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Energy Production Technologies

Energy production technologies bring about new, clean, sustainable sources of energy. Read up on the newest, most affordable ways for us to fuel machines and devices.

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In the year 2050, what energy source will we use to power our vehicles?

The rising cost and projected scarcity of fossil fuels has people talking. But finding a new power source and developing an infrastructure will be costly and challenging. Will we still be using gasoline in 2050?


China Flips Switch on World's Largest Floating Solar Farm

China, the world's largest emitter of CO2, is making steps to combat those emissions by creating the world's largest floating solar panel farm. See more »

The Ambitious Proposal to Re-freeze the Arctic

Some scientists are proposing a massive array of wind-powered pumps to bring more Arctic water to the surface, so it can freeze and thicken existing sea ice. See more »

Mini Turbine 'Wind Trees' Could Generate Power for Homes, Electric Cars

A French company has created a miniature wind turbine that looks like a tree and could provide enough energy for a house. See more »

Postage Stamp-sized Device Traps More Solar Energy to Purify Water Faster

The big problem of cleaning water quickly and cheaply might just have been solved, thanks to this tiny gadget. See more »

What happened to the green tech fad?

These days, it seems everyone is "going green." From individuals to businesses, everyone is looking for ways to be more sustainable and environmentally-friendly. But is green tech the way of the future or just another fad? See more »

In the year 2050, what energy source will we use to power our vehicles?

The rising cost and projected scarcity of fossil fuels has people talking. But finding a new power source and developing an infrastructure will be costly and challenging. Will we still be using gasoline in 2050? See more »

Will nano flakes revolutionize solar energy?

What if you could make solar cells that were cheaper, smaller and more efficient? In theory, nano flakes could help you do that, if the technology ever gets off the ground. See more »

How Ocean Power Works

Watch mountains of water crash along the coast, and you'll have no doubts about the ocean's awesome power and the energy potential it holds. Humans have been interested in harnessing that energy for centuries. See more »

How Solar Thermal Power Works

There are two main ways of generating energy from the sun. But one -- solar thermal technology -- is really poised to take off as a clean, reliable form of alternative energy. See more »

How Cellulosic Ethanol Works

Cellulosic ethanol can be made from any old stem, leaf or tree trunk. Farm wastes, grass clippings and recycled newspaper will work, too. So when can we expect this alternative fuel to arrive at gas stations? See more »