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New Cost-Effective Battery Tested to Store Wind-Power

Published on November 18th, 2008 | by Alex Felsinger

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For the first time in America, a company has developed an efficient battery solution to storing wind power, a clear answer to critics who claim turbines are unreliable. [social_buttons] Xcel Energy‘s “Wind-to-Battery” project is currently being [&hellip... Read More


Clean Power

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Solar-Powered Plane to Perform Test Flight

Published on November 17th, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz

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It’s hard enough to construct viable solar-powered vehicles, let alone airplanes. Nevertheless, the first solar-powered plane trip around the world is now one step closer to reality. A 1500 kilogram solar plane dubbed “Solar Impulse” will [&hellip... Read More


Clean Power

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Zoo’s Poo Could Fuel a New Toronto Biogas Facility

Published on November 16th, 2008 | by Alex Felsinger

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The Toronto Zoo says their 5,000 animals produce enough dung to easily cover the costs of the proposed $13 million biogas-to-power facility within five years. The plant would produce enough electricity for not only the zoo, [&hellip... Read More


Air Quality

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Traffic Pollution Sensors Getting a Trial Run in the UK

Published on November 14th, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz

Have you ever wondered how many pollutants you’re breathing in while sitting in traffic sandwiched between two trucks? The Mobile Environmental Sensing System Across a Grid Environment (MESSAGE) can tell you. The system, designed by researchers [&hellip... Read More


Coal

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Invention to Clean Up Gold Mining, Improve Miner Health

Published on November 14th, 2008 | by Alex Felsinger

A Peruvian engineer has created a device that drops the use of mercury in the gold mining process by instead using “a foam flotation process with simple gravitational techniques” to separate gold from rocks.[social_buttons] The most [&hellip... Read More


Clean Power

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Ottawa's Cool Plan to Use White Snow For Green Energy

Published on November 14th, 2008 | by Andrew Williams

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[social_buttons] Officials in Ottawa are considering a cool plan to use the ‘cold energy’ stored in snow as a source of renewable energy in public buildings across the city. Under the plan, snow collected on the [&hellip... Read More


Consumer Technology

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Zaproot: Apple Macbook Goes Green?

Published on November 13th, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/v/wsygtlJbeuY&hl=en&fs=1] This week at Zaproot: Apple greens it up with the new innovative MacBook. Glamour plus camping equals Glamping. Check out the weird in Totally Useless Crap. Support CleanTechnica with Just $3/Month... Read More


Clean Power

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Will Nuclear Fusion Solve the Energy Crisis?

Published on November 13th, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz

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I remember seeing the movie Chain Reaction back in 1996 and praying that nuclear fusion would become a reality in my lifetime. And according to researchers at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory (LLNL) in California, it just might. [&hellip... Read More


Batteries

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Korean Designers Invent Wind Powered Battery Charger

Published on November 13th, 2008 | by Andrew Williams

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[social_buttons] A team of young Korean designers have invented a battery charger that runs on 100% renewable energy. The Febot might look a bit like a torpedo that’s gone wrong, but the in-built propellors mean that [&hellip... Read More


Clean Power

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Solar Stocks Plummet Despite Obama Victory

Published on November 13th, 2008 | by Sarah Lozanova

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With Obama as President-elect, solar stock prices must be sky high at the moment, right? Wrong. If you look at the values of most stocks around election day, they did increase. This peak was short lived [&hellip... Read More


Uncategorized

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NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory Arrives at Launch Site

Published on November 12th, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz

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Yesterday, NASA’s first spacecraft built to study carbon dioxide arrived at its California launch site. After completing final tests, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory will lift off in January 2009. Scientists hope that the observatory’s launch will [&hellip... Read More


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