
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Scientists turn trash into crude energy

Remember Doc Brown? That crazy, white haired caricature of a scientist from the 1980s blockbuster scifi comedy Back to the Future? He’s the inventor of a spectacular (and – sadly – fictitious) device called the flux capacitor that is running first on plutonium, later on ordinary household garbage to power a time machine. Here’s what it looks…
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Negative Environmental Impacts of Hybrid Vehicles

If you're in the market for a new car, you've probably wondered whether hybrid cars are worth the investment. While there are a number of benefits to purchasing a hybrid car, you should also be aware of some of the potential negative environmental impacts of hybrid vehicles. When you're fully educated on the pros and…
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