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bSolar’s Double-Sided Photovoltaic Cells Produce Up to 50% More Energy

bSolar’s Double-Sided Photovoltaic Cells Produce Up to 50% More Energy

Standard photovoltaic cells only harvest energy from a single surface - the side facing the sun. Israeli startup bSolar has found a way to improve upon this unidirectional design with a double-sided solar

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Thai Beehive-Style Apartment Lives Off the Waste of Existing Buildings

Thai Beehive-Style Apartment Lives Off the Waste of Existing Buildings

Thai architects Achawin Laohavichairat, Montakan Manosong, and Peerapon Karunwiwat have conceptualized a fascinating beehive-style apartment that lives off the waste of existing buildings. Instead of

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“Lit” Light Bulb Combines LED Technology With Fiber Optics

“Lit” Light Bulb Combines LED Technology With Fiber Optics

The “Lit” concept bulb designed by Elie Ahovi is an extremely elegant and innovative combination of LED and fiber optic technology, and could pave the way for incandescent replacements of the

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UNStudio Center for Virtual Engineering (ZVE) Earns Gold Sustainability Certification

UNStudio Center for Virtual Engineering (ZVE) Earns Gold Sustainability Certification

An experiment in constructing offices to promote communication, experimentation and creativity, ZVE is comprised of a main curved structure with rows of horizontal windows that open to permit natural

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The Solar-Powered Groundhouse in Brittany is a Designer Earth-Rammed Home

The Solar-Powered Groundhouse in Brittany is a Designer Earth-Rammed Home

The Living Building Challenge promotes the most sustainable development possible and we would venture a guess that the Groundhouse would at least come really close to meeting their requirements. Yes, that

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Charming Post-Carbon Homestead is Built From Recycled Tires and Shipping Pallets

Charming Post-Carbon Homestead is Built From Recycled Tires and Shipping Pallets

The site and design optimize daylighting and solar gain during the cold winter months while the windows were placed strategically to capture the prevailing breeze and allow hot air to escape during

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Honda’s Thin-Film Solar Panels Provide Power for Penguins at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Honda’s Thin-Film Solar Panels Provide Power for Penguins at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Honda has announced that its new thin-film solar cell technology is now being used at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. As the founding sponsor of the Aquarium, Honda is providing the

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Boeing’s Hydrogen-Powered ‘Phantom Eye’ Successfully Completes Its First Flight

Boeing’s Hydrogen-Powered ‘Phantom Eye’ Successfully Completes Its First Flight

Boeing's drone aircraft, the Phantom Eye UAV, just completed its debut autonomous flight on June 1 at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The aircraft intially

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Germany Sets New Solar Record By Meeting Nearly Half of Country’s Weekend Power Demand

Germany Sets New Solar Record By Meeting Nearly Half of Country’s Weekend Power Demand

Germany fed a whopping 22 gigawatts of solar power per hour into the national grid last weekend, setting a new record by meeting nearly half of the country's weekend power demand. After the Fukushima

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Scientists Trap a Rainbow With an Array of “Invisibility Cloaks”

Scientists Trap a Rainbow With an Array of “Invisibility Cloaks”

Researchers from Towson University have come close to making science-fiction an everyday reality by “trapping” a rainbow. Most people are familiar with the idea of a cloaking device or

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WikiHouse is a 3D-Printed Home That Uses Zero Bolts (Video)

WikiHouse is a 3D-Printed Home That Uses Zero Bolts (Video)

WikiHouse places emphasis on using locally-sourced materials in a design that is easy to construct so that just about anyone can build their own printed home. Notice that the designers at La Rinascente

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Groundbreaking Earth 2 Hub Platform Reboots Approaches to Sustainability (VIDEO)

Groundbreaking Earth 2 Hub Platform Reboots Approaches to Sustainability (VIDEO)

If you are a scientist, designer, filmmaker, or any kind of environmentally-conscious creative person who is tired of zipped-up and dull sustainability science, then Earth 2 Hub might be the solution

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Solar Thermal STEP Method Could Make Cement Production Greenhouse Gas-Free

Solar Thermal STEP Method Could Make Cement Production Greenhouse Gas-Free

The cement manufacturing process has a staggering carbon footprint - said to be responsible for up to 7 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, the industry releases around 9 lbs of carbon dioxide for

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The SAVortex Is the World’s Most Efficient Hand Dryer

The SAVortex Is the World’s Most Efficient Hand Dryer

SAVortex is known for designing, manufacturing, and launching the world's most efficient hand dryer--the Vortex 550. Inhabitat recently caught up with founder Syed Ahmed at the Cleantech Forum in San

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First Offshore Wind Energy Turbine Project Approved in Virginia

First Offshore Wind Energy Turbine Project Approved in Virginia

Yesterday Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced that a 479-foot-tall five-megawatt wind turbine generator prototype has been approved for construction in the lower Chesapeake Bay. The project will be

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Alain Gilles’ Nomad Solar-Powered Portable Lamp is Much Safer Than Kerosene

Alain Gilles’ Nomad Solar-Powered Portable Lamp is Much Safer Than Kerosene

Addressing a string of deadly kerosene lamp accidents in slums that have killed hundreds of people and left even more homeless, designer Alain Gilles created a safer alternative called the Nomad solar

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Scientists Discover That Tiny Fractal Trees Could Hold Key to More Efficient Solar Cells

Scientists Discover That Tiny Fractal Trees Could Hold Key to More Efficient Solar Cells

A team of chemists at the University of California, Davis believe that the future of solar technology may lie in cells made from a film of tiny silver nitrate fractal trees. The research team, led by

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Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun is an Affordable Solar-Powered LED Lamp

Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun is an Affordable Solar-Powered LED Lamp

These fantastic solar-powered LED lights by LittleSun are designed by German Artist Olafur Eliasson and innovator Frederick Ottesen to provide a practical, safe, and efficient source of artificial light

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Apple Announces Plans to Build America’s Largest End User–Owned Onsite Solar Array

Apple Announces Plans to Build America’s Largest End User–Owned Onsite Solar Array

As Apple's social record undergoes continued scrutiny the company just released its 2012 environmental report, which unveils plans to build America's largest end user-owned onsite solar array at its

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Night Heron Wind Turbines Made of Scraps Make Rural Kenyans Energy Independent

Night Heron Wind Turbines Made of Scraps Make Rural Kenyans Energy Independent

These amazing Night Heron wind turbines made of locally-sourced scraps give rural Kenyans a whole new lease on life. Based on Hugh Piggot's open source design, the turbines are built from recycled car

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Solar-Powered Sunplugged Rubbish Bins are Roving Music and Business Kiosks (VIDEO)

Solar-Powered Sunplugged Rubbish Bins are Roving Music and Business Kiosks (VIDEO)

Sunplugged solar-powered bins are mobile, relatively lightweight, and easily adapted to different functions. The completed prototype featured in this post has a solar panel fitted to the lid of the heavy

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Greenpeace Rates Google Highest on Its Cool IT Leaderboard Ranking Green Companies

Greenpeace Rates Google Highest on Its Cool IT Leaderboard Ranking Green Companies

Greenpeace just released their fifth annual Cool IT Leaderboard, which rates huge IT companies for their green initiatives - and this year Google pulled ahead of the pack. The internet giant got the most

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The Boulder EV is the First Electric Commercial Truck Capable of Reaching 70mph

The Boulder EV is the First Electric Commercial Truck Capable of Reaching 70mph

Boulder Electric Vehicle just sold the first commercial electric truck capable of hitting 70 mph to Precision Plumbing and Electric. The company's new fleet will use only one half-kilowatt hour per mile

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Fuel-Saving Wonderbags Keep Cooking Food Long After You Turn Off the Heat

Fuel-Saving Wonderbags Keep Cooking Food Long After You Turn Off the Heat

So how does the Wonderbag work? It couldn't be more simple. Users simply put their pot of food on the stove - it can be a stew, rice, maize meal, or other staples. Once it has been brought to a boil, the

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US Has a “Recessionary Hangover” According to Greenbiz 2012 Report

US Has a “Recessionary Hangover” According to Greenbiz 2012 Report

Greenbiz.com recently released their free, downloadable “State of Green Business 2012″ report and some of the statistics are quite surprising. The report begins by explaining the stalemate on

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Geothermally-Heated Thomas Eco House in Washington State is Also Wired for Solar

Geothermally-Heated Thomas Eco House in Washington State is Also Wired for Solar

Located on an 11 acre site in Stanwood, Washington with views of the iconic Mt. Rainier, this striking family home has achieved the ultimate in energy efficiency with high and low technology, and good old

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NASA-Patented Technology Purifies Vittori Lab’s Greenery-Filled AirTrain

NASA-Patented Technology Purifies Vittori Lab’s Greenery-Filled AirTrain

Even though trains are considered more eco-friendly than a pile of people driving their own cars, let's face it - they aren't exactly the freshest green places to hang out. So Vittori Lab and a handful of

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Paypal Founder Backs Blueseed’s Visa-Free Floating City in California

Paypal Founder Backs Blueseed’s Visa-Free Floating City in California

A genius startup called Blueseed recently announced that Paypal founder Peter Thiel has offered to help secure financing for a visa-free floating city off the California coast. This

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Scotland to Build Two-Blade Offshore Wind Turbine with Helicopter Landing Pad

Scotland to Build Two-Blade Offshore Wind Turbine with Helicopter Landing Pad

A unique, two-blade wind turbine that features a helicopter landing pad will soon be rising off the eastern coast of Scotland. Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing announced this week that the Scottish

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Toto’s Poop Bike NEO Completes Its 870 Mile Journey Across Japan!

Toto’s Poop Bike NEO Completes Its 870 Mile Journey Across Japan!

We are so excited to learn that the amazing Toilet Bike Neo has completed its poop-powered 870 mile journey across Japan! Earlier this year, top toilet maker Toto unveiled their talking three-wheeled

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