Friday, December 5, 2008

Gas Prices the week of 12.1.08

By: Trisha and Kyra


Place Thursday Wednesday Year ago
Nat. Average 1.79 1.80 3.04

CO Average 1.72 1.74 2.99

Denver 1.64 1.65 2.92

Salt Lake City 1.62 1.64 3.03

Las Angeles 1.91 1.93 3.35

Seattle 1.95 1.96 3.21

Phoenix 1.81 1.83 2.97

Chicago 1.67 1.68 2.88

Houston 1.64 1.65 2.87

Miami 1.94 1.96 3.17

Atlanta 1.68 1.69 2.98

New York 2.25 2.27 3.30



Source: AAA
ASPHALT ENERGY





Most of us, when we were younger, probably tried to walk across blacktop on a hot day.


If you don't already know, it is very hot. Scientists are trying to use the heat absorbed by asphalt as an alternative energy source. When was the last time you drove or walked over a generator?

Oil, what's the limit?!

By Paco and Javier

Oil, America's most precious resource, is expected to peak in 10 to 30 years, and run out by the end of this century. Other fossil fuels will dissapear as well (coal, natural gas, etc.) Energy conservation is only a short term cure. Where do we go from here? We are hoping other bloggers could help us answer that.

AIRPOD:air compressed car

AIRPod is the result of the studies of MDI on pollution and urban mobility.This concept will be the first to be left the lines of production in spring 2009. MDI will answer thus the invitation to tender of the town of Paris, Autolib', and is the subject right now of requests for various municipalities.
With a reduced size, a very small price, an absolutely null pollution, a ludic and futuristic design, AIRPod mark a turning in the ranges of urban vehicles while renovating the idea of the car and transport. One leads it with a minimanche (joystick), it costs only one Euro for 200 kilometers and does not leave anybody indifferent while threading in the congestions.
It is a true puff of fresh air in our cities and the prelude to displacements without pollution. Its reduced size makes it possible to park it with facility by keeping a great interior volume all the same. AIRPod us makes forget the price of the gasoline.
AIRPod fact part of the licence of manufacture of the vehicles of MDI of “less 500Kg”, and is built in the same factories as OneFlowAir, according to the original concept of production proposed by MDI.
AIRPodThe standard version is intended for the transport of the people. It proposes up to four places (3 adults and a child) and has space for the luggage. It is dedicated to multiple uses as well in

Liquid Coal : ]]

by: Sunny



In the U.S. coal is an easily obtainable, abundant sorce of energy. This great fossile fuel comes with a price, though. It is contributing to global green house gases, and possibly contributing to global warming. However, liquid coal is a up-and-coming more atmosphere-friendly source. The Germans used liquid coal fuel in WW II, due to a limited supply of Petroleum. Nowadays though, it is seen as a eco-friendly alternative to original coal. There is a catch however; while liquid coal has the same amount of carbon emissions as gasoline, which is true after processing, the process of making it so efficient releases more CO2 than coal.

Gas Prices for the week of 12.1.08

By Trisha and Noelle




Place Current
United States $1.80
Colorado $1.74
Colorado Springs $1.60
Denver $1.65
Durango $2.01
Glenwood Springs $2.25
Grand Junction $1.72
Greeley $1.60
Pueblo $1.76
Vail $2.23



Source: AAA
Taylor and Eden








Wow! In Britain scientists have unveiled a new Eco-car that uses less energy than it takes a light bulb to use. This hydrogen-powered Ech2o uses only 25 watts; which is less than 2 gallons of petrol to travel 25,000 miles, this puts out nothing more dangerous than water. The only problem is it travels at a top speed of only 30 mph, that would take over a month just to travel the 25,000! The question is why are these tiny test cars getting 10,000 mpg while our regular cars aren't even getting 100???

Gas Mileage Tips

Posted by Ty Burtard

1.Keep your tires properly inflated, and check them frequently2. Keep your front suspension and steering in proper alignment.3.Use the thinnest viscosity oil that your car's manufacturer recommends Keep your engine in proper mechanical condition.
4.Keep your engine in tune and make sure the air and fuel filters are clean.
5.Make sure your brakes are not dragging.
6.Repair body damage. That crunched front fender adds aerodynamic drag - just ask any race car driver.
7.Don't use premium fuel if your car does not require it; using it is an unnecessary expense.
8.Don't waste your money on those late night "as seen on TV" products that are supposed to increase your mileage.
9.Avoid excessive warm-up time.10.Don't idle your engine for long periods. Turn off your engine when you leave the car or have to wait a long time.
11.Avoid jack-rabbit starts -- accelerate smoothly and slowly rather than stepping hard on the gas pedal.
12.Keep your speed at 55 miles per hour or less whenever possible.
13.For newer vehicles with aerodynamic designs, close the windows and turn on the A/C when driving on the freeway.
14.For older cars with inefficient A/C compressors, use the ventilation system and close the windows, temperature permitting.
15.Anticipate merging traffic and stoplights; decelerate and accelerate smoothly.
16.Plan your trips wisely. If you need to go several places, plan a route that allows you to run most or all of your errands in one outing.

Shayla.





Some of the best things in science are discovered not on purpose, but by accident! John Kanzius, a man diagnosed with Leukemia, was trying an invention he made to kill cancer with radio waves. But his invention accomplished another task. He made saltwater catch fire! This accidental success occured when an assistant was testing a saline-filled test tube and accidentally bumped the tube, and ignited a small flash. When Kanzius struck a match out of curiosity, the water "lit like a propane flame." With this discovery, scientists are trying to research this new, cheap source of energy, and are hoping that this will be a promising one.

Alternative Autos

Electric , petrol-electric hybrid, solar powered these are some of the alternitve sources that cas can run on today. Due to a combination of heavy taxes on fuel or tightening environmental laws the potential for peak oil and the possibility of further restrictions on greenhouse gasses, work on alternative power systems for cars has become a high priority for governments and motor companies around the world.
Current research and development is largely centered on "hybrid
" vehicles that use both electric power and internal combustion. The first hybrid vehicle available for sale in the United States was the Honda Insight, achieving around 70 miles per gallon. Other research and development efforts in alternative forms of power focus on developing fuel cells, alternative forms of combustion such as GDI and HCCI, and even the stored energy of compressed air. But now there are cars that are being tested by that can run on water.


Top Six Fuel Efficient Cars By Brad

Make Model City Mileage Highway Mileage

Honda Insight 60 66

Toyota Pirus 60 51

Honda Civic Hybrid 48 47

Volkswagon Jetta 38 46

Honda Civic 36 44

Fuel Efficienty



The Toyota Prius is the newest fuel efficient car in the U.S. With it's 60 city and 51 hwy miles a gallon. It is not the most mileage for a car but enough for a family on a budget. With the new hybrids and fuels our world is starting to get on a better track for being "Green." The only problems with these new cars are that they are expensive and right now our economy is not great. Although companies are trying to get "Green," the public can't afford to buy these cars.


-Austin

Green Jelly Energy

Somehere in China scientists are researching a new creature that looks like green jelly. This jelly can double in size by eating itself. If it can be used as an energy form it could be very useful. For now it is useless but a breakthrough could change that. If it is edible it could be a solution to the food crisis. If it isn't and its energy can be harnessed it might solve a renewable energy problem.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Gas Prices Noelle and Trisha

Gas Prices


Thursday
Wednesday
Year ago


National Average
$2.02
$2.05
$3.09
Colorado Average
$1.96
$1.99
$3.08
Grand Junction
$1.88
$1.91
$3.11
Denver
$1.86
$1.89
3.014

1500 year old source of power

Posted by Blake

Windmills may not seem like much, but they can provide up to 20% of America's power and on less than 1% of the land too! The 3 Billion kWh of energy that windmills produce would equal 6.4 million barrels of oil. It would reduce pollution and smog, so after 1500 years it still works!

Tsunami Simulator

Oregon State Unversity developed a tsunami simulator to demostrate the devastation and understand physics behind this awsome feat of Mother Nature. On November 15, 2004 as part of a live, simulcast grand opening event of a new national earthquake engineering research network that links 15 large-scale research facilities across the continent, researchers at Oregon State University’s Tsunami Wave Basin unleashed a tidal wave on a scale model of a U.S. city on the Pacific coast. Other situations such as a fishing barge in a tidal wave "storm" testing different devices to allow the ship to survive this disaster. I have been there myself. The college also has another simulator next door which tests erosion of beaches and other landforms. The purpose of the experiment was to test several improvements in order to solve "certain" difficulties in life.

Solar House Boats

Green Resort is allowing customers to rent a solar house boat. They have plans to construct a "green" condo on the banks of the Mississippi River near the city of McGregor, Iowa. It is a four hour drive from Chicago and Minneapolis. It is hidden away in the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. It is 240,000 acres of land and 260 miles of river.

Oh Poo


posted by Sydney and Natalie




When you see a pile of cow poop, usually all you see is a pile of cow poop.
But,California scientists are now discovering new ways to harness that not-so-beautiful sourc of power. As cow manure decomposes, it produces methane, a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide. Scientists say controlling methane emissions from animals such as cows would be a major step in addressing climate change.To tap the renewable gas from cow manure, the dairy farm first flushes manure into a large, octagonal pit where it becomes about 99% water. It is then pumped into a covered lagoon, first passing through a screen that filters out large solids that eventually become the cows’ bedding.The covered lagoon, or “digester,” is the size of nearly five football fields and about 33 feet deep. It is lined with plastic to protect the groundwater. This scientific advance is going to be an interesting thing to watch "bloom."

Breaking Turbines

-taylor



The main job of wind turbines is to convert wind into electricity; the stronger the wind the more electricity produced. The wind should not be so strong though that it causes the turbines to go so fast as to commit suicide to themselves; the blades are ripped off leaving a lot of damage. So to stop this from happening they use a mechanical braking system. Using this keeps the blades from spinning to fast. the blades spin the opposite direction of the wind. If the blades were to go the same direction as the wind it would be very dangerous.

Waste Energy

Posted by Ty Burtard

















Think about an energy that not only creates renewable energy but helps keep the world clean. By producing steam we can burn waste into fuel. This technology has been proven to produce energy for many years. The huge increase in the amount of waste produced by human activity has followed to lots of further research towards this problem. The bad part though is that the factories producing this energy may be putting harmful chemicals in the air. People still are researching this problem and hope to find a way to burn energy from waste without this bad side effect.

Trees as a Source of Energy


post by Shayla


Scientists have been studying trees as new forms of energy, and have made an interesting discovery. They say that what causes electric currents is the pH difference between the soil and the living tree. They are brainstorming ideas and debating what this new form of energy could be used for to help humans.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Fuel Economy


Posted by Top Banana


Just as it happened...I took a digital photo of my car's fuel economy read-out. Coasting down the Grand Mesa at approximately 45 miles per hour the computer posted 99.9 miles per gallon. Perhaps it is coincidence that my car, a 2006 Chevrolet HHR (Heritage High Roof), built by beleaguered General Motors, (GM) registered such good economy on the world's tallest flat top mountain, the Grand Mesa (GM). Shortly thereafter the computer displayed a more realistic yet respectable 32.3 miles per gallon (which is common for this car.)

Friday, November 14, 2008

The Salt Lake ... An untapped resource

Posted by Chris
Do you know what a salt pond can do? It can power your house! The generater for this power is made out of salt and water. Plus, it can fit in your back yard.


This salinity gradient solar pond is in El Paso, Texas.

photo courtesy ecu.utep.edu


Just think what the Great Salt Lake can do! Think, a salt pond the size of a sand box can power your house. Now think what a lake can do. With all that power most coal power plants could be shut down.

Cool Energy Solar Flow System


A Solar Energy company in Boulder, Colorado, has come up with a useful invention. This invention is called the Cool Energy Solar Flow System. It brings together techonologies: Solar thermal collectors and heat engines.
This system will supply buildings renewable sources of electrical power as well as space heat! In the cold of Winter, most energy from collectors is used to heat buildings and during the Summer, the system transfers thermal energy to electricity when needed most!
-Mellissa and Emily

Gas prices on the decline but yet smiles still don't appear at the pump




- Written by Tyler

Even though gas prices are down all across the nation people are frowning as they look into their empty pocketbooks. With gas prices nearing two dollars several places around the country recently, you'd think there would be an opposite reaction. According to THE NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE- each 10-cent drop in gasoling prices puts $12 billion a year back in consumers' pockets. But it seems that the American people are stilling trying to recover from this summers over $4 per gallon. As they try to pay off their debts (which what most are doing with the profit.) Many people though don't believe it will last, creeping back up after the holidays into the new year. Look at Trisha's blog for gas prices around Colorado. But while the prices are where they are now I think there's a call for a smile or two.

Recoverable Frozen Natural Gas in Alaska

Alaska's North Slope contains 85 trillion cubic feet of natural gas that is frozen. Government scientists believe current technology could remove this natural gas. However, they are uncertain of the affect this will have on global warming. Some scientists are worried that this could disturb gas-hydrates and release methane into the atmosphere. Methane is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
photo courtesy:
energy.usgs.gov
One major problem with this is even if we were able to get this natural gas we would have to build a pipeline to take it into the United states. This natural gas in Alaska has great potential.



-Eden

Average Gas Prices

Average Current
United States............$2.20
Colorado....................$2.17
Colorado Springs......$2.01
Denver.......................$2.04
Durango.....................$2.51
Glenwood Springs....$2.67
Grand Junction.........$2.09
Greeley......................$2.08
Pueblo........................$2.17
Vail.............................$2.64




Source: AAA

Waves for Energy



Waves for energy? This idea almost seems too simple. That's the point. All it is, is a type of generator that is perpindicular to the water flow. This relative motion helps drive electromechanical or hydrolic energy convertors. Although this seems easy enough it is harder than it looks. There is tremendous energy in waves, but these would only be able to be placed in certain waters because of the huge wave fluctuations.

Try this website for more information= http://ocsenergy.anl.gov/guide/wave/index.cfm

-Austin

Friday, November 7, 2008

Geothermal

by Trisha

Have you thought of using geothermal to heat your house? It is a very clean way to do so. It emits almost no green house gasses. The way it works is when groundwater seeps below the Earth's surface near a dormant volcano, it is then heated by reservoirs of molten rock. That is usually at depths of up to 9,800 feet below the Earth's surface. To get this water they have to drill down for it. They take it to a plant where they separate the steam and the hot water. The steam is cleaned and sent away and the water is sent back down into the ground where the process can be started all over again.

Cow Manure for Energy

Kyra and Noelle



For our science fair project we are using cow and horse manure to make energy. What we are doing is mixing cow manure with water and putting it into a bottle. Next we will run a tube out of the top of the bottle into another bottle. We then put the tube at the top so that the gas goes into the tube and into the other bottle. The other bottle has another jar inside of it. The bottle is halfway filled with water. When the gas comes into the bottle it goes into the jar and the gas pushes the water out. When all the water is out of the jar that means that the jar is filled with methane gas. From there we are going to see how much gas we can get out of cow manure and horse manure. So we will use a Bunsen burner to measure how much gas we get and what color the flame is. To get the gas into the burner we will have a T in the tubes so that we can turn a valve and have the gas come out into the Bunsen burner tube. When we light the burner we then time how long the flame lasts and what color the flame is. When we do this the first time we empty it out the jarand do not use the gas because it will mostly be CO2. We will then repeat this 2 or 3 times to test the gas.

New form of gas?

posted by Chris

Studies show that water can replace gas as automobile fuel. How is this possible? Water contains a substance that, combined with baking soda, becomes almost as combustible as gas. Almost. This form of energy is nearly limitless because, after a day or two, it's back to normal water. Add more baking soda and voila. The reason for the baking soda is that it pulls out the combustible substance. Baking soda water won't explode but the vapor it puts off will. Put that vapor in with gas and you can get 5 extra miles with every tank depending on how big it is.

Presidential Plans

Posted by Tyler






President-Elect Barack Obama, and Vice President-Elect Joe Biden, have some major plans to change the reliance we have on foreign oil. As well as new renewable energy for example...
  • Put 1 million Plug-In Hybrid cars - cars that can get up to 150 miles per gallon - on the road by 2015, cars that we will work to make sure are built here in America


  • Ensure 10 percent of our electricity comes from renewable sources by 2012, and 25 percent by 2025.


  • Implement an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2025.


  • Provide short-term relief to American families facing pain at the pump


  • Help create five million new jobs by strategically investing $150 billion over the next ten years to catalyze private efforst to build a clean energy future.


  • Within 10 years save more oil than we currently import from the Middle East and Venezuela combined.

- Barack Obama and Joe Biden: New energy for America






While most of Obama's plan is based on environmental safety "making U.S. leader in climate change", reducing independence on foreign oil, and creating fuel efficient cars... I'm sure if he looked at this blog he could find other sources... But on bullet 2 Obama mentions renewable energy. What exactly does he have in mind? Looking at the Obama Biden websight (link at bottom of blog) he outlines his plan for renewable energy, which includes "Clean Coal Energy" and "Safe and Secure Nuclear Energy"




Don't forget to watch the movie of former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Robert Mosbacher Sr.



Here are some great sights explaining the possibilities these sources present.

Besides Nuclear Hydro-electric energy is resource capable of creating large amounts of electricity without forming harmful gases harming the ozone.

Obama's plan is, at least, a plan and in this time that's what we need.


Biochar


Rico



Biochar field photo credit: www.css.cornell.edu
Biochar is a charcoal produced from biomass that can store carbon. It is of increasing interest because of concerns about global warming caused by emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases.
In some cases, the term is used specifically to mean biomass charcoal produced via pyrolysis. Biochar may be an immediate solution to reducing the global impact of farming (and in reducing the impact from all agricultural waste). The burning and decomposition of trees and agricultural matter contributes a large amount of CO2 to the atmosphere and greatly impacts global climate change.
Biochar can store this CO2 in the ground and the presence of the biochar in the earth increases soil productivity, which will allow farmers to stop encroaching on rainforests as a source of more fertile farmland. As a result of significant product variations due to varying technology, process conditions, and feedstock compositions, biochar can not be considered a commodity product. Biochar is sold under a range of brand names such as the well-known global brand name and US registered trademark Agrichar™ which relates to Biochar produced from the BEST Energies proprietary slow pyrolysis process.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Ulteracapacitors

Sydney Avila

One of the newest breakthroughs in alternative energy is the electrochemical, double layer capacitor known as Super or Ulteracapacitor. These capacitors have an unusually high energy density and can hold up to ten times the battery power of a common battery. Only time will tell if these super-powered batteries will help us work toward a more energy efficent future.
Tidal Stream Energy is a company working to take and use energy from tidal currents off the coast of British Columbia, Canada. This uses the renewable energy from the moon's gravitational pull, and does not effect the wildlife living near the areas where this is taking place. The first site could produce enough energy to provide electricity for 140,000 homes and is located near Vancouver Island.



-taylor, eden, shayla

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Solar Powered Airplanes?

By Clarissa



Is there any way that solar airplanes could be used for transportation? We rely on airplanes so much that we use up lots of needed fuel and this raises the prices of shipping and airlines. solar powered airplanes be a reality sooner than you think. In the early 1980's, NASA (National Areonatics And Space Administation) started a government program that was classified. This program consisted of the plans of a prototype of a solar powered airplane. This airplane was called the Pathfinder.



NASA tested this airplane and the tests went well. Who knows? Maybe in the near future there will be solar powered airplanes. This would be a great way to say lots of energy and fuel.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Solar Energy

By Clarissa



Solar Energy is one of the best renewable resources that we have on this earth. We just need to decide what to do with it. We already have solar cells that are also called photovoltaic cells. As every one knows, they change the sun's energy into electricity. But what else could we do with the power that the sun has? We on earth are getting only a fraction of what the sun could provide for us. Our only problem is how to harness this power. In the future, we could use this power to run our homes, car, street lights, and everything else that needs to be powered. But there are a few disadvantages to solar power. The sun shines in various places at different times. There is no place on earth where we could get a continues ray of sun. But with technology improving, anything is possible.

New Type of Biofuel

by Vinny

Yes, I know most of you who follow this blog are wondering why we are talking about biofuels in a good way. Since before the food prices have gone up, we have been completely against ethanol. But this is different, the biofuel that researchers at the University of Massachusetts discovered is made from a plant that we have previously had no use for. It takes barely any energy at all to make this fuel, so it won't be like ethanol in that sense. The researchers also said that it could be made for $1 per gallon. For more information, click here.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Go Green and Keep Green

By Riley Ruse


#Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer to save on heating and cooling costs.
#Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when your older incandescent bulbs burn out.
#Unplug appliances when you're not using them. Or, use a "smart" power strip that senses when appliances are off and cuts "phantom" or "vampire" energy use.
#Install a low-flow shower head. They don't cost much, and the water and energy savings can quickly pay back your investment.
#Make sure you have a faucet aerator on each faucet. These inexpensive appliances conserve heat and water, while keeping water pressure high.
#Consider telecommuting if you live far from your work. Or move closer. Even if this means paying more rent, it could save you money in the long term.
#Buy locally raised, humane, and organic meat, eggs, and dairy whenever you can. Purchasing from local farmers keeps money in the local economy.
#Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water. Not only is bottled water expensive, but it generates large amounts of container waste.
#Bring a reusable water bottle, preferably aluminum rather than plastic, with you when traveling or at work.

#Borrow from libraries instead of buying personal books and movies. This saves money, not to
mention the ink and paper that goes into printing new books.
#Share power tools and other appliances. Get to know your neighbors while cutting down on the
number of things cluttering your closet or garage.
#Buy in bulk. Purchasing food from bulk bins can save money and packaging.
#Keep your cell phones, computers, and other electronics as long as possible.
#Donate or recycle them responsibly when the time comes. E-waste contains mercury and other toxins and is a growing environmental problem.
#Recycle your cell phone.
Ask your local government to set up an electronics recycling and hazardous waste collection event.


http://www.worldwatch.org/node/3915

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Bamboo Clothing vs. Classic Clothing

By Chris



Clothing made from bamboo may seen green, but classic, timeless pieces made from quality fabrics are even better. While bamboo is a renewable resource, turning it into clothing-ready fabric is energy intensive. It's better to buy what you love and will want to wear often. Cashmere, silk, and linen all can be produced in an eco-friendly way. And the longer you wear your clothing, the further your investment goes.

The Truth About Hybrid SUVs

By Chris



A hybrid SUV, is much better for the environment the a regular SUV, but driving less and with a small hybrid is the greenest way to drive. A typical hybrid SUV is only about half as efficient as a hybrid compact. And even when you are driving a hybrid, you still emit 20 pounds of carbon into the atmosphere with each gallon of gasoline. Slashing the number of miles you drive (by walking, biking, or carpooling) cuts emissions-and gas costs- significantly.

Recycling Plastic Water Bottles vs. Tap Water

By Chris



Recycling disposable plastic water bottles may appear eco-friendly, but even greener is drinking tap water in a safely reusable metal bottle. In the U.S., we dispose of about 70 million plastic water bottles daily! Fewer than 15% are recycled, and bottled water isn't any purer than water from the faucet. Meanwhile, tap water is inexpensive, and readily available.

Green Furniture

By Chris





Although redecorating your home with eco-friendly furniture may seem green, refurbishing, refinishing, and reupholstering your current furniture is the way to go. If you are choosing between new sofas, an eco-friendly one is the best decision. But the greenest choice is spruce up the furniture you already own, or find in a thrifty local vintage store. This saves up to 95% of the energy required to make a new piece of furniture- plus, you'll have a one-of-a-kind item. Another benefit is that it is generally cheaper to recover than replace.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Ranch to be drilled

By: Garrett

A rancher with more than 3300 acres of land probably will not be able to save his ranch from natural gas driling. The rancher said that the area to be drilled is a calving area for a local elk herd. Protests filed with the BLM have failed to persuade them to remove a 2060 acre subsurface parcel from a lease sale. The ranch may also be up for mineral developement as well as natural gas drilling.

Energy Saving Myths

by Vinny

I'm sure most of you have heard of the myths on this page. It brings up 5 different myths about heating/cooling, and energy saving techniques that most people believe. They have been proven wrong. These include hand washing dishes instead of using a dishwasher, and if a ceiling fan cools down a room. The results are surprising, but when you think about them, it makes sense. Please, if you work in an office where most computers are left on overnight, talk to your boss about having them shut off, it will save them money and help the environment.

Monday, May 5, 2008

How are we going green in own own state?

By Clarissa



We all hear about everyone going green all over the world. But how are we going green in our own state? As you know recycling is going on all over the state. In Colorado the recycle rate was about 22%. That has increased almost 60% from 2001. In Larimer County alone, they have recycled over 34,000 tons of trash and garbage. This is up from 1993 which was around 14,000 tons recycled. Also on the Colorado University campus, students have been taking the time to take junk from around the campus and have been recycling it. The year-to -date gallons of oil conserved was 3,402,036 gallons . The gallons of water that were saved: 51,434,670.

Clearly, Colorado is playing a big part in helping the environment.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Green Fact

According to Jason Hill at the University of Minnesota, if we were to use every bit of corn in the US today it would only replace 12% of the 146,000,000 gallons of gas we use each year.

Plans for Planes to Pull Back

Slowing down on the highway means higher MPG's for your car. Airliners are trying this too, now, thanks to record high fuel prices that won't back down. First fuel prices, then food prices, and now you can tack on another 30 minutes in the air. At this rate we'll be paying for our own air in 10 years.

Superstars in Supercars

Tesla, a highly ranked car dealership has just gotten greener with the release of the two-seat Tesla Roadster. This $109,000 sports car has more to it than the eye can see. Under the hood is a 4 second 100% thrust engine thanks to its super-charged lithium-ion battery. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and many like them have began to sign up to buy this 1000 lbs. hot wheel.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Spain Leading the Way

by Vinny

From this website, I saw that Spain uses on average about 28% of all the electricity needed. When there are high winds though, it can get up to 40%. They are also planning to build a few offshore wind farms to harvest the steady ocean breezes. Their goal... to increase the amount of energy they use from renewable sources by 300%! Lets hope that more countries start to follow Spain's lead, and begin making more renewable energy now.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Energy Drilling

By: Garrett

Wednesday a discussion was held for perfecting the requirements for after-drilling cleanup, and the limiting of energy companies access to sensitive wildlife areas in Colorado. The final resolution is to be adopted May 1. House Bill 1298 requires a balance from the oil and gas commision to balance the developement with wildlife conservation, as well as meet with the wildlife commision to minimize the effect developement has on wildlife. The oil and gas commision already has drawn a draft of regulations and the wildlife commision has looked over the draft and tackled the shortcomings. The wildlife commision wants reclamation and restoration of sites that have been damaged by developement.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Compressed Air Car from Tata

by Vinny

Tata, a car company based in India, is planning on releasing their compressed air car late this year or early next year in France and India. These cars are one of the best ways I have seen to switch over to alternative energy, since the air released doesn't have any greenhouse gasses. The only problem is that when you get more air, it takes energy to power that, so we would need to use another form of energy to make the electricity for these stations. These new cars aren't perfect yet, seeing as they can only run for 125 miles without recharging, and it only travels up to 68mph. Again, on the plus side it is only $2 to charge up. Hopefully the French and Indians start buying these cars so that they can start bringing them to America! For more information, click here.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Wind Power- How Good Is It?

By Clarissa



Wind power. How good is it? Man has been using wind power for a long time. The actual wind mill was invented in China almost 2000 years ago. Only recently have wind mills been used as an energy source. One windmill can only power a few machines at a time. So power companies have built "wind farms" to power neighborhoods and work areas in place of using power lines. These farms of over 600 wind mills can power up to 140,000 homes. Wind farms need to be built in places where the wind blows at least 14 mph. A wind mill is, of course, powered by air. The turbines are connected to a shaft which is a generator inside the shaft and is powered when the turbine spins caused by the air. Wind mills also have an automatic shut off in a wind storm and tornadoes. Wind mills are now paving the way to a newer more efficient way to create energy without damaging the environment.

Coal Prices

By: Garrett

Coal prices are rising, and because of these prices, electricity prices are rising. The United States has an abundance of coal but global factors are stoking demand. China has had many snowstorms so that cut production. Heavy rains also flooded Australian mines. Australia is the largest exporter of coal. Since both China and India have booming economies the world's demand for coal has increased, leading to higher prices in coal.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Building a Greener Community

By Riley Ruse

A small island chain off Costa Rica, in the Caribbean, has broken ground on building an entire community with green, renewable, cost effective resources. Other things also will be used to better the country. They will be sold to timeshares, and families in America and Europe. This move puts the world one step closer to being clean and peaceful once again.

Green Fact

By Riley Ruse

Recent studies show an interesting turnout.

The U.S. government found that some alternative fuels are causing more harm to the environment than traditional fuels like gas or diesel. Here's what the AEN station has to say, "liquid coal, often touted as an alternative to gasoline and thus a way of reducing our dependence on foreign oil, can actual produce up to 80% more global warming pollution than typical unleaded gasoline. The process of turning coal into liquid (liquefaction by hydrogenation) actually produces nearly double the level of carbon dioxide emissions that conventional gasoline does, and it is considered by many environmentalists as a huge step backward for combating global warming."

Saturday, April 26, 2008

The Afterburners in Action!

by Vinny

Here is a video I made of our class doing what we do best, get our voices out there!


Green Snacking

By Chris



While crackers, chips, and puffs made from organic ingredients are a good start, these processed treats still require massive amounts of energy to produce, pack, and ship. Snacking on organic whole foods from a local source-whenever possible-is greener the (and often more frugal) choice.

Real Green Shopping

By Chris



Of course y'rebiodegradable, but studies have shown that it takes four times more energy to manufacture paper bags than plastic. The result- even more air and water pollution. Glossy shopping bags offered at department stores are even worse. The shiny coating may make them impossible to recycle. The best solution is to bring a cloth or mesh tote to carry purchases wherever you go. Bonus: Some stores offer a discount when you bring your own bag.

Wind in a Bottle

By Chris



Ever since the the Roman era, we have used windmills, but wind doesn't always blow when needed. So why not capture it in a bottle? Iowa Stored Energy Park-a group of utilities located in Iowa, Minnesota, and the Dakotas, where howling winds are plentiful- plans to "store" this energy. Those states will ship wind-generated electricity by power grid to a site near Des Monies. There, motor-driven machines will use the electricity to compress air into aquifers 3000 feet below the ground. The air pressure will be released when needed, enhancing the efficiency of gas-powered turbines. The stored energy could produce enough electricity for 75,000 homes.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Potenco Pull Power

by Vinny

I have learned that the company Potenco has released a pull cord generator that is small, and can easily be taken anywhere around the world. To produce the energy, all you have to do is pull the cord and it will generate a little electricity! Then, with only one minute of pulling, you can get enough energy from it to talk on your cell phone for 20 minutes, or listen to 3 hours on the Ipod Shuffle. I can't believe that there are all of these great ideas to help keep our world clean, and yet most people have never heard of them.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Green Home Competition

by: Garrett

HGTV is having a competition that requires the contestants to design a "green" house.



http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/green_home/article/0,,HGTV_29256_5573406,00.html

King of Clean

By Riley Ruse

Hoover Dam, 1244 ft across, 726.4 ft high; a true power. It supplies Las Vegas, Boulder City and many other southwestern areas with a total of 2080 megawatts. This dam is one of the largest most majestic structures in the world. Many people dedicated their lives to this monument.





























Here is a picture of some of its generators.



























It is made up of 4.36 million yd³ of concrete.








Navy is going green!!!

By Clarissa



The Navy Federal Credit Union going green. NFCU opened it's brand new state-of -the -art Heritage Oaks Call Center in Pensacola, Florida.

It won the U.S. Green Building Council's Gold Leadership in Energy and Enviorment Design (LEED) certification. This credit union is the just one of 24 buildings in the U.S. that has been awarded this rating in 2004. LEED buildings must promote five key areas in human and enviorment issues: site development, water savings, energy efficiancy, material selection, and indoor enviormental quality. Not many buildings are awarded this honor. Navy Federal Credit Union is proud to have this award.

Transportation's Different Energy Efficiency

by Vinny

Ever wonder whether taking your car instead of the bus will save you energy? At this website you can see all the statistics. They measure how many passengers can fit in each mode of transportation, then figure that with the miles per gallon of the vehicle. It comes up with some interesting results, including the trolleybus being better than the Toyota Prius and a light motorcycle. The numbers do vary significantly by how many passengers can be on that mode, so the train did win because trains carry more people. This is a very interesting site.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Cash savings for county

By Garrett

An energy audit could save Mesa County Colorado some money on utility bills . The study, approved Monday, could cover 60,000 square feet of Mesa County building space. These ideas of energy saving could cost several million dollars, but the county would recoup according to Matt Rush, business developement manager. The audit's purpose is to identify energy saving projects. The county could possibly save fifteen to twenty percent on energy bills.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Map of Nuclear Reactor Sites

by Vinny

Here is a cool map that contains all the nuclear reactor sites in the U.S.A. Click here.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Study reveals more accurate CO2 maps

This video shows where the CO2 emissions are traveling. It shows that three years worth of carbon dioxide emissions are not where we thought they were. The video is showing emissions from 2002. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJpj8UUMTaI

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Hydrocarbon bacteria

By: Garrett

Check out this link to a new genetically altered bacteria that can produce hydrocarbon from organic waste.

http://www.gizmag.com/go/7723/

Current from the Currents

By Chris



In one second, the Gulf Stream moves 8 billion gallons of water. The current also flows within 15 miles of densely populated Florida. Fredrick Driscoll, an ocean engineer at Florida Atlantic University, is among those leading a multimillion dollar effort to develop waterproofed turbines that will be anchored to the shore through cables. Since the energy source is free, Driscoll says "it can be cost effective." Within five years, he thinks that commercial power will flow and could supply 25% of Florida's electricity.

Hydrogen Cars Starting To Make Their Mark

Check out this website telling about hydrogen cars:

http://www.hydrogenthusiast.com/2008/04/hydrogen-car-project-begins.php

Catching the Wave

By Chris



Because of its rough seas, the Pacific Northwest has long attracted surfers. Now energy companies are trying to catch a wave too. Canada's Finavera Renewables have already installed a 72-foot-tall buoy off the coast of Oregon that uses up-and-down wave motion to drive a piston that generates electricity. Jason Bak, 34- a former prospector and Finavera's founder- has raised $10 million to pursue his dream of capturing wave power. He describes waves as the densest form of renewable energy on the planet," with the potential to supply 5% to 10% of America's energy. With the first opening license for wave power ever granted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the companies goal is to produce commercial power by 2012.

Stupid is As Stupid Does


A humorous picture showing what our world would probably say if it could talk.

What Lies Beneath

By Chris



For many years inventors and alternative energy enthusiasts have dreamed of tapping into the energy of fast-flowing rivers. During the previous year, Verdant Power harnessed the force of the East River, which surges through New York City. The company placed six 16-foot-tall turbines on the river floor, which generates 7100 kilowatt hours of electricity at a slightly higher cost than traditional sources. The project stopped for technical reasons, but the turbines will be refitted next month, says Trey Taylor, Verdant's president. He predicts that the project could eventually supply electricity to more than 8,000 homes.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Green Fact

"Wind is a form of solar energy. Winds are caused by the uneven heating of the atmosphere by the sun, the irregularities of the earth's surface, and rotation of the earth. Wind flow patterns are modified by the earth's terrain, bodies of water, and vegetative cover. This wind flow, or motion energy, when "harvested" by modern wind turbines, can be used to generate electricity." (windeis.anl.gov)

Solar Made Simple

What exactly happens before you buy them.


Iceland Is Taking the Lead

Here's something to see.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Crowd Power

by Vinny

Two MIT students have developed a way to use people in crowded places to create energy. Their idea is to have these blocks under the ground in a crowded place. These will go down slightly creating friction and making energy through a dynamo. Now, one person would barely make any energy, but huge crowds of people all day could make quite a bit. They announced this amazing idea at the Holcim Forum 2007 Awards, and won! For more information, click here.

Helix Wind Turbine

by Vinny

Here is yet another wind turbine that could be used.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Solar Shingles


By: Caden

Want to convert to solar energy but don't want to install those huge rather ugly solar panels on the top of you house? Solar shingles are solar panels that look like normal roof shingles. Although the initial cost of these solar shingles is expensive in the long run it can end up making you money! To see a video about these solar shingles click on the link below.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Windstar Turbines

by Vinny

Recently, I came across a web page that had a few different models of wind turbines. Some of these turbines on this page have been developed since 1975! Since then, they've just been making them better and better. Its interesting that there are so many new ideas for ways to get energy, yet many people have never heard of a lot of these ideas. I'm sure that there are some ideas that could have helped a lot, but no one ever saw it or cared about it. So without further adieu, here is the site.

High oil and gas prices.

By Clarissa



Oil and gas prices are skyrocketing through the roof. The national average is now $3.386 which is up from $3.373 for regular gas. The national average for unleaded is $3.596 and has risen to $3.582 from yesterday. Premium is $3.725 which is up from $3.711 yesterday. Diesel has risen from $4.108 . It is now $4.119. The average is now over $4 a gallon. Gas prices are OUTRAGEOUS! The average for a barrel of fuel is now almost $114 dollars. Something really needs to be done world wide to help lower these prices.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

In The National Business Review (NZ), they ran an article that attempts to explain why the climate is not highly sensitive to CO2 warming:

In December last year . . . [the author]heard . . . a paper . . . that showed while the IPCC models predict that greenhouse gases would produce an extensive "hot spot" in the upper troposphere over the tropics, the satellite measurements show no such hotspots have appeared. . . .

a large part of this discrepancy is the result of some basic errors in the IPCC's assessment of the Stefan-Boltzmann equation. When they applied their revised factor to the effect of greenhouse gases, the temperature rise was about a third of that predicted by the IPCC. . . .

The findings that the predicted "tropical hot spots" do not exist are important because the IPCC models assume these hot spots will be formed by increased evaporation from warmer oceans leading to the accumulations of higher concentrations of water vapour in the upper atmosphere, and thereby generating a positive feedback reinforcing the small amount of warming that can be caused by CO2 alone. . . .

The new Nasa Aqua satellite is the first to measure the effects of clouds and rainfall. Ron Spencer's interpretation of the new data means all previous models and forecasts are obsolete. . . .

There is a mechanism at work that "washes out" the water vapour and returns it to the oceans along with the extra CO2 and thus turns the added water vapour into a NEGATIVE feedback mechanism. . . .


The IPCC models assumed water vapour formed clouds at high altitudes that lead to further warming. The Aqua satellite observations and Spencer's analysis show water vapour actually forms clouds at low altitudes that lead to cooling.

Furthermore, Spencer shows the extra rain that falls from these clouds cools the underlying oceans, providing a second negative feedback to negate the CO2 warming. . . .

(Thus) The climate is not highly sensitive to CO2 warming because water vapour is a damper against the warming effect of CO2.

So global warming must not be real.......right?

Wikienergy

A website called peswiki.com is a useful resource for research about alternative energy. It is just "Wikipedia", except it is dedicated to energy. The description they give themselves is:

PESWiki is guided by the New Energy Congress, a network of 40+ energy professionals who are dedicated to clean energy technology advancement. Both the NEC and Pure Energy Systems (PES) Network (http://pureenergysystems.com) were founded by Sterling D. Allan, CEO. Many others knowledgeable in the industry also help make this site what it is -- a movement for identifying and promoting the best clean energy technologies.

The only problem is that it can be edited freely just like Wikipedia, so it can not always be trusted. So, the next time you need to know something about energy, just get on the computer and go to this website ... then double check!

Cow Creating Biofuel

Miriam Sticklen has announced that she has used an enzyme from a cow's stomach to make a new strain of corn. Biofuels Journal reports:

“Cows, with help from bacteria, convert plant fibers, called cellulose, into energy, but this is a big step for biofuel production. Traditionally in the commercial biofuel industry, only the kernels of corn plants could be used to make ethanol, but this new discovery will allow the entire corn plant to be used — so more fuel can be produced with less cost…..Now, the sugars locked up in the plant’s leaves and stalk can be converted into usable sugar without expensive synthetic chemicals.”

Could this be the new fuel that we've been looking for, or is it just bull?

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Catastrophe or Normality

By Riley Ruse
Is Global Warming real or not isn't as great a question as what's happening to our planet. Check this out to learn more (CNN).

Green Fact

By Riley Ruse

Lutron, a energy saving company, produces equiptment and electronics that save as much energy as 2 million houshoulds produce.

Friday, April 11, 2008

The Question

by Vinny

There has been a debate for a while that instead of turning off the lights when you leave a room, keep them on constantly to save the energy it takes to turn them on and off. Sometime last year the Mythbusters of Discovery Channel proved this wrong. What was found out is that a regular light bulb's start up energy is equivalent to having it on for around 0.5 seconds. Even with the huge lights that take a while to warm up take as much electricity as about 20 seconds of constant light. So always turn off those lights that aren't helping to save the environment, and your money.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Run Your Car On Water

By Chris

Check out this video I found about a man who improved an engine to run on water.


Comparing Fuel Costs

By Chris



Current March 08 April 07

National Average $3.343 $3.222 $2.792

State Average $3.295 $3.090 $2.753

Denver $3.244 $3.028 $2.679

Grand Junction $3.334 $3.138 $2.895

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

U.S.A to Build New Nuclear Power Plants

by Vinny

The United States is going to build its' first nuclear power plant since the accident at 3 Mile Island. I don't know why we haven't built any more new ones since they are clean, and very safe if done the right way. No one died in the 3 Mile Island accident and it did nothing to the environment. There are getting to be fewer and fewer skeptics of this form of energy, so hopefully it will meet little opposition. For more information, click here.

Analyzinf coal-bed methane's effects on water

By: Garrett

Federal officials are studying the effects of the Rocky Mountain Region's energy boom on water. A meeting of National Academy of Sciences, and federal regulators met Sunday to review the effects of coal-bed methane drilling on the surface and groundwater. The BLM asked the National Research Council of The National Academy of Sciences to review information about coal-bed methane's effect on water. The study will focus on coal-bed methane in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, and Utah.

Climate Change to Violent Conflict

By Clarissa

An article was written about the effects of out-migration of people who have been struck with natural disasters and the effect it has on the towns that these victims move to. A question was raised on that very issue: "Can the arrival of in-migrates that left their homes due to enviormental issues create conflict between the natives of that area and the in-migrates?" This topic was discussed by Professer Rafael Reuveny at the Indiana University School of Public and Enviormental Affairs. In a brief summary this is what his article said:

This question has been studied in about 40 cases. It has shown in some of these cases that out-migration has had some conflict. But the issue is larger than just this. If environmental issues create conflict, then climate change might, too. A good example is that if climate change progresses many people could leave the shores of China. China might then demand compensation from the U.S. because the U.S. has been the leading driver or climate change and its per capita contibution to the problem has been higher than China's. This could lead to war between China and the U.S."

For more information visit: newsinfo.iu.edu/web/page/normal/7923.html

Bahrain World Trade Center



These three 29 m diameter turbines at the Bahrain World Trade Center are the first building integrated turbines ever invented. They are expected to provide the building 11-15% of its energy when in full operation. These three turbines will operate 50 percent of the time. Simha LitheRao, project manager, explains that the building's eliptical shape acts as airfoils that funnel and increase the wind velocity. This is great for producing more power. This building uses the breezes from the gulf coast adjacent to it. During the proceeding months, the turbines will be studied to reveal their total electricity generation potential.

Gas Prices Could Peak at $4 a Gallon

By Chris



This summer, gas prices could reach as high as $4 a gallon, says the Energy Department on Tuesday. High prices and a weak economy are expected to lower the demand of gasoline 0.4% during the peak summer driving season, the department's Energy Information and Administration said in a monthly report on petroleum supply and demand. Overall, the comsumption of petroleum will decrease 90,000 barrels a day this year. Average monthly gas prices will peak around $3.60 during June, though prices could raise much higher at times. According to AAA, oil and gas prices are 55 cents higher than a year ago. On Monday, prices set a national average record at $3.339 a gallon.

The Cowboy State

By Riley Ruse

Almost everyone has heard of the break in the ozone layer over the Antarctic due to aerosol cans. But in the last few months scientists have discovered another break in the ozone that isn't near as big but is right over the U.S. More specifically, Pinedale, Wyoming. This is not only an issue for Wyoming, but the entire nation.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Hydroelectric records set

By Landon

The world's largest tidal turbine has been constructed. Weighing 1000 tons, it has been installed in Ireland's Strangford lough. This turbine rated at 1.2 megawatts, will produce enough power to sustain 1000 local homes. Built by Marine Current Turbines, it will be the first commercial ,tidal turbine that produces power when it begins to operate later this year. This large turbine has two rotors that measure 16 meters in diameter. They will operate for 18-20 hours a day to produce clean, green energy. The turbine, which will be placed 400 meters offshore, won't effect sea life. Its rotors only turn at about a rate of 20 revolutions per minute which will provide an easy dodge for marine animals.

Bionic Power

by Vinny

There have been a number of products that have come out that extract energy from the movement of our legs. We have even mentioned one or two on this site. Well, its time to add another one to this list. Bionic Power Inc. has made a lightweight leg strap-on that can generate up to seven watts, or enough to power 14 cell phones! It not only works on cell phones, but it also can charge a number of other plug in portable devices. For more information, go here.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Walmart's Energy Initiative

WalMart has introduced new commercials saying that they help the energy crisis by having people buy energy efficient light bulbs as well as other ideas. For those that think that Walmart is an evil, evil corporation, could they be doing something good? Or could they just be targeting a group of customers. That is all in the eye of the beholder.
WalMart aims to sell a hundred million energy-efficient bulbs. This doesn't make them an "environmental hero," but it does give them a little better reputation than they've had for a very long time. Not to mention, if WalMart changes their own lighting that will make a huge change. They have over stores 1,000 nationwide. So, maybe the "big bad business" isn't so bad.

NREL's Solar Panel Development

By Chris

Check out this video on the National Renwable Energy Labrotory's (located in Golden, Colorado) developement in thinner, cheaper solar panels.

Chevron Wells in De Beque

By Chris



Currently, Chevron has 39 natural gas wells on its 40,000 acres north of De Beque, Colorado. During the next 15-20 years, the company may drastically increase their number of wells in this area to 2,000 or more. Chevron's drilling program could include about 80 company employees and 500 contractors associated with six drilling rigs, said company spokeswoman Kristi Pollard. Those wells would likely continue producing another 25 or 30 years after being drilled, meaning Chevron expects to be involved with gas production th the De Beque area for the next half-century, investing som $7.3 billion over the life of the project, Pollard said.



Some positive news, is that Chevron is recongnizing the effects of its projects will have on the town, and is working to adress them. The company has donated money to the school district, which plans to double in in the next 5 years.

Why Not Solar?

Despite all the discussion about solar energy, it only generates a measly .1% of electricity in the US. Meanwhile, national demand for electricity is growing by 2% annually. Considering that solar technology has been in use for decades, why is it not more widely used?

Even though sunlight is free, fossil fuels in the US have been widely available at a very low cost. Nationally, coal produces about 50% of our electricity, with a majority of it being used for base load. That means that coal plants produce a steady stream of electricity a majority of the time. Natural gas, however, has raised drastically in price over the last 6 years. It is widely used to generate electricity during peak times, typically on warmer days when we are cranking up the air conditioning. Natural gas plants can start up quickly and come to the rescue when needed, but the cost of fuel has gotten quite high recently. Solar energy is very capable of producing peak electricity and is ideally suited for for it. Solar radiation is what causes us to need air conditioning in the first place. The utility companies have started taking notice of solar energy’s potential to generate electricity during peak demand.

Diesel Dilemmas

New research indicates that exposure to diesel exhaust may cause long-term damage to brain function. The study, conducted by "Particle and Fibre Toxicology" tracked the effects of the nanoparticles found in diesel exhaust. Earlier studies have demonstrated that the nanoparticles were capable of traveling to subjects' brains after being inhaled. This was the first research to analyze how these particles affected brain function.
Researchers put 10 volunteers in a room filled with a level of diesel exhaust on par with a busy city road. EEGs recorded the participants' brain wave functions, which revealed a “significant increase in MPF (median power frequency) in response to DE (dilute diesel exhaust) in the frontal cortex within 30 minutes of exposure.” Although more research is needed to pinpoint how this stress would manifest itself, or which functions of the brain could be impaired, early indications are that brain damage can be added to respiratory and cardiovascular disease on the list of automobile exhaust-caused illnesses.

A New Way To Save on Gas

By Chris



Delivery company UPS believes that making right turns instead of left ones will help save the environment and save money on gasoline. Apparently this strategy has worked well for the company, because by redesigning their routes to make minimal left turns UPS shaved 30 million miles off its deliveries in 2007, which saved 3 million gallons of gas. It also reduced its truck emissions by 32,000 in metric tons, which is equivalent to the emissions of 5,300 passenger cars.





What makes right hand turns so much more energy efficient? Cars and trucks aren't idling in traffic- burning fuel and releasing emissions- when they turn right as opposed to left. Turning right is also safer, because drivers don't have to face oncoming traffic.

Is Global Warming Really Happening?

By Clarissa

Is global warming really happening? Many people seem to think that humans are most responsible for the heating of the climate. Many others think that the earth is going through a heating and cooling phase. When you think about it, this "global warming" is really just a phase. Back in the 1970's everyone was scared of global cooling. Everyone thought that the next ice age was just around the corner. But, take a look at the bigger picture. People have lived on this planet for thousands of years and we are still here. Global warming and cooling haven't had that much of an effect until people started worrying about it. (For example the last 5 years.) So this "heating of the planet" MUST be a phase. Yes, I'll admit that the planet is heating up just a few degrees. But, take a look at the facts: it was predicted that this last hurricane season would be the worst one on record, yet there were not as many hurricanes, according to http://www.weather.com/newscenter/tropical/index.html?from=hurricane_welcome
In 2005 there were 28 storms (above the average of 10) and 15 of them were hurricanes. 7 of those were Category 3 or higher. In 2007 the average number of hurricanes were 15 and only six of them were hurricanes. 2 of those were Catagory 3 or higher. So the number of hurricanes has been going down from 2005 to 2007. If Global Warming was REALLY happening, then the number of hurricanes should have gone up do to the rise of temperature in the oceans. Clearly you can see that global warming is full of mistakes and isn't true.




La Rance

By Riley Ruse
Wind power, nuclear power, water power and hydrogen power are alternative energy sources we all have heard about. But scientists and engineers in France have found an interesting fuel source unlike any other. On the Rance River estuary a hydroelectric dam has been built, but instead of running like a conventional hydroelectric dam, it uses the tide. On high tide, the water surges inward through the dam, and just before low tide, they close the gates trapping the tidal waters inside. As the ocean pulls back, they open a small gap allowing the tidal water to flow through the hole and back to the ocean. There are hydroelectric generators inside the hole that catch the power of the water flowing into the ocean.

Melt

By Riley Ruse
Scientists across the world are coming together to discuss "the melt". In Antarctica the Wilkins ice shelf has been melting at speeds never seen before. The ice shelf is 5600 sq. miles; and since the beginning of February, 160 sq. miles of the shelf has melted away. Whether it's the fault of man or simply that of Earth, something must be done.

GREEN FACT

By Riley Ruse
If 10% of the world’s energy was generated by wind it would be equivalent of replacing all cars in the world with hybrids. Wind is an abundant domestic resource and is among the most cost competitive sources of low-carbon power.

Thanks to: http://www.bp.com/

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Military oil

By: Garrett

Troops in Iraq are paying about as much for fuel as Americans back home. .. almost $3.25 a gallon for gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel. Some soldiers are paying $88 a day per service member.Critics in Congress say the U.S. is getting suckered by the cost of the war, costing over half a trillion dollars... $10.3 billion per month. Baghdad subsidies let Iraqis pay $1.36 a gallon. Historically the average fuel consuption per soldier or marine in World War II was 1.67 gallons a day, in Iraq it is 27.3 gallons. The military is also expanding its aviation fleet including helicopters and its reliance on planes to shuttle troops. The Pentagon's demand for fuel in Iraq thankfully has had little effect on global oil prices.

Easy Solution to Cheaper Air Conditioning Bills?

by Vinny

Here is a video that shows what Elastek can do to help bring down the bills in the summer. It's a very cool idea!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Sound Power

by Vinny

At the University of Utah, Orest Symko and a few of his students are trying to make an alternative energy with sound! It works like this: you heat an enclosed area where the air will expand and increase the pressure. Then, the air will move through a filter making an unfaltering constant sound. These sound waves pass through piezoelectric devices which changes the sound into electricity. It's still a work in progress, but let's hope that they can get some good results out of it.

For more information, click here.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Amphibious Cars

By Clarissa



Are there really plans for amphibious cars?Believe it or not but there has actually been lots of these type of cars. The only problem is that they are EXTREMELY slow while in the water.For more information check out: http://www.popularmechanics.com/outdoors/adventures/1278146.html

Worker Training for Colorado

By: Garrett

A $2 million state grant will help fund training for Colorado's energy boom. $400,000 will go to the Colorado Department of Labor. The remaining $1.6 million will be split between Montrose-Delta college development in the western part of Colorado. The money will be distributed over the next three years. Training should begin in August or July. Delta Technical College will be headed by Linda Brown. "In the first six months a customized curriculum will be established and new equipment purchased.

Oil and Gas rules

By Garrett

Many people joined hunters and enviromentalists Sunday in Colorado to call for new regulations to protect air, water, wildlife, and public health during the state's energy boom. These groups met a day before the planned release of the state's proposed comprehensive rewrite of rules for the industry. The rules would implement new laws that would have greater weight on oil and gas developement depending on wildlife, public health, and the enviroment. A news conference in Denver stated that Colorado is relying on outdated regulations, that haven't considered an energy boom.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Is Plastic Destroying Our Oceans?

By Chris

Did you know that currently there is a giant field of plastic trash, twice the size of the continental United States, floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean stretching between our West Coast to Japan? This pollution is indirectly affecting humans, because it harms many animals that we eat, not to mention all of the other marine life in the Pacific area. How did the plastic get there? From steams and rivers, beaches and boats. Marcus Eriksen says that "There is no technology to get rid of plastic. The only solution is to stop adding it to the ocean."

Some countries have already announced bans on free plastic bags. China will outlaw the thinnest bags beginning June 1, and Australia is also working on a plan to eliminate them. In America, Whole Foods Market chain has pledged to be plastic bag-free on Earth Day, April 22.

Plastic bags aren't the only thing being targeted, though. In January, Chicago became the first major U. S. city to put a 5 cent tax on bottled water, in order to encourage recycling and discouraging consumption. Other American cities are debating a similar tax.

Chipeta Elementary School- The Model Green School of District 51

By Chris







Superintendent Tim Mills announced last week that the new Chipeta Elementary School, which opens next fall, will be the prototype of energy efficiency. This is great news, because it means that schools built in Mesa County will be more "green," unlike the Fruita 8/9 (which we are trying to improve).

The new school will have lights operated by motion, waterless urinals and many windows. Ten percent of Chipeta will be built of recycled materials, including all of the steel pipes. It will also have multiple levels of lighting, some use of wind energy and will be painted using low-emitting paints. Students will be able to see what happens behind the scenes in the course of keeping a sustainable energy building. Choice parking spots will be built for alternative-fuel vehicles, along with an additional bike rack for the teachers. A shower will be available for teachers who wish to jog or bike, too.


The overall building costs will be about three percent more than a similar building, but the school will save an estimated thirty percent per year in electricity and water usage. Xcel Energy has said that they will incorporate designs used for Chipeta along other energy efficient technologies while building new schools in the district.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

The 10 Million Dollar Car

By Brandon :]

The X Prize Foundation officially launched the Automotive X Prize on March 20 and announced Progressive Insurance as its title sponsor for the prize, which will be set at $10 million. The Progressive Automotive X Prize is an international competition that challenges competitors to design, build, and bring to market a car that exceeds 100 MPG, or its energy equivalent fuel efficiency, while meeting market requirements for size, capability, affordability, and safety. To date, more than 60 teams from nine countries have signed up to compete for the prize. Applications to compete for the prize will be taken until mid-year, at which time the applicants will go through a qualification process to confirm that their cars are production-capable and consumer-friendly.

Photo of a three-wheeled sports car with a long, narrow central hump that forms the driver's cabin and then tapers to a narrow rear end, which holds the third wheel. Low, flaring fenders jut out over the front wheels and then taper to a low side rail.

The three-wheeled Alé from FuelVapor Technologies will compete under the alternative vehicle category.
Credit: FuelVapor Technologies Inc.

The competition will be divided into two vehicle classes: mainstream and alternative. Mainstream vehicles must carry four or more passengers, have four or more wheels, and travel 200 miles or more without refueling. Alternative vehicles must carry two or more passengers, can have any number of wheels, and must travel 100 miles or more between refueling stops. The mainstream vehicle winner will take home a prize of $7.5 million, while the alternative vehicle winner will garner the remaining $2.5 million.

Qualifying cars will compete in cross-country stage races in 2009 and 2010, and the prize will go to the car that finishes fastest while meeting the fuel economy requirements and strict air emissions requirements. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the first stage of the 2009 cross-country race will start in New York City in September, and race officials will seek proposals for other cities to host additional stages of the race. See the Progressive Automotive X Prize press releases.

So, another instance that a car/ insurance company is caring about the environment and the people. This comes as a surprise to me.

Article Information From: www.eere.energy.gov

Algae Power

By Brandon Bishop :D

Recently, a team of biologists demonstrated that some algae, named Chlamydomonas reinhardtii can produce hydrogen in a specific environment. Normally, these bacterias produce oxygen, but the scientists modified their genes, added copper to block the oxygen production, so the cells’ photosynthesis begins to synthesize hydrogenase and produces hydrogen. The algae also need light in order to produce the H2.

Past methods used sulphur, but the cells died within a few days, because of its depletion
We can call this method in somewhat related to biogas production, but much more powerful. The scientists dream of making large hydrogen production facilities and charge the hydrogen fuel tanks more cheaply. You could also have a bunch of bacterias in your garage and fuel your car with their hydrogen!

So, why not try this? It might be the new generation of fuels?

Batteries Made Out of Paper?

By Brandon :)


“Enfucell”, a Finland-based company, has developed a flexible thin battery named “SoftBattery”. This 0.3 – 1.0 millimeter battery (1.5 or 3.0 V) can produce a peak electric current of 4mA/cm². Enfucell was founded in 2002, after nearly ten years of research on power sources for low-power application conducted at the Automation Laboratory of the Helsinki University of Technology. The Soft Battery has several interesting applications in the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and logistics industries.
Benefits of SoftBattery™ Technology:

  • Material - Made of low cost industrial environmentally friendly materials from reliable suppliers. Disposal with other household waste.
  • Processability – SoftBattery™ is manufactured in roll form for easy adaptation into current production lines. Easy-to-convert surface material.
  • Durability in balance with performance.
  • Simplicity - Easy to manufacture with a wide range of sizes available.
  • Flexibility - Custom geometries available to fit with every application with no impact on performance. SoftBattery™ can be slightly bent with no affect on performance.
  • Wide range of operation: -25°C to +60°C
  • Moisture/wetness resistant.
  • SoftBattery, Enfucell’s primary product, is similar to a thin galvanic cell and is made of low-cost environmentally friendly materials. The device was designed to be a disposable provider of low voltage, yet stable power. Because the SoftBattery is manufactured in a roll form, it can be easily integrated into existing production lines. The battery can be manufactured in various sizes, and due to its flexible size and shape will perform well even if it is slightly bent. Capable of operating in a wide range of temperatures (-25˚C to +60˚C), this moisture and wetness resistant battery is very durable.

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    Bubbles For Purchase

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    Thursday, March 27, 2008

    Salt Water Powered Car!

    by Vinny

    Here is a video about a man accidentally making a new way to power cars.

    Wednesday, March 26, 2008

    Yet Another Sign of Global Warming?

    By Chris

    Check out this video of an ice shelf about seven times the size of Manhattan breaking off from Antartica.

    Interesting....

    by Vinny

    I was looking around the internet trying to find something to blog on, and I found this.

    It has 100 ways that we can help conserve energy and save the environment! A few have been posted on our site, but they also have some new ideas too.

    Monday, March 24, 2008

    Solar collecting paint

    By Landon

    Two researchers in the UK, David Worsley and Maarten Wijdekop, have come up with a paint that can produce electricity by gathering energy from the sun.The paint is planned to be based on dye-sensitized solar cells. Instead of absorbing sunlight using silicon like conventional solar panels,they attatch dye molecules to particles of the titanium dioxide pigment used in paints. This combination gives an energetic boost to the electrons, which go from the dye to a layer of electrolyte. The electrolyte then transfers the extra energy into a collecting circuit, before the electrons cycle around back to the dye. This paint isn't very effective compared to the conventional solar panels, but it is much cheaper than purchasing most expensive silicon.

    High gas prices...killing us or saving us?

    By Landon

    Is the rising of gas prices good for the people of the world, specifically America, or could it cause a very uneven distribution of money? When you hear of prices of something going up, you usually become less inclined to buy it. This could change the opinion of many people in the U.S. If less people buy gas, then the supply will be further protected. We don't need to worry about it now, but in 50-100 years our kids will be faced with the problem. Slowing the distribution of gas could provide more of a cushion to transition over to renewable sources. On the other hand, if people are still intent on living the way they do right now and don't plan to slow their buying of fossil fuels, the rising prices could help the economy. This would put more money back into the systems. The big question is, where will the citizens go?