Renewable Energy

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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California Company Launches a Car Fuel Made from Landfill Methane

California Company Launches a Car Fuel Made from Landfill Methane

Image via Shutterstock There's no denying that fracking is bad, really bad. But what about natural gas from other sources? California's Clean Energy Fuels has just announced that they have begun the

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Solar PV Cell Cost Has Decreased an Incredible 99% Since 1977

Solar PV Cell Cost Has Decreased an Incredible 99% Since 1977

Photo via Shutterstock In June 1979 President Jimmy Carter made a huge investment by installing 32 solar panels on the White House roof. At the time, the price of photovoltaic cells hovered close to

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NRG eVgo Installs Nation’s First All-EV Supercharger Station in San Diego

NRG eVgo Installs Nation’s First All-EV Supercharger Station in San Diego

NRG eVgo just unveiled the first electric vehicle charging station capable of powering up any EV on the market! Located in San Diego, the station features a new SAE combination plug, a CHAdeMO DC

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C.F. Møller’s Prefab Switchgear Station Routes Renewable Energy Through Denmark

C.F. Møller’s Prefab Switchgear Station Routes Renewable Energy Through Denmark

Denmark is currently upgrading its electric grid to accommodate an increase in demand. This involves adding new power plants and improving reliability, and Energinet wants to improve the look of some of

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Calculator Shows How Many Potatoes it Would Take to Power Your House

Calculator Shows How Many Potatoes it Would Take to Power Your House

You've probably heard of cars that run on used cooking oil - but what about an entire house powered by potatoes? Apparently it's possible - and Movoto just launched an online calculator that shows exactly

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Farmers Build Sustainable Energy Barn Directly in Keystone XL Pipeline Path

Farmers Build Sustainable Energy Barn Directly in Keystone XL Pipeline Path

A group of Nebraskan farmers and ranchers are trying get President Obama's attention with a sustainable energy barn built directly in the path of the Keystone XL pipeline. Recently highlighted by The

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Global Solar Power Leaps Ahead of Wind Energy for the First Time

Global Solar Power Leaps Ahead of Wind Energy for the First Time

Solar panel photo via ShutterstockThe latest green energy numbers are in from the Bloomberg New Energy Finance report and solar capacity has over taken wind power for the first time ever. This year solar

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What the US Government Shutdown Means for the Environment

What the US Government Shutdown Means for the Environment

Image © Shutterstock After a prolonged debate over the Congressional budget and the effective date of the new healthcare law, Democrats and Republicans have failed to reach an agreement on

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The Solar Decathlon 2013 Kicks Off This Week in Irvine, CA – Inhabitat Reports Live!

The Solar Decathlon 2013 Kicks Off This Week in Irvine, CA – Inhabitat Reports Live!

Photo by Stefano Paltera/U.S. Department of Energy Heads up green building fans - Inhabitat is reporting live from Irvine, California, where student teams from across the States and around the world

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Nissan Says There’s “No Charge to Charge” for New LEAF Owners in Texas

Nissan Says There’s “No Charge to Charge” for New LEAF Owners in Texas

Nissan has announced that owners of the all-electric Nissan LEAF in the Dallas-Fort Worth and greater Houston areas will have free, unlimited access to the eVgo network of public charging stations

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Bioengineered E.coli Bacteria Poops Out Petroleum

Bioengineered E.coli Bacteria Poops Out Petroleum

Image via Shutterstock The last few years have shown that bacteria can "poop out" some mighty useful (and valuable) stuff - whether it be gold or battery power. Now a team from the Korea Advanced

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BOOK REVIEW: $20 per Gallon

BOOK REVIEW: $20 per Gallon

We have to admit that when we saw the title of Christopher Steiner's book, we scoffed a bit. Twenty dollars per a gallon of gas seems like an outrageous, unfathomable price, even when you're a believer in

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IKEA Announces Plans to Sell Home Solar Panel Systems in the UK

IKEA Announces Plans to Sell Home Solar Panel Systems in the UK

IKEA photo from Shutterstock The next time you go to IKEA, you may be able to pick up a renewable energy system along with disassembled shelving and those delicious cinnamon rolls. The Swedish

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Nokia Working With UK Scientists to Charge Cell Phones With Lightning!

Nokia Working With UK Scientists to Charge Cell Phones With Lightning!

Lightning photo from Shutterstock A team of scientists at the University of Southampton has joined forces with Nokia to harvest the power of lightning to charge mobile phones! Neil Palmer, one of the

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UK Breaks Renewable Energy Generation Record for Second Time This Year

UK Breaks Renewable Energy Generation Record for Second Time This Year

A new government report by the UK's Department of Energy And Climate Change shows that the country has reached a record high in the amount of energy it derives from renewable sources. In the second

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Texas Students’ ADAPT Home Design Puts Abundant Desert Sunlight To Good Use

Texas Students’ ADAPT Home Design Puts Abundant Desert Sunlight To Good Use

If you've ever visited Texas, you know that for the most part, it's a hot and dry environment. In and around El Paso, mountains create rocky soil, and hot temperatures often combine with strong winds for

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Middlebury’s InSite Solar-Powered Home is Made From Materials Sourced Within 10 Miles

Middlebury’s InSite Solar-Powered Home is Made From Materials Sourced Within 10 Miles

Following five points of InSiteful design, the Middlebury team has sought to build a home that is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable. Clad with reclaimed barnwood from Vermont, the

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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Nominee Ron Binz Struggles With Coal

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Nominee Ron Binz Struggles With Coal

President Obama's nominee to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Ron Binz, is in jeopardy after failing to win key supporters at a confirmation hearing this month and misleading the Senate

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World’s Largest Solar Thermal Energy Plant Opens in California

World’s Largest Solar Thermal Energy Plant Opens in California

The much-anticipated Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System just kicked into action in California's Mojave Desert. The 3,500 acre facility is the world's largest solar thermal energy plant, and it has

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One Million Euro Dutch Wind Turbine Crowd-funded in Just 13 Hours

One Million Euro Dutch Wind Turbine Crowd-funded in Just 13 Hours

Could crowdfunding be the future of renewable energy? Windcentrale, a Dutch clean energy company that helps ordinary people invest in wind turbines, thinks it just might be. In only 13 hours, the company

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German-French Team Unveils World’s Most Efficient Solar Cell!

German-French Team Unveils World’s Most Efficient Solar Cell!

A team comprised of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Soitec, CEA-Leti and the Helmholtz Center, Berlin has just unveiled the world's most efficient solar cell! Boasting an efficiency of

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World’s Largest Solar Plant Slated for Western India

World’s Largest Solar Plant Slated for Western India

India will soon be home to the largest solar plant in the world! Developed in partnership between government and state-owned companies, the new plant in Rajasthan will pump out 4,000 MW of clean

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Infographic: How Much it Would Cost for the Entire Planet to Switch to Renewable Energy

Infographic: How Much it Would Cost for the Entire Planet to Switch to Renewable Energy

As Inhabitat readers know, we live in a time marked by rising emissions, melting ice caps and the looming threat of climate catastrophe. Fortunately, there's thousands of brilliant solutions to these

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Study Finds Renewable Energy is Cheaper than Coal in the US

Study Finds Renewable Energy is Cheaper than Coal in the US

Photo via Shutterstock A new study reveals that wind farms are less costly than new coal-fired plants, and cost about the same, if not less, than new natural gas plants. It sounds pretty extraordinary,

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Tour the PARKROYAL Hotel Singapore’s Surreal Sky Gardens and Greenery-Wrapped Towers (PHOTOS)

Tour the PARKROYAL Hotel Singapore’s Surreal Sky Gardens and Greenery-Wrapped Towers (PHOTOS)

It's obvious that PARKROYAL on Pickering is a feast for the eyes with its vegetation-wrapped glass reinforced concrete layers, but it's not just a pretty facade. The building was awarded Green Mark

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Algae Biofuel Emits at Least 50% Less Carbon than Petroleum Fuels

Algae Biofuel Emits at Least 50% Less Carbon than Petroleum Fuels

A new study from Bioresource Technology finds that algae-based biofuel can reduce CO2 emissions by 50 to 70 percent when compared to petroleum-based fuels. The study also found that algae biofuel is

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Google Has Bought Enough Wind Energy in Texas to Power 170,000 US Homes

Google Has Bought Enough Wind Energy in Texas to Power 170,000 US Homes

Google currently uses clean energy to power over 34 percent of their operations - and they just announced plans to purchase an additional 240 megawatts of renewable energy from the Happy Hereford

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Scientists Use Microbes to Turn Poo into Hydrogen

Scientists Use Microbes to Turn Poo into Hydrogen

Scientists at Newcastle University have created a process that uses microbes to not only process sewage at treatment plants, but to then produce hydrogen gas as a renewable energy source. In collaboration

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Scotland Approves Europe’s Largest Tidal Energy Project

Scotland Approves Europe’s Largest Tidal Energy Project

The government of Scotland just gave the green light to develop Europe's largest tidal energy project and the first commercial tidal turbine array in Scottish waters. MayGen Ltd. was awarded the 86

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