Archive for July 9th, 2010

Obama Touts Electric Vehicles, Jobs at KC Plant

Pres. Barack Obama made a stop at a factory that makes all-electric trucks in Kansas City, Missouri today to tout those type of vehicles and the Stimulus Bill money that is helping build up the plant’s capacity.

The White House says the $32 million grant for Smith Electric’s new factory, coupled with $36 million in private funds, has help the company expand to being able to build 500 all-electric trucks:

While he was there, the President also had the pleasure of announcing the company was hiring its 50th worker at the plant. By September, that number is expected to grow to 70, and at the project’s peak, Smith tells us the project will create more than 220 direct and indirect jobs. As the President said:

[T]he reason I’m here today is because, at this plant, you’re doing more than just building new vehicles. You are helping to fight our way through a vicious recession and you are building the economy of America’s future.

The story of Smith’s factory shows the direct and measurable impact of the Recovery Act. Smith’s factory is re-purposing an 80,000 sq. ft. jet engine overhaul facility at the Kansas City International Airport, a space that was not being utilized or creating jobs is now a fully operational plant.

Officials say the factory helps show that electric-drive cars and trucks are legitimate, and fleet customers such as Coca-Cola and AT&T will soon put them to the test. The federal money helps cut the number of years it might have taken to develop the technology relying solely on the private sector.


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Obama Touts Electric Vehicles, Jobs at KC Plant

Pres. Barack Obama made a stop at a factory that makes all-electric trucks in Kansas City, Missouri today to tout those type of vehicles and the Stimulus Bill money that is helping build up the plant’s capacity.

The White House says the $32 million grant for Smith Electric’s new factory, coupled with $36 million in private funds, has help the company expand to being able to build 500 all-electric trucks:

While he was there, the President also had the pleasure of announcing the company was hiring its 50th worker at the plant. By September, that number is expected to grow to 70, and at the project’s peak, Smith tells us the project will create more than 220 direct and indirect jobs. As the President said:

[T]he reason I’m here today is because, at this plant, you’re doing more than just building new vehicles. You are helping to fight our way through a vicious recession and you are building the economy of America’s future.

The story of Smith’s factory shows the direct and measurable impact of the Recovery Act. Smith’s factory is re-purposing an 80,000 sq. ft. jet engine overhaul facility at the Kansas City International Airport, a space that was not being utilized or creating jobs is now a fully operational plant.

Officials say the factory helps show that electric-drive cars and trucks are legitimate, and fleet customers such as Coca-Cola and AT&T will soon put them to the test. The federal money helps cut the number of years it might have taken to develop the technology relying solely on the private sector.


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OriginOil to Harvest Hydrogen from Algae

OriginOil, Inc., a company that has developed technology to extract oil from algae to be a competitor with petroleum, has invented a process that will be able to get hydrogen from the living algae.

This company press release
says the new Hydrogen Harvester will use little or no external energy inputs, requires no sulfur deprivation or other “stressing” of the algae, and no genetic modification:

“One of the primary challenges for algae production is to achieve the best-possible energy balance,” said Riggs Eckelberry, OriginOil CEO. “By harvesting hydrogen from algae we are able to increase the energy output of virtually any algae production system. The result is a photosynthetic technology platform that yields energy in the form of oil, biomass, and hydrogen.”

Algae already create oxygen through photosynthesis. Recovering hydrogen provides the necessary ingredients for electricity generation using fuel cells. The energy can be used to offset the electricity requirements of algae cultivation, harvesting and downstream processing.

Dr. Brian Goodall, OriginOil’s new CTO, commented: “The co-generation of hydrogen at the algae production site is a critical development for the realization of a completely integrated algal biorefinery. All routes from algae to ‘drop-in’ fuels such as renewable diesel and jet fuel require hydrogen and hydrotreating. The Hydrogen Harvester technology would eliminate the need for hydrogen pipelines and dependence on existing refineries which are typically far removed from ideal sites for algae growth.”

The press release goes on to say that the Hydrogen Harvester is becoming part of OriginOil’s stable of algae growth technologies.


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Urchin Poufs are Hand-Knit by Dutch Designer
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Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma is a bit of an obsessive personality. She is very very interested in “the products we consume and the materials they are made of”. To that end she spends years researching every aspect of the material that she is working with.

These large and comfy looking poufs would be perfect for watching t.v. or a child’s room. They are hand-knit from New Zealand wool. The colour is vegetable dye: indigo, wauw, meekrap – all plants- and cochenille are added to the existing wool creating bright blue, yellow, red and pink…. Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Urchin Poufs are Hand-Knit by Dutch Designer
urchin pouf photo
Image from flocks

Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma is a bit of an obsessive personality. She is very very interested in “the products we consume and the materials they are made of”. To that end she spends years researching every aspect of the material that she is working with.

These large and comfy looking poufs would be perfect for watching t.v. or a child’s room. They are hand-knit from New Zealand wool. The colour is vegetable dye: indigo, wauw, meekrap – all plants- and cochenille are added to the existing wool creating bright blue, yellow, red and pink…. Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Urchin Poufs are Hand-Knit by Dutch Designer
urchin pouf photo
Image from flocks

Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma is a bit of an obsessive personality. She is very very interested in “the products we consume and the materials they are made of”. To that end she spends years researching every aspect of the material that she is working with.

These large and comfy looking poufs would be perfect for watching t.v. or a child’s room. They are hand-knit from New Zealand wool. The colour is vegetable dye: indigo, wauw, meekrap – all plants- and cochenille are added to the existing wool creating bright blue, yellow, red and pink…. Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Urchin Poufs are Hand-Knit by Dutch Designer
urchin pouf photo
Image from flocks

Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma is a bit of an obsessive personality. She is very very interested in “the products we consume and the materials they are made of”. To that end she spends years researching every aspect of the material that she is working with.

These large and comfy looking poufs would be perfect for watching t.v. or a child’s room. They are hand-knit from New Zealand wool. The colour is vegetable dye: indigo, wauw, meekrap – all plants- and cochenille are added to the existing wool creating bright blue, yellow, red and pink…. Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Urchin Poufs are Hand-Knit by Dutch Designer
urchin pouf photo
Image from flocks

Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma is a bit of an obsessive personality. She is very very interested in “the products we consume and the materials they are made of”. To that end she spends years researching every aspect of the material that she is working with.

These large and comfy looking poufs would be perfect for watching t.v. or a child’s room. They are hand-knit from New Zealand wool. The colour is vegetable dye: indigo, wauw, meekrap – all plants- and cochenille are added to the existing wool creating bright blue, yellow, red and pink…. Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Greenpeace Co-Founder Jim Bohlen Dead at 84
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Don’t Make a Wave Committee members and Greenpeace founders (from left) Jim Bohlen, Paul Cote, and Irving Stowe. Photo: Greenpeace

Jim Bohlen: 1926-2010
Jim Bohlen, one of the co-founders of Greenpeace, died on Monday, a day after his 84th birthday. The cause of death was complications of Parkinson’s disease. He first stepped on the world stage when he co-founded the Don’t Make a Wave Committee in opposition to nuclear weapons tests in Alaska. The committee “leased the halibut fishing vessel Phyllis Cormack, and, after renaming it Greenpe…
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Greenpeace Co-Founder Jim Bohlen Dead at 84
greenpeace founders photo
Don’t Make a Wave Committee members and Greenpeace founders (from left) Jim Bohlen, Paul Cote, and Irving Stowe. Photo: Greenpeace

Jim Bohlen: 1926-2010
Jim Bohlen, one of the co-founders of Greenpeace, died on Monday, a day after his 84th birthday. The cause of death was complications of Parkinson’s disease. He first stepped on the world stage when he co-founded the Don’t Make a Wave Committee in opposition to nuclear weapons tests in Alaska. The committee “leased the halibut fishing vessel Phyllis Cormack, and, after renaming it Greenpe…
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Be Palettø: Danish Pavilion Of Recycled Shipping Pallets
bepaletto1.jpgImages: Be Palettø

We’ve sung the praises of the humble shipping pallet as an amazingly versatile building component before (take a look at Lloyd’s comprehensive roundup). Now a group of eleven students at Denmark’s Aarhus School of Architecture have come up with a lovely outdoor pavilion that shows once again what is possible with the pallet. Dubbed Be Palettø, the temporary structure features 420 strategically-stacked pallets which give a dynamic twist to an otherwise tr… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Could the Russian Mir Submersible Stop the Oil Leak?
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Photo: Wikipedia, public domain.

“The Mir-2 captain underlined that the subs were probably the only deep-sea vessels in the world capable of stopping the leak.”
What if the Russian Mir submarines could stop the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, and the Russians say that they are ready to help, but BP never asks? That seems to be what is happening right now. Read on for details….
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BP Says it Could Cap Leak by July 20th
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Drilling the relief well. Photo via WSJ

If all goes according to plan, the gusher behind the Gulf spill will be plugged a month earlier than planned, BP says. This, of course, is months and months after they originally said they’d have the thing plugged, but mark this down as (extremely) tentative good news. That the company is pushing to cap the geyser by July 20-27th doesn’t seem like a coincidence, either — the…
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Today on Planet 100: Oil Minefield (Video)
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