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  • Asteroids Could Be Future Source of Water and Precious Materials
    published on April 27th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Some would say it’s a long shot, some that it’s pure science fiction, but the challenge is on: mining asteroids for water, platinum, nickel and iron has never seemed more real than now! The initiative belongs to Google founders Larry Page and Eric Schmidt and X-Prize creator Peter Diamandis. With the hovering threat of resource [...]



  • 30% Less Fuel Consumption for Cargo Ships of 2016
    published on April 26th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    First, they looked at cars to reduce fuel usage. Then they looked at airplanes. Next thing you know, they’ve taken to the sea to make some overconsumption cuts! The Wind Challenger Project from the University of Tokyo has returned to the basics in an effort to bring down the amount of fuel large merchant vessels [...]



  • Arctic Melt to Release Huge Quantities of Methane, NASA Mission Concludes
    published on April 26th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    The HIAPER Pole-to-Pole Observations (HIPPO) airborne campaign set out a campaign to see where greenhouse gases come from and where are they stored in our planet’s system. So they flew specially instrumented aircraft over the Pacific Ocean from nearly pole to pole. Between 2009 and 2010, they measured at a 8.7 miles height from the [...]



  • Americans Care More About Gasoline Prices Than Its Effect on Climate, Study Reveals
    published on April 26th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Polls are often the only way to see the health, normality or sickness of a population’s mindset when it comes to topics like religion, beliefs, political views or even global warming. But sometimes polls just bring out the naked truth, even if it sometimes is hard to swallow. A recent poll performed by the University [...]



  • “Oil, not Alternative Energy, is the Future…”
    published on April 25th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Usually I look for and read stuff related to alternative energy, electric cars, things that aren’t that obtrusive to the environment and that don’t harm our children and our planet’s future health. I have never thought for one second that in the 21st century someone can say: “Oil, not Alternative Energy, is the Future” For [...]



  • Ikea Unveils Chic Cardboard Digital Camera
    published on April 25th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Digital cameras have had such tremendous success since their invention that anyone with a cellphone (even the cheapest ones) or a laptop has them embedded – they’re like the buttons on a shirt. Ikea is now celebrating digital cameras in a greener fashion with a cardboard model. To commemorate the 2012 Fuorisalone held in Milan [...]



  • USC’s Future Liquid Solar Cells Will Be Printed Like Newspapers
    published on April 25th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    A new printable solar cell technology has been developed by University of Southern California (USC) researchers. It consists of an ink made from nanocrystals that can actually be printed on any surface. 250 billion of such solar nanocrystals can easily get along on the heat of a pin. The nanocrystals are made of the semiconductor [...]



  • Startup Company to Produce Liquid Metal Batteries for Grid Energy Storage
    published on April 24th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Cheap batteries that can store power from renewable energy sources like wind and solar are being developed by a startup company. Liquid Metal Battery’s ambition as a company is to bring this rechargeable battery at a very affordable price to the market. Even though their workspace is a small basement headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the [...]



  • African Underground Contains Enough Water for 9 Billion People
    published on April 24th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Reuters reported on Friday that there are huge underground water reserves in some of the driest parts of Africa. This could provide a buffer against climatic change challenges for years to come. There are large aquifers, or underground water sources, that the researchers mapped. This was a pioneering project by the British Geological Survey and University [...]



  • Solar Cells Could Break 40% Efficiency With Photochemical Upconversion
    published on April 24th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Researchers from the University of Sydney have developed what they term as a “photochemical upconversion” technique to increase the solar cells’ efficiency. This could potentially be up to a record breaking 40%. Even though there has been a continued improvement in the overall efficiency of conventional silicon solar cells in the past few years, and [...]



  • Cheap, Green and Paper-Thin TVs From Georgia Institute of Technology
    published on April 24th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Maybe you thought that with OLED TVs we went as far as we could go in terms of electronic thinness. Or maybe you think that the thinner they are, the more expensive they become. Wrong! The Georgia Institute of Technology reinvented the notion of thin Tvs by bringing to the market a paper-thin but viable [...]



  • This Earth Day, Philips Unveiled Lightbulb With 20-Year Lifespan
    published on April 23rd, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Would you pay 50 bucks for a light bulb? No. But would you pay 50 bucks for one that lasts 20 years? I guess you would! And now you can: thanks to the renowned company Philips, who wanted to really pitch in for Earth Day (this past Sunday the 23rd), buyers can now go online [...]



  • Heat Flow Controlled With Atomic Precision by Illinois Scientists
    published on April 23rd, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Heat flow can now be controlled with atom-level precision. This, as has been demonstrated by investigators from the University of Illinois, can be achieved through a combination of a design of atomic-scale materials and ultrafast measurements to regulate how heat flows between two materials across an interface.  In a study published this week in Nature [...]



  • Honda to Recycle Old Nickel-Metal Hydride Batteries From Hybrid Models
    published on April 23rd, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Honda Motor Co., Ltd is commencing the large-scale recycling of rare earth metals from used parts in its products. In collaboration with Japan Metals & Chemicals Co., Ltd, Honda announced the establishment of a pioneering process on an industrial mass-production process. The recycling plant proposed will not be made for experimental trials, as Honda further [...]



  • Phoshporic Acid Fuel Cells Explained by International Team of Scientists
    published on April 23rd, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    The molecular workings of a promising fuel cell electrolyte have been unraveled by chemists. A team of investigators from the New York University and the Max Planck Institute (Stuttgart) have revealed how protons migrate in phosphoric acid (H3PO4), a mineral acid, in a study published in Nature Chemistry. A mystery has always surrounded the understanding of [...]



  • 100 of GE’s Most Efficient Wind Turbines Shipped to Turkey
    published on April 20th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    General Electric recently informed that it will land some of its most efficient wind turbines in Turkey – the 1.5-MW ones, about 100 of them, from a manufacturing facility in Salzbergen, Germany. You might be wondering why Turkey in particular and not some other European state, but it makes perfect sense to start a project [...]



  • Heliatek Unveils Organic Window Solar Panels
    published on April 20th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    A brand new type of window solar panel has been developed in Germany by Heliatek. This new invention involves a technology utilizing small, organic molecules deposited on films of polyester. The mechanism behind this new product is very similar to what is generally used for OLED (organic light-emitting diode) displays for flat screen TVs and [...]



  • Cleantech Industry Falling Due to Reduced Government Incentives, Study Says
    published on April 20th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Scholars at the Brookings Institution and the Oakland’s Breakthrough Institute are to release a report on Wednesday that warns that there is a sharp decline in finances set for federal spending on clean technologies. The study warns that more clean-tech companies are possibly on the road to bankruptcy or consolidation now that there seems to [...]



  • Analysis on Pressure-Retarded Osmosis Reveals High Energy Generation Potential
    published on April 20th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    River mouths have recently been reported to have the capacity to produce renewable electricity that could support over half a billion people. A river mouth is where a river drains into the ocean. At that point there is a process termed as pressure-retarded osmosis (PRO) that takes place. According to the new analysis, the pressure-retarded [...]



  • Sewage Geothermal Technology Used to Extract Free and “Filthy” Heat in Philadelphia
    published on April 19th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Wastewater is and will always be warm, and its heat so far has usually been lost, without powering anything (but bacteria). To prevent this precious (filthy) energy go down the drain, NovaThermal Energy LLC, based in Philadelphia, wants to implement what they call a “sewage geothermal” technology, meant to recover most of it. “It’s just [...]



  • Solar-Powered Clothing Researched at Colorado State University
    published on April 19th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    A very recent study at Colorado State University could bring a complete revolution to the traditional way solar panel charging systems are handled and utilized. Researchers and students affiliated to the university have shown that there is a possibility that natural clothing material could be incorporated with solar-powered chargers and be used to tap solar [...]



  • Battery-Like Bacterial Enzyme Stores Energy Biologically
    published on April 19th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Clean energy is now an almost achieved dream, especially with the newly reported Concordia University (Canada) physicists’ research findings. The researchers led by Associate Professor László Kálmán have been able to modify a battery-like enzyme so as to yield carbon-neutral energy.  The study showed that there is possibility of extending the length of time the bacterial enzyme can store [...]



  • EV Batteries Price Dropped 30% Since 2009, BNEF Says
    published on April 19th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has recently reported a 14% decrease in electric vehicles’ lithium-ion battery prices. In a statement, BNEF made this comparison to what the average price was in the past year. BNEF attributes this fall to shifts in production capacity exceeding demand. The London-based research company compared the average batteries cost of [...]



  • Upgraded Version of 2013 Chevrolet Volt to Be Produced This Year
    published on April 19th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    General Motors chose this last weekend to reveal most of their order guides for the 2013 product lineup, so if you want to find out what’s in store for the 2013 Chevrolet Volt, here’s a quick update on the new stuff. First of all, the car received a design tune-up: a rear liftgate and a [...]



  • Family Business: Tesla Motors’ Batteries to Complete SolarCity’s Solar Power Products
    published on April 18th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    An interesting cohesion between Tesla Motors and SolarCity is seemingly getting bigger as of lately. The first are known for their trustworthy car batteries and the latter for their solar panels. The two of them could revolutionize how home-based solar power is sold throughout the United States. Tesla is known for importing lithium ion batteries [...]



  • Australian and German Scientists Improve Solar Cell Efficiency to 40%
    published on April 18th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    What happens when two countries like Germany and Australia come together, united by the sole goal of coming up with the perfect solar cell? A photochemical upconversion happens, triggering an amazing 40% efficiency! The Energy&Environmental journal recently published the result of a collaboration between Professor Tim Schmidt from the University’s School of Chemistry (Australia) and [...]



  • Shocking Video: How Human Pollution Affects Wildlife on Remote Pacific Atoll
    published on April 18th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    I love animals. I love birds. I always imagined that birds are safe in their natural habitats, in forests or islands or places of the sort. But they’re not. In fact, animals are not safe even at 2,000 miles away from the nearest continent. The ghost of our unfulfilled dreams, ignorance and thirst for money [...]



  • Wind Farms’ Impact on Bird Population Not as High as Thought, Study Suggests
    published on April 18th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    A wind farm is a very economical form of renewable energy in the long run. But wind power harvesting has a few drawbacks, as well. One of the major problems caused by wind farms was considered to be the decreasing of bird population, but studies show that this issue is not actually as big as [...]



  • Smartphone App Compares Different Heating Fuels, Saves Money and CO2
    published on April 17th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Mobile device applications were designed to make our lives better, so this is what Heating Fuel Comparison is doing these days: offering us valuable information on how to best heat our home. That is if you have an Android or an Apple device. Developed by NDSU Extension Service, the app allows you to draw a [...]



  • Dyson Appliance Motors Powering Electric Car Race
    published on April 14th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Dyson, the famous British appliance company, usually manufactures vacuum cleaners, among its other products. They’re not involved in racing events of any sorts, but this time they may actually strike some people’s sensitive chords, as their 650 engineers put their minds to creating the world’s first race powered by appliance motors. The original dragsters’ motors [...]



  • Eat Less Meat, Produce Less N2O, Reduce Global Warming
    published on April 14th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Meat is one of the main food items consumed worldwide. The meat consumption of developed countries is relatively high than that of the developing countries. New studies have shown that meat consumption must be reduced in order to reduce their related greenhouse gas emissions. The most recent publications show that we must cut the meat [...]



  • Modifying Urban Surface Reflectivity Levels Could Slash 150 Billion Tons of CO2
    published on April 13th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    The Sun, our only external source of energy, is also responsible for the heat on Earth. This heat is what makes all life possible on our blue planet. However, this energy is also responsible for global warming. Imagine cities reflecting this sunlight away from Earth. A team of researchers from Concordia University did some research [...]



  • World Tour Cyclist Helping Solar Power in Africa Gets Hit by Truck in Arkansas
    published on April 13th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Sean Conway, the man who wants to circle the globe only on his bike, in an effort to gather money for SolarAid – the charity work destined to bring clean energy to East Africa, was hit by a truck while cycling near Little Rock, AK. Conway’s target is London, the place where he departed from, [...]



  • Hitachi’s New Electric Motor Not Using Rare Neodymium, Could Lower Market Prices
    published on April 13th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    A new, highly-efficient permanent magnet synchronous motor has been unveiled by Hitachi. Nothing unusual so far. The only big and important difference between Hitachi’s new motor and everything that exists in the industry is that this one doesn’t have neodymium magnets. Neodymium magnets contain a rare-earth material, which is the cause for its high price [...]



  • Elektra One: Electric Airplane Doubles Range by Installing Solar Panels
    published on April 13th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Is it a big thing to produce an airplane that runs on solar power? The obvious answer is yes. It may cost more on the beginning but it will be very affective in the long run. Solar world and PC Aero have joined hands to take the lead in solar aviation. The child of this [...]



  • Tiltable Hybrid (Heat+Electricity) Solar Panels Commercialized by Naked Energy
    published on April 13th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    A solar panel installation that can also deliver heat besides electricity has been developed and now is being commercialized by Naked Energy, a Guilford, UK-based company. The hybrid solar panel has been named Virtu and has a few advantages over similar stuff out previously produced. As you’ve probably been used to seeing solar panels standing at [...]



  • Copper-Gold Nanoparticles to Help Transform CO2 into Methane
    published on April 12th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Here’s a good question for all you ecologists out there: what do we do with the carbon dioxide emissions after capturing them? As it frequently happens, MIT took up the challenge and came with a “golden”eff idea: a hybrid-copper-gold nanoparticle to transform CO2 into methane (CH4). Now why is that important – coming up with [...]



  • Corals Deeply Affected by Increasing Atmospheric CO2, Scientists Say
    published on April 12th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    The increasing CO2 concentration in air is having a profound impact on corals in the most unforeseen ways. It had been previously thought that CO2 would affect the calcium structure of the coral skeleton, but an international team of researchers proved something that’s deeper: CO2 affects the very core of the corals: their genes. “Every [...]



  • Copper-Graphene Alloy Cools Electronics Better, Improves Efficiency
    published on April 12th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    A new copper-graphene composite has been found to be the best solution so far for cooling electronic devices. It’s known that, once they pass a temperature threshold, electronics don’t behave efficiently, and that is the #1 reason for them eating more power than they should. The material developed at North Carolina State University (NCSU) is [...]



  • Energy From Thin Air Obtainable From Charged Atmospheric Dust Particles
    published on April 11th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Energy from thin air… who wouldn’t want to have that? A study led by Fernando Galembeck, Ph.D, at University of Campinas in Campinas, Brazil, reveals that you can actually harvest huge amounts static electricity from the atmosphere. Galembeck and his colleagues used computer simulations that showed what happens when charged dust particles from the air [...]



  • New Fuel Efficient Truck Developed by Japanese Company
    published on April 11th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    You know it’s only a matter of time before all cars go electric; but what about trucks? Now that’s a good question! Apparently, that’s about to happen too at some point, since now we have the truck Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp (MFTBC) designed. The thing eats about 10% less gas. The reason it’s [...]



  • Natcore’s New Black Silicon Solar Cells Working Efficiently Regardless of Weather
    published on April 10th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Imagine we could also harvest solar power while it’s cloudy outside, and those clouds won’t make much of a difference. That could be possible due to a new generation of perfectly-black solar cells, the blackest possible, which can actually trap 99.7 percent of the incoming light. Natcore Technology, the exclusive licensee of Rice University black [...]



  • John Mankins’ Space-Based Solar Power Array Closer to Reality
    published on April 10th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    A project involving satellites, solar panels and microwave power transmitters is in works in Santa Maria, CA, where John Mankins, from Artemis Innovation Management Solutions is studying how on earth we could capture solar power in space and transmit it to the ground safely and efficiently. The project has been codenamed SPS-ALPHA (Solar Power Satellite via [...]



  • Halotechnics’ Molten Glass Energy Storage Leading to Cheaper Electricity
    published on April 9th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    To make people embrace solar and give up fossil fuels means solar has to be cheap. How cheap? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 6 cents per kilowatt-hour cheap. This is how the Halotechnics company, a solar-thermal startup and ARPA-E recipient, came to be. News usually focus on the progress PV solar cells register, [...]



  • Student-Built Reactor Produces Hydrogen From Sunlight, Zinc Oxide and Water
    published on April 9th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    A new way to have sunlight produce hydrogen has been perfected in a University of Delaware lab. The inventor, Erik Koepf, has designed a reactor that works at ultra-high temperatures and that uses zinc oxide and water to produce hydrogen at a potentially industrial scale without reforming fossil fuels, as it’s done in the industry [...]



  • Hydrostor to Launch Underwater Compressed Air Energy Storage in Lake Ontario
    published on April 9th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Hydrostor, a Canadian company based in Toronto, wants to make CAES (compressed air energy storage) become a solution for every city in the world that has a deep water body around. The same technique had been used before in the energy storage industry by pumping compressed air inside Earth’s crust, but the high number of [...]



  • Airport Grasslands Could Become Great Biofuel Source
    published on April 6th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Airports… those large, desolating places, with lots of high-potential agricultural areas around the landing runways. Why wouldn’t they be used for something? If we are to trust a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, these sites could very well grow biomass for biofuels and still not come in the way of planes or [...]



  • Jadav Payeng – The Heroic Man Who Grew a Forest
    published on April 5th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Who needs Superman when we have our own, daily heroes? It’s true, they don’t have as much power, but the efforts they undertake every day makes them worth mentioning… Or writing about, as it’s the case: meet Jadav Payeng – the man of the hour now in India. He has no X-ray vision and he’s not [...]



  • Swedish Automaker SAAB Could Be Making EVs in The Future
    published on April 5th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    All of  the recent news in the auto industry lead me thinking that the Asian side of the world is eventually going to dominate the electric vehicle sector. SAAB, once known for its solid and safe cars, is now going bankrupt. Just like packs of wolves (or hawks, if you prefer), investors come up to [...]



  • U.S. EV Battery Maker A123′s Shares Drop to 82 Cents After Defect Scandal
    published on April 5th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    A123, the famous U.S.-based electric car battery maker has big problems. Yesterday, their shares closed at 82 cents, after news spread out on March 26 revealed they had issues with some of the batteries that had delivered and that they are going to replace them. That meant a 49.7% drop since the day the news [...]



  • New 1.9µm Solar Cell Thinner Than Spider Silk, Can Be Bent Around Human Hair
    published on April 4th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    A solar cell thinner than spider silk has been unveiled today by a team of Austrian and Japanese researchers. The ultra-thin solar cell has a thickness of 1.9 micrometers and can be bent around a single human hair. The solar cells considered so far to be the thinnest are about ten times thicker than the [...]



  • Self-Aware E.coli Bacteria Producing Three Times More Biofuel
    published on April 4th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley have improved the way that genetically-modified E.coli bacteria can produce biofuels from ethanol and fatty acids. They have developed a genetic sensor that allows the bacteria to regulate their gene expression as a response to varying levels of ethanol or fatty acids. So far, the biofuel production by [...]



  • New Supermarket Scanner Scans Objects Instead of Barcodes, Saves Paper, Time and Energy
    published on April 3rd, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Now here’s something that some may consider has nothing to do with the green purpose of our website, but I think it actually has a lot. It’s Toshiba’s new scanner that recognizes objects (fruits and vegetables, in this example) and instead of using paper-wasting barcodes, knows which is which and puts them on your supermarket [...]



  • New Cerium Oxide CO2-Adsorbing Material Created by Hitachi 13 Times More Efficient
    published on April 3rd, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    A new CO2-adsorbing material based on cerium oxide has been created by Hitachi. It has been designed to capture the CO2 produced by coal-fired plants and the company says it’s 13 times more efficient than old zeolitic solid adsorbents. Because old materials adsorb moisture existing in the gas, they’re not very good at separating CO2 [...]



  • SIM-WIL: The Japanese Electric Ride That Rivals Gasoline Sports Cars
    published on April 3rd, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Do you remember SIM-LEI? You probably don’t, as its name doesn’t say much (like Nissan Leaf does, for instance), but that’s the first car SIM-Drive Corp, a Japanese company built last year. Now they’re announcing the brand-new SIM-WIL, a more advanced piece of electronics (read: electric car) that will outperform the first and many sports [...]



  • China Envisions 3 GW of Concentrated Solar Thermal Power by 2020
    published on April 3rd, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    For China, solar and thermal power are a apparently a killer combination. Together, they form what is called Concentrated Solar Power and that has been topping the priority list of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) for the past year. According to the most recent reports, China is still in the race of achieving [...]



  • Solar Impulse, World’s First Solar Powered Airplane Preparing for 48h Trip to Morocco
    published on April 3rd, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Solar Impulse, the world’s lightest electric plane, powered entirely by solar panels, will take off this spring and head for Morocco, where it will mark the start of building the country’s five solar complexes that will generate a total of 2 GW of electricity. Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, the company’s two founders (and both [...]



  • Japan’s First Solar-Powered Hydrogen Station, Made by Honda
    published on April 2nd, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    When you look at it, you know it’s a refueling station, but not a classic one: where are the wires, the tanks and…well, everything else? That’s precisely it: the Honda Hydrogen Station at Saitama Prefectural Office in Japan is not your average gas station. In fact, it’s not even a gas station at all: it’s [...]



  • Chinese Scientists Find Alternative to Lead-Containing Mainstream Piezoelectric Material
    published on April 2nd, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    You probably learned in high school what the piezoelectric effect is: a phenomenon where an electromotive force is generated by applying mechanical stress to a material. So far, piezoelectric devices used a material called lead zirconate titanate (PZT). However, PZT is expensive and contains lead, which is bad for the environment. Progress does happen, though, [...]



  • Apple to Build 4.8MW Fuel Cell System Powered by Biogas at Its NC Data Center
    published on April 2nd, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    If you remember, we’ve been talking about Apple’s new and bold green statement recently. At that time we’ve been telling you about the plans to power their new North Carolina data center with solar panels and biogas. Now, the company that Steve Jobs saved from peril in 1997 is building world’s largest private owned fuel [...]



  • New Way of Recycling Plastic Discovered by ORNL Scientists
    published on March 31st, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    For the recycling fans but not only, there’s a new way of recycling plastic. Actually, just the plastic bags, but it’s a start! Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have come a long way – they now take the polyethylene out and turn it into carbon fibers, universally useful. According to the researchers, the [...]



  • UCLA Scientists Produce Cheap Fuel from Solar Power and CO2
    published on March 31st, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Running an electric car on electricity is something pretty common (and logical), but running a gasoline car on electricity is something of fantastic realm. Still, a team of UCLA scientists have succeeded doing this – they produced high-grade alcohol by using electricity and fueled an internal combustion engine with it. “The current way to store [...]



  • Excess Human Body Heat Used to Keep Buildings Warm
    published on March 31st, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Already being used in many places around the world, the idea of using human body heat to keep buildings warm during cold seasons gains popularity very fast. After many studies engineers concluded that excess body heat could slash carbon emissions in urban areas by one third, if collected and used properly. You may have noticed [...]



  • Specialized Turbo e-Bike Rides at 28 mph, Claims It’s The Fastest Bike Out There
    published on March 30th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Let me ask you a simple question: how much would you spend for a bike? Would you buy a €5,499 ($7,100) bike? Waiting for you to decide, I’m telling you that Specialized, a company specialized in bikes, has just launched what it calls world’s fastest and best electric bike out there… the Turbo… costing… I just [...]



  • German Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Completes 40,000 Hours Endurance Test, Exceeds Expectations
    published on March 30th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    “Time will tell,” they say. Well, time has told good things about a planar solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) used in industrial purposes, which has recently completed and even exceeded 40,000 hours of continuous operation. The fuel cell, originally designed and built at the Jülich Institute of Energy and Climate Research in Germany, is operating [...]



  • Honda FCX Clarity to Also Be Used as Power Source for Homes
    published on March 29th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    With the advent of smart grids, the world will be a better place, at least in what concerns power outages. Electric cars will take over the role of buffering the extra electricity and, when in their garages, they will be able to even cope with big outages. Honda, the company that designed the FCX Clarity, [...]



  • Ferrari’s New V12 Line to Have KERS Hybrid Technology Onboard
    published on March 29th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Ferrari boss Amedeo Felisa once said having only 6 cylinders in a respectable car was unthinkable. However, thank God mentalities do change and this is no longer the case. So Ferrari can safely think about their introduction, as part of its long-term CO2 reduction plan. In the meantime, the famous Italian automobile company has launched [...]



  • EPFL’s Solar-Powered MicroThrust Ionic Motor Goes to Moon and Back With 3.38oz of Fuel
    published on March 29th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    A new technology developed by scientists at the EPFL in Switzerland (where organic solar cells were invented) that allows for a 1 small satellite weighing 1 kg to travel from the Earth to the Moon with 100 grams of fuel. Now that’s what I call “fuel efficiency!” Warning: This article is not about what’s averagely [...]



  • Global Warming Causing Antarctic Ice Sheets to Detach From Land
    published on March 29th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    By analyzing 40 years worth of satellite imagery of West Antarctica, scientists from the University of Texas have recently concluded that the floating ice shelves are losing their grip on the bay walls that used to sustain them. This situation could worsen the loss of ice into the sea. “Typically, the leading edge of an ice [...]



  • Japanese Power Systems Company Sells Salt Water Fuel Cells
    published on March 28th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    A new magnesium fuel cell using saltwater as electrolyte is now being commercialized by Tokyo-based Furukawa Battery, a company specialized in power systems. The electrolyte, just like in any other fuel cell, carries charged particles from one electrode to another, and electricity is generated following this reaction. “It is now possible to install an inexpensive [...]



  • The Bizzarrini Veleno: Future’s Most Innovative Hydrogen Car Design
    published on March 28th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Is it just me or this car looks like an alien spaceship? And the name suggests it too: Bizzarrini, which makes you think of bizarre… Well, apparently it’s not what its creator Coventry University Transport Design graduate Borys Dabrowski intended to: he just wanted to bring a homage to the famous Giotto Bizzarrini and amaze [...]



  • Forget Pumped Hydro! Gravel-Carrying Energy Storage System Funded by Bill Gates Will Probably Change Things. Heavily
    published on March 27th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    With the ascent of renewable energy sources, electric cars and a generally higher energy demand from consumers, energy utilities are now facing a crisis and at the same time a need to find solutions for temporarily storing the output of intermittent power sources, such as wind and solar. Batteries are a no-brainer solution, but they’re [...]



  • Pestalotiopsis Microspora: Fungus That Eats Plastic Bottles Lives in The Rain Forest
    published on March 27th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Just when you thought that the miracles of the Amazonian forest are all known to man, a team of Yale researchers has just found out that a certain fungus living in the rain forest can actually cure one of the biggest illness and inventions of the 20th century: PET plastics, or polyurethane. Pestalotiopsis microspora is [...]



  • Reinventing The Transistor: TFET Technology Reaches New Efficiency Heights
    published on March 27th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Tunneling Field Effect transistors (TFETs) have been worked on for many years as an alternative to today’s FETs, which are the transistors used in power electronics including electric cars. The main advantage of TFETs over simple FETs is efficiency by the fact that it produces less heat. Now, researchers from University of Notre Dame and [...]



  • Irreversible Global Warming Nearing, Scientists Warn
    published on March 27th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Although yesterday we were talking about how trees may actually bear higher concentrations of CO2, Australian scientists discovered that we’re pretty close to not being able to reverse global warming – and, yes, you can call that a WARNING. Current estimates are saying that if we continue our polluting habits the way we’ve been doing [...]



  • BMW i8 Electric Supercar Coming Out in 2014
    published on March 26th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    When BMW puts something out on the market, it’s worth checking it out. This time we’re talking about the i8 plug-in hybrid, that has often been referred to as a “supercar.” Why? Because, all its features, very faithful to the original concept, indicate it. It features pop-up doors and wing-like rear spoilers, a 170bhp electric [...]



  • Plants More Carbon-Hungry Than Thought, Ecotron Study Suggests
    published on March 26th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Scientists have always worried that if we produce too much carbon dioxide then plants, also known as the planet’s lungs, won’t be able to cope with that and will eventually fail sinking it into the ground or inside their own body matter. Now, a collaborative research of the Imperial College London and the University of [...]



  • Nuclear Power Could Provide Heat for Hydrogen Production
    published on March 26th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Ibrahim Khamis, Ph.D at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria, has recently described to the scientific community a method nuclear power plants could use to provide the heat necessary for the production of hydrogen from water, through electrolysis. He presented his research at the 243rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American [...]



  • New Nuclear Waste Recycling Technology Discovered by Notre Dame Researchers
    published on March 23rd, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Maybe the folks at Fukushima should hear about this, or more precisely those handling the recovery process, which is far from over: as the latest discovery in the field, the Notre Dame Thorium Borate-1 (NDTB-1) is apparently just what you need to clean up a radioactive mess. Although the current trend is all for clean [...]



  • New Fuel-Efficient Supersonic Biplane Could Break the Sound Barrier
    published on March 22nd, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    If you remember the Concorde, its story was pretty sad: a good plane but tainted with bad luck! It offered very short flights but the pricey tickets and the noisy trips just got to be too much for its passengers. So it exited the market in 2003. Today, MIT researcher Qiqi Wang thought about reviving [...]



  • Trees and Ecosystems Also Get Affected by Noise Pollution, New Study Finds
    published on March 22nd, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Usually, people only think that pollution comes from gases like CO2, NOx or different chemicals that visibly harm the environment and us. On the other hand, there’s the pollution that we live in every day and that prevents us from focusing right, annoys and leads to mental diseases… it’s the noise. However, scientists have recently [...]



  • Solar3D Claims New Solar Cells 200% More Efficient Than Standard Ones
    published on March 22nd, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Solar3D, a company saying it will revolutionize solar power, has just published a thorough simulation analysis of its new 3D solar cells. They’re saying their solar cell technology is 200% more efficient in harvesting the energy of sunlight than conventional counterparts. The company’s 3D solar cells are better from the fact that they can harvest [...]



  • Roger Angel: The Astronomer Who Will Probably Change Solar Power as We Know It
    published on March 21st, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    The challenge with solar energy is to figure out how to make it cheap and so everybody in the industry takes his shot. It’s also the case with astronomer Roger Angel, who put the basis of REhnu Company and is now asserting that the big new solar collector he plans to build will bring down [...]



  • Tata Motors to Launch Mini CAT Compressed Air Car in August
    published on March 21st, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Although it will come in the standard offer without a radio, Tata Motors’ latest car, the Mini CAT, will be powered by air pressure and will come to the market in August this year, in India. I’ve been hearing about this car from time to time even since five years ago, when I started blogging [...]



  • SUGAR Freeze: Boeing’s Future LNG-Powered, Ultra-Efficient Aircraft
    published on March 21st, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    It’s a predictable fact that future aircraft won’t be as polluting as today’s aircraft is, but where technology will take us is yet to be decided. For that matter, Boeing is predicting that the future fuel for planes will be liquefied natural gas (LNG), and their idea is being supported by NASA, whose specialists think [...]



  • MIT Finds How Carbon Dioxide Could Be Sunk Into the Ground Forever
    published on March 21st, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Deep saline aquifers in the U.S. could be the solution for storing the CO2 outputted from coal power plants in the long run, thus making them cleaner and the energy cheaper. It’s not that I turned into preaching people how to get along with coal (again), but the solution really sounds simple and, if it’s [...]



  • See-Through Network of Wires for More Efficient Solar Windows
    published on March 20th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    It may be a while, but soon enough plain glass windows will never be the same again! Thanks to scientists from New Energy Technologies, Inc and the NREL, if windows have a see-through wiring system attached to them, they’ll be able to harvest and conduct electricity. The technology is especially attractive because there’s no way [...]



  • Google Uses Recycled Wastewater to Cool Douglas County Data Center
    published on March 20th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    A new Google initiative wants to recycle wastewater to cool its hot Douglas County, Georgia data center. By collaborating with the local water authority (The Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority – WSA), Google will not only avoid using freshwater for cooling purposes, but will also partially clean the wastewater (30%), thus helping the community use [...]



  • LightScribe-Etched Graphene DVDs Making Supercapacitors Better Than Batteries
    published on March 19th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    I never found a true application to those LightScribe-enabled DVD writers, and although I have one in my laptop, I don’t remember using it more than one or two times. UCLA researchers, on the other hand, may have discovered the ultimate way to store energy by using this technology to create world’s most efficient supercapacitors. [...]



  • Snails Producing Electricity for Mad Scientists With Aid of Biofuel Cells
    published on March 19th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Scientists at the Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York have discovered another way in which snails could be useful, besides being eaten as a French delicacy: they can provide electrical power! Of course, the need for finding alternative sources of energy is indeed great, but it hasn’t yet come to this – using snails. What [...]



  • More Details Revealed About Volkswagen’s New Hybrid Touareg
    published on March 19th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Do you want a car that will save you money on fuel, maintenance and buying price? Then, probably without knowing it, you’re looking for Volkswagen’s new Touareg hybrid going in at $61,110. Although, I’ve got to admit it could do better in terms of mileage (20 mpg city and 24 highway), the vehicle is still [...]



  • Bill Gates’ Fecal Recycling Technology Studied by UK Universities
    published on March 16th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Now don’t be grossed out, but it seems human fecal waste will actually be useful to something – obtaining hydrogen and even water to drink out of it! The bold initiative belongs to a team of researchers from Imperial College London, the University of Manchester and Durham University, who received the funds from the Bill [...]



  • Twin Creeks’ Ultra-Thin Solar Cells Aim to Reduce Costs
    published on March 16th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    As you will have noticed, the problem with all these renewable technologies is that they cost a lot… and I mean a lot! So efforts are being made in this direction to reduce the price of solar modules as far as they can go. This is also what Twin Creeks Technologies has been doing lately [...]



  • POSCO Making Lighter, Stronger Steel for Electric Vehicles
    published on March 15th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    So far we’ve been used to having companies focus on the battery of electric vehicles and improving their range. This time POSCO takes a different approach and comes up with a lighter steel for the carcass. The South-Korean steelmaker called it the POSCO Concept Electric Vehicle, a combination of its good-quality materials and technological know-how. [...]



  • Potato Battery Developed in Saudi Arabia Outperforms 1.5V Cell
    published on March 15th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    As an alternative source of fuel, in a year’s time it will be possible to use potatoes to power your car’s battery! Maybe you’re inclined to ask: who in the world would use potatoes to drive around? Well, if you live in a remote area with no access to the electricity grid, this type of [...]



  • Spanish Grid Operator Installing Over 100 EV Charging Stations Countrywide
    published on March 14th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    After the Northern European countries, it’s now time for Spain to gear up with brand new recharging stations for its EVs, because let’s face it: if you don’t have where to recharge, you don’t feel like driving anywhere! So the Iberdrola Company saw how the trend was going and brought forth its Green Mobility Plan. [...]



  • NEC Unveils Ultra-Thin 0.3 mm Organic Radical Battery
    published on March 14th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    One challenge organic radical batteries have faced is to be under 0.7mm thin, so they could fit into credit cards, electronic paper devices and so on. I know it may sound normal that 0.7mm is slim enough, but rest assured, in the competitive world of electronics, every millimeter counts. In this sense, by using printing [...]



  • South Africa Wind Power Industry Offering New Wind Atlas for Builders
    published on March 14th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Technology in renewable energy advances all the time. For South Africa it means that, as an investor, you don’t have to go by foot anymore to see if it’s worth putting money in a wind power project. Since yesterday, you now have the first verified wind atlas that tells you which spot is a winner [...]



  • Video of a Working Homemade Linear Magnetic Motor
    published on March 14th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    I accidentally stumbled upon this three-year-old video today, watched it and realized that the guy has just demonstrated what many people don’t believe or want to believe: that magnetic motors exist, work and can provide useful effects to humanity. This is a demonstration of a linear magnetic motor in which the experimenter puts a piece [...]



  • The New Copper Zinc Tin Sulfide (CZTS) Solar Cells – Cheaper and More Efficient
    published on March 13th, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    Just when we were getting used to silicon solar cells, efficient – true, but so expensive, here comes a new discovery of solar cells that could turn the industry upside down. We’re talking about CZTS solar cells, which stands for Copper Zinc Tin Sulfide. What makes these so great: they “make this inexpensive.” This was [...]



 

 

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