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Roll to roll manufactured decorative solar panels to be 10 times cheaper

January 29th, 2015 at 2:39 pm » Comments Off

Based on printing technologies, VTT Technical Centre of Finland has developed and utilized a mass production method allowing the manufacturing of decorative, organic solar panels.  Freedom of design increases the range of panel applications on the surfaces of interior and exterior building spaces.



BMW, VW join forces to build fast-charging stations for electric cars in US

January 27th, 2015 at 1:00 pm » Comments Off

German car companies, BMW and Volkswagen are teaming up with ChargePoint to install a network of fast-charging stations for electric cars in the U.S.



Electric buses on the rise

January 26th, 2015 at 1:36 pm » Comments Off

Electric bus in NYC Electric cars have come a long way and they continue to wrestle more market share from their fossil-fueled counterparts, but electric cars can only take us so far.  Electric buses, on the other hand, are a lot more exciting and becoming more commonplace.



Stanford Engineers Invent High Tech Mirrors that Beam Light into Space

January 7th, 2015 at 8:28 am » Comments Off

Illustration of reflective panel on building A new ultrathin multilayered material can cool buildings without air conditioning by radiating warmth from inside the buildings into space while also reflecting sunlight to reduce incoming heat. Fan Lab Stanford engineers have invented a material designed to help cool buildings. The material reflects incoming sunlight, and it sends […]



It’s Illegal to Live off the Grid in the State of Florida

January 2nd, 2015 at 10:40 am » Comments Off

Robin Speronis lives off the grid in Florida, completely independent of the city’s water and electric system. A few weeks ago, officials ruled her off-grid home illegal. Officials cited the International Property Maintenance Code, which mandates that homes be connected to an electricity grid and a running water source. That’s like saying our dependency on […]



Nissan’s New Electric Car will go farther than ever

January 1st, 2015 at 12:33 pm » Comments Off

For many more people than realize it, electric cars are already adequate for their needs and better than a gasmobile for their bank account and quality of life. However, it often isn’t good enough for disruptive technology to be better than the incumbents. It has to be much better. The target for electric cars, in […]



Algae used to extract metals from mine tailings

December 30th, 2014 at 11:39 am » Comments Off

England’s Cornish Tin Mine Jamie Doward – A pioneering research project to clean up a flooded Cornish tin mine is using algae to harvest the precious heavy metals in its toxic water, while simultaneously producing biofuel. If the project, which is at a very early stage, is proven to work, it could have huge environmental […]



Latest thinking about terraforming Mars, introducing cyanobacteria

December 27th, 2014 at 8:39 am » Comments Off

Terraforming Mars While scientists believe that at one time, long ago, Mars had an atmosphere similar to Earth’s and was covered with flowing water, the reality today is quite different. In fact, the surface of Mars is so hostile that a vacation in Antarctica would seem pleasant by comparison. In addition to the extreme cold, […]



Performance and convenience are the biggest attraction to electric cars for consumers

November 10th, 2014 at 4:56 pm » Comments Off

Environmental benefits are not the biggest attraction to electric cars. People love to categorize things. Sometimes people categorize too quickly and too simply. Electric cars are linked to their environmental benefits and being green, but the electric cars’ performance and convenience benefits are the biggest electric car attractions for most consumers.  



Germany generates 74% of power needs from renewable energy

May 16th, 2014 at 10:52 am » Comments Off

An offshore wind turbine near Rostock. Germany. Germany’s impressive streak of renewable energy milestones continues, with renewable energy generation surging to a record portion — nearly 75 percent — of the country’s overall electricity demand by midday last Sunday. With wind and solar in particular filling such a huge portion of the country’s power demand, […]



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