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Virginia Tech Wins EcoCAR Competition

A team of students from Virginia Tech University won EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge after designing and building an extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) using E85 (ethanol). Virginia Tech competed against 15 other universities to take home the top prize of the three-year competition.

Posted in: Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Biomass, Energy Efficiency, Energy, Transportation, News, GDM

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New Hope for Hydrogen Energy

Chemistry researchers at the University of Adelaide, Australia are exploring how metal nanoparticles act as highly efficient catalysts in using solar radiation to split water into hydrogen and oxygen.

Posted in: Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases, Solar Power, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Energy, News, GDM

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Capturing and Using Waste Heat from Cars, Factories, and Power Plants

New technology is being developed at Oregon State University to capture and use the low-to-medium grade waste heat from automobiles, diesel generators, or factories and electrical utilities. The new systems should be able to use much of that waste heat either in cooling or the production of electricity.

Posted in: Waste-to-Energy, Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Geothermal Power, Solar Power, Energy Efficiency, Thermoelectrics, Energy, Transportation, News, GDM

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Neutron Analysis Explains Dynamics Behind Thermoelectric Materials

Neutron analysis of the atomic dynamics behind thermal conductivity is helping scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) gain a deeper understanding of how thermoelectric materials work. The analysis could spur the development of a broader range of products with the capability to transform heat to electricity.

Posted in: Waste-to-Energy, Solar Power, Energy Efficiency, Thermoelectrics, Energy, Transportation, News, GDM

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Geothermal Technology Sequesters Carbon Dioxide Underground

University of Minnesota researchers have developed an innovative approach to tapping heat beneath the Earth’s surface. The method is expected to not only produce renewable electricity far more efficiently than conventional geothermal systems, but also help reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Posted in: Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases, Geothermal Power, Renewable Energy, Energy, News, GDM

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Read the June Issue of Solar & Wind Power

The latest issue of Solar & Wind Power has more new feature articles, application stories, tech briefs, videos, products, and research news - all on the latest advances in renewable energy.

Posted in: Solar Power, Wind Power, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Energy, News, GDM

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'Create the Future' - Sustainably

There are only 10 days left to enter the 2011 "Create the Future" Design Contest, sponsored by COMSOL, Creo - a PTC product, and Tech Briefs Media Group. The contest will award a Grand Prize of $20,000 USD for outstanding innovation in product design.

Posted in: Building Technologies, Renewable Energy, Energy, News, GDM

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