Green energy innovation in India turns fish scales into electricity

Instead of disposing of the scales as waste, they are being recycled into usable power. In India, a team of Jadavpur University researchers have come up with a green energy innovation that recycles waste material into electricity. In this case, the waste material is biodegradable energy extracted from raw fish scales. The fish scales would typically be thrown away, but now they might become a source of fuel for the next generation of devices in the country. In fact, the research team thinks they may be an ideal energy source…

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Canadian geothermal village could generate all the power it needs

Hot springs in a town located along British Columbia’s Rocky Mountains offer renewable energy. The town of Valemount, British Columbia is a natural geothermal village. It is located along the Canadian Rocky Mountains and features the Canoe Reach hot springs. The hot springs are among the warmest surface hot springs in the country. As a result, the town has decided to make some renewable energy plans for this natural resource. At the moment, the hot springs offer tourists a gorgeous destination to visit. However, they may also turn the location…

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Light therapy products become increasingly environmentally friendly

A company called LTO has broken away from the traditional disposables to provide an eco-friendlier option. Light Therapy Options (LTO), a Connecticut-based company providing products meant for healing and treating a range of different skin conditions, is beginning to stand out and above its rivals in this increasingly competitive industry by selling products that are environmentally friendly on several different levels.  These high powered (HP) LED lights are designed to expose affected skin to certain specific wavelengths. While there have been several light therapy products that have made their way…

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A quality tire pressure gauge is essential to fuel economy

Even the slightest difference can measurably reduce a vehicle’s mileage and tire lifespan. Among the most important issues facing vehicle manufacturers at the moment is the reduction of emissions, which is vital to the environment, but from the consumer side, devices as practical as a tire pressure gauge can also make a significant difference. This is not only one of the best ways to save money, but it reduces emissions and extends the life of tires. Proper tire pressure maintenance may not sound like much of an important subject, but…

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Hydrogen fuel powered bus makes green technology news in Alabama

This public transportation vehicle starts a new pilot program with no exhaust and no emissions. The U.S. Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx, was in Birmingham, Alabama on Wednesday for the launch of a hydrogen fuel cell powered city bus that will begin a brand new green technology pilot program in the region. This bus represents the start of what is hoped to be a much larger environmentally friendly effort. The hydrogen fuel powered bus will be operated by the Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority and the UAB and will produce no…

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Green technology being tested on the Californian electric grid

Solar farms have been installed on a large scale, as have thousands of rooftop installations. In the latest green technology news, the California electric grid is now testing out new renewable energy options that are made up of massive solar farms and other contributing sun-powered panels. At the center of this effort is a nonprofit corporation that is monitoring and managing the power flow. Jim Blatchford is the manager of short term forecasting at the organization, the California Independent System Operator (ISO). That corporation is responsible for making sure that…

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Alternative energy news: Geothermal energy controversy heats up in Japan

As the country seeks sources of power outside of nuclear, strong opposing opinions become louder. One of the hottest topics in Japan, right now is in alternative energy news, as all of the 48 operational nuclear reactors across the country have been shut down for safety inspections, and replacement forms of power are considered. In this light, geothermal energy advantages and disadvantages have been a source of considerable debate. Three years have passed since the tsunami that caused the meltdown of three reactor cores at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power…

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Wind energy agreement made by Microsoft

The deal is with Texas wind power and is designed to last for the next two decades. Microsoft Corp. has just entered into its latest agreement in an effort to improve its carbon neutrality by signing a wind energy deal that would have the technology giant purchase power from a new wind farm in Texas. The company is a massive consumer of electricity considering the nature of its business. For that reason, it will now be purchasing power from a wind energy farm in Texas, marking the first time that…

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Hydrogen fuel cell car unveiled by Toyota for 2015

The auto manufacturer has just released information on the concept that will become a vehicle in two years. Toyota has just unveiled its latest concept that is to become a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that will be available for purchase by consumers in 2015. Many of the major automakers are looking into this technology, though it had been ignored for a while. Other auto manufacturers aside from Toyota, including Hyundai and Honda, are bringing the concept of hydrogen fuel powered vehicles back into the spotlight. This, despite the fact that…

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Hydrogen fuel cells winning more support from U.S. politicians

Renewable Energy Investment

Politics continues to play major role in alternative energy The U.S. Department of Defense recently began considering energy as a matter of national security. The agency has been aggressively pursuing the adoption of alternative energy systems in the hopes of breaking the country’s reliance on foreign sources of power. The endeavor has been met with several challenges, the majority of which come from the realm of politics. Indeed, politics have played a major role in the country’s use of alternative energy for several years. Because of the controversial association that…

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Flash memory could make data centers more efficient

Alternative Energy Research

Energy consumption beginning to spiral out of control As technology continues to play a larger role in the lives of many, the consumption of data slowly grows. Data centers are the foundation upon which the technology world is built. Without these data centers, the Internet and various other technological services would not be possible. Though considered a necessity, data centers are beginning to gain a bad reputation for the amount of energy they consume; the more data that is required, the more electricity that is used to keep servers operating….

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Electric vehicles the subject of new partnership between GE and PayPal

Hydrogen Fuel Cells Partnership

Companies team to tackle the infrastructure issue General Electric (GE) has teamed with PayPal to create a new payment system that can be used to charge electric vehicles at GE’s Wattstations. GE’s charging stations will be equipped with the payment technology developed by PayPal and will allow consumers to pay for electricity using their smart phone or credit card. PayPal has already produced a mobile application for the system, which is currently only available for iOS platform. With bolstered infrastructure, electric vehicles may thrive The initiative comes as electric vehicles…

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MSU researchers produce ethanol and hydrogen through the use of bacteria

Green Fuel - Biodiesel

Fuel production approach mimics nature Researchers from the Michigan State University (MSU) have taken a new approach to the production of hydrogen and ethanol fuels. Researchers have taken to mimicking nature, hoping that the natural world will unlock new ways to efficiently produce fuels in large quantities. Through this methodology, researchers have cultured a pair of bacteria that can grow synergistically. Ethanol and hydrogen are produced through this process, the latter of which is created by a bacterium that generates its own electric charge. Researchers use electron-producing bacterium to generate…

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Hybrid technology comes to University of Texas

University of Texas

Hydrogen-electric bus to operate on campus for one year Last week, officials from the University of Texas at Austin gathered together to unveil a new hydrogen-electric bus that would be operation on and around the campus. The bus will have its own fueling station located on campus that will be equipped with an electric charging station and hydrogen fuel pump. The hybrid bus runs entirely on hydrogen and the electricity stored in a lithium-ion battery. University officials note that the bus will begin operating throughout the campuses traditional bus routes…

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Test facility for hydrogen fuel cells opens in Germany

Hydrogen Fuel Cells Partnership

Petroleum companies begin showing more interest in hydrogen fuel The JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation, a Japanese petroleum company, has announced the opening of a new test facility at the Center for Fuel Cell Energy at the University of Duisberg-Essen in Germany. JX is the latest petroleum company to show a great deal of interest in hydrogen fuel cells recently. The company, as well as others in its industry, is beginning to see a shift in the demand for energy. As alternative energy begins to overshadow traditional fossil-fuels, petroleum…

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Cloud computing may be the key to data center efficiency

Cloud

Companies begin to look for ways to make data centers more environmentally friendly Data centers are a vital part of the technology world. These facilities contain a multitude of computer servers that make it possible for online services and Internet-based companies to function properly. Data centers consume a massive amount of energy during their operational lifetime, a fact that is becoming more of a concern for the companies running them. Recently, several large technology companies, such as Apple and Google, have been working to make their data centers more environmentally…

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