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Super cool solar balloons coming to a sky near you

These are one of the most viable options for quick, easy, cheap and dependable renewable energy. Scientists have developed balloons coated with solar panels that could generate significant amounts of energy without much risk or maintenance. We have the technology, the resources and the infrastructure to place these balloons anywhere. Since they only require an anchor, they could be placed in both urban and rural areas without complicated right-of-ways or easements. Read more here.

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Charge your electric car in New York – if you have one

Here’s some cool eco-news for you. You can now charge your electric car in New York. Admittedly, the concept is wonderful… charging your electric car with solar power. In a re-purposed shipping container no less! The problem is, I don’t have an electric car and chances are, neither do you. Building the infrastructure to support all-electric vehicles needs to be paired with the massive availability of electric vehicles. Read more about it here.

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Spray on solar panels coming soon

Ok, maybe not soon. But researchers at the University of Texas have developed a spray-on photovoltaic film that could replace conventional solar panel technology in the near future. The microscopic nano-cells are 10,000 times thinner than a human hair and convert 1% of the sun’s light into electricity. This is an incredibly small amount, but is a strikingly similar challenge that was faced by the creators of the first solar panels.

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Energy waste busting ghost

Now your kids can be reminded to turn the lights off when not in use with this somewhat creepy little ghost. He turns yellow after the lights have been on for 4+ hours and an angry red when on for 8+ hours. It might scare your kids, but even they need a kick in the environmental pants every once in a while. Read more at Gajitz.

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Chipotle to install solar panels on 75 restaurants

The fast food chain has committed in the past to sustainable food sourcing, now they are committing to clean energy dependence. From the Founder, Chairman and CEO: “Our effort to change the way people think about and eat fast food began with our commitment to serving food made with ingredients from more sustainable sources, and that same kind of thinking now influences all areas of our business”. Read more.

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Your iPhone can measure the wind

If you’ve got an iPhone, and there are 45 million people who do, you can now check any location to see if there’s enough wind to support a wind turbine. It uses the phone’s microphone to measure wind speed which doesn’t sound super reliable. But hey, this is a cool eco-innovation and that’s what this site is all about. Read more.

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Cows generating our electricity

A number of companies including Central Vermont Public Service are moving to technology that allows farmers to make a few extra bucks on their bovines. They are employing a technique that harvests methane from cow manure, generates electricity with it, then processes the manure to serve as an organic bedding for the cows (read: less hay). This solves another huge issue (at least here in Vermont) of waste chemicals from fertilizing agricultural fields leeching into the water system and our beautiful lake.

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