Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Top Cleantech Stories Of The Day!

Top cleantech news of the day from CleanTechnica, the world's #1 cleantech or clean energy website:


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4 Solar & 8 Transport Stories Not To Miss

Some clean transport and solar power stories you probably don't want to miss: Transport The Arrogance Of Space High-Speed Trains Good For Quality Of Life, Economy, Air, Climate, Society… Rail Competitive With Air Between Many US Cities Housing Near Transit = Good Investment (Also see the APTA press release and the Streetsblog story) DIY Bike Light Beams Info Onto Road Blackening The Cycle Scene KTM Readies New E-SPEED Electric Scooter (w/ video) Steve Jobs On Why Computers Are Like … Read More

4 Solar & 8 Transport Stories Not To Miss was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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Elon Musk TED Talk (Must Watch Video)

Here’s Elon Musk at a February 2013 TED Talk discussing electric vehicles, the groundbreaking Tesla Model S, electric vehicle charging stations, solar power, SolarCity, SpaceX, reusable rockets, “the physics approach,” and negative feedback: I’m actually not adding commentary because I think it’s a great talk that really just deserves a watch. h/t TreeHugger Reposted from EV Obsession. Elon Musk TED Talk (Must Watch Video) was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join … Read More

Elon Musk TED Talk (Must Watch Video) was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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Aluminum-Air Battery Can Power EVs For 1,000 Miles!

I don’t want to get your hopes up too much, but… Citroen has tested an aluminium-air battery in an electric car and the claims are that it can travel 1,000 miles with this innovation! This is not a range of 1,000 miles per charge, but this is a type of extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) technology. The car has lithium-ion batteries that enable it to travel 100 miles per charge, and if the driver needs to … Read More

Aluminum-Air Battery Can Power EVs For 1,000 Miles! was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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Algae-covered Walls To Heat Building

An apartment building in an up and coming section of Hamburg, Germany will attempt to employ the use of millions of microalgae in order to generate some heat. The microalage do this when fed a mixture of liquid nutrients, CO2 and sunlight. The building will not get all of its heat from the microalgae, however. It will have solar and be linked to a bio-methane plant and a network of similar energy-generating buildings. Called the … Read More

Algae-covered Walls To Heat Building was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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Biofuel Made From Marine Filter Feeders? Tunicates Usable As Source Of Biofuels

A new potential source of biofuel has been identified, the common marine filter-feeding animals known as tunicates. The idea, according to the researchers involved, is that the animals can be harvested with their varying components being used for different purposes. The cellulose that is found in the animal’s mantle can be used to make bioethanol, and the animals’ bodies can be used as fish feed for aquaculture, as they are high in proteins and fats. While … Read More

Biofuel Made From Marine Filter Feeders? Tunicates Usable As Source Of Biofuels was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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Epic EV Throwing Launch Party For Torq Sports Car

Epic EV is throwing a party for the launch of its electric sports car, a car which can accelerate from zero to sixty in four seconds, and can achieve over 1 G of lateral acceleration. The car is named “Torq” and is about to be the center of attention at a launch party at the Epic EV R&D Center. According to Epic EV, customers, dealers, and journalists will be allowed to try out the Torq … Read More

Epic EV Throwing Launch Party For Torq Sports Car was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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Hydrogen Gas From Burned Garbage?

Millions of tons of toxic ash are created every year from the burning of refuse. This potentially-dangerous material is typically simply dumped in landfills (or, in some countries, used in construction). Rather than simply discard this toxic material, why not do something useful with it? And that’s exactly what researchers at Lund University have done. Researchers there have developed a process to produce hydrogen gas from the ash. The technique appears to have great potential: … Read More

Hydrogen Gas From Burned Garbage? was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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First Portion Of Denver's New Mass Transit Expansion Opening Next Month

The first portion of Denver’s multi-billion dollar mass transit expansion, the 12-mile West Line light-rail route, is set to open only a month from now. The W line, as it’s officially known, is expected to serve around 20,000 or so people every day, with significant growth expected as other lines are opened over time. The line will open to the public on April 26, becoming the first section of the enormous metro-wide FasTracks program to … Read More

First Portion Of Denver’s New Mass Transit Expansion Opening Next Month was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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Portable Solar Power "Flower" Folds Up Like A Lotus

Biomimicry run amok can be a beautiful thing, and that’s the driving force behind a new portable solar power canopy called Lotus Mobile. The brainchild of solar innovator Joseph Hui, who happens to be obsessed with flowers as well as butterflies (and solar power), Lotus Mobile is a lightweight, pole-mounted, solar canopy composed of 18 petal-like solar modules. The petals are arranged in a sequence inspired by the lotus flower, and like petals they fold … Read More

Portable Solar Power “Flower” Folds Up Like A Lotus was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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Sierra Club, 350.org, Greenpeace Lead Effort To Curb American "Bullying" Of Indian Solar Industry

The Sierra Club announced last week that it and 11 other organisations (listed below) had sent a letter to Ambassador Demetrios Marantis, acting US Trade Representative, expressing their growing concern regarding America’s legal intrusion into India’s national solar program. According to the Sierra Club, “the United States government is currently challenging domestic content rules and subsidies in India's national solar program, the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM),” in the solar trade case they have brought before … Read More

Sierra Club, 350.org, Greenpeace Lead Effort To Curb American “Bullying” Of Indian Solar Industry was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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World Future Council "Powering Africa Through Feed-In Tariffs"

A new study produced by the World Future Council and the Heinrich Böll Foundation ( both located in Germany) suggests that using a feed-in tariffs policy could be the best way to develop and promote renewable energy in countries, such as, Africa. The report, "Powering Africa Through Feed-In Tariffs" examined 13 African nations. In the report, such things as their socio-economic impacts and prerequisites for successful implementation were considered. One of the key findings in the report was … Read More

World Future Council “Powering Africa Through Feed-In Tariffs” was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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Indian Tribe Files Suit Against Nevada Coal Plant

An ongoing battle between a Native American tribe and a Nevada coal plant is really starting to heat up. The Moapa Band of Paiute Indians has been trying to force the closure of the Reid Gardner coal-fired power plant, located outside Las Vegas, for years. Recently, the tribe filed suit against NV energy — claiming that from 2006 to 2011 the company submitted false reports to the state concerning the pollution levels near the plant and received no penalty for doing so. The … Read More

Indian Tribe Files Suit Against Nevada Coal Plant was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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