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Nanotech Start-ups: Can Other People Build It?

Nanotech Start-ups: Can Other People Build It?

I read an excellent article from the October 3, 2008 edition of the N.Y. Times Magazine about the world of budding renewable energy companies and the role and function of venture capital companies in supporting them in their efforts to commercialize products.  The article provided four basic questions, the answers of which determine largely whether a small start-up company survives; “Can it be built? How hard is it to build it? And if you can build it, can other people Read more [...]
PHEV’s Can’t Plug In if There’s No Place To Plug Them!

PHEV’s Can’t Plug In if There’s No Place To Plug Them!

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) among other hybrid technologies are being portrayed as the “product du jour” for solving the high-priced gasoline problem internationally and now nationally with our current energy crisis situation at large. Already Toyota, GM, Ford and VW have announced their intent to release PHEVs in the near future. And why not? According to claims, they “just plug into your home outlet.” And, "they can go 40 miles on a Read more [...]
Fast Car, Slow Battery (or why we need a better plug)

Fast Car, Slow Battery (or why we need a better plug)

With apologies to Wyclef and Lupe, the answer to "Are you ready to ride?" may be "yeah, maybe sometime tomorrow." Blogs Engadget and AutoBlogGreen have picked up a back-of-the-envelope calculation estimating the charge time on the all-electric Tesla roadster to be 30+ hours from a standard wall outlet. While a regular WD 5-15 provides 15 amps at 125 volts, Tesla's estimate of a 4-hour charge time is based on 80 amps at 220 volts. In addition, many older homes have circuit Read more [...]