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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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Researchers Design Synthetic Trees to Produce Algal Biofuels and Water

Researchers Design Synthetic Trees to Produce Algal Biofuels and Water

In the global effort to wean ourselves from fossil fuels, scientists have been looking towards algal biofuels as renewable sources of energy. Microalgae is capable of using sunlight and carbon dioxide to

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Recycled Cooking Fat to Power Equivalent of Nearly 40,000 London Homes

Recycled Cooking Fat to Power Equivalent of Nearly 40,000 London Homes

Image via Shutterstock Every month London spends £1 million cleaning up its sewers, which are clogged with a greasy mass of cooking oils. Now Thames Water and the utility company 20C have unveiled

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Scientists Engineer Algae to Make Nanocellulose for Biofuel and Supermaterials

Scientists Engineer Algae to Make Nanocellulose for Biofuel and Supermaterials

If you like vinegar, kombucha, durable textiles, and also enjoy driving your car, then welcome to the future of biofuels and supermaterials! Dr. R. Malcom Brown Jr. has pioneered research that uses

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Researchers Find Way to Extract Hydrogen from Any Plant in Potential Breakthrough for Fuel Cells

Researchers Find Way to Extract Hydrogen from Any Plant in Potential Breakthrough for Fuel Cells

In a breakthrough that could be a game-changer for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, researchers at Virginia Tech have discovered a way to extract large amounts of hydrogen from any plant. Current methods of

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Scientists Successfully 3D Print the Skeleton of a Live Animal

Scientists Successfully 3D Print the Skeleton of a Live Animal

3D printing is already capable of fabricating a beak for an injured bald eagle and three-quarters of a prosthetic human skull. Now, scientists at the University of Notre Dame have successfully recreated

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The Solar Photovoltaic Industry is Finally Set to Become a Net Energy Producer

The Solar Photovoltaic Industry is Finally Set to Become a Net Energy Producer

Solar Panel photo from Shutterstock Solar panels offer a clean source of alternative energy - but ironically, the solar industry has a significant carbon footprint due to its reliance on coal and

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Pollux’NZ City Project Deploys an Open-Source Environmental Monitoring Network

Pollux’NZ City Project Deploys an Open-Source Environmental Monitoring Network

An open-source environmental monitoring network is now being tested in France by CKAB, a French consulting firm and innovation lab focusing on the Internet of Things. According to Hack a Day, the project,

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Researchers Harness Bacteria to Make Clean ‘Bio-Batteries’

Researchers Harness Bacteria to Make Clean ‘Bio-Batteries’

When you think of bacteria, the last word that might come to mind is "clean." However, researchers at the University of East Anglia have made a breakthrough in battery technology that will allow microbes

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New Ultra Thin Invisibility Cloak Hides 3D Objects from Microwaves

New Ultra Thin Invisibility Cloak Hides 3D Objects from Microwaves

Photo via Shutterstock Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin have devised a new kind of invisibility cloak that can hide 3D objects from micro waves. Comprised of an ultralight layer

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Elementary School Students Crowd-Source Solar Panels to Take Their Classroom Off the Grid

Elementary School Students Crowd-Source Solar Panels to Take Their Classroom Off the Grid

In elementary school, we are taught to work together, share, and dream big. Students from a fourth grade class in Durham, North Carolina took these lessons to heart when they decided to make their

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Study Finds Wind Farm “Sickness” is Largely a Propaganda-Induced Ailment in Australia

Study Finds Wind Farm “Sickness” is Largely a Propaganda-Induced Ailment in Australia

Claims of illnesses related to the presence of wind farms have spread throughout Australia lately like a bad high school rumor. While many believe they are experiencing a real sickness, a report by Simon

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6 Ways Copenhagen Plans to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2025

6 Ways Copenhagen Plans to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2025

Image via Shutterstock 1. Install More Renewable Energy In an interview with Huffington Post, Mayor Jensen briefly outlined his vision for achieving carbon neutrality in Copenhagen by 2025. Not

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