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Mar 06, 2015

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Mar 6, 2015 Electric Cars | Energy Industry | Transportation

Nissan e-NV200

Ever wanted to own an electric car, but didn’t think any of the current options were practical? Think again! Nissan is turning over a new leaf with it’s new 100% electric e-NV200 — a 7-seater electric minivan — perfect for cargo, families and even taxis. Previously only available as a 5-seater, the new model has […]

Mar 5, 2015 Energy Inventions | Wind Power | Wind Turbines

Lateral Axis Wind Turbine Concept

Sri Lankan inventor Leelananda Jayasuriya just sent us this concept for a Lateral Axis Wind Turbine. The turbine functions just like a Ferris Wheel, with the blades orbiting in an epicyclical path around the central shaft. Leelananda believes there are many advantages to his design: it can rotate with the direction of the wind, it […]

Mar 4, 2015 Electric Cars | Future Technology | Transportation

3D Printed Car

3D Printing is all the rage these days, so it’s no surprise someone has printed a complete and functional electric automobile, appropriately named the Strati (Italian for “layers”) 18 months ago, Phoenix Arizona company Local Motors teamed up with Cincinnati Incorporated to develop a neighborhood electric car. The project is open source; members are encouraged […]

Mar 3, 2015 Electric Cars | Hybrid Cars | Transportation

Green Cars

Considering a green car? These days it makes a lot of sense but there are so many options; electric, hybrid, hydrogen and even solar. One day soon we’ll all be driving one, so how do we choose? And if we don’t have a green car, what can you we do to help the environment in […]

Mar 2, 2015 Energy Politics | Environment and Sustainability | Future Technology

google-biodome

Today Google announced their exciting proposal to redevelop four sites in Mountain View, California. Designed by Bjarke Ingels at BIG and Thomas Heatherwick at Heatherwick Studio, the new headquarters will be the first time Google will design and build their offices from scratch. The concept is simple and genius: instead of building permanent structures with […]

Feb 28, 2015 Energy Inventions | Future Technology | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar Power

3d-printed-solar-trees

How would nature do it? Researchers at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland may be discovering the answer, thanks to advancing solar and 3D printing technologies. They have developed some very decorative prototypes of what they are calling “energy harvesting trees”. The tiny leaves generate and store solar energy and can be used to […]

Feb 23, 2015 Environment and Sustainability | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar Power

Solar Power World Map

Home Inspector Bill Barber recently created an excellent infographic that details how solar panels can power homes and help the environment at the same time. According to the infographic, “1 hour of Energy from the Sun = 1 Year of Power for the Global Population”. And as stated, solar power remains the 3rd most important […]

Apr 29, 2011 Oriental Hornet: Expert Solar Power Harvester Do you know who is the most competent solar power expert, according to a research team from Tel Aviv University? It is the humble common Oriental hornet found in our gardens! Much to the astonishment of the scientists and researchers, the hornet utilizes solar power much like a plant and it produces electricity. [...] Read More...

Posted in: Environment, PhotoVoltaics, Solar Power
Apr 27, 2011 Brooklyn Bridge Park: Greenest Destination in New York City New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge Park is getting even greener with the addition of a solar powered electric vehicle (EV) charging station – the first of its kind in New York City. Brooklyn Bridge Park has already added a number of green areas with lush grass, making it a great spot for both locals [...] Read More...

Posted in: Environment, Politics, Solar Power
Apr 27, 2011 Infinyte I4: A Purely Electric Catamaran Cruiser While solar-power electric hybrid vehicles are a proven success story on the roads, the time is ripe for the appearance of solar-electric watercraft. Already a pontoon boat – Loon – is available in the market. It is solar-electric powered and can seat eight passengers. Now a smaller one – the purely electric run, Infinyte [...] Read More...

Posted in: Electric Cars, Future Energy, Transportation
Apr 26, 2011 Pepsi’s New Green PET Bottle PepsiCo is one of the leading food and beverage businesses in the world. Since 2010, it has been focusing on protecting the earth’s natural energy resources with competent use of soil, water, power and finding and focusing on innovative ways to do so. Recently PepsiCo developed the world’s first plastic bottle made entirely from [...] Read More...

Posted in: Environment, Industry, Inventions
Apr 24, 2011 Flying Wind Farms: Future Power Harvesters How would you like swarms of kite-like airborne turbines spinning at high altitudes sending power down via nano-tube cable tethers to generate power for your community? This could very well be a true picture of future power harvesters according to NASA. A federal fund of $100,000 is being reserved for exploring these high-altitude, nano-tube [...] Read More...

Posted in: Future Energy, Wind Farms, Wind Power
Apr 18, 2011 Hydrogen Generation & Storage Made Easy with Nano-Technology Fuels like gasoline, based on hydrocarbon, create pollution and carbon footprint. Hydrogen has been claimed to be a good alternative to replace fossil fuel since the 1970s. But hydrogen’s potential has not been realized even partially mainly because of storage and commercial production difficulties. There have been research being done on renewable energy sources [...] Read More...

Posted in: Fuel Cells, Future Energy, Hydrogen Fuel
Apr 17, 2011 Artificial Electronic Super Skin – Powered By Stretchable Solar Cells Zhenan Bao, Stanford researcher, is keen to create “Super skin.” Taking her previously created super-sensitive sensor a step ahead, she is now creating a super skin that will be self-powered with renewable clean solar energy. Bao and her team have designed polymer solar cells that are flexible and can be stretched to power the [...] Read More...

Posted in: Inventions, PhotoVoltaics, Solar Power
Apr 8, 2011 South Saigon Yacht Park: Modern and Green Clean Living Vietnam is setting an example in setting up a stunning green center with the ongoing project called South Saigon Yacht Park. Right in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, the state capital, plans are afoot to create a green oasis to spread the message of green revolution across the country. This Yacht Park [...] Read More...

Posted in: Environment, Industry
Apr 7, 2011 PowerMod: To the Rescue Think of the earthquake that happened at Tahiti, or havoc-provoking typhoons like Katrina; or the recent plane crash that took so many lives. With man-made or natural disasters occurring unexpectedly at all corners of earth, there has been a sharp demand for dependable portable energy sources that can make rescue efforts a lot [...] Read More...

Posted in: Inventions, PhotoVoltaics, Solar Power
Apr 6, 2011 Common Algae for Biofuel Butanol Production There have been various methods tried for reducing fossil fuel dependency and containing carbon footprints for a healthier and more eco-friendly future. Corn-produced ethanol has been used for mixing with gasoline but there have been side effects like corrosion from ethanol. Also huge tracts of precious farmlands need to be diverted for corn production. [...] Read More...

Posted in: Biofuels, Future Energy, Transportation
Apr 4, 2011 The Empire State Building: Brighter & Greener Yes, as of 2011, The Empire State Building, one of the world’s largest buildings has achieved the distinction of becoming the largest buyer of green renewable wind power. The Empire State Building will be using more than 100 million kWh of wind energy in the coming couple of years approximately. It will be totally [...] Read More...

Posted in: Environment, Solar Power, Wind Power
Mar 30, 2011 MiraQua: A Tiny Miracle Today there seems to be more and more and yet more vehicles on the road than ever. Everybody wants to have their own transport and a smaller car with least carbon emission seems to be an ideal solution for this inexhaustible number of cars that seem to be coming up. Tiny cars electrically driven [...] Read More...

Posted in: Electric Cars, Future Energy, Transportation
Mar 29, 2011 Ceria Mimics Plant Life Newer and more exciting devices are being invented to harness renewable energy – especially solar energy. One such device is a prototype which uses one of the rare earth metals – ceria, otherwise known cerium oxide – utilizing its natural propensity of alternatively exhaling and inhaling oxygen as it heats up or cools down. [...] Read More...

Posted in: Inventions, PhotoVoltaics, Solar Power
Mar 28, 2011 The New Role of Microbes in Bio-Fuel Production Currently biofuel is produced from plants as well as microbes. The oils, carbohydrates or fats generated by the microbes or plants are refined to produce biofuel. This is a green and renewable energy that helps in conserving fossil-fuel usage. But a new research has led to a new discovery of getting the microbes to [...] Read More...

Posted in: Biofuels, Future Energy, Inventions
Mar 23, 2011 Laser ‘Scribing’ to Increase Solar Cell Efficiency Over the years, thanks to the devoted research work going on for increasing the efficiency of solar cells, today solar cells are no longer flat shaped or unyielding. Ultra thin film-type solar cells have now been manufactured which are quite flexible and adaptable for use in corners, curvilinear and other structures. Today almost 20% [...] Read More...

Posted in: Future Energy, PhotoVoltaics, Solar Power
Mar 22, 2011 E-Reader Going Green: Biblio Leaf Glad tidings for book lovers with green ethics! Maybe the e-reader does not consume much power. But if you love to read online and think you should do your bit towards using renewable energy, you have Toshiba and KDDI joining the ranks of LG to provide solar-powered e-readers. Biblio Leaf is the new kid [...] Read More...

Posted in: Inventions, PhotoVoltaics, Solar Power
Mar 21, 2011 Flat Tower: Innovative Architectural Solution High-rise buildings and skyscrapers have been the most favored architectural solutions for highly populated cities. It is a commendable idea for combining height – growing more vertically – and for its small footprint without hogging precious soil which is at a premium in most cities. But sporadic eruptions of skyscrapers do not add to [...] Read More...

Posted in: Environment, Industry, Inventions
Mar 19, 2011 Solar Tracker Solar Panels A German owned company IMO has set-up a plant in USA that will make the largest solar tracker solar panels to tap solar energy. As per Ruediger Unverzagt and Klaus Pless, respectively the CEO and vice-president of this company, these solar tracker solar panels are the largest in Summerville in South California. IMO is [...] Read More...

Posted in: Inventions, PhotoVoltaics, Solar Power
Mar 18, 2011 Power from Two Energy Sources? Alternative sources of energy are clean and green but the catch is they generate less energy compared to fossil fuels. So now the scientists are trying to use different sources of alternative energy at the same place and same time to generate power. Attempts are being made to combine two forms of external energy [...] Read More...

Posted in: Future Energy, Inventions
Mar 17, 2011 Generating Electricity from Wing Waves Just like wind mills and wind turbines that generate power and electricity from the wind, scientists are now working to generate power from the sea. Stephen Wood, an assistant professor of marine and environmental systems at Florida Institute of Technology’s College of Engineering is working on this technology for its advance and proper use. [...] Read More...

Posted in: Hydro Power, Inventions, Wave Power
Mar 16, 2011

To ensure wind turbines that are big in size work in a better manner, a new kind of air-flow technology may soon be introduced. Apart from other aspects, it will focus on efficiency of blades used in the wind turbines. The technology will help in increasing the efficiency of these turbines under various wind conditions. […]
Mar 15, 2011

A report recently published in an online journal called Advanced Materials points out that a process has been developed by the researchers at the Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory that can produce thin and constant light absorbing layers on textured substrates. This increases light absorption by polymer solar cells, thereby increasing their efficiency […]
Mar 14, 2011

A team of researchers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences that is headed by Sriram Ramanathan is working on developing fuel cells. If Ramanathan is to be believed, the solid-oxide fuel cells the visionary and specialist in the field is making along with other scientists, will become a highly sought after technology […]