The Onion Hits Humans Where it Hurts Print E-mail
Written by AlterMyEnergy   
Thursday, 03 June 2010 15:50

Another great eco-friedly headline over at one of our favorite time-wasting websites:

New Eco-Friendly Cigarettes Kill Destructive Human Beings Over Time

RICHMOND, VA—Executives at Philip Morris USA this week unveiled Marlboro Earth, a new eco-friendly cigarette that gradually eliminates the causes of global warming and environmental destruction at their source.

"By killing off the No. 1 threat to the environment, new Marlboro Earths will have a long-term effect on the overall health of our planet," Philip Morris spokesperson Janet Weiss said. "If everyone in America does their part and joins our new green-smoking movement, then together we can eradicate man's destructive practices once and for all."

According to a press release from Philip Morris, the new environmentally friendly cigarettes work by employing powerful carcinogens that accumulate in the lungs of smokers, slowly breaking down their vital organs and eliminating the danger posed to the overpopulated planet by the human race.

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Artic Drilling Proposal Print E-mail
Written by AlterMyEnergy   
Thursday, 20 May 2010 19:44

A proposal to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean as early as this summer received initial permits from the Minerals Management Service office in Alaska at the same time federal auditors were questioning the office about its environmental review process.

The approvals also came after many of the agency’s most experienced scientists had left, frustrated that their concerns over environmental threats from drilling had been ignored.

Minerals Management has faced intense scrutiny in the weeks since the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. An article in The New York Times reported that it failed to get some environmental permits to approve drilling in the gulf and ignored objections from scientists to keep those projects on schedule.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 20 May 2010 19:46
China and the USA on Clean Energy Print E-mail
Written by AlterMyEnergy   
Thursday, 20 May 2010 13:25

Although opinions are divided on open markets and trading barriers, the United States and China can achieve a win-win relationship in areas like clean energy, said US Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke in a speech to American Chamber of Commerce Shangha.

Locke is in China this week on the first cabinet-level trade mission of the Obama administration. The visit comes shortly after President Barack Obama outlined details of his National Export Initiative, which aims to double US exports within five years to support job growth.

Read the full article here

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 May 2010 13:30
Spray On Electronics to go Mainstream Print E-mail
Written by AlterMyEnergy   
Tuesday, 30 March 2010 00:00

A multidisciplinary research team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has found* that an organic semiconductor may be a viable candidate for creating large-area electronics, such as solar cells and displays that can be sprayed onto a surface as easily as paint.

While the electronics will not be ready for market anytime soon, the research team says the material they studied could overcome one of the main cost hurdles blocking the large-scale manufacture of organic thin-film transistors, the development of which also could lead to a host of devices inexpensive enough to be disposable.

Silicon is the iconic material of the electronics industry, the basic material for most microprocessors and memory chips. Silicon has proved highly successful as a substance because billions of computer elements can be crammed into a tiny area, and the manufacturing process behind these high-performance chips is well-established.

But the electronics industry for a long time has been pursuing novel organic materials to create semiconductor products—materials that perhaps could not be packed as densely as state-of-the-art silicon chips, but that would require less power, cost less and do things silicon devices cannot: bend and fold, for example. Proponents predict that organic semiconductors, once perfected, might permit the construction of low-cost solar cells and video displays that could be sprayed onto a surface just as paint is.

Great news!!  I love this product, let's just hope it comes to market soon!

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 May 2010 13:49
Binary Geothermal Process Print E-mail
Written by Liz   
Wednesday, 29 April 2009 15:00

Traditional geothermal systems require rare sites like geysers where steam or very hot water (at least 350 degrees Fahrenheit) can be tapped to drive a turbine and generate electricity. Now binary geothermal technology can use 200 to 300 degree water, providing many more opportunities to harness underground energy. Binary cycle geothermal power plants pump hot water from a geothermal well, through a heat exchanger, and the cooled water is returned to the underground reservoir. A second fluid with a low boiling point is pumped through the heat exchanger where it is vaporized and then directed through a turbine.

Innovate | To Develop a Head of Steam from Sierra Magazine March/April 09

Raser's Binary Geothermal Process Animation

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 April 2009 15:06
MIT Scientists - Breakthrough Solar Energy Storage System Print E-mail
Written by AlterMyEnergy   
Monday, 13 October 2008 15:41

The days of having are homes and vehicles powered by renewable energy is now much closer in reach. Thanks to the minds of two MIT researchers, Daniel Nocera and Matthew Kanan, who figured out how to duplicate the water splitting reaction that occurs during photosynthesis in plants to store the energy from the sun in an inexpensive and efficient way.

"With Daniel Nocera's and Matthew Kanan's new catalyst, homeowners could use their solar panels during the day to power their home, while also using the energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen for storage. At night, the stored hydrogen and oxygen could be recombined using a fuel cell to generate power while the solar panels are inactive."From MIT News. Read More

Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2008 16:17
Windbelt Electrical Wind Powered Generator Print E-mail
Written by AlterMyEnergy   
Friday, 12 September 2008 15:49

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