Sep 16, 2011
China, arguably the world’s most influential and dynamic economy, is beginning to eye renewable as a partial solution to its voracious and growing energy needs. If Beijing determines that biofuels represent the future, expect to see the current modest western investment field to change dramatically.
As yet, China’s involvement is modest. According to a PetroChina company official, the firm intends to increase its production of biofuels by 2015 to 1.1 million tons and import and additional 470,000 tons. PetroChina, a traditional hydrocarbon company, is clearly thinking outside the box to increase its alternative energy portfolio.
May 10, 2009
Many of us interested in stretching each liter of fuel as far as it goes would probably consider RVs as the least appealing mode of transportation and living because of the perceived notion that RVs are gas guzzlers. Sure, how could these big behemoths not be guzzling gas with their size and heft. But one trend that has been up-and-coming these past years is the concept of the green RV. It has even been featured on the New York Times.
Suddenly, RVs are not so bad for the ecosystem, after all.
It starts with willpower and willingness to go back to the roots of one’s love for the recreational vehicle–traveling and the outdoors. When you pack your bags and drive off on your RV, you essentially embrace the nomadic lifestyle (whether for good, or temporary is up to you). Isn’t it high time you tried to give back to nature instead of just taking everything for yourself?
RVs usually go eight miles per gallon. But with RVs that use biofuels, solar panels, and hybrid technology, the hope is that mileage is extended, and RVs become more environmentally-friendly. With water-collection technologies and recycling facilities (such as turning used cooking oil into fuel), we may have hope yet for the future!
It doesn’t even involve having to buy a brand new, hybrid RV, which can come at quite a steep price. A lot of innovative individuals are just snapping up used RVs for sale and converting these to become greener–and more valuable.
Remember, going the green mile is not only about looking into the usual green lifestyles. Rather, it’s also about looking into how you can make existing lifestyles greener through various innovative means.
Jul 28, 2008
One month after the crude oil prices reached an all-time high per barrel price, we are slowly witnessing the incremental decline in pricing which is something that will surely bring a big sigh of relief to people who are getting worried about the rising cost of gasoline and petroleum products. But while they are eyesores, it remains that no one can remain complacent. This should be seen as a temporary reprieve as another price spike can occur anytime.
The development of hybrid cars, ethanol fuel and biofuel should not stop. Groups which had already started out with them must continue the developing of these alternative fuel products if we are to be prepared the next time that this may happen.
Apparently, there are issues such as compatibility to the car engines we have. Hybrid cars are a great recourse but seriously, you don’t really think everyone can afford one in lieu of their old hand cars. It should be remembered that while these cars are seen as alternatives, they can also be heavy on the pocket. And by this I guess we are all aware that the crisis does not cover oil prices alone. They cover consumer goods and services that we all need in everyday living.
This is what we can consider a chain reaction of sorts. Oil may be categorized towards that of industrial and personal transportation areas. But taken as a whole, they are interrelated. Affecting one part of the economic mix hampers the other and may not recover for some time. So to avoid a sudden burst in the long run, it would be best to be ready. We had already started developing the alternative fuel so we should stick to it and keep it handy. We just never know when another crisis may befall since they occur at times consumers least expect it.
Jul 20, 2008
The continuous increase of fuel prices is going crazy. Unlike before, 1 liter of gas could get you anywhere worthy. But these days, you will be surprised at the impact it has. It would not be surprising if you would need 1 liter of gasoline to get you out of your house gate. That is how bad it has become.
With the crude oil market continuing to skyrocket its outrageous prices, who is to blame? Many are pointing to politics while others are pointing towards the lackadaisical consumer who could care less of how to save on gas. Perhaps it has been the common thinking that anyone, as long as they have money, could burn fuel as they wish. Apparently, all that is about to come to an abrupt end and people are now acknowledging hard times ahead.
So how do we go about it? There are alternatives. We have heard of the much celebrated LPG conversion for cars which is approximately half the price of modern day fuel. But it has its fallbacks such as skin and health diseases from leaks. Besides, what makes you so sure that they will not reach the point of scarcity like normal fuel?
Then there are the natural fuel from crops such as algae and fossil fuel. But in their case, how compatible are they with the car engines of vehicles today? And again, how long would they last.
These are the questions that are going around the motorist’s mind. If you satisfy the fuel issue, how about the car maintenance issue? These are things this blog will discuss in detail and hopefully help out the motorists to continue enjoying their daily private car use.