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Apple Announces Plans to Build 20MW Solar Farm to Power Reno Data Center

Apple Announces Plans to Build 20MW Solar Farm to Power Reno Data Center

Earlier this spring, environmentalists cheered when Apple announced that it would power its largest data center in Maiden, North Carolina entirely with renewable energy. Now, Apple is following that up

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Spanish Town Become World’s First to Run its Vehicles on Sewage

Spanish Town Become World’s First to Run its Vehicles on Sewage

Photo via Shutterstock Say you're a small town looking to add some green energy options to your city. You could invest in good old wind or solar power, or in the case of one Spanish town, you could

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Could the Citi Bike System Be Used to Generate Pedal-Powered Energy for NYC?

Could the Citi Bike System Be Used to Generate Pedal-Powered Energy for NYC?

The media has been all over the fact that opportunistic New Yorkers have been using docked Citi Bikes as their own personal exercise machines, but what if all of that pedal power could actually be put to

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16-Year-Old Develops a New Way to Turn Algae into Fuel

16-Year-Old Develops a New Way to Turn Algae into Fuel

While other 16-year-olds were watching TV and hanging out with their friends, St. Petersburg, Florida-native Evie Sobczak was hard at work in her garage developing a device that turns algae into

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AT&T Unveils Solar-Powered Street Charge Phone Charging Stations in NYC

AT&T Unveils Solar-Powered Street Charge Phone Charging Stations in NYC

Yesterday, AT&T, Goal Zero and Pensa unveiled Street Charge, a new way for New Yorkers to charge their phones on-the-go using solar power. The new tree-like modules will be placed around the five boroughs

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MS PlanetSolar Turanor: World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Docks in NYC

MS PlanetSolar Turanor: World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Docks in NYC

Inhabitat is getting our sea legs this morning aboard the world's largest solar-powered boat, which docked today at the North Cove Marina in downtown Manhattan. NYC is the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar's second

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Tesla to Make Superchargers More Efficient and Expand Network to 98 Percent of the US

Tesla to Make Superchargers More Efficient and Expand Network to 98 Percent of the US

Part of what makes the Tesla such an attractive option for an electric vehicle is its supercharger network, which provides free, clean juice to keep the journey going. But right now, there are only eight

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Siemens to Harvest Energy from Speeding Trains With America’s First Regenerative Energy Storage Unit

Siemens to Harvest Energy from Speeding Trains With America’s First Regenerative Energy Storage Unit

Image via Shutterstock Siemens just announced plans to harvest energy from speeding trains by installing America's first regenerative braking energy storage system on the new TriMet Portland-Milwaukie

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New Jersey Approves $447 Million Solar Power Program

New Jersey Approves $447 Million Solar Power Program

New Jersey just announced a major $447 million solar power initiative that includes an incentive for private citizens to add solar arrays to their homes. The plan proposed by Public Service Electric and

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Gyula Bodonyi’s Algae Powered LED is Truly a “Green” Light Bulb

Gyula Bodonyi’s Algae Powered LED is Truly a “Green” Light Bulb

The tear-shaped bulb is made up of an air pump, LED, hidrophob container, PC Shell, and air outlet. The system sucks in carbon dioxide and water through the pump near the E27 screw-top, and as the air

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Scientists Create World’s Most Complex Biomolecular Computer

Scientists Create World’s Most Complex Biomolecular Computer

Scientists at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed a powerful new biomolecular computing device that could significantly advance gene therapy and cloning. Professor Ehud Keinan of

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The ‘Altoids Sours’ BBQ Grill Is Curiously Awesome!

The ‘Altoids Sours’ BBQ Grill Is Curiously Awesome!

Talk about upcycling -- this tiny barbeque grill is made from a single Altoids Sours tin, two salvaged computer fan guards and a handful of nuts and screws, and it's big enough to handle a wiener or a

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OsmoBlue Discovers a New Way to Turn Waste Heat into Electricity

OsmoBlue Discovers a New Way to Turn Waste Heat into Electricity

The heat emitted from waste incinerators, refineries, and data processors could soon become much more useful, thanks to a discovery by the startup OsmoBlue. The Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

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Australian Researchers Propose Turning Millions of Tons of Pig Waste into Alternative Energy for China

Australian Researchers Propose Turning Millions of Tons of Pig Waste into Alternative Energy for China

Photo via Shutterstock Where there are million of animals, there are millions of tons of waste. In a clever solution to a major waste disposal problem, Australian researchers have found a way to

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Australia’s Largest Solar Cell Printer Can Spit Out a Photovoltaic Panel Every Two Seconds

Australia’s Largest Solar Cell Printer Can Spit Out a Photovoltaic Panel Every Two Seconds

An incredible new printer at the University of Melbourne has allowed researchers to print solar cells up to the size of an A3 sheet of paper. Developed in collaboration between the Victorian Organic Solar

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Liquid Solar Cells Could One Day be as Cheap as Paint

Liquid Solar Cells Could One Day be as Cheap as Paint

Researchers at SUNY Buffalo are working on a new generation of liquid solar cells that may one day be as cheap as paint. Although they would be significantly less efficient than conventional solar cells

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Fluorescent Dye Boosts Solar Cell Efficiency by a Whopping 38 Percent

Fluorescent Dye Boosts Solar Cell Efficiency by a Whopping 38 Percent

Yale researchers recently discovered a way to boost the efficiency of solar cells by a whopping 38 percent by coating them with a fluorescent dye. Polymer solar cells are popular for their low cost, low

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NRG Energy’s New Solar Canopy Offers a Grid-Free Alternative to Rooftop Solar

NRG Energy’s New Solar Canopy Offers a Grid-Free Alternative to Rooftop Solar

The 10ft tall Solar Canopy measures 14 x 15 ft and has eight solar panels on its roof. This can generate 2.4 kilowatts of energy, or enough to cover half of a standard home's energy usage. NRG will offer

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13 Things We Learned from Some of the World’s Smartest People at Fortune Brainstorm Green 2013

13 Things We Learned from Some of the World’s Smartest People at Fortune Brainstorm Green 2013

For those who think that environmentalism is just for hippies, actor Harrison Ford and Peter Seligman, Chairman and CEO of Conservation International, kicked off the conference with a discussion that

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UGE Rolls Out Solar and Wind-Powered LED Streetlights in PingQuan, China

UGE Rolls Out Solar and Wind-Powered LED Streetlights in PingQuan, China

Urban Green Energy Inc has installed 120 solar and wind-powered streetlights in PingQuan, situated in the Hebei province of China. Instead of opting for costly traditional lights that would have needed to

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Scientists Create Solar Cell Material Using an Old Microwave Oven

Scientists Create Solar Cell Material Using an Old Microwave Oven

Photo via Shutterstock Metallurgists at the University of Utah have cooked up an ingenious way to produce solar cells using something that nearly everyone has right at home: a microwave oven.

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Solar and Wind-Powered Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station Wins International Competition

Solar and Wind-Powered Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station Wins International Competition

A symbol of Brazil's contribution to science and design, Estudio 41's concept proposal was carefully constructed to ensure a protective shell that would preserve not only the fragile humans living in this

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Verizon Announces $100 Million Green Energy Project to Power 19 US Facilities

Verizon Announces $100 Million Green Energy Project to Power 19 US Facilities

Inhabitat is reporting live from the Fortune Brainstorm Green conference today, where Verizon just announced a massive $100 million solar and fuel cell energy project that will provide power to 19 of its

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Organovo 3D-Prints the World’s First Tiny Human Livers

Organovo 3D-Prints the World’s First Tiny Human Livers

San Diego-based bioprinting company Organovo has successfully created functional 3D-printed livers—albeit very, very tiny ones. At half a millimeter deep by four millimeters wide, the livers will likely

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Panasonic to Donate 100,000 Solar Lanterns to Nations Without Electricity

Panasonic to Donate 100,000 Solar Lanterns to Nations Without Electricity

Panasonic will celebrate its 100th anniversary by donating 100,000 solar lanterns to help some of the one billion people without access to electricity in developing countries across Asia and Africa by

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IEA Report States Clean Energy Uptake is Too Slow to Calm Global Warming

IEA Report States Clean Energy Uptake is Too Slow to Calm Global Warming

Photo via Shutterstock Despite significant gains in both large scale solar and wind energy throughout the globe, a new report released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) states that the rapid

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Europe’s TyGRe Project Turns Old Tires Into Energy and Valuable Materials

Europe’s TyGRe Project Turns Old Tires Into Energy and Valuable Materials

Photo via Shutterstock When tires reach the end of the road, they often wind polluting the environment in landfills. In Europe alone, 3 million tons of tires are produced each year - and 60-70% of them

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Tiny Tin Nanocrystals Help Form the Lithium-Ion Battery of the Future

Tiny Tin Nanocrystals Help Form the Lithium-Ion Battery of the Future

From cell phones to electric vehicles, lithium-ion batteries are the power pack of choice. They are capable of keeping large amounts of energy in a small space with relatively little weight, making them

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LIFESAVER Jerrycans Literally Save Lives with 5 Gallons of Pure Drinking Water

LIFESAVER Jerrycans Literally Save Lives with 5 Gallons of Pure Drinking Water

Gizmag reports that the LIFESAVER Jerrycan eliminates 99.999995 percent of bacteria and 99.999 percent of viruses is contaminated water, making it a fantastic solution for people who live in areas that

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PowerWINDow: New Bird-Safe Turbine Can Generate Clean, Quiet, Affordable Wind Power in Cities

PowerWINDow: New Bird-Safe Turbine Can Generate Clean, Quiet, Affordable Wind Power in Cities

Wind turbines offer a great way to generate clean power, but they doesn’t exactly work in a city. So Professor Farzad Safaei, Director of the University of Wollongong’s ICT Research Institute, decided

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