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The DOE and NREL Team Up on 3 Projects to Improve Battery Life for Electric Vehicles

The DOE and NREL Team Up on 3 Projects to Improve Battery Life for Electric Vehicles

Photo via Shutterstock The Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) just launched a new initiative to improve the battery life of electric vehicles. Announced this past

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South Korean Scientists Develop World’s First Bendable Lithium-Ion Battery

South Korean Scientists Develop World’s First Bendable Lithium-Ion Battery

South Korean scientists just developed the world's first imprintable and bendable battery - and it could pave the way for flexible mobile devices in the near future. According to the researchers, the new

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UC Riverside Researcher Uses Snail Teeth as Inspiration for More Efficient Solar Cells

UC Riverside Researcher Uses Snail Teeth as Inspiration for More Efficient Solar Cells

A recent study conducted at the University of California has shown how teeth-growing techniques of marine snails can be applied to the solar industry, helping to create improved solar cells and

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Norway to Launch the World’s First Electric Ferry; Will Take Only 10 Minutes to Recharge

Norway to Launch the World’s First Electric Ferry; Will Take Only 10 Minutes to Recharge

The world’s first electric ferry will operate across the Sognefjord fjord in Norway starting in 2015. With the capacity to carry 360 passengers and 120 cars, the ferry will run on batteries that take

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Green Design Predictions for 2013

Green Design Predictions for 2013

Bill McKibben Environmentalist, Green Journalist, President and Co-Founder of 350.org I think there's actually a chance 2013 will be a significant year in climate history — the year when the

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Alta Devices Unveils the World’s Lightest, Most Efficient Solar Power Chargers

Alta Devices Unveils the World’s Lightest, Most Efficient Solar Power Chargers

Alta Devices are known for their innovative solar power solutions - and they've broken new ground once again with their new line of photovoltaics, which are touted as the lightest and most efficient

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Next-Gen 3D ‘Sponge’ Battery Could Recharge in Minutes, Retain Energy for Days

Next-Gen 3D ‘Sponge’ Battery Could Recharge in Minutes, Retain Energy for Days

We like to boast about how 'smart' our mobile devices and computers have become - but why are we still powering them with dumb batteries? Amy Prieto, a chemistry professor at Colorado State University,

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European Trains Could Soon Become Hybrids Thanks to Regenerative Braking System

European Trains Could Soon Become Hybrids Thanks to Regenerative Braking System

Image: High-speed commuter train via Shutterstock In Europe, approximately half of the continent's trains are electric. However, a new regenerative braking system developed by Tognum daughter MTU could

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Top 6 Gadgets for the Home to Help You Go Green in 2013

Top 6 Gadgets for the Home to Help You Go Green in 2013

It may still be December, but we're already thinking about our resolution to make 2013 our greenest year yet. In addition to those classic resolves to eat healthier, spend more time with family and

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Navia Driverless Electric Shuttle Reduces Traffic (and Pollution) in Pedestrian-Heavy Urban Areas

Navia Driverless Electric Shuttle Reduces Traffic (and Pollution) in Pedestrian-Heavy Urban Areas

Google may have captured all the headlines with its driverless cars, but it's not the only one experimenting with autonomous vehicles. Induct, a mobility solutions firm based in France, has developed

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Apple Files Patent for Wind Turbine That Can Produce Energy Even When There’s No Wind

Apple Files Patent for Wind Turbine That Can Produce Energy Even When There’s No Wind

Critics of wind power all like to point out the same problem with turbine technology: “What happens when the wind doesn’t blow”? Apple, usually a maker of products that consume energy,

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General Electric Unveils Its New Durathon Battery for Lower-Cost Zero Emission Electric Buses

General Electric Unveils Its New Durathon Battery for Lower-Cost Zero Emission Electric Buses

Researchers at GE Global Research have achieved a first step in reducing the cost of zero emission buses, with a vehicle powered by General Electric’s new Durathon battery in tandem with a lithium

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GravityLight Is a Cheap, Green Weight-Powered Alternative to Solar Lamps

GravityLight Is a Cheap, Green Weight-Powered Alternative to Solar Lamps

London-based designers Martin Riddiford and Jim Reeves — from Therefore.com – spent four years developing a light that would provide a viable alternative to kerosene and sun-powered lamps for

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Ford Simulates 10 Years of Battery Use in Just 10 Months with the Key Life Test

Ford Simulates 10 Years of Battery Use in Just 10 Months with the Key Life Test

As more electric and hybrid vehicles enter the market, there is a growing concern from consumers about the reliability of the batteries that power them. Ford has unveiled a new lab test, the Key Life

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Nissan Announces Plans to Introduce 15 Hybrid Models by 2016 and Move Battery Production to Tennessee

Nissan Announces Plans to Introduce 15 Hybrid Models by 2016 and Move Battery Production to Tennessee

Nissan has announced plans to add 15 new hybrid models to its lineup by 2016 and to launch the United States’ largest lithium-ion automotive battery plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. Although Nissan only

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Scientists Invent a Battery Powered by an Ancient Red Dye Made from Madder Roots

Scientists Invent a Battery Powered by an Ancient Red Dye Made from Madder Roots

This holiday season, it is almost a sure thing that one of the gifts you will receive will require a battery. Instead of a plain old Duracell, you may soon be able to reach for a battery powered by a

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TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Drives the 2013 Chevy Volt in Los Angeles

TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Drives the 2013 Chevy Volt in Los Angeles

In Beverly Hills, California, luxury cars like BMWs and Mercedes-Benz are the norm - so it was surprising to get so many oohs and ahhs when we rolled up in the 2013 Chevy Volt! Yes, California is also the

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Waka Waka Light’s Portable Solar Lamp Uses the Sun’s Energy to Charge Cell Phones

Waka Waka Light’s Portable Solar Lamp Uses the Sun’s Energy to Charge Cell Phones

The Waka Waka Personal Solar Power Station is a clever little gadget that can charge any cell phone and tablet via a USB connector using a solar LED lamp. That means no more frustrating dead phone

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How to Green Your Holidays With Eco-Friendly Christmas Decor

How to Green Your Holidays With Eco-Friendly Christmas Decor

The holidays are a time for peace on Earth and goodwill toward men, but decorating your home with energy-guzzling lights and dead trees hardly fits in either category. Luckily, eco-conscious yuletide

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HotTug: A Floating Hot Tub and an Electric Motorboat All-in-One!

HotTug: A Floating Hot Tub and an Electric Motorboat All-in-One!

The four-meter-long boat is made from wood reinforced with fiberglass. The stove is made from stainless steel and equipped with a double-layer stack, and it can heat the water up to 38 degrees Celsius

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New Flexible Fiber-Based Solar Cells Could Revolutionize Renewable Energy Production

New Flexible Fiber-Based Solar Cells Could Revolutionize Renewable Energy Production

Thanks to an international team of chemists, physicists and engineers, we may soon see the creation of flexible silicon solar cell fabrics. Led by John Badding, a professor of chemistry at Penn State

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Will Have a Brother on Mars by 2020

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Will Have a Brother on Mars by 2020

NASA has announced that it is building a successor to the Curiosity rover currently roaming Mars. Building on the success of the ongoing exploratory mission on the red planet, the space agency will

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Toyota Looks to Magnesium-Ion Batteries for Longer Electric Vehicle Range

Toyota Looks to Magnesium-Ion Batteries for Longer Electric Vehicle Range

Battery technology is one of the biggest factors that is holding back the electric vehicle revolution. Many electric vehicles max out at a range of 80-100 miles, which discourages potential buyers. Toyota

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HydroICE Solar-Powered Combustion Engine Could Cut Solar Costs By 75%

HydroICE Solar-Powered Combustion Engine Could Cut Solar Costs By 75%

While the idea of a solar powered car is attractive, the physical manifestation usually fails in both aesthetics and performance. Most of the solar-powered vehicles we've featured in the past are either

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Nonlinear Studio’s Amplifiear Pumps Up the Volume on Your iPad Electricity and Cord Free

Nonlinear Studio’s Amplifiear Pumps Up the Volume on Your iPad Electricity and Cord Free

Those of you who own an iPad will be familiar with one very annoying flaw: the less-than-optimal back-facing speaker. In order to bring the volume up without resorting to external speakers or headphones,

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Nepalese Teen Invents Cheap Solar Panel Using Human Hair

Nepalese Teen Invents Cheap Solar Panel Using Human Hair

Did you know that melanin, the pigment in hair, is light sensitive and can be used as a conductor? Well, that's what an 18 year old in Nepal recently discovered, and is now using human hair to replace

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M:OFA Unveils Air-Filtering Green Office for the Delhi Pollution Control Committee

M:OFA Unveils Air-Filtering Green Office for the Delhi Pollution Control Committee

The Delhi Pollution Control Committee's design brief for their new building called for an affirmation of the organization’s purpose, which is to improve environmental quality through sustainability.

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Caleb Charland Takes Incredible Photograph of an Orange-Powered Battery

Caleb Charland Takes Incredible Photograph of an Orange-Powered Battery

Nobody makes renewable energy look as beautiful or curious as Caleb Charland. A professional photographer whose work is displayed in collections throughout the globe, Charland has been working on a series

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General Motors Repurposes Expired Chevy Volt Batteries to Power Homes

General Motors Repurposes Expired Chevy Volt Batteries to Power Homes

As more and more electric and hybrid cars are sold, there is a growing concern about what to do with the batteries that power these vehicles once they reach their expiration date. General Motors and ABB

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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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