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  • 40% Efficient Solar Cells: They Are Being Used Back On Earth

    April 10, 1:19 PM by Justin Thomas in Renewable Energy

    In December last year, a company called Spectrolab has achieved a new world record in solar cell efficiency. By using concentrated sunlight, Spectrolab demonstrated the ability of a photovoltaic cell to convert 40.7% of the sun's energy into

  • A Green Hummer? (It Runs On Biofuels)

    April 9, 10:10 AM by Justin Thomas in Cars

    A green Hummer eh? Well, ZDNet reports that a biodiesel conversion specialist, Jonathan Goodwin, has retrofitted a Hummer to run on ethanol, hydrogen, biodiesel or natural gas. The car gets the equivalent to 40 miles per gallon. Goodwin's company is an

  • Japanese "Mileage Maniacs" Hack Prius To Get 116 MPG

    April 9, 8:50 AM by Justin Thomas in Cars

    Enthusiasts in Japan have hacked their Priuses, and use zen-like driving techniques to get up to 116 miles per gallon (they go 1000 miles on a 13 gallon tank of gas). In Japan they are called "nenpimania", Japanese for "mileage maniacs". Their

  • Solar-Powered Robot Used For Snow-Surfing

    April 8, 11:28 AM by Justin Thomas in Culture

    When researchers at the Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College are not busy creating "scalable, solar-powered, science platforms for the Antarctic", they take their robots out for a bit of snow-surfing. Check some of their cool autonomous

  • World's Largest Thin-Film Solar Power Plant Opens

    April 6, 12:45 PM by Justin Thomas in Renewable Energy

    The largest thin-film solar power plant in the world has opened in Germany, dubbed the "Rote Jahne". It was built by the contractor Juwi Solar, and it will have a total output capacity of six megawatts. It uses 90,000 solar modules to capture

  • Plug-In Hybrid School Buses Introduced

    April 4, 11:09 AM by Justin Thomas in Cars

    Students in Florida are riding on the first two hybrid plug-in school buses in the U.S. The buses use both a diesel engine and electric motor, and they plug into a power socket at night to charge the batteries. The Manatee School District bought the

  • Beyond LEDs: GE Accelerates OLED Development

    March 30, 11:25 AM by Justin Thomas in Interior Design

    OLEDs (Organic Light-Emitting Diodes) are thin, organic materials sandwiched between two electrodes, which illuminate when an electrical charge is applied. OLEDs are flexible, so they can be incorporated into things like wallpaper, curtains and car

  • The 100MPG Naro Car On Display

    March 29, 6:43 PM by Justin Thomas in Cars

    The Naro Car is a slim vehicle that operates a bit like a motorcycle, with a banking action to prevent it from tipping over. The car is designed for city use as a personal commuter, a taxi or a delivery vehicle. It is intended to return over 100 miles

  • Using Maple Syrup To Make Bioplastics

    March 29, 1:40 PM by Justin Thomas in Clean Technology

    Researchers in Canada have discovered that maple syrup may aid in the production of bioplastic. It turns out that a form of bacteria called alcaligenes latus has a sweet tooth, and behaves particularly ravenously when exposed to maple sap and syrup.

  • Biodegradable Sports Car Debuts

    March 29, 11:29 AM by Justin Thomas in Cars

    Students at Warwick University in England have built a car out of biodegradable materials. The tires are made out of potatoes, the brake pads composed of cashew nut shells, and the body of the car is hemp. The car, which runs on bio-fuels, and

  • Burger King To Buy Cage-Free Food

    March 28, 2:00 PM by Justin Thomas in Green Food

    The New York Times reports that Burger King announced yesterday that it would begin buying eggs and pork from suppliers that did not confine their animals in cages and crates. The company said that it would also favor suppliers of chickens that use

  • Hybrid Truck Unveiled by Kenworth

    March 27, 1:22 PM by Justin Thomas in Cars

    Kenworth Truck Company recently introduced a hybrid-electric truck, called the Kenworth T270 Class 6. In a press release, Mike Dozier, Kenworth chief engineer, said: "During steady driving conditions above 30 mph, the T270 hybrid operates like a

  • 100+ MPG Sports Car: Caterham Seven Roadsport

    March 27, 11:56 AM by Justin Thomas in Cars

    Science Worlds reports that Britain will see the launch of a new car company next week that aims to be the most sustainable in Europe. Axon Automotive, based in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, will make their debut at the Sexy Green Car Show show at

  • World's First Building-Integrated Wind Turbines

    March 26, 10:12 AM by Justin Thomas in Renewable Energy

    Three wind turbine blades have been successfully installed on the Bahrain World Trade Center, a twin skyscraper complex. This is the first time that a commercial development has integrated large-scale wind turbines within its design to harness the

  • 70% Of Navarra's Power Comes From Wind, Solar

    March 22, 11:57 AM by Justin Thomas in Renewable Energy

    The region of Navarra, in Northeastern Spain, better known in the U.S. for the "running of the bulls" in Pamplona. But in this region, approximately 70% of the electricity comes from the wind and the sun. With no coal, oil or gas of its own, this

  • Wind Power Is Spain's Top Energy Source This Week

    March 21, 10:20 AM by Justin Thomas in Renewable Energy

    Taking advantage of a particularly gusty period, Spain's wind energy generators this week reached an all-time high in electricity production, exceeding power generated by any other source, the nation's electricity network authority said in a statement.

  • Solar-Powered Air Conditioner About To Be Released

    March 21, 10:14 AM by Justin Thomas in Solar Technology

    After 4 years of development, California based company SoCool will launch the Millennia version 4 hybrid solar air conditioner. The air conditioner runs on solar panels, or a wall socket, or batteries. It's designed to cool a large room while

  • New Solar-Powered Phone Unveiled

    March 20, 9:34 AM by Justin Thomas in Gadgets

    At CeBIT 2007, Chinese electronics maker, HTW, introduced a cell phone that can be charged by the sun. It gets 25 minutes of talk time from just 40 minutes of charging in sunlight, it can be charged with indoor light when no direct sunshine is