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Green Community Competition in Saitama, Japan — Public vs. Private Sector

January 20th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

Clean energy is definitely a great thing for the average consumer – but it’s a little hard to get and it’s not easy to ensure a steady and sufficient supply from 100% green sources. Cue the formation of several coalitions testing the idea of a green neighborhood to see just how clean, energy efficient, and


3-Dimensional Solar Cell With 25% Efficiency? Maybe!

December 16th, 2011 | by Charis Michelsen

Research into solar power is proceeding on several fronts; one of them is 3-dimensional solar technology rather than the flat solar cells that are currently prevalent. Solar3D, Inc. is the developer of that 3-dimensional solar technology. This week, they announced that simulated tests of its new solar cell


Solar-Powered Metalworking

September 13th, 2011 | by Charis Michelsen

Solar power has as many applications as any other type of electricity, but BINE Information Services in Germany has recently released a report on yet another specific adaptation of solar power – metalworking


Road Trip! Testing EV Highway Practicality in Europe

August 26th, 2011 | by Charis Michelsen

It's not uncommon to see incentives for buying an electric car, but owning one is another matter entirely. Electric cars have many qualities making them attractive as urban commuter vehicles – particularly when driving through heavy traffic. The question of how an EV does on a longer road trip is one that does not as of yet have a definitive answer. France, for example, is installing charging stations on its highways, but that project isn’t finished


The Whole Town’s Gone Solar – Potential Model Communities in Fukuyama and Onomichi, Japan

August 1st, 2011 | by Charis Michelsen

In Hiroshima Prefecture, both the city of Fukuyama and the private sector are pushing forward with a futuristic “Eco Town.” In the midst of interest in natural sources of energy, following the nuclear incident in TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, an attempt is being made to acquire and market local “know-how” as quickly as possible to other prefectures in order to stimulate regional revitalization



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