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The science behind sustainability solutions | The Guardian

The science behind sustainability solutions | The Guardian | Alternative Energy Sources | Scoop.it
Latest The science behind sustainability solutions news, comment and analysis from the Guardian, the world's leading liberal voice
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A low-cost water splitter that runs on an ordinary AAA battery | KurzweilAI

A low-cost water splitter that runs on an ordinary AAA battery | KurzweilAI | Alternative Energy Sources | Scoop.it
Stanford scientists have developed a low-cost device that uses an ordinary AAA battery (or a solar cell) to split water into oxygen and hydrogen gas. Gas
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CaFCP Hydrogen and Fuel Cell News - March 21, 2014 - YouTube

The California Fuel Cell Partnership brings you the top hydrogen and fuel cell related stories of the week. To see these and other hydrogen fuel cell related...
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1366 Technologies Will Help Solar Reach "Grid Parity" - Environment - GOOD

1366 Technologies Will Help Solar Reach "Grid Parity" - Environment - GOOD | Alternative Energy Sources | Scoop.it
This cool, if wonky, chart from 1366 Technologies shows just how close solar energy is to the current electric grid costs.
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Eight Free tools for Teachers to Make Awesome Infographics

Eight Free tools for Teachers to Make Awesome Infographics | Alternative Energy Sources | Scoop.it

Information graphics which are the visual representation of data known as infogographics are making rounds online these days. It seems like web users are favouring this form of content format over other forms. Their visually attractive display, the bright and shiny colours they include are what make out of them an appealing means of communication. I personally like them because I find them factually interesting, to the point, and easy on eyes.

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Fracking for gas allowed in UK despite earthquakes

Fracking for gas allowed in UK despite earthquakes | Alternative Energy Sources | Scoop.it
Fracking, the controversial natural gas extraction technique which sometimes causes earthquakes, can go ahead in Britain – but only with tight restrictions on the process, a panel of independent scientists will tell the Government today.
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Biofuels | Nuffield Council on Bioethics

Biofuels | Nuffield Council on Bioethics | Alternative Energy Sources | Scoop.it
Concerns over energy security, economic development and climate change are driving the development of biofuels. This report sets out an ethical framework to guide policy making for both current and future biofuels.
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Solving the next energy crisis, a million houses at a time | SmartPlanet

Solving the next energy crisis, a million houses at a time | SmartPlanet | Alternative Energy Sources | Scoop.it

Instead of building a new, $17 billion nuclear power plant, Mathis showed how $5,000 worth of energy-efficiency upgrades to each of the state’s 4 million homes would save twice as much power as the new nukes would generate, and create hundreds of thousands of jobs installing insulation, air sealing, replacing windows, sealing leaky ducts, and the like.

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Sapphire Energy raises $144M for green crude farm | SmartPlanet

Sapphire Energy raises $144M for green crude farm | SmartPlanet | Alternative Energy Sources | Scoop.it
How do you grow algae in the desert Southwest?

Sapphire uses sunlight and carbon dioxide to grow algae in large open ponds of non-potable saltwater. The algae is separated from water, leaving behind a thick paste-like material. From there, the oil is extracted from the algae biomass. Once the oil has been concentrated, it’s prepared for processing and refining, where it can be turned into gas, diesel and jet fuel.

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One mile on a bike is a $.42 economic gain to society, one mile driving is a $.20 loss

One mile on a bike is a $.42 economic gain to society, one mile driving is a $.20 loss | Alternative Energy Sources | Scoop.it
Copenhagen, the bicycle-friendliest place on the planet, publishes a biannual Bicycle Account, and buried in its pages is a rather astonishing fact.

Copenhagen, a city of 1.2 million people, saves $357 million a year on health costs because something like 80 percent of its population commutes by bicycle, even in winter.

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Why baseload power is doomed | SmartPlanet

Why baseload power is doomed | SmartPlanet | Alternative Energy Sources | Scoop.it
Energy columnist Chris Nelder explains why baseload power generation from nuclear and coal plants will be phased out in favor of renewables.
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The Devastating Cost of Not Switching to Clean Energy

The Devastating Cost of Not Switching to Clean Energy | Alternative Energy Sources | Scoop.it

Sure, wind and solar may seem a bit more expensive... But there are two gigantic reasons why clean energy is anything but too expensive, despite the fact that we may pay less for coal-fired power on our electric bills.

There are also links to a couple of interesting articles about the hidden costs of coal power.

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RIM Awarded Patent for the Placement of Fuel Cells in BlackBerry Smartphones

RIM Awarded Patent for the Placement of Fuel Cells in BlackBerry Smartphones | Alternative Energy Sources | Scoop.it

Research In Motion, the Canadian developer and manufacturer of BlackBerry smartphones, has been granted a patent for the integration of fuel cells in its devices.

Whether the fuel cell described in the patent will materialise is debatable but yet another major player in the portable electronics sector signalling intent is positive news for portable fuel cells.

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Customized Solar Cells | GCell | Dye Sensitized Solar Cells

Customized Solar Cells | GCell | Dye Sensitized Solar Cells | Alternative Energy Sources | Scoop.it
Customized Solar Cells by G24 Power. We can manufacture Dye Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSC) in customized solar cell configurations.
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Dye sensitised solar cells made commercially in Wales.

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The Hydrogen Experiment | Worldwatch Institute

The Hydrogen Experiment | Worldwatch Institute | Alternative Energy Sources | Scoop.it
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Iceland may be the first to embrace the hydrogen economy

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Report that Diesel Fuel Causes Cancer will Boost Alternative Energy Sources and Graphite Demand - Graphite Blog

Report that Diesel Fuel Causes Cancer will Boost Alternative Energy Sources and Graphite Demand - Graphite Blog | Alternative Energy Sources | Scoop.it
The formalization of diesel fuel exhaust as a carcinogen will doubtless lead to stricter regulations, aiming both toward the use of advanced technology to reduce the amount of cancer causing materials and toward the adoption of alternative...
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Biofuels | Nuffield Council on Bioethics

Biofuels | Nuffield Council on Bioethics | Alternative Energy Sources | Scoop.it
Concerns over energy security, economic development and climate change are driving the development of biofuels. This report sets out an ethical framework to guide policy making for both current and future biofuels.
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Safe nuclear: India’s thorium reactor | SmartPlanet

Safe nuclear: India’s thorium reactor | SmartPlanet | Alternative Energy Sources | Scoop.it
SmartPlanet’s Mark Halper sets off on the thorium trail this month.

The picture shows a sunset over Kerala, India, where there is a lot of thorium in the beach sands. Some people think the sun should set on conventional uranium reactors in favor of safer thorium, a substance that is plentiful around the world.

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Food scraps-to-energy startup snags funding from Al Gore, First Solar chief | SmartPlanet

Food scraps-to-energy startup snags funding from Al Gore, First Solar chief | SmartPlanet | Alternative Energy Sources | Scoop.it

Harvest Power builds plants that process organic materials like food scraps and yard trimmings and converts them into biogas, soil and natural fertilizer products. The company, which was founded in 2008, designs and builds two types of anaerobic digestion systems to produce biogas, which can be burned for power or further processed into compressed natural gas fuel.

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Iceland's volcanoes may power UK

Iceland's volcanoes may power UK | Alternative Energy Sources | Scoop.it

The energy minister is to visit Iceland in May to discuss connecting the UK to its abundant geothermal energy.

The volcanoes of Iceland could soon be pumping low-carbon electricity into the UK under government-backed plans for thousands of miles of high-voltage cables across the ocean floor.

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The Electric Car Of The Future Will Be Powered By Eggshells

The Electric Car Of The Future Will Be Powered By Eggshells | Alternative Energy Sources | Scoop.it

Not really an alternative energy source - just a possible way of improving capacitor technology. This would allow you to recharge your phone in 15 seconds.

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3D Solar Structures Create More Power in Small Spaces - Environment - GOOD

3D Solar Structures Create More Power in Small Spaces - Environment - GOOD | Alternative Energy Sources | Scoop.it
These structures don’t behave quite like fields of solar panels. They produce power more consistently and, in some conditions, more of it.
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Amory Lovins: Carbon fiber cars would cut oil dependency | SmartPlanet

Amory Lovins: Carbon fiber cars would cut oil dependency | SmartPlanet | Alternative Energy Sources | Scoop.it

View video: At the Cleantech Forum in San Francisco, Amory Lovins talks about strategies to make oil-free automobiles. He believes that cars would be simpler and cheaper to build if they were made out of ultralight materials like carbon fiber composites.

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Biofuels About More Than Climate

Biofuels About More Than Climate | Alternative Energy Sources | Scoop.it
Biofuels have been pushed in the EU mainly because they've been held to reduce CO2 emissions. That assumption has been called into question. But climate change may not be the only reason to develop biofuels.
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Instructor sees potential for biodiesel to fuel the future Several Eugene-based companies utilize biofuels for their vehicles

Instructor sees potential for biodiesel to fuel the future Several Eugene-based companies utilize biofuels for their vehicles | Alternative Energy Sources | Scoop.it

What makes biodiesel stand out from other fuels is the variety of products that can be used to make it: these include soybean, rapeseed, sunflower, hemp and flax seed oils. Vegetable oils, animal fats and even algae can be used to create bio-fuels.

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