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Biofuel Stocks up 25%

Pacific Ethanol and Renewable Energy Group ran up last month for very different reasons, but both remain undervalued by the market. Shares of the nation’s fourth largest ethanol producer, Pacific Ethanol(NASDAQ:PEIX), and the largest U.S. biodiesel producer, Renewable Energy Group(NASDAQ:REGI), turned in solid months last July. The former rode its second-quarter earnings announcement to gains of 25%, while the latter was lifted over 10% higher — mostly in the last few days of the month — as a bipartisan political effort to raise biodiesel blending mandates gained steam.

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Hydrogen-Powered Cars Fueled by Sewage

FUKUOKO, Japan » When Mutsuro Yuji, chief of the central sewage plant in this southern Japanese city, first heard about the idea of making hydrogen from biogas — the combination of methane and carbon dioxide produced by the breakdown of organic matter — he was skeptical. “I thought it was a joke,” he said. But after a $12 million investment from Japan’s government, plus research, engineering, design and building work by Mitsubishi, Toyota and Kyushu University, Yuji is no longer laughing. Starting late last year, drivers of vehicles like the Toyota Mirai and Honda Clarity have been able to drive…

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Solar Road Installed on Route 66

You can still get your kicks on U.S. Highway Route 66, at least on some parts of it. And, the historic highway, (also known as the Mother Road, the Main Street of America or the Will Rogers Highway) could one day inspire someone to call it the Solar Highway, if a pilot project pans out. 

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RV Off-grid Power System

RV Off-grid Power System

Upgrading My RV Battery Bank and 12 Volt System A LITTLE OF MY RIGS BATTERY HISTORY When we bought our 30 foot Keystone Cougar fifth wheel new it came with one preinstalled deep cycle battery rated at 85 ampere hours. Having camped for many years in a campervan with a similar sized coach battery, I knew that 85 AH capacity wasn’t going to cut it. We were headed off on a one-year journey and planned to do some off the grid dry camping (AKA – boondocking). I decided to increase our battery capacity and purchase a pair of six-volt golf…

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Watch out, Tesla Power Wall. New batteries coming fast.

Watch out, Tesla Power Wall. New batteries coming fast.

(Reuters) – A wing of the U.S. Department of Energy focused on breakthrough technologies may soon give billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s most recent foray into energy storage a run for its money, the unit’s director said. Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, which funds projects meant to transform energy markets, has made huge strides over the last few years on next-generation batteries that could make electric cars and renewable energy cheaper and more accessible, Ellen Williams said in an interview this week. The battery division of Musk’s Tesla Motors turned a profit in the fourth quarter, after the first shipments…

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The Future of New York City Transportation: Goodbye Cars, Hello Rails

The Future of New York City Transportation: Goodbye Cars, Hello Rails

By any measure, young city dwellers are less and less likely to own a car. And New York City officials have spent millions of dollars and thousands of man-hours ensuring that trend works for the recent grads and young professionals that flock to it constantly. NYC bus, rail, and ferry systems are keeping up with a growing population; the roads, well, that's a different story altogether. Transportation engineer Samuel Schwartz better known as Gridlock Sam" to his readers in the Daily News has studied transportation in New York City for almost all his life, beginning as a taxi driver in…

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Tree-lined streets improve your health

Tree-lined streets improve your health

Most of us naturally believe that being close to nature is good for our well being. But can the benefits be proven and quantified? A new study, published in Scientific Reports last week, has attempted to evaluate just how much the trees that line our city streets could improve the population’s health. The study, led by psychologist Omid Kardan of the University of Chicago, focused on the large urban population of Toronto in Canada. Researchers related the domains of green space and health by combining high-resolution satellite imagery and individual tree data with 31 000 questionnaire-based self-reports of general health…

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