Solar Roadways – Ecomagination Challenge Community Winner

October 7, 2010, GE announced that Solar Roadways was the winner of $50,000 for receiving the most votes as best idea from the registered participants in the Ecomagination Challenge Community.  Solar Roadways proposes to make roads, parking lots, and driveways into sources of energy by using “structurally-engineered recyclable solar panels that are driven upon” http://bit.ly/bAIDqm.  In . . . → Read More: Solar Roadways – Ecomagination Challenge Community Winner

100 to 180 Miles Per Gallon Production Cars – the X Prize Challenge Winners

Washington DC

The winners of the $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize Competition were announced at an awards ceremony September 16, 2010 in Washington, DC at the Washington Historical Society http://www.progressiveautoxprize.org/.  Afterwards, the three winning ‘cars’ were driven through city traffic to the Department of Energy for public inspection by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu.

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To Big to Spill? BP and the Question of Subsidies

The sinking of the British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon rig into the Gulf of Mexico on April 22 will be investigated, written about, cleaned up after, and litigated for the next decade.  While the environmental costs of this disaster are on everyones minds, now would be a good time to take a look at the subsidies that . . . → Read More: To Big to Spill? BP and the Question of Subsidies

Evolving Energy Storage

Energy Storage has come to be referred to by superlatives such as “missing link”, “holy grail” and “game changer”, especially for two evolving and interrelated markets: the smart grid and electric vehicles.  Certainly the right combination of technology, product configuration and price can have an enabling and potentially disruptive impact in both sectors.

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Connecting the Dots

The keynote speaker at the fundraiser was not intending to be alarmist, but, as a physicist, merely trying to explain certain aspects of cause and effect.

The cause, in this instance, was the warming of the earth due to the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and, being a physicist, he was more comfortable referring to . . . → Read More: Connecting the Dots