The Green Advantage 2012 - US Business News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.