energy efficiency

Researchers Develop Battery-Free Wireless System to Power Mobile Devices

Researchers Develop Battery-Free Wireless System to Power Mobile Devices

Anyone with a mobile device has likely experienced the frustration of having to be reliant on a battery. The charge never lasts long enough, and finding a source of electricity on the run is a hassle.

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MIT’s Breakthrough Rechargeable Flow Battery Could Lower US Electric Bill and Carbon Footprint

MIT’s Breakthrough Rechargeable Flow Battery Could Lower US Electric Bill and Carbon Footprint

Researchers at MIT have engineered a new kind of rechargeable flow battery that could lead to a greater switch to renewable energy, such as wind and solar. Despite widespread support for renewable

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Redox Set to Launch Dishwasher-Sized ‘Cube’ Fuel Cells for 90% Less than Current Technologies

Redox Set to Launch Dishwasher-Sized ‘Cube’ Fuel Cells for 90% Less than Current Technologies

Fuel cells could provide a vital source of power for off-grid communities and cities experiencing hurricanes and thunderstorms - but existing units are expensive, massive, and they tend to run extremely

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Age Old Perovskite Mineral Offers Promise of Dirt Cheap Solar Power

Age Old Perovskite Mineral Offers Promise of Dirt Cheap Solar Power

Researchers have discovered that a mineral known to science for over a century has great potential for solar power applications. Perovskite, which is an abundant mineral first discovered in the Ural

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New Aerogel Fuel Cell Boasts 5x the Efficiency of Conventional Fuel Cells

New Aerogel Fuel Cell Boasts 5x the Efficiency of Conventional Fuel Cells

Fuel cells could be one of the our cleanest energy sources; they convert hydrogen into electricity, and their only waste byproduct is water. One of the biggest things holding back the technology, however,

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Australia’s Retrofitted Illawarra Flame House Takes Slight Lead in Solar Decathlon China

Australia’s Retrofitted Illawarra Flame House Takes Slight Lead in Solar Decathlon China

Named after a tree, the Illawarra Flame House comes equipped with a 9.4 kW photovoltaic system with two different kinds of cells, a grey water treatment and a rainwater capture system. It also features a

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Japanese Government and Auto Industry Team Up on $1.025 Billion EV Charging Plan

Japanese Government and Auto Industry Team Up on $1.025 Billion EV Charging Plan

Japan is pushing an ambitious $1.025 billion (100.5 Yuen) plan to install a national electric vehicle charging infrastructure powered by renewable energy, and the government is enlisting the help of the

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New York’s So-Called Greenest Skyscraper Actually Found to Be an Energy Hog

New York’s So-Called Greenest Skyscraper Actually Found to Be an Energy Hog

It looks like all that glitters is not LEED Gold (or LEED Platinum in the case of 1 Bryant Park). The NYC skyscraper has been called the greenest in the city but according to a report by The New Republic,

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MIT Creates World’s First ‘Perfect Mirror’ with Zero Distortion, Signaling Breakthrough for Solar Power

MIT Creates World’s First ‘Perfect Mirror’ with Zero Distortion, Signaling Breakthrough for Solar Power

Parabolic Solar Mirror photo from Shutterstock Scientists at MIT just announced that they have created the perfect mirror - and it could signal a breakthrough for solar power technology. The team's

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Jensen Architects’ Green “SHED” Takes Modern Grange Ideals to New Heights

Jensen Architects’ Green “SHED” Takes Modern Grange Ideals to New Heights

The SHED is designed as a Butler building, which is a pre-engineered metal building that is very familiar in the agricultural landscape. This large metal building houses two stories of flexible space for

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US DOE Announces Plan to Create Efficiency Standards for Computers and Servers

US DOE Announces Plan to Create Efficiency Standards for Computers and Servers

The Internet has greened many aspects of modern life, such as reducing resource extraction and emissions by digital distribution of mail, music, paper goods, and entertainment. Even so, the infrastructure

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INTERVIEW: Panasonic’s Haruyuki Ishio Gives Us the Inside Scoop About Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town

INTERVIEW: Panasonic’s Haruyuki Ishio Gives Us the Inside Scoop About Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town

INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little bit about Fujisawa SST and what Panasonic is hoping to accomplish with this new endeavor? Mr. Ishio: From the business perspective, our Fujisawa Sustainable Smart

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6 Hot Ways to Stay Cool Today

6 Hot Ways to Stay Cool Today

Temperatures are soaring across the northeastern US at present, with several areas experiencing their longest heatwaves in over a decade. If you're looking to keep cool through this sweltering summer, but

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to CodeGreen Solutions’ Stephen Rizzo About Greening Existing Buildings

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to CodeGreen Solutions’ Stephen Rizzo About Greening Existing Buildings

CodeGreen's own LEED Platinum office space in NYC INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little bit about CodeGreen and what it does? Stephen: CodeGreen finds solutions for bringing sustainability and efficiency

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7 Energy-Efficient Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer

7 Energy-Efficient Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer

As the summer heat intensifies, the temptation to blast the air conditioner can be unbearable - but it's bound to take a toll on your energy bill and the environment. Fortunately, there's lots of ways to

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7 Incredible Inventions by Teenage Wunderkinds

7 Incredible Inventions by Teenage Wunderkinds

An Ocean Clean Up Array to Remove 7,250,000 Tons of Plastic From the World's Oceans When we first covered Boyan Slat's Ocean Cleanup Array it generated a phenomenal amount of excitement, as well as

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Streamlined Croft House Hovers Like a Spacecraft in Australia

Streamlined Croft House Hovers Like a Spacecraft in Australia

James Stockwell exploited three sine curves to create the home's unique form, while relying on low embodied energy materials to fit in with the vernacular architecture of Victoria's south coast. Concrete

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Photovoltech’s “Energy Arch” in Belgium Produces a Whopping 50,000 KWh a Year

Photovoltech’s “Energy Arch” in Belgium Produces a Whopping 50,000 KWh a Year

Built back in 2007, Photovoltech's headquarters has become an icon for innovation within the Flemish city of Tienen. The sculptural building features an energy-generating arch on its front that is decked

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1,400 Solar Panels Power New Star-Shaped UN Headquarters in Copenhagen

1,400 Solar Panels Power New Star-Shaped UN Headquarters in Copenhagen

Located on an artificial island just north of Copenhagen's city center, UN City houses 1,700 UN staff. The eight-point star represents the UN's involvement in all reaches of the globe, and the perforated

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Three-Skinned Espinar House Has a Rooftop Garden with a View in Spain

Three-Skinned Espinar House Has a Rooftop Garden with a View in Spain

In part, the superior energy efficiency is achieved with a triple skin. The first includes a sandwich panel with OSB boards, extruded polystyrene foam insulation and waterproof chipboard that surrounds

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Researchers Discover Key to Super-Durable Ancient Roman Concrete

Researchers Discover Key to Super-Durable Ancient Roman Concrete

Concrete is one of the world's most widely-used building materials, and it has an enormous carbon footprint - but researchers recently unearthed clues to a more environmentally-friendly concrete mixture

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Sharp Unveils the World’s Most Efficient Solar Cell!

Sharp Unveils the World’s Most Efficient Solar Cell!

About a year ago, Sharp achieved a new solar cell efficiency record of 43.5% by using a lens-based system to focus sunlight directly onto the cells in order to generate electricity. Now, Sharp has done

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Clip-Air: Modular Transportation Capsules Carry Passengers by Land, Sea, or Air

Clip-Air: Modular Transportation Capsules Carry Passengers by Land, Sea, or Air

The layout of a train is a lot like an airplane or a bus in terms of packing a lot of people into a tube to move them somewhere else. So why not just load people into a train and then slap some wings on

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Cameron Scott Renovates a World War II Airbase into a Sustainable Single Family Farmhouse in England

Cameron Scott Renovates a World War II Airbase into a Sustainable Single Family Farmhouse in England

The owners of this property commissioned Scott to transform the existing airfield after seeing him at a timber construction conference. The farmland surrounding these Nissen huts had been without a

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The INLET Wall Socket Conserves Energy While Increasing Child Safety

The INLET Wall Socket Conserves Energy While Increasing Child Safety

Since its invention, the standard electrical outlet has changed little in function or appearance. The INLET by LivingPlug seeks to not only change the aesthetics of the standard wall socket, but to

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All-Solid Lithium Sulfur Battery Stores Four Times as Much Energy as Lithium Ion Batteries

All-Solid Lithium Sulfur Battery Stores Four Times as Much Energy as Lithium Ion Batteries

Researchers at the DoE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a lithium sulfur battery that is not only cheaper and safer than lithium ion batteries, but it can store four times as much

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S1 Solar LED Lamp by d.light Aims to Provide a Brighter Future for Rural Areas in Asia and Africa

S1 Solar LED Lamp by d.light Aims to Provide a Brighter Future for Rural Areas in Asia and Africa

With hopes of replacing hazardous kerosene wick lamps, d.light has created a series of affordable solar LED Lamps for areas without a reliable source of electricity. The lamp has an integrated solar

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Patrice Bideau’s Bioclimatic House in France Balances Beautiful Views With Energy Efficiency

Patrice Bideau’s Bioclimatic House in France Balances Beautiful Views With Energy Efficiency

The owners began their journey by purchasing a house in 2010 that was built in the 1970s. After an analysis of the home, the owners found that a retrofit would not bring the building up to 2005 French

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David Spurgeon’s Passive Solar Houseboat Conserves Energy in Sausalito

David Spurgeon’s Passive Solar Houseboat Conserves Energy in Sausalito

The history of Sausalito's houseboat community dates back to the late 19th century, when wealthy San Franciscans would keep floating holiday homes in Marin County. But after the devastating 1906

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Group-Two Design’s LED Chandelier is a Futuristic Interpretation of a Classic Light Fixture

Group-Two Design’s LED Chandelier is a Futuristic Interpretation of a Classic Light Fixture

Long gone are the old-fashioned chandeliers outfitted with incandescent light bulbs and enough ornament to put a Christmas tree to shame. Group-Two Design recently brought their ultra-modern LED

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