Save Our Planet
The future of the world will have to be based on renewable energy. This is what creation has given us in enrormous abundance. We cannot possibly continue to carry out human activities by plundering the resources that we have inherited. We have not inherited this earth. We have borrowed it from our children.
The Earth does not belong to us but we belong to the Earth. We are a part of an Ecosystem that is so very vulnerable and if we damage this environment then we damage our own future.
Shai Agassi of Better Place speaks at Technion Institute of Technology
June 16th 2010
United Nations Climate Change Conference - To read about what is being done to address the issues of CO2 Emissions, see - COP15 - Copenhagen
The girl who silenced the world for 5 minutes
An extract from Plugged In: The End Of Oil Age.
Dr. Robert Skinner, an expert in unconventional oils from the Oxford Institute of Energy, summed up the oil sands folly most eloquently on a US radio programme in November 2003:
It is sometimes helpful to 'stand on the moon' and observe what we do on Earth. I hope that I don’t have the following conversation with my granddaughter twenty years from now:
"Grandpa, did you really do that?"
"Do 'what', Masha?"
"Did you take natural gas from the Arctic down to Alberta to boil water to make steam to melt tar out of the oil sands, then use more natural gas to produce hydrogen to make the tar molecules into gasoline so North Americans could drive four tonne vehicles five kilometres to sports clubs to spend fifteen minutes riding stationary bikes; did you really do that, Grandpa?"
"Ahhhh..., yes, Masha, I am afraid we did."
Message from Earth to Humanity - Can you hear it?
A kind of comic video about Global Warming. Stop Global Warming! Your Future Depends On It! - www.stopglobalwarming.org
What can we do? What are we doing about it?
Solar Powered Schools - Eco Schools
The Australian Federal Government is offering your School up to $50,000 (Ex GST) to install a solar electricity (photovoltaic) system via the National Solar Schools Program. Their goal is for every Primary & Secondary School to be a "Solar School" by 2015.
PROJECT BETTER PLACE
The Davos Question - Electric Car Infrastructure
An US company called Better Place has come up with a solution for switching over to electric cars that will not only make our driving experience better, it will be more affordable and help save our planet.
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Better Place's automated electric vehicle battery switch station
It's massive, costs $500,000, and is just a prototype; but you're looking at a possible solution for swapping out heavy car batteries from future electric vehicles. Kind of important if you're hoping to take your EV on a trip a bit further than the supermarket or city center without having to stop for a lengthy recharge.
This switch station, unveiled in Japan by Better Place, can swap out a spent battery in less time than it takes to refuel the tank in that baby-killer of a car you hold so precious. These battery swap stations are just part of the enormous infrastructure required to support Better Place's subscription approach to electric vehicles -- infrastructure easily estimated to cost $250 million or so for countries like Israel or Denmark on up to the $1 Billion already pledged by San Francisco Bay Area mayors.
Better Place admits that the swap technology is a work in progress but hopes to have 150,000 charging stations and about 100 battery swap stations deployed in Israel by 2011.
From IT to Cleantech: New Sources of Innovation
MIT World - Brunel Lecture Series
Speaker: Shai Agassi
Held on: December 4, 2008
Running Time: 1:36:53
Shai Agassi's Blog - The Long Tailpipe: http://shaiagassi.typepad.com/
Charge Point Networks - Fueling the Electric Transportation Industry
A Sustainable Network Charging Infrastructure for Plug-in Vehicles
Coulomb delivers networked charging stations and provides a service that meets the needs of drivers, municipalities, electric utilities and government entities by providing:
- A secure, safe, reliable way for consumers to charge their electric vehicles anywhere they park
- A sustainable business model for the rapid deployment of a plug-in vehicle charging infrastructure
- An infrastructure that enables rapid growth of the market for plug-in electric vehicles of all types
- Monitoring and control services to allow utilities to optimize grid use
- The lowest cost system operation and maintenance when compared to other options
- The ability to transition from gasoline tax revenues to tax models appropriate to electric vehicles.
Carbatt Systems - The next generation of electric vehicle systems
Carbatt is the next generation of electric vehicle systems today.
Forget the hassle of connecting your vehicle to a charger, finding a charge point and not to mention long charging times.
Carbatt is based on a modular exchangeable battery system that is exchanged at any of our automated exchange stations. They swap the battery for you in about a minute, and lets you drive away fully charged, It then does the charging and monitors the batterypacks health, if the pack needs servicing it will automatically take it out of circulation.
How to make Lithium Polymer Batteries for Electric Cars:
This video describes the process of making Lithium Polymer batteries which are used in Electric and Hybrid cars.
Water Powered Car - Alternative Fuel invention
Daniel Dingel's water-powered car traces its development back to 1969, per Philippine newspaper accounts and the inventor's own claim that he has invested at least thirty years' worth of work. Dingel has had several cars converted since that time - all his own.
The Daniel Dingel water car is not a fuel-cell car. Fuel cell cars like the new Honda FCX Clarity uses hydrogen gas to produce electricity in a fuel cell, and it is this electricity that powers the car's electric motor. Also, fuel cell cars are reliant on hydrogen that is pre-extracted using costly methods.
Contrary to its name, Dingel's car does not burn water. The inventor claims to have designed a process that efficiently maximizes on-demand hydrogen extraction from the electrolysis of ordinarily-available water. It is the hydrogen gas that his car burns directly in the engine's combustion chamber. The extraction process being on-demand, Dingel's car does not store hydrogen gas onboard in quantities that pose an explosion risk.
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