Australian students have welded together a two-wheeled electric vehicle monster that could have come straight out of a surreal eco-remix of Mad Max. It's cheap, efficient, and the future of city commuting. Flame thrower, optional.
Scientists at CalTech are developing a technique that converts water, air, and sunlight into different kinds of fuel that could power everything from car engines to fuel cells in cell phones. It sounds almost too good to be true.
Research at Stanford has resulted in a rechargeable "battery" that uses a mix of sea- and fresh water and a dash of nanotech to generate electricity. Green power plants at river mouths could be the ultimate result.
A team of scientists has perfected the first practical nanoscale power generator, which can generate useful electrical current from a mere squeeze of your fingers. In the future it'll be able to draw power from your pulse.
Deepwater tech may be in an, ahem, black spot in its history at the moment, but these sort of deep ocean mega-constructions aren't just for oil. How on Earth do you affix an offshore wind farm in ocean waters over 300 feet deep?
Solar panels suffer from being an imperfect tech, and differences between the quality of each individual cell can even affect how efficiently the whole thing works. Enter National Semiconductor, with smart solar optimizer chips.