energy efficiency

Quebec university students design a car that gets an astounding 2,098 mpg

Quebec university students design a car that gets an astounding 2,098 mpg

We love zero fuel vehicles, but the next best thing is a mode of transportation that can take you reeeeeeally far on just a little fuel. Vehicles with that ability compete in the SAE Supermileage

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Herzog & de Meuron’s controversial triangle skyscraper wins approval from Paris city council

Herzog & de Meuron’s controversial triangle skyscraper wins approval from Paris city council

Back in November, the Paris city council voted to reject the proposal. This week’s vote overturns that decision, which had been criticized as invalid after some conservative councilmembers disclosed how

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London’s first underground farm to harvest first crop 100 feet below street level

London’s first underground farm to harvest first crop 100 feet below street level

London’s new underground farm is nearly open for business. We’ve reported on Growing Underground in the past, when the founders used crowdfunding to raise money for equipment. This week, London’s

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Europe will be 50% powered by renewable energy by 2030

Europe will be 50% powered by renewable energy by 2030

As a whole, the European Union has some of the boldest renewable energy goals out there; their current commitment is to source at least 27 percent of final energy consumption from renewable sources by

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House votes to stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

House votes to stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill, 247-180, to stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan until litigation on the plan has finished. The bill, called the Ratepayer Protection Act (H.R. 2042) goes to

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Net-zero Happy Meadow Courtyard House is a perfectly passive residence in North Carolina

Net-zero Happy Meadow Courtyard House is a perfectly passive residence in North Carolina

Happy Meadows Courtyard House is a modern, age-in-place, net zero passive house designed by Chapel Hill, NC, architect Arielle Condoret Schechter. Constructed primarily of 5500 psi concrete, the

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Chevrolet reveals 2016 Cruze with lighter, more powerful and more efficient design (PHOTOS)

Chevrolet reveals 2016 Cruze with lighter, more powerful and more efficient design (PHOTOS)

Chevrolet has just unveiled the last vehicle of its 2016 lineup, and it debuts on the heels of the company's most recent reveals integrating a lighter, more connected, and more energy-efficient design.

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Solar Impulse could be grounded in Japan for a whole year

Solar Impulse could be grounded in Japan for a whole year

Solar Impulse 2, the experimental solar-powered aircraft, has kept us on the edge of our seats as we’ve waited, day after day, for news of a second ocean crossing attempt. The first attempt resulted in

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Soup Architects create stylishly energy-efficient Garden Studios for an artsy London couple

Soup Architects create stylishly energy-efficient Garden Studios for an artsy London couple

The Colt House's art studios where designed for a London couple who spend three or four days a week at their country retreat. While he needed a bigger space for his large paintings, she required a

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Amy’s Kitchen to open all vegetarian drive thru near San Francisco this summer

Amy’s Kitchen to open all vegetarian drive thru near San Francisco this summer

Amy’s Kitchen, already a trusted name in vegetarian frozen meals and convenience foods, plans to open a drive thru restaurant about 50 miles north of San Francisco this summer. The restaurant will

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OOPEAA crafts Finland’s tallest wooden apartment block from sustainable CLT modules

OOPEAA crafts Finland’s tallest wooden apartment block from sustainable CLT modules

Created for housing developer Lakea Oy, Puukuokka is 'the tallest wooden apartment block in the country' according to its architect, Anssi Lassila. Situated in Kuokkala, the 8-storey building shelters a

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Beautiful adobe hotel in Bolivia belongs in a fairy tale

Beautiful adobe hotel in Bolivia belongs in a fairy tale

With shelters shaped like a tortoise, a teepee, a sea tower and a snail among other natural forms, Las Olas can be easily spotted down from the bay. As it's built on a slope, each room gets both, privacy

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Climate Hope City: The Guardian unveils the ideal green city in Minecraft

Climate Hope City: The Guardian unveils the ideal green city in Minecraft

Lush, green rooftop gardens and multi-story farms growing fruits and vegetables for the people in the city. Hydrogen-powered boats that sail down crystal-clear rivers and canals and “strange,

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V3Solar’s spinning solar cells generate 20 times more electricity than flat photovoltaics

V3Solar’s spinning solar cells generate 20 times more electricity than flat photovoltaics

If there's one constant among the vast majority of solar panel designs, it's flatness; while solar panels can be equipped to tilt to follow the sun's path through the course of the day, there are still

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Can the Republican Party accidentally save the environment?

Can the Republican Party accidentally save the environment?

You can certainly cause climate change without actually believing in it, but is it possible to save the environment while still denying climate change even exists? A new video by The Guardian suggests

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Paper-thin printed solar cells could provide power for 1.3 billion people

Paper-thin printed solar cells could provide power for 1.3 billion people

Over the past several decades, the cost of solar power has declined dramatically, from $40/watt in 1977 to $0.74/watt in 2013. This trend is expected to accelerate as improvements in efficiency and new

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New FBI Florida Headquarters will be completely self-sustaining by 2030

New FBI Florida Headquarters will be completely self-sustaining by 2030

“This building expresses the dignity, enterprise, vigor, and stability of the United States government, while the landscape connects to the native environment by restoring wetlands and vegetation

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The world’s fastest bike can go over 80 miles per hour

The world’s fastest bike can go over 80 miles per hour

Cyclists roll through Copenhagen, one of the world's greatest cycling cities, at an average speed of 10 miles per hour (15.5km/h). Imagine them flying along at more than four times faster without any

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HOW TO: Make a $5 wind-powered phone charger for your bike

HOW TO: Make a $5 wind-powered phone charger for your bike

[gallery_extended] To make this all-in-one wind turbine power bank you need to get an old CPU fan, an old phone battery (or a 18650 cell), a small switch and a bike support element. Also get

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Elon Musk says Tesla Model X will arrive as early as this September

Elon Musk says Tesla Model X will arrive as early as this September

As per usual, Tesla CEO Elon Musk was full of exciting news at the annual shareholders meeting, held on Tuesday in Mountain View, California. The pinnacle of his speech was an update on the long-awaited

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Solar-powered Smart Palms provide beachgoers with Wi-Fi and charging stations

Solar-powered Smart Palms provide beachgoers with Wi-Fi and charging stations

Related: + Smart Palm Solar Smart Palms, Al Mamzar beach, solar power, dubai, sustainable design,

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Dyson has developed an LED lamp that lasts for 37 years

Dyson has developed an LED lamp that lasts for 37 years

The folks who make vacuum cleaners that don’t lose suction have launched a lightbulb that doesn’t lose brightness—for 37 years. Dyson has developed a proprietary LED that they believe will last for

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How to build the perfect fire, according to a Duke University engineer

How to build the perfect fire, according to a Duke University engineer

Adrian Bejan understands the shape of the perfect fire. And you can build one, right in your own fire pit. In a study published in Nature Scientific Reports, Bejan, a professor of mechanical engineering

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GE’s new dome-shaped wind turbine generates more electricity

GE’s new dome-shaped wind turbine generates more electricity

Perhaps the most interesting thing about technology of any kind is its ability to be adapted and improved. For wind turbines, GE’s New ecoROTR is that kind of advancement. The addition looks like

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Tesla co-founder Ian Wright is transforming garbage trucks into electric green machines

Tesla co-founder Ian Wright is transforming garbage trucks into electric green machines

Ian Wright is one of the co-founders of Tesla who doesn’t often make headlines, especially since he left the electric car company in 2005 when it was still a startup. His latest venture, Wrightspeed, is

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This rubber jointed LED table lamp can bend in any direction like Gumby

This rubber jointed LED table lamp can bend in any direction like Gumby

Manufacturer of lighting solutions, Curio Design, unveiled their minimalist Hype lamp collection at New York Design week and the company will start shipping the items this summer. These dynamically shaped

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The Lilypad tiny house in Portland features two loft spaces and a lot of personality

The Lilypad tiny house in Portland features two loft spaces and a lot of personality

Picture Move over, all you clutter-free tiny houses with stark interiors and no sign of personality, there's a new kid on the block. This Portland tiny home, dubbed the Lilypad, is a riot of color,

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UK Student Builds Surprisingly Sturdy Stools With Bacteria, Sand and Pee

UK Student Builds Surprisingly Sturdy Stools With Bacteria, Sand and Pee

Edinburgh College of Art student Peter Trimble has built a ready-made machine for making compostable furniture. Called Dupe, the machine converts sand, urine and bacteria into a new biomaterial similar to

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Danish architects deck out Viborg town hall with green roofs and solar panels

Danish architects deck out Viborg town hall with green roofs and solar panels

The new town hall building in Viborg, Denmark is a marvel of sustainable and striking design, thanks to Henning Larson Architects. Features of the complex stay true to the clean, sharp artistry of the

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s historic home cuts energy bill 60% with over 2,000 LEDs

Frank Lloyd Wright’s historic home cuts energy bill 60% with over 2,000 LEDs

Two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s historic estates are being updated with super efficient LEDs as part of an overall effort to reduce energy use, while keeping true to Wright's vision. Taliesin West and

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