Bike Power – Communities Gather Around Generators in New York

Posted on Thursday, November 1st, 2012 by

A man pedals a bicycle to generate electricity so residents can charge their cell phones in New York’s east Village neighborhood Oct. 30. The tandem bicycle was pedaled by teams of two for around five minutes each. The electricity surged from the pedals through cords and an adapter. It was good enough to power more […]

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British Firm Produces Liquid Fuel From Water and Thin Air

Posted on Friday, October 26th, 2012 by

A small British company has produced the first “petrol from air” using a revolutionary technology that promises to solve the energy crisis as well as helping to curb global warming by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Air Fuel Synthesis in Stockton-on-Tees has produced five litres of petrol since August when it switched on a […]

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What if Your Footsteps Could Power Your City Sustainably?

Posted on Friday, October 19th, 2012 by

These paving slabs, made from 100% recycled rubber, are designed to generate renewable energy by converting the kinetic energy of footsteps to electric off the grid. In theory, wherever there is a high footfall Pavegen’s technology harvests the wasted energy for such applications as street lighting, advertising billboards and information displays. read more original article […]

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Will algae ever power our cars?

Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2012 by

Scores of companies across the world are racing to unlock algae’s energy potential and create a ‘green crude oil’ Although scientists and entrepreneurs have been trying to unlock the energy potential of algae for more than three decades, they don’t yet agree on how to go about it. Some companies grow algae in ponds, others […]

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The Return of Sailing Ships

Posted on Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 by

At the University of Tokyo, researchers are working on a design for a ship that uses rigid framework and fiber-reinforced plastic instead of canvas for sails.  These high-tech sails can be flown, much more like an airplane wing, increasing the efficiency with which they propel the ship. read more original article conserve energy

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Making Renewable Energy Lemonade from Biomass Lemons

Posted on Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 by

The Pine Beetle Problem: At least one University of Washington chemical engineer is working on a thermo-chemical conversion technology that should make renewable energy “lemonade” from a particularly problematic batch of biomass “lemons.” The goal is not only to produce an economically-viable new source of renewable liquid bio-fuel targeted for use as bio-diesel or aviation […]

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Goats to trim the grass

Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 by

A major international airport like Chicago’s  O’Hare needs a large staff to take care of everything from security to  maintenance, and now the major aviation hub is looking to hire some four-legged  helpers to lend a hoof with landscaping. The Chicago Department of Aviation recently  put out a bid for someone to supply goats – […]

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The Future of Wind Power: 9 Cool Innovations

Posted on Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 by

Our economy has an insatiable appetite for energy, and because of the negative side effects of fossil fuels, the quicker that we can supplement and/or replace petroleum-based power sources, the better.Wind power is a great way to generate clean renewable energy, and the innovations in wind technology being pursued over the last year or so […]

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Free Energy – Solar Powered Sterling Engine

Posted on Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 by

The Stirling engine is a heat engine that is vastly different from the internal-combustion engine in your car. Invented by Robert Stirling in 1816, the Stirling engine has the potential to be much more efficient than a gasoline or diesel engine. But today, Stirling engines are used only in some very specialized applications, like in […]

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Seeking Water From the Sun

Posted on Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 by

Documentary Profiles Solar Water-Purification Program on Navajo Nation A new water-purification system using solar power to purify contaminated  groundwater holds promise for solving water problems not only on the Navajo  Nation, where it is being tested, but for many other indigenous communities as  well. read more Indian Country

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