Hanna Plesko, a doctoral student at the Power Electronic Systems Laboratory of ETH Zurich has worked out a better and less costly to produce power electronic converters for hybrid cars. Plesko says, “It’s rumored that hybrid vehicles can improve your image, but in some cases the automobile companies have difficulties to cover their costs.”  With [...]

The Latest Nuclear Disaster

September 29, 2009 | 1 Comment

The U.S. is facing a nuclear disaster well underway and threatening to get much worse.  It’s personnel leaving the field, and it’s a horrifying nightmare.  Skills for oversight and regulatory issues, safety and new develpoments are disappearing. Christopher Kouts, is acting director of the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management at the Department of Energy.  [...]

Nails For the OPEC Coffin

September 28, 2009 | 8 Comments

LS9 has raised $25 million to help further test and scale up its technology for making diesel equivalent from designer microbes and sugar to help further test and scale up its technology.  This financing round includes a major oil company, Chevron as well as the venture firms of Khosla Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Chevron’s [...]

Perhaps you remember when Volvos looked like they were carved from wood by an axe while other manufacturers were going windswept and aerodynamic.  Then they finally switched to svelte a decade or so back and improved on that while others have moved on to muscular, angular and blocklike.  One wonders who is leading whom. Volvo [...]

Far from the minds of the media, journalists and press is the problem of temperature for electricity storage.  Batteries in particular have a major problem of releasing capacity particularly when cold.  A major share of the market for transport batteries is where winter would put a battery energized electric vehicle out of work simply because [...]

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