February 19

Understanding Carbon Capture and Storage

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What is Carbon Capture?

Carbon capture is the process of collecting the carbon dioxide gas emissions from large industrial power plants for safe storage underground. This is a preventative measure to ensure that there are minimal to no amounts released into the atmosphere. This is due to the fact that the gases released would severely impact the environment and have a significant effect on climate change.

Carbon dioxide is a natural gas that is released into the atmosphere, and the process of capturing the gases has been in practice for some time. However, environmental concerns regarding Carbon Dioxide and other greenhouse gases have put pressure on the government and various other agencies to limit the damage. Scientists realized that they would be able to utilize this method to dramatically reduce harmful emissions.

What is Carbon Storage?

This is the process of transporting the carbon once collected; currently this involves compressing the captured carbon and injecting it deep underground. Within the United States, transportation is mostly carried out through pipelines. However, other methods of carriage are used occasionally like trains and ships for example. The United states Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated that there is approximately 1,800 to 20,000 metric tons of captured carbon. This is equivalent to between 600 to 6,700 years of the current level emissions from large industrial plants throughout the United States (EPA,2014)

The UK however, has currently received some level of criticism regarding their efforts to store carbon. For example, recently Professor Hazeldine, who is a leading expert in the field of carbon capture and storage, has addressed the issue with the Government
Stating that:

“What we are asking is that we go on and do something about it; that we stop talking and start doing.

People working on the pure science are depressed that their message is not being heard adequately and the people who are trying to do something practical working with industry are getting quite angry that they are being ignored as well.

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Continually, governments just kick the can down the road in the UK and in Europe”.(BBCnews)

However, it is important to note that the UK Government suggests that it is making every effort to reduce climate change. Additionally they state that they are, and have always been “heavily committed to ‘environmental issues’”. Interestingly, there have been regular advertisements throughout the media targeting consumers, suggesting ways to reduce the amount of energy used. These infomercials encourage people to utilize electricity more efficiently in order to reduce their carbon footprint.

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February 19

The Electric Revolution- will 2015 see the rise of the Green car with great HVAC?

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The First ‘Green Car’

One of the first electric cars was built in late Victorian England by Thomas Parker, the engineer and inventor responsible for the electric powering of the London Underground. Interestingly, there was also a British-born Inventor who was also credited with building the first Electric car, in America. William Morrison was born in Scotland and immigrated to the US in 1880; it has been reported that he developed the car within a ‘secret basement’ which he nicknamed ‘the cave’.

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February 19

The Best Guide for Fastest Electric Car with great HVAC

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Today, more and more people are looking into the electric car option for many reasons. Gas prices are high, emissions are causing major issues in the atmosphere, and you want to make sure that you are doing your part. A good electric car can save you a ton of money in gas, and can really protect you. However, there is some research you will want to do so that you will know if you are getting the best electric car out there. More importantly, you want the fastest electric car you can find on the market today. Look at these choices and learn all about the fastest electric cars out there.

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February 19

Best Electric Car With Great HVAC

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The opening decade of the 21st century marked the rumored launching of modern electric cars that were, time and again, foreseen to be the solution to high fuel prices and carbon footprint. As the next decade of the century unfolded, car manufacturers began introducing their best electric car models to the mainstream market.

Ford Focus Electric

First introduced as an ambitious concept electric car in 2009, the Ford Focus Electric began its production stage in December last year, and is expected to be ramped up by 2012. Its 100-kilowatt (130-horsepower) synchronous motor will be powered by a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery rated at 23 kilowatt-hours (kWh). Expected to be the best electric car in 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes the efficiency of the Ford Focus Electric to run up to 76 miles (122 km) on full charge.

Honda Fit Electric

Another model aspiring to be the best electric car is Honda Fit Electric, also known simply as the Fit EV. Preproduction of this vehicle began in November 2011 and is on limited release this year. In 2013, production models will be released on a greater scale. It is also powered by a lithium-ion battery pack, although also limited to only 20 kWh to drive the 92-kW coaxial electric motor; which is 98% efficient compared to a gasoline engine with only 15% efficiency rating.

Nissan Leaf

More than an aspirant, the Nissan Leaf is already a well-recognized all-electric car from 2010 to present, after it won a number of awards such as the 2010 Green Car Vision Award, and the 2011 World Car of the Year Award among many others. The 24-kWh battery of the Leaf powers the 80-kW (110-hp) synchronous motor. With these major electric car specifications, the Leaf is rated by the EPA to run up to 117 km (73 mi) on a full charge.

Chevrolet Volt

Produced and released at almost the same time as the Leaf is the Chevrolet Volt, which also garnered numerous awards such as the 2011 Green Car of the Year, and the 2012 European Car of the Year among other awards. The 5-door hatchback body style of the Volt has the greatest length in its class. Since the Volt is developed as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, its 111-kW (149-hp) motor is complemented by a 1.4L four-cylinder engine. When running on all-electric mode, it can only reach 35 mi (56 km) with its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery.

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The Ford Focus Electric, the Honda Fit EV, the Nissan Leaf, and the Chevrolet Volt are among the best electric car models well-received by the mainstream market. As these green vehicles are just beginning to break grounds, exorbitant pricing standards have yet to drop down. Nonetheless, long warranties and tax incentives are greatly helping to attract more buyers.

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