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Solar-powered Stella Lux family car generates more energy than it uses

Posted on Friday, December 15th, 2017

Most of the super efficient green cars on the market aren’t really designed for regular folks. In fact, some of the vehicles with the highest fuel economy are only made to hold one person: the driver. Those contraptions can move right over to the slow lane, though, because a Dutch team of solar engineering …

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Retractable solar sails to help power “world’s most eco-friendly cruise ship”

Posted on Friday, December 15th, 2017

Peace Boat has been sailing the world since 1983, laboring to build a culture of peace through education – and they just unveiled a new Ecoship that could take to the seas in 2020. A closed-loop water system, whale-inspired hydrodynamic hull, and retractable solar sails are among the features that make this vessel, according …

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Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution

Posted on Friday, December 15th, 2017

‘Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution’ follows filmmaker Jamie Redford on a colorful personal journey to discover the leading edge of clean energy across the U.S. Unlikely entrepreneurs in communities from Georgetown, Tex. to Buffalo, NY reveal pioneering clean energy solutions that are creating jobs, turning profits and making communities stronger …

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Why James Dyson Could Steal Elon Musk’s Electric Car Throne

Posted on Friday, December 15th, 2017

Sir James Dyson wants to change the world with a “radically different” electric car in 2020. A complete departure from the Teslas and Leafs of the world. Something revolutionary, he says. If I were Musk, I would be wary. If there’s one person who can deliver something that can destroy …

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This Bio-Battery Could Charge Your Phone With Your Sweaty Underpants

Posted on Friday, December 15th, 2017

Scientists have created a new type of stretchable fabric-based battery powered by bacteria that eats your sweat–or any kind of bacteria-nourishing fluid–to produce electricity. It’s easy to imagine the long-term potential in the experimental prototype–one day, your clothes may charge your smartphone while you trot around the city. For now, however, the researchers behind …

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SunPower’s new solar shingles are 15% more efficient than conventional photovoltaics

Posted on Thursday, December 14th, 2017

SunPower’s stock jumped 12% on Monday partially because an analyst is highly impressed with the sales opportunity of the P Series solar panel. The solar panel raises efficiency partially through the use of a weird $9 trick – shingling solar cells – to maximize direct sunlight on silicon. The new panel could be …

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Recycling Chaos In U.S. As China Bans ‘Foreign Waste’

Posted on Thursday, December 14th, 2017

China’s ban means recycling is piling up at Rogue Waste System in southern Oregon. Employees Scott Fowler, Laura Leebrick and Garry Penning say their only option for now is to send it to a landfill. Like many Portland residents, Satish and Arlene Palshikar are serious recyclers. Their house is coated with …

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Inside a farm hidden under the streets of Paris in an abandoned parking garage

Posted on Friday, December 8th, 2017

La Caverne is a unique urban farm that grows mushrooms, herbs and greens beneath the streets of Paris. Located in La Chapelle neighborhood in north-central Paris, La Caverne is owned and operated by Cycloponics, a Paris-based indoor farming start-up that has focused on growing sustainable, local food and boosting local economies. “We want …

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The teenager inventor who could change the way the world fights climate change

Posted on Friday, December 8th, 2017

Ethan Novek speaks fast and insists on giving you every detail, even in response to simple questions. It can be overwhelming. But it’s worth sticking with him. Novek started winning science fairs in middle school and was awarded his first patent at 16. Now, at 18, he has his own …

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How planting trees changed lives in a former coal community

Posted on Friday, December 8th, 2017

Former miner Graham Knight puts his cup of tea down on the cafe table and looks out through the large glass windows. Trees frame every view; a small herd of cows meander through a copse of silver birch towards a distance lake.  Former miner Graham Knight has experienced first hand …

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