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This Is Pretty Sweet: New Battery Runs On Sugar

This Is Pretty Sweet: New Battery Runs On Sugar

Biomass: You may be able before long to charge your cell phone by carbo-loading it, if a Virginia Tech team's research pans out.
Got Poop? Dairy Farmer Taps Cows for Renewable Energy

Got Poop? Dairy Farmer Taps Cows for Renewable Energy

Biomass: An innovative California dairy is getting a bit of press for tapping one of its most abundant products -- cow waste -- to make electricity.
This Map Shows California's Potential to Power Itself With Clean Energy

This Map Shows California's Potential to Power Itself With Clean Energy

Solar: An Oklahoma firm has produced a map showing the regional energy scenes across the United States, and the results are interesting -- though some of what's going on in California doesn't really show.
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Tribe To Launch Biomass-Fueled Fuel Cell Plant in Northern California

Tribe To Launch Biomass-Fueled Fuel Cell Plant in Northern California

Biomass: About 10 years ago the fuel cell buzz started to die down a bit, but the technology hasn't gone anywhere
African Students' 'Pee Power' Invention No Panacea

African Students' 'Pee Power' Invention No Panacea

Biomass: Four teenaged students in Nigeria got a lot of press around the world for building a "urine-powered generator." Sadly, the coverage misrepresents what these very bright kids have done.
Off the Grid: Charging Your Smart Phone With Fire?

Off the Grid: Charging Your Smart Phone With Fire?

Biomass: There's off the grid, and then there's really off the grid. The BioLite Stove promises to give you a source of power for your personal appliances, generated by burning twigs.
SoCal Water Treatment Plant Becomes Renewable Energy Source

SoCal Water Treatment Plant Becomes Renewable Energy Source

Biomass: A San Bernardino County water treatment plant will power itself with the waste it's removing from the water.
SlurryCarb? Inland Empire Sewage-to-Biomass Plant In Deep Trouble

SlurryCarb? Inland Empire Sewage-to-Biomass Plant In Deep Trouble

Biomass: A Rialto plant that pledged to turn sewage into sludge is shut down, and its owner is circling the drain.
Sewage-Powered Electricity Goes Online in San José

Sewage-Powered Electricity Goes Online in San José

Biomass: Every time you flush in San José, you're creating renewable energy. Sort of.
California Proposes Forest Thinning for Biomass Energy, But is it a Good Idea?

California Proposes Forest Thinning for Biomass Energy, But is it a Good Idea?

Biomass: The state of California has a plan to burn forest waste for energy, but recent studies suggest that may make the climate situation worse rather than better.