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90 Alternative Power Source Proposals

From Greener Charcoal to Artificial Photosynthesis

— May 13, 2012 — Autos
With more and more people becoming conscious of their energy consumption, many keynote speakers and inventors have focused their attention to the promotion of alternative power source proposals.

While solar and hydro power are two of the more commonly used, sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels, there are many new technologies and products by which eco-friendly power is being derived.

Plant-based fuel sources are being examined more extensively, as there have been breakthroughs in various extraction methods poised to remove a viable amount of energy from the foliage without leaving a lasting impact on the ecosystem. Bio-fuel and bio-waste are becoming more prevalent to power everything from cars and planes to electronics. Furthermore, scientists have been experimenting with various bacterial sources which can turn something traditionally seen as a negative product into a positively productive commodity.
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Greener Charcoal
Greener Charcoal
Bamboo Lota is a Sustainable Company Fighting Deforestation in Malawi
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88
Peculiar Poop-Propelled Rickshaws
Peculiar Poop-Propelled Rickshaws
The Tuk Tuk 'Gasifier' at the Denver Zoo is Powererd by Waste
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87
Bacteria Bioenergy
Bacteria Bioenergy
Keerthi Venkataramanan Uncovers a Brilliant Way To Recycle Biofuel Byproducts
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86
Powerful Planet-Saving Shorts
Powerful Planet-Saving Shorts
The 'Get Green' Film by Crucial Pictures is Inspiring
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85
Bacteria Rocket Fuel
Bacteria Rocket Fuel
Brian Cantwell Harnesses Sewage Waste Energy to Power Rocket Thrusters
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84
Easy Going Eco Cars
Easy Going Eco Cars
The TX4 Cabs by Lotus Engineering is the Official Cab For 2012 Olympics
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83
Super Solar Power
Super Solar Power
The Amonix 7700 Concentrated Photovoltaic Solar Power is a Game Changer
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82
Coffee Cup Biofuel
Coffee Cup Biofuel
University of Manitoba Microbiologists Turn Tim Hortons Cups Into Ethanol
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81
Sun-Boosting Systems
Sun-Boosting Systems
MIT's Clean Energy Accelerator Improves Solar Energy in Every Way
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80
Tequila Plant Biofuels
Tequila Plant Biofuels
A Global Change Biology Bioenergy Report Unveils an Amazing Biofuel Source
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79
Wind-Powered Knitting (UPDATE)
Wind-Powered Knitting (UPDATE)
The Wind Powered Factory Turns Clean Energy into Clothing
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78
Wind-Driven Ships
Wind-Driven Ships
The Cargill Kite-Powered Vessel to Set Sail as Early as 2012
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77
Wood-Burning Classic Cars
Wood-Burning Classic Cars
The El Kamina Will Have You Raiding the Forest for Fuel
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76
Tidal Energy Extractors
Tidal Energy Extractors
Harnessing the Ocean's Latent Energy, the Wave Hub Powers Entire Cities
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75
Olympic Hybrid Taxis
Olympic Hybrid Taxis
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cab for the London 2012 Olympics is Unveiled
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74
Bodily Fluid Power
Bodily Fluid Power
Glucose Biofuel Cells Bring Science Closer to Body-Powered Electronics
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73
Foliage Fuel Stations
Foliage Fuel Stations
The E.Capsule Uses Natural Power To Generate Energy
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72
Cow-Powered Server Farms
Cow-Powered Server Farms
HP Promotes Manure-Fueled Data Centers in Rural Areas
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71
Aquatic Hybrid Autos
Aquatic Hybrid Autos
James Tuchel's Water-Powered Car Uses H20 to Boost Fuel Economy
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70
Cardboard Fuel
Cardboard Fuel
Fiberight Turns Scrap Cardboard into Usable Ethanol Fuel
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69
Eco-Friendly Diesels
Eco-Friendly Diesels
Joule Unlimited Transforms the Sun's Rays and CO2 into Usable Fuel
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68
Yo Yo-Shaped EVs
Yo Yo-Shaped EVs
The Revolute Futuristic Vehicle is Perfect for Big Cities
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67
No-Fuel Supercars
No-Fuel Supercars
The Buckeye Bullet Sets the Battery-Powered Land Speed Record
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66
Biblical Plant Fuels
Biblical Plant Fuels
Burning Bush and Mustard Weed Promise Low-Cal Veggie Oil & Biofuel
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65
Lightweight Eco Vehicles
Lightweight Eco Vehicles
The Honda Jazz Hybrid Will Allow for an Environmentally Friendly Drive
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64
Plastic Power
Plastic Power
Plas2fuel Recycles Waste Plastics into Crude Oil
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63
Electrified Commercial Airliners
Electrified Commercial Airliners
The Boeing Sugar Volt Looks to Fire Up the Skies in 2035
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62
Carbon Dioxide Converters
Carbon Dioxide Converters
The Sandia National Laboratories CR5 Turns CO2 Into Fuel
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61
Green Action-Movie Cars
Green Action-Movie Cars
The BMW i8 Plug-in Hybrid will be Featured in Mission Impossible 4
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60
Algae-Powered Aircraft
Algae-Powered Aircraft
The EADS' First Algae-Fueled Airplane Runs on Slimy Biofuel
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59
Superspeed Steam Cars
Superspeed Steam Cars
The Cyclone-Williams Steam Engine Reaches Up to 160mph and Runs on Any Fuel
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58
Feathery Fuel
Feathery Fuel
Will Chicken Feathers Motor Hydrogen Cars of the Future?
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57
Direct Sunlight Water Disinfectants
Direct Sunlight Water Disinfectants
The Eliodomestico is a Filter- and Energy-Free Water Purifier
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56
Sun Power Storage
Sun Power Storage
Solar Pod by Valmik Vyas Absorbs the Sun's Rays for Later
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55
Sun-Fueled Battery Packs
Sun-Fueled Battery Packs
The Light Catcher is a Conceptual Solar-Powered AA and AAA Battery
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54
Eco-Tech Double Decks
Eco-Tech Double Decks
The London Routemaster Bus Goes Green with a Facelift
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53
Sun-Cooked Meal Makers
Sun-Cooked Meal Makers
The Solar Ibex Cooker Uses Only the Sun's Heat to Cook Your Food
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52
Cola-Fueled Vehicles
Cola-Fueled Vehicles
The Eepybird is powered by Mentos Mints and Coke Zero
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51
Smart Gas-Less Cars
Smart Gas-Less Cars
Hyundai Set to Release their Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars in 2012
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50
Bunny-Based Biofuel
Bunny-Based Biofuel
Stockholm Burns Rabbits to Keep Swedes Warm
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49
Self-Sufficient Solar Planes
Self-Sufficient Solar Planes
The Solar Ship Requires No Roads, Fuel or Infrastructure to Operate
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48
Hybrid Power Plants
Hybrid Power Plants
Solar Assisting Conventional Fossil-Fuel Power in Florida
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47
Hydrogen Commercial Airplanes
Hydrogen Commercial Airplanes
The Innovative Edas Airbus Passenger Airliners to Take Flight
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46
Hydrogen Powered Toys
Hydrogen Powered Toys
The H-Cell 2.0 is Packed With Alternative Fuel Fun
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45
Water-Fueled Bath Speakers
Water-Fueled Bath Speakers
The H2O Shower Power Radio Lets You Sing Without the Shock
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44
Dirt-Powered Furniture
Dirt-Powered Furniture
The VoltPot Table Charges Gadgets with a Microbial Fuel Cell
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43
Beef-Powered Trains
Beef-Powered Trains
The Amtrak Heartland Flyer Train Runs on Beef-Based Biofuel
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42
Sun-Powered Hearing Aids
Sun-Powered Hearing Aids
Solar Ear Creates Low-Cost and Eco-Friendly Hearing Devices
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41
Coffee-Powered Cars
Coffee-Powered Cars
The Car-Puccino is Powered by Roasted Coffee Granules
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40
Solar Powered Roads
Solar Powered Roads
The DoE Hands Over a $100,000 Contract to Solar Roadways
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39
Hydrogen Commuter Cars
Hydrogen Commuter Cars
The Hyundai Blue2 is Set to Debut at the Seoul Motor Show
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38
Waste-Powered Kitchens
Waste-Powered Kitchens
Philips Introduces the Cooking Area of the Future
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37
Self-Piloting Hydrogen Planes
Self-Piloting Hydrogen Planes
The Boomerang is an Eco-Friendly Auto-Jet
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36
Pop-Powered Toy Cars
Pop-Powered Toy Cars
The ‘ene Bio Engine' Car Runs on Juice and Soda
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35
Algae Powered Cars
Algae Powered Cars
'Algaeus' Travels Across Country for Eco Film 'FUEL'
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34
Ocean-Inspired Eco-Cars
Ocean-Inspired Eco-Cars
The MiraQua Concept Car Puts a Fresh Face on the Electric Car
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33
Bicycle Powered Buses
Bicycle Powered Buses
Using Saved Energy, 'Hybrid Public Bike' Powers Dock Stations
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32
300mph Hydrogen Cars
300mph Hydrogen Cars
The Buckeye Bullet 2 is World's Fastest Fuel Cell Vehicle
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31
Biofuel Buses
Biofuel Buses
The 'Big Green Bus' is Powered by Used Vegetable Oil
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30
Freshly Squeezed Eco-Cars
Freshly Squeezed Eco-Cars
The Citrus Car by Edu Povarchik Offers Eco-Friendly Freshness
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29
Eco-African Farming Equipment
Eco-African Farming Equipment
The GE Multipurpose Farming Vehicle is Designed for Ugandan Farmers
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28
Bacteria Biofuel
Bacteria Biofuel
LS9 Genetically Engineered E. Coli Poops Biodiesel
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27
Solar-Powered Supercars
Solar-Powered Supercars
Peter Wilkins Designs a Lean, Mean Green Machine for Volkswagen
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26
Fitness-Fueled Eco Hotels
Fitness-Fueled Eco Hotels
Crowne Plaza Hotel in Copenhagen Rewards Pedaling Guests With Food
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25
Trash-Fueled Automobiles
Trash-Fueled Automobiles
Peter Eckhoff Invents a Plastic-Powered Hybrid Engine
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24
Alcohol as Racecar Fuel
Alcohol as Racecar Fuel
The Whiskey-Fueled SR4
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23
Badass Eco Supercars
Badass Eco Supercars
SEMA Showcases Factory Five's Sweet Rides
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22
Vegetation-Fueled Vehicles
Vegetation-Fueled Vehicles
Project Nomad Looks and Moves Like an Agile Lion
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21
Photosynthesis Walls
Photosynthesis Walls
Flower Street BioReactor by ‘Emergent' for Alternative Fuel Aware
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20
Sporty Plug-In Cars
Sporty Plug-In Cars
The 2011 Chevrolet Volt is Track Tested & Trend Hunter-Approved
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19
Zero-Fuel Planes
Zero-Fuel Planes
Sights Set on Trip Around the World in HB-SIA Solar-Powered Jet
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18
Hybrid Helicopters
Hybrid Helicopters
Patented System Controls Energy Flows for Optimal Efficiency
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17
Wood Gas Cars
Wood Gas Cars
These Old-School Eco Vehicles Use Timber for Combustible Gas
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16
Nutty Eco Cars
Nutty Eco Cars
Honda P-NUT Unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show
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15
Poop-Powered Motorcycles
Poop-Powered Motorcycles
The Toilet Bike Neo Harnesses the Power of Your Stool for Energy
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14
Futuristic Eco-Cars
Futuristic Eco-Cars
The High-Tech ELPH Auto Features Smart Car Technology
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13
Solar Powered Bikes
Solar Powered Bikes
The Sun-Fueled MC 2 Motorcycle by Keegan McClain
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12
Eco-Conscious Speedboats
Eco-Conscious Speedboats
Keep the Oceans Blue with the Green Luxury Yacht Concept
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11
Sun-Loving Subcompacts
Sun-Loving Subcompacts
The BASF Smart ForVision Will Make the Most of Renewable Power
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10
Badass Biodiesel Bikes
Badass Biodiesel Bikes
The Metalback Motorcycle is a Sweet Concept
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9
Solar Powered Party Boats
Solar Powered Party Boats
The Float Concept is the Greenest Way to Cruise the Blue Seas
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8
Compressed Air Racing Cycles
Compressed Air Racing Cycles
The Saline Airstream is an Awesome Ride that Could Change Everything
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7
Green Hybrid Yachts
Green Hybrid Yachts
The Greenline 33 Hybrid is the First Non-Emissions Solar Coastal Cruiser
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6
Hot Green Concept Cars
Hot Green Concept Cars
Fiery Peugeot ELA Design by Mohammad Ghezel Floats on Air
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5
Aggressive Eco Automobiles
Aggressive Eco Automobiles
BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Frankfurt Preview is Badass
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4
Water-Powered Chargers
Water-Powered Chargers
The MyFC PowerTrekk Keeps Your Gadget Juiced Up Anywhere
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3
Human-Powered Motorcycles
Human-Powered Motorcycles
The Tesla E-max Runs on Human Body Heat
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2
DIY Electric Vehicles
DIY Electric Vehicles
Build Your Own Electric Dream Car With the Trexa EV Platform
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1
Air-Powered Motorcycles
Air-Powered Motorcycles
Super-Sustainable Engineair O2 Pursuit is Fueled by Compressed Air
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