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Chevy Reports It Met 2010 Carbon-Reduction Goal: 8 Million Tons

Chevy Reports It Met 2010 Carbon-Reduction Goal: 8 Million Tons

Five years ago, Chevrolet made two commitments to reduce its carbon footprint. In December 2010 it launched the first-generation Volt as part of the initial wave of mass-market electric cars. That same year, it also pledged to invest $40 million in projects to reduce carbon emissions. DON'T MISS... read more

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Carbon nanitube optical rectenna [Image: Rob Felt, Georgia Tech]

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... read more October 12, 2015 by 

2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell at hydrogen fueling station, Fountain Valley, CA

HyperSolar Reaches Voltage To Produce Hydrogen With Solar Energy

HyperSolar claims to have reached a major milestone in its quest to produce hydrogen using solar energy. The startup hopes to produce hydrogen gas from water using artificial... read more September 28, 2015 by 

Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid used by West Hill House B&B, Warren, Vermont

Vermont B&B Offers Solar-Powered Electric-Car Charging

In Vermont, a bed & breakfast housed in an 1850s home is getting a 21st century makeover. The West Hill House B&B and Retreat Center in Warren, Vermont, now offers... read more September 23, 2015 by 

Wind farm, by Flickr user Patrick Finnegan (Used under CC License)

Renewable Energy Doing So Well That Subsidies Could End: Energy Secretary Moniz

Government subsidies have been an important lifeline for renewable energy, helping to make different technologies viable even when costs are not in their favor. But at what... read more August 30, 2015 by 

2016 Toyota Mirai  -  Quick Drive  -  Portland, July 2015  [photo: Doug Berger]

2016 Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Car Runs On...Leftover Lemonade? Huh?

If life gives you lemons, make lemonade. If you already have lemonade, make hydrogen, Toyota says. As part of its promotional efforts for the 2016 Toyota Mirai fuel-cell car... read more August 25, 2015 by 

Power station - Image by Flickr user MacJewell, used under Creative Commons license

Big Coal Doomed: Not By Climate Rules But Fracking & Finance

Coal is the worst fossil fuel, that much is clear. Its carbon footprint per kilowatt-hour of electricity when it's burned by electric utilities to make electricity is far... read more August 11, 2015 by 

2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car, Newport Beach, CA, Nov 2014

CA Renewable Hydrogen Rule: Forcing The Carbon Numbers To Work

California's plan to reduce carbon emissions from transportation anticipates a mix of battery-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. Recharging batteries from the electric... read more August 7, 2015 by 

Coal, by Flicker user oatsy40 (Used Under CC License)

State With Dirtiest Power Grid Had Highest Electric-Car Incentive, But Now Only For Natural-Gas, LPG Cars (UPDATED)

Life is full of little ironies. And life in the 50 states that make up the United States of America is full of inconsistencies, including those among electric-car incentives... read more July 16, 2015 by 

ArcelorMittal electric arc furnace

Belgian Steel Plant: We'll Make 50,000 Tons Of Ethanol From Byproduct

Even as world governments continue to encourage the production of biofuels, ethanol remains subject to particular criticism. The highest-volume feedstocks for ethanol are... read more July 13, 2015 by 

Solar Impulse 2 lands in Hawaii

Solar Impulse Sun-Powered Airplane Lands Safely In Hawaii

Nearly four months after taking off from Abu Dhabi to attempt a circumnavigation of the globe, the sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 airplane has crossed the Pacific Ocean. The... read more July 6, 2015 by 

Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

HyperSolar Nears Voltage Needed For Solar Hydrogen Production

What's so magical about 1.5 volts, you may ask? It turns out that it's the practical voltage required to produce hydrogen gas from water using artificial photosynthesis... read more July 1, 2015 by 

2012 Tesla Model S

New Home Electric-Car Charging Station Chooses Greenest Power

Electric cars produce no tailpipe emissions, but their low overall carbon footprint can still be reduced even further. The cleaner the power source used to charge an electric... read more June 25, 2015 by 

Tesla Model S on display outside Great River Energy headquarters, courtesy of Minnesota PEV Owners

Minnesota Energy Coop Offers Renewable Power To Electric-Car Owners, At No Extra Cost

Many electric-car owners start to think more seriously about the source of their electricity when they plug their cars in to recharge. And at least in California, data show... read more June 4, 2015 by 

2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car, Newport Beach, CA, Nov 2014

Second Toyota Mirai Video: Hydrogen Is Like First Oil Well

The town of Titusville, Pennsylvania, considers itself the birthplace of the oil industry. After locals struck crude near the appropriately-named Oil Creek, what is now... read more June 4, 2015 by 

Gas pump

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... read more June 2, 2015 by 


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