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Uruguay makes dramatic shift to nearly 95% electricity from clean energy

now that renewables provide 94.5% of the country’s electricity, prices are lower than in the past relative to inflation. There are also fewer power cuts because a diverse energy mix means greater resilience to droughts.It was a very different story just 15 years ago. Back at the turn of the century oil accounted for 27% […]

Scientists announce progress toward better battery to power cars – lithium-oxygen

Researchers at the University of Cambridge on Thursday announced the creation of a laboratory demonstration model of a lithium-oxygen battery that overcomes many of the barriers that have held back the development of this technology. They said the battery boasts very high energy density, is about 93 percent efficient – better than previous efforts – […]

SolarCity claims it has created the world’s most powerful solar panel

Solar City said it has created a photovoltaic panel capable of 22% efficiency, 7 percentage points higher than average solar panels. The new panels produce 30% to 40% more power over the current models, but they cost the same to manufacture — about .55 cents per watt, according to Bass. The panels, which are 1.61 […]

Greenpeace cofounder explains: Why I am a Climate Change Skeptic

Why I am a Climate Change Skeptic | Heartlander Magazine.

France decrees new rooftops must be covered in plants or solar panels

Rooftops on new buildings built in commercial zones in France must either be partially covered in plants or solar panels, under a law approved on Thursday.Green roofs have an isolating effect, helping reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building in winter and cool it in summer.The argument for divesting from fossil fuels […]

Why More Solar Panels Should Be Facing West, Not South

That captures the most solar energy over the course of the day, which benefits the homeowner, but does so at hours that are not so helpful for the utility and the grid as a whole. Mount them to catch the sunlight from the west in the afternoon, and the panels’ production over all would fall, […]

Jet fuel from trees!

As well as getting it from sunlight, it also grows on trees… A study, Sustainable Mallee Jet Fuel, commissioned by Airbus and undertaken at the Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre, found that carbon emissions from jet fuel sourced entirely from mallee crops would emit 40 per cent less carbon than those using petroleum-based jet […]

Sunlight to jet fuel: European collaboration SOLAR-JET for the first time demonstrates the entire production path of “solar” kerosene

With the first ever production of synthesized “solar” jet fuel, the EU-funded SOLAR-JET project has successfully demonstrated the entire production chain for renewable kerosene obtained directly from sunlight, water and carbon dioxide (CO2), therein potentially revolutionizing the future of aviation. This process has also the potential to produce any other type of fuel for transport […]

Scale Model WWII Craft Takes Flight With Fuel From the Sea Concept – U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

Navy researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Materials Science and Technology Division, demonstrate proof-of-concept of novel NRL technologies developed for the recovery of carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen (H2) from seawater and conversion to a liquid hydrocarbon fuel. The predicted cost of jet fuel using these technologies is in the range of $3-$6 […]

Generate energy using flapping wings

This system is incredibly efficient at low wind speeds. DualWingGenerator | Festo Corporate.

Convert your van into a hybrid for $8000,- and save around 20% fuel in urban environments

A hybrid conversion is a cutting-edge technology designed to transform your existing vehicle, or a new one via ship-thru installation, into a hybrid electric vehicle. XL Hybrids system is designed to work on the most popular Class 1-3 fleet vehicles, including cargo/utility/shuttle vans. By adding hybrid powertrains to your fleet, you can cut fuel costs, […]

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