Monday, March 26, 2012

Flexible, paper-based supercapacitor could improve performance of hybrid electric vehicles

( -- Scientists know that using supercapacitors in conjunction with batteries could greatly increase the fuel economy of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) due to the fact that supercapacitors can recover and supply energy much more quickly than batteries. This ability, for example, allows

Monday, March 19, 2012

West Coast highway just got a lot more EV-friendly | The Car Tech blog - CNET News

Monday, March 12, 2012

Fwd: CO2, Microbes and Grass - Treatment for Energy Hunger? Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Biofuels and Alternatives

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CO2, Microbes and Grass – Treatment for Energy Hunger?
Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Biofuels and Alternatives

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Saturday, April 14, 2012
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Alternative Fuels Clean Tech investor, Lux Capital, citing a rise in oil prices, market size and policy recently noted that "investors have been lured to alternative fuel technologies since 2004, [shifting] focus to flexible technologies capable of converting waste and cellulosic feedstocks into a variety of fuels and chemicals." In biofuels, the use of algae has attracted a lot of attention as an economical alternative to biofuel production. By using specialized algae that are robust and able to withstand true industrial conditions on a commercial basis, output can be at least one or two orders of magnitude better than the best agri¬cultural system.

Caltech Professor Sossina Haile and her group are taking another approach to creating alternative power sources and converting CO2 into fuel using a Ceria and Nickel plus concentrated sunlight system. With this technology they can either produce methane or syngas based on the operating temperature without the need to sequester the CO2.

The transition to flexibility as a successful business strategy is demonstrated by the recent IPOs of Amyris, Solazyme, and Gevo, which brought in a combined $406 million for these three companies that play in both fuels and chemicals. Additionally, Lux tallied up that there were 333 investments in the alternative fuels industry since 2004, totaling $6.46 billion.

This forum will address questions such as where the markets are developing, how entrepreneurs and corporate investors play a role in this space, what impact the recession has had on deal size and investors' appetite for risk, and how investment activity varies according to technology type and fuel produced.

Join us on April 14th, 2012, when our program will focus on the business, entrepreneurial and financing opportunities in the alternative fuel clean technology sector.

Keynote Address:

Sossina M. Haile - Professor, Materials Science and of Chemical Engineering at
California Institute Of Technology.


Lawrence Wnuk PH.D. - Senior Director, CALSTART


Rogelio F. Nochebuena -President, Nochebuena R&D Consulting

Stephanie Yanchinski - Executive Director, FLoW, Caltech

Lawrence Wnuk PH.D. - Senior Director, CALSTART


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Friday, March 9, 2012

Fisker Karma Dies During Road Test - ABC News

The government-backed electric car maker Fisker Automotive  a California-based car company
 has encountered its share of speed bumps financially -- announcing in recent weeks that it would have to lay off some workers and suspend work on a more affordable electric-gas hybrid version of its new luxury sports sedan, the Karma.

But since unveiling the $107,000 Fisker Karma, the car conceptualized by legendary designer Henrik Fisker, the sleek and quiet vehicle has received mostly rave reviews from auto experts, enthusiasts, and several of those who have bought the 2,000 cars that have so far come off the line.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

GasBuddy Blog: Tesla Battery Failures Make ‘Bricking’ a Buzzword

NY Times -- AN uproar recently ignited on automotive blogs over a post
about a Tesla Roadster whose battery needed replacement after its
owner parked the car, low on charge and unplugged, for more than two
months. The battery, which had fully discharged, could not be revived.