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Published on December 31st, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan


Top 5 CleanTechnica Stories In 2013

Call me crazy, but I hate “top ___ stories of the year” that run a month or even a couple weeks before the end of the year. I understand that it’s not popular to wait until the end of the year to write these, but I prefer to wait anyway. Now that the year has just about wrapped up (I’m about to close out for the day), here are CleanTechnica‘s top 5 stories of 2013 (purely in terms of pageviews).


  1. Thin-Film Solar Power To Be Sold For Less Than Coal Power (210,480 views)
  2. Graphene Breakthrough — One Photon Can Be Converted Into Multiple Electrons (161,754 views)
  3. Top-Selling Cars In Norway Now Electric Cars (Two Months In A Row) — 4 Reasons Why (119,512 views)
  4. 10 Key Clean Energy Statements From Obama’s Climate Speech (91,402 views)
  5. Graphene Is The Strongest Material In The World Even When It Has Defects, Research Finds (59,137 views)

I guess the biggest lesson here is that graphene is a hot topic. Beyond that, two of the most iconic solar and EV stories of the year blew up pretty big… as they should have. And then there’s the Obama one — Obama can of course pull a lot of attention… especially talking about global warming and climate change.

Do you have any standout favorite stories from the year? If so, please feel free to drop them in the comments below. And, if you feel like it, you can check out my favorite solar energy and electric vehicle stories for some inspiration.

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy for the past four years or so. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the Network Manager for their parent organization – Important Media – and he's the Owner/Founder of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to and click on the relevant buttons.

  • mike_dyke

    As the name of the site implies, we’re interested in “Clean” technology. i.e. it causes less polution/waste or has less harmful side effects than current technology and preferably as small as possible. Currently the Solar and wind fields are leading that market.

    If a neuclear process was developed that generated electricity at a comparative or better price than solar/wind and was small enough and safe enough to be put in a car/house and didn’t produce any harmful waste, then we’d be interested.

  • JamesWimberley

    A lot of your readers seem to be technology cargo cultists. For an extreme example, see the hundreds of nuclear fanboy comments om your recent nuclear energy post. “Small improvement makes solar panels / wind turbines slightly cheaper” does not arouse enthusiasm – but that’s the stuff that is getting the job done.

    • Bob_Wallace

      There are actually few individuals taking part in that long, drawn out “discussion”.

      Being one of them, I should know…. ;o)

    • Zachary Shahan

      As the point of that article went, those nuclear fanboys swarm… but be assured, they are definitely not our readers. :D

    • Zachary Shahan

      Also, fyi, the comments:views ration on that post is absurd.

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