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Energy Archive

  • GM's New Fuel-Cell Car

    The flexible electric car platform is innovative, but the fuel-cell version is freighted with hydrogen’s flaws.


  • Greener Shopping Bags?

    Consumers may find that the virtues of biodegradable plastics are really a mixed bag.


  • A New Biofuel: Propane

    Propane chemically derived from corn could be used in heating and transportation.


  • Solar Cells That Work All Day

    On the surface of a new photovoltaic prototype, microscopic nanotube towers perform best when they catch light on their sides.


  • BP's Bet on Butanol

    Forget ethanol: it’s hard to transport and gives bad mileage per gallon. Another alcohol, butanol, is a much better renewable fuel, says the president of BP Biofuels.


  • The Precarious Future of Coal

    A new MIT report says that much more effort is needed to develop and test technology that will make clean-coal power plants economical and practical.



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