This Real-Life "Mr. Fusion" Can Turn Leftovers Into Energy

Well, it's 2015, and right on cue, humanity has apparently invented its very own Mr. Fusion. The s0-called "Biobattery", designed by German scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Energy and Safety Technology, will eat everything from human waste to coffee grounds and spit out electricity. » 3/01/15 12:00pm 3/01/15 12:00pm

Editorial From 1925 Predicted Decline of Coal, Rise of Atomic Energy

Coal has been keeping our lights on and our houses warm for centuries. But coal's inherent messiness — both in mining it and burning it — has always been a problem. So it's no surprise that many people today advocate for cleaner alternatives. What may come as a surprise, however, is that some people were dreaming of a… » 11/20/13 3:11pm 11/20/13 3:11pm

That Time Mickey Mouse and Goofy Shilled for Exxon at Disney World

Back in 1985, Mickey Mouse and his old pal Goofy taught kids visiting Disney's EPCOT Center about the future of energy in America—with a little help from the good folks at Exxon. » 9/26/13 1:37pm 9/26/13 1:37pm

Volvo's Folding Solar Panels Are Basically The Coolest Thing Ever

Solar panels have been around for ages, and they've all looked the same. And boring. So boring. But now there's a concept for some new solar panels that fold. They. Are. Awesome. » 7/17/13 9:02am 7/17/13 9:02am

There's Gross Alternative Fuel Just Hanging Out in the Sewers

Everybody knows about using oil as a fuel source, but London is putting a new spin on the concept. Soon the city will be mining its own sewers to bring up glorious globs of old cooking grease and melting them down into fuel. Delicious. » 4/10/13 1:18pm 4/10/13 1:18pm

Advanced Trolling 101: Think Big

You hate "green" energy. You love mayhem. You're an eccentric billionaire just looking for a good way to kill a Sunday afternoon. If any of these applies to you, here's a blueprint for the most advanced trolling the world has ever known. » 10/10/12 8:38am 10/10/12 8:38am

Starting This Summer, Cars Will Harvest Their Own Waste and Turn…

General Motors Thermoelectric Generator This module could capture waste heat in your car's exhaust and convert it to energy, improving fuel economy in a Chevy Suburban by 3 percent. GM » 5/25/11 7:40pm 5/25/11 7:40pm

A Super Powerful Wind Turbine That's Taller Than the Washington Monument

Wind blows. And if there's energy (and money) to be made from this fact of life, we may as well take advantage of it, right? That's what Vestas is doing—and they're using the V164-7.0 MW, a massive, 614-foot wind turbine, to do it. » 5/10/11 7:40pm 5/10/11 7:40pm

Electric Eel-Powered Christmas Trees Are Shockingly Better Than Yours

Everybody loves a nice pretty string of Christmas lights, but they're not exactly thrilling. So how do you jazz up the ol' tree? Power it with trapped electric eels. It's like spending the holiday at a James Bond villain's house! » 12/03/10 7:00pm 12/03/10 7:00pm

The Inconvenient Truth Of Wind Turbine Radar Blackout Zones

The supposedly world-saving wind turbine has been singled out as a potential danger by the military, as the rise of wind farms threatens national security—by creating radar "blackout zones". » 8/27/10 7:00am 8/27/10 7:00am

The Next Alternative Energy Source: Electricity Out of Thin Air

It's been coined "hygroelectricity", which means "humidity electricity", and scientists are already in the early stages of developing devices to harness it. What is "it" exactly? "It" is electrically charged water droplets hanging in the atmosphere. » 8/26/10 12:00am 8/26/10 12:00am

Cheap, Printed Solar-Powered LEDs Could Change 1.5 Billion Lives

Photovoltaic cells printed on sheets aren't news, nor are LEDs and ultrathin lithium batteries. What's news is a combination of the three which can help give light to 1.5 billion people who live in impoverished areas without access to electricity. » 11/03/09 8:40pm 11/03/09 8:40pm

It's Looking Pretty Gloomy for Alternative Energy Right Now

As the WSJ reports on "darker times" for the solar-power industry, the NYT reports venture capitalists are shifting their dollars from bright-eyed alternative energy startups to ones focused on good ol' efficiency. We're doomed. [NYT] » 5/11/09 10:10am 5/11/09 10:10am

Apparently We Can Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Eco-Friendly Biofuels Now

Singaporean researchers at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology have devised a way to convert carbon dioxide into clean-burning biofuel methanol, using a safe, non-toxic process. Has mankind defeated the final boss of Global Warming? » 4/20/09 8:20pm 4/20/09 8:20pm

Freestyle Solar-Powered Watch Draws 12 Months of Energy From One Sunny…

Most of us now check the time using cellphones, but there's still a stalwart few that insist on wearing watches. With the Freestyle solar watch, they can cling to old technology while being eco-friendly. » 2/19/09 3:30am 2/19/09 3:30am

How Many Hamsters Does It Take To Power a Device?

The answer is four, say scientists at Georgia Tech. If you are high now or plan to be soon, watch this video a few times. You can thank me later. [Full Story: Technology Review] » 2/11/09 9:30pm 2/11/09 9:30pm

80 Buses in Oslo Will Be Powered by Raw Sewage

This might be the most disgusting use of green technology I've ever seen, but yes, Norweigan fecal matter will keep their Buses up and running. » 2/05/09 7:20pm 2/05/09 7:20pm

U.S. Flew to the Top in Wind Power Production Last Year

The U.S. surpassed Germany as the biggest producer of wind power in 2008, I guess proving that its alternative energy efforts haven't just been a load of hot air. » 2/04/09 1:00am 2/04/09 1:00am

Driverless, Electricity-Run Taxis Will Dominate UAE Eco-City

The United Arab Emirates is planning a bunch of “personal rapid transit” devices: driverless taxis that run on electricity and could hit the streets of Masdar as early as this year. » 2/03/09 2:00am 2/03/09 2:00am

Candle-Powered LEDs Are Both the Future and the Past

A company called Nextreme Thermal Solutions recently demoed this LED—which shines brighter than the candle whose heat powers it—as first step in what I assume is a move toward bonfire-charged laser weapons. [Tech-On] » 12/26/08 8:30pm 12/26/08 8:30pm