Via ecogeek.org, 27-07-2011 MIT scientists have made new discoveries that could significantly increase the energy density of batteries several times beyond the current level of lithium-ion batteries. The advances are in lithium-air storage, which uses a porous carbon electrode in place of a heavy solid electrode in the battery. Oxygen from the air reacts with…
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Via goodcleantech.com, 22-06-2011 The city of Vancouver has announced that it will be installing a number of new electric vehicle charging stations across the city. This, in spite of the fact that city officials estimate that there are only around 20 electric cars on city streets.
Via goodcleantech.com, 12-05-2011 General Electric has unveiled a new line of light fixtures aimed to replace fluorescents. And since they’re powered by LED bulbs, the new Edge line of lights will be much more efficient.
Via goodcleantech.com, 12-05-2011 Retail giant Toys ‘R Us has announced plans to build North America’s largest rooftop solar installation. The installation is currently in the staging process, and will be built on top of a distribution center in Flanders, New Jersey. It’s expected to be completed sometime this Summer. It will take up a whopping…
Via goodcleantech.com, 13-05-2011 Today, rubber components found on cars are synthetic, which means they’re made from petroleum. But Ford is currently working on a way to not only make these components from a sustainable source, but to also eliminate a pesky weed in the process.
Via goodcleantech.com, 16-05-2011 Not to be outdone by GE, Philips is set to unveil its own new LED bulb this Friday, according to the New York Times.
In addition to high costs, one of the major issues with the current breed of solar panels is efficiency: they simply don’t collect most of the available light. But in the next five years the efficient of solar panels could take a drastic turn from 20 percent all the way up to 90 percent.
Via stuff.co.nz, 20-05-2011 Green buildings in New Zealand may not be as green as they seem, with difficulties in predicting energy and water efficiencies meaning what looks green on paper might not be so in practice, a researcher says.
Via goodcleantech.com, 20-05-2011 Earlier in the year Amazon announced that eBook sales on its Kindle device had surpassed the sales of paperback books, making the electronic books the most popular format. And that popularity continues to grow, as now Amazon has revealed that eBook sales are higher than paperback and hard cover books combined.
Via inhabitat.com, 23-05-2011 In our convenience-obsessed culture, no matter how many articles about slow food are passed along online or liked on Facebook, fast and easy vittles are still king. And most everything fresh in supermarkets (think salsas, cheeses, fruit salad, hummous and yogurt) is kept in plastic containers, some of which are recyclable, and…