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  CLEAN-VEHICLE RESEARCH INITIATIVE MAKING PROGRESS. MIDCOURSE SHIFT IN STRATEGIC PLAN NEEDED.
A public-private effort to develop technologies for more fuel-efficient automobiles and to investigate the feasibility of hydrogen-based vehicles has made significant progress in most research areas, says a new report from the National Research Council. While several barriers hinder the program from achieving its full objectives, the potential benefits -- reducing dependence on imported oil and minimizing harmful environmental effects -- justify the cost of the research. A strategic reassessment of the overall program plan that accounts for new national and changed research priorities also should be developed, said the committee that wrote the report.

  FIRST FUEL-CELL CARS IN CANADA HIT B.C. STREETS
Five fuel-cell cars powered by hydrogen instead of gasoline were delivered by Dr. Gerhard Schmidt, Vice-President, Research and Advanced Engineering, Ford Motor Company, and Joe Hinrichs, President and CEO of Ford of Canada, to the Vancouver Fuel Cell Vehicle Program (VFCVP) today, moving Canada closer to a cleaner-energy future.

  U.S. PUSH FOR DIESEL POSES RISK TO PUBLIC HEALTH, SCIENTISTS SAY.
Diesel fuel is now at the center of a delicate balancing act between smog production and global warming. Some lawmakers and car manufacturers advocate widespread diesel use in passenger vehicles as a strategy for reducing the production of so-called ’’greenhouse gases’’ thought to cause global warming. But according to a new study, replacing gasoline vehicles in the United States with diesel vehicles - equipped even with the most modern pollution controls - may increase smog production over most of the country.

  LEAF SECRET INSPIRES SELF-CLEANING PAINT
A self-cleaning paint inspired by lotus leaves is being developed by Australian researchers. A paint compound, which is currently being tested by its developers at the Centre for Advanced Materials Technology at the University of Sydney is designed to prevent dirt from sticking to its surface.

  PHYSICIST DESIGNS PERFECT AUTOMOTIVE ENGINE
Marlan Scully, the Texas A&M University professor who applied quantum physics to the automotive engine and came up with a design that emits laser beams instead of exhaust, has been tinkering under the hood again. This time, he’s sized up the perfect engine -- and improved it.

  TRAMS MORE DAMAGING TO THE ENVIRONMENT THAN CARS
Trams are the least ’green’ form of transport, and even trains produce only slightly less greenhouse gases than cars, an Australian study has found.

  NEW LIGHT-WEIGHT ENGINE BLOCK
Australian researchers have developed a new magnesium alloy they say is a "frontrunner" in the race to make a new generation light-weight engine block.

  DESPITE LOWER CO2 EMISSIONS, DIESEL CARS MAY PROMOTE MORE GLOBAL WARMING THAN GASOLINE CARS
Laws that favor the use of diesel, rather than gasoline, engines in cars may actually encourage global warming, according to a new study. Although diesel cars obtain 25 to 35 percent better mileage and emit less carbon dioxide than similar gasoline cars, they can emit 25 to 400 times more mass of particulate black carbon and associated organic matter ("soot") per kilometer [mile]. The warming due to soot may more than offset the cooling due to reduced carbon dioxide emissions over several decades, according to Mark Z. Jacobson, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University.

  HYBRID BUSES OPERATE WITH LOWER EMISSIONS, GREATER FUEL EFFICIENCY
A recently released study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) concludes that hybrid buses operate with lower emissions and greater fuel efficiency than conventional diesel buses.

  ENGINEERS MAKE STRONG, ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY PLASTIC FOAMS
Ohio State University engineers have found a way to make dense plastic foam that may replace solid plastic in the future. The engineers have also developed innovative manufacturing techniques to eliminate the use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in foam production.



  LEAF SECRET INSPIRES SELF-CLEANING PAINT
A self-cleaning paint inspired by lotus leaves is being developed by Australian researchers. A paint compound, which is currently being tested by its developers at the Centre for Advanced Materials Technology at the University of Sydney is designed to prevent dirt from sticking to its surface.

  PHYSICIST DESIGNS PERFECT AUTOMOTIVE ENGINE
Marlan Scully, the Texas A&M University professor who applied quantum physics to the automotive engine and came up with a design that emits laser beams instead of exhaust, has been tinkering under the hood again. This time, he’s sized up the perfect engine -- and improved it.

  TRAMS MORE DAMAGING TO THE ENVIRONMENT THAN CARS
Trams are the least ’green’ form of transport, and even trains produce only slightly less greenhouse gases than cars, an Australian study has found.

  NEW LIGHT-WEIGHT ENGINE BLOCK
Australian researchers have developed a new magnesium alloy they say is a "frontrunner" in the race to make a new generation light-weight engine block.

  DESPITE LOWER CO2 EMISSIONS, DIESEL CARS MAY PROMOTE MORE GLOBAL WARMING THAN GASOLINE CARS
Laws that favor the use of diesel, rather than gasoline, engines in cars may actually encourage global warming, according to a new study. Although diesel cars obtain 25 to 35 percent better mileage and emit less carbon dioxide than similar gasoline cars, they can emit 25 to 400 times more mass of particulate black carbon and associated organic matter ("soot") per kilometer [mile]. The warming due to soot may more than offset the cooling due to reduced carbon dioxide emissions over several decades, according to Mark Z. Jacobson, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University.

  HYBRID BUSES OPERATE WITH LOWER EMISSIONS, GREATER FUEL EFFICIENCY
A recently released study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) concludes that hybrid buses operate with lower emissions and greater fuel efficiency than conventional diesel buses.

  ENGINEERS MAKE STRONG, ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY PLASTIC FOAMS
Ohio State University engineers have found a way to make dense plastic foam that may replace solid plastic in the future. The engineers have also developed innovative manufacturing techniques to eliminate the use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in foam production.

  RESEARCHERS IMPROVE THERMAL STABILITY OF FUEL CELL MATERIALS
Electrochemical energy is released when hydrogen combines with oxygen to produce water. Fuel cell technology can capture this energy to power cars, houses, and cell phones. Why aren’t we using fuel cells?

  INEEL’S SUPER-HARD STEEL ONE OF THIS YEAR’S TOP 100 TECHNOLOGICAL ACHIEVEMENTS
Super Hard Steel forms a tough, low cost, wear and corrosion resistant coating that outperforms traditional high-performance coatings. Developed at the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, this coating offers a wealth of possibilities for new industrial applications.

  WHAT AUTO ARE HEVS?
Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) combine the internal combustion engine of a conventional vehicle with the battery and electric motor of an electric vehicle. This combination offers the extended range and rapid refueling that consumers expect from a conventional vehicle, with a significant portion of the energy and environmental benefits of an electric vehicle.

  POLYETHYLENE AS A NEW FUEL
A new internal combustion engine working on polyethylene has been designed and manufactured in Russia. For the time being, theres a lot of information available only on another design, a hydrogen engine. Its known that hydrogen is a very flowing substance that easily penetrates into any micro fracture. Besides, hydrogen is extremely explosive...


 

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