Richard Cooke

Richard Cooke

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8 years 11 months ago

There are plenty of corporations, automobile manufacturers, and private parties in the world that continue to develop new and exciting green transportation technology every day. However, it is nice to see every once in a while when the government decides to step in to try and develop some of these technologies hand in hand with the automobile manufacturers to show their support for the technology.

Last week, the United States government did just that when the Department of Energy announced that they would be providing a $50 million loan to The Vehicle Production Group LLC for the development of a...


8 years 11 months ago

Last week I wrote an article that briefly went over an engine designed by Swedish researchers that would utilize compressed air in order to run more efficiently. Now, another idea that also uses a form of compression has popped up that also seeks to create a greener, more efficient engine, but with one major change: the goal of this engine is to take the compression and unleash it into the engine itself to create the force needed to generate power.

Dr. Norbert Müller...


8 years 11 months ago

Time and time again, it has been said that the various branches of the United States armed forces are ahead of the game when it comes to adopting green technology. All of the branches are working towards a similar goal, but some branches have been focusing on developing a viable alternative fuel methods for their transportation needs while others have continued to focus on generating green power in a bid to lessen their reliance on oil. The United States Marine Corps, in particular, recently celebrated the completion of a fairly significant solar power facility in one of their bases...


8 years 11 months ago

When the concept of green vehicles comes to mind many of the first fuel types most think of is electricity, hydrogen, or biofuels. There are, however, those out there that believe that alongside those fuel types air itself is a worthy addition to the green vehicle fuel line up. Using air as a fuel source can range from a wide variety of vehicle designs, including those using turbines or kite-like apparatus for propulsion, but the focus recently has been on using pneumatics.

According to Per Tunestal, a researcher from the Lund University in Sweden who focuses on engine design, using...


8 years 11 months ago

Japan is rather well known for a variety of things, but one of the more unique objects those interested in Japan might come across is their vending machines. Known for selling everything from snacks and drinks all the way to full meals, clothing, books, and more bizarre objects, there literally seems to be a vending machine for anything in Japan. Now, several Japanese companies have decided that maybe it is time to combine the vending machine with electric vehicles.

Ten companies in Japan have gotten together in order to begin manufacturing electric vehicle chargers that can be placed...


8 years 11 months ago

For some time now, announcements have been coming out from the Ford Motor Company about their decision to hybridize various existing models while also presenting full electric and hydrogen vehicles as a part of a green lineup. However, last Thursday the attitude from Ford seemed to change a little bit when they announced that they didn’t believe that electric vehicles were worth a full investment.

The word came down from the Executive Chairman himself, William Ford, last Thursday during his speaking engagement at The Wall Street Journal's ECO:nomics Conference in Santa Barbara, California. William...


8 years 12 months ago

A Swedish based United Kingdom company has finally received the funds necessary to implement tidal power technology that could one day power entire cities along the coast of Northern Ireland. While the United Kingdom is certainly no stranger to tidal power technology, the particular method of harnessing the ocean’s power in this situation is rather unique.

The technology in question this time around is Minestro UK’s Deep Green sea kites. The way Deep Green functions is that is utilizes circular shaped kites that float along with the current and carry small turbines that generate the...


8 years 12 months ago

Electric vehicles have quickly caught on in the last several years to the point where the industry is now awash with a wide variety of electric models, conversions, and plans for future adoption of the green technology. While some electric vehicles remain a bit out of reach for the ordinary consumer, many companies are taking steps to make electric vehicles affordable and easy to find. Renault, which has quite a few plans for cheaper electric vehicles, has their own plans in mind for their latest model.

Dubbed the Twizy, the small urban electric vehicle is set to be among the cheapest Renault...


9 years 1 day ago

Despite the fact that only a handful of nations around the world currently operate offshore wind farms of any significant size it has not stopped the rest of the world from trying to find a way that offshore wind could work best for them. Here in the United States, President Obama’s administration is carefully looking into the matter while China stands ready to take the plunge and build as many large scale offshore wind farms as they can in coming years. While the list of nations that use offshore wind technology may not be long,  with most of them being in Europe, it has not stopped...


9 years 4 days ago

In the luxury automobile market, the prevalence of electric vehicles and hybrid cars is not nearly as impressive as it is in other areas. However, Rolls-Royce has announced that it is currently looking into just what electric and hybrid technology can do with their iconic luxury automobiles. While there is no way to tell whether the company will be the next great electric vehicle company, the announcement is certainly falls under the category of interesting news.

The United Kingdom based luxury automobile manufacturer announced earlier this week that they would be showing the...


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