Solar Power Parking Meters? You Bet

admin | Uncategorized | Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Mechanical parking meters may not seem like an immediate problem for people who carry change but if you have ever found yourself with only a credit card, chances are you have wished for an electric parking meter. The mechanical models are simply incapable of handling input other than coins and with increasing demands for alternative payment methods electric parking meters have started taking over.

The only drawback from these newer models is that they cannot be left to operate free from the grid. While it will always (more…)

DuPont’s Photovoltaic Solar Energy Plant

admin | Uncategorized | Thursday, June 6th, 2013

New technology and advances within the renewable energies industry has given rise to newer installations and commercial production of renewable-energy alternatives that far exceeds what was possible only a few short years ago. Solar energy plants, wind farms and other commercial production facilities that are able to provide clean, abundant and sustainable power for end-line consumers to make use of have the potential to create a more secure future. Powering the 21st century with clean-energy alternatives can do much to reduce demand for fossil fuels and conventional technology that has done vast damage to the (more…)

Perspectives on Wind Energy

admin | Uncategorized | Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

The earth is full of energy sources, but how can we harness them? Scientists have updated the windmill, and are capturing wind energy with wind turbines.

Wind turbines convert wind energy to mechanical energy, which may be used in many ways, such as generating electricity or driving machinery. These turbines are often spread out over several acres, called wind farms. They may be 350 feet high with a blade length of 150 feet.

There are a lot of benefits to wind energy. First of all, the wind is free and renewable. Wind energy is clean and doesn’t produce (more…)

Energy-Saving Strategies

admin | Uncategorized | Friday, January 20th, 2012

If you’re already thinking about ways you can capitalize on alternative energy we applaud you – great job considering your impact on the environment! Here are a few things you can do to reduce your impact and save energy around your own home:
Consider Providers: Some energy providers are more socially responsible than others. Do your research on everyone from Reliant Energy in Plano Texas to the big-box providers to find out who is the most environmentally friendly of the pack.
Take Small Steps: Everything from saving water to changing out lightbulbs makes a difference at the end of the day so sit with your family to consider some small moves you can make at home to do your part. Turning off lights and even planting a vegetable garden are fun alternatives to using energy.
Make One Big Change: There’s nothing like one big change to kick-start your eco-conciousness so we suggest you start with something like buying an electric car or switching to all-organic food. It’s going to be a transition at first but if everyone made one big change the world would be a better place!

Making the News: Alternative Fuels

admin | Uncategorized | Thursday, May 5th, 2011

One of the biggest polluters on the planet is the modern automobile. The carbon monoxide produced from burning fossil fuels is not only unhealthy for the environment, but for humans as well. Scientists have been working on alternative fuels for use in automobiles, and there are many options to choose from.

Biodiesel is a fuel made from vegetable oil or animal fat. Typically, as a fuel, biodiesel is blended with petro diesel. If made from soy oil, biodiesel can reduce greenhouse gasses (more…)

Fuel Cell Vehicles

admin | Uncategorized | Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

A fuel cell vehicle will help us reduce the need of the oil from foreign countries. They will also reduce the amount of harmful things being released into the air from the vehicles. They run on hydrogen gas instead of gasoline. These use a fuel stack cell that will convert oxygen and hydrogen gas into electricity which powers the engine. You do not have to worry about it getting too much or too little power because it has a power control unit that will take care of this.

It is (more…)

Flexible Fuel Vehicles

admin | Uncategorized | Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

A vehicle designed to run on more than one fuel is known as a flexible fuel vehicle. Typically these use a gasoline blended with ethanol. In theory a flexible fuel vehicle can use any mixture of fuel, but it is advised to use a maximum of 85 ethanol and 15 gasoline this blend is called E85. Since ethanol is made from corn, the use of E85 offers a local and renewable fuel source. The EPA standards require that flexible fuel vehicles maintain the same low emissions regardless (more…)

Sweet Sorghum Biofuel

admin | Uncategorized | Friday, March 25th, 2011

Sweet Sorghum is an ideal crop for production of ethanol biofuel. Biofuels are more often produced from sugar cane or corn, but using sorghum for biofuel can have several advantages over these more traditional crops. Sweet sorghum requires very little fertilizer,http://www.ncagr.gov/cyber/kidswrld/plant/label.htm, can withstand dry conditions, grows quickly, and is already widely grown around the world. In addition, sorghum biofuel is made from the juice of the stem of the plant and does not affect grain production. (more…)

Tesla: Out of the Gate and Running

www.altfuelsys.com | Alternative Fuel Vehicles | Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Palo Alto, California-based Tesla Motors has announced delivery of over 1500 of its Roadsters worldwide (as of January 10, 2011) and view this as a major milestone marker in the automaker’s presence in over 30 countries. Tesla’s goal is to produce a full range of electric cars, from premium sports cars to mass market vehicles and contribute in driving down the cost of electric vehicles. It is currently the only automaker in the U.S. that builds and sells highway-capable EVs in serial production. Founded in 2003 by a group of Silicon Valley engineers who set out to “prove that electric vehicles could be awesome,” the Tesla Roadster hit the streets in early 2008 as a “car with no equal,” and two years later over 1000 Roadsters were out performing their emissions-free performance in more than 25 countries. Now, a year later, that number continues to climb. The company’s website affirms that (more…)

Fuel Efficiency

www.altfuelsys.com | Uncategorized | Saturday, December 11th, 2010

If you’re looking for a few ways to increase the fuel efficiency of your vehicle and also help save the planet at the same time, Exxon Mobile has put out these three tips to help you get the extra miles needed in today’s tough economy and green-focused world. 1.If you keep your car tuned up to the standards recommended by the manufacturer you can expect to attain an increased fuel efficiency of up to four percent per year. If that doesn’t sound like that big of a deal, it averages about 500 extra miles and that is a big deal! 2.If every driver in the US kept their car’s tires inflated to the standards recommended by the manufacturer 700 million gallons of gasoline could be saved each year. How’s that for a big number? You better believe that could have an impact. 3.By using the correct grade and type of motor oil as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer, drivers could see an increase in their fuel efficiency by almost two percent. What that means to the average drivers is the equivalent of getting an extra 250 miles per year. Add that to the previous 500 and you’re on your way to a lot of extra miles, wouldn’t you say?

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