Renewable Energy

World’s Greenest Cities Recognized at UN Climate Talks in Warsaw

World’s Greenest Cities Recognized at UN Climate Talks in Warsaw

Some of the world’s most sustainable cities have been given special recognition at the COP 19 Climate Change Conference underway in Warsaw. Vancouver, Cape Town, and Abu Dhabi are the winners of the

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Spectrolab Breaks Own Solar Cell Efficiency Record

Spectrolab Breaks Own Solar Cell Efficiency Record

Space solar cell and panel manufacturer Spectrolab has broken its own solar cell efficiency world record. The Boeing subsidiary achieved an efficiency of 38.8 percent for a ground-based multi-junction

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London to Warm Homes With Harvested Subway Heat

London to Warm Homes With Harvested Subway Heat

London Underground photo from Shutterstock Anyone who has taken a ride on the London Underground knows that it can be a sweltering experience - even in the dead of winter. Right now, all of that sweaty

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Solar-Powered ConnecTable Charges Devices in Outdoor Public Places

Solar-Powered ConnecTable Charges Devices in Outdoor Public Places

Have you been reading an e-book at the park when suddenly your device's battery starts gasping its last? The sun may be shining bright, but there you are, stranded without an outlet. CarrierClass, a

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Have We All Been Installing Solar Panels the Wrong Way?

Have We All Been Installing Solar Panels the Wrong Way?

Image of residential solar panels / Shutterstock Installing solar panels seems pretty straightforward - just aim them south so they get lots of sun all day. But researchers are finding that we may have

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‘Change or Die,’ UN Climate Chief Tells Gathering of International Coal Industry in Poland

‘Change or Die,’ UN Climate Chief Tells Gathering of International Coal Industry in Poland

The U.N. climate conference is currently underway in Warsaw, Poland, and in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan, tensions are running high as countries begin to experience the negative consequences of

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Facebook’s New Iowa Data Center Will Run on 100% Wind Power

Facebook’s New Iowa Data Center Will Run on 100% Wind Power

Facebook just announced that its new data center in Iowa will be powered entirely by renewable energy. Projected to open in 2014, the data center will be accompanied by a brand new wind farm that will

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INFOGRAPHIC: The State of the US Power Sector and the Growth of Renewable Energy

INFOGRAPHIC: The State of the US Power Sector and the Growth of Renewable Energy

The US power sector is facing a crossroads - an aging demographic and a decreasing number of graduates are shrinking the workforce dramatically. A set of proposed solutions have been made including the

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Radioactive Waste Could be Locked Inside Glass for Safer Storage

Radioactive Waste Could be Locked Inside Glass for Safer Storage

The current method used to dispose of radioactive materials requires an excessive amount of concrete, and it's extremely space-intensive due to the increased volume of the material that has to be

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Report Reveals China will Surpass US, EU, and Japan in Renewable Power by 2035

Report Reveals China will Surpass US, EU, and Japan in Renewable Power by 2035

 Photo © Shutterstock  A new report from the International Energy Agency has found that China is on track to build more renewable power plants through 2035 than the US, the European Union and Japan

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Fukushima Offshore Wind Farm Starts Producing Clean Energy

Fukushima Offshore Wind Farm Starts Producing Clean Energy

Photo of offshore wind farm via Shutterstock Japan’s floating wind turbine off the coast of Fukushima has begun to produce clean, renewable energy for the national grid. The project, a collaboration

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Minesto Unveils “Underwater Kite” That Harvests Clean Energy From Ocean Currents

Minesto Unveils “Underwater Kite” That Harvests Clean Energy From Ocean Currents

Marine energy technology company Minesto just unveiled a working version of their innovative marine power plant, which can produce energy from the movement of ocean currents. The device, called “Deep

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After Trillium: Solar-Powered Flower Sculpture Opens and Closes With the Sun

After Trillium: Solar-Powered Flower Sculpture Opens and Closes With the Sun

After Trillium is a solar powered robotic sculpture by artist Anthony Castronovo that is inspired by Iowa's native Trillium flower. The sculpture is made of cast aluminum and kiln-formed glass and uses

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Apple Brings Manufacturing Back to America with New Solar-Powered Plant in Arizona

Apple Brings Manufacturing Back to America with New Solar-Powered Plant in Arizona

Photo of solar panels in Arizona via Shutterstock Apple has faced a lot criticism for failing to monitor its manufacturing partners' questionable work safety standards, but it looks like the company is

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Underwater Kites Could Harvest 64 Times More Power Than Undersea Turbines

Underwater Kites Could Harvest 64 Times More Power Than Undersea Turbines

Kite photo from Shutterstock How can we generate more power from renewable sources without using massive plots of land for solar and wind farms? Go fly a kite. According to David Olinger, an associate

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Old-Fashioned Steam Engines Could Solve Solar Energy Storage Problem

Old-Fashioned Steam Engines Could Solve Solar Energy Storage Problem

Australian engineers might have solved one of the biggest obstacles to scaling up solar energy -- the lack of affordable storage technology that allows solar to be used at peak demand after the sun goes

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Superkül Designs Canada’s First Active House

Superkül Designs Canada’s First Active House

The modern design contrasts with North America’s traditionally styled prototypical Active House. In Thorold, Ontario, wood finishes, a streamlined sloping roof and large windows combine to produce a

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Rock On! Playing Pop and Rock Music Around Solar Cells Improves Efficiency

Rock On! Playing Pop and Rock Music Around Solar Cells Improves Efficiency

New research out of the UK finds that solar cells actually enjoy improved efficiency when exposed to the pounding beats of today's pop and rock music. According to researchers from Queen Mary University

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Kyocera Opens Japan’s Largest Offshore Solar Power Plant

Kyocera Opens Japan’s Largest Offshore Solar Power Plant

Kyocera Corporation has just launched Japan's largest offshore solar power plant. Clean energy generated by the 70MW Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Power Plant will be sold back to the national grid

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Russia Develops World’s First Floating Nuclear Power Plant, The Akademik Lomonosov

Russia Develops World’s First Floating Nuclear Power Plant, The Akademik Lomonosov

Russia has announced that the world's first floating nuclear plant will be online by 2019. Shipping corporation LLC Baltiysky Zavod Shipbuilding and the state nuclear power company Rosenergoatom have

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Offshore Wind on Track for Seventh Consecutive Year of Record Growth

Offshore Wind on Track for Seventh Consecutive Year of Record Growth

Offshore wind power generation is on track for a seventh consecutive year of record growth with 1,080 megawatts going online worldwide in the first six months of 2013. Total wind energy capacity has

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World’s First 1 Megawatt Wave Energy Power Plant Launched in South Australia

World’s First 1 Megawatt Wave Energy Power Plant Launched in South Australia

Australia's Oceanlinx just launched the world's first 1 megawatt wave power plant in Port MacDonnell, South Australia. The wave energy converter was developed with support from the Australian Renewable

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Walmart Produces More Solar Energy than Any Other U.S. Retailer

Walmart Produces More Solar Energy than Any Other U.S. Retailer

Mega-retailer Walmart has crowned the roofs of their retail locations with enough photovoltaic panels to blast past 39 entire American states with their combined solar capacity. As photovoltaics become

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Utah State University Develops an E-Bus That Charges at Each Stop

Utah State University Develops an E-Bus That Charges at Each Stop

Utah State University has tested a first-of-its-kind electric bus that is capable of charging itself through wireless induction technology. Dubbed 'the Aggie Bus', the e-bus uses a high-power,

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Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Selected to Design Wind and Solar-Powered Astana World Expo 2017 Site

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Selected to Design Wind and Solar-Powered Astana World Expo 2017 Site

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill's design for the Astana World Expo 2017 will cover 173 hectares in the Esil district of the city. It consists of a central exhibition center surrounded by housing projects,

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Africa’s Largest Wind Farm Now Online in Ethiopia

Africa’s Largest Wind Farm Now Online in Ethiopia

Ethiopia recently unveiled Africa's largest wind farm! The 120 MW Ashegoda Wind Farm cost the French firm Vergnet SA $290 million to build, and it’s just one part of a greater plan to boost energy

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Renzo Piano’s Dragonfly-Inspired Turbine Can Harvest Energy from the Slowest Winds

Renzo Piano’s Dragonfly-Inspired Turbine Can Harvest Energy from the Slowest Winds

As we shift away from fossil fuels, many utilities have focused on building the biggest and most powerful wind turbines possible to meet growing energy needs. Architect Renzo Piano has taken a different

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Scientists Turn Deep Sea Hydrothermal Vents Into Gigantic Batteries for Ocean Exploration

Scientists Turn Deep Sea Hydrothermal Vents Into Gigantic Batteries for Ocean Exploration

Did you know that humans have only explored 5 percent of the world's oceans? That means we know almost nothing about the plants, animals, and other forms of life that exist below the waves. Exploring the

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Volvo is Developing a Wireless Inductive Charging Pad for Electric Vehicles

Volvo is Developing a Wireless Inductive Charging Pad for Electric Vehicles

Swedish automaker Volvo just announced that it's working on a wireless inductive charger for electric vehicles. The charging pad is able to wireless charge any EV that parks above it using an

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Post-Fukushima Japan Constructs First of 140 Offshore Floating Windmills

Post-Fukushima Japan Constructs First of 140 Offshore Floating Windmills

Photo via Shutterstock Japan has nearly completed construction on the first of 140 floating windmills that will eventually provide a safer alternative to its nuclear energy infrastructure. When

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