Renewable Energy

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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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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Israeli Parliament to Install Rooftop Solar in 2014

Israeli Parliament to Install Rooftop Solar in 2014

Knesset image via Shutterstock Israeli financial daily Globes recently reported that the Middle Eastern nation's parliament is planning to install solar energy panels on the roof of its legislative

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Solar-Powered Bauhaus Barge Offers Luxurious Living with a Low Carbon Footprint

Solar-Powered Bauhaus Barge Offers Luxurious Living with a Low Carbon Footprint

The Bauhaus Barge is a unique solar-powered cruising houseboat that prides itself on using no fuel at all. Built by Jurgen Huber, the zero energy Barge is designed to offer “carbon neutral cruising

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China Bans New Coal-Fired Plants in Most Polluted Regions

China Bans New Coal-Fired Plants in Most Polluted Regions

As part of its ongoing plan to fight pollution and promote renewable energy, the Chinese government has announced a ban on new coal-fired power plants in parts of Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. The

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Panda Poop Microbes Could Lead to Biofuel Production that Doesn’t Use Corn

Panda Poop Microbes Could Lead to Biofuel Production that Doesn’t Use Corn

Pandas at the Memphis Zoo may be contributing to their upkeep soon thanks to research from the Mississippi State University. This week, scientists presented research at the 246th National Meeting &

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Miele Unveils the World’s First Solar-Powered Tumble Dryer!

Miele Unveils the World’s First Solar-Powered Tumble Dryer!

Photo by IFA 2013 Domestic appliances company Miele just unveiled the world's first solar-powered tumble dryer, which uses the sun's energy to heat air for drying clothing! The T 881 EcoComfort is

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New Connection Between Stacked Solar Cells Can Withstand the Energy of 70,000 Suns

New Connection Between Stacked Solar Cells Can Withstand the Energy of 70,000 Suns

Image © Mike Baker North Carolina State University researchers have developed a new way of connecting stacked solar cells that is strong enough to handle the energy of 70,000 suns. The innovation will

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Infographic Shows Surprising Trends in Summer Energy Use Across the United States

Infographic Shows Surprising Trends in Summer Energy Use Across the United States

It's no secret that households across the US blast the AC when the summer heat sets in, leading to high electricity loads - but did you know that renewable energy production peaks during the hottest

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Famous Architects Unveil Amazing Energy-Generating Buildings for the 2017 Astana World Expo!

Famous Architects Unveil Amazing Energy-Generating Buildings for the 2017 Astana World Expo!

The last World Expo was held in Shanghai in 2010 and it featured a plethora of amazing designs and eco-themed pavilions from around the world. Unfortunately, many of the pavilions were removed after the

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Virginia Launches Auction for 2GW Offshore Wind Farm That Could Power 700,000 Homes

Virginia Launches Auction for 2GW Offshore Wind Farm That Could Power 700,000 Homes

Wind farm photo from Shutterstock Virginia could soon be generating clean, renewable electricity for its residents from an offshore wind farm in the Atlantic Ocean. On Wednesday morning, the U.S.

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South Australia Projected to Reach 50 Percent Renewable Energy Within the Next Decade

South Australia Projected to Reach 50 Percent Renewable Energy Within the Next Decade

One in five houses in South Australia already has a rooftop solar array, and 27 percent of the region's power is derived from wind energy. New figures released last week by the Australian Energy Market

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America’s Top 10 Greenest Universities of 2013

America’s Top 10 Greenest Universities of 2013

10. University of California, Santa Barbara Forty-four of the buildings on campus at UC Santa Barbara are LEED certified and 47% of academic departments offer a class about sustainability, totaling 321

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NASA Wants to Beam Microwave Energy to Earth with a Solar Power Plant in Space

NASA Wants to Beam Microwave Energy to Earth with a Solar Power Plant in Space

When we first heard about the Solar Power Satellite via Arbitrarily Large Phased Array (SPS-ALPHA) - a proposed flower shaped solar power energy collector that beams down concentrated microwave energy

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Khi Solar One: Abengoa Installs South Africa’s First Concentrating Solar Power Tower

Khi Solar One: Abengoa Installs South Africa’s First Concentrating Solar Power Tower

Seville CSP Tower via Shutterstock As South Africa works to generate 17,800 MW of renewable energy by 2030, Spanish firm Abengoa is installing two concentrating solar power plants in the Northern Cape

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Microbial Team Creates Biofuel That Functions Better Than Ethanol

Microbial Team Creates Biofuel That Functions Better Than Ethanol

When it comes to matching the properties of gasoline, isobutanol packs more bang for its buck than ethanol. To create the biofuel, a team of researchers from the University of Michigan are taking a fungus

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Xcel Energy’s Wind Farm Projects Could Power 750,000 Homes in the Midwest

Xcel Energy’s Wind Farm Projects Could Power 750,000 Homes in the Midwest

Windpower company Xcel Energy is turning the Midwest into a renewable energy center. The company just proposed its fourth wind farm for northern North Dakota, which could reduce 320,000 tons of carbon

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Australian and Japanese Researchers Team Up to Develop Non-Toxic Solar Panels

Australian and Japanese Researchers Team Up to Develop Non-Toxic Solar Panels

Photo via Shutterstock Solar panels provide one of the cleanest forms of green energy by converting sunlight into electricity, but the photovoltaic panels we use are made with toxic elements including

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250 MW Nevada Solar Farm To Be Built With Chinese Solar Panels

250 MW Nevada Solar Farm To Be Built With Chinese Solar Panels

Chinese company Trina Solar will supply 1.1 million 250-watt solar panels for a 250-megawatt (MW) solar farm in Nevada. When the project is completed, it will be one of the biggest solar photovoltaic

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‘Cow Power’ Explores How Vermont Is Turning Turds Into a Treasured Energy Resource

‘Cow Power’ Explores How Vermont Is Turning Turds Into a Treasured Energy Resource

Dairy farms are going out of business all across the United States, but in Vermont, citizens have banded together to support family farms by turning cow manure into a form of renewable energy. Cow Power

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Titan Aerospace Developing World’s First Solar-Powered Atmospheric Satellite Drones

Titan Aerospace Developing World’s First Solar-Powered Atmospheric Satellite Drones

Titan Aerospace has unveiled designs for the world's first solar-powered atmospheric satellite. The craft, which resembles a large drone, would be completely powered by the sun, allowing it to stay in the

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300 Metric Tons of Radioactive Water Leaks from Fukushima, Alert Levels Raised to “Serious”

300 Metric Tons of Radioactive Water Leaks from Fukushima, Alert Levels Raised to “Serious”

Two and a half years after a near meltdown, the Fukushima nuclear power plant is still in trouble. The Nuclear Regulation Authority issued a new warning Wednesday, raising the severity level of the

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