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This Year Of Green Despite BP

As All Eyes Are On The Gulf Coast Devastation, Green Is Slipping In Through The Back Door

Charge-Station-Designs-by-Johnston-MarkLee-07On March 19, 2010, ECOtality, headquartered in Tempe, Arizona and its subsidiary, eTec (Electric Transportation Engineering Corporation) announced The EV Project. The EV Project was created last August when eTec was awarded a federal stimulus grant of nearly $100 million from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The EV Project will support electric vehicles with home-base, commercial and public chargers in major markets in five states: Arizona (Phoenix & Tucson metropolitan areas), Washington (Seattle area), Oregon (Portland, Salem, Corvallis and Eugene), California (San Diego) and Tennessee. Initial infrastructure deployment begins this summer, paving the way for the successful rollout of electric transportation across America.

One of the project partners is Nissan, which will put its fully-electric, zero-emission LEAF on the road at the end of this year, (Read Forced Green’s article on the LEAF ). With permission from the vehicle owners, The EV Project will collect and analyze data to evaluate the effectiveness of the new EV charging infrastructure that will support all electric vehicles, including the LEAF. Lessons learned from The EV Project will enable the streamlined deployment of electric vehicles nationwide.

12_60W LED Lamp_on PhilipsOn May 12, 2010 Royal Philips Electronics unveiled its breakthrough EnduraLED light bulb at the Lightfair International tradeshow in Las Vegas. The world’s first LED replacement for the 60 watt incandescent light bulb, which represents about half of all domestic incandescent light bulbs sold on the market. The EnduraLED lamp will use only 12 watts, last 25 times longer, and deliver up to 80% savings on energy costs

Every year in the United States, 425 million 60 watt incandescent lamps are sold, half of all lamp purchases. If these were all to be replaced by the new EnduraLED light bulbs, Philips estimates the potential saving of 32.6 terawatt-hours of electricity in one year. This would be equivalent to power the lights of 16.7 million US households, 14.4% of the total number of households in the country. Environmentally, it has the potential to eliminate the generation of carbon emissions by 5.3 millions metric tons per year.

The standard 60 watt incandescent bulb has a life of 1,000 hours. CFL bulbs of the same wattage have a life of 8,000 hours. The EnduraLED bulb has an incredible life span of 25,000 hours.

Final pricing on the 60-watt equivalent EnduraLED bulb from Philips hasn’t been released yet, but word has it in the $60 range. Commercial customers will likely be able to buy the EnduraLED in September or October, while residential consumers will get their hands on it in December.

epyonOn May 20th, a company called Epyon opened Europe’s first commercial fast-charging station in the Netherlands. The system can reportedly pump out 50 kilowatts of power–enough to charge a nine-person taxi van–in just 30 minutes. Taxi Kijlstra, the largest taxi firm in the Netherlands, recently transformed two of their taxi fleet into electric powered vehicles without any limitations on the service side. The taxi-vans can drive 100km (62.14 miles) or more on a single fast charge. The station is located at the Tamoil petrol station in Leeuwarden, the province of Friesland, The Netherlands, and Friesland is projecting a target of 100,000 EV’s on the road within the next five years.

Epyon was invited by Nissan to demonstrate the fast charging technology during the presentation of the Nissan LEAF which was in Amsterdam from May 9-12. Showing it could charge a LEAF up to 80% within 30 minutes.

Epyon’s intelligent charging stations are remotely configured, managed and maintained. The fast-charging station is an elegantly designed and compact outlet which does not disturb the scenery and fits easily in a local streetscape. A single fast charging station can operate several compact outlets so multiple EV’s can be charged simultaneously from a single charging station.

horizonfuelcellhydrofillpersonalhydrogenstationThinking big but starting small, Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies has begun the commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell products. Horizon announced that shipments have started for the new H-CELL 2.0 hydrogen fuel cell power system for RC hobby model vehicles (recently featured on Forced Green ), CNN Eco-Solutions, and the Bloomberg TV show Innovators).
Unveiled in February, the H-CELL 2.0 is now a completed, packaged product shipping to clients worldwide.

You can now take your model scale car, boat or robot for a ride into the future, using a real working fuel cell power system offering longer run times and an out-of-this-world look.

….. as the green future is determined to unfold.

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8 Responses to “This Year Of Green Despite BP”

  1. Lissof Says:

    Hi Linda,

    Thanks for the positive information; it is nice to have a reminder that we are headed in the right direction. Perhaps not as fast as some of would like to see, but still making progress.

    I would imagine the cities selected for the initial charging infrastructure and release of the Electric cars, was due to marketing & research studies. I would also suspect that if one were to look up the “Greenest Cities”,,, those cities selected, would account for some of the initial installations. As should be.

    It would be nice if employers would provide premium parking with free charging stations for employees who car pooled in electric vehicles . How about parking & charging validation from the shopping malls, restaurants and entertainment establishments. For those cities such as Portland where a large number of people commute by bicycle, how about secure storage with free charging for those with electric bikes… I know I could use the electric assist for pulling hills, and knowing that I would have secure storage with charging capabilities’ would influence my decision to bicycle to work.

    The LED light bulb may seem a little pricy right now, but for commercial, governmental and industrial users the savings in labor for replacement, would justify the cost. Not to mention the Power savings.

    As for the electric charging stations in Europe, I am glad to hear it. I would love to hear of taxi fleets in the U.S. going the same route. How many shuttle vans do hotels, casinos and airports have in this country,,, Every little bit helps. The next few years will prove to be interesting times.
    Once again,,, Thanks for the positive update.

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Lissof … You sure have a common sense mind! To have all of what you have said would be just utopia! Thanks for sharing and the tips! 😀

  3. Katherine Says:

    You know, I get so frustrated that we have ruined our planet… there are people making items like these that will help, but the expense and then distribution… it doesn’t trickle down to enough people in my eyes… so glad you have this blog!
    .-= Katherine´s last blog ..Twitter Is The New Haiku =-.

  4. Linda Says:

    Hi Katherine … It will get to the people but just not in the time frame we would love to see it. So hang in there! 😀

  5. Grampa Ken Says:

    Nice info Linda. This is taking such a long agonizing time and I am still concerned that there will be feet dragging when it comes to delivering the best ways for us and our world. I note that the vast majority of commercials are for weighty costlier autos and they will always direct consumers to where there is the most profit. As soon as they find it in the electric car we will glide away.
    .-= Grampa Ken´s last blog ..Does Commerce Govern Society? =-.

  6. Linda Says:

    Hi Grampa Ken …. That is soooo true! It will be slow but steady. Hopefully, someone will get something thru to us via the marketplace despite the big boys. Hang in there! 😀

  7. SF Sports Cars Says:

    The trend is in the right direction a least for electric cars and hopefully will stay that way and not take a huge step back like it did in the ’90’s. Even with high end sports cars most companies are creating hybrid if not fully electric vehicles that compete with the full gas lineup. The future is certainly looking interesting for all industries.
    .-= SF Sports Cars´s last blog ..2009 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano for Sale =-.

  8. Linda Says:

    Hi SF … I believe with the current issue surrounding BP, people are going to make the change. However, it has to be economically beneficial to us.

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