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3 Emerging Green Technologies Leading to a Stronger Economy

What you need to know about solar power, electric cars and robotics. Elections come and go, yet the economy is still struggling. Campaign promises and the like are good sound bites, but is anyone really listening? One key to help our economy get back on track is new technology. In fact, as we move towards […]

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Navajos look to move away from coal in favor of sun and wind

BLUE GAP, Ariz. — For decades, coal has been an economic lifeline for the Navajos, even as mining and power plant emissions dulled the blue skies and sullied the waters of their sprawling reservation. But today there are stirrings of rebellion

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Solar Energy Gains Steam—or Rather, Hydrogen

Solar power is arguably the cleanest energy source there is. But it’s also relatively inefficient—arguable from a technical standpoint, perhaps, but certainly not from a practical one. That can soon change. A new Atlantic report says that inventor Lonnie Johnson may have figured out how to turn solar heat into electricity with twice the efficiency […]

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Second SA Solar Challenge to start next week

The South African Solar Challenge 2010 kicks off in Pretoria next week. The ten-day race between solar-powered cars travelling more than 4 000 km across the country is scheduled to finish in Pretoria, on October 2. The 2010 event has attracted racing teams from Germany, Japan, Iran and South Africa, including the German School in […]

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Power the Future: Harnessing energy from the sun-baked deserts

With fossil fuel reserves depleting at a rate not many would have imagined in the past, the oil of the 21st century is definitely not what’s buried deep within the earth, but it’s something that falls on the surface as sunshine. Some researchers opine that the earth receives more energy from the sun in just […]

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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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