Things that motorcycle riders can do to help the environment

The number of motorcycle riders around the world has been continuously increasing. A lot of people prefer to ride motorcycles because they are cheaper than a car and can get them faster to their destination. Environmental activists have been encouraging motorcycle riders to participate in the cause. Research shows that the increase of motorcycles as mode of transportation has contributed a lot to the increase of carbon emissions that we have been experiencing right now.

Vehicles that are run by fuel contribute to carbon emissions, which is one of the leading causes of global warming. Motor battery also contributes to carbon emissions. Emissions produced by human activities come from the burning of fuels and this contributes to greenhouse gas that is the fundamental cause of greenhouse effect. This is why engineers have been developing electric motorcycles. This type of motorcycle is known to be more environmentally friendly than the ordinary motorcycles that are run by fuel.

Throughout the years, engineers have been developing electric motorcycles and have presented various prototypes to manufacturers. There have been a number of models in the market but they are quite more expensive than the ordinary motorcycle available in the market.

For those motorcycle riders who are in a budget but would still like to make a difference to their environment, they can try out and purchase accessories that will help lessen the use of their fuel and battery. For instance, LED lights have proven that they are more efficient and use less battery power compared to non-light emitting diodes. There are a lot of motorcycle accessories retailers that offer LED lights in Australia, such as S3 Motorcycle Performance and MCAS.

Motorcycle riders can do a lot of things to help the environment even in their own little way. What really matters is the sincerity and determination to make a difference for the environment.

Flow Battery Project for Possible Renewable Energy Storage

Renewable energy sources are great to have since they cost cheaper in the long run. However, there happens to be a slight glitch. You can’t always access solar energy. The same thing can be said with wind-powered energy, especially on windless summer nights.

Hence, the idea of being able to store such energy until the time you need to use them has gathered so much interest. Unfortunately, issues still arise to producing such a technology. One issue for example is the cost it would take to produce it. Another costing factor is the amount it will be marketed to the public if made available.

With this in mind, a team consisting of chemists and engineers from Harvard University has decided to make use of a one-year grant given by the US Department of Energy. To be specific, the grant was received from the kindness of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. Moreover, this grant could carry on for more than a year, depending on the initial findings and performance of the studies.

Dubbed as the Flow Battery Project, it aims to be a cost effective way of storing renewable forms of energy. The Harvard team is also slated to work with Sustainable Innovations, LLC to ensure that practical implementations needed for the project are properly executed.

According to Michael Aziz, the lead investigator, he feels that flow batteries can be made available for local energy storage in basements of structures already featuring solar panels at their rooftops.

While we are all awaiting for positive results of the Flow Battery project, it is a good idea to consider getting solar panels for your home or business. Of course, it would look pricey at first glance, but be assured that costs will come in cheaper as you continue to use energy from wind or solar panels.

Should you have high hopes for the Flow Battery Project and are now looking into purchasing solar panels, there are several companies selling solar panels; One of these companies is A1 Battery Pro, a QLD-based company specialising in batteries, solar panels, and auto electrical services.

Abe looking for oil on Middle East trip

RIYADH (Kyodo) The Saudi Arabian capital welcomed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived on Saturday, where he began a five-nation tour of the Middle East. He is here to discuss cooperation over securing stability of energy supplies for Japan,security issues such as Iraq and Iran and the region’s peace process.

Abe attended a banquet hosted by Crown Prince  Sultan bin Abdul Aziz soon after arriving in the capital of Riyadh . His planned schedule also included an address at an economics seminar and hold talks with King Abdullah.

The trip to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Egypt is Abe’s first visit to the oil-rich Middle East since assuming office in September. It will also be the first visit to Kuwait by a Japanese prime minister.

The Japanese prime minister is flying to the Middle East directly from his first trip to the United States, where he took part in a summit with President George W. Bush. Abe is hoping to go beyond Japan’s economic interests to build a critical relationship with the Middle East dealing with regional peace and stability.

During his eight-day trip, Abe will also visit the Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait, which is currently home to some 200 Air Self-Defense Force personnel.

The day before he left Tokyo, Abe said that his aim for this trip was to “engage in frank dialogue with the respective leaders in the Middle East to build the foundation for mutual trust in order to contribute to the region’s peace and stability.”

He is also expected to concrete Japan’s commitment to concluding a free-trade contract with the Gulf Cooperation Council to secure a stable oil supply, officials said.

The Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman make up the  six Middle Eastern oil producers comprising the GCC.  Due to his tight schedule, Abe was unable to visit all six this trip, a government official said.

To read full article, visit The Japan Times Online.