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How the Department of Defense Leads in Alternative Energy Innovation

“More Fight, Less Fuel” is one of the Department of Defense’s new mantras on energy use. If that leads also to “less politics,” too, so much the better. Last week, the Defense Department released a sweeping strategy rethinking the role of energy in warfighting. “More fight, less fuel” is one of the strategy’s catchphrases. Another […]

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Solar Wind Bridge – Eco-friendly Energy

In the not too distant future we may be utilizing our bridges and highways as energy producers – at least that’s what visionary Italian designers Francesco Colarossi, Luisa Saracino and Giovanna Saracino foresee. They recently submitted their Solar Wind bridge design to the Italian Solar Park South design competition. The competition asked designers to envision […]

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Alternative Energy and Fuel for Cars

In the wake of the ongoing Gulf Oil disaster, alternative energy resources are being scrutinized with renewed interest. As the transportation sector consumes over 40 percent of world oil production, ridding us of our petroleum habit in that sector alone would go a long way to reducing our fossil fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Hybrids […]

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Global Warming Effects and Causes: A Top 10 List

One of the biggest issues facing us right now is global warming. Its effects on animals and on agriculture are indeed frightening, and the effects on the human population are even scarier. The facts about global warming are often debated, but unfortunately, even if we disagree about the causes, global warming effects are real, global, […]

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SA’s power gap becoming worrying again, big business warns

Big business in South Africa indicated on Tuesday that it was giving priority attention to programmes that could help offset an anticipated electricity supply shortfall that was expected to re-emerge during the course of next year. The system had stabilised since the rolling blackouts of 2008, mostly as a result of a decline in demand, […]

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Quantum Dots Could Boost Solar Efficiency by 100%

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin are hot on the heels of a discovery that could more than double the efficiency of solar cells. The trick is to use tiny nanoscale crystals called quantum dots to capture more of the available energy in sunlight, including energy at the high end of the scale.  […]

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Bangkok adding solar to grid

Thailand’s energy minister ceremonially broke ground Thursday on what will become the largest solar farm in Southeast Asia. The outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand, will be home to a 44-megawatt solar farm to be completed by the end of 2011. The plant dovetails with the country’s aim to get 20 percent of its energy from renewable […]

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