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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, […]

Ooho – an edible water bottle that could save the planet

April 1st, 2014 at 9:05 am » Comments Off

Rodrigo García González, Pierre Paslier, and Guillaume Couche are London-based industrial design students who have created the Ooho, a blob-like water container made out of an edible algae membrane.    

Sugar battery could soon be powering your electronics

February 8th, 2014 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

A demonstration of two sugar biobatteries connected in a series to power a digital clock. Almost all living cells break down sugar to produce energy. Researchers at Virginia Tech say they have developed a battery that can store the most energy for its weight using sugar as a fuel source by mimicking what plants and […]

Volocopter VC200 – 18-rotor electric helicopter takes flight

November 28th, 2013 at 9:21 am » Comments Off

Volocopter VC200 Greener transportation options have become a priority in the modern world. Greener and more efficient vehicles of all types are eventually becoming the standard. Even helicopters are becoming greener. One German company, E-volo, designed several electric helicopters, and one of its models, the Volocopter VC200, recently passed its first flight tests. (Video)   […]

Heat from subways to warm homes in London

November 25th, 2013 at 10:16 am » Comments Off

London’s subway will be supplying green energy to warm up more homes around the borough. A new project announced by the Islington council will redirect the heat from a Northern Line of London’s subway to vent to homes across the city, giving homeowners a new way to get through the cold season. The project will deliver […]

What is the future for biofuels?

September 24th, 2013 at 11:18 am » Comments Off

What happened to biofuels? Everybody was talking about biofuels a few years ago. Politicians in the U.S. saw corn ethenol as a path to “energy independence,” while greener folks preferred biodiesel made from waste cooking oil. Fans of biofuels said that these were supposed to be just a bridge to second-generation biofuels like cellulosic ethanol […]

Introducing the Virtual Battery

June 25th, 2013 at 10:29 pm » Comments Off

Phil Watts conducting an experiment Working day and night in his backyard workshop, energy pioneer Phil Watts has developed a significant number of breakthrough power technologies, but none quite as significant as the “virtual battery.” The Virtual Battery Hybrid is an aggregation of 4 technologies; Thermoelectric power generation, solar thermal, ground loops and Nanofluid heat […]

Sahara Forest Project – multi-technology synergy to grow food in the desert

June 24th, 2013 at 9:02 am » Comments Off

Revegetation and creation of green jobs through profitable production of food, freshwater, biofuels and electricity. The Sahara Forest Project in Qatar is putting together a number of different systems in a complex project intended to “produce food, fresh water and clean energy in deserts using seawater.” The project uses a number of different systems where the waste […]

Future cities will have buildings that can think and breathe

June 19th, 2013 at 10:09 am » Comments Off

Masdar City will use solar energy and other renewables , and will be car-free. Mankind is rethinking how we build the structures we live and work in which is changing the way our cities look and feel.  According to architect Philip Beesley, our cities of smooth stone and steel may become more like floating forests […]

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