Alternative Energy

Walmart Shows Off the Truck of the Future

When you’re as big as Walmart, you can throw a lot of resources into just about whatever endeavor you want, including developing a next-generation big rig to help reduce the carbon footprint of your massive truck fleet. Continue reading

Fuel Cell Power Plants Generate Energy, Hydrogen Supplies

Fuel cell systems can generate plenty of power. A Connecticut company has received additional funds from the U.S. Department of Energy to further develop a fuel cell power plant that also generates and distributes hydrogen at the point of use.

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Power From Low-Frequency Vibrations

Generating power via piezoelectrical processes has always been limited by the size of the device and the frequency generated, but researchers at Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) claim to have found a way to harvest enough power from low-frequency vibrations to power small electronics.

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Fuel Cell Vehicles Arrive Next Year

Toyota will launch a fuel cell-powered sedan in the U.S. in 2014. The automaker has been showing off the Toyota FCV at auto shows, and says that unlike other fuel cell vehicles, this one will be available for the mass market at an affordable price. Continue reading

Nissan Unveils Tiny Combustion Engine for ZEOD RC Hybrid Racer

This summer the Nissan ZEOD RC will become the first entry at Le Mans 24-hour race to run a one-hour lap of the Circuit de la Sarthe using nothing but  electrical power. Equally impressive, though, is the new Nissan DIG-T R 1.5 liter turbo engine that will kick in once the electrical-only portion of the run is completed.

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