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United will fly a jet from LA to SF using animal waste

United will fly a jet from LA to SF using animal waste

Remember the poo bus? Now meet its high flying cousin from across the pond. It doesn't have the same somewhat scandalous artwork of the UK Bio-Bus, but it will be running, or in this case, flying, on the same principles. Or the same waste materials, for that matter. United Airlines is planning to make a flight starting from Los Angeles International Airport to San Francisco running on fuel produced from farm waste and animal fat. Which is just a more sensational way of saying "biofuel".

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How GM’s giving old batteries a second charge

How GM’s giving old batteries a second charge

General Motors is one of the auto makers working to reuse old electric car batteries, and in its case it is doing so with Chevrolet Volt batteries with one of its IT buildings. Using a handful of old Volt batteries from the model’s first generation, General Motors is powering an administration building in conjunction with wind and solar energy. This is due to the remaining capacities of the batteries after they stop being useful for the Chevy Volt electric cars.

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Tesla Powerwall batteries gain power output

Tesla Powerwall batteries gain power output

Back in May electric automaker Tesla announced that it was rolling out a battery designed to power a home called the Powerwall. The battery comes in two versions with one being a whole home power back up used to feed energy back into a home or business at times where power is out and the other being for daily use to power a home when power rates are at their highest. The idea is that the battery can be fully charged at night when rates are at their lowest and that power can be used in the day to save money.

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GE’s ecoROTR wind turbine has a dome for increased efficiency

GE’s ecoROTR wind turbine has a dome for increased efficiency

There are a huge number of wind turbines in use around the world. Here in the US a large number of wind turbines stand tall in and around a small city called Tehachapi located on the edge of the Mojave Desert in California. The majority of the wind turbines standing in the city all look the same. GE has a new experimental wind turbine being tested that has a very different look.

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Sony details ambitious plan to go green

Sony details ambitious plan to go green

Sony has detailed a plan to go green over the coming years, with the various efforts being broken down into smaller more manageable blocks. Kicking it all off will be the company’s new “Green Management 2020” targets, of which the effort will start in Sony’s fiscal 2016 and run through 2020. If all goes as planned, the company will be slashing its annual energy consumption by a stated average of 30-percent in certain parts of the company, as well as reducing its overall environmental footprint.

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Mercedes to challenge Tesla in home power storage batteries

Mercedes to challenge Tesla in home power storage batteries

The last major announcement from Tesla was last month when it unveiled its Powerwall batteries for home energy storage. The idea is that the battery can store power from the electrical grid when power is cheaper and then feed that juice back into the home in an outage or when rates are at their highest. Mercedes isn’t going to allow Tesla to get all the home battery market and has thrown its hat into the ring.

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Black Silicon solar cell efficiency pushed to 22.1%

Black Silicon solar cell efficiency pushed to 22.1%

The sun puts out all the clean and free electricity that we could ever need and the big problem in harnessing it is the low efficiency of solar panels today. Much of the solar energy that hits solar panels in use today isn’t turned into electricity. Researchers are constantly working to improve solar panel efficiency and recently researchers from Aalto University and Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya have set a new record for the most efficient solar panel.

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Ekocycle Field Band for Misfit Shine is made from recycled bottles

Ekocycle Field Band for Misfit Shine is made from recycled bottles

The Coca-Cola company is working to ensure that all the plastic bottles that it produces for its soft drinks are recyclable and don’t end up buried in a landfill somewhere for eternity. The PET plastic the bottles are made from is intended to be recyclable and are used in all sorts of products including automobile interiors. Misfit, the company behind the fitness monitor called Shine has announced a new accessory for the fitness monitor that aims to give users a new way to wear the monitor.

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Wind turbines of the future may shed their blades

Wind turbines of the future may shed their blades

Today there are a number of wind turbines placed around the US and around the world. These turbines all have some sort of blades that spin like an airplane's propeller to create electricity without having to burn coal. The turbines are so common that many people no longer even notice them as they go about their daily lives. A big change may be coming to the design of wind turbines of the future and the future may have no blades.

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Amazon announces pilot program to test Tesla stackable battery units

Amazon announces pilot program to test Tesla stackable battery units

This week Tesla made a big announcement with a new Tesla Energy arm that aims to produce batteries that can be used in homes to store power. While that early announcement focused mainly on consumer applications, there are also some serious commercial applications for the battery tech Tesla Energy has. Amazon Web Services has announced that it has started a pilot of the new stackable battery units Tesla unveiled.

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