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[10 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
Planned Florida City Aims for Solar Self-Sufficiency

Technology.am (Apr. 10, 2009) — Florida Power & Light will spend $350 million to build one of the world’s largest 75-megawatt photovoltaic solar plant, at Babcock Ranch, near Fort Myers, the company announced on Thursday.
The developers, Kitson & Partners, hope that Babcock Ranch will be the world’s first city to get all its energy from renewable solar energy.
“The FPL solar plant will be inside Babcock Ranch. Along with solar panels on the roofs of buildings citywide, it will be a revolutionary leap forward in clean energy for an urban …

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[9 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
Robot Gardener Plants, Tends and Harvests

Technology.am (Apr. 9, 2009) — The robot could someday plant, tend and harvest your garden for you.
A new robotic gardener is being developed by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
“Right now we are just using cherry tomatoes, but in the future I could see us doing all kinds of fruits and vegetables.” said Nikolaus Correll, a professor of MIT.
The scientists work with small tomatoes because they have a small robot. It is based on the circular Roomba robotic floor cleaners, 12 inches diameter. On top of the Roomba …

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[9 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
Carbon Market is Closely Watching the US

Technology.am (Apr. 9, 2009) — Given the United States’ role as a global leader and its potentially substantial carbon market, the rest of the world will be watching what happens here very closely, experts from the carbon finance, climate policy, and clean-tech communities said here Wednesday.
As investors look for opportunities in the growing global carbon market, and world leaders prepare for the United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen in December, it may seem as if the United States is a step behind in reducing carbon emissions; the administration and …

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[9 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
US Interior Secretary: Wind Could Replace Coal Power

Technology.am (Apr. 9, 2009) — Wind energy has the potential to replace most of coal-burning power today, secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said.
At the Atlantic City forum, he said wind has a gross resource of 463 gigawatts of power in the mid-Atlantic area alone. The current U.S. total production of electricity from coal is 366 gigawatts, according to the Energy Information Administration.
However, a large portion of the potential wind power is located out in deep waters. The laboratory assumes that about 40 percent of wind potential could actually be …

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[9 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
Green News Harvest: Big Oil’s Hypocrisy on Clean Energy

Technology.am (Apr. 9, 2009) — Oil companies reluctant to follow Obama’s Green Lead, they see renewable energy as a side business that will take decades to displace fossil fuels in a significant way.
Big Oil does not consider renewable energy to be a mainstream business, Michael Eckhart, president of the American Council on Renewable Energy said.
Energy Secretary Steven Chu favors fuel efficiency and biofuels over using natural gas as transportation fuel. He said that natural gas will be used more for electricity and heating.
Gasoline-powered subcompact car don’t bring a …

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[8 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
Hydrogen-Powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Works

Technology.am (Apr. 8, 2009) — First time the U.S. Navy plans to launch an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for a 24-hour endurance flight that carries a 5-pound payload and is powered entirely by a hydrogen-powered fuel cell, called Ion Tiger.
According to the Office of Naval Research, the UAV which can travel farther and carry heavier loads than earlier battery-powered designs; it also boasts “stealthy characteristics” such as reduced noise, low heat signature, and zero emissions (PDF).
Fuel cells convert hydrogen and oxygen into water in a pollution-free process to …

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[8 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]
Empire State Building Strikes Back Against Pollution

Technology.am (Apr. 8, 2009) — New York’s iconic Empire State Building is set to undergo a retrofit that could cut the building’s energy consumption by up to 38 percent, it means an annual energy savings of $4.4 million and could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 105,000 metric tons over the next 15 years. That’s equivalent to the annual emissions of 17,500 cars, according to reports.
In both the U.S. and EU, buildings–both commercial and residential–are the largest consumers of energy, accounting for 40 percent of the total energy consumption in both …

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[7 Apr 2009 | 13 Comments | ]
Cambridge University Unveiled Solar Car

Technology.am (Apr. 7, 2009) — Cambridge University Eco Racing’s (CUER) new solar racing car demonstrates cutting-edge environmentally-friendly technology, applicable to the next generation of electric vehicles.

The vehicle, currently codenamed ‘Bethany‘, will compete in the World Solar Challenge in Australia in October 2009. This vehicle is capable of cruising at 60mph using the same power as a hairdryer. The car will weigh just 160kg and sports 6m2 of the world’s highest efficiency silicon solar cells.
In order to achieve the car’s extraordinary performance, CUER’s engineering team has systematically reduced energy usage …

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[6 Apr 2009 | One Comment | ]
First Tri-Continuous Mesoporous Silica Complex Structure Developed In Singapore

Technology.am (Apr. 6, 2009) — The scientists of Singapore’s Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) have developed the first tri-continuous mesoporous material using a unique surfactant template, N,N-dimethyl-L-phenylalanine. This new porous structure previously been predicted only mathematically.

The IBN scientists said that this novel material, named IBN-9 after the research institute, is the first hexagonal nanoscale construct with 3 unconnected interwoven channels and it represents a new class of mesoporous materials, which consist of pores of 2-50 nanometers in size.
“IBN-9 demonstrates that it is possible to create three interwoven but independent …