Written by Prognog Staff The solar powered drone, Zephyr, broke the unmanned flight record with a 54 hour fligh, from QinetiQ: "By day it flies on solar power generated by amorphous silicon arrays no thicker than sheets of paper that cover the aircraft's wings. By night it is powered by rechargeable lithium-sulphur batteries that are recharged during the day using solar power."   (more)

Solar start-ups Ausra and Solar City have both recently received a healthy dose of clean tech venture capital funding.  Ausra recently received $40 million to build and develop a solar thermal power plant.  Solar City secured about $21 million in order to expand and improve their services which includes community-based solar programs that encourage entire neigborhoods to convert to solar .

In Congress, lawmakers are duking it out in a fight over the energy bill.  It seems like U.S. automakers are having quite bit of influence over this discussion... (more)