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Alternative energy news, and information about renewable energy technologies.

Mar 27, 2015

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Mar 26, 2015 Electric Cars | Fuel Cells | Hydrogen Fuel | Transportation

2015-Nissan-BladeGlider-03

This Tuesday we had a unique opportunity to preview the Vancouver International Auto Show. This year’s show features a wide variety of electric, hydrogen and hybrid-electric vehicles. We took full advantage and we’re absolutely thrilled to see so many manufacturers putting research and development into clean transportation technologies. Almost every manufacturer had something future-friendly to […]

Mar 24, 2015 Energy Industry | Future Technology | Solar Power

tulip-solar-hybrid

AORA Solar has announced that it will begin construction of its solar-biogas power plants in Ethiopia. Construction of the first pilot plant will start by mid-2015. Ethiopia’s Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy has stated that ” AORA’s unique solar-hybrid technology is impressive and well-suited to provide both energy and heat to support local economic […]

Mar 23, 2015 Energy Inventions | Wind Power | Wind Turbines

wind-turbine-tree-leaves

A French company called New Wind is installing tree-shaped wind turbines at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France. The company’s founder, Jérôme Michaud-Larivière came up with the idea while in a Paris square, when he “saw the leaves tremble when there was not a breath of air.” He hopes the trees can be […]

Mar 19, 2015 Energy Inventions | Future Technology | Solar Power

solar-power-space

Since 2008, the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) has been working hard to develop technologies to transmit electricity wirelessly. The goal of the Space Solar Power Systems (SSPS), is to be able to transmit energy from orbiting solar panels by 2030. On March 12th, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) successfully conducted a ground demonstration test of […]

Mar 16, 2015 Energy Industry | Wind Power | Wind Turbines

eiffel-tower-wind-turbines

The 126 year old Eiffel Tower is going green! A pair of camouflaged VisionAIR5 wind turbines were installed inside the scaffolding on the second floor, and are expected to generate 10,000 kilowatt hours of electricity every year. That’s enough to power the tower’s entire first floor; including history exhibits, a souvenir shop and restaurants. The […]

Mar 15, 2015 Energy Inventions | Wind Power | Wind Turbines

Dual Rotor Wind Turbine

Iowa State Aerospace Engineers Anupam Sharma and Hui Hu are exploring the possibility of adding a smaller, secondary rotor to wind turbines. The engineers studied the base of existing turbines and found two major problems. First, they are big round structural pieces that don’t harvest any wind energy because they are not shaped like an […]

Mar 14, 2015 Energy Inventions | Hydro Power | Wave Power

KymoGen

Mechanical Engineer David Hartmann and Craftsman Jason Ballash have designed a new wave power technology called the KymoGen, which has the potential to produce clean, low-cost energy using the constant power of waves. Key to the design is its simplicity. A portable 8’x8′ platform is tethered to a mooring on the sea floor. Inside the […]

Mar 13, 2015 Hybrid Cars | Transportation

Toyota Prius Motor Home

It’s Friday, so we figured it’s time for a little humour. James Lawler, a Landscaper from Torquay Australia, has built himself a mini-motorhome atop his Toyota Prius Hybrid. The project took just over a week to complete using scrap materials, and ended up costing him just under $150. What inspired this project? Lawler says “There’s […]

Mar 12, 2015 Pedal Power | Solar Power | Transportation

The Elf

Described as the “most efficient vehicle on the planet”, The ELF is a solar and pedal-powered hybrid tricycle hand-built in the United States by Organic Transit. It is available in one, two and three seater models, and according to their website it gets the equivalent of 1800 miles per gallon! It is legally considered a […]

Mar 11, 2015 Energy Economy | Energy Industry | Environment and Sustainability

Recycled CO2

Environmentalists have pushed greenhouse gases as being the leading cause of global warming. Carbon dioxide has been regarded as being the biggest contributor to the greenhouse effect. But what if there was a way to recycle the most abundant greenhouse gas in the Earth’s atmosphere? Carbon dioxide is a major byproduct of industrial power generation […]

Mar 10, 2015 Energy Inventions | Human Power | Hydro Power

hydrobee

We just received an email from a company called Hydrobee, asking us to vote for them as Autodesk’s inventor of the Year. Having never heard of this we checked it out… what a neat invention! This soda-can sized device generates electricity for USB devices when you’re off the grid. It can generate power using flowing […]

Mar 9, 2015 Electric Cars | Future Technology | Transportation

Goodyear Concept Tire

We’ve been getting a lot of positive news about electric cars recently. This week at the Geneva International Auto Show, Goodyear unveiled a new concept tire called the BH03. While we don’t know why it is called that, we do know that Goodyear’s new tire looks radical and could potentially generate electricity for electric cars […]

Mar 8, 2015 Energy Inventions | Wind Power | Wind Turbines Back in 2013 Google purchased a company called Makani, creators of the Energy Kite. Their goal is to make wind energy pricing competitive with fossil fuels, and they believe a

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