Archives for July, 2012

Two teams from Qatar were the first to build cars powered by gas-to-liquid (GTL) fuel in Shell* Eco-marathon Asia since the regional competition began in 2010. The Aggielanders from Texas A&M University at Qatar, which contested in the Urban Concept category, failed to complete the trial runs while Gernas 2 from Qatar University, which joined the…

Team Luk Jao Mae Khlong Prapa from Thailand surpassed their own fuel efficiency record from last year by 31 percent to clinch the top place at Shell* Eco-marathon Asia, which concluded on July 7. The students from Dhurakij Pubdit University, whose prototype car runs on ethanol, improved their mileage from 2,213.4 kilometers per liter (5,206.2…

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Named after the legendary king, the Solomon Fuel Cell Vehicle from Taiwan won the Design Award at Shell* Eco-marathon Asia over the weekend and topped the race in the Urban Concept – Hydrogen category with a fuel efficiency record of 63 kilometers (39.1 miles) per kilowatt-hour. The vehicle featured a Star Wars-inspired “Jedi Knight” design, touch…

An electric car designed by students from Universiti Sains Malaysia stood out among 119 teams competing in the Asian leg of Eco-marathon, an annual fuel efficiency competition, for its unique choice of body material: plywood. “We chose to use wood because it’s strong and biodegradable,” said manager of Team USM-EVT, David Chew, when met at…

The Zero Energy Building in Singapore is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. The retrofitted building has been running entirely on solar power since it began operating in 2009 and had even recorded a cumulative surplus of 37 megawatt hours of electricity as at June 25 this year. Converted from a former workshop, the…

Comments Off on Fracking in Pennsylvania: A Boom That’s Fizzling?

On a recent visit to Pennsylvania, I saw signs of a natural gas boom on the wane. Googling “Pennsylvania ‘natural gas rush’” this morning got me 356,000 hits. Some may call it a gas boom instead of a rush, but, regardless, it seems to be a happening thing. The development of the technology that combines…

On the heels of the violent storm system that felled enough overhead wires to disrupt electricity for 4.3 million utility customers on the U.S. East Coast,  new research suggests that the technology for transmitting power without connection to the vulnerable electric grid may be closer at hand than most people think. “Wireless power” will be…

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Shell* Eco-marathon Asia begins July 4 in Kuala Lumpur, and Team ITS’ Sapu Angin vehicles will be there to compete on the Sepang International Circuit, among other teams hoping to get the most mileage with the least amount of fuel. Both hailing from Indonesia, ITS Team 1 will join the prototype class with its Sapu…

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With a smart heating and cooling system and renewable energy, the city district of Västra Hamnen (Western Harbor), in Malmö, Sweden has established itself as the first carbon-neutral neighborhood in Europe, says Malmö mayor Ilmar Reepalu. Västra Hamnen, also known as the City of Tomorrow, was transformed from a former shipyard in 2001 and is now…

Comments Off on Efficiency, Imports, and Emissions: The Shape of Things to Come

Every year, the Annual Energy Outlook  from the U.S. Energy Information Administration  tries to identify the big trends that are likely to shape the next 20 years in energy – and in this year’s edition, some key trends  are different from those that shaped the last 20 years. For instance: We keep getting more efficient.…