Top 5 CleanTechnica Stories In 2013

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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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