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SolarReserve Aiming to Build a Solar Plant That Uses Molten Salt to Store Energy in California

SolarReserve Aiming to Build a Solar Plant That Uses Molten Salt to Store Energy in California

Finding alternative energy sources is a cause that many corporations and companies are attached to. And governments, along with entire cities, aren't new to clinging onto new methods for saving energy, and costs. California, which has been known in the past to incorporate solar and wind energy, is now looking at opening a new solar plant, which uses molten salt to store and release energy. The permit was just approved recently, the company behind the plant, SolarReserve, announced late Wednesday.

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BamBoo Electric Vehicle is a Grown-Up Golf Cart

BamBoo Electric Vehicle is a Grown-Up Golf Cart

When it comes to concept cars, Frank M. Rinderknecht is a name that has become synonymous with outrageous and unique designs. With his Rinspeed company behind him, Rinderknecht is able to bring to life some of the craziest ideas when it comes to automobiles, but it looks like next year will be a bit different. He's taking a more "laid-back" approach with his latest idea, which he is calling the BamBoo, and opting for something a bit more simpler, but still unique in its own right.

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Oriental Hornet is Actually Solar Powered

Oriental Hornet is Actually Solar Powered

Solar power is a hot topic for those who want to be eco-friendly. Or, for those who just want to find ways to save on energy bills. But, it looks like insects in the animal kingdom know how to take advantage of the sun in a more direct way, too. It's been recently discovered that the Oriental Hornet, which features an iconic yellow strip around the hornet's abdomen, is actually solar powered.

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Poland’s Inspiro is a Recyclable Subway Car [Video]

Poland’s Inspiro is a Recyclable Subway Car [Video]

With partners like Siemens and BMW, there's no surprise that Poland would want to go ahead and move forward with the aspirations of one day in the near future of having a completely recyclable subway car. The country has put forward plans to make the dream come true, and have teamed up with the pair of companies to make it happen. The end result, if everything goes to plan, should be a subway car that's near 100% made from recyclable items, and is ready to carry passengers by 2012.

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Nissan Reveals Fuel Efficient ECO Pedal System

Nissan Reveals Fuel Efficient ECO Pedal System

For a car only available in Japan (for now), a car called the Nissan Fuga, Nissan has created a system called ECO Pedal, a system that'll improve fuel efficiency anywhere from five to ten percent. How does this pedal work, you might ask? It provides resistance so that the user will be less inclined to press it all the way down. But there's more, right? It can't just be harder to press down the gas pedal, right? There's just a little bit more, it's not just a brick under your pedal, but essentially it's just a system that suggests you be more sensible about how hard your pressing the gas. I know more than a couple people who could use this.

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TÛRANOR PlanetSolar is World’s Largest Solar Powered Boat

TÛRANOR PlanetSolar is World’s Largest Solar Powered Boat

When you're aiming to break records, there's no reason to just aim for one, when you knock a couple of them down in one try. That's what the owner of the TÛRANOR PlanetSolar, the world's largest solar powered boat, is trying to do. He's already got the record for the world's largest solar powered boat, and now he is aiming to be the first person to sail around the globe without using any fossil fuels at all.

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Volvo’s Air Motion Concept Car Runs on Air

Volvo’s Air Motion Concept Car Runs on Air

Probably the best part of being a concept, is that you get to use your imagination a little bit more than you would in an actual production model. At least, until you have to figure out how to actually get what you conceptualized to work in the real world. While we've seen plenty of other concept vehicles in the past work on all sorts of things, this new design from Volvo, called the Air Motion Concept, is a design that would have the vehicle running on nothing but the air.

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Kyocera Solar Cycle Station Charges Your E-Bike

Kyocera Solar Cycle Station Charges Your E-Bike

While electric cars may get the most attention, there's other eco-friendly options out there, too. And, frankly, electric bikes are far more friendly to the environment than most electric vehicles. Unfortunately though, the charging stations that juice up the bikes tend to not be. But Kyocera is looking to change all that, thanks to their brand new Solar Cycle Stations, which the company officially announced late yesterday.

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Walgreens Launching EV Charging Stations at 18 Locations in Texas

Walgreens Launching EV Charging Stations at 18 Locations in Texas

The electric movement is still well underway, and for companies like NRG Energy, it takes a huge investment to make sure that it sticks around. Teaming up with Walgreens may seem like an unorthodox move to some, but apparently NRG Energy believes that choosing 18 locations across Houston and Harris County in Texas is a safe bet for seeing some return on their investment.

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