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4 Reasons to Get Excited About Alternative Energy

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Ethical Ocean lays out the latest developments in renewable power

We looked at the relative pros and cons of the various renewable energy sources a couple months ago. Now one of our favorite environmental nonprofits has laid out four reasons to get excited about developments in clean tech. In the Ethical Ocean article, Lena Lam espouses on the huge potential of green power: Algae fuel
 Biofuel created from algae – yes, pond scum – may soon be......read more

Mining For Algae

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Researchers in Missouri aim to grow algae for biofuel in abandoned mines.

Based in Brooklyn, Nightwood is a home decor shop specializing in its own brand of reconstructed furniture and textiles. Owner-designers Myriah Scruggs and Nadia Yaron salvage woods and fabrics and reincarnate them as beautifully rustic, original pieces. Last week, the Nightwood pop-up shop at a downtown Brooklyn condo development. If you're in the area, be sure to swing by. For more......read more

Jet Fuel from Algae Turning into Reality

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Algae-powered jets for everyone!

Pentagon way-out research arm DARPA and Predator dronemaker General Atomics are teaming up to turn algae into jet fuel. The Defense Department announced the $20 million deal earlier in the week. The idea is to "demonstrate and ultimately commercialize the affordable production" of an algae-based surrogate for JP-8 jet fuel by 2010. The work is going to be spread all over the country,......read more

Carbon-Eating Algae Tested in Germany

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Scientists hope to turn coal plant CO2 emissions into clean air.

Algae is being studied globally for its potential in various commercial and environmental applications, from biofuels to animal feed to industrial grease. In Senftenberg, Germany, the "Green Mission" project is studying the organism for a new, different purpose. Scientists from European energy giant Vattenfall are looking to algae as a way to reduce emissions at Germany's abundant......read more

The Big SHFT: Harrison Dillon, Algae Baron

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Solazyme takes algae-based biofuel applications beyond renewable energy and into cosmetics, plastics, lubricants, and... ice cream?

Ten years ago, when Harrison Dillon and his partners founded Solazyme in a garage in Palo Alto, CA, their goal was to create clean, renewable diesel fuel from algae. And so they did. But it was clear after a couple of years that they needed to find other applications for algae-based biofuel to make their business fly. Today, the San Francisco-based company's technology is being used to......read more

Solazyme Inks Deal With Unilever for Algae Oil

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SF company will deliver 10,000 metric tons of renewable oil to the household products giant

Solazyme, the South San Francisco-based biofuel startup, has signed a deal to deliver large quantities of algal oil to Unilever. Under the agreement, announced this week, the Dutch consumer products giant will buy at least 10,000 metric tons (about three million gallons) of Solazyme's renewable, algae-derived oil. The deal represents a major milestone for Solazyme, which was co-founded ten years......read more

Cars to Receive Environmental Grades

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Showroom stickers would rank cars based on fuel economy and emissions.

Under a proposal from the EPA and Transportation Department, cars could get environmental grades visible to consumers on showroom floors starting in 2012. The grades will account for the vehicles' overall fuel economy as well as its level of greenhouse gas emissions. According to the plan, the average vehicle would receive a B-. On the high-scoring end would be electric vehicles (A+) and......read more

Obama Sets Fuel Efficiency Deadline for Trucks

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Tightened fuel economy standards for medium and heavy-duty vehicles to be implemented by March 2016

Drawing a link between fuel consumption and climate change, President Barack Obama on Tuesday ordered his administration to develop and implement new fuel efficiency standards for medium and heavy-duty commercial trucks by March 2016. As he indicated in last month's State of the Union address, Obama has opted to bypass Congress and is directing the Department of Transportation and......read more

The Bloom Box

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A clean energy breakthrough?

Jim Denevan is an environmental renaissance man. Famous for his mega land art installations, the artist is also an accomplished chef whose Outstanding in the Field initative is a traveling culinary adventure that connects people with local ingredients and producers. In "Siberia," Denevan's latest major artwork, is monumental“For me, marking the earth is an opportunity to......read more

Mercedes-Benz F800 Style

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Boldly designed concept sedan goes green.

Mercedes just announced that its F800 Style concept car will debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. The car's aggressive styling comes with a flexible powertrain platform, touted as the next generation in green car tech. The two power options are a plug-in hybrid system that provides 18 miles of driving solely on electricity, and an electric drive with fuel cells system enabling ranges......read more

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