Google Glass may be powered by solar energy

Glass may derive electrical power from sunlight Google’s ambitious augmented reality glasses, called Glass, has yet to receive an official release date, but information concerning the new features of these glasses is beginning to emerge. Google has high hopes for its AR glasses, believing that the product will help people see and interact with the world around them in a different way by blurring the boundaries that separate the digital and physical worlds. Like other high-tech gadgets, however, Glass will consume a significant amount of electrical power in order to…

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HyperSolar extends agreement concerning hydrogen fuel production research

HyperSolar announces the extension of its research agreement with University of California HyperSolar, developers of innovative hydrogen fuel production technology, has announced that it has extended its research agreement with the University of California, Santa Barbara. The agreement will now run through December 31, 2014, and will allow the two organizations to continue working together on promising projects. The agreement between the two parties has birthed an ambitious research project that aims to make advances in hydrogen production powered by solar energy. Hybrid technology may be the solution to the…

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Scotland utilizes hybrid technology in innovative ferry project

Two double-ended hybrid ferries have been designed specifically for the Hebrides. Special ferries developed with hybrid technology were built to sail the harsh environs of the Hebrides, which is made up of an assorted and widespread chain of islands and is located off of mainland Scotland’s west coast. The Hallaig is claimed to be the first seafaring hybrid ferry. There are two ferries equipped with the hybrid technology. The Hallaig was introduced this past winter and travels the route that connects the Isle of Skye with Raasay. Its sister ship,…

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Go Green With an Environmentally Friendly Motorcycle

Automobile manufacturers often tout the benefits of hybrid and electric vehicles when they talk about environmental friendliness Motorcycles also deserve to be in that discussion, especially as the Motorcycle Industry Council reports that 27 million people have ridden motorcycles and 6.8 percent of the population owns at least one bike. Bikes have several factors that work in their favor, such as good fuel economy and lower base material costs. However, when you want to maximize the environmental friendliness of your vehicle, you have a few additional considerations to keep in…

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2013 Good Year For Electric Vehicle Sales

Anyone who thought the future would look like an episode of the Jetson’s will be glad to know that 2013 was great in terms of electric vehicle sales. According to an article by Scientific American, more than 90,000 fully electric cars and plug-in hybrids were purchased over the course of the year. Those sales are almost double from those of 2012. Factors that seemed to have affected sales include the bankruptcy filings of American electric vehicle start-ups Coda Automotive and Fisker Automotive, the latter of which received a loan from…

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ARENA aims to introduce renewable energy to existing power plants in Australia

Agency has big plans for renewable energy and hybridization The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is expected to unveil a new strategy concerning the hybridization of the country’s power plants. The majority of Australia’s electrical power is currently derived from fossil-fuels, but the country has been growing more interested in renewable energy in recent years. Part of this interest in clean power is linked to environmental concerns and the country’s intentions to reduce the emissions it is responsible for. Introduction of clean technology to existing power plants is becoming more…

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Prices Drop on Electric Vehicles – But Is It Enough?

Electric vehicles (EVs) stand at a crossroads. High gas prices have peaked consumer interest, but most car shoppers are impatient with EV battery-charge times and unwilling to pay more than $30,000 for one. In fact, consumers want to spend the same amount for a green car that they would on a traditional vehicle, according to a study by the Global Manufacturing Industry group: 65 percent of Americans said they would not pay more for an electric car. EVs have recently come down in price, but is it enough to gain…

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EV and Hybrid Technology Too Expensive For Auto Buyers

There’s a well-known conundrum facing people fresh out of college who are looking for a job: You need a job in order to acquire experience, and you need experience in order to acquire a job. By the same token, companies refuse to invest in making new technology cheaper and more efficient until more people buy it, and people refuse to buy new technology until companies make it more efficient and cheaper. While electric cars are no longer a rare sight, it will be a while before they’re commonplace. This is…

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New renewable energy system under development in Japan

Modec currently developing hybrid renewable energy system Modec, a Japanese engineering firm, is currently developing a new system that harnesses the power of ocean and wind currents in order to generate electricity. The firm is currently developing a small-scale prototype of this system in order to demonstrate its capabilities and how it can be used to produce energy and send this power back to the mainland. The system is designed to generate electrical power offshore and will take advantage of the strong wind and ocean currents that can be found…

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Is EV charging technology the next challenge for the electric vehicle industry?

It would be foolish and wrong to suggest that the electric vehicle market is about to break into the mass market but the signs are that interest is increasing, sales are set to double in the US and recent price reductions have certainly caught the attention of potential buyers. However, there is a potentially difficult situation approaching the EV industry in the shape of charging technology which could be the key to the short to medium-term take-up of this ever popular mode of transport. At this moment in time there…

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Electric Cars But Were Afraid To Ask

Hybrid and electric cars and vehicles remain a popular topic when it comes to alternative fuel news. Governments around the world want to make them mainstream to save the environment but there are still many questions surrounding them. Some of these questions may seem a little silly, leading you to worry about asking them, but here is a list of all you want and need to know. What Exactly Is a Hybrid Car? Electric cars are obvious but what exactly are hybrid cars? These are those that run on a…

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Odyne Systems, LLC Showcasing Hybrid Power Truck System Selected for Nationwide Deployment by the DOE at ICUEE 2013

Waukesha, WI, August 02, 2013 –(PR.com)– Waukesha based Odyne Systems, LLC, a leading manufacturer of hybrid systems for medium and heavy duty work trucks and winner of the NTEA 2013 Green Award, will be showcasing its advanced hybrid propulsion system in booth 4324 at the ICUEE 2013 show October 1-3 in Louisville, Kentucky. Odyne was recently selected to participate in a $45.4 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) award to develop and deploy over 120 plug-in hybrid systems for trucks throughout North America. The program will strongly position Odyne for…

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Solar energy used to produce hydrogen fuel in Germany

Germany Solar Energy and Hydrogen Fuel

German researchers tap into solar power to produce hydrogen fuel A team of researchers from Germany’s Helmholtz Association and TU Delft University of Technology have made a significant breakthrough concerning hydrogen fuel production. As hydrogen fuel gains popularity around the world through various industries, the need for better production methods is becoming more apparent. Conventional hydrogen fuel production methods are falling short of rising demand and have been receiving harsh criticism for their use of natural gas and other fossil-fuels. The team of researchers has found a way to produce…

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Low-cost hydrogen fuel production discovered by international research team

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Cost of hydrogen fuel cells proves problematic for many Hydrogen fuel has managed to garner strong support around the world, but many still have serious concerns regarding the cost of the energy systems that use this fuel. Fuel cells are notoriously expensive due to their use of expensive materials like platinum. The cost of fuel cells has proven inhibitive for some that have expressed interest in hydrogen fuel, forcing these parties to turn to other forms of renewable energy that are significantly less expensive. Finding a way to make fuel…

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Alternative energy news: Germany opens new hybrid wind energy system

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Alternative energy news made in Germany with launch of new energy facility Germany has established itself as a major advocate for renewable energy. The country has made waves throughout the world of alternative energy news through its staunch support of solar power. In recent months, however, the country has begun pulling away from solar and attributing more focus to wind energy. Germany is keen to see the majority of its electrical power come from renewable sources and has been making strong progress in this endeavor for several years. Germany opens…

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Odyne Systems, LLC Wins Contract for Deployment of Plug-in Hybrid Medium- and Heavy-Duty Trucks

Odyne Systems, LLC, a leading manufacturer of hybrid systems for large trucks, has been selected to participate in a $45.4 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) award to develop and deploy plug-in hybrid systems for trucks throughout North America. With this award, the DOE is further advancing hybrid technology and accelerating the commercialization process in the medium- and heavy-duty vehicle market, while also creating jobs and improving the nation’s energy security by reducing dependency on foreign oil. Through the program, Odyne will leverage proprietary technology applicable to a wide variety…

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