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New Technology Uses Nanoparticles to Turn Solar Energy into Steam

Nov 20, 2012 at 17:31 | Brian Westenhaus

Rice University scientists have unveiled a revolutionary new technology that uses nanoparticles to convert solar energy directly into steam.  The technology’s inventors said they expect it will first be…

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Google Goes on Renewable Energy Shopping Spree

Nov 19, 2012 at 12:40 | Jen Alic

Google is a giant consumer of energy, but it also sees into the future. That’s why it’s pursuing investments in renewable energy and is now approaching the $1 billion investment…

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Wind Energy: Swapping Turbines for Kites

Nov 16, 2012 at 17:23 | Brian Westenhaus

The ideas to harness wind energy from a kite, or other highflying tethered wind energy collectors are pretty numerous, however most are economically unsustainable even though beautiful, spirit lifting, and…

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Duke Energy Downplays Flooding Risk at Oconee Nuclear Plant

Nov 16, 2012 at 15:50 | John Daly

Of the 34 nuclear facilities from South Carolina to Vermont in Hurricane Sandy's path, 24 continued to operate safely and generate electricity throughout the event. Seven were already shut…

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South Korean Nuclear Plants Riddled with Substandard Parts

Nov 15, 2012 at 17:40 | John Daly

The Japanese nuclear disaster of 11 March 2011 occurred when an offshore earthquake, which measured 9.0 on the Richter scale, was followed by a tsunami that effectively destroyed Tokyo…

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Report Suggests Renewables Could Generate 85% of Australia's Electricity by 2050

Nov 15, 2012 at 17:04 | EcoSeed

Renewable energy sources in Australia could account for 40 percent of the country’s energy needs by 2035 and as much as 85 percent by 2050, a recently released energy white…

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Bladeless Turbine: The Future of Wind Energy?

Nov 14, 2012 at 17:24 | Green Futures

The Saphonian turbine is more efficient, quieter and safer for birds, its makers claim. Could it represent the future of wind energy?Innovation always pushes boundaries, but what about…

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Iran's Nuclear Plant Entering Final Stages?

Nov 13, 2012 at 17:42 | Claude Salhani

Iran’s controversial nuclear power plant at Bushehr is entering its final staging with a series of new tests due to be performed shortly, after which the site is expected to…

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Could Electric Cars Make the Middle East Geopolitically Irrelevant?

Nov 13, 2012 at 17:30 | Juan Cole

Petroleum makes the world go round, with 70% of it used to power automobiles. About a fifth of the world’s 90 million barrels a day of oil production comes out…

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Leading U.S. Oil Supplier Mexico to Embrace Renewable Energy?

Nov 09, 2012 at 17:47 | John Daly

When two of the leading oil exporters to the U.S. begin considering embracing renewable power, it is a development that all but the most ardent fossil fuel advocates should notice.

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