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Plastic roads may put asphalt to shame

The days of putting up with crumbling asphalt streets might just come to an end. Construction company VolkerWessels has revealed plans for recycled plastic roads that are both more sustainable <i>and</i> more practical than old-fashioned blacktop. Besides reusing material, they'd last about three times …

6 futuristic building technologies that will change the world

<i>By Cat DiStasio</i><p>Technology progresses at a breakneck pace -- but why is our built environment so far behind? Fortunately, some smart folks have devoted their lives to developing futuristic technologies that can reduce the carbon footprint of buildings, make them more energy-efficient and lower …

The First Energy Revolution: Tesla Energy Changes Everything

The Promise of Solar:<p>According to our best objective energy research, the sheer volume of solar energy already reaching the earth’s surface is so …

Clean Energy

Spray-painted solar cells promise cheap power on seemingly any surface

Scientists have dreamed of painting solar cells to generate energy on just about any surface, but efficiency has been a problem; researchers were happy to get one percent just a couple of years ago. At last, though, it looks like viable paint-on power is close at hand. A team at the University of …

How Tesla's battery 'Gigafactory' could change everything — not just electric cars

Serial entrepreneur and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is no stranger to making waves in the technology sector.<p>Earlier this year he decided to allow anyone to, “in good faith,” make use of the automaker’s patent portfolio without fear of being named in a patent lawsuit. The goal, he wrote in a blog …

Toyota's first hydrogen car is priced to go head-to-head with Tesla

Sure, Elon Musk is giving away Tesla patents, but don't be surprised if more established manufacturers politely decline his offer. Instead of batteries and electric charging stations, players like General Motors, Mercedes, Honda and Toyota are focusing their efforts on a very different sort of fuel …

Google Drive Partners With + Pool

Last summer, +Pool, a project to construct a floating swimming pool in the middle of New York City's East River, raised more than $273,000 on Kickstarter.<p>When complete, +Pool will give New Yorkers a clean place to swim, with a natural filtration system that could clean up to half a million gallons …

Google Drive

Inhabitat's Week in Green: spasers, battery-powered airplanes and phones printed on clothes

<i>Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green.</i><p>Technology is getting small -- this week, Inhabitat took a look at LIX, the world's smallest 3D-printing pen, which is powered by a USB port. Meanwhile, a …

Australia could have a high-speed rail network by 2025

A joint report has found that a high-speed rail network connecting Australia's east coast from Brisbane to Melbourne could be completed in just 11 …

Australia

How Offshore Wind Farms Could Protect The Coast From Hurricanes

Arrayed in very large numbers, offshore turbines could have a huge secondary upside: Stopping a disastrous storm in its tracks.<p>The United States currently has exactly zero offshore wind turbines, so it may be premature to talk about their “secondary benefits.” Getting a few machines up and running …

Renewable Energy

Bio-Based Solar Panels That Could Run On Dirt And Plants

An inspiring design aims to get rid of the expensive and toxic materials used to make solar panels today, and replace it with something a lot more natural.<p>What if solar panels could be dirt, plants, and batteries rather than the expensive and often toxic chemicals and heavy metals used today?<p>That’s …

Clean Energy