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HyperSolar Nears Voltage Needed For Solar Hydrogen Production

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, powered only by solar energy, at commercial scale. At least, that's the claim of a startup company called Hypersolar, which two... read more

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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 


 
Block Island Southeast Lighthouse, by Flickr user MJM Photographie (Used under CC License)

Small Islands Are Biggest Beneficiaries Of Renewable Energy

When it comes to sites where renewable energy can have the biggest impact, it's best to look offshore. Islands are often cut off from mainland grid infrastructure, which... read more May 27, 2015 by 


 
SolaRoad solar bicycle lane, The Netherlands

Solar Panels On Dutch Bike Lane Produce More Power Than Planned

Apparently, solar panels aren't just for roofs anymore. The Dutch company SolaRoad has long planned to build bike paths and roadways with embedded solar panels, using... read more May 19, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Powerwall Home Battery

Tesla Didn't Invent Home Energy Storage, Has Many Competitors

Like almost everything else related to the company, its venture into energy storage is generating plenty of publicity for electric-car maker Tesla Motors. The new product... read more May 6, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Powerwall Home Battery

Tesla's New Powerwall Batteries: 7 Or 10 kWh For $3,000 Or $3,500

Last night, as promised, Tesla unveiled the new, non-automotive product line it had previously teased--confirming that the carmaker will enter the energy-storage business... read more May 1, 2015 by 


 
2016 Toyota Mirai

New Toyota Film Appropriates Musk 'BS' Comment On Hydrogen For Its Title

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk once notoriously called hydrogen fuel-cell cars "bull****"," and for a moment, it may seem that Toyota agrees. The Japanese carmaker recently hired... read more April 23, 2015 by 


 
Georgetown, Texas, by Flickr user Matt Turner (Used under CC License)

Georgetown, Texas: Far From Green, But 100 Percent Renewable Energy--Why?

While the politics of climate change remain contentious in the U.S.--if not in much of the rest of the developed world--that doesn't have to hold up the growth of... read more April 4, 2015 by 


 
Arenal volcano, Costa Rica, by Flickr user Adam Baker (Used under CC License)

What Country Powered Itself Entirely On Renewable Energy For 75 Days?

The idea of an electricity grid powered entirely by renewable energy may seem like a utopian dream, but one country has recently achieved it, albeit briefly. That would be... read more March 26, 2015 by 


 
Oil well (photo by John Hill)

Oil Industry Will Begin To Vanish By 2030, Says New Book

What if electric cars and renewable energy became such common parts of our society that they made the oil industry obsolete? It's an environmentalist's dream, and it's also... read more February 13, 2015 by 


 
BMW ActiveE electric car, January 2012, New Jersey

Where Will BMW Electric-Car Batteries Go When They Retire?

Presuming you don't toss it over the nearest cliff, what do you do with a used electric-car battery pack? Even after battery capacity has degraded too much for use in cars... read more January 30, 2015 by 


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

Do Low Gas Prices Hurt Renewable Energy Adoption? Unlikely, Says Analyst

Gas prices have fallen dramatically in the U.S.--40 percent in six months--and it's assumed by some that this will hurt the renewable-energy industry. With the financial... read more January 26, 2015 by 


 
Fast Charging 2011 Nissan Leaf

New Study Doesn't Say 'Electric Cars Aren't Green' (Headlines To The Contrary)

Brace yourself, electric-car fans and advocates. It may be a bumpy ride for the next few days. Yesterday afternoon, the Associated Press covered a new study put out by the... read more December 16, 2014 by 


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

How A Small German Town Became A Renewable Energy Miracle

Renewable energy is attractive to many not just for its environmental benefits, but because it means independence from electrical utilities. Now, one small town in Germany... read more December 15, 2014 by 


 
wind farm

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 


 
Envision Solar EV ARC solar charging station

Self-Contained Solar Carport With Battery: Electric-Car Charging For The Future?

Some home owners use home solar-power systems to charge their cars, cutting their transportation-related emissions to negligible levels. However, home solar charging really... read more October 16, 2014 by 


 

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