Electra Therm has developed a technology to convert ‘waste heat ‘into electricity. The Green Machine is enable to create clean energy from from heat thrown off as a buy product of manufacturing of other operations. It is the first commercially viable heat generator. What Electra Therm’s technology has also in common with geothermal technology is that it requires no fossil fuels and creates no emissions.
Making waste heat is the newest source of clean energy. But it is rarely include as a renewable energy source, because waste heat derives from factories and plants that run on fossil fuels. But it meets defintion of both clean energy generation as well as energy conservation.
The Green Machine has an output of 50 kW of electricity generation, placing them in the small medium size segment of this business. In the lower output there are currently more creations of converting waste heat to electricity. For example the Green Turbine 1-15 kW is a mCHP solution that uses existing waste heat to produce power, (electricity) heat and/or hot water. It can be driven not only fossil fuels, by any fuel type : natural gas, propane, waste heat Biomass, fuel cell, solar PV Thermal.
In late 2011 Toyota will launch the new Subcompact hybrid of Toyota on the market. According to the Japanese Asahi newspaper, this hybrid has a better fuel economy and a lower price ($16.000) than the company’s other hybrid models. Though the platform and engine will be used of the Yaris hybrid, the Subcompact will feature a unique name, design en hybrid system.
With the Subcompact hybrid Toyota will try to compete against the 2010 Honda Insight, the smallest and least expensive hybrid currently avaible in the US Market. However the Insight has not sold well. The first 12 months Honda was targeting 100.000 Insight sales in the US, but based on average monthly sales of 2.000 to 2,500 units, will miss the mark by a wide margin. But thanks to government incentives and gas prices of about $4,50 a gallon yet it has been a hit in Japan.
The Honda Insight is more cost-competive about ($5.000 less) , than larger hybrid models as the Toyota Camry Hybrid and Ford Fusion Hybrid. But in accordance with recent sales all three vehicles have been sold nearly identical. The conclusion might be that a part of US consumers prefer rather space than a better fuel economy small car. They like some additional seating for visitors, pets and shopping bags. Or they buy a large sedans for image or status, especially when gas is cheap and tax incentives are not available. But still a lot of people enjoy to drive on electric power because it is cool.