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Posts from February 2016

What is the Ethanol Cliff

The term “ethanol cliff” refers to an EPA mandate that refiners use a certain volume of ethanol in their gasoline each year. For 2013, the proscribed volume is 13.8 billion gallons. If ethanol actually worked as advertised and if it were more efficient to produce ethanol, this may not be such a bad thing. The problem is that [...]

How Regenerative Braking Works

When you step on your brakes, you are converting kinetic energy to heat. Kinetic energy can get you to the grocery store. Heat can not. If you could figure out how to harness the heat or if you could figure out how not to brake at all, you could save all sorts of energy.. Luckily, some really smart engineers are working on braking systems that capture the [...]