Valeo makes your car engine hybrid SmartEnergy Designline Blog 7/25/2012 30 comments Valeo engineers claimed they have developed an electrification solution that enables car manufacturers to turn a traditional engine –diesel or gasoline- into a hybrid engine.
Prisoners made to pedal for power SmartEnergy Designline Blog 7/23/2012 42 comments At the Santa Rita do Sapucaí Penitentiary in Brazil, prisoners have been given the opportunity to shorten their sentence by becoming human power generators
Anti-aging elixir for solar cells SmartEnergy Designline Blog 7/20/2012 8 comments Researchers from the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems and Dow Corning Corporation are working on materials to protect solar cells from environmental influences. Silicone appears as one of the most promising materials.
Design opportunities abound in renewable energy for military SmartEnergy Designline Blog 10/6/2010 Post a comment Yesterday’s article in the New York Times about the U.S. military’s need to move away from fossil fuel reminded me of an interesting email exchange I had recently with Terry Bollinger, a technology analyst at MITRE Corp., concerning the military’s interest in renewable energy.
Keep alternative energy engineering clean: from politics SmartEnergy Designline Blog 4/1/2010 6 comments We were brainstorming on ideas for the up-coming EETimes Digital Edition on Alternative Energy (mark your calendar: it debuts June 7th) and I realized after just a few minutes that it's really hard to discuss Alternative Energy without raising political hackles, no matter how much you try and focus on the engineering aspects.
Opinion: Is 'climate science' really science? SmartEnergy Designline Blog 2/16/2010 61 comments Is man-made climate change happening or not? The author isn't sure one way or the other, but is skeptical when proponents look at the data and rationalize what they see to fit their hypothesis.
Green becomes business SmartEnergy Designline Blog 11/19/2009 Post a comment I attended the Green Festival while in San Francisco, and what I found there was an interesting clash of the corporate feel of green technology and the traditional 'green earth' culture of old.
Why aren't we there yet? SmartEnergy Designline Blog 6/9/2009 1 comment In his blog entry, Allan Yogasingam compares the fictional world of comic books with respect to energy production and wonders aloud if we can get there ourselves.
Is the Green(back) starting to disappear? SmartEnergy Designline Blog 5/12/2009 Post a comment The latest report on investments in clean technology by Ernst & Young saw a massive drop compared to the same period last year. Does this mean the bottom has fallen out on clean technology?
Clean Tech going mainstream? SmartEnergy Designline Blog 5/5/2009 Post a comment General Electric, one of the world's largest corporations, have seen their clean tech product line grow in 4 years to a $70-billion industry. Could this be the start of mainstream acceptance?
How do I tell them I'm green? SmartEnergy Designline Blog 4/7/2009 Post a comment Allan Yogasingam blogs about his experiences at ESC Silicon Valley and how his meetings with exhibiting companies brought up a common concern.
The Earth Hour Approaches SmartEnergy Designline Blog 3/26/2009 1 comment For one hour, the Earth asks that you turn out the lights. Doing so has amazing results with respect to energy savings and carbon dioxide reductions globally.
Calculating the Carbon Return on Investment SmartEnergy Designline Blog 1/14/2009 Post a comment Many companies are skeptical of carbon offsets, and for good reason. But high-quality carbon offsets based on "additionality" provide value for companies who are striving for carbon neutrality.
Are you ready for the 'Green' Generation? SmartEnergy Designline Blog 10/17/2008 Post a comment Generation Y is now the driving force behind solving environmental issues. We are transitioning from a quiet Generation Y to a focused and driven 'Green' Generation or Generation G.
Spain rains on solar market SmartEnergy Designline Blog 9/24/2008 Post a comment Global photovoltaic (PV) suppliers are worried about lower demand and oversupply in 2009 as governments contemplate cutbacks in support tariffs for solar energy.
Solar power to the rescue SmartEnergy Designline Blog 9/17/2008 Post a comment What's a better solution than nuclear power plants to meet growing energy consumption needs? Solar energy. This means no more oil worries, more disposable income, no more smog, and less global warming,
REACHing for the facts SmartEnergy Designline Blog 9/10/2008 Post a comment This brief article is meant to highlight some of the fallacies that have circulated about the impacts of REACH so that businesses can move beyond the scoping stage and towards action; something that should have happened a long time ago.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times