Superconductors power electric cars

Japanese giant Sumitomo Electric has developed a prototype car which uses a superconducting motor.

Microsoft goes Hohm Alone

Software goliath Microsoft has introduced software which will tell you how green you are. And save you money in the process.

UK begins major trial of electric cars

The British government has launched a £25 million national trial of electric cars, the biggest such trial in the world.

Global warming is irreversible, U.S. study concludes

The US Climate Change Science Program, a research project led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the US Department of Commerce, has published dramatic new findings on climate change and its impact on the United States. It is the most stark report yet published by the US government, indicating that the pace of global warming can be slowed, but not stopped or reversed.

New York is prime site for jet stream kites

Imagine the New York sky filled with giant kites - like a bigger, better version of the famous Kabul festival.

Mitsubishi preps range of electric cars

Japanese giant Mitsubishi will launch a lithium ion electric car in July, but promises that's only the start.

Tesla: 500th Roadster delivered

Tesla said it has just delivered the 500th unit of its Lotus Elise-based all-electric Roadster.

Panasonic chief thinks India is its savior

Japanese wire nikkei.net is running an exclusive interview with Panasonic president Fumio Ohtsubo.

Laser makes light bulbs super-bright

Ordinary incandescent light bulbs can be made super-efficient using a laser process, say optics researchers at the University of Rochester.

German town to run on dung

By the end of the year, the German city of Lunen is set to be the first to have a dedicated biogas network fuelled by agricultural products including cow dung and horse manure.

Laser fusion plant delivers the power of the stars

A fusion ignition facility which uses the power of lasers to turn tiny hydrogen pellets into thermonuclear energy is to open in California today.

Applied gets approval for giant solar panels

Equipment manufacturer Applied Materials said it's got approval for giant photovoltaic modules from the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

Sea-level rise threatens northeastern US cities

Melting of the Greenland ice sheet this century may threaten the northeast US and Canada much more than previously thought.

Nanophotovoltaic devices will be used in cancer treatment

Solar firm Spire said it is to branch out into making nanophotovoltaic devices and has secured a patent for its technology.

Scientists plan to relocate species

As climate change destroys habitats, scientists have been considering relocating species into more suitable environments but have been put off by fears of damaging the new ecosystem. Now, a group of researchers has come up with a tool to evalauate the potential success of such managed relocation.

GM goes green with hybrid Hummer

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em: General Motors is launching an electric Hummer claimed to produce near-zero emissions.

Australia plans world's largest solar power plant

Australia is planning to build the world's largest solar power station, with three times the generating capacity of the California plant that has been the biggest to date.

Magnets to enable green refrigerators?

Researchers claim they have found a way to create new technology concepts for two of the most power hungry appliances in our homes – refrigerators and air conditioners. Future cooling devices could utilize water cooling and magnets.

Research promises cheaper flat-panel displays

UCLA researchers have developed a new, single-step method for producing transparent conductors, which may herald cheaper, more powerful electronic devices and flexible solar cells that could be incorporated into drapes. LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - UCLA researchers have developed a new, single-step method for producing transparent conductors, which may herald cheaper, more powerful electronic devices and flexible solar cells that could be incorporated into drapes.

Solar cells eclipsed by credit crunch

The credit crunch has put an end to the glory days of photo voltaic panels as the bottom drops out of the entire semiconductor market and governments have slashed subsidies on their citizens installing units.