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Breakthrough Invisibility Cloak Will Help Develop More Efficient Solar Cells

Breakthrough Invisibility Cloak Will Help Develop More Efficient Solar Cells

Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, working in the new field of transformation optics, have created an invisibility cloak that could lead to more efficient solar cells. The

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Microsoft Jumps On Board Portugal’s Mega “Smart City” Plan

Microsoft Jumps On Board Portugal’s Mega “Smart City” Plan

Former Microsoft executive and CEO of Living PlanIT Steve Lewis has brought Microsoft on-board to help with Portugal’s “smart city” in Paredes, according to the gurus at engadget. By

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BREAKING: Solar Power Breakthrough Could Render Photovoltaic Cells Obsolete

BREAKING: Solar Power Breakthrough Could Render Photovoltaic Cells Obsolete

Researchers at the University of Michigan have made a discovery about the behavior of light that could change solar technology forever. Stephen Rand, a professor in the departments of Electrical

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New Lithium-Air Batteries Could Go 500 Miles on a Single Charge

New Lithium-Air Batteries Could Go 500 Miles on a Single Charge

Researchers at the materials research division of Risø DTU in Denmark are developing a new lithium-air (Li-air) vehicle battery that is lightweight, holds a lot of energy, and could enable car-makers to

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Estuaries Could Provide 13% Of The World’s Power Needs

Estuaries Could Provide 13% Of The World’s Power Needs

A team of researchers from Stanford University recently announced that estuaries around the globe could provide 13% of the world's energy needs. For those of you who skipped geography, an estuary is where

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MIT Scientists Create Artificial Solar Leaf That Can Power Homes

MIT Scientists Create Artificial Solar Leaf That Can Power Homes

Scientist Dr. David Nocera has finally perfected a low-cost, artificial leaf-like device, that like a real leaf, mimics the process of photosynthesis. Nocera announced the creation of a miniature solar

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Scientists Discover that Styrofoam Beads Help Give EV Batteries a Super Fast Charge

Scientists Discover that Styrofoam Beads Help Give EV Batteries a Super Fast Charge

Styrofoam has had a terrible rep with environmentalists for quite some time now, but here's a breakthrough that could change that - well, at least in some applications. According to the folks at Engadget,

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Turn Your Cell Phone Screen into a Solar Panel with Wysips’ Transparent Film

Turn Your Cell Phone Screen into a Solar Panel with Wysips’ Transparent Film

French start-up Wysips created an ultra-thing PV film that is placed on a cell phone's screen to continuously top off its charge.

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Tata & MIT Work on Breakthrough Way to Generate Power From Ordinary Water

Tata & MIT Work on Breakthrough Way to Generate Power From Ordinary Water

The Tata Group has signed a deal with the founder of SunCatalytix, MIT scientist Daniel Nocera, who has discovered how to generate energy water. Although the terms of their agreement have not yet been

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Chicago’s Willis Tower to Become a Vertical Solar Farm

Chicago’s Willis Tower to Become a Vertical Solar Farm

Chicago’s iconic Willis Tower (formally the Sears Tower) is set to become a massive solar electric plant with the installation of a pilot solar electric glass project. The high-profile project on the

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U.S. Department of Energy Announces New Biofuel for the Replacement of Gasoline

U.S. Department of Energy Announces New Biofuel for the Replacement of Gasoline

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has just announced a breakthrough discovery in the world of biofuels. Led by Energy Secretary Steven Chu, the research team headed up by the Department’s BioEnergy

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Samsung Unveils Solar-Powered Zero Energy Transparent TV

Samsung Unveils Solar-Powered Zero Energy Transparent TV

Samsung just unveiled an amazing new solar-powered LCD television that can operate completely free from the power grid! The 46″ prototype TV, shown at CeBit in Germany, includes solar panels that

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Swiss Chalet is World’s First Apartment Heated Exclusively by Solar Thermal

Swiss Chalet is World’s First Apartment Heated Exclusively by Solar Thermal

This apartment building in Upper Castle, Switzerland is the world's first to be heated exclusively by solar thermal energy. The building borrows heavily from traditional Swiss chalet architecture with its

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New Solar Panel Array Doubles the Energy and Halves the Cost of Traditional Solar

New Solar Panel Array Doubles the Energy and Halves the Cost of Traditional Solar

NREL just announced a huge breakthrough in making solar electricity competitive with fossil fuels as they unveiled the Amonix 7700 Concentrated Photovoltaic or CPV Generator. We cover a lot of solar

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DARPA to Start Work on 100-Year Starship Study That Could Give Way to a Greener Life

DARPA to Start Work on 100-Year Starship Study That Could Give Way to a Greener Life

The United States’ Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have done great things in the past - they have aided in the Apollo moon missions, invented the Internet, developed solar blimps and

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Offshore Wind Energy Gets $50.5 Million Boost from U.S. Government

Offshore Wind Energy Gets $50.5 Million Boost from U.S. Government

Thanks to a new initiative unveiled yesterday, offshore wind energy development along the United States' coastlines could soon see rapid development.

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Cella Energy Announces Emission-Free Gas for $1.50 Per Gallon

Cella Energy Announces Emission-Free Gas for $1.50 Per Gallon

This sounds like a dream, but UK-based company Cella Energy claims to have developed a synthetic fuel that has no carbon emissions and would cost only $1.50 per gallon. The hydrogen-based fuel, which is

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New Nanomaterial Could Charge Electric Vehicles 40 Times Faster

New Nanomaterial Could Charge Electric Vehicles 40 Times Faster

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) have developed a new type of material made from “nanoscoops”, which can increase the charging speed of small lithium-ion batteries by

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China Finds Way to Extend Life of Nuclear Fuel 60 Times

China Finds Way to Extend Life of Nuclear Fuel 60 Times

The Chinese government just announced they've made a breakthrough in nuclear fuel reprocessing technology that would increase the reuse rates of nuclear fuel by 60 fold. Though nuclear power remains a

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Top 6 Green Energy Stories of 2010 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Top 6 Green Energy Stories of 2010 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Innovations in green energy are bursting forth as countries around the world seek out sustainable alternatives to oil and coal. 2010 was ripe with a bounty of products, discoveries and ideas, and the year

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Top 6 Green Technology Stories of 2010 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Top 6 Green Technology Stories of 2010 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Green technology has moved far beyond solar panels over the past decade, and the breakthroughs we've seen just over the last year have been nothing short of amazing. But the big ideas that made headlines

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Microorganism Breakthrough Could Make Methane Production More Efficient

Microorganism Breakthrough Could Make Methane Production More Efficient

A team from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst have discovered a new cooperative behavior in anaerobic bacteria known as “interspecies electron transfer” that they believe could be

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Photosensitive Film Turns Light into Kinetic Energy

Photosensitive Film Turns Light into Kinetic Energy

Researchers at a Japanese company called RIKEN have discovered a way to turn light into kinetic energy through the use of molecules that change their structure when exposed to light. The molecules, when

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Researchers Make Graphene Out of Ordinary Table Sugar

Researchers Make Graphene Out of Ordinary Table Sugar

The manufacturing industry is always looking for new sustainable materials to build from. So far, they have looked into building homes from straw, fruit peel and even books. Now, a team at Rice

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Thermo-Chemical Solar Energy is Efficient and Indefinitely Storable

Thermo-Chemical Solar Energy is Efficient and Indefinitely Storable

While we've figured out ways to capture light and heat from the sun, solar technology is still far from perfected. Photovoltaic cells and solar-thermal systems are a good start, but researchers at MIT are

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New York City Will Install Dual Flush Toilets Citywide

New York City Will Install Dual Flush Toilets Citywide

New York City residents, rejoice - toilets in new city buildings will soon have the capacity to flush 20 golf balls at a time. The New York City Council is now requiring all new buildings to install

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Piezoelectric Device Harvests Wasted Heat Energy From Tech

Piezoelectric Device Harvests Wasted Heat Energy From Tech

When using devices such as laptops and phones, a certain amount of energy is always wasted via heat. However, researcher Dr. Long Que at Louisiana Tech University has made a green tech breakthrough by

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Student Refits $50 Motorcycle To Run On Solar Power

Student Refits $50 Motorcycle To Run On Solar Power

With cars being designed to run on electricity and biofuel, it's only fair that motorcycles are similarly retrofitted for renewable forms of energy. With that in mind, a student at Purdue University has

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Volvo’s Tomorrow Car Has Battery Powered By Its Own Body

Volvo’s Tomorrow Car Has Battery Powered By Its Own Body

Volvo is working on an innovative new car battery that can be installed in the vehicle's bodywork itself and is charged via the car's own body panels. Dubbed The Tomorrow Car, the new model is part of a

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