GM will build a large photovoltaic solar array at the
General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, which will turn sunlight into
electricity to help power the home of the much-hyped electric car.
The 264,000-sq-ft project is expected to be completed at the end
of the summer and is designed to save the facility roughly $15,000 per year
over the 20-year easement agreement. GM says it chose the plant because it has
available space for the array and because it is home to the environmentally
Make Your Own Home-Brewed Diesel
This home-brew processor may save you tons on the cost of diesel fuel. EZBiodiesel of
Fruita, CO is producing a processor that allows consumers to brew their own
diesel fuel at a cost significantly lower than the commercial pump. "Biodiesel
can be made at home for about $1 a gallon," says Guy Purcella, owner of
He says that biodiesel is an
EPA-approved renewable fuel that has been proven safe in millions of miles of
testing. The fuel is nontoxic and biodegradable. "Biodiesel will work in most
any diesel engine and requires no modifications to the engine," Purcella says.
Fish Food Ready to Fly Jets
Algae has been turned into a source for aviation fuel.
Independence Bio-Products (IBP) of Dublin, OH has produced algae oil, which has
been converted to jet fuel and then tested by the Air Force Research Lab at
Wright Patterson Air Force Base. The algae is grown in open ponds in Ohio and
harvested by IBP.
The company says that the algae-derived fuel has a similar
composition to fuel derived from other plant oils such as soybeans, jatropha
and camelina - which are all being tested as sources for jet fuel. IBP's
algae-based jet fuel was developed as part of a federally funded project to
examine algae-to-fuel processing strategies.