Government Scientists Created Crude Oil from Algae in Mere Minutes

Be excited, Earthlings, because science has a surprise for you. Engineers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have devised a way to turn algae into crude oil in less than an hour. That oil can then be refined into gasoline that can run engines. » 12/18/13 1:40pm 12/18/13 1:40pm

For Every Can of Banned Four Loko Turned Into Ethanol, an Urban…

Four Loko, the recently-banned alcoholic energy drink may be a scarely-available resource, but depending on who you ask, all those unused cans of Loko haven't gone to waste: Orphaned cans along the East Coast are now being converted to Ethanol. » 1/06/11 8:40pm 1/06/11 8:40pm

HydroFILL Squeezes Electricity Out of Your Tap Water

Fuel cell outfitter Horizon is now offering a personal hydrogen power plant for use with its MiniPAK and HydroSTIK products. Although it isn't cheap, the system will (cleanly!) charge all of your small devices using the same water you drink. » 7/22/10 3:40pm 7/22/10 3:40pm

UMich VIVACE Hydropower System Makes Energy From Slow Currents

A new hydropower prototype from the University of Michigan could end up using even slower river and ocean currents to generate energy. VIVACE, which stands for Vortex Induced Vibrations for Aquatic Clean Energy, can generate power from as little as 2 knots, making it more useful than most turbine and water mill systems … » 11/26/08 4:30am 11/26/08 4:30am

Cylinder Solar Panels Generate More Energy For Less Cost

Solyndra, a California-based solar start up, says it's figured out a way to make solar panels cheaper to install and better at producing energy—rolling them up. The company's solar panels are comprised of rows of cylindrical solar cells deposited on glass tubes, a new type of shape that purportedly lets them absorb… » 10/08/08 1:35am 10/08/08 1:35am

World's First Tidal Turbine Farms to Power 40,000 Scottish Homes (or…

Following the apparent success of SeaGen » 9/30/08 6:30am 9/30/08 6:30am, a small deployment of tidal turbines of the coast of Northern Ireland, Scottish Power is seeking approval for plans to build two farms of 20 100-foot, err, watermills promising a steady power supply for up to 40,000 homes. As with the previous example of tidal power…