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Booze Power

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Whiskey-derived biofuel unveiled by Scottish scientists.

Looks like Scottish scientists have given whiskey lovers another good reason to enjoy a few fingers of scotch. Last week, researchers at Edinburgh Napier University unveiled a new biofuel made from byproducts of the whiskey distillation process. The biofuel, they say, can power regular vehicles without any special engine adaptations. There is a cruel irony associated with most biofuels -- while......read more

Rising Tide

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World's largest tidal power turbine unveiled in Scotland.

As a potential clean energy source, tidal power is as alluring as it is elusive. The consistent daily flux of the tides presents attractive possibilities for the production of reliable, sustainable power, but the hurdles posed by deploying large turbines in the sea are more than a little significant. Still, tidal energy projects, particularly in Europe, are attracting plenty of capital......read more

Hot Pants

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New nanotechnology research means your pants may one day power your iPod.

The human body is constantly moving around and creating energy. Wouldn't it be convenient if we could harness that energy to do things like charge our electronic devices? According to scientists at UC Berkeley, we can. Researchers are developing this breakthrough technology that will enable individuals to create their own renewable energy. The scientists are using microscopic fibers known as......read more

EPA Retains Power to Regulate Emissions

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Senate decision gives boost to President Obama's plans for broader climate legislation.

The U.S. Senate has rejected a proposed measure to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The rejected measure, tabled by oil-friendly Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski, would have rescinded the authority of the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. Nicknamed "the Dirty Air Act," the resolution would have passed......read more

Turanor Solar Yacht

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Largest solar-powered boat in the world to attempt historic voyage.

The Turanor is a 98-foot catamaran powered by an array of solar panels large enough to cover two tennis courts. There are big plans for this futuristic craft; next spring it will attempt a circumnavigation of the planet. According to the vessel's skipper, the purpose of the mission is to prove that "we have the technology right now to change how we do things." In other words, this......read more

Solar Power, On The Cheap

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Five ways to harness the energy of the sun—for less than $500.

Damn you, solar energy. How badly we want you to power our homes. How clearly we don't have the tens of thousands of dollars we need to make it happen. Renewable, abundant solar energy may power the future but for now, only green-minded millionaires can afford it. Or so we thought. In fact, Photovoltaic panels are getting smaller, cheaper, and more efficient. Installation costs are declining......read more

Low Cost Solar Paint?

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NextGen solar’s nanoscale solar paint to provide cheap and efficient solar power.

For all the excitement over low cost solar power, much of it is still in the development stage backed by government resources and has yet to prove that it can compete on the market with cheap fossil fuels. However some private investors are starting to bet on low cost solar in a big way. Among them is tech specialist Len Batterson, whose startup NextGen Solar is kicking into gear. NextGen......read more

Loan Guarantee Confirmed for Solar Power Plant

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But wildlife conservation groups oppose the project, the New York Times reports.

The United States Energy Department on Monday offered a $1.37 billion loan guarantee to a company planning to build a large-scale solar power plant in the Southern California desert. The loan guarantee, for BrightSource Energy of Oakland, Calif., is the largest given for a solar project. BrightSource’s 392-megawatt Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is the first utility-scale solar power......read more

The Nuclear Question

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Leading energy thinkers debate government financial support for nuclear power.

This week, the Obama administration approved financial support for two new nuclear reactors in Georgia—the first plants built in the United States since the 1970s. Do nuclear power’s virtues (zero greenhouse emissions) outweigh its vices (cost and waste disposal)? That's the question posed to a group of academics and policy wonks on The New York Times' Room For Debate blog this......read more

Jet Fuel from Algae Turning into Reality

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Algae-powered jets for everyone!

Pentagon way-out research arm DARPA and Predator dronemaker General Atomics are teaming up to turn algae into jet fuel. The Defense Department announced the $20 million deal earlier in the week. The idea is to "demonstrate and ultimately commercialize the affordable production" of an algae-based surrogate for JP-8 jet fuel by 2010. The work is going to be spread all over the country,......read more

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