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Engineers Envision Cheaper Algae Oil Production

Compared to soybeans that produce 50 gallons of oil an acre a year, some algae can average 6,000 gallons - but it's not cheap to produce. Two Kansas State University engineers are assessing systematic production methods that could lower the costs of algae oil production. They plan to grow algae in the ocean on very large, supporting platforms.

Posted in: Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Biomass, Energy, News, GDM

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Robotic Fish Can Swim, Maneuver, and Monitor Water Quality

Michigan State University researchers are developing robots that use advanced materials to swim like fish and gather precise data on aquatic conditions. The robotic fish will carry sensors recording things like temperature, dissolved oxygen, pollutants, and harmful algae.

Posted in: Climate, Pollution, Videos, Environmental Monitoring, Green Design & Manufacturing, News, GDM

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Harvesting Energy from Regular, Day-to-Day Motions

Duke University engineers have developed a novel approach that they believe can more efficiently harvest electricity from the motions of everyday life. Although motion is an abundant source of energy, only limited success has been achieved because the devices used only perform well over a narrow band of frequencies.

Posted in: Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Energy, Hydroelectric Power, News, GDM

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Permeable Pavement and Reducing Water Runoff

Paved parking lots and driveways often create an easy pathway for pollutants to reach underground water sources and change the natural flow of water back into the ground. Today, EPA announced a study that will investigate ways to reduce pollution that can run off paved surfaces and improve how water filters back into the ground.

Posted in: Climate, Pollution, Remediation Technologies, Green Design & Manufacturing, News, GDM

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"Earth Binoculars" Sense Disasters From Space

New Tel Aviv University technology combines sophisticated sensors in orbit with sensors on the ground and in the air to create a “Hyperspectral Remote Sensor” (HRS). HRS can give advance warnings about water contamination after a forest fire, or swiftly alert authorities of a pollution spill.

Posted in: Climate, Pollution, Environmental Monitoring, Green Design & Manufacturing, News, GDM

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New Material Could Boost Data Storage, Save Energy

North Carolina State University engineers have developed a new material that would allow a fingernail-size computer chip to store the equivalent of 20 high-definition DVDs or 250 million pages of text, far exceeding the storage capacities of today’s computer memory systems.

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

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Germany Takes the 2009 Solar Decathlon

Today, DOE Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman announced the winners of the 2009 Solar Decathlon competition on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The student team from Darmstadt, Germany, won top honors by designing, building, and operating the most attractive and efficient solar-powered home. This is the team's second-straight Solar Decathlon victory.

Posted in: Building Technologies, Videos, Solar Power, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Energy, Lighting, News, GDM

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