BMW looks to landfills for hydrogen power

Automaker BMW has launched a pilot program to turn the methane gas emitted by landfills into hydrogen.



NASA maps Antarctic ice flow

NASA-funded researchers have discovered new ice formations moving across Antarctica, after creating the first complete map of the speed and direction of ice flow.

Rooftop solar could be a hydrogen producer


Researchers are always looking for the next big breakthrough in renewable energy technologies. 



Polar sea ice could recover if CO2 levels fall

Good news, for once: new research indicates that, for polar sea ice at least, there's no 'tipping point' from which recovery is impossible.

Fuel cells, hydrogen storage get DOE bump

Four fuel cell and hydrogen storage research and development projects are getting a $7 million boost from the Obama administration.

This concept bike wants to power a city


If you live in or commute daily to a city, you know the drawbacks of relying on a car. 

There’s traffic, the high cost of gas and maintenance - not to mention the endless challenge of finding a parking spot.

Concentrated PV helps keep crops growing


A team of German industrial researchers says concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) systems that focus light on to solar cells can provide an effective alternative for powering remote irrigation networks.

Solar powered refuge sets up anywhere


It wasn't so long ago we brought you the Eagle Nest Hut - a concept design for an alpine hut that could be assembled at high altitudes and on uneven ground, powered by renewable energy.

Solar manufacturing gets $50M boost

Got an industrial-scale demonstration of photovoltaic modules, cells or substrates that offers lower-cost solutions in line with the Obama administration’s SunShot goals?

Green flight challenge gets Google backing

Snoopy will have more than the Red Baron to keep an eye on as competitors take to the skies above California's Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport this fall in pursuit of a $1.65 million prize for fuel-efficient aircraft. 



Arctic summer ice could increase before it disappears

If climate change continues, summer sea ice in the Arctic could disappear altogether - but in the meantime Arctic ice could temporarily stabilize or even increase.

Bloom Boxes powering NTT data center

NTT America, a subsidiary of Japanese telecom giant NTT, has selected Bloom Energy Servers to power its new Silicon Valley data center. 



Methane levels taper off - but why?

There was a leveling off of the amount of methane in the atmosphere towards the end of the last century - and scientists can't agree on why it happened.

Renewable energy production passes nuclear

Renewable energy production in the United States has surpassed the production of nuclear power for the first time, a government study reports.

Green economy booming out in Cali


California is certainly doing a lot to build up its green economy.

Better batteries from a liberal arts college

You think Lafayette College, you think East Coast liberal arts school. You think long discussions of the Hegelian system, and the allusions in Eliot's "The Waste Land."

How to build off-grid, high-altitude accommodations

It’s the perfect alpine retreat for the eco-conscious - that is, if your idea of the perfect alpine retreat involves hanging, literally, off the side of a mountain. 



Yanko designs a mobile solar powered hospital



In times of natural disasters, mobile clinics can be a godsend to those facing injury, illness and lack of access to basic services.

Desalination could be made cheaper, says team

Desalination of seawater could be the best way to solve the world's water shortage, say Yale researchers, who have come up with ways to improve its efficiency.

Dual-fuel gets a run at U. of Wisconsin


Over the past 20 years, the University of Wisconsin Hybrid Vehicle Team has dominated the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Vehicle Competition by winning the event six times.