Category Archives: Zero-combustion paradigm

Snowflake Solar Cells 100 Times More Efficient than Standard Solar Cells

The Sandia National Laboratories have achieved a landmark breakthrough in solar-voltaic power-generation technology. The snowflake-like "solar glitter" uses 100 times less material to produce the same amount of electricity as today's standard 6-inch square solar…

Fuel Efficiency: Hybrid, Electric, Solar or 'Exotics' (discussion)

The quest for the most fuel-efficient vehicles has entered a new phase, with major government private-sector investment in research and development for industrial-scale commercial production of a new class of gas-electric hybrid vehicles and EVs…

Green Vehicles for Public Services: Potential Watershed for Clean Fuel Economy

One day, recently, I saw a fire-engine, crawling its way through a stop light, sirens blaring, hulking its way to provide the noble service of putting out someone's fire or performing some other rescue operation.…

High-speed Rail Program Integral to Energy Overhaul

Pres. Barack Obama has proposed a national high-speed rail program that would develop eight to ten regions for high-speed rail (currently, only the so-called northeast corridor, running from Washington, DC, to Boston, through Baltimore, Philadelphia…

UK Announces Plan for 40% Low-carbon Energy by 2020

The Labour party government of the United Kingdom has announced plans to establish an aggressive overhaul of national energy markets, shifting to 40% low-carbon energy sourcing, across all industries, by 2020. The energy secretary, Ed…

Solar Impulse Unveils 1st 100% Solar-powered Airplane (discussion)

Swiss-based Solar Impulse unveiled this month the first ever 100% solar-powered airplane with global reach. The HB-SIA is the culmination of six years of daring research and hard work. The aim of Solar Impulse is…

Munich Re, Deutsche Bank, Siemens, E.ON & Others to Join 400 Billion Euro Solar Project

A coalition of German firms has answered a call to study making an investment of 400 billion € in solar energy across North Africa. The plan, initiated by the Club of Rome, which has been…

The Hot Spring Network opens discussion on whether it's possible to achieve 100% organic products

It's worth asking: how can we achieve products that are produced, packaged, distributed and brought to market, in such a way that they could achieve near 100% organic status? Are we counting the non-organic-quality industrial…

'On Thin Ice' Tracks Glacial Melt, Indian Food Security

NOW, with David Brancaccio, travels to the Indian Himalaya, to examine the problem of persistent accelerating ice melt which is speeding the erosion of glaciers that feed the Ganges River, which in turn provides water…

Eco-friendly Stadium Opens in Taiwan

The new stadium built for the World Games 2009, located in Taiwan’s Kaohsiung City, is being hailed as a landmark example of environmentally friendly building design. The stadium is rimmed with a partial canope roof…

'Plan C' Promotes Community as Tool for Abating Ecological Threats

The book Plan C: Community Survival Strategies for Peak Oil and Climate Change addresses the problem of resource depletion and the degradation of our environmental base by illustrating how community erosion due to a culture…