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    Many investors are shifting funds from capital-intensive alternative-energy technologies, such as solar panels, to lower-cost ventures focused on energy efficiency and “smart grid” technologies that automate electric utility operations.

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    Even as certain tax credits and funding from Washington have dried up, U.S. states remain in competition for clean energy funding, especially from venture capitalists.

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    A California company can pull lithium, and other critical metals, out of the effluent water of geothermal power plants, removing the need to drill or blast for new resources the way miners typically do.

  • While they’ve attracted a dedicated following of enthusiasts, electric cars are still carving out their niche and flirting with the mainstream. However, there are enough models now in production that we can single out some of the more luxurious examples. To do so, we consulted John Filiss, Publisher of the online automotive resource .  The resulting list runs the gamut from sporty electric vehicles to luxury sedans to recreation vehicles. The list also includes one concept car that doesn’t yet e

    While they’ve attracted a dedicated following, electric cars are still carving out their niche and flirting with the mainstream. Here are some eye-popping models.

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  • It wasn’t that long ago that the mere mention of a hybrid car brought certain images to mind. None were particularly flattering. The perception was these vehicles were only owned by sour-faced tree-huggers who used them to shuttle themselves from yoga class to the organic food co-op. No wonder the last thing anyone associated with such a car was luxury.A lot has changed over the last few years, and hybrid cars have found more acceptance among mainstream car owners. In fact, there are models out

    Using data from the automotive website Edmunds.com, CNBC.com highlights 10 cars powered by gasoline-electric hybrid technology that don’t skimp on comfort or opulence.

  • In our annual CNBC rankings of our   is among the most important measures of success. States like to promote themselves as fertile ground for innovation, so we put those claims to the test. The category ranks states based on their support for innovation, with metrics including the number of patents issued to their residents, the dollar value of federal health and science research grants and deployment of broadband services rankings, per the FCC. Click ahead to see the leaders in innovation.

    States like to promote themselves as fertile ground for innovation — so we put those claims to the test. Click ahead to see the leaders in innovation.

  • Innovation has come at such a dizzying pace in recent decades that it has transformed our world in ways once only imagined in science fiction. As part of our "Future of Innovation" special report, we decided to take a look at some of the most influential innovations of the recent past. Compiling a definitive list turned out to be difficult, if not impossible — and almost certainly up for fierce debate. Nevertheless, we gave it a shot. Here is our list of the 15 of the most influential inventions

    Here is our list of the 15 of the most influential inventions over the past 50 years, created using a variety of studies as reference points, including ones from Knowledge@Wharton and Popular Mechanics.

  • With gasoline prices on the sky-high again, many drivers are turning to green cars with high mileage to solve their commuting woes. Unlike when oil reached its all-time highs during the recession of 2008, today’s green - car market has more options with better fuel efficiency. The editors of Kelley Blue Book’s the website of the country’s largest automotive valuation company, highlight the wide range of options available and the trend both towards hybrid, electric and “high-efficiency gasoline p

    To help consumers understand the best options in the current market for green cars, KBB.com recently unveiled its 2011 “Green Car List."

  • Innovation is occurring at a rapid pace around the globe, pushing the world economy forward while working hand-in-hand with technology. During the annual Techonomy conference from August 4-6 in Lake Tahoe, leading minds come together, focusing their energies on the problems in today’s world and how they can be solved through innovation. The conference’s organizers have highlighted 15 individuals who will carry the torch of innovation into the next decade, highlighting high-growth sectors with th

    They all share a common characteristic: they are pushing the envelope. So, who are the 15 leading innovators for the next decade? Click ahead to find out!

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  • While they’ve attracted a dedicated following of enthusiasts, electric cars are still carving out their niche and flirting with the mainstream. However, there are enough models now in production that we can single out some of the more luxurious examples. To do so, we consulted John Filiss, Publisher of the online automotive resource .  The resulting list runs the gamut from sporty electric vehicles to luxury sedans to recreation vehicles. The list also includes one concept car that doesn’t yet e

    While they’ve attracted a dedicated following, electric cars are still carving out their niche and flirting with the mainstream. Here are some eye-popping models.

  • Wind farm in Evia, Greece

    There are too many options but no one solution to the energy problem. Our needs are many. The current alternative energies — solar, wind, biofuels, nuclear and geothermal — all have limitations, but they're worth it until something better comes along.

  • A worker installs solar panels at the Lieberose Solar Park in Lieberose, Germany.

    It's not a question of which alternative fuel will replace crude oil, but which renewable sources will help reduce America’s reliance on it.

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