GreenTech

  • Apple’s “Project Dolphin” Green Energy Facility In North Carolina Among Nation’s Biggest

    Apple’s “Project Dolphin” Green Energy Facility In North Carolina Among Nation’s Biggest

    Word got around way back in the middle of 2010 that Apple was building a monster data center near Maiden, South North Carolina. Later, it was shown to be hosting a ton of Nuance software, for obvious reasons. Less widely reported was the fact that nearby, scores of acres were being cleared for a solar array. Now, it turns out that solar array will be the largest “end user-owned… Read More

  • Greenstart Tightens Focus, Goes After “Sexy” Cleantech Startups

    Greenstart Tightens Focus, Goes After “Sexy” Cleantech Startups

    Greenstart, the San Francisco-based startup accelerator dedicated to the cleantech industry – and more importantly, to making it “sexy” enough to attract investors – announced its second cadre of of companies this week. This time around, the organization is tightening its focus to concentrate solely on the intersection of I.T. and cleantech, specifically in areas of… Read More

  • New Hybrid Solar Cells Harness More Of The Sun’s Light Spectrum

    New Hybrid Solar Cells Harness More Of The Sun’s Light Spectrum

    Scientists at the University of Cambridge in the UK have found a way to improve the efficiency of photovoltaic cells by as much as 25% through harnessing more of the sun’s spectrum than most traditional silicon-based solar cells can. Read More

  • White House Pushes Green Button To Liberate Your Energy Data

    White House Pushes Green Button To Liberate Your Energy Data

    The future of easy home energy monitoring may be a little bit closer, thanks to a government initiative designed to allow consumers direct access to their energy consumption data. The White House’s new Green Button gives utilities a way to simplify and standardize sharing usage statistics with their customers via a one-click download. Two California providers, Pacific Gas & Electric… Read More

  • Algorithms/Data vs. Analysts/Reports: Fight!

    Algorithms/Data vs. Analysts/Reports: Fight!

    Quick, what’s the second most traded commodity in the world, after oil? Sorry, no: it’s not coffee. In fact, while hard data is scant, it may well be — of all things — carbon. No, really. According to the World Bank (PDF) , the global carbon market was worth a whopping 1.42 Facebooks US$142 billion in 2010. Mind you, it’s not like container ships weighed down to… Read More

  • Kite-Like Turbines Harness Wind Power At Altitude

    Kite-Like Turbines Harness Wind Power At Altitude

    Flying a kite to produce power may conjure up images of Ben Franklin, who sought to prove lightning was electric. Makani Power releases turbine blades into the air, seeking to harness wind energy at higher altitudes. Read More

  • Could ‘Spider-Worm’ Silk Be The Next Supermaterial?

    Could ‘Spider-Worm’ Silk Be The Next Supermaterial?

    Spiderman might soon lose his dominance in harnessing spider silk superpowers. Scientists from the University of Wyoming, the University of Notre Dame and Zhejiang University in China have genetically modified silkworms to spin stronger silk using spider genes.The new material could be used for everything from bulletproof vests to replacing tough plastics. Read More

  • Marine Solar Cells Make The Most Of Sun And Waves

    Marine Solar Cells Make The Most Of Sun And Waves

    In an unusual hybrid, British industrial designer Phil Pauley created Marine Solar Cells that harness energy from both the sun and water. The web of energy generators capture energy off-shore, using a combination of floating photovoltaics and natural buoyancy displacement. Thanks to the reflective nature of water, the solar component’s efficiency is up to 20% greater than it would… Read More

  • Chevy Volt To Get Low Emissions Perks In California

    Chevy Volt To Get Low Emissions Perks In California

    Many in motoring are looking forward to an all-electric future, but as long as we’re burning fuel we’ll need to keep incentivizing low emissions. In California, a limited number of low-emissions vehicles are given stickers that let them travel in the HOV lanes, which residents know is a hell of a perk. Now Volt owners can get in on that action. Chevrolet is making a… Read More

  • Electronic Flowerpot Takes The Guesswork Out Of Gardening

    Electronic Flowerpot Takes The Guesswork Out Of Gardening

    Even though plants need only a few things to grow – water, air, light and minerals – maintaining the right proportions can make gardening feel like a high-maintenance hobby. Estonian company Click & Grow creates soilless, electronic flowerpots that do the work for you, providing the correct water and nutrient balance for indoor plants. For some, this may seem like a… Read More

  • Design Competition Yields Bikes Of The Future

    Design Competition Yields Bikes Of The Future

    Oregon Manifest, a nonprofit located in Portland, has been running a competition over the last few months in which students and pro teams work to create a next-generation city bike. This isn’t about speed (like the McLaren Venge) or concept design (like the Vienna Bike), but rather about creating a bike that provides the maximum amount of utility for someone looking to ditch their… Read More

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