Direct steam solar thermal plant fires up


Late last month a new type of solar thermal power plant was inaugurated in Carboneras, Spain. 



A cheap, green and futuristic prefab

The Tim Palen Studio at Shadow Mountain is more than futuristic-looking new structure in the Mojave Desert (near Joshua Tree, California) - it’s a prototype of a 2nd generation pre-fab home design based on the ubiquitous shipping container.

Huge Oregon wind farm gets Google backing

We’ve been keeping a close eye on the Shepherd’s Flat wind farm in rural Oregon, not just because it is right in our backyard, but because it is poised to become the world’s largest wind farm as well.

CRP Racing unveils electric motorcycle

CRP Racing has debuted its new electric motorcycle - the eCRP 1.4.

Scientists create ambient energy harvester


Siemens has announced its scientists, like the one with the slightly crazed look below, have created the "Ambient Energy Harvester."

Does biofuel endanger developing nations?

The controversy over the use of biofuel as an alternative and renewable energy source may soon get even more heated.  



High speed rail could create 1.3 million jobs

A new study out recently from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) suggests kneecapping high speed rail on the federal level might not be the best move at the moment. 



China accelerates high speed rail build out

President Obama’s dream of high speed rail (HSR) in the U.S. may have been gutted for the year as part of federal budget deals, but other parts of the world continue to march forward with their plans. 



This electric trike costs 40K

California-based electric vehicle company T3 Motion has announced the completion of its prototype called the R3, which was previously known as the GT3.

This Japanese EV does 200 miles on a single charge

Thirty-four different companies have come together to create a Japanese, all-electric prototype vehicle called the SIM-LEI which claims to have an impressive range of over 200 miles on a single charge. 



Americans Want EVs, but most won’t buy

We’ve reported on a veritable landslide of electric vehicle (EV) related hubbub from manufacturers and federal agencies. 



Is Internet Explorer 9 energy friendly?

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 (IE 9) claims to conserve power in ways that no other modern browsers have before. 



Mojave Desert mine could help reduce dependency on rare earth imports

Demand for rare earth metals in high-tech products is higher than ever, as they are used in everything from smartphones to missiles. Indeed, the price of some rare earth elements skyrocketed by 500% over the last year.

This Green Baby is an electric scooter

The Taiwanese-based Green Diamond Power has launched its latest electric scooter dubbed the "Green Baby."

Nanoparticles lethal to Arctic ecosystem

Queen’s University researchers have discovered that nanoparticles - now found in everything from socks to suntan lotion - may be causing irreparable harm to soil systems and the environment.

This battery is powered by water

Batteries are often thought of as energy storage devices because that is how we use them on a day to day basis. 



Mountain glaciers melting much faster than believed

Melting mountain glaciers are pushing up sea level rises faster than at any time in the last 350 years, say scientists - indeed, many are melting up to 100 times faster.

Electric Porsche replica has classy looks



Duke’s Garage, a Colorado company specializing in the restoration of classic cars, has announced that they are adding an electric conversion model to their line of replica vehicles. 



Electric motorcycle racing? Yes, please!


The idea of racing motorcycles is certainly something that sounds exciting to many, as it certainly is also fun to watch them zipping around a track. 



Japan disaster shakes Toyota green car plans

Toyota announced a series of production date changes following the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Japan in early March.