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Artificial Photosynthesis Might Make Fuel From CO2 & Sunlight, One Day

Artificial Photosynthesis Might Make Fuel From CO2 & Sunlight, One Day

Electric cars may have made great strides recently, but thousands of researchers are still searching for a sustainable liquid fuel. Such a fuel wouldn't require drivers who are used to pumping gas to alter their habits, and it would sidestep the issues of battery weight and charging times. What if... read more

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Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

The Coming Solar Power Boom: Charts Tell The Story, Grid Parity In 2 Years

Home solar power has been around for a long time, but its relatively high costs have made it unattractive for many homeowners. Over the last decade, rapidly decreasing prices... read more November 13, 2014 by 

Ford and Windy Energy Windy System clean-energy pilot program.

Four Ford Dealers To Test Solar & Wind Clean-Energy Systems

As fuel economy slowly rises across its entire range, Ford is looking to lower the environmental impact of the dealerships that sell its greenest cars as well. The company... read more November 10, 2014 by 

Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

Will Biofuels Be Better For Plastics Than For Vehicle Fuel?

Turn the clock back to 2007--when Congress passed the U.S. Energy Independence and Security Act--and biofuels like ethanol were apparently poised to solve the country's... read more October 20, 2014 by 

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Do Wind Turbines Kill Birds? Far Fewer Than Cell Towers...Or Cats

Wind turbines are a proven source of clean, renewable energy, but many people believe that they kill massive numbers of birds. It sounds like a classic Catch-22. The story... read more October 17, 2014 by 

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 (Image: Flickr user Aero Icarus, used under CC license)

Southwest Airlines Will Use Renewable Jet Fuel From Forest Waste

In the U.S., there isn't a lot of enthusiasm for automotive biofuels these days. Concerns over the potential impact on food supplies, the growing sales of practical electric... read more September 26, 2014 by 

BMW DesignworksUSA solar carport concept

In 10 Years, Electric Cars Make Home Solar Practical Without Subsidies: UBS

Electric cars and residential solar energy are intertwined. Not only are both compatible with a greener lifestyle, but advances in one seem to benefit the other. In a decade... read more September 2, 2014 by 

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Jet Fuel From Tobacco Plants To Be Tested By Boeing, South African Airlines

Corn-based ethanol is, to say the least, a controversial topic. While it's shown promise as a viable renewable fuel, there are concerns that large-scale ethanol production of... read more August 12, 2014 by 

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EPA Resets Ethanol Rules To Reflect Reality: Cellulosic Sources Don't Exist

For many months now, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has faced a dilemma: What to do about its rules that millions of gallons of cellulosic ethanol be blended into... read more April 23, 2014 by 

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid - production model

Green Car Reports, Five Years And 9,800 Articles Later

Five years ago today, Green Car Reports began a daily publishing schedule. At first one a day, and then more, we wrote articles on fuel efficiency, hybrids, diesel vehicles... read more February 3, 2014 by 

Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

More Efficient Solar Panels: Make Them Like Lego, Play Music For Them!

Apparently, solar panels are a lot like plants. Just as some people believe plants respond well to music, solar panels seem to perform better when "listening," according to a... read more January 3, 2014 by 

GM E85 presentation

Ethanol A Victim Of Change As Gasoline Sales Have Flatlined?

Eight years ago, ethanol was going to let the U.S. grow its own vehicle fuel, reduce its use of gasoline made from imported oil, and boost energy security. How much have you... read more December 11, 2013 by 

Non-ethanol gasoline pump

Gas Stations Claim Oil Companies Block E15, FTC To Investigate

The idea is simple: Replace refined hydrocarbons yanked deep out of the earth with vehicle fuel derived from crops. The ongoing politics of ethanol remain anything but... read more September 1, 2013 by 

Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Electric Cars Vs. Solar Panels: Which One's The Gateway Drug?

Among the 100,000 or so U.S. drivers with plug-in electric cars, it's widely noted that a lot of them charge their cars using photovoltaic solar arrays. But which comes... read more June 4, 2013 by  64

Toyota FCV-R hydrogen fuel-cell concept car, 2012 Detroit Auto Show

DoE Backpedals, Will Fund Slight Hydrogen Fueling Station Expansion

It appears that the U.S. Department of Energy has had a change of heart. Four years ago, then-Energy Secretary Steven Chu was widely known as a skeptic about hydrogen... read more March 22, 2013 by  22

President Obama inspects the 2011 Chevrolet Volt

Obama: Use Oil & Gas Lease Dollars To Fund Gasoline-Free Cars

The sequester is now with us, and Congress has lower approval ratings than South American death squads, but President Obama is doggedly pursuing his green agenda nonetheless... read more March 15, 2013 by  12


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