Toyota revs hybrid for 2012 Endurance races

Toyota will field a race team at the inaugural Federation International de l'Automobile (FIA) World Endurance Championship race series in 2012.



Vehicle-powered generators hit the road


Americans own an estimated 250 million vehicles, and drive approximately six billion miles every day.

 But what if we were able to harness the energy used in transporting goods and people to generate electricity with no additional emissions?

Nanostructured silicon boosts thin-film PV

Thin-film photovoltaic (PV) cells made from amorphous silicon are low-cost, low-profile and suitable for many solar power applications. 



Vertical-axis turbine sails into wind market

"Every commercial building can power itself," Elizabethtown, Ky.-based Wind Energy recently proclaimed on its website.



US has vast geothermal resources, study shows

The US has the geothermal resources to produce ten times as much power as the current installed capacity of coal plants, Google-sponsored research shows.

China fires back over SolarWorld issue

China and U.S. solar manufacturers are trading shots in the wake of the SolarWorld-led effort to slap big tariffs on Chinese imports of crystalline silicon solar panels. 



Public keen on geoengineering research

Most people believe that it's worth investing in geoengineering research, a new study has found.

Huge mass of tsunami debris headed for US West Coast

Millions of tons of debris from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March is headed for the West Coast of the US.

Cleantech industry bets big on offshore windpower

A new report from Pike Research confirms what the United States, Europe and even Google are banking on: offshore wind is going to be huge.



Climate change isn't natural variation, says team

There's been no simultaneous warming of the northern and southern hemispheres in the last 20,000 years, scientists say, indicating that climate change can't be ascribed to natural variation.

A "renewable" that's worse than coal?



Proponents of waste-to-energy (WTE) facilities have a good point: the amount of plastic that we throw away in the United States could generate enough electricity to power over 16 million homes. 



Brutus electric motorcycle goes retro

It’s the first golden age for electric motorbikes. As technology improves by leaps and bounds, more and more models are hitting the market every month. 



U.S. military buying more portable renewables

The U.S. military’s hunger for portable renewable energy is paying off again for SkyBuilt Power, which announced it was "selected to provide rapidly deployable renewable power stations to the U.S. Navy."

Antarctic ozone layer still has big hole

There's still a considerable hole in the Antarctic ozone layer, say scientists, with this year's peak the ninth largest in the 26 year record.

BEST study fails to satisfy global warming skeptics

A research project founded by a climate change skeptic has concluded that the planet is getting warmer, with land temperatures rising by one degree Celcius since the 1950s.

Edison2 eVLC EV does 245MPGe - say what?

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) first began using the Miles Per Gallon Gasoline Equivalent (MGPe) in the window stickers of early green vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt.

Occupy Wall Street spawns DIY solar power

It can be hard to charge your electronic devices when you’re in a tent city like the ones found at the Occupy Wall Street movements happening across the country.

Biofuel program eyes marginal lands

An Iowa State University-led team recently won a $25 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to develop the blueprint for using marginal farmlands to grow perennial grasses that will, in turn, provide a biomass source for a drop-in biofuel.


Meeting calls for extreme measures on climate change

Climate change represents an immediate and highly serious threat to the health and security of people around the world, experts warned yesterday.

Wood-based biofuels get boost by USDA

The U.S. biofuels industry has mostly been centered in Midwestern agricultural states.