May 28, 2010 21:09 by Ty
It is Memorial Day weekend and we would like to remind everyone to recycle their batteries and electronic devices. Many people will be on the road traveling, camping, BBQ'ing outsite and will be using battery operated devices. Charge up those rechargable batteries and don't throw away your used batteries, recycle them!
If you have any questions where to recycle your batteries and electronic devices, click on the map below or follow one of the recycling links:
Find a Recycling Center:
May 26, 2010 19:32 by Ty
Ford will be assembling new battery packs for their new hybrid vehicles. This includes the Transit Connect electric light commercial vehicle, Focus electric vehicle, Lincoln MKZ hybrid, and future hybrid electric plug in cars based on the global C-platform and C-MAX for 2012 - 2013. Assembly will be done in the Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan and electric battery packs will start being assembled in 2012. This will bring jobs back to the United States and in to Michigan, moving work that is currently being done in Mexico by a supplier. Ford will be using advanced lithium-ion battery systems powering their future generation of hybrid vehicles.
Ford’s Van Dyke Transmission Plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan, will also be building electric drive transaxles for hybrid / electric vehicles starting in 2012, which is currently being done by a supplier in Japan. 170 jobs will be created by Ford bringing work to their Rawsonville and Van Dyke facilities to build key components for their hybrid vehicles.
Images of the Ford Focus Electric Vehicle:
May 24, 2010 18:25 by Ty
Glucose powered devices have been developed to provide power to electronic devices. All cells from the human body use glucose as their main energy source. Scientists have implanted a functional glucose biofuel cell in a rat's abdominal cavity, producing a maximum of 6.5 microwatts, which is close to 10 microwatts as a power requirement for pacemakers. Scientists Philippe Cinquin and his team from Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France were able to achieve power from glucose by, "confining selected enzymes inside graphite discs that were placed into dialysis bags. Glucose and oxygen flowed into the device, but enzymes stayed in place and catalyzed the oxidation of glucose to generate electrical energy." The implantable biofuel cells were tested for 11 days and produced a constant 2 microwatts, with a peak of 6.5 megawatts. A step towards the future might be implantable biofuel cells where one can generate electric power from your body fluids.
Maybe one day we can plug in our cell phones, iPods and electronic devices to run off our body's glucose.
Article Source: Power from Glucose
May 22, 2010 01:46 by Ty
On May 19, 2010 HP expanded it's laptop battery recall for several models. You can view the laptop models below that get a free replacement laptop battery under the recall program.
HP Pavilion and Compaq Presario laptop batteries are effected by this recall.
Name of Product: Lithium-Ion batteries used in Hewlett-Packard and Compaq notebook computers
Units: About 54,000 (70,000 units were previously recalled in May 2009)
Importer: Hewlett-Packard Co., of Palo Alto, Calif.
Hazard: The recalled lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Since the May 2009 recall, HP has received 38 additional reports of batteries that overheated and ruptured resulting in 11 instances of minor personal injury and 31 instances of minor property damage.
Sold at: Computer and electronics stores nationwide, hp.com and hpshopping.com from August 2007 through July 2008 for between $500 and $3,000. The battery packs were also sold separately for between $100 and $160.
Manufactured in: China
medy: Consumers should immediately remove the batteries referenced above from their notebook computer and contact HP to determine if their battery is included in this recall (even if the battery was previously checked). Consumers with recalled batteries will receive a free replacement battery. After removing the recalled battery from their notebook computer, consumers may use the AC adapter to power the computer until a replacement battery arrives. HP recommends that only batteries obtained from HP or an HP authorized reseller be used with HP notebook PCs.
Description: The recalled lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are used with various model series of HP and Compaq notebook computers. The chart below includes all notebook model numbers associated with batteries recalled to date. The computer model number is located at the top of the service label on the bottom of the notebook computer. Not all batteries matching the bar codes are being recalled.
*This image is a screen shot off the HP Web site. Please click the image to view a more up to date chart on HP.com
May 13, 2010 01:14 by Ty
Sanyo has a new line of NiMH battery products that differentiates itself from other batteries by being eco friendly, rechargeable, and long lasting by holding a charge longer than other disposable and rechargeable batteries. Sanyo claims the Eneloop batteries can retain 85% of their charge even after one year of being on the shelf. Because the Sanyo Eneloop batteries can be recharged and used again over a thousand times makes the Eneloop battery a cost effecting and eco-friendly choice for electronic devices. Sanyo claims 1 Eneloop battery is the equivalent of 1000 regular alkaline batteries.
Sanyo Eneloop batteries are available in AAA, AA, C and D. AA and AAA batteries are 1.2V. AA batteries are rated at 2000mAh and AAA batteries at 800 mAh.