Renewable Energy

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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New Tubes Using Hydraulic Pistons Could Harness Ocean Waves for Energy

New Tubes Using Hydraulic Pistons Could Harness Ocean Waves for Energy

Capturing energy from ocean waves isn't as straightforward as it might sound—especially as most existing technologies rely on a single axis that requires waves to be moving in one direction to generate

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Ethiopia Announces Plans to Build Massive 1000 MW Geothermal Power Plant

Ethiopia Announces Plans to Build Massive 1000 MW Geothermal Power Plant

American-Icelandic company Reykjavik Geothermal just invested $4 billion towards a massive new geothermal farm 124 miles south of the Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. The deal signed on Wednesday secures

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Israel Announces Plans for 121 MW Solar Power Station in the Negev Desert

Israel Announces Plans for 121 MW Solar Power Station in the Negev Desert

Israel is blessed with abundant sunshine and has long been a pioneer in solar energy. With construction starting in early 2014 on a 121 Megawatt solar power station, the country will be taking a big step

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Super Efficient Transparent Solar Cells Could Turn Windows into Clean Energy Generators

Super Efficient Transparent Solar Cells Could Turn Windows into Clean Energy Generators

Imagine windows powering homes, office buildings, and even airplanes. That fantasy might not be far from reality thanks to the latest breakthroughs in solar cell technology. Researchers from the Institute

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Spain Inaugurates its First Offshore Wind Turbine

Spain Inaugurates its First Offshore Wind Turbine

Spain just launched its first offshore wind turbine on Monday! The 505-foot-tall turbine with 205-foot-long blades is expected to meet the annual energy needs of 7,500 homes on the archipelago. Installed

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German Scientists Believe Straw Could be Used to Power Millions of Homes

German Scientists Believe Straw Could be Used to Power Millions of Homes

Scientists from the Thueringian Regional Institute for Agriculture, the German Biomass Research Center, and the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research have concluded that common straw could be used

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Britain Breaks Ground On First New Nuclear Power Plant Since Fukushima Disaster

Britain Breaks Ground On First New Nuclear Power Plant Since Fukushima Disaster

The Fukushima nuclear power plant remains a toxic disaster more than two years after an earthquake and tsunami struck coastal Japan. While damages to local residents and the environment are still being

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Solar Means Business Infographic Shows the Top 10 Brands that Went Solar in 2013

Solar Means Business Infographic Shows the Top 10 Brands that Went Solar in 2013

This week the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Vote Solar released their second annual Solar Means Business report, which ranks the top brands in the U.S. based on their installation of

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Awesome All-Electric Batpod Motorcycle is Up for Sale on eBay!

Awesome All-Electric Batpod Motorcycle is Up for Sale on eBay!

Have you ever wondered where Batman gets his wonderful toys - and wished that you could buy them yourself? Well, you don't need the budget of a reclusive billionaire to buy your own Batpod, because one

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Cambridge Scientists are Brewing ‘Green Gasoline’ from Air, Water and Sunlight

Cambridge Scientists are Brewing ‘Green Gasoline’ from Air, Water and Sunlight

A team from the University of Cambridge is attempting to mimic a natural process perfected over billions of years to create 'green transport fuel'. The team is capturing solar energy through artificial

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Hamburg’s New Energy Bunker is a Former Air Raid Shelter Turned Renewable Power Plant

Hamburg’s New Energy Bunker is a Former Air Raid Shelter Turned Renewable Power Plant

Photo by Johannes Arlt The bunker's turbulent history dates back to 1943, when it was constructed as a shelter for some 30,000 Hamburg residents during the war. In 1947 the British tried to demolish it

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Statoil Pulls Out of Maine’s $120 Million Offshore Wind Project

Statoil Pulls Out of Maine’s $120 Million Offshore Wind Project

Scheduling days and change of terms with the state of Maine has led the Norwegian company Statoil to pull out of a proposed $120 million offshore wind project. The announcement on Tuesday comes as a

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Infographic: Futuristic Technologies Coming Soon to a City Near You

Infographic: Futuristic Technologies Coming Soon to a City Near You

What will the smart city of tomorrow look like? Sagentia just launched a new infographic that details some of the cutting-edge technologies that will make cities more efficient, healthy, and enjoyable

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The Dynalifter Could Transport 160 Tons of Freight Using Less Fuel and Money Than a Jet

The Dynalifter Could Transport 160 Tons of Freight Using Less Fuel and Money Than a Jet

Ohio Airships' hybrid Dynalifter is a massive hybrid airship that could transform how packages are transported around the world by reducing freight costs and extending the reach of delivery services to

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Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson Talks With David Letterman About Renewable Energy

Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson Talks With David Letterman About Renewable Energy

David Letterman took a break from chatting up celebrities and movie stars to talk about something serious and imperative for our country - renewable energy. Mark Jacobson, Professor of Civil and

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UW Madison Researchers Developing Cheap, Ultra-Lightweight Dye-Based Solar Cells

UW Madison Researchers Developing Cheap, Ultra-Lightweight Dye-Based Solar Cells

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers are working on next-generation solar cells that are made from organic dyes instead of silicon. The dye solar cells could drive down costs and spread solar

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Stepped Arrowtown House in New Zealand Uses Geothermal Power and Passive Heating and Cooling

Stepped Arrowtown House in New Zealand Uses Geothermal Power and Passive Heating and Cooling

With an area of 1,400 square feet, the modest Arrowtown House is a compact, high quality home sited on a slope near the city center. It faces the north to make the most out of natural light while keeping

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Kaal Masten Unveils the World’s First Solar Lamp Post

Kaal Masten Unveils the World’s First Solar Lamp Post

Take a look at the world's first stand-alone solar lamp post! The new solar-powered Spiritlighting column can harvest electricity during the day to light up the streets at night. The studio behind the

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First 24 Hour Solar Farm Solana Launches in the United States

First 24 Hour Solar Farm Solana Launches in the United States

The Solana solar farm located 70 miles southwest of Phoenix, Arizona is the first in the United States to use molten storage technology. It still uses hundreds of parabolic-shaped mirrors to focus the

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Traditional Utility Companies Could Lose Half Their Market to Solar Energy

Traditional Utility Companies Could Lose Half Their Market to Solar Energy

A rise in the use of solar power in New Zealand could have electricity utilities clamoring to make competitive profits. Two utility companies, Ergon Energy and Energex, have seen a drastic change in

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Wilkinson Eyre’s Carbon Positive Singapore Gardens by the Bay Wins the 2013 RIBA Lubetkin Prize

Wilkinson Eyre’s Carbon Positive Singapore Gardens by the Bay Wins the 2013 RIBA Lubetkin Prize

Speaking about Wilkinson Eyre and Grant Associates' collaboration for Singapore's Gardens by the Bay project, RIBA President Stephen Hodder highlighted that “Cooling plants in a sub-tropical climate is

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The World’s Largest Binary Geothermal Power Plant Opens in New Zealand

The World’s Largest Binary Geothermal Power Plant Opens in New Zealand

Kawerau Geothermal plant by Mighty River Power New Zealand just announced the completion of the world's largest binary geothermal power plant! Designed by Mighty River Power, the 100 MW

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Infographic Shows the Energy Efficiency of All 50 US States

Infographic Shows the Energy Efficiency of All 50 US States

Energy Savvy just released an interactive infographic that illuminates energy efficiency potential of every state across the US. Over the past three years, EnergySavvy collected more than 5 million unique

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Eleonora Nicoletti’s Sculptural ‘Dancing Screen’ Uses Solar Power to Charge Electronic Devices

Eleonora Nicoletti’s Sculptural ‘Dancing Screen’ Uses Solar Power to Charge Electronic Devices

The Dancing Screen by Eleonora Nicoletti is a dynamic architectural installation that generates electric power from the sun. Nicoletti designed the screen as a charging point for passers-by to quickly

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Severed Pipe Exposes Fukushima Workers To Several Tonnes Of Radioactive Water

Severed Pipe Exposes Fukushima Workers To Several Tonnes Of Radioactive Water

As if the situation at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant weren't bad enough, we now have news that six clean-up workers were exposed to radioactive water when a pipe was mistakenly disconnected.

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Livermore Scientists Announce Critical Milestone for Nuclear Fusion Power

Livermore Scientists Announce Critical Milestone for Nuclear Fusion Power

Researchers at the National Ignition Facility in Livermore, California just made a major breakthrough for nuclear fusion by focusing 192 beams from the worlds most powerful laser on a tiny pellet of

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Students Use Merry-Go-Round Power to Study Through the Night in Ghana

Students Use Merry-Go-Round Power to Study Through the Night in Ghana

Not only do most children in Ghana have to spend their lives in poverty, they also have to spend 12 hours a day in darkness because so much of their country lacks access to the energy grid. This means

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Melting Ice Cools Team ASUNM’s Desert-Adapted SHADE House at the Solar Decathlon

Melting Ice Cools Team ASUNM’s Desert-Adapted SHADE House at the Solar Decathlon

In the desert, sun can be both a blessing and a curse - especially in urban environments beset with a host of other problems such as the heat island effect and pollution. A smart home, like the SHADE

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