Archives for March, 2012

Wine is embraced as the beverage of celebration and ritual all over the world. Yet growing the grapes that produce this most revered of drinks is a time and resource-intensive task. Producing a single bottle of wine consumes enormous amounts of paper, glass and water, not to mention the pesticides, fertilizers and fossil fuels needed to…

The leadership of the solar industry let out a collective gasp of relief Tuesday. While it seems that tariffs will be imposed on China’s exports of photovoltaic cells, at least for now they are relatively minimal. Yet it’s still a fragile time for the industry and anything that raises cost within the supply chain or to the…

The Grupo Cataratas de Eficiencia Energetica (GCEE) was created in 2009 by second-year students of electrical engineering and mechanical engineering at Unioeste (Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Parana) in Brazil. Last year in a national competition, among other achievements, the team was champion in the ethanol category, achieving 736 kilometers per liter (1,731 miles per gallon). With that, the team got motivated in December…

Comments Off on Addressing Safety Issues Ahead of Eco-marathon

We are now officially into the single digits of days until the Shell Eco-marathon Americas competition in Houston, Texas! For the past three days we have continued to work very hard on our vehicles and are seeing some great changes as a result. A lot of body work has been done on HotRod over the…

Comments Off on An All-Electric Vehicle: Up Close and Personal

Come along on a test drive of the Nissan Leaf. Ever wonder what one of those all-electric cars feels like when you’re behind the wheel? Well, here’s your chance. We’ll start by getting the lowdown on what it means to be a “zero-emission vehicle” from one of the Energy Department’s car specialists. We’ll kick the…

Comments Off on Loyola Marymount: Bringing Concepts to Life

Mechanical engineering students at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) have been participating in  Shell Eco-marathon Americas (SEMA) since its inaugural year in 2007. Since then, our team has built five prototype-class vehicles, with a top fuel efficiency of 858 miles per gallon (365 kilometers per liter). Each new vehicle our team creates incorporates design improvements over…

Bringing together students majoring in mechanical, material, and aerospace engineering, as well as computer science, the Cal Poly Supermileage Vehicle Team combines all these disciplines to produce the most efficient vehicles possible. Last year, we took home the Technical Innovation Award at Shell Eco-marathon Americas for the onboard electronics and custom data acquisition and monitoring…

Comments Off on Eleven Days to Eco-marathon

We now have 11 days until we leave for Houston for the Shell Eco-marathon Americas competition. With the competition quickly approaching, our cars are coming together. Today we have checked off multiple things on our (what seemed to be) forever-long to-do list. With all of these tasks completed, the end is near in sight! As…

Comments Off on Taking a Few Steps Forward … and Back

March 16 Today we have made several steps forward, but unfortunately we have also taken a couple steps back. Yesterday we completed the windshield mold for HotRod, and today we went to vacuum form the actual windshield. As we were vacuum forming the plastic over the mold, the windshield mold was damaged and the actual…

Back in November, we brought you word that the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh was taking on the deep green challenge set by the Pacific Northwest’s arm of the U.S. Green Building Council and the International Living Building Institute. Now we’ve got specs in our hot little hands for the new Center for Sustainable Landscapes, set to open…