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114 “Team Fate” - Under the Hood of a Next-Gen Plug-in Hybrid

Monday, June 16th, 2008

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pm114_150.jpgTake a tour of a plug-in electric hybrid modification of a 1996 Mercury Sable, with UC Davis graduate students Patrick Kaufman and Bryan Jungers (interviewed in episode 113). Under the hood you’ll see modifications and some interesting new components. Unlike commercial hybrids — primarily combustion engines with an electric-motor assist — theirs is primarily an electric vehicle with a small combustion engine to extend its range beyond the all-electric 60-70 miles. Batteries recharge in 6-8 hours with electricity costing about 75 cents per gallon of gas equivalent (2006 prices). Don’t miss Janaia’s first-time drive of an electric vehicle. [www.team-fate.net]

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113 “Team Fate” - Designing the Next Generation Hybrid

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

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pm113_150.jpgStudents at UC Davis Hybrid Vehicle Research Center have been creating plug-in hybrids for national competitions for some time. “Team Fate” members Bryan Jungers and Patrick Kaufman describe how they “gut” the drive train of a standard vehicle, replacing it with an electric motor, a bank of batteries, continuously variable transmission, and some smart electronics. The resulting vehicle runs on electricity, assisted by a much smaller flex-fuel internal combustion engine only when needed. Bryan and Patrick also enlighten us on topics ranging from battery technology to hydrogen fuel cells. (They work with Professor Andrew Frank, who was profiled in Episode 107.) [www.team-fate.net]

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109: Powering the Rain Shadow

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

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pm109_150.jpgMost of Washington State’s San Juan Islands don’t have grid electricity. Many people have relied on generators, but these days, an increasing number are turning to solar. Renewables installer Eric Youngren discusses how net metering works to pay individual energy producers for power they put back into the grid, and other incentives for small-scale renewable “power plants”. He tells us about “run of the river” hydro, powered by diversions rather than dams in creeks. A strong advocate for conservation and efficiency, Eric says we could be running everything in the home on a fraction of the energy we now use, just with rooftop solar. [www.rainshadowsolar.com]

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101: Energy and Climate Initiatives in Santa Barbara

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

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pm101_150.jpgSanta Barbara is serious about lowering carbon emissions. Guided by a comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions study, they’re adding solar panels to city buildings, requiring lower energy usage for new buildings, switching to biodiesel and hybrid vehicles, and giving free bus passes to downtown workers. City councilmember Das Williams urges citizens to push officials to make substantive (i.e. funded) changes to mitigate the effects of peak oil and climate change. [www.santabarbaraca.gov]

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82: People-Centered Developments for Reduced-Energy Living

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

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pm82_150.jpgDeveloper Steven Ribeiro is re-creating traditional towns, that put “waste” resources to good use. A mixed-use three-story building augments power from its solar panels (which provide shade and collect rainwater) with a tugboat engine (running on local biodiesel), using engine heat to warm the building. Cars are secondary in a 68-acre village, whose dwellings of all sizes are walkable to retail, offices, schools, entertainment, and open space. [www.independencestation.com]

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57: Conserve First! Saving Energy in the Home

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

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pm57_150.jpgTodd Cory lives in a zero energy home. He started by conserving a whopping 70% of his energy use. Then he installed solar hot water and electricity connected to the grid. This renewable energy installer brims with enthusiastic ideas about having fun consuming less energy, starting with “the low hanging fruit”– what’s easy and cheapest to do.

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36: An Urban Developer Goes for the Green

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

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pm36_150.jpgInspired by the book Natural Capital, developer Joe Van Belleghem transforms a toxic site into a green development that’s totally backed by the city and community in Victoria, B.C. Conserves energy, water, heat, materials, and shares some with the neighbors. [www.docksidegreen.com, www.windmilldevelopments.com]
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