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Articles tagged with: energy

Leyden Energy Building Long Life Battery

With the increasing specifications and applications, cell phones now-a-days need more power to operate than they did before. Although the chip performance is doubling every 18 months, as described by Moore’s Law, no one seems that concerned about the battery improvement.

Leyden Energy hopes to produce new batteries with a longer lifetime. They are working on a new battery chemistry that will allow batteries to operate 25 percent longer with a single charge and can be used for 3 years. While the other batteries fade out after an year.

U.S. Shutting Down Data Centers To Save Taxpayer Woes

In order to save money, the US federal government decided to shut down more than 350 data centers by the end of 2012 and another 400 by end of 2015. This was decided to save billions of dollars from US taxpayers.

Currently, more than 2000 data centers with 40 percent storage capacity and 27 percent computing capacity are running across the country.

The decision is quite good in saving money but what about the employees working there? Thirty states will be affected by this decision…

Cardboard Vacuum Cleaner Is One Green Machine!

If you were in doubt about certain appliances going ‘green’ you may be surprised by this article. We’ve recently caught a glimpse of a cardboard vacuum cleaner called the Vax. The concept was originally designed by Jake Tyler from Loughborough University.

The vaccum cleaner is supposedly a centerfold of sustainability, although I can’t speak volumes on whether it’s a machine that will last you through the years. After all, I can’t imagine holding up well to years of continuous humidity or heck, even a nearby leak.

Hybrid Tractors Reduce Fuel Consumption By 50%

Heavy duty machinery, such as tractors have been used for mining and agriculture for a very long time. When these heavy duty machines are used, not only do they use up a lot of fuel and produce byproduct carbon emissions, but they are used for hours on end- usually to get some type of job done.

Fortunately, researchers at Aalto University in Finland have taken the success of hybrid technology from cars and implanted that knowledge to build hybrid machines. The heavy duty hybrids use both combustion and electric engines, cutting fuel consumption in half.

VIA Rolls Out Two New Chips

VIA Technologies make computer chips for power efficient x86 processor platforms. The company announced on Friday that it will be rolling out a new line of low power dual core VIA Nano X2 Series processors at the ESC (Embedded System Conference) in San Jose.

The E-series processors are extremely power efficient and feature dual-core architecture, specifically designed for 86-bit and x86 embedded system applications. The models to be released will be a 1.2GHz and a 1.6GHz chip and both processors come with a seven year warranty.

World’s Smallest Computer For $199

CompuLab’s worlds smallest computer is now available for purchase. The Trim Slice can be bought for as low as $199 and is technically a desktop computer with a 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor. The computer has four USB ports, 2 SD card slots, an RS232 port, and a HDMI output. For an extra $20, you can get an 802.11n WiFi adapter and a 4GB microSD card.

Get this, for only $319, you can get a 32GB solid state disk, Linux operating system, DVI port, Wifi, and Bluetooth for about the price of a mp3 player.

NASA Discovers New Fuel: Animal Fat

ets usually run on high-octane oil byproducts, however, NASA has tested jets running on fuel based animal fat. In March and April of this year, researchers at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center in California tested biofuel made of chicken and beef waste fat in the engine of a DC-8 airplane. NASA hopes that the study makes people realize that biofuels do not necessarily have to come from plant sources. According to NASA, fuel can come from algae or rendered animal fat. NASA doesn’t believe that fossil fuels are necessary as a fuel source.

The researchers tested the new animal-based biofuel through an engine burning Jet Propellant 8 fuel, similar to the industry standard Jet-A used in commercial aircraft.

Google Buys Wind Energy Until 2031

Today is Earth Day, and it marks a day of making better decisions for our planet. After spending nearly $275 million dollars on renewable energy, Google is not falling short of expectations this time. Google has announced today that it has signed a power purchase agreement for wind energy in Oklahoma. Mayes County Oklahoma will have a fully operational data center by the end of 2011 thanks to wind energy. Google will be buying the energy from NextEra Energy Resources’ Minco II wind facility and will continue to get energy there until 2031.

Google Spends Like No Tomorrow, Drops Another $100 Million On Wind Farm

Following two investments in solar technology, Larry Page is showing who’s boss in making a third investment since taking over the reigns as CEO. Google’s latest investment brings its total spending to just under $300 million dollars so far this year. Google will now be investing in a nearby state to Silicon Valley, Oregon. The high tech giant will be spending $100 million in the Shepherds Flat Wind Farm in Arlington, Oregon.

Google will be joining the project with Caithness Energy, General Electric, Tyr Energy, and Sumitomo Corporation of America. The wind farm is still under construction but is expected to be the largest wind farm in the world! One the project has been completed, the farm will produce 845 megawatts of energy, allowing power to be saved in 235,000 homes.

Thinking Fuel Efficiency? How does 2,500 MPG sound?

The Eco-marathon is a race where the winning vehicle has the best rated “miles per gallon.” The goal is to complete ten laps around a Houston park at an average speed of 15MPH while consuming the least amount of energy possible. Last year’s winners included students from Laval University in Quebec, and achieved 2,487.5 miles per gallon.

For the third year in a row, students at the same university have won the competition again, building a three-wheeler that gets an astounding 2,564.8 MPG.