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Published on December 19th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan


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December 19th, 2011 by  


1. SolarWindows achieve “speed and scale-up” breakthrough. We’ve written about New Energy Technologies’ SolarWindow technology a few times here on CleanTechnica, most recently at the end of September. The most recent news from the company is that it has “successfully fabricated its latest working window prototype using a faster, rapid scale-up process for applying solution-based coatings,” as the company noted on Monday. Going on: “The prospect of rapidly scaling up the size of SolarWindow™ while applying the Company’s electricity-generating coatings onto glass at faster speeds, are important technical advancements in New Energy’s drive to aggressively advance the world’s first-of-its-kind technology towards commercial launch.”

2. Ford introduces 100+ MPGe vehicle. Ford announced a new “gasoline-free 2012 Focus Electric, expected to be the first five-passenger electric vehicle with a 100 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe)” on Wednesday.

3. GE electric vehicle charging station — WattStation — now available on Amazon. “GE Energy (NYSE: GE) has reached an agreement with Amazon.com to sell its award-winning GE WattStationTMWall Mount electric vehicle (EV) charger directly to U.S. consumers through the online retailer’s popular website,” GE announced on Tuesday.

4. Electric vehicle charging equipment sales to hit $4.3 billion worldwide by 2017. “Sales of electric vehicles are expected to accelerate strongly over the next few years, and along with them will come rapid growth in deployment of charging equipment for the vehicles,” Pike Research noted on Tuesday. “Two years from now, more than 80 different models of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) will be found on roadways across the globe, and by 2017, more than 5.1 million PEVs will be sold globally.”

5. Solar power replacing dirty & dangerous kerosene lamps in Ethiopia.

Peter Sinclair’s comedic comments on the video/story above: “These infuriating, insolent third world villagers somehow have found a way to generate their own electricity, pump water, become self sufficient, improve education, and build community  –  without sending warriors to kill their neighbors. Clearly someone has not gotten the fear-and-scarcity memo.” 

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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort on Tesla or any other company.

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