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LA Metro Signs $3.6 Million Deal With VYCON to Harvest Energy from Speeding Subway Trains

LA Metro Signs $3.6 Million Deal With VYCON to Harvest Energy from Speeding Subway Trains

LA Metro photo from Shutterstock Today clean energy storage system manufacturer VYCON announced that it has been awarded a $3.6 Million contract by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation

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Virginia Tech’s New Piezoelectric Charger Can Power Your Cell Phone With a Simple Shake

Virginia Tech’s New Piezoelectric Charger Can Power Your Cell Phone With a Simple Shake

Cell phone photo from Shutterstock What happens if you're on the move and your cell phone runs out of batteries? For most people, it means waiting until you can access your charger. But scientists at

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The Aeroball is a Levitating Luminescent Sphere that Purifies the Air as it Hovers Through Your House

The Aeroball is a Levitating Luminescent Sphere that Purifies the Air as it Hovers Through Your House

Who says there is no such thing as magic? The Aeroball — a floating appliance that cleans and freshens the air as it hovers — certainly appears as though it is powered by an arcane force. The

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New Chemical Process Produces Biofuel Strong Enough to Power Jets

New Chemical Process Produces Biofuel Strong Enough to Power Jets

Jet photo from Shutterstock Thanks to scientists harnessing the power of chemistry, you may one day soon fly in a plane fueled by plants. An article published in the journal Nature last week describes

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Natcore Builds World’s First Black Silicon Solar Cell Using Scalable Production Process

Natcore Builds World’s First Black Silicon Solar Cell Using Scalable Production Process

Solar Cell photo from Shutterstock Natcore Technology has created the world’s first commercially-viable absolute black silicon cell. The company claims that by using a scalable liquid phase

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University of Michigan Researchers Create Heartbeat-Powered Pacemaker

University of Michigan Researchers Create Heartbeat-Powered Pacemaker

Pacemakers are lifesavers, but they have a downside: every seven years or so a pacemaker’s battery must be replaced, requiring surgery - with all the risks and costs that surgery comes with. But all of

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Bird-Friendly Saphonian Wind Turbine Ditches Blades for a More Efficient, Less Expensive Design

Bird-Friendly Saphonian Wind Turbine Ditches Blades for a More Efficient, Less Expensive Design

Renewable energy technology just got a much needed breath of fresh air. During the TEDGlobal 2012 Conference held in Edinburgh, Scotland the head of the Tunisian company Saphon Energy introduced a radical

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Amonix Achieves Highest-Ever Recorded Solar Power Efficiency with Concentrated Photovoltaics

Amonix Achieves Highest-Ever Recorded Solar Power Efficiency with Concentrated Photovoltaics

Solar panel manufacturer Amonix has announced that its concentrated photovoltaic technology has set a new efficiency record; their module achieved a conversion rate of 33.5%, which meets a long-standing

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Desertec Moves Ahead With Plans to Build Massive Solar Plants in Northern Morocco

Desertec Moves Ahead With Plans to Build Massive Solar Plants in Northern Morocco

The Desertec Foundation, an international collaboration between politicians, businesses and scientists to develop sustainable energy resources, will continue to aid the Moroccan government in establishing

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London Array: World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Generates Energy for the First Time

London Array: World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Generates Energy for the First Time

DONG Energy, E.On and Masdar just announced that their joint venture the London Array - soon to be the world's largest offshore wind farm - switched on for the first time today! The wind farm, which

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Make Your Own ‘Texting Gloves’ for Under $10 With Quirky’s ‘Digits’

Make Your Own ‘Texting Gloves’ for Under $10 With Quirky’s ‘Digits’

What if we told you that you can make your very own pair of 'texting gloves' for under $10? Well, it's true. Quirky's offers a new crowdsourced product that can turn any pair of gloves into magic fingers.

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Sunseeker Duo: Construction on the World’s First Solar-Powered Two-Seater Plane is Nearly Complete

Sunseeker Duo: Construction on the World’s First Solar-Powered Two-Seater Plane is Nearly Complete

Solar-powered commercial flight may be a long way off, but the Sunseeker Duo—a solar-powered two-person plane built by Solar Flight, Inc—might bring us a little closer. Until now, solar planes have

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Stanford’s New Grid-Scale Battery Can Last for 1,000 Charge Cycles Without Degrading

Stanford’s New Grid-Scale Battery Can Last for 1,000 Charge Cycles Without Degrading

The world just got one step closer to renewable, cheap, and efficient large-scale energy production as researchers at Stanford University lead by engineer Yi Cui developed a grid-scale battery whose

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Billionaire Larry Ellison Envisions Turning Hawaii’s Lanai Island Into Solar-Powered Paradise

Billionaire Larry Ellison Envisions Turning Hawaii’s Lanai Island Into Solar-Powered Paradise

What would you do if you had your own tropical island in the middle of paradise? If you're Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, you'd turn it into a haven for sustainable technology.  Four months ago, the

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World’s Largest Biogas Fuel Cell Power Plant Launches at California Sewage Treatment Facility

World’s Largest Biogas Fuel Cell Power Plant Launches at California Sewage Treatment Facility

Today FuelCell Energy, Inc. announced the dedication and operation of the world's largest carbon neutral fuel cell power plant - a 2.8 megawatt DFC3000 stationary fuel cell power plant installation at a

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Earth City: JM Schivo & Associati’s Futuristic 21st Century City is 100% Powered by Clean Energy

Earth City: JM Schivo & Associati’s Futuristic 21st Century City is 100% Powered by Clean Energy

With offices in both Paris and Rome, the architects are keen to create sustainable urban environments that do not act contrary to nature. But this doesn't mean all the homes and buildings are tucked into

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German Scientists Double the Efficiency of Black Silicon Solar Cells

German Scientists Double the Efficiency of Black Silicon Solar Cells

Photo via Shutterstock The future of solar power is about to get a little brighter with new developments in black silicon, a material that can absorb almost the entire spectrum of light - including

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DIY Solar Pocket Factory Machine Can Print a Solar Panel Every 15 Seconds!

DIY Solar Pocket Factory Machine Can Print a Solar Panel Every 15 Seconds!

Image by NPR Science Friday Inventors Shawn Frayne and Alex Hornstein are looking to revolutionize the business of small-scale solar panels with The Solar Pocket Factory, a backyard photovoltaic panel

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Project Cycling Bus is Powered By Passengers On Board

Project Cycling Bus is Powered By Passengers On Board

Project Cycling Bus is a concept by Rever Design Studio for a cycling double decker bus. On the second level, there are 24-27 active passenger cycles to assist in generating the power reserve of the

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Japanese Scientists Developing Sugar Batteries That Store 20% More Energy Than Lithium Ion Cells

Japanese Scientists Developing Sugar Batteries That Store 20% More Energy Than Lithium Ion Cells

We've all heard that sugar is bad for our bodies, but in the near future, it may just be good for your smart phone. Scientists in Japan have developed a way to create batteries using sugar. A group at

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Ecotricity’s Nemesis Supercar Breaks UK Land Speed Record for Electric Vehicles at 151 MPH!

Ecotricity’s Nemesis Supercar Breaks UK Land Speed Record for Electric Vehicles at 151 MPH!

Who said battery-powered cars had to be boring? The “Nemesis”, a modified Lotus Exige, just broke the UK speed record for electric vehicles this morning! Engineered by renewable energy company

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Tesla Unveils Six FREE Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Chargers in California

Tesla Unveils Six FREE Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Chargers in California

Electric vehicle company Tesla has unveiled six solar-powered rapid Superchargers in California that will provide Model S owners with a free charge! As reported by Katie Fehrenbacher at GigaOm, Tesla CEO

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Solar-Powered Georges-Freche School of Hotel Management has a Recyclable Anodized Aluminum Skin

Solar-Powered Georges-Freche School of Hotel Management has a Recyclable Anodized Aluminum Skin

Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas originally won the rights to design France's newest public building through the 2007 Région Languedoc-Roussillon architecture design competition. Their awe-inspiring

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Team Unizar’s Prefabricated, Circular Casa PI Solar Decathlon Home has an Elevator!

Team Unizar’s Prefabricated, Circular Casa PI Solar Decathlon Home has an Elevator!

Let's put the elevator aside for a moment in order to recognize the value of Unizar's unique Casa PI home, which relies on geometry to reduce overall surface size and therefore slash the home's energy

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Rawlemon’s Spherical Solar Energy-Generating Globes Can Even Harvest Energy from Moonlight

Rawlemon’s Spherical Solar Energy-Generating Globes Can Even Harvest Energy from Moonlight

The solar energy designers at Rawlemon have created a spherical, sun-tracking glass globe that is able to concentrate sunlight (and moonlight) up to 10,000 times. The company claims that its ß.torics

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Odooproject Prefab by Solar Decathlon Team Hungary Boasts a Ceiling-Integrated Water Cooling System

Odooproject Prefab by Solar Decathlon Team Hungary Boasts a Ceiling-Integrated Water Cooling System

Photovoltaic panels are integrated into the building's facade and rooftop and passive design was executed so well that during the winter, it will be unnecessary to use the air-to-water heat pump that

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Team ABC’s Green-Roofed Sumbiosi Solar Decathlon House is a Low-Impact Bioclimatic Dwelling

Team ABC’s Green-Roofed Sumbiosi Solar Decathlon House is a Low-Impact Bioclimatic Dwelling

Landes Maritime Pine is the main material that was used for the construction of the Sumbiosi prefab by Team ABC. Not only is it readily available, but it also has excellent thermal qualities that help to

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London Design Museum’s Swarovski Exhibition Features Light Painting, Holograms and Other Mind Blowing Digital Technologies

London Design Museum’s Swarovski Exhibition Features Light Painting, Holograms and Other Mind Blowing Digital Technologies

The centerpiece of Digital Crystal is an explosive 2000 suspended crystals chandelier by Frederikson Stallard that constantly changes shape, creating an emotional spectacle without using a single shining

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Australian Research Group Announces First Implantation of a Bionic Eye

Australian Research Group Announces First Implantation of a Bionic Eye

Bionic Vision Australia, a government-funded research consortium in Carlton, Victoria, announced Thursday that it has successfully implanted and tested an early prototype bionic eye. Dr. Penny Allen, a

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