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From Sunlight To Electricity: First Optical Rectenna Created In Lab

From Sunlight To Electricity: First Optical Rectenna Created In Lab

It's been the dream of visionaries for decades: Sunlight converted into direct current to use for recharging emission-free electric cars. Photovoltaic cells offer that capability today, but now researchers claim to have found a way to improve the efficiency of that process greatly, using a device... read more

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George Matick Chevrolet, Redford, Michigan

GM Lauds Greenest Dealers, Shares Best Practices For Cutting Energy Use

As cars get greener, the environmental impact of the infrastructure used to sell them is getting increased attention. Making dealerships greener can not only lower the... read more January 26, 2015 by 

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New Honda 'Green Dealer Guide' Spells Out Energy Efficiency For Dealership Buildings

As global attention increasingly focuses on all facets of sustainability, more attention is being paid to the infrastructure that manufactures and sells cars and trucks... read more December 11, 2014 by 

Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Some Solar, Wind Power Competes With Natural Gas Without Incentives: Study

Fossil fuels have been an integral part of the industrialized world since it began 250 years ago. While renewable, carbon-free energy sources have long been viewed as the... read more September 18, 2014 by 

Photovoltaic solar panels on roof of Honda Smart Home at UC-Davis, California

Honda Opens Demonstration Smart Home, With Fit EV Electric Car In Garage

Most of us think "Honda" and bring up economy cars, perhaps lawnmowers, or even portable generators. Complete houses aren't usually on the list. Yesterday, though, the... read more March 26, 2014 by 

wind farm

Long-Lived Clean Power: Wind Turbines Last 25 Years, Study Says

In the search for clean energy, wind power appears to be one of the most promising avenues, along with solar. But to be a reliable source of electricity, individual wind... read more February 23, 2014 by 

2013 Scion iQ EV hits the U.S.

Toyota: No More Plug-In Electric Cars If Electricity Doesn't Get Cleaner (In Europe)?

European buyers waiting for an electric Toyota may have quite some time to wait--until the electric grid cleans up, basically. That's the word from Toyota Europe, which says... read more June 11, 2013 by  25

Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

World's Largest Coal Company To Use Solar Power In Bid To Cut Energy Costs

It's perfectly reasonable to be skeptical when an alternative energy organization says we should move away from fossil fuels, and likewise reasonable to be skeptical when the... read more June 7, 2013 by  7

Mitsubishi MiEV House

California Takes The Lead In Using Batteries For Grid Storage

We all know producing electricity is an energy-intensive process, but the complications don't stop at how utilities generate that power. Demand for electricity ebbs and... read more June 4, 2013 by  11

Green Car Reports editor John Voelcker discusses Electric Car Myths & Realities, March 2013

Electric-Car Myths & Realities And NYC Rollout Plans (Videos)

If you publish thousands of stories a year, sometimes you get asked to speak to groups of people about your topic. Which is how we came to talk about electric cars and try to... read more April 4, 2013 by  7

Lotus Mobile solar charging array (Image: Monarch Power)

Lotus Mobile: A Portable, Affordable Solar Charging Solution?

Given millions of years of adaptation to conditions, it's no surprise that nature is pretty good at doing what it does. Each leaf on a tree, and indeed the shape of a tree's... read more April 2, 2013 by  10

Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Could Carmakers Sell More Electric Cars With Green Energy Included?

In our experience, owners of electric vehicles are also rather keen on green energy. Where appropriate, many fit solar panels to supply some of their energy needs, and others... read more April 1, 2013 by  3

U.S. Capitol

Green Energy Wins In Last-Minute U.S. 'Fiscal Cliff' Bill

It wasn't until 2 am yesterday morning that the U.S. Senate voted 89 to 8 to approve a bill to avert the "fiscal cliff" that took effect on New Year's Day. The House of... read more January 2, 2013 by  4

2011 Toyota Prius

Five Reasons Buying a Hybrid Prius Won't Save the Planet

The 2012 Toyota Prius gets the best EPA-rated gas mileage--50 miles per gallon combined--of any non-plug-in car sold in the U.S. But the Prius hybrid sometimes gets a bad... read more August 9, 2012 by  102

Extracting Lithium Carbonate From Brine

Brine: Key To Cheaper, Longer-Lasting Electric Car Batteries?

There may not be a magic bullet for battery technology, but improvements can come from the most unlikely places. One of those is the San Andreas fault in California, where... read more June 4, 2012 by  16

Robert Llewellyn Nissan Leaf Solar Panels

Can An Electric Car Cut Solar Panel Payback Time? Yes, But...

If you’re a homeowner with a suitable home and enough money to invest in a set of photovoltaic solar panels for your roof, you can easily power your home cheaply and... read more September 22, 2011 by  6


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