BMW unveils its electric-gas hybrid i8 Spyder concept car

hybrid bmw i8 Spyder

Hybrid cars just got sexy BMW is looking to expand its portfolio of alternative energy vehicles and has begun branching off from its interest in hydrogen fuel cells. The automaker is one of the many in the industry that has been focusing on hydrogen recently. Fuel cells have become the primary focus for the industry due to the fact that they can match or exceed the performance of internal combustion engines. BMW believes that hydrogen will not be the only thing powering future vehicles and claims that gasoline will still…

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San Francisco named as North America’s Cleantech Capital by the Cleantech Group

Alternative Energy News San Francisco

San Francisco, California, has claimed the title as “Cleantech Capital” of North America this week. The title is awarded by the Cleantech Group, a market intelligence firm focused on alternative energy and sustainability. San Francisco was chosen because of its exemplary commitment to alternative energies like solar, hydrogen and wind power. Cleantech noted that the city is also quite attractive to renewable energy groups looking to expand and attract investors. The Cleantech Group notes that San Francisco is home to more than 200 alternative energy companies and investment groups. These…

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2011 natural disasters spur renewed enthusiasm for alternative energy

Japan Earthquake

The Munich Reinsurance Company, a reinsurance and ratings firm serving the global insurance industry, has released a new report concerning the economic losses of natural disasters in 2011. The report notes that last year saw more than 820 natural disasters, many of which were man-made. These catastrophes resulted in 27,000 deaths and more than $380 billion in losses around the world. In terms of casualties, 2011 was more lenient than 2010, but was much more damaging to the global economy. The report notes that one of the worst disasters of…

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Direct methanol fuel cells could lead to consumer acceptance of hydrogen energy

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Alternative energy is becoming a popular subject as more people grow conscious of their impact on the environment. As such, more attention is being drawn to various types of energy systems that have, until recently, been ignored by the community at large. One of these energy systems is direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs). These variants of the hydrogen fuel cell were first developed by the Caltech/NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory with the help of the University of California in 1990. Unlike their hydrogen counterparts, these fuel cells are well suited for…

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Karabag launches world’s first nationwide electric vehicle service network in Germany

Karabag Electric car

The auto industry is undergoing a bit of a technological revolution these days. Automakers are adopting new technologies to power their vehicles, such as hydrogen fuel cells and lithium-ion batteries. While this may be a welcome change for environmentalists, many drivers are not very keen on the shift in technology. Drivers have long been capable of fixing any problem they may have with their cars themselves, if motivated enough to do so. Such do-it-yourself fixes are popular, allowing drivers to sidestep costly trips to mechanics. New technology, however, is not…

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New Zealand on track to become an alternative energy powerhouse

New Zealand - Renewable Energy

Alternative energy is on the rise in New Zealand, according to Industrial Info, a market intelligence firm specializing in renewable fuel. The firm has been tracking the progress of alternative energy projects in the country for some time and notes that the country could be on the verge of becoming one of the world’s alternative energy powerhouses. New Zealand has been home to very ambitious sustainability projects, including wind and solar farms as well as hydrogen power installations. This year, the country will see several new energy projects taking root,…

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OriginOil looks to build urban algae farm to treat wastewater and generate heat for homes

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Algae are getting more attention from the world of science for its possible uses as a source of alternative energy. These simple organisms are very easy to manage and have shown strong resilience to a variety of environments that would be somewhat hostile to other life forms. As such, Algae have become a popular subject for use as a form of organic power. OriginOil, a company that converts algae into fuel, is looking to show off the uses for the organism in a new pilot project that will be launched…

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Staten Island’s old landfill to be home to new alternative energy projects

Landfill Gas to energy projects

New York City’s Staten Island is known for a great many things. Often called the “Forgotten Borough,” Staten Island is home to some of New York City’s largest marathons as well as one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, the Staten Island Ferry. Unfortunately, the Island is also known for its expansive garbage dump. The landfill houses a significant amount of the waste produced by New York City. The landfill was closed in early 2011 after having serviced more than two billion tons of garbage. Now, the dump could…

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West Coast gets 8 new electric charging stations to help bolster the alternative energy infrastructure of the region

West Coast Electric Highway

Interstate 5, the main highway that connects the West Coast states of the U.S., has become home to 8 new electric charging stations and is the latest addition to the West Coast Electric Highway, an ambitious initiative to establish an alternative energy infrastructure in western states. The stations begin at California’s northern border and extend to the far north of Oregon. Each station is capable of providing energy to electric cars and fills a gap in the current infrastructure to support these vehicles. Each station is equipped with fast-charging technology.…

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Human behavior, not technology, may be the key to alternative energy

Hydrogen Fuel Transportation

Technology may not be enough to break the world’s dependence on fossil-fuels, according to University of Oregon sociologist Richard York. For decades, the consensus as to why fossil-fuels are necessary has largely been focused on the lack of alternatives and the technology to make these alternatives viable. Now that technology has reached the point where such alternatives as solar, wind, and hydrogen are viable, progress toward breaking away from fossil-fuels is expected to accelerate. In a new report, York posits that this is not the case. York argues that the…

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Economist Intelligence Unit survey highlights risks of the alternative energy industry

Alternative Energy Targets EU

Climate change and alternative energy are issues that are gaining momentum around the world. Governments have shown resistance to both topics, leaving them in a state of slow progress. Because governments have show wariness in funding alternative energy projects, these projects have survived largely on private investments. Investors are constantly on the lookout for risks, however, and the alternative energy industry is still rife with unidentified factors that could translate into major financial losses. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), an economic research firm, is looking to bring some stability to…

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Turning waste into electricity proves to be a lucrative business for one company in the UK

Waste to energy

  As alternative energy becomes more popular around the world, those interested in hydrogen are finding new ways to generate and use the fuel. Hydrogen has become one of the most promising of all renewable forms of energy as fuel cells, the engines that run on hydrogen gas, can be used in a myriad of ways. As many companies look for innovative ways to use fuel cells, they are finding the need to generate large amounts of hydrogen gas. One company in the United Kingdom believes it has found the…

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UK looks to team with U.S. for ambitious home improvement project

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As the United Kingdom continues its slow but steady pursuit of alternative energy, the government is beginning to see the need to look for foreign partners if it wants to make progress on its sustainability goals. The current available of alternative in the UK is admirable, but not enough to match the demand for new energy systems and the country’s persistence on achieving its goals. As such, the UK is now looking to the U.S. to help with an ambitious project that was launched last year. The Energy Act of…

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Mercedes-Benz shows of hydrogen-powered invisible car in Germany

As part of its ongoing F-Cell World Tour, Mercedes-Benz spent a week in Germany showing off their new invisible car. The car is a hydrogen-powered SUV and is not actually invisible, but was made to appear so with the use of LED-embedded materials. The automaker is trying to convey the idea that their vehicle produces absolutely no harmful emission. This means that from an environmental stand point, the car is virtually invisible. People throughout Germany have responded well to the campaign thus far. Using a simple camera and material containing…

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Nissan expands market for the Leaf electric vehicle to include 21 new states

Electric Vehicles - Nissan Leaf Battery Electric Car

Japanese automaker Nissan has announced that its award-winning electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf, will be available in an additional 21 states in the U.S. Previously, the Leaf was only available in a select few states, of which California represented the most prominent market. Nissan believes that the success of the vehicle in the states it had been available in will carry over to the new states. Residents of these states have received emails informing them that they can now order the vehicles. Nissan has been working to expand the appeal…

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Delaware legislators to hear new proposal from Bloom Energy regarding ambitious hydrogen fuel project

Delaware State Capitol

Delaware lawmakers are considering a new proposal from fuel cell manufacturer Bloom Energy concerning a new hydrogen energy project in the state. Bloom is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of fuel cells and producers of alternative energy technologies. The company has been at the forefront of progress in terms of alternative energy and sustainability for some time. Bloom is now looking to establish an ambitious project in Delaware that could help the state save a significant amount of money on energy costs. The project would bring 235 of the…

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