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Price of Solar Energy Predicted to Fall to $1 Per Watt by 2013

Price of Solar Energy Predicted to Fall to $1 Per Watt by 2013

According to a report released today from the independent consulting firm Ernst & Young, the price of solar energy per watt is expected to fall to $1 by 2013, down from $2 in 2009. The

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Energy Scavenging Wireless Nano Sensors Could Provide Battery-Free Devices

Energy Scavenging Wireless Nano Sensors Could Provide Battery-Free Devices

A group of researchers have developed the technology that will lead the way in creating nano sensors that can energize themselves. The technology will be able power tiny devices by garnering

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Electric Diwheel is a New Kind of Urban Vehicle That Can Flip Its Driver Upside Down

Electric Diwheel is a New Kind of Urban Vehicle That Can Flip Its Driver Upside Down

The future of urban transportation might feel more like a theme park than stop and go traffic if this electric diwheel catches on. Fourteen students from the University of Adelaide, Australia

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BinCam Shows Your Facebook Friends Your Trash, Shames You into Recycling

BinCam Shows Your Facebook Friends Your Trash, Shames You into Recycling

If you, or your friends, are having trouble recycling, the folks over at BinCam have an answer for you. They've created a device -- that is actually a specially programmed cell phone -- that

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Boat Made 100% from Trash Sets Sail from Taiwan

Boat Made 100% from Trash Sets Sail from Taiwan

A boat made from 100% trash set sail from Taiwan this week with recycled plastic bottles keeping it afloat and old advertising sails pushing it along. The vessel, dubbed the Polli-Boat after its

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New Renewable Energy Generator Grabs Electricity from Rain as Well as Sun and Wind

New Renewable Energy Generator Grabs Electricity from Rain as Well as Sun and Wind

Researchers at the University of Bolton in the UK have developed a device capable of capturing energy from not only the sun and wind but rain, as well. The innovative generator is comprised of

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Mogro Mobile Food Truck Fills “Food Deserts” with Healthy Eats

Mogro Mobile Food Truck Fills “Food Deserts” with Healthy Eats

Mogro -- short for mobile grocery -- is on a mission to fill food deserts in New Mexico (and hopefully soon, the rest of the country) with easy access to healthy food. The Mogro concept is

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Steve Jobs Unveils Crazy Spaceship-Shaped Clean Energy Campus for Apple

Steve Jobs Unveils Crazy Spaceship-Shaped Clean Energy Campus for Apple

From the air, the building is quite shockingly round but from ground view, because it is so large, it slopes gently around and disappears into the planned landscape. The building will be

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GM CEO Calls for $1 Gas Tax Increase in the United States

GM CEO Calls for $1 Gas Tax Increase in the United States

We can hardly believe our ears! In an interview with Detroit News, General Motors CEO Dan Akerson called for a $1 tax increase on gasoline to help car manufacturers sell more fuel efficient

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Cargill, Shell and Honda Team Up to Make Gasoline from Pine Cones and Corn Husks

Cargill, Shell and Honda Team Up to Make Gasoline from Pine Cones and Corn Husks

Cargill, Shell and Honda -- giants in the worlds of agriculture, petroleum and automotive manufacturing -- have teamed up to fund a company called Virent that has developed an inexpensive

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Futuristic Australian Train Could Transport Citizens at High Speed with Low Emissions

Futuristic Australian Train Could Transport Citizens at High Speed with Low Emissions

A new train designed by the HASSEL could one day be zipping people around Australia while reducing the country's carbon output. The A-HSV train is a double decker machine that promises to have

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MIT’s New Liquid Flow Batteries Could Make Refueling EVs as Fast as Pumping Gas

MIT’s New Liquid Flow Batteries Could Make Refueling EVs as Fast as Pumping Gas

A team of researchers at MIT set out to “reinvent the rechargeable battery” and succeeded by creating a liquid-flow battery, suitable for electric vehicles that can be recharged as

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Project Icarus Plans to Harvest Gas from Uranus for Interstellar Travel

Project Icarus Plans to Harvest Gas from Uranus for Interstellar Travel

A group of scientists, working on a mission called Project Icarus, are exploring the possibility of harvesting gas from Uranus to fuel a theoretical mission to another star. Helium-3 is the gas

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El Paso, Texas Spends $292 K on Solar-Powered, Compacting Garbage Cans

El Paso, Texas Spends $292 K on Solar-Powered, Compacting Garbage Cans

Downtown El Paso, Texas is installing 73 solar-powered, compacting trash cans in order to cut down on labor costs traditionally involved in trash removal. The city is shelling out $292,000 on

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China’s Wind Power Capacity Grew More than 60% in the First Quarter of 2011

China’s Wind Power Capacity Grew More than 60% in the First Quarter of 2011

In 2010, China overtook the United States in installed wind power capacity when they reached the 42,287 megawatt benchmark. With their wind power capacity already up 60% in the first quarter of

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Researchers Develop a Way to Make Plastic From Yard Waste

Researchers Develop a Way to Make Plastic From Yard Waste

In an effort to make plastics more environmentally friendly, a group of researchers at the University of Florida has found a way to make plastics from yard waste. Traditional plastics are made

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Humans Emitted a Record Breaking 30.6 Gigatonnes of Carbon In 2010

Humans Emitted a Record Breaking 30.6 Gigatonnes of Carbon In 2010

According to unpublished estimates from the International Energy Agency (IEA), we humans emitted a historically high level of carbon last year, pushing our output to 30.6 gigatonnes (up 1.6

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Renault to Build a Solar Roof Project a Big as 63 Football Fields

Renault to Build a Solar Roof Project a Big as 63 Football Fields

French car manufacturer, Renault, is about to start building the automotive world's largest solar roof project that will eventually span the space of 63 football fields. The company is

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Scientists Argue That Methane from the Gulf Oil Spill Was Not Eaten by Microbes

Scientists Argue That Methane from the Gulf Oil Spill Was Not Eaten by Microbes

Last year, in the midst of the Deepwater Horizon crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, we wrote about a study that said that microbes in the Gulf had consumed a lot of the rogue oil plume caused by the

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GM Reveals It Charges Volts with Solar Panels Before They Head to Dealerships

GM Reveals It Charges Volts with Solar Panels Before They Head to Dealerships

It seems like the 2011 North American Car of the Year just gets better all the time. GM just installed a carport with 10 charging stations to juice up their plug-in hybrid electric Chevy Volts

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Lego Unveils Model of the World’s Tallest Building, the Burj Khalifa

Lego Unveils Model of the World’s Tallest Building, the Burj Khalifa

At an unveiling in Dubai yesterday, LEGO's Architecture Series got a whole lot taller with the release of their Burj Khalifa model -- a miniature replica of the world's tallest building. We

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US Government Set to Buy 116 New Plug in Vehicles, Getting a Discount on the Volt

US Government Set to Buy 116 New Plug in Vehicles, Getting a Discount on the Volt

As part of President Obama's mandate that all new government vehicles use clean energy by 2015, the US government has decided to purchase 116 new plug-in -- some hybrid, some not -- electric

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A US Smart Grid Would Save Energy Consumers 2 Trillion Over the Next 20 Years

A US Smart Grid Would Save Energy Consumers 2 Trillion Over the Next 20 Years

There's a lot of yelping these days about the cost of renewable energy technology but in some cases the investment is just a fraction of the payback. For instance, with a nation wide smart grid

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Chevy Recycles Twice as Many Oil Booms from Gulf Spill for Use in Volt Production As Originally Planned

Chevy Recycles Twice as Many Oil Booms from Gulf Spill for Use in Volt Production As Originally Planned

Back in December of 2010, GM announced they'd be recycling 100 miles of oil booms from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill for use in the Chevy Volt. The company has now announced they've more than

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New Supercapacitor Made With Biofuel By-Product is Cheaper, Greener

New Supercapacitor Made With Biofuel By-Product is Cheaper, Greener

Students at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey have created a supercapacitor -- used for storing energy -- that replaces activated carbon with biochar electrodes. The new

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Sony Unveils New Flexible E-Paper So Thin It Can Bend Around a Pencil

Sony Unveils New Flexible E-Paper So Thin It Can Bend Around a Pencil

Sony recently unveiled their latest electronic feat at the 49th SID International Symposium, Seminar & Exhibition (SID 2011), a paper thin e-reader -- or e-paper -- so flexible, it can be

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Japan to Create a Nationwide Super Solar Array to Replace Push for Nuclear Power

Japan to Create a Nationwide Super Solar Array to Replace Push for Nuclear Power

The Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan, is about to announce to the G8 Summit in France his country's plans to mandate that all buildings come equipped with solar panels by 2030. The

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Architecture for Humanity Founder Cameron Sinclair Becomes Advisor to President Obama

Architecture for Humanity Founder Cameron Sinclair Becomes Advisor to President Obama

The Obama Administration recently tapped Cameron Sinclair -- the founder of one of our favorite organizations, Architecture for Humanity -- to serve on an advisory committee for volunteer

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Astronauts and the Pope Have Orbit to Earth Talk About Peace Through Solar Panels

Astronauts and the Pope Have Orbit to Earth Talk About Peace Through Solar Panels

Astronauts on the international space station chatted from space with Pope Benedict on Saturday about how research on the space station into renewable energy could help promote peace on Earth.

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New NASA Satellite Will Study Ocean Salinity Levels for Clues on Climate Change

New NASA Satellite Will Study Ocean Salinity Levels for Clues on Climate Change

On June 9th NASA will be launching their Aquarius/SAC-D observatory, a satellite dedicated to studying changes in the Earth's climate. The main instrument on the satellite, the Aquarius, will be

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