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Will we be living in city-states in the near future?
Annalee Newitz, io9.com
As we shift away from fossil fuels, there will be a few cultural changes that you might not expect. For one thing, political and economic power will become focused in cities rather than regions or states. That’s what energy expert Joe Browder says…
The world’s first battery electric car ferry is under development in Norway. It’s capable of carrying 120 cars and 360 passengers, and it can fully recharge in just 10 minutes.
Called ZeroCat, the 260-foot ferry will enter passenger service in 2015 on a route between Lavik and Oppedal. The ferry’s electric powertrain was designed by Norwegian shipyard Fjellstrand with battery technology from Siemens, and it will be run by ferry operator Norled.
Instead of a 2,000-hp diesel engine — which powers the current ferry and sucks up over 264,000 gallons of fuel each year — ZeroCat features an 800 kW battery that weighs 11 tons and drives two screws. Though the battery is quite heavy, the ship only weighs half as much as a conventional catamaran ferry, thanks to twin hulls made of aluminum. Those hulls are a slim design, which further increases efficiency, with Siemens estimating the ferry will need only 400 kW to cruise at 10 knots.
Never run out of batteries again. With this new tech called TEGWear, your body is the battery.
It’s no science-fiction fantasy. With wearable gadgets like Google’s Project Glass on the horizon, all that’s missing is an ultraportable power…
Environmental groups say recent measures show that Harper’s government is stepping up its attack on climate scientists.
Canadian campaigners are calling it a “war on science” – a slow and systematic unravelling of environmental and…
This is definitely not the last of these kinds of battles when economic development by extraction fossil fuel conflicts with environmental or climate concerns.
A Future of Fossil Fuels
EIA’s latest numbers shows a continuous growth in energy consumption, led by China and India.
Full Story: Technology Review
Since I have been working in the transport industry for some years and realized that energy people in general had very shallow understanding of transportation. E g does this projection include that person transportation actually increase exponentially in relation to GDP during certain development phases of a country or region? Andreas Schäfer writes about this in Long-Term Trends in Global Passenger Mobility (a republished/revised report from 1997).
If these projections assume linear growth of personal transportation when in fact it will turn out to be exponential, they might be radically underestimating the energy consumption for the decades to come.
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