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How a Humble Sanitary Pad is Changing the Lives of Rural Women in India

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Was the Hype Around Bloom Energy Two Years Ago Justified?

About two years ago Bloom Energy revealed its top secret “Bloom Box” fuel cell system and immediately created an incredible buzz around it. It was amazing to see how much hype was created around what the company described as “a new class of distributed power generator, producing clean, reliable, affordable electricity at the customer site.” For a while, it seemed that there was nothing more exciting than Bloom’s fuel cells that presented a promise to change the world someday. So what happened with Bloom Energy since then? Was the hype justified?

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Solving Snow at Heathrow the Green Way

Currently on the runways at Heathrow airport chemicals are used to stop ice forming on the runways. This proved not to be enough in late 2010 when some 4000 flights got cancelled just before Christmas. Now we might soon be seeing a new green solution on the horizon.

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4 Reasons GM is Investing in Car-Sharing

It looks like GM is playing an important role in the growth of RelayRides, which announced earlier this month that it is expanding its service nationwide. And the question that comes in mind is why GM is doing it? Did the company forget it makes money from selling more cars, not less? Here are four possible explanations for GM’s growing involvement with the peer-to-peer sharing service.

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Tata Motors Air Car—Is it Really Coming?

There been quite a bit of buzz for several years now about the Tata Motors MiniCAT Air Car, a car that could purportedly run entirely on compressed air. Tata made an agreement back in 2008 with Zero Pollution Motors to market the car in the US by the end of 2009. Then, early in 2009, Tata Motors’ vice-president S. Ravishankar told DNA Money the project was facing difficulties in terms of vehicle range and cooling. Now a report from the Australian web-based The Motor Report claims that the MiniCat will be on sale in India by August of 2012.

Why Energy Independence In Its Current Form is Actually a Bad Idea

One of the main stories the New York Times ran on its front page on Friday was on how the United States is getting closer to becoming independent from foreign energy sources. Another story the newspaper ran was on Obama’s support for the southern leg of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Both articles show how energy independence became extremely connected and depended on the rise of domestic gas and oil production.

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Energy Secretary Chu Chooses Popularity Over Sustainability

In 2008, Stephen Chu, then Director of the Berkley Lawrence National Lab, said, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels of Europe.” That was a very sane and rational statement for a scientist, who had been wrestling with the question of America’s energy future for some time, to make. It still is. America desperately needs to reduce her gasoline consumption for any number of reasons including the economy, our national security and the environment. We all know that our fossil fuel dependent economy is not sustainable for all those reasons. And there is no better way to reduce consumption then to increase prices. That has been proven every time prices have gone up. People start driving less and when they go shopping for a car, they actually pay attention to the gas mileage.

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Pythagoras Solar: Solar-Paneled Windows To Generate Power For Buildings

Pythagoras Solar develops windows with built-in solar panels that increase energy efficiency and renewable power generation for buildings. The solar cells, based on patent-pending optical technology, are adaptable and can be installed in almost any kind of window.

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New Energy Technologies Turns Windows into Invisible Solar Panels

In the new energy future, building owners can squeeze some extra value out of their property by installing rooftop solar panels or even integrating solar energy harvesting directly into roofing materials and exterior walls. Unfortunately for some buildings, windows take up a significant amount of surface area and are therefore lost to the cause…or are … Continued

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Google Hitches a Ride on Wastewater’s Quiet Revolution

Google has been operating a municipal wastewater recovery and recycling system to cool its Douglas County, Georgia data center for the past couple of years without much fanfare, up until last week when its facilities manager decided to post a video about the system on googleblog. The short post unleashed a flood of snickering and … Continued