5 Green Tech Stories You Should Be Reading: April 3, 2012

The future of electric and hybrid vehicles, the growth of solar power worldwide, and a new kind of turbine that can spin water out of the air. Read all about the newest green tech news others are talking about.

GM Chevy Volt

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1. “Chevy Volt Gets New Support from Rogue Conservatives, Could Be Too Late to Save Car’s Image” – Huffington Post – Going against the stereotypical conservative stance of being against this hybrid vehicle, Lee Spieckerman, owner of SpieckermanMedia in Fort Worth, TX, recently went on air to endorse the car as a vital tool in helping the US’s energy production and foreign policy. But this might not be enough to boost sales of the Volt, which have been low despite good ratings and mileage, thanks in part to bashing by other conservatives.

2. “Could Ford Become the Dell of Electric Vehicles?” – Business Green – Ford is taking a new approach to manufacturing as it prepares to launch the Focus Electric in an attempt to “de-risk” the product. The Focus Electric will be manufactured on the same line as gas and hybrid versions of the car, making it possible to build one to the customer’s specifications, much the way Dell did with their computers.

3. “Five Solar Village Projects Transforming Communities Worldwide” – Renewable Energy World – Around the world, solar villages are popping up as alternatives to traditional power grids and, in some cases, providing electricity for the first time to rural communities. See what villages from Germany to Japan to Swaziland are doing with solar power.

4. “New Mexico Ranked First in Nation in Solar Power Per Capita” – BizJournals – In 2011, the Solar Energy Industries Association ranked New Mexico as the state with the most installed solar power per resident, with a total of 166.9 megawatts of solar generation. In the past five years, the state has seen solar installations jump from 46 to 2,700 in both residential and commercial capacities.

5. “In Depth: The ‘Miracle Turbine’ That Can Turn Wind into Water” – ReCharge – In Abu Dhabi, testing is underway on a prototype of a water maker system (WMS),  a wind turbine that uses the principle of condensation to produce 1,000 liters of potable water per day, as well as providing 30 kilowatts of electricity to pump the water into storage tanks.

Laura Caseley is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and a resident of New York State’s Hudson Valley. She writes for several publications and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found painting in her makeshift studio or enjoying the scenery of her hometown.