While not a new concept, battery powered electricity is being created through salinity (salt) levels in salt water and fresh water. One common method is through osmosis. There are other ways though, which scientists at Stanford have discovered. Their team will be working on a new type of battery that uses nanotechnology and slightly altered concepts to produce even more energy with less time and money.
Yi Cui, Associate Professor of the Materials Science and Engineering Department, is working with other Stanford scientists in this endeavor. Their plan is to filter fresh water surrounding a battery, with salt water, which will cause the battery to produce higher voltages; when the battery reaches a low charge, the salt water is replaced by fresh water, effectively recharging it and starting the cycle over.
The downside is that this type of procedure requires two components to be ready at all times: salt water and fresh water. This is found in limited areas, typically at river mouths near oceans. With even just a few facotires made nationwide, we could see a much cheaper way to gather renewable energy without much effort in comparison. However, we'll have to wait for Cui and the Stanform team to finish perfecting their battery.
Sources: ACS.org, gizmag.com
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The Alienware name carries a powerful meaning behind it for gaming enthustiasts. These computers and laptops are known for their sheer power and speed...plus the cool little alien-looking symbol that's mind-controlling you to buy it. The mothership of Dell, however, has decided to make a few changes to the laptop-side as of late: they'll be cancelling their M15x laptop (the 15 is in reference to the screen size), but will finally begin shipping their new M18x.
The Alienware M18x lures unsuspecting victims with its unearthly specs, including i7 chips, up to 32 GB of RAM, and only the latest NVIDIA & ATI graphics cards. In case that wasn't enough to grab the attention of your human mind, there's also the fact that this laptop has a ginormous screen: 18" in diameter of pixels that you love to stare at every day. An extraterrestial of this size would need a fairly powerful battery, which Dell delivers in the form of its 12-cell, 97Whr, Li-Ion battery.
In case the M18x is a little too big for you, Dell still has their other sizes available: the M11x, M14x and the M17x. I'm sure the M15x will still be missed by certain individuals, though. Back to your home planet you go, Mr. 15-inch-Alien-laptop.
Sources: engadget (confirmation of removal of M15x), Dell
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April 19, 2011 00:00 by Ty
BMW has a second-generation electric car that they have been working on called the ActiveE. The BMW ActiveE is an all-electric version of the BMW 1 Series coupe that is capable of a 100-mile range off of one full charge, and can accelerate from 0-60 in under 9 seconds. The large 33 kWh battery pack takes just 3-5 hours to fully charge off a 240-volt Level 2 charging station. The real-wheel drive electric motor packs 170 horsepower and 185 foot punds of torque. The ActiveE BMW is the second generation of the trial Mini E that was available in Los Angeles and New York with only 450 Mini E electric cars available for a one year lease in June of 2009. The BMW ActiveE will be available in a limited production of 1000 units sometime after 2011, followed by the BMW i3 with a carbon-fiber hatchback, expected to debut in 2013.
With rising fuel prices and the average American commuting 32 miles to work and back, an electric car with a 100 mile range off a full charge makes sense. Technology and innovation for electric vehicles are improving fast and are becoming cost effective for consumers to purchase and drive on an everyday basis. This BMW electric car is ideal, especially if you have a loved one that likes nothing less than a BMW,"The Ultimate Driving Machine.”
You can also find cool applications that function with your iPhone called the BMW ConnectedDrive. This free BMW ActiveE app allows you to call up the current battery status and range of your BMW ActiveE and also checks for any charging stations in the vicinity or near your destination.
BMW Electric Car Information:
BMW 1 Series Electric Car
BMW I3 Electric Car
Mini Cooper Mini E
April 13, 2011 01:11 by Jeremy
As the smallest model of our powerpack series, the Duracell Powerpack 300 brings only the most necessary functions to the table. There are two AC sockets and a single DC socket; these can be used to power a wide range of electronics, including laptops, cell phones, radios, fans, GPS systems and even televisions. On the sides are car jumper cables with 120 cold cranking amps, and on the back is a 250 psi air compressor, making this unit perfect for emergency situations with your vehicle. A flashlight is also included on the front, with a built-in battery and 4 LED lights.
Check out our video tutorial to see close-ups of the product and how it can be used.
- 2 AC sockets
- 1 DC socket
- Flashlight w/ 4 LED lights
- 120A Car Jumper
- 250 PSI Air Compressor
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April 4, 2011 21:13 by Ty
Tesla Motors located in Palo Alto, California has announced on March 28 that over 1500 electric Roadsters in 30 countries have covered 10 million miles. In retrospect, these electric sports cars have saved over 500,000 gallons of fuel from being burned and 5.3 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.
The Tesla electric cars are remarkable vehicle since their Roadster launched in 2008 as the only highway-capable electric vehicle to accelerate from 0-60 in 3.7 second and a range of 245 miles off of one full charge. The Tesla Roadster consistently outperforms other traditional supercars around the world, while also being credited with leading the automotive industry to a zero-emissions future.
At an average of 500 Tesla Roadsters being manufactured and sold each year, more fuel will be saved to achieve a zero-emissions future. Tesla is also adding a new Model S to the production line and deliveries will be taken in 2012.
Source: Tesla Roadster Drives 10 Million Miles