Renewable Energy

Rice University’s Carbon Nanotube Paint Turns Any Surface Into A Solar Battery

Rice University’s Carbon Nanotube Paint Turns Any Surface Into A Solar Battery

Carbon nanotubes have been used in everything from energy-free lights to oil spill clean-up technology, and now a team from Rice University has used them to develop a paint that transforms any surface

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BOOK REVIEW: “Harvesting Space for a Greener Earth” Looks at Solving Earth’s Problems with Solutions in Our Own Solar System

BOOK REVIEW: “Harvesting Space for a Greener Earth” Looks at Solving Earth’s Problems with Solutions in Our Own Solar System

In Harvesting Space for a Greener Earth (Springer), authors Greg Matloff, C Bangs, and Les Johnson provide refreshing potential solutions for the human race to start looking at our problems from the big

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Spiky Sea Urchin-Inspired Hydroelectric House Converts Wave Energy into Electricity

Spiky Sea Urchin-Inspired Hydroelectric House Converts Wave Energy into Electricity

Cast in concrete, the outer semi-circular shell attaches the house to the shoreline with sand foundations. Solar cells line the outer shell to take advantage of Cape Town's abundant sunshine however; the

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Solar Power Generator!

DIY: How to Make Your Own Solar Power Generator!

Solar power is a clean, renewable energy source that can help limit climate change by liberating us from fossil fuels - but do you know what actually makes the technology tick? It's not as complex as it

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Janine Benyus, Author and Founder of Biomimicry 3.8

VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Janine Benyus, Author and Founder of Biomimicry 3.8

In 1997, biologist and innovation consultant Janine Benyus, released her first book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In this publication she coined the term 'biomimicry' and laid the groundwork

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New Study Reveals the Truth About Wind Turbines and Bird Deaths

New Study Reveals the Truth About Wind Turbines and Bird Deaths

Naysayers like to point to wind turbines as brutal bird-killing machines, wiping out huge populations of birds, but new research sheds some new light on the controversy. According to a massive study

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EnGo Public Charging Station is Powered by Kinetic Tiles and Solar Panels in Missouri

EnGo Public Charging Station is Powered by Kinetic Tiles and Solar Panels in Missouri

NYC-based tech startup Volta Group has just installed its first EnGo public charging station that powers mobile devices with a clean energy combo of kinetic tiles and solar panels. Students at Webster

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German Village Produces 500% of its Energy from Renewable Sources

German Village Produces 500% of its Energy from Renewable Sources

Wildpoldsried, a Bavarian village of about 2,600 residents, is leading the way in Germany's extraordinary renewable energy transformation. Over the past 17 years, the village has invested in a holistic

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Liquipel’s Hydrophobic Nanocoating Makes Gadgets Completely Waterproof!

Liquipel’s Hydrophobic Nanocoating Makes Gadgets Completely Waterproof!

At one point we've all done it - spilt a drink over a laptop, gotten our tablets soaked in the rain, or even dropped our phone in the toilet. Water has always been the bane of electronics, however

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Aerofex Develops a Working Hover Bike That’s Straight Out of Return of the Jedi!

Aerofex Develops a Working Hover Bike That’s Straight Out of Return of the Jedi!

How many of you watched Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and wished you had a speeder bike like the ones Luke and Leia race through the forests of Endor? Well, you may not have to wait much

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Students Create Award-Winning Robot That Cleans Solar Panels

Students Create Award-Winning Robot That Cleans Solar Panels

Solar panels must be regularly cleaned and maintained in order to keep them operating efficiently and maximize the amount of sunlight they convert into electricity. With this in mind, a group of students

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Breakthrough Extracts Hydrogen from Water 30 Times Faster

Breakthrough Extracts Hydrogen from Water 30 Times Faster

Scientists at the University of Glasgow have made an exciting clean energy production breakthrough: they've discovered a new method for extracting hydrogen from water that is not only safer than current

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India to Install 2,200 Solar-Powered Cell Phone Towers

India to Install 2,200 Solar-Powered Cell Phone Towers

India currently has one of the largest populations of cell phone users in the world - the nation is expected to have 815 million users by year’s end. To help expand its growing communication network,

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World’s First ‘Stealth’ Wind Farm Will Not Interfere With Radar Systems

World’s First ‘Stealth’ Wind Farm Will Not Interfere With Radar Systems

French energy company EDF is joining forces with wind turbine firm Vestas to create the world's first 'stealth' wind farm, which is designed to minimize interference to radar systems. The site,

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Solar Sister Empowers Women to Bring Solar Energy to Rural Africa

Solar Sister Empowers Women to Bring Solar Energy to Rural Africa

We take electricity for granted in the developed world, but did you know that 1.6 billion people - a full one quarter of the world's population - don’t have access to reliable electricity? The

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Seriously? Japan Plans to Restart Nuclear Reactors

Seriously? Japan Plans to Restart Nuclear Reactors

Despite the devastation wreaked by the Fukushima meltdown in 2011, Japan wants to restart two nuclear reactors that were shut off in the wake of the disaster. According to the Guardian, Japan’s nuclear

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Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is an Incredible Hot Spring Spouting from the Runoff of a Geothermal Power Plant

Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is an Incredible Hot Spring Spouting from the Runoff of a Geothermal Power Plant

The water appears blue because of the high concentrations of silica, algae, and minerals within it. Although the water itself is actually a milky white hue, the silica within it reflects sunlight and the

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Can Cloud Power Provide Clean Water and Electricity for the World?

Can Cloud Power Provide Clean Water and Electricity for the World?

Wind, water, solar are common sources of renewable energy, but what about the clouds? Can cloud power provide our clean energy and water needs? A Russian scientist is aiming to do just that with the Air

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Helsinki Builds 9 Million Gallon Underground Water Tank to Cool Local Buildings

Helsinki Builds 9 Million Gallon Underground Water Tank to Cool Local Buildings

Just when you thought Scandinavia couldn’t get any more eco-friendly, Helsinki ups the ante. The Finnish capital recently announced some major environmental initiatives aimed at making the city smarter

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JAHN Unveils Net-Zero Plans for Mexico City’s International Airport

JAHN Unveils Net-Zero Plans for Mexico City’s International Airport

To bring glare-free and uniform levels of daylight into the airport, the terminal is topped by a lightweight and modular roof design made from twin-wall polycarbonate with nanogel infill sandwiched

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Why Using Gas as a “Bridge Fuel” is Worse Than Burning Coal

Why Using Gas as a “Bridge Fuel” is Worse Than Burning Coal

In his 2014 State of the Union Address President Obama stated of coal seam gas: "if extracted safely, it's the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate

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Saudi Arabia is Investing Heavily in Solar Power; Is This the End for Big Oil?

Saudi Arabia is Investing Heavily in Solar Power; Is This the End for Big Oil?

When the country with the largest oil reserves in the world decides to start investing in renewable energy, it may well be a sign that the age of big oil is coming to an end. While the US is still focused

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Foster + Partners and FR-EE Unveil Plans for World’s “Most Sustainable” Airport in Mexico City

Foster + Partners and FR-EE Unveil Plans for World’s “Most Sustainable” Airport in Mexico City

We've seen our share of dazzling mega-airports, each with more eco-friendly elements than the last, but Foster + Partners' recently unveiled designs for a new international airport in Mexico City really

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UK Scientists Make Renewable Propane Using E. Coli Bacteria

UK Scientists Make Renewable Propane Using E. Coli Bacteria

Scientists at the U.K.'s Imperial College London just made a major breakthrough in the renewable production of the fuel propane. In a study released this week in the journal Nature Communications, they

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Unofficial Leak: Tesla’s New Gigafactory is Headed to Nevada

Unofficial Leak: Tesla’s New Gigafactory is Headed to Nevada

After months of waiting and speculation, word is out that the much-anticipated Tesla Gigafactory has finally broken ground in Reno, Nevada. Nevada governor Brian Sandoval and Tesla CEO Elon Musk are

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Samoa Opens Largest Solar Photovoltaic Array in South Pacific

Samoa Opens Largest Solar Photovoltaic Array in South Pacific

The South Pacific Island of Samoa has opened the region's largest solar array, the Faleata Racecourse. Located in the capital city of Apia, the 2.2 MW photovoltaic array was built in the middle of the

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Seoul Installing Hydro-Powered Smartphone Charging Stations

Seoul Installing Hydro-Powered Smartphone Charging Stations

The smartphone capital of the world has found an innovative and environmentally-friendly way to charge all those homegrown Samsungs and other mobile devices—Seoul, South Korea, is planning to install

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Nepalese Teen Invents Cheap Solar Panel Using Human Hair

Nepalese Teen Invents Cheap Solar Panel Using Human Hair

Did you know that melanin, the pigment in hair, is light sensitive and can be used as a conductor? Well, that's what an 18 year old in Nepal recently discovered, and is now using human hair to replace

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19 Central American Coffee Farms Now Generate Energy from Wastewater

19 Central American Coffee Farms Now Generate Energy from Wastewater

Did you know that only 1 percent of freshwater in the world is available for human consumption? Or that 140 litres of water are required to produce a single cup of coffee? Over 70% of water used in

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One Planet Communities: The Earth’s Greenest Neighborhoods

One Planet Communities: The Earth’s Greenest Neighborhoods

10 principles guide One Planet Communities (OPCs) in the quest for improved stewardship of the Earth’s resources. At the top of the list are Zero Carbon and Zero Waste—it's the goal of these

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