Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

Mileage maniacs hack Toyota’s Prius for 116 mpg

In a presumed attempt to prove questionable reports about the Prius’ true fuel efficiency dead wrong, a Japanese group of mileage maniacs (or nenpimania) have assembled to push their hybrids … Continue reading

March 16, 2008 · 2 Comments

Prius Hack: Enjoy the Silence

…This week’s post goes out to other North American Toyota Prius owners who, like me, fail to see the logic of having the car beep on the inside when driving … Continue reading

March 16, 2008 · 6 Comments

Plans Announced for a Wave Power Plant in Hawaii

Oceanlinx, an Australian wave energy company, announced plans for a $20 million project to install three floating wave energy converters (WECs), i.e. wave-powered turbine platforms, to supply up to 2.7MW … Continue reading

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Sandia, Stirling Energy Systems Set New World Record of 31.25% for Solar-to-Grid Conversion Efficiency

On a perfect New Mexico winter day — with the sky almost 10 percent brighter than usual — Sandia National Laboratories and Stirling Energy Systems (SES) set a new solar-to-grid … Continue reading

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DOE Enhanced Geothermal Systems Projects

In a move that I greet with great enthusiasem DOE has embarked on a project with a number of partners to test Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) technologies at a commercial … Continue reading

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Emissions from Photovoltaic Life Cycles

A new report has found that thin-film cadmium telluride solar cells have the lowest life-cycle emissions primarily because they consume the least amount of energy during the module production of … Continue reading

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End in Sight for Silicon Shortage in Solar industry

Severe shortages of silicon have plagued the solar photovoltaic market over the past few years. According to a Frost & Sullivan press release a turnaround can be expected this year … Continue reading

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