TAG: Fuel

Is Air An Alternative?

Air Powered Vehicles

Rising fuel costs, pollution and inefficiency are just a few problems with conventional vehicles. Green transportation is becoming progressively more important as older ways of getting around are no longer the best option. Though not mainstream, air powered transport is a captivating way to travel. Tata, a car company in India has constructed a curious air powered vehicle called the AirPod in collaboration with technology developers, Motor Development International (MDI). Running completely on compressed air, it has acceleration capabilities of about 43 miles per hour. It has been designed as an affordable option for commuters in crowded cities and as… read more

“Green” Imposters – Products You Should Avoid Buying

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Many products have, either through their own claims or public fallacy, been labeled as constituting a “greener” option. While an abundance of companies now have Eco-friendly initiatives, some even living up to, many are simply capitalizing on the ever-growing conscious of consumers. And even then, they often don’t match the level of efficiency for which they purportedly strive. Thus, you are likely to encounter several of such items, perhaps even interacting with them regularly, on a daily basis. Nonetheless, listed below are a particular few that take great notice. Recyclable Plastics Plastic products today are often branded with varied levels… read more

US Could Produce 1/12 of its Fuel from Algae

Are Algae Powered Vehicles a Possibility?

An analysis of the land and water resources in the United States found that the country could likely grow enough algae every year to provide about 1/12 of its yearly fuel needs. According to the study, which looked at the water resources necessary to grow algae on a large scale, up to 25 billion gallons of algae-based fuel could be produced each year, and didn’t see water issues as a “deal breaker” in algae biofuels. The most promising locations for producing algae for fuel are hot and humid, with low evaporation rates and easy access to water, and the best… read more

Polycrack Process Turns Waste Plastic into Fuel

Ways With Waste

In a factory in Mumbai, India, a prototype reactor is using a new process to turn waste plastic into fuel, which could potentially solve two problems at once. Plastic waste is a menace to the environment, but it could be used in the near future as the feedstock for fuel production, along with just about any other kind of waste, including motor oil, tires, and municipal solid waste. Nitin Bondal and Raghuvendra Rao, at Sustainable Technologies & Environmental Projects (STEP), have developed a reactor and process that heats waste materials in the presence of a catalyst, which breaks down the… read more

Genetically Modified Organism Could Turn CO2 into Fuel

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We’re concerned, and rightly so, about the continued high levels of CO2 emissions that get released into our atmosphere, but if a recent discovery pans out, those same concentrations of CO2 could be turned directly into fuels. Researchers at the University of Georgia have found a way to take some of the carbon dioxide that is trapped in our atmosphere and turn them into useful products, such as biofuels, with the help of a genetically modified microorganism. “We can take carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere and turn it into useful products like fuels and chemicals without having to go… read more

Fried Fuel

Fried Fuel

In the 1900’s, Rudolf Diesel successfully constructed the diesel engine, then stirred up controversy when he showed that his invention could be powered with peanut oil. The cooking oil as fuel concept did not really resurface again until the 1970’s when the oil industry was in emergency mode. Though the idea may not be new, innovative products are appearing that are making it easier for the average consumer to utilize agricultural based fuel methods. Diesel engines can be converted which enables them to run on new or recycled cooking oil. Though examples may make it sound as simple as pour… read more

Rail Travel a Better Option

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Since the invention of the automobile, many have fantasized taking to the open road on a cross country trip through America.Traveling on the “Mother Road” of Route 66 or any other artery paved with legends and intrigue. It is true, the United States are vast, and can hardly be explored justly by airplane and its borders only traced by ship. But cars are not superior chariots of travel and transportation. As rail travel still reigns, long from the days of steam engines, in the sleek and efficient form of Amtrak trains. Amtrak is currently the only inter city railway system… read more

Reasons For Electric Cars

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Electric cars were dominant in the late 19 and 20th century until the internal combustion engine was invented and gasoline was mass produced. Due to the recent petrol price hike and the limited availability of fossil fuels, electric cars have again grabbed the attention of many. The following are some reasons why you should consider buying an electric car. Electric cars contribute to health and the environment: As they use electricity as fuel, there are zero emissions. In fact electric cars don’t even have a tailpipe. By driving an electric car you are creating a healthy and quality environment. Green charging:… read more

Be Fuel Efficient

Saving fuel when driving

There are many common mistakes drivers make that use excess gas. Speeding up too fast, driving too slow, and using the brakes too often are present practices on the road. They may seem like small actions at the time but correcting them can significantly reduce the amount of gas that is wasted. To start, if you are waiting in a car for over one minute, it is best to turn the car off until you begin driving again. It is also best to avoid a series of short trips. If your destinations are within walking distance of one another, by all means get… read more

Mass Soybean Production

Soybean Farming

Is mass production of soybeans sustainable? Evidence from South America suggests that the answer is “no.” Making way for soy farms requires not only clearing the land needed to grow the beans, but also the development of infrastructure to transport inputs and harvested produce. To make matters worse, most soy farms grow genetically modified crops, which present additional risks to the environment. When soybean farms take over, natural ecosystems are destroyed and biodiversity is diminished. Massive monocultures displace diversified subsistence farms, leaving local people short of food and afflicted with pesticide-induced health problems. Government funds are diverted to subsidize soybean… read more