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This Magical Electricity-Creating Fabric Will Soon Be Everywhere

Posted by on April 25, 2013 in Eco-Friendly, Technology with 0 Comments
This Magical Electricity-Creating Fabric Will Soon Be Everywhere

A research group at Wake Forest University developed a flexible fabric that makes electricity from heat or movement. It could revolutionize cheap, renewable energy.

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Gut Microbe Makes Diesel Biofuel

Written by on April 23, 2013 in Eco-Friendly, Science with 0 Comments
Gut Microbe Makes Diesel Biofuel

Welding bits and pieces from various microbes and the camphor tree into the genetic code of Escherichia coli has allowed scientists to convince the stomach bug to produce hydrocarbons indistinguishable from those burned in trucks.

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Scientists Discover New Methane Collecting Material

Written by on April 19, 2013 in Eco-Friendly, Science with 0 Comments
Scientists Discover New Methane Collecting Material

While carbon dioxide, the most abundant greenhouse gas, can be captured using a variety of techniques, methane capture has proved elusive. Now, scientists have discovered a new material that can capture and concentrate methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

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New Technique Turns Trash into Hydrogen Gas, Electricity

Written by on April 18, 2013 in Eco-Friendly, Science with 0 Comments
New Technique Turns Trash into Hydrogen Gas, Electricity

Piles of ash leftover from incinerated trash may be a viable source of hydrogen gas that can be used to generate electricity and power cars, suggests a process pioneered in a research lab. The trick? Just add water…

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How to Power the World Without Fossil Fuels

Written by on April 15, 2013 in Eco-Friendly with 0 Comments
How to Power the World Without Fossil Fuels

Three times now, Mark Jacobson has gone out on the same limb. In 2009 he and co-author Mark Delucchi published a cover story in Scientific American that showed how the entire world could get all of its energy—fuel as well as electricity—from wind, water and solar sources by 2030…

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Is 70 Percent Renewable Power Possible? Portugal Just Did It For 3 Months

Posted by on April 14, 2013 in Eco-Friendly with 1 Comment
Is 70 Percent Renewable Power Possible? Portugal Just Did It For 3 Months

Portugal’s electricity network operator announced that renewable energy supplied 70 percent of total consumption in the first quarter of this year. This increase was largely due to favorable weather conditions resulting in increased wind and water flow, as well as lower demand. Portuguese citizens are using less energy and using sources that never run out for the vast majority of what they do use.

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Horses Could Be the Key to Commercial Biofuel Production

Written by on April 14, 2013 in Eco-Friendly with 1 Comment
Horses Could Be the Key to Commercial Biofuel Production

Stepping into unexplored territory in efforts to use corn stalks, grass and other non-food plants to make biofuels, scientists have made the discovery of a potential treasure-trove of candidate enzymes in fungi thriving in the feces and intestinal tracts of horses.

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Drones on the High Seas: First Unmanned Marine Robots To Use Ocean’s Waves for Energy

Posted by on April 13, 2013 in Eco-Friendly with 1 Comment
Drones on the High Seas: First Unmanned Marine Robots To Use Ocean’s Waves for Energy

Liquid Robotics’s Wave Glider are the first unmanned autonomous marine robots that use the ocean’s waves for energy.

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The World’s First Algae-Powered Building Opens in Hamburg

Posted by on April 11, 2013 in Eco-Friendly with 1 Comment
The World’s First Algae-Powered Building Opens in Hamburg

The project features a bio-adaptive algae facade and it will serve as a testing bed for sustainable energy production in urban areas and self-sufficient living buildings.

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London’s Cooking Waste to Fuel Power Station

Written by on April 9, 2013 in Eco-Friendly with 1 Comment
London’s Cooking Waste to Fuel Power Station

Cooking waste from thousands of London restaurants and food companies is to help run what is claimed to be the world’s biggest fat-fuelled power station.

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New Breakthrough in Hydrogen Fuel Production Could Revolutionize Alternative Energy Market

Written by on April 4, 2013 in Eco-Friendly, Science with 1 Comment
New Breakthrough in Hydrogen Fuel Production Could Revolutionize Alternative Energy Market

A team of Virginia Tech researchers has discovered a way to extract large quantities of hydrogen from any plant, a breakthrough that has the potential to bring a low-cost, environmentally friendly fuel source to the world.

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Solar Panel Efficiency Headed Towards 80 Percent

Written by on April 1, 2013 in Eco-Friendly, Technology with 0 Comments
Solar Panel Efficiency Headed Towards 80 Percent

Current solar cell on panels widely distributed to retailers offer a maximum of 16-25 percent efficiency rate, but 80% efficiency rates may be in the future…

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A Chicago Company Has Found The Secret To Growing Vegetables Without Dirt

Posted by on March 30, 2013 in Eco-Friendly, Food, Drink & Nutrition with 0 Comments
A Chicago Company Has Found The Secret To Growing Vegetables Without Dirt

FarmedHere’s CEO Jolanta Hardej runs the nation’s largest indoor vertical farm, which had its grand opening in Chicago this week.

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Germany Testing Wireless Induction Charging for Electric Buses

Written by on March 30, 2013 in Eco-Friendly, Technology with 0 Comments
Germany Testing Wireless Induction Charging for Electric Buses

Primove, a subsidiary of transportation giant Bombardier, just announced plans to test wireless induction charging on public buses in Manheim, Germany…

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Recyclable, Efficient Solar Cells Made from Trees

Written by on March 28, 2013 in Eco-Friendly, Technology with 0 Comments
Recyclable, Efficient Solar Cells Made from Trees

Solar cells are just like leaves, capturing the sunlight and turning it into energy. It’s fitting that they can now be made partially from trees. Georgia Institute of Technology and Purdue University researchers have developed efficient solar cells using natural substrates derived from plants such as trees…

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