2011 was an important year for green innovations and technological advances.
In the world of fuels, a number of strides were made. President Obama announced increased fuel standards for both big and small vehicles in the coming years.
Alternative fuels also made headlines. The use of biofuel for aviation is becoming a reality, after the U.S. military announced it would begin using it, and a joint U.S.-Chinese venture tested biofuel in civilian aircraft.
Solar technology also grew in 2011. Researchers at Notre Dame have invented a house paint that could one day be used to collect solar energy. Elsewhere in the midwest, scientists at the University of Michigan invented an “optical battery” that might eventually eliminate the need for semi-conductors in solar cells.
For more of 2011’s best green technology innovations, vist EarthTechling for their “2011 Green Technology Year In Review.”
Green Automobile Advances
In October, Nissan announced a six year strategy to become the world’s leader in green vehicles. Between December 2010 and October 2011, Nissan had sold 16,000 of its Leaf electric cars.
Ford unveiled an electric version of its Focus in 2011. Ford claimed that the vehicles performance and efficiency figures will be comparable to other electric vehicles on the market.
Toyota and BMW announced in December that they would soon be collaborating on research for next-generation car batteries. They hope to produce cleaner, more efficient batteries in the future.
Companies like ECOtality are increasing electric vehicle charging station infrastructure across the U.S., and by doing so are hoping to increase electric vehicles’ market share of the domestic vehicle market.
Source: HuffPost Green