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Greenpeace Activists Dress Up Like VW Stormtroopers + New Greenpeace VW Dark Side Commercials {VIDEOS}

July 4th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

Greenpeace launched a campaign against Volkswagen (VW), Europe's largest car manufacturer, last week due to the company's efforts to keep the EU from strengthening its emissions standards. Some of the events tied to this campaign, such as dropping a large "VW has gone to the dark side" and demonstrations by VW stormtroopers in London and Milton Keynes, are featured in the videos below

Hertz Now Offers Electric Bicycle Rentals! (in London)

June 25th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

You know electric bikes are getting somewhere when rental car agencies like Hertz start offering them instead of cars. Hertz has actually been trying to develop and show a green side lately. It's made a number of announcements about solar installations on its facilities. But I didn't expect it to get into the electric bicycle arena

Cleantech Weekly Roundup

June 24th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

Here's an extremely lengthy end-of-week roundup of cleantech stories. To make scrolling through your interests more manageable, I'm splitting it up into a few pages based on topic. Page 1 -->> Solar Energy Page 2 -->> Wind Energy Page 3 -->> Energy Efficiency & Energy Storage Page 4 -->> Transportation Page 5 -->> Politics Page 6 -->> Other Clean News & Commentary

DARPA Wants Your Ideas for the Mother of All Star Trek Conventions

June 20th, 2011 | by Tina Casey

DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is going all out for its upcoming 100 Year Star Ship Symposium, and they want to hear from anyone with an interest in space travel. The agency has issued an open call for abstracts and discussion topics on everything from energy harvesting to religious and philosophical issues. If you don't have a tech background, don't be shy, because according to DARPA "this is a great opportunity for people with interesting ideas to be heard, which we believe will spur further thought, dreaming, and innovation." Yeah that's right -- it's like a Star Trek convention, only for real

Japan’s Wicked-Fast Maglev Train Moves Forward, Again

June 19th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

A magnetically levitated train line between Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka has reportedly been in development since as far back as the 1970s. So, it has had its stops and starts. The Central Japan Railway recently got a pretty big go-ahead to "to proceed with construction" from the Japanese government

Mobile Clean Energy, Water Purification, & Telecommunications Solutions (+ Solar-Powered EV Charging Stations) from SSI

June 13th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

I've been wanting to cover this company's products for months now, but I always get caught up with breaking cleantech news and decide that I can push the story off a little longer. Well, today I decided to forget the news for a short time and cover these cool products.... The company is Strategic Services International and it has created cleantech solutions of various types and for various purposes -- I'm just going to focus on a bit of what it offers, so check out its site if you're interested in learning about more

Cleantech Weekly Roundup

June 10th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

Some more great cleantech stories from the week that we haven't yet covered. This week, I decided to just organize them by topic (note, of course, that some topics overlap -- in such cases, I put a little note about which other categories each article could be filed under after titles for those of you only interested in a particular topic). Check out these other interesting cleantech stories

Nissan Leaf Disses Chevy Volt in New Commercial {VIDEO}

June 10th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

If you haven't seen this yet, it's a pretty funny video by the folks at Nissan. Of course, the focus of the commercial is that the Nissan Leaf is 100% electric, pure (while the Chevy Volt, it's main competitor, is not)

Ford Introduces Smallest Engine Ever

June 6th, 2011 | by Glenn Meyers

Once American car manufacturers took pride in releasing bigger and bigger engines each season. Now it’s time for a turnabout: Ford is in the midst of a global launch for the 1.0-liter and three-cylinder EcoBoost

Cargill, Shell and Honda Team Up to Make Gasoline from Pine and Corn Waste

June 6th, 2011 | by Tina Casey

Three global companies from the worlds of agriculture, petroleum and car manufacturing are lead investors in a company called Virent, which has developed a biogasoline that is practically the molecular equivalent of conventional gasoline. The milestone is significant because the feedstock consists of woody, non-food waste from pine and corn (aka corn stover), a vast improvement over corn, soybeans and other food crops. The partnership is also significant because

Biofuels Developer Inks Deal With P&G

June 3rd, 2011 | by Glenn Meyers

ZeaChem, a Colorado developer of biorefinery technologies that can convert renewable materials into sustainable fuels and chemicals, has signed an agreement with Procter & Gamble (P&G) for commercializing bio-based chemicals and other products.

Columbia Prof Gets $1.5 Million Grant for Ghana Sewage-to-Biofuel Project

June 2nd, 2011 | by Tina Casey

Here in the U.S., we're starting to reap a rich harvest of sustainable resources from our municipal wastewater treatment plants. The current and potential haul includes biogas, biodiesel, bioplastic, reclaimed wastewater for irrigation, and sludge "cake" that can be used as a soil enhancer. Hydrokinetic power is another option, and treatment plants often make ideal locations for

iPhone & iPod Touch App Crowdsources Locations of EV Charging Stations

June 2nd, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

Tina wrote about a Google and Department of Energy initiative to create a comprehensive map of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for the United States in April. Of course, that is awesome and I have no doubt they will create an awesome and useful map. But now, I've just read about what may be an even cooler EV charging station map that's in the works

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