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Reinventing the Tuktuk

In large cities across Asia, auto rickshaws (tuktuks) are one of the most important means of transportation. These tuktuks produce considerable CO2 emissions and air pollution, and their drivers are underpaid. Students participating in the Hybrid Auto Rickshaw project sought to cut CO2 emissions by 40%, while improving the economic positions of drivers.

Posted in: Pollution, Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases, Energy Efficiency, Energy, Transportation, News, GDM

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Creating "Cool" Cars

Operating the air conditioning is the largest auxiliary energy drain on cars. In December 2008, DOE announced a project to study and develop thermoelectric heating and cooling systems. As partners in the project, NREL will team up with Ford to research efficient ways of cooling vehicles.

Posted in: Energy Efficiency, Thermoelectrics, Energy, Transportation, News, GDM

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Improvements in Organic Photovoltaics on the Horizon

Organic photovoltaics, which rely on organic molecules to capture sunlight and convert it into electricity, have come a step closer to reality thanks to discoveries by NIST researchers. The scientists have deepened their understanding of the complex organic films at the heart of the devices.

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

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Efficient Light Source Technology

New cavity organic light-emitting diode (COLED) technology from SRI International and light-emitting polymers from Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) produce a highly efficient light source that could replace incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs.

Posted in: Energy Efficiency, Energy, Lighting, News, GDM

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New Supercomputer Ready to Tackle Earth's Problems

Chinook – a $21.4 million supercomputer built by HP - has been commissioned for use by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Department of Energy. It's primed to take on problems in areas such as climate science and hydrogen storage.

Posted in: Climate, Alternative Fuels, Remediation Technologies, Green Design & Manufacturing, Energy Storage, Energy, News, GDM

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A House Built of Straw

This summer, University of Bath, UK researchers are constructing a “BaleHaus” made of prefabricated straw bale and hemp cladding panels on campus. Straw is a truly environmentally-friendly building material, being both renewable and a by-product of farming.

Posted in: Building Technologies, Green Design & Manufacturing, Recycling Technologies, Energy Efficiency, Energy, News, GDM

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Students Design World's First Solar-Powered Blimp

Over 30 French college students have collaborated to design the world’s first solar-powered blimp, Nephelios. One hundred years after the first flight across the English Channel by Louis Blériot, Nephelios will undertake an English Channel crossing in late August.

Posted in: Solar Power, Renewable Energy, Energy, Transportation, News, GDM

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