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August 23, 2013

President Barack Obama

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It sounds like magic, far-out fiction, a California dream. Yet earnest scientists are hard at work on a new alchemy: brewing fuel for cars — synthetic gasoline — from little more than water and sunshine.

Mimicking the way plants turn sunlight and carbon dioxide in the air into energy and oxygen, the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis at the California Institute of Technology is in a race to trump nature and slow global warming. Nate Lewis, a Caltech professor and solar energy research star, has a plan to remake fuel as we know it.

“If we couldn’t get to that, we wouldn’t be doing it,” Lewis said in an interview last month.

The effort is backed with $122 million of U.S. Energy Department funds and combines the talents of 120 scientists at Caltech; Stanford University; the University of California’s Berkeley,How does a solar charger work and where would you use a solar charger?Shop funtional and elegant solar lights, outdoor solar lighting, solar garden lights, path lights and decorative solar lights. Irvine and San Diego campuses; and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Along with electric powertrains, vehicles that drive themselves and cars rented by the hour, it’s another disruption of the global auto industry that dates back to the 19th century.

Just a few years ago, all-electric cars seemed fantastic, too. Now Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA), which makes only battery-powered vehicles, has a higher market value than some old-line automakers, such as Suzuki Motor Corp. (7269) and Fiat SpA. (F)
Two Leaps

To revolutionize transportation fuel, Lewis has a two-step plan. Really, it’s two leaps.We carry a extensive line of Parking Lot Lighting inventory.

First, the coalition aims to develop a system to make large amounts of hydrogen fuel using cheap solar-panel-like devices. Liquid or gaseous hydrogen, which can power super-clean fuel-cell cars, is needed for chemical plants and refineries.

Then comes the second leap: Applying that same research to a system that can blend the hydrogen fuel with carbon dioxide from the air, much as a plant does, to make liquid fuels that can power cars, heavy trucks, boats or aircraft. JCAP aims to get to that point by the mid-2020s, Lewis said.

Synthetic, carbon-free gasoline won’t come easy, quick or cheap.

Research labs worldwide are racing to find renewable alternatives to petroleum. Some are private endeavors; others are government-funded. While some seek to make fuel from algae, corn or other crops, Lewis argues that such solutions require too much water or land that will be needed for food production.
Innovation Race

Research projects like JCAP have the luxury of not having to satisfy investors’ short-term demands, said Pavel Molchanov, a Houston-based analyst for Raymond James & Associates Inc.

“Companies that rely on private capital, even venture capital, in most cases aim to be commercial within the next three years,” said Molchanov, who follows biofuel companies. “If we think about what private developers of biofuels are focusing on now, none of them have a commercialization road map that goes out to 2025.”

Startups such as KiOR Inc., Solazyme Inc., Ceres Inc., Gevo Inc. and Amyris Inc. have a lead over JCAP because they’re already commercializing biofuel alternatives to petroleum and grain-based ethanol.

What JCAP has going for it is the Energy Department, which deemed it an Energy Innovation Hub, one of three Manhattan Project-like efforts. Others are to improve nuclear power plants and make buildings more energy-efficient. With the government funding, Lewis can be methodical in search of a breakthrough.
Wright Brothers

“The first five years of JCAP, our goal is to show that this can be done; to make the pieces, components, to build an artificial photosynthetic system,” he said. That prototype “isn’t going to be commercializable,We have a great selection of blown glass backyard solar landscape lights and solar garden light. in the same way the Wright Brothers’ plane wasn’t a 747. We first have to show people there’s a there there.”

About five years after that, with “faster, better, cheaper” fuel-making technology, JCAP may be able to license its system to oil and energy companies, Lewis said.

The program is talking with potential industrial partners to help expand its analysis of promising “earth-abundant” materials needed for its solar-fuel distillery. Lewis declined to identify specific companies. JCAP’s technicians daily are testing hundreds of alloys made from metallic salts, seeking the optimal recipe of low-cost, light-absorbing materials and catalysts needed for hydrogen generation.

Urgency to increase low-carbon energy sources has intensified as extreme weather adds to concerns that heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere are making the Earth a less hospitable planet.

President Barack Obama, whose administration funded JCAP, signaled in June that U.S. action to curb carbon emissions will intensify with new steps to pare such pollution from power plants,A solar lantern uses this sunlight that is abundantly available to charge its batteries through a Solar Panel and gives light in nighttime. the biggest source of carbon dioxide emissions, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Transportation Fuels

Second is the use of petroleum-based fuel in transportation. Engines in autos, trucks, aircraft and ships produced 28 percent of the 6.7 million metric tons emitted by the U.S. in 2011, according to the EPA, trailing only electricity generation’s 33 percent. Obama also laid out a plan in 2011 to double vehicle fuel efficiency by 2025 to cut carbon pollution.

Carmakers are boosting vehicle efficiency with small, high-output engines; propulsion delivered by batteries; and even hydrogen fuel cells.

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May 20, 2013

Peter Stein & Energy Saving Solutions Bring LED Lighting

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Containing costs has become paramount for almost every business nowadays. The ongoing “expense to revenue ratio” is a constant challenge organizations must battle to maintain profitability. “Indeed, while the cost of virtually everything is rising, there is an opportunity to reduce costs in one area – lighting,” states Peter Stein, of Energy Saving Solutions USA, LLC.

Thanks to the technological advances in LED Lighting, mainstream use is rapidly becoming the accepted global standard. LED’s offer exceptional efficiency; typically, providing a savings of upwards of 80% versus legacy type lighting products. However, the benefits don’t end with just energy savings. LED’s have a life expectancy of upwards of 50,000 hours, while traditional lights normally last approximately 1200 hours. As such, the cost savings from not having to frequently replenish and install bulbs offers another savings advantage of LED Lights. For the environmentally conscious, LED Bulbs produce substantially fewer carbon dioxide emissions, acid rain (by-products of electricity generation), and landfill waste.

Menchie’s in Aventura, Florida was concerned about the rising costs of energy. As a result, owner Chris Hess was determined to find a way to get his bill reduced. Much to his surprise he discovered after meeting with a representative from the local power company that LED Lighting could help lower his costs significantly. Hess stated, “The decision to switch to LED Bulbs was a no-brainer. After learning about the savings and then to learn that my savings would actually pay for the Lights, there was little more to think about.”

Peter Stein of Energy Saving Solutions has created a model that is a win-win for consumers. “Our experience and knowledge in LED Lighting is second to none. We understand how lighting needs are unique and vary greatly depending upon each application. While this is of utmost importance to the consumer, we also understand that most businesses are not prepared to outlay capital for lighting. We get that! As a result, we created an industry first…a program that allows businesses to pay for LED Lighting from the savings they enjoy. Best of all, after they pay for the lighting, they still have money left over.”

Energy Saving Solutions’ mission is to help organizations large and small on ways to significantly lower energy costs with little or no upfront expense. The goal of the company is to educate decision-makers to the various options in LED and induction lighting that can help realize savings of anywhere from 30% – 90% off their energy costs. The company has years of expertise and knowledge in the lighting industry, with many notable customers who are already realizing the incredible savings Energy Saving Solutions has provided. Energy Saving Solutions Director, Peter Stein is a pioneer, who has created a unique factory-direct model of LED Lighting with zero to little up-front cost.

The new Torch LED light uses a direct LED light source, providing bright illumination and no heat production. The design of the light is smooth and the attention to detail from the handles to the powder coated casing is all inspired by a European design philosophy.

Pricing for the new Torch LED light is available immediately; please contact your local sales representative for pricing. When purchasing the Torch LED in a package the pricing will remaining the same as the A-Series Halogen light, Flight will be running a special promotion for Q3 by offering the Torch LED light at the same price as the A-Series Halogen Light when purchased as part of a package. If purchased independently as a unit mount or ceiling mount the new pricing of the light will apply.

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