The HIRIKO Project is an urban solution that will provide a more sustainable, more accessible electric vehicle. The HIRIKO prototype was unveiled at the European Commission headquarters on January 24th in Brussels.
A collaboration between researchers from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Boston College has delivered a solar thermoelectric generator, or STEG, with a peak efficiency of 4.6 percent.
Comprised of a team of MIT scientists, 1336 Technologies has developed a process to produce silicon solar wafers at a cost that will make photovoltaic solar energy equal in price or cheaper than coal power.
These days a lot of the energy-efficiency news in lighting centers around new lighting sources such as CFLs or LEDs. But some researchers at MIT have focused on another aspect of lighting efficiency: how much light a user needs at any given moment. The result is a significant improvement in energy efficiency.
A new clean tech company founded by a team of MIT graduates will soon be converting commercial fleet vehicles into electric hybrids. The company is scheduling tests with customers and aims to start production this year, beginning with livery cars, then moving into delivery trucks and shuttle vans by the middle of next year.
The timing could not have been more perfect for the opening of the Eni-MIT Solar Frontiers Center, which opened on the institute's campus last past week.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded US$106 million in funding to 37 cleantech projects [pdf].
California is building a zero-carbon city, Ford is staking its business future in electric and hybrid vehicles, and Iberdrola is planning to build Europe's largest on-shore wind farm.
These are just the macro announcements. There have be many other amazing discoveries and developments this week that could have lasting effects on the clean energy sector.