energy efficiency

Edison2′s New Very Light Car 4.0 Weighs Less than 1,100 Pounds

Edison2′s New Very Light Car 4.0 Weighs Less than 1,100 Pounds

Edison2 just unveiled the latest version of its Very Light Car (VLC) at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. An earlier version of the vehicle won the $5 million Automotive X Prize back in 2010,

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The World’s First Algae-Powered Building Opens in Hamburg

The World’s First Algae-Powered Building Opens in Hamburg

The world’s first algae-powered building just opened in Hamburg! Dubbed the BIQ House, the project features a bio-adaptive algae facade and it will serve as a testing bed for sustainable energy

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On Her Majesty’s Eco-Friendly Service: MI6 To Reveal Its Green Credentials

On Her Majesty’s Eco-Friendly Service: MI6 To Reveal Its Green Credentials

Britain's MI6—now known as The Secret Intelligence Service—is regarded as one of the world's leading intelligence agencies, and has a reputation for keeping its operations very much undercover.

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TLED Bulb: Philips Unveils World’s Most Efficient Warm-Glowing LED

TLED Bulb: Philips Unveils World’s Most Efficient Warm-Glowing LED

Philips has just unveiled the world's most energy-efficient LED bulb. The TLED bulb, still in the prototype stage, is based on tube lighting technology and provides a warmer glow than conventional LEDs.

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Newly Opened Phipps Conservatory Center for Sustainable Landscapes Aims for Trifecta of Green Certifications

Newly Opened Phipps Conservatory Center for Sustainable Landscapes Aims for Trifecta of Green Certifications

Designed by Pittsburgh-based The Design Alliance Architects (TDA Architects), this new 24,350 square foot building is the Center for Sustainable Landscapes and will provide educational space to expand and

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HOK Unveils Plans for New LEED Gold Medical Campus in Buffalo

HOK Unveils Plans for New LEED Gold Medical Campus in Buffalo

Last year, the State University of New York at Buffalo announced that it had selected HOK Architects to design a new School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences near downtown Buffalo. Now, almost a year

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3,587 MPG Hypermiling Vehicle Wins 1st Place at the 2013 Shell Eco-Marathon!

3,587 MPG Hypermiling Vehicle Wins 1st Place at the 2013 Shell Eco-Marathon!

The event featured an impressive collection of vehicles with low fuel consumption, powered by all types of sources, including gasoline, solar, electric, fuel cell, and more. The vehicles competed in two

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3D-Textured Solar Cells to be Tested on the International Space Station

3D-Textured Solar Cells to be Tested on the International Space Station

In one of the first experiments to take place on the outside of the International Space Station (ISS), a new type of 3D-textured solar cell will soak up 16 sunrises everyday from the "back porch" of the

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Apple’s Extravagant New Spaceship Campus Could Cost $2 Billion More Than Expected

Apple’s Extravagant New Spaceship Campus Could Cost $2 Billion More Than Expected

Just a few months before his death in 2011, Steve Jobs announced plans to build a new corporate campus for Apple in Cupertino City, California. Since then the initial $3 billion price tag for the

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New Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Reached an All-Time High in March 2013

New Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Reached an All-Time High in March 2013

Ever since 2007, the people at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute have tracked the fuel economy of cars purchased in the US. On Wednesday, the team released the numbers for March

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Nova Scotia Power’s New Headquarters is the First LEED-Certified Building in Atlantic Canada

Nova Scotia Power’s New Headquarters is the First LEED-Certified Building in Atlantic Canada

The building sits on a 5-acre site to the south of Halifax, Canada, and it connects the city to the waterfront. Its entrance is dominated by exposed steel framework reminiscent of the industrial look of

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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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Denmark Now 25 Percent Powered by Offshore Wind, Aims to Double Capacity by 2020

Denmark Now 25 Percent Powered by Offshore Wind, Aims to Double Capacity by 2020

Photo via Shutterstock Denmark has an impressive track record when it comes to the adoption of renewable energy, and the nation has been working quickly to develop its substantial offshore wind

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Researchers Create Efficient, Recyclable Solar Cells from Trees

Researchers Create Efficient, Recyclable Solar Cells from Trees

Researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology's Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE), in collaboration with Purdue University have unveiled a new efficient, recyclable organic solar cell

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NL Architects’ Home Topped with a Rooftop Pool Keeps Its Cool in Florida

NL Architects’ Home Topped with a Rooftop Pool Keeps Its Cool in Florida

In 2011, Andrew R, a Canadian entrepreneur, contacted NL Architects to request their services in designing a home in Del Ray Beach, Florida. He had plans to remove the existing 12,000 sq ft mansion and

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Jaw-Dropping Southern House in Australia Boasts Incredible 270 Degree Coastal Views

Jaw-Dropping Southern House in Australia Boasts Incredible 270 Degree Coastal Views

It isn't certain where exactly the Southern House is located, but there is no question that it is hands down one of the most attractive residential programs on Inhabitat. And if you detect a hint of Frank

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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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Spiraling Green-Roofed Espoo House Clad in Siberian Larch Up for Sale in Finland

Spiraling Green-Roofed Espoo House Clad in Siberian Larch Up for Sale in Finland

Listed on a real estate site in Finland, this curious Espoo House doesn't come cheap at €690,000, though admittedly we are not well versed on that country's current real estate market. But what makes it

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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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China’s Bruck House Apartment Complex Cuts Energy Use by 95%

China’s Bruck House Apartment Complex Cuts Energy Use by 95%

The new Bruck apartment complex was designed as a place where families who are interested sustainable housing but are unsure about it can take it for a test drive. By living in the building for a short

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Striking Energy-Efficient Balmain House Overlooks Sydney Harbor in Australia

Striking Energy-Efficient Balmain House Overlooks Sydney Harbor in Australia

Fox Johnston had a tiny lot to work with, though it wouldn't appear that way thanks to a deliberate effort to create the illusion of space. In part this is achieved by creating constant communication

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Kristina Kjaer’s Delightful Felt Lamp is Inspired by Woodland Fungi

Kristina Kjaer’s Delightful Felt Lamp is Inspired by Woodland Fungi

Danish product designer Kristina Kjaer needed a small lamp that could be hung above her wardrobe to light up her space. Kjaer took to building her own lamp using natural, biodegradable materials, giving

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SORAA Vivid: World’s First Full Visible Spectrum LED Bulb Wins 2013 Red Dot Product Award

SORAA Vivid: World’s First Full Visible Spectrum LED Bulb Wins 2013 Red Dot Product Award

SORAA just took home a 2013 Red Dot Product Design Award with their Vivid LED MR16 - which is the world’s first full visible spectrum bulb! The California-based company is the world’s leader in

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Coastal Solar-Powered Villa F Prefab Soaks Up the Sun in Greece

Coastal Solar-Powered Villa F Prefab Soaks Up the Sun in Greece

The seaside site is framed by an existing natural stone wall that was incorporated into the design. The entryway ducks just under the house through a cutout in the wall and large skylights in the roof

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IBM and DARPA’s Ultra-High-Speed Digital Data Link Sets Energy Efficiency Record

IBM and DARPA’s Ultra-High-Speed Digital Data Link Sets Energy Efficiency Record

The supercomputers of the future will be capable of amazing feats such as modeling global climate scenarios, running molecular-level simulations of cells, and designing nanostructures. In order to for

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Like a Houseboat: LEED Platinum Home Floats Above a Former Landfill in Texas

Like a Houseboat: LEED Platinum Home Floats Above a Former Landfill in Texas

Urban Reserve was designed as a sustainable neighborhood, made to reclaim the land from its landfill past. Encouraging minimal and space efficient homes, the area has become a beacon of modern urban

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Reflective Predator-Like Armor Clads the Cairns Botanical Gardens Visitor Center in Australia

Reflective Predator-Like Armor Clads the Cairns Botanical Gardens Visitor Center in Australia

The visitor center is clad in a series of flat panels that are each placed at different angles, warping the reflecting landscape in interesting ways. Likewise the building itself bends to accommodate

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