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posted in November 2012
Wind Power Operating, Maintenance Costs Drop 38 Percent
Engineering Materials 
11/28/2012  41 comments
The costs of wind power are falling, not only for turbine cost and performance, but also for operating and maintaining onshore wind farms. In just the last four years, operation and maintenance costs have dropped 38 percent.
3-Island Pacific Nation Goes 100 Percent Renewable
Engineering Materials 
11/14/2012  19 comments
A new system will make residents of a small Pacific nation dependent on solar power and biofuel from local coconuts for electricity.
Video: Making a 10,000-Year Clock
Blog 
11/8/2012  24 comments
The Long Now Foundation is building a clock designed to last 10,000 years.
First Civil Jet Flies on 100 Percent Non-Food Biofuel
Engineering Materials 
11/7/2012  28 comments
The first civil jet to fly on 100 percent biofuel that meets petroleum jet fuel specifications took to the skies Oct. 29 in a test flight in Ottawa, Ontario.
European Commission Limits Food-Based Biofuel
Engineering Materials 
11/2/2012  21 comments
The European Commission wants to limit the use of food crops as a source of biofuel and instead promote non-food sources, such as algae, straw, and various types of waste.
Slideshow: Paris Auto Show Drives Electric
Captain Hybrid 
11/1/2012  46 comments
The Paris Auto Show featured the latest in EV and hybrid technology.




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