The BMW Group’s Efficient Dynamics strategy is hunting for reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.  The targets are out there; BMW is looking at the battery electric vehicles, the full plug-ins, and the hybrids.  The goal is to increase performance in the typical BMW fashion.  The performance this time is range – distance traveled […]

Northwestern University scientists collaborating with scientists and mechanical engineers at Northwestern and Michigan State University have developed a thermoelectric material that is the best in the world at converting waste heat to electricity resulting in the world record ZT of 2.2. Using a very environmentally stable material, the common semiconductor called lead telluride; the material […]

Sandia is testing a concept called MagLIF (Magnetized Liner Inertial Fusion) that will use magnetic fields and laser pre-heating in the quest for net energy fusion. The idea uses magnetically imploded tubes called liners, intended to help produce controlled nuclear fusion at scientific “break-even” energies or better. The tubes and the system powering them have […]

How to Lose the CO2 War

September 17, 2012 | 3 Comments

How to Lose the CO2 War In an article by Mark Lynas out of UK’s The Guardian is a summary of last week’s nuclear news.  If one is CO2 concerned, the news is very bad indeed. In a strong motivator for the environmentalists the week also saw the Arctic ice cover is recorded at its […]

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) unveiled a new home laboratory designed to demonstrate that a typical-looking suburban home for a family of four can generate as much energy as it uses in a year. It cost $2,590,110.00.  OK, that’s a firm-fixed-price contract, and how much profit is in the […]

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