Hybrid Cars In The Early Twenty-First Century.

Posted on 27th June 2011 in Green Living

You would almost certainly be surprised to hear that hybrid cars have been with us since the very earliest days of automotive history, but you will not be astonished to be told that the technology has come on in leaps and bounds for the last ten years. In fact, the technology in hybrid cars has reached the level where fuel consumption in a hybrid can be half that of in a conventional internal combustion engine only car.

Half or even less than half under some circumstances like driving in town, especially in heavy traffic. In fact, when a hybrid is either cruising on electric or stopping and starting in thick traffic, there will be no use of petrol or diesel whatsoever, which means that you are driving ‘without cost’.

I put without cost in parentheses because a hybrid vehicle is still substantially dearer than a car with a traditional engine. However, even given the added cost of a hybrid vehicle, you can save that excess price over the average life time of the vehicle because of the saving on fuel. Of course, the higher the price of fuel, the sooner you will recover your extra initial outlay on the cost of the hybrid.

Maybe you are thinking that hybrid vehicle manufacturers are profiteering on the backs of car drivers who want to do their bit for the environment. Well, you would not be alone in thinking that, but the cost of developing hybrid technology was and still is costly and someone has to pay for it.

That is you and me, the end-users. Well, that is standard, but in some countries, the government has stepped in to subsidize individuals who purchase a hybrid vehicle, because governments all over the world are under an oath to reduce their country’s carbon footprint.

That means that now is as good a time as any to purchase a hybrid vehicle.

There are other reasons why a hybrid is costly though. The hybrid actually has two engines. A hybrid has a traditional engine run on traditional fuels, yet it also has an electric engine which runs off costly batteries. It is not that you have to replace the batteries as with a radio. The batteries are costly because they are very heavy duty rechargeable units.

The technology for recharging these batteries is also ground-breaking. The car uses traditional alternators to recharge them but it also uses braking power to recharge them too. Not just that but the car’s on board computer switches between the two motors automatically, depending on the quantity of power that is needed by the driver.

Keep an eye on the hybrid car market because prices are declining and coupled with subsidies, the time to buy a hybrid car may come sooner than you think.

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Building Solar Panels the Easy Way

Posted on 18th February 2011 in energy

Solar panels involve using the sun’s energy. Renewable energy is of any such variety that does not run out and is found with the help of natural resources, for example the wind, tides and sun. By using the renewable form of energy, one can get exposure to various benefits which would not be possible otherwise. However most people do not seem to have enough awareness about how this works, which is why they are not being used the way they should.

As soon as you have gotten hold of the required equipment for solar panels, you will realize that working on building one is not a difficult chore at all. Some tools that are absolutely essential are solar plates, photovoltaic cells, semi conductor block, converters and conductor wires. You will not face any difficulty while looking for these tools as these will be accessible from any shop and that too at a very cheap cost. Also, assembling them together will not be a problem and can be done with ease.

Some steps are essential when it comes to the procedure of constructing a solar panel. These should be kept in mind in order to have effective results.

Start up with joining the photovoltaic cells and solar plates together. Photovoltaic cells help in generating electricity directly from the sunlight. Care should be taken about placing the solar plates right on top of the cells and tying them together in a tight knot.

After that, a semi conductor block is placed right below the solar plates and photovoltaic cells and these are tied again with a number of conductor wires. Just make sure that these plates have been tied firmly with the cells and semi conductor block, and then keep them under the sun. The position of these plates under the sun should be such that its rays fall directly over them. It totally depends on the position of the plates, whether the adequate amount of sunlight would fall over it and be absorbed or not.

After this is done too, simply connect it with the converter so that it begins with filtering the energy and getting rid of non-electronic components. You can then end the job with connecting the battery.

Basically, the battery absorbs electrons to make sure that energy from the sun is being transformed into electricity. As soon as enough electricity starts being produced, you can decide where you want to use and for what purpose, as you will be able to apply it to any electrical appliance of your will. To increase the total capacity of storage, you can also increase the number of batteries being used.

There is no reason why you would not be able to construct a solar panel for yourself, if you have followed the important directions carefully. Just keep in mind a few important aspects such as the location where it would be installed, and buying the tools and equipments. Also spread awareness about solar panels, so that others can be benefits too.

For more information on solar panels this article is a good source of information