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Enzyme Discovered in the Great Salt Lake Could Unlock Non-Food Derived Biofuels

Enzyme Discovered in the Great Salt Lake Could Unlock Non-Food Derived Biofuels

Researchers working with the US Department of Energy recently isolated a salt-tolerant enzyme from the Great Salt Lake that they say is the missing piece in the biofuel refining process. The team of

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US Navy Tests Bacteria-Powered Fuel Cell Underwater Monitoring Device

US Navy Tests Bacteria-Powered Fuel Cell Underwater Monitoring Device

The US Navy is currently testing a microbial fuel cell powered underwater device that, instead of harvesting electricity from microbial cell growth like most microbial fuel cell devices, harvests gas and

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Global Green Energy Spending Up 32% in 2010!

Global Green Energy Spending Up 32% in 2010!

A United Nations report found that worldwide spending on green energy increased by 32% in 2010 thanks to lower prices, larger availability and tighter regulations within certain countries requiring

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Deserted UK Tin Mine Transformed into 1.4MW Solar Power Plant

Deserted UK Tin Mine Transformed into 1.4MW Solar Power Plant

An out of use tin mine in the south west of England is on its way to becoming a hotspot for renewable energy. Earlier today, more than 5,600 solar panels on the site were fired up by Solarcentury and

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New Printable Cling-Film Solar Cells are Cheap and Easy to Produce

New Printable Cling-Film Solar Cells are Cheap and Easy to Produce

Researchers in the UK have discovered a new process that could create inexpensive, mass-produced solar devices by printing a thin layer of plastic polymer photovoltaic cells over a cling-like film. The

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Elegant Jellyfish Inspire Research in Propulsion and Energy Technology

Elegant Jellyfish Inspire Research in Propulsion and Energy Technology

Jellyfish have always been the highlight of aquarium visits - their easy grace moving through the water is something to be desired. Bioengineering professor John Dabiri is just as fascinated with the sea

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Pythagorus Solar Windows Offer Breakthrough in Solar Tech for High-Rises

Pythagorus Solar Windows Offer Breakthrough in Solar Tech for High-Rises

High-rise buildings require a lot of energy to cool in the summer, but they have relatively little space on their small roofs for solar arrays. This quandary got Pythagorus Solar of San Mateo,

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Hydro-Electric Barrel Design Uses Moving Water to Generate Energy

Hydro-Electric Barrel Design Uses Moving Water to Generate Energy

A new design for a hydroelectric generator could cheaply light up off-grid areas. The Hydro-Electric Barrel is a spinning water wheel that floats on the water surface and turns in the current. The

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White House Fails to Put up Solar Panels by Their Own Deadline

White House Fails to Put up Solar Panels by Their Own Deadline

After a coalition of sun lovers petitioned for a solar array to be installed on the White House the President announced last fall that we'd see a sunny energy generator installed on the his abode by this

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Germany May Build First Wind Power-Storing Coal Mines in the World

Germany May Build First Wind Power-Storing Coal Mines in the World

It's a classic story line in sustainability: dirty tech goes green. We've seen coal mines transformed into geothermal energy stores and dirty plants become gorgeous green buildings. Now, for the first

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Google Ups Research & Development to Make Solar Cheaper than Coal

Google Ups Research & Development to Make Solar Cheaper than Coal

It's no mystery that Google is an internet powerhouse, but within the last couple of years, they have expanded their efforts to make big changes in the way we power our homes and cities. Their goal? To

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Smart Solar International Develops Cost Efficient Sun-Chasing Solar Panels

Smart Solar International Develops Cost Efficient Sun-Chasing Solar Panels

Tokyo-based start-up Smart Solar International has developed a new solar panel comprised of aluminum mirror bars that turn to face the sun for optimal efficiency throughout the day. The system requires

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Switzerland Announces Plans to Completely Phase Out Nuclear Power

Switzerland Announces Plans to Completely Phase Out Nuclear Power

After over 20,000 protesters marched earlier this week in opposition of nuclear power, the Swiss government has decided to ditch plans to build any new nuclear reactors. The decision comes after Swiss

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Comfort on Demand Saves Energy by Letting People Control Heat & Light in Office Areas

Comfort on Demand Saves Energy by Letting People Control Heat & Light in Office Areas

Nash Hurley and Taylor Keep of VITAL Environments in collaboration with Beau Trincia have created Comfort-on-Demand, a system that heats, cools, and lights individual work environments. Each person tunes

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Amazing Aeros Pelican Airships Set to Fly by 2013

Amazing Aeros Pelican Airships Set to Fly by 2013

If you think the idea of airships is full of hot air, you may be in for a surprise as the newest Aeros zeppelin might be coming to a sky near you in 2013. In an effort to reduce fuel and helium usage on

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China Doubles 2020 Solar Power Target to 50 GW

China Doubles 2020 Solar Power Target to 50 GW

China just announced that it has more than doubled its target goal for solar power generation over the next decade in an effort to decrease dependency on nuclear power in light of the recent crisis in

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Clean-Tech Venture Capital Jumps 54% in First Quarter 2011

Clean-Tech Venture Capital Jumps 54% in First Quarter 2011

There's no doubt about it, Silicon Vally is in another bubble, and this time, clean tech is getting its piece of the pie. Clean-tech venture capital funding jumped 54% in the first quarter of 2011, with

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Honeywell’s Home Wind Turbine Goes on Sale Today!

Honeywell’s Home Wind Turbine Goes on Sale Today!

The Honeywell wind turbine, a small lightweight gearless system built perfect for homes and small businesses, goes on sale today around the world! The Honeywell, which was designed by WindTronics,

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California Signs Most Ambitious Renewable Energy Law in the Country

California Signs Most Ambitious Renewable Energy Law in the Country

Yesterday, California's governor, Jerry Brown, signed into law the most ambitious renewable energy standards in the country, which would require the state to generate 1/3 of its power from renewables

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Swooping Hoover Dam Re-Design Creates Spectacular Views for Visitors

Swooping Hoover Dam Re-Design Creates Spectacular Views for Visitors

One of the primary purposes of the re-design is to allow visitors in engage with the water flowing from the upstream river via a series of mega-containers. A hanging tower above the 700-foot drop into the

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Clever Devices Turn Trees into Natural Wind Turbines Bases

Clever Devices Turn Trees into Natural Wind Turbines Bases

We all know wind turbines are a great way to harness emissions free energy, but some people just carry a distaste for their huge pylons, rotors and the way they look in juxtaposition to the landscape. But

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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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Energy Upgrade California Helps Golden State Homeowners Save Power and Money

Energy Upgrade California Helps Golden State Homeowners Save Power and Money

We all know that boosting our homes' energy efficiency helps the environment, but more and more homeowners are realizing that it saves them a bundle on their utility bills too. For homeowners in

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Google Invests in Biomass Fuel Startup CoolPlanetBiofuels’ Negative Carbon Fuel

Google Invests in Biomass Fuel Startup CoolPlanetBiofuels’ Negative Carbon Fuel

If you think Google is going to take over the world, you can at least rest assured they're going to do it in a green way. The internet giant has invested in yet another green initiative, pouring some

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Republicans Attempt to Repeal Ban on Incandescent Light Bulbs

Republicans Attempt to Repeal Ban on Incandescent Light Bulbs

How many legislative bodies does it take to block efficiency? Well, it appears only one -- as Republicans in Congress try to repeal the 2007 Ban on incandescent bulbs. Spearheading the charge is Sen. Rand

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Panasonic Unveils Solar Power Table That Wirelessly Charges Your Gadgets

Panasonic Unveils Solar Power Table That Wirelessly Charges Your Gadgets

According to Akihabara News, Panasonic recently unveiled a solar table at Tokyo's Security Show that harnesses QI technology to wirelessly charge your gadgets whenever you place them on the countertop!

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Philadelphia’s Crane Arts Building Now Home to Area’s Largest Solar Power Array

Philadelphia’s Crane Arts Building Now Home to Area’s Largest Solar Power Array

Philadelphia’s Crane Arts Building is now home to the area’s largest photovoltaic solar array. Installed by Solar States, the array will provide a clean source of renewable energy to the arts and

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Pee Power: Scientists Discover a Cost Effective Way to Produce Hydrogen from Urine

Pee Power: Scientists Discover a Cost Effective Way to Produce Hydrogen from Urine

Do you love the adventure of a road trip, but could do without the constant gas station pit stops to refuel and - ahem - release? Well, chemists have found a way to combine refueling your car and

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Kevin Kennon Architects’ Tian Fang Tower is a Sustainable Skyscraper for Tianjin

Kevin Kennon Architects’ Tian Fang Tower is a Sustainable Skyscraper for Tianjin

Kevin Kennon Architects is designing a new landmark building for Tianjin Eco-City in China. This 120,000 square meter, 44 floor office tower and luxury shopping center, developed by Tianjin Real Estate

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