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Could shrimp shells help make solar power affordable for everyone?

Could shrimp shells help make solar power affordable for everyone?

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London's School of Engineering and Materials Science have used hydrothermal carbonization to create carbon quantum dots for solar cells from chitin and chitosan,

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Sweden’s EcoDataCenter plans be the world’s first carbon negative data center

Sweden’s EcoDataCenter plans be the world’s first carbon negative data center

A big down side to the virtual world we’ve created is the amount of energy needed to power the devices and data centers needed to sustain it. But a new data center planned for construction in the

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How BioLite camping stoves are saving lives in developing countries

How BioLite camping stoves are saving lives in developing countries

Approximately 3 billion people around the world lack access to modern energy, and cook over open flames that billow smoke and cause severe respiratory illnesses. In fact, more premature deaths occur from

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6 ways people are using aerial drones for good

6 ways people are using aerial drones for good

Ambulance Drone Delft University graduate Alex Monton created an Ambulance Drone that can arrive to the accident scene as quickly as one minute after being dispatched. While an ambulance can take about

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The UK’s Lutz pod is the most adorable self-driving car to date

The UK’s Lutz pod is the most adorable self-driving car to date

In the United Kingdom, driverless cars are now deemed safe enough to be tested on roadways, paving the way for new vehicles, like the Lutz Pathfinder pod. The electric-powered pod can seat two people, go

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UK invests 314 times as much on fossil fuels than clean energy

UK invests 314 times as much on fossil fuels than clean energy

As nations around the globe look to clean energy to solve environmental and economic problems, the burden is on the wealthiest nations to lead the way. The UK has broken a promise to support green energy

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Bangladesh wants to become the world’s first “solar nation” by 2021

Bangladesh wants to become the world’s first “solar nation” by 2021

The Bangladeshi government intends for every household in the nation to be powered by solar energy by 2021. In the race to become the “first solar nation,” they hope to achieve this goal by focusing

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Spain reveals plans for first ever public streetlight system powered by wind and sun

Spain reveals plans for first ever public streetlight system powered by wind and sun

Spain will be home to the first public lighting system to be powered exclusively by solar and wind energy. Researcher Ramon Bargalló is the man behind the development, and he worked alongside the company

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SunZia wins federal OK for 515-mile wind energy transmission line

SunZia wins federal OK for 515-mile wind energy transmission line

The SunZia Southwest Transmission Project has passed its final environmental review by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Record of Decision (ROD) carrying the approval is

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How to build a solar farm in California—a profile on the Topaz Solar Farm

How to build a solar farm in California—a profile on the Topaz Solar Farm

  With its capacity to power 160,000 average-sized American homes, the Topaz Solar Farm in southern California is one of the largest solar farms in the world. This sea of 9 million solar panels

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Boeing, Etihad, GE and MIST to build world’s first aquaculture and biofuel plant at Masdar City

Boeing, Etihad, GE and MIST to build world’s first aquaculture and biofuel plant at Masdar City

Traditionally, biofuels have a bad reputation for eating up precious land and water resources and pilfering food from the world's hungry. But a groundbreaking new bioenergy pilot plant at Masdar City, Abu

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Germany more than doubled its wind power capacity in 2014

Germany more than doubled its wind power capacity in 2014

In 2014, Germany’s capacity for wind power generation jumped to more than double the previous year’s figures. The work of 543 offshore wind turbines establish Germany’s offshore wind power capacity

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Elon Musk announces plans to build a supersonic Hyperloop test track

Elon Musk announces plans to build a supersonic Hyperloop test track

As promised, billionaire inventor Elon Musk has revealed plans for his Hyperloop test track. Musk announced the news on Twitter, as is his habit, saying that the test track will “most likely” be

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Plant Power: Dutch company harvests electricity from living plants to power streetlights, Wi-Fi, and cell phones

Plant Power: Dutch company harvests electricity from living plants to power streetlights, Wi-Fi, and cell phones

A Dutch company harnesses electricity from living plants, and then uses it to power cell phone chargers, Wi-Fi hotspots, and now over 300 LED streetlights in two sites in the Netherlands. Plant-e debuted

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Korean researchers develop most efficient solar cell to date

Korean researchers develop most efficient solar cell to date

A Korean research team has achieved record level efficiency in solar cells, using a new formula for mixing perovskite structures. Perovskite is an inexpensive, abundant mineral, and the researchers have

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New plastic recycling process uses no water and cuts costs in half

New plastic recycling process uses no water and cuts costs in half

A Mexico-based tech company says it can recycle more than 90 percent of any type of plastic without using water. The new method also reduces costs by half without suffering any loss in quality,

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Watch Bill Gates drink water made from sewer sludge!

Watch Bill Gates drink water made from sewer sludge!

  In his quest to help save the planet, Bill Gates has literally tasted the next evolution in waste water technology: drinking water recycled from human waste. Gates visited the

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Tesla promises automated robotic snake charger

Tesla promises automated robotic snake charger

Tesla Motors is developing an automated metal ‘snake’ that would emerge from the wall and connect itself to the battery port on Tesla cars. Such an advancement would essentially create a hands-free

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Inhabitat’s top design stories of 2014 – vote for your favorite!

Inhabitat’s top design stories of 2014 – vote for your favorite!

Green design will save the world, and this year designers went all out with an incredible range of innovations. Sada brought us an incredible hubless folding bike while Klemmens Torggler introduced the

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Soleta ZeroEnergy One: Gorgeous Tiny Home Can be Remote Controlled by a Smartphone

Soleta ZeroEnergy One: Gorgeous Tiny Home Can be Remote Controlled by a Smartphone

Given its versatile and affordable design, the Soleta zeroEnergy One can be used as a tiny home, an office, or as a vacation home. It is constructed of all natural materials sourced locally, including

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Desolenator uses sunlight to purify water for less than the cost of a big screen TV

Desolenator uses sunlight to purify water for less than the cost of a big screen TV

Imagine a device the size of large, flat-screen TV that uses sunlight to produce fresh drinking water. Then imagine what you could do with that device. Would you reduce your own dependence on the grid?

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Green Climate Fund promises paradigm shift in clean energy funding

Green Climate Fund promises paradigm shift in clean energy funding

Here's good news for tackling climate change: the Green Climate Fund has announced it will only invest in energy projects that depart from “business as usual” and have a major impact to

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New solar-powered invention can make sea water drinkable

New solar-powered invention can make sea water drinkable

The world is rapidly reaching global water crisis mode with nearly one billion people lacking access to clean potable water. But a new solar-powered invention by award-winning British company Desolenator

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New Silent Wind Tree Turbines Make Energy Production Beautiful

New Silent Wind Tree Turbines Make Energy Production Beautiful

Three years of research have led a team of French engineers to produce their interpretation of wind energy for urban locations. The Wind Tree stands at 26 feet tall, and its branches adorn the

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Dubai Drives Cost of Solar Down to Record Low

Dubai Drives Cost of Solar Down to Record Low

The race to bring cheap solar energy to the marketplace has become Dubai’s triumph this month, as its state utility company, the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), has promised solar

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Albatern’s WaveNET Harvests Wave Energy With Giant Floating Squids

Albatern’s WaveNET Harvests Wave Energy With Giant Floating Squids

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AaSq3Ux_-Q Since 2007 Albatern, one of Scotland’s most radical wave energy companies, has been working on a new approach to wave energy harvesting. Their new WaveNET

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The Square Water Bottle by Clean Bottle has a Brilliant Modular Design

The Square Water Bottle by Clean Bottle has a Brilliant Modular Design

What if a team of Apple designers decided to create the perfect water bottle? It would have to be functional, innovative and, of course, good looking. Enter the Clean Bottle Square, version 2.0. The

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Rayworks Design Unveils Solar & Wind Powered Walkway

Rayworks Design Unveils Solar & Wind Powered Walkway

Rayworks Design recent design submission of a regenerative walkway and public display system to the Taipei International Design Competition 2014 (TIDC 2014) has some serious potential. The walkway

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Plantui: The First Hydroponic Smart Garden

Plantui: The First Hydroponic Smart Garden

Have you ever wanted to grow your own vegetables or herbs at home but felt like you were unable to do so because of a lack of space? If so, Plantui's Smart Garden could be the answer you've been looking

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This Mushroom Drone Will Biodegrade if it Crash Lands

This Mushroom Drone Will Biodegrade if it Crash Lands

What happens to a drone when it crash lands? Besides polluting or damaging a potentially sensitive environment, it could also mean, at least for the military, that people you are spying on will know,

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