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The Green Advantage 2012 - US Business News

  • Green Chemicals Show Game-Changing Potential Friday, 13 Apr 2012 | 2:33 PM ET
    An aerial shot of Gevo’s Luverne, Minnesota, green isobutanol plant.

    A new generation of green chemicals from bio-based sources could help industrial production break from the grip of volatile oil prices.

  • New Crop of Technologies Harvests Lost Energy Friday, 13 Apr 2012 | 2:32 PM ET
    The Electric Power Research Institute’s “Ti” transmission line robot, which harvests transmission line power as well as solar energy to move along transmission lines.

    Energy harvesting covers a growing basket of technologies that can find and transmit energy that might otherwise be misspent.

  • Playing the Green Advantage Friday, 13 Apr 2012 | 2:32 PM ET
    The Green Advantage

    Green is alive, if not entirely well, and certainly bigger than ever. As we highlight Earth Day as part of our "Green Is Universal" initiative, our mission is to show that green first and foremost is a business, and, at times, a transformative one.

  • Solar Energy Grows on North American Farms Friday, 13 Apr 2012 | 2:35 PM ET
    Recurrent Energy solar power plant on a farm in northern California.

    Farmers in California and Ontario, Canada, are signing 20-year leases with a firm that places small solar installations on marginal land.

  • Virtual Power Plants Are for Real Friday, 13 Apr 2012 | 2:35 PM ET
    A graphic of a sample virtual power plant (VPP).

    The greenest power plant of the future may be one that is already built and can be found in many communities.

  • Recycling America’s Abandoned Auto Plants Friday, 13 Apr 2012 | 2:34 PM ET
    American Axle

    Global competition has decimated U.S. manufacturing. But writing off Detroit and other rust towns is premature. Community leaders are proving sturdy American plants that once made cars and auto parts can be repurposed for vibrant, second lives.