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.”
National Plug In Day
(Photography: Plug In America)
2011 saw the first annual National Plug In Day for electric vehicles in the United States. The nationwide event took place in October with lectures, parades and “tailpipe-free” tailgate parties in 21 U.S. cities to raise awareness about electric vehicles.
The event was sponsored by Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association.
Source: HuffPost Green