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Researcher creates synthetic material that separates water using sunlight

Researcher creates synthetic material that separates water using sunlight

In the plant world, photosynthesis uses sunlight to create the food that plants need to survive. A researcher from Florida has made a discovery that mimics plants using a synthetic material that uses sunlight to produce oxygen. Jose L. Mendoza-Cortes, an assistant professor of chemical engineering at Florida State University, discovered the material.

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Mercedes tipped to deliver GLC fuel cell vehicle by 2018

Mercedes tipped to deliver GLC fuel cell vehicle by 2018

Automakers have been working on fuel cell powered vehicles for years now and the tech has resulted in some cars that have been tested in public. So far, there hasn’t been a fuel cell vehicles that you can go down to your local dealership and purchase. That may change with the Honda Clarity fuel cell vehicle due next year and other automakers like Mercedes working on production models.

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Bill Gates will reveal “biggest clean energy fund in history”

Bill Gates will reveal “biggest clean energy fund in history”

The otherwise tame U.N. climate change negotiations set to take place in Paris next week will also play host to game-changer Bill Gates. One of the richest humans on our planet has been tipped to be unveiling the largest clean energy fund the world has ever seen. That means he doesn't want you to use the liquified bones of dinosaurs to run your monster truck any more. He knows how good it makes you feel to blow black smoke into the atmosphere, thereby depleting the possibilities for life on our planet in the distant future, and he doesn't like it.

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GM and Army team for Chevy Colorado fuel cell off-roader

GM and Army team for Chevy Colorado fuel cell off-roader

General Motors (GM) has announced that it has teamed up with the US Army to put a Chevrolet Colorado 4x4 truck that is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell into testing. The truck will be used for “extreme off-road” action according to GM. The truck will be in testing for 12 months with the Army.

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World’s first floating wind farm will be near Scotland

World’s first floating wind farm will be near Scotland

While Morocco busies itself with building the largest concentrated solar farm in the world, Scotland is focusing on a similar record of its own — the world’s first ever floating wind farm will be located off the Scottish shores, using ocean winds to generate power for those in the nation. The wind farm will be located 25 kilometer offshore, with production being slated to start in 2017.

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Texas wind farms get customers free nighttime power

Texas wind farms get customers free nighttime power

The colder, darker months are upon us, and that means higher electricity bills as lights are on more frequently and heaters are plugged in. Those in some Texas regions won't be feeling the pinch as badly, however, as wind farms have proven successful and the benefits are rolling out to customers. Some utility companies are offering residents free electricity at night, a time when wind turbines are generating the most electricity.

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Morocco will be home to world’s largest concentrated solar farm

Morocco will be home to world’s largest concentrated solar farm

Morocco will soon be home to the world’s largest solar farm, according to a new report. The city of Ouarzazate is in the pipeline to get four mega solar plants, all of them linked together into a single complex. This will operate alongside both wind and hydro energy farms, as well, the sum total of which is expected to produce half or more of the nation’s electricity needs by 2020. If all goes as planned, there might be enough electricity left over to export into Europe.

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GM to put solar panels at its transmission factory generating 800-kilowatts

GM to put solar panels at its transmission factory generating 800-kilowatts

GM has announced that it plans to go green at its Warren Transmission plant and will install a large solar panel array near the facility. GM is teaming with DTE to install the solar array and it will be the largest solar installation that GM has in Michigan. The solar panels installed will be able to generate 800-kilowatts of power.

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Google invests in Kenya’s Lake Turkana wind farm project

Google invests in Kenya’s Lake Turkana wind farm project

Google has announced that it will invest in Northern Kenya’s Lake Turkana Wind Power Project, making it the company’s second investment of its kind in Africa. The Internet giant previously invested in Africa’s largest solar project; this latest project, a wind farm, will produce 310 megawatts of energy for powering homes in Kenya. The benefits from that are numerous, spanning beyond the environmentally-friendly aspects to include additional capacity, improved energy stability, and more.

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Zero Motorcycles unveils 2016 line including FXS supermoto

Zero Motorcycles unveils 2016 line including FXS supermoto

Zero Motorcycles is a company that builds electric motorcycles powered by battery packs. The company has unveiled its 2016 lineup of bikes including the FXS that is supermoto inspired and the DSR expanding the firm's dual-sport fleet. The updated line now gets motivation from an updated Z-force motor that has better performance and efficiency.

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Paris climate accord to test UN’s promise-keeping abilities

Paris climate accord to test UN’s promise-keeping abilities

This December the United Nations climate summit in Paris will once again test countries' abilities to keep promises on emission reductions. Another "pledge and review" approach will be taken, despite large lacks of follow-up executed by nations such as Japan, Canada, Russia, and New Zealand in the past. Researcher David J. C. MacKay and crew have published a paper showing how promises aren't enough for a project as important as this one, and that nations "must agree on a common goal in everyone's self interest."

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Los Angeles to lease fleet of electric and hybrid vehicles

Los Angeles to lease fleet of electric and hybrid vehicles

Departments in the city of Los Angeles will be leasing a fleet of both electric and hybrid vehicles, Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced. Under this commitment, the LA Police, Fire, General Services, Water, and Power departments will lease a total of 160 battery-powered electric vehicles. Joining this will be another 128 plug-in hybrids that will be used by the General Services Department and the LADWP.

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