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openWind: New Open-Source Wind Farm Design Software

Published on October 17th, 2008 | by Timothy B. Hurst

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[social_buttons]A New York software company has announced the scheduled release of its open-source wind farm design software. Albany-based AWS TrueWind designed the openWind software so that a range of end users, from individuals to wind energy [&hellip... Read More


Biofuels

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Man Creates Homemade Biodiesel from Algae

Published on October 16th, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz

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Plenty of companies are working on creating biodiesel from algae, but this is the first I’ve heard of an individual making homemade algae-based biodiesel . Australian Charlie Trafford has been making biodiesel from cooking oil for [&hellip... Read More


Energy Efficiency

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Airport Will Use Snow for 30% of Cooling Needs

Published on October 16th, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz

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Japan is on a roll today—first we took a look at NTT’s electricity-generating shoe, and now New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido has announced that it will use snow collected during the winter to provide 30 percent [&hellip... Read More


Clean Power

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Japanese Company Develops Electricity-Generating Shoes

Published on October 16th, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz

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Japanese telecommunications company NTT claims that it is developing shoes that generate electricity upon movement. The shoes generate 1.2 watts of electricity— enough to power an iPod forever if the wearer doesn’t stop walking... Read More


Wind Energy

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Helix Wind Releases Nifty Performance Testing Video

Published on October 15th, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz

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We’ve written about vertical axis wind turbine company Helix Wind before at Green Options. In addition to being quiet, solid, and easy to place in urban areas, the company’s turbine is also aesthetically attractive. And if [&hellip... Read More


Green Economy

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Apple Introduces "Green" MacBooks

Published on October 14th, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz

Last month, Apple took a big step towards becoming environmentally-friendly by eliminating Brominated Flame Retardant (BFR) and polyvinylchloride (PVR) from its iPods. Now the company is taking another huge step with its notebook computers... Read More


Clean Power

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Artificial Trees Capture Solar and Wind Energy

Published on October 14th, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz

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A London-based startup called Solar Botanic announced yesterday that it has designed lifelike artificial plants and trees that harvest the power of the sun and the wind. The key to the company’s claim is its Nanoleaf— [&hellip... Read More


Biofuels

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UK Hydrogen House Connected to Grid

Published on October 13th, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz

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Hydrogen power is usually associated with vehicles, but a house in the UK is showing that there are a multitude of uses for fuel cells. The grid-connected West Midlands home is powered by hydrogen as part [&hellip... Read More


Solar Cells

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'Black Silicon' Could Revolutionize Solar Cell Technology

Published on October 12th, 2008 | by Andrew Williams

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A newly discovered material called ‘black silicon’ is between 100 and 500 times more sensitive to light than conventional silicon, and could be used to revolutionize solar energy generation. The material was discovered when a team [&hellip... Read More


Clean Power

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5 Dirty Aspects of "Clean" Coal

Published on October 9th, 2008 | by Sarah Lozanova

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Clean coal has been getting a lot of attention lately. Both Mr. McCain and Mr. Obama consider it to be an important piece in their energy plans. Even the recent $900 billion bailout package included $1.5 [&hellip... Read More


Biofuels

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Scientists Say Sewage Can Produce Cheap Hydrogen

Published on October 9th, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz

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Researchers at Oregon State University have made game-changing discovery in the field of hydrogen fuel cell production. They believe that biowaste— such as simple municipal sewage—can produce hydrogen at a lower cost than traditional electrolysis technology... Read More


Consumer Technology

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Mushroom Enzyme Could Make Clean Fuel Cells

Published on October 9th, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz

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Even the most environmentally-conscious among us use batteries containing toxic heavy metals on a daily basis. But a discovery made by chemists at Oxford University could one day lead to cleaner batteries for everyone. The researchers [&hellip... Read More


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