Valero Invests in Producing Car Fuel From Wood Waste

Wood Waste to Produce Car Fuel

The cellulosic ethanol movement got a much needed boost yesterday with the announcement that Valero, the nation’s largest independent oil refiner, is investing $50 million into the Mascoma Corporation’s plans to build a commercial sized wood-based biofuel refinery in Kinross, Michigan. Together with subsidiary Frontier Renewable Resources, Mascoma, based in Lebanon N.H., intends to break […]

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An Inexpensive Electric Bike Conversion Kit

An Electric Bike Convesion Kit by AmpedBike

Sales of electric bikes have spun into high gear this year — some merchants reporting¬†a 6000% increase in sales. This is good news, because, for short trips, the efficiency and convenience of electric bikes is hard to beat. You may have heard that in the U.S., ¬†40% of all trips are made within two miles […]

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Google To Spend $10 Million On Electric Cars

Wow, this is great news for those of us who would like to see electric cars go mainstream. Yesterday, Google switched on the 1.6 megawatts solar roof on its corporate campus. The roof will provide about one third of the company’s electricity. Google also announced plans to accelerate the adoption of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. […]

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New Rooftop Wind Turbine Tested: The Helyx

Recently, I wrote about the low-profile Aerotecture wind turbines, which are designed to be installed on the rooftops of city buildings. Now I’ve heard of another rooftop wind turbine under development. It’s called the Helyx Wind Generator, and it’s composed of two twisted wings of fiberglass that rotate around a vertical axis. The turbine is […]

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Nau: Eco-Effective Outdoor Clothing

Good news: Nau just opened their online store. Nau is a company that uses only eco-effective materials to construct their clothing, including a number of materials that they developed themselves from the ground up. Nau also closely monitors the production process of the clothing, to ensure good labor practices and environmental standards. Via Groovy Green

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