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U.S. Freezes All Nuclear Power Plant Licensing Decisions

Posted by on August 8, 2012 in Climate Change, Eco-Friendly, Environment with 0 Comments
U.S. Freezes All Nuclear Power Plant Licensing Decisions

Federal nuclear regulators froze at least 19 final reactor licensing decisions in response to a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit that spent nuclear fuel stored on-site at nuclear power plants “poses a dangerous, long-term health and environmental risk.” As a result, the NRC today put a hold on nine construction and operating licenses, eight license renewals, one operating license, and one early site permit.

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Environmental Efforts Power the Olympics

Posted by on August 6, 2012 in Eco-Friendly with 1 Comment
Environmental Efforts Power the Olympics

(Discovery News) We’re seeing a lot of gold at this year’s Olympics, but behind the scenes, it’s all green. From environmentally responsible energy to recyclable venues, the London 2012 Olympics could be one of the most eco-friendly games yet. Two areas stand out when talking about sustainability and the Olympics, transportation and architecture.

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Island of Tokelau to be World’s First Fully Solar-Powered Nation

Posted by on August 3, 2012 in Climate Change, Eco-Friendly with 0 Comments
Island of Tokelau to be World’s First Fully Solar-Powered Nation

(NBC News) A project to convert the tiny island nation of Tokelau to all solar power is nearing fruition, as workers finish the first of three major panel arrays. Once activated, the installations should provide more than 90 percent of the power used by the islands’ 1,711 residents.

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Nano Breakthrough Paves Way For Super Cheap Solar Panels

Posted by on August 1, 2012 in Eco-Friendly, Technology with 0 Comments
Nano Breakthrough Paves Way For Super Cheap Solar Panels

Klint Finley (Wired.com) Two things hold back the mass adoption of solar energy as a source of sustainable energy. One is the need to store and transmit excess power, a problem people like Danielle Fong are working on solving by developing innovative new ways to store power.

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Scientists Create Transparent Solar Panels Out of ‘Glass-Like’ Plastic

Posted by on July 27, 2012 in Eco-Friendly, Technology with 0 Comments
Scientists Create Transparent Solar Panels Out of ‘Glass-Like’ Plastic

Eddie Wrenn (Daily Mail) One of the occasional complaints around solar panels is that they are ‘an eyesore’. Well this may be about to change, after researchers developed a new transparent solar cell which means windows in homes and other buildings can have the ability to generate electricity while still allowing people to see outside.

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U.S. Installs Country’s First Commercial Tidal Energy Grid

Posted by on July 25, 2012 in Eco-Friendly, Technology with 0 Comments
U.S. Installs Country’s First Commercial Tidal Energy Grid

Kirsten Korosec (SmartPlanet) Ocean Renewable Power Company will install the first U.S. commercial grid-connected tidal energy project at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy between eastern Maine and Canada, where 100 billion tons of water flow in and out each day with the force of 8,000 locomotives and tidal ranges of up to 50 feet or more.

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New Lithium-Air Batteries May Make for a Better Electric Car

Posted by on July 22, 2012 in Eco-Friendly, Technology with 0 Comments
New Lithium-Air Batteries May Make for a Better Electric Car

(Wired) Researchers have long had high hopes for lithium-air batteries, a device that has the potential to store 10 times more energy than the best lithium-ion batteries on the market today. But so far, lithium-air batteries have been unstable, falling apart after a few charges. Now researchers report that they’ve made the first stable lithium-air batteries.

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14-Year-Old Generates Electricity from Raindrops

Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Eco-Friendly, Technology with 1 Comment
14-Year-Old Generates Electricity from Raindrops

(Smart Planet) One night, 14-year-old Raymond Wang lay in bed trying to come up with a design for a science project. The rain was slapping the roof of his Vancouver home pretty hard and the loud noise gave Wang an idea. Maybe he could capture the rain hitting the roof and use it as a source of energy.

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Biological Switch Paves Way for Improved Biofuel Production

Posted by on June 30, 2012 in Eco-Friendly, Science, Technology with 0 Comments
Biological Switch Paves Way for Improved Biofuel Production

Writing in the journal PNAS, Dr Lu-ning Lu and Professor Conrad Mullineaux from Queen Mary’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences report that by exposing cells to different light conditions, they have changed the way in which electrons are transported.

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New Spray-On Battery Could Convert Any Object into an Electricity Storage Device

Posted by on June 29, 2012 in Eco-Friendly, Technology with 0 Comments
New Spray-On Battery Could Convert Any Object into an Electricity Storage Device

A team of researchers has just announced a new paint-on battery design.

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Sea Waves as Renewable Resource in New Energy Converter Design

Posted by on June 23, 2012 in Eco-Friendly, Technology with 1 Comment
Sea Waves as Renewable Resource in New Energy Converter Design

Researchers have designed and simulated a new energy conversion device that more efficiently converts sea wave energy into electrical energy.

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New All-carbon Solar Cell Harnesses Infrared Light

Posted by on June 22, 2012 in Eco-Friendly, Technology with 0 Comments
New All-carbon Solar Cell Harnesses Infrared Light

A new type of photovoltaic device harnesses heat radiation that most solar cells ignore.

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Giant Solar Plane Completes Spain-Morocco Flight

Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Eco-Friendly, Technology with 0 Comments
Giant Solar Plane Completes Spain-Morocco Flight

(CNN) Pilot Bertrand Piccard landed the Solar Impulse in Rabat – 19 hours after taking off from Madrid. The plane – the size of a jumbo jet – was powered by 12,000 solar cells turning four electrical motors. The 2,500km-trip (1,550 miles), begun in Switzerland in May, is described as a rehearsal for a world […]

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Hempcrete, Made From Hemp, Used To Build Houses

Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Eco-Friendly, Technology with 1 Comment
Hempcrete, Made From Hemp, Used To Build Houses

(Huffington Post) Imagine you had a building material that was energy-efficient, non-toxic and resistant to mold, insects and fire. The material may even have a higher R-value, or thermal resistance, than concrete, a claim that is still being investigated. The only problem? The base of the Hempcrete creation is hemp, which comes from the cannabis […]

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Green Fuel is Possible with Artificial Algae Ecosystems

Posted by on May 20, 2012 in Eco-Friendly with 0 Comments
Green Fuel is Possible with Artificial Algae Ecosystems

(PhysOrg) Algae could become an important source of sustainable biofuel, as production doesn’t compete with food crops for land. But we may need to change the way we grow algae from closed systems to open ponds if it is to be low-carbon and cost-effective. This is because current algae production in closed systems – usually […]

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