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Triboelectric Generator Produces Electricity by Harnessing Friction Between Surfaces

July 10th, 2012 | by pressroom

Researchers have discovered yet another way to harvest small amounts of electricity from motion in the world around us – this time by capturing the electrical charge produced when two different kinds of plastic materials rub against one another. Based on flexible polymer materials, this "triboelectric" generator could provide alternating current from activities such as walking


Infographic on Smart Meters

June 5th, 2012 | by Glenn Meyers

Muhammad Saleem writes GBE: Hi guys, While utility companies claim smart meters can lower costs and improve service, many residents [&hellip


Coal Generation Drops 19 Percent in One Year in US

May 18th, 2012 | by Glenn Meyers

Looking at fossil fuel use – coal. [repostus hash=e658e82b89506aedb9020a74ce8a9297 title=Coal+Generation+Drops+19%25+in+1+Year+in+US host=Clean+Technica short=1bVMC snip=%C2%A0+Power+generation+from+coal+is+falling+quickly.+According+to%C2%A0new+figures%C2%A0from+the+U.S.+Energy+Information+Administration%2C+coal+made+up+36+percent+of+U.S.+electricity+in+the+first+quarter+of+2012+%E2%80%94+down+from+44.6+percent+in+the+first+quarter+of+2011.+That+stunning+drop%2C+which+represented+almost%26hellip%3B thumb=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.1.rp-api.com%2Fthumb%2F1951748 jump


GUEST POST: Choosing the Right Type of Renewable Energy

April 13th, 2012 | by GBE FACTS

You may believe wholeheartedly in renewable energy and the concept of sustainability that serves as the foundation stone. What kind of renewable energy in which you choose to invest, however, is quite another matter, especially if considering something like biomass. This guest post from the Enerfina in the UK might help with your understanding


Green Building Tour: Kelly-Woodford Home

March 12th, 2007 | by Philip Proefrock

<p><img src="/files/images/KWhouse1.jpg" width="234" height="200" alt=" GRID Alternatives" />The first LEED for houses (LEED-H) project in the Northwest to achieve a Silver rating was the 2,000 square foot Kelly-Woodford Home in Parkdale, Oregon. The house was built by the <a href="http://www.neilkelly.com/">Neil Kelly Company</a>, a Portland area builder. The company has been a leader in environmentally oriented construction for a number of years.</p>


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January 24th, 2007 | by Philip Proefrock

Get used to it...Editor's note: Philip Proefrock, another new writer at Green Options, will be covering the exciting world of green building and architecture for us. We're happy to welcome Philip on board!

At some point in this decade, human history reached a unique milestone. For the first time, more than half of the world's population (and more than 80% of that in the United States) now lives in cities. We are an increasingly urbanized species, and our buildings are a huge part of the impact we have on the environment.

In the United States, it has been noted that buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption. More than manufacturing or transportation, buildings have the greatest impact on energy use. Consequently, buildings offer the greatest opportunities for improving performance and reducing energy use.



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