Adrian King

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8 years 5 months ago

James Bond would probably prefer that they were mounted in the grill but how about laser spark plugs under the hood?  The Optical Society (OSA) has announced that researchers from Japan’s National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) will present their research on the development of laser spark plugs for internal combustion engines at the 2011 Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics (...


8 years 6 months ago

Greenpeace has released a report titled How Dirty is your Data? which looks at the energy choices powering cloud computing.  Based on 2007 data the report claims that if the cloud is compared to nations across the globe it would be the fifth largest consumer of electricity.  The cloud would rank ahead of every nation except the US, China, Russia, and Japan.

The...


8 years 6 months ago

Spring, summer, winter, and fall your window unit leaks through them all.  Steven Winter Associates conducted a study for Urban Green Council on the energy and emissions costs of window unit air conditioners.  There Are Holes In Our Walls examined real world installations in New York City and concludes that, on average, each unit is the...


8 years 6 months ago

Whether it is the finished product or a component to produce a finished product, it probably spent time being transported by truck.  The trucking industry criss-crosses the globe everywhere there are roads and even some areas where there are not.  Goals of zero emission trucking fleets are far from reality today but increasing the efficiency of trucking by reducing drag lowers costs and reduces emissions.

Due to the size of the global trucking fleet, even small reductions add up in a big way.  Structural additions to semi-trailers...


8 years 6 months ago

The European Commission has adopted Transport 2050, a plan to increase mobility and decrease oil dependence which also reduces carbon emissions from the transportation sector by 60%.  Eliminating conventionally fueled cars from city centers is a key tenet to the plan.  U.K. Transport Minister Norman Baker said that such a decision rests in the authority of the individual cities.

To what degree the various levels of government should influence action in another level of government is often filled with...


8 years 7 months ago

The New York Times is instituting a paywall for their content.  It is not news that journalism is having difficulty profiting in the modern online media world.  Embracing the moment, The New York Times is available online and via apps for a variety of devices including iPad and iPhone.*

The New York Times is charging more for digital access than for a print subscription.  The print subscription, of course, includes home delivery.  The print subscription also includes digital access that could cost as much as $455 per year (USD).** ...


8 years 7 months ago

We all know that walking is one of the most, if not the most, environmentally friendly means of transportation.  What if you could help power the world around you just by walking?  If you are picturing yourself like a hamster on a wheel you’ve got the wrong idea.

Hailing from the United Kingdom, Pavegen produces paving tiles that can be placed in high traffic areas and harness pedestrian energy.  Pavegen units are constructed to endure the elements and pay for...


8 years 7 months ago

If you’ve been searching for an environmentally friendly excuse to head to the pub for a pint, a group of scientists from Cornell University may be able to help.  The scientists looked at over 400,000 gene sequences from brewery wastewater.  Uncovered, were the genes of the microbes best suited to converting the wastewater into biofuel.

Anheuser-Busch InBev provided access to wastewater from nine U.S. breweries.  Inside million-gallon bioreactor tanks used to process the wastewater, some of the microbes produce methane, not unlike a cow.  The methane...


8 years 7 months ago

It is unlikely that insurance providers will offer discounts but offshore wind could soon be installing airbags.  Hydrostor, hailing from Toronto, Ontario, has developed an energy storage system for offshore wind using compressed air.  Air stored in bags under the sea could be used as a “battery”.

One of the hurdles for renewable energy sources is to provide energy on demand.  Solar energy does not produce in the dark and wind energy, well, needs wind.  While it is...


8 years 7 months ago

“Energy access is a human right and a rapidly rising need“, said Peabody Energy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Gregory H. Boyce, who spoke at CERAWeek, 2011.  Boyce presented coal as the fuel to provide for global energy demand into the future.  Just for the four days of the conference Boyce highlighted that 70 million tons of coal would be used globally.

Access to energy supplied responsibly is, with little question, essential in society today and should be...


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