An environmentally friendly, energy-dense sugar battery


A Virginia Tech research team has developed a battery that runs on sugar and has an unmatched energy density, a development that could replace conventional batteries with ones that are cheaper, refillable, and biodegradable.

The findings from Y.H. Percival Zhang, an associate professor of  biological systems engineering in theCollege of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Engineering, were published in the journal Nature Communications. Continue reading An environmentally friendly, energy-dense sugar battery


PALO ALTO, Calif. – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reaffirmed the 5-star safety rating of the Tesla Model S overall and in all subcategories for Model Year 2014, confirming the highest safety rating in America. While Tesla is awaiting feedback from NHTSA regarding their investigation of recent fire incidents, the German Federal Motor Transport Authority, Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA), recently concluded its review of the incidents, finding no manufacturer-related defects or need for further action.


Algae to crude oil: Million-year natural process takes minutes in the lab

Tom Rickey, PNNL, (509) 375-3732

Process simplifies transformation of algae to oil, water and usable byproducts

RICHLAND, Wash. – Engineers have created a continuous chemical process that produces useful crude oil minutes after they pour in harvested algae — a verdant green paste with the consistency of pea soup.

The research by engineers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory was reported recently in the journal Algal Research. A biofuels company, Utah-based Genifuel Corp., has licensed the technology and is working with an industrial partner to build a pilot plant using the technology.

In the PNNL process, a slurry of wet algae is pumped into the front end of a chemical reactor. Once the system is up and running, out comes crude oil in less than an hour, along with water and a byproduct stream of material containing phosphorus that can be recycled to grow more algae. Continue reading Algae to crude oil: Million-year natural process takes minutes in the lab



PALO ALTO, Calif.– Tesla Motors announced that it has paid off the entire loan awarded to the company by the Department of Energy in 2010. In addition to payments made in 2012 and Q1 2013, today’s wire of almost half a billion dollars ($451.8M) repays the full loan facility with interest. Following this payment, Tesla will be the only American car company to have fully repaid the government.


Locations for Eco-Friendly Vacations

By Sam Marquit

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Sam Marquit Bio: ( I am an entrepreneurial independent contractor and home renovation/remodeling expert in New York. I’ve made it a point to share with my readers a day in the life of sustainable building. Forecasting the possible application and implementation of new green building materials and technologies is just one small part of my effort to reduce everyone’s carbon footprint.[/author_info] [/author]

From the Ritz-Carlton to the Palazzo, hotels are learning the value of greener designs. As a building contractor, I have had the opportunity to make many of these structures. The new building methods and materials that are used in each structure are designed to be eco-friendly. They help the building to reduce its negative impact on the environment and help the hotel’s guests to promote sustainability while on vacation. To make a true difference, consumers should focus on eco-friendly lifestyles while they are at home and on vacation.

Located in North Carolina, the Ritz-Carlton has now adopted a host of eco-friendly practices. From its linen programs to plumbing, the entire building is designed to reduce waste and increase energy efficiency. The plumbing in the building is equipped with low-flow toilets and showerheads to lower water usage. In addition, the Ritz-Carlton has a rooftop garden that is home to 60,000 honeybees. These bees are then used to pollinate flowers in the surrounding area and provide honey for the hotel’s guests. The Ritz-Carlton also makes sure that all of the food, drinks and snacks served to visitors are completely organic.

Within the luxurious confines of the Palazzo Hotel & Resort, guests will notice that there is more to the building than meets the eye. The Palazzo was constructed using the best eco-friendly practices. This building is designed with solar panels for heating and a waste-recycling program. To better promote sustainability, the entire complex uses a water recycling system. Because of its notable achievements, the Palazzo was recently named the “Most Eco-Friendly Hotel in America”.

In addition to facilities developing new practices, entire cities are initiating new programs. In recent years, the city of San Francisco has started to work with ESRI and NAVTEQ. The goal of the project is to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. ESRI has innovative ArcLogistics software that can help to run public transportation. With this software, San Francisco can reduce its carbon emissions by optimizing the way each vehicle in the fleet runs. To enhance the benefits of the ESRI program, the city also uses NAVTEQ’s map data. This helps to create the most efficient routes and save on fuel usage. Overall, the two initiatives are expected to provide cost savings of 15 to 20 percent. This energy efficiency is created through innovate route-solving metrics and calculations of vehicle capacities. With the help of the software, dispatchers will be able to instantly see any road closures or traffic and navigate drivers around them.

Each of these programs has the potential to drastically change how we relate to the environment. With the amount of traffic a city like San Francisco and Las Vegas see each year, it is especially encouraging that new green Las Vegas hotels are being built. Also, seeing other cities institute a program like the one in San Francisco is extremely important. Adopting eco-friendly measures is a must because humanity has spent the last few hundred years polluting the earth. While on vacation, visitors can promote sustainable lodging and eat organic products.

ECOstrive Is Still Here

ECOstrive – Seems like it’s been forever, since I’ve updated this site. A lot has happened in the last couple of years. A123 Systems went bankrupt, even though they had a great battery technology. IBM began the Battery 500 program to create batteries for electric cars with a 500 mile range. Tesla went public and has been trading at nearly double their IPO price. And, the alarmist have been caught lying and manipulating data, without repercussions  changed the theory several times and made fortunes off of “Green” investments in non-viable technologies supported by the governments.

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Three Teams Awarded Share of $10 Million Purse in Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE for Super Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

WASHINGTON (September 16, 2010) – The X PRIZE Foundation, an educational nonprofit prize organization, and Progressive Insurance, the country’s fourth largest auto insurance group, today, at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., awarded $10 million to three teams who successfully completed the rigorous Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE. The winning teams—Edison2 of Lynchburg, Virginia; X-Tracer of Winterthur, Switzerland; and Li-ion Motors Corp. of Mooresville, North Carolina—emerged from an original field of 111 competing teams, representing 136 vehicle entries from around the world. The winning vehicles were showcased to an audience of auto industry, business and government leaders. Each of the winning teams was also presented with a towering bronze trophy designed by Harry Winston, Inc.

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A123 Systems Opens the Largest Lithium Ion Automotive Battery Manufacturing Plant in North America

LIVONIA, Mich., Sept. 13, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A123 Systems (Nasdaq:AONE), a developer and manufacturer of advanced Nanophosphatelithium ion batteries and systems, today announced the grand opening of the largest lithium ion automotive battery production facility in North America, based on available data. The new plant in Livonia, Mich. is expected to expand A123’s manufacturing capabilities by up to 600MW hours per year when fully operational, contributing to the company’s plan to expand global final cell assembly capacity to more than 760MW hours annually by the end of 2011. The opening of the Livonia factory comes just over one year after A123 was awarded a $249 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help the company execute its strategy to ramp up U.S. manufacturing capabilities to meet increasing, market-driven demand for its innovative technologies. Continue reading A123 Systems Opens the Largest Lithium Ion Automotive Battery Manufacturing Plant in North America

A123 Systems Signs Battery System Supply Agreement With Navistar

WATERTOWN, Mass., June 7, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A123 Systems (Nasdaq:AONE), a developer and manufacturer of advanced Nanophosphate™ lithium ion batteries and systems, today announced a production agreement with Navistar, Inc., a proven leader in worldwide commercial transportation, to supply lithium ion battery systems for electric vehicles (EVs) for the Navistar-Modec EV Alliance, LLC, a joint venture between Navistar and Modec Limited of the U.K.

According to the supply agreement, which builds upon an earlier development agreement that was announced in March 2010, A123 will manufacture battery systems for Navistar‘s eStar electric delivery vehicle at its Livonia, Michigan facility. A number of vehicles have already been shipped to Federal Express as part of the earlier development agreement. The work is partially funded by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding, administered by the U.S. Department of Energy. Continue reading A123 Systems Signs Battery System Supply Agreement With Navistar

Tesla Motors Announces Factory in Northern California

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Tesla Motors has purchased the former NUMMI factory in Fremont, California, where it will build the Model S sedan and future Tesla vehicles. As recently as April of 2010, the NUMMI factory was used by Toyota to produce the Corolla and Tacoma vehicles using the industry-leading Toyota production system. It is one of the largest, most advanced and cleanest automotive production plants in the world.

It is capable of producing half a million vehicles per year or approximately 1 percent of total worldwide car production. The award-winning plant was the first in North America to demonstrate Toyota Production System, a widely copied system that lead to dramatic quality improvements and unprecedented manufacturing flexibility and worker satisfaction. Continue reading Tesla Motors Announces Factory in Northern California