energy

AutoTram: Combination of Bus and Tram

AutoTram: Combination of Bus and Tram

Scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure, Germany, recently introduced an innovative public transportation solution, dubbed the “AutoTram”. The new vehicle is as long as a tram but has bus-like agility, allowing it to maneuver easily through crowded ...

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Bladeless Wind Turbines on the Way

Bladeless Wind Turbines on the Way

Solar Aero Research, New Hampshire, has recently introduced an innovative method to create “green” energy: bladeless turbines, dubbed ”Fuller”. Although the new concept is very similar to the traditional steam turbine, it provides quieter operation and better performance.   The ...

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Ribbon at Edge of Solar System

Ribbon at Edge of Solar System

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Las Alamos, New Mexico have discovered a ribbon of solar material collected at the very edge of the solar system. The High Energy Neutral Atom Imager on NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) has ...

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SPARKy Springy Prosthetic Legs

SPARKy Springy Prosthetic Legs

Researchers at Arizona State University have developed the SPARKy prosthetic leg, a device that uses energy stored in a spring while walking to help users live more active lives. The lightweight prosthetic provides a much wider range of motion than ...

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Roll-Up Solar Panels

Roll-Up Solar Panels

Toledo, Ohio startup Xunlight has developed a method for manufacturing large, flexible solar panels that can be stored in rolls. The panels could be used on irregularly shaped objects such as automobile roofs or even used as portable power sources ...

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Solar Powered Biofuel Under Development

Solar Powered Biofuel Under Development

Cambridge, Massachusetts based startup Joule Biotechnologies is developing a new process using solar power to derive a biologically-based fuel without growing any crops or using any plant matter. Their process converts carbon dioxide directly into a liquid fuel and could ...

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New Method Allows Cheaper Solar Cells Production

New Method Allows Cheaper Solar Cells Production

Researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have discovered a new and relatively easy technique to manufacture solar cells. Their low-cost solution is a unique processing method for copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) – based ...

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Converting Wastewater into Clean Energy

Converting Wastewater into Clean Energy

Waltham Technologies, a new Boston-based startup founded by Una Ryan, is using blue-green algae to decontaminate wastewater while creating a viable source of clean energy at the same time. The algae eats carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the ...

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Smart Glass Controls Lighting and Temperature

Smart Glass Controls Lighting and Temperature

Research Frontiers, a New York based research company, has developed a “Smart Glass” that can regulate the level of incoming light through windows. The company developed and patented a film technology called Suspended Particle Devices (SPD) that can vary the ...

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Novel Technology Turns Garbage into Ethanol

Novel Technology Turns Garbage into Ethanol

Imagine using a dump site to produce a fuel resource. Due to a novel technology developed by a company called BlueFire Ethanol, the cellulosic ethanol within municipal and other waste products could be transformed into an alternative fuel resource. The ...

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