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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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Machine Turns Syrupy Coca-Cola Back Into Fresh Drinking Water

Machine Turns Syrupy Coca-Cola Back Into Fresh Drinking Water

These days it seems like cola is absolutely everywhere, but drinkable water may not be. Helmut Smits points out that contradiction with a machine he calls "The Real Thing" that transforms unhealthy

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Sologic Unveils the First Ever Life-Sized eTree Charging Station

Sologic Unveils the First Ever Life-Sized eTree Charging Station

As Gizmag notes, the eTree harks to the Green Sun Rising Solar Benches that offer shade and device charging, as well as Wi-Fi Cows that populated the Glastonbury Festival in England last year. Along with

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The Top 10 Most Innovative Algae-Powered Designs

The Top 10 Most Innovative Algae-Powered Designs

Algae has many different qualities that we can draw upon, from edible varieties that make their way onto our dinner plates, to those whose bioluminescence can be harnessed for glow-in-the-dark

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New Fusion Reactor Concept Could Generate Unlimited Clean Energy Cheaper Than Coal

New Fusion Reactor Concept Could Generate Unlimited Clean Energy Cheaper Than Coal

Fusion energy is often associated with Hollywood fantasy - think Tony Stark's miniature Arc Reactor in "Iron Man." But could a virtually unlimited source of zero-emission power actually become a reality?

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Help Smart Hydro Power Bring Clean, Green Energy to a Peruvian Cocoa Plantation

Help Smart Hydro Power Bring Clean, Green Energy to a Peruvian Cocoa Plantation

Based in Feldafing, Germany, Smart Hydro Power is a start-up company with an incredible mission: they've been developing a power source that's fuelled by flowing river water. The SMART kinetic hydro

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Groundbreaking LightCatcher Dome Brings Natural Light into the Darkest Buildings

Groundbreaking LightCatcher Dome Brings Natural Light into the Darkest Buildings

There are many ways to brighten up dark spaces without mechanical assistance, but few are as efficient as the groundbreaking LightCatcher from EcoNation. The LightCatcher is a polycarbonate light dome

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Aquaman Crystal Could Allow Divers to Breathe Underwater Without Oxygen Tanks

Aquaman Crystal Could Allow Divers to Breathe Underwater Without Oxygen Tanks

If you’ve dreamed of being able to hang out underwater without the tether of an oxygen tank, get ready for your dream to become reality. Scientists have created a crystalline material that can actually

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6 Reasons Everyone Should Have One of These Awesome $15 Solar d.light Lanterns

6 Reasons Everyone Should Have One of These Awesome $15 Solar d.light Lanterns

1. They Are Tough While I like to take care of the few things that I own, it's impossible to own anything too delicate while living out of a van. Moving from place to place all the time, I regularly

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EnGo Public Charging Station is Powered by Kinetic Tiles and Solar Panels in Missouri

EnGo Public Charging Station is Powered by Kinetic Tiles and Solar Panels in Missouri

NYC-based tech startup Volta Group has just installed its first EnGo public charging station that powers mobile devices with a clean energy combo of kinetic tiles and solar panels. Students at Webster

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Breakthrough Extracts Hydrogen from Water 30 Times Faster

Breakthrough Extracts Hydrogen from Water 30 Times Faster

Scientists at the University of Glasgow have made an exciting clean energy production breakthrough: they've discovered a new method for extracting hydrogen from water that is not only safer than current

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Helsinki Builds 9 Million Gallon Underground Water Tank to Cool Local Buildings

Helsinki Builds 9 Million Gallon Underground Water Tank to Cool Local Buildings

Just when you thought Scandinavia couldn’t get any more eco-friendly, Helsinki ups the ante. The Finnish capital recently announced some major environmental initiatives aimed at making the city smarter

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Super-Portable Solar Briefcase Lets You Carry Solar Power Everywhere You Go

Super-Portable Solar Briefcase Lets You Carry Solar Power Everywhere You Go

Grab the handle of this self-contained solar device and go! SolarBriefcase is an amazing portable generator designed and assembled by North Carolina-based company, LinorTek. One of the most portable

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Help Save the World’s Oceans by Supporting the Ocean Cleanup Array!

Help Save the World’s Oceans by Supporting the Ocean Cleanup Array!

Plastic waste in the ocean is no joke - there are millions of tons of it out there, wreaking all kinds of havoc on sea life and the ocean's ecology. It’s easy to feel helpless, especially since the

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Seoul Installing Hydro-Powered Smartphone Charging Stations

Seoul Installing Hydro-Powered Smartphone Charging Stations

The smartphone capital of the world has found an innovative and environmentally-friendly way to charge all those homegrown Samsungs and other mobile devices—Seoul, South Korea, is planning to install

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NASA Confirms “Impossible” Propellant-free Microwave Thruster for Spacecraft Works!

NASA Confirms “Impossible” Propellant-free Microwave Thruster for Spacecraft Works!

Designs for a device called a microwave thruster, which could power spacecraft without the need for propellant, have been proposed since 2006. While the engine follows the principles of relativity theory

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