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One Quarter of World’s Energy to be Renewable by 2018, IEA Reports

One Quarter of World’s Energy to be Renewable by 2018, IEA Reports

Image via Shutterstock One quarter of all the world's energy generation will be renewable by 2018, the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced on Wednesday. The news comes just days after President

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Voltmaker Kinetic Charger Powers Your Smartphone With a Flick of the Wrist

Voltmaker Kinetic Charger Powers Your Smartphone With a Flick of the Wrist

No matter how diligent you are at charging your smartphone before leaving the house, there is always some point where you find that your battery is on its last legs - and it's usually when you need to

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Solar Rydon Pixio Bike Light Stores Sunlight for Safer Cycling at Night

Solar Rydon Pixio Bike Light Stores Sunlight for Safer Cycling at Night

Bike lights are essential for safe cycling at night - but they're prone to breakage, dead batteries, and theft. Dutch company Rydon has developed a green solution to all of these problems with the Pixio,

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Solar Powered Patrol Vessel Launches Next Year to Protect The Great Barrier Reef

Solar Powered Patrol Vessel Launches Next Year to Protect The Great Barrier Reef

Incat Crowther and Marine Engineering Consultants (MEC) recently announced plans to construct a 24 meter long-range Catamaran Patrol Vessel that will be used to protect the Great Barrier Reef World

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16-Year-Old Develops a New Way to Turn Algae into Fuel

16-Year-Old Develops a New Way to Turn Algae into Fuel

While other 16-year-olds were watching TV and hanging out with their friends, St. Petersburg, Florida-native Evie Sobczak was hard at work in her garage developing a device that turns algae into

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National Space Society Launches International Initiative to Develop Space Solar Power

National Space Society Launches International Initiative to Develop Space Solar Power

It has long been theorized that the best way to harness the sun's energy is to launch solar power systems into orbit. This week, the National Space Society (NSS) announced a new international initiative

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The SolePower Harvests Energy from Walking to Charge Your Gadgets

The SolePower Harvests Energy from Walking to Charge Your Gadgets

If you pound the pavement every day for your commute or just a little exercise, you can use some of your stride to power your electronic devices. The SolePower is a shoe insole that allows the wearer to

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Japan Undergoes Solar Boom With Over 7.4 GW Already Installed

Japan Undergoes Solar Boom With Over 7.4 GW Already Installed

As the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant continues to leak radiation, Japan is turning its sights away from atomic power and towards solar energy. At the end of 2012, the country had installed solar

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IEA Report Shows Global Carbon Emissions Reached a Record High in 2012

IEA Report Shows Global Carbon Emissions Reached a Record High in 2012

Despite major advances in clean energy, the world's carbon emissions reached an all-time high in 2012. Overall, emissions grew 1.4 percent, reaching 31.6 gigatons a year. The good news is that the US

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Vodafone Unveils Smartphone-Charging Shorts Just in Time for Festival Season

Vodafone Unveils Smartphone-Charging Shorts Just in Time for Festival Season

British telecommunications company Vodafone wants people to be able to use their phones, even when they're away from a power source for days on end at music festivals, for example. So this week, the

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Product Review: The BioLite Campstove Charges Your Gadgets as You Cook a Meal

Product Review: The BioLite Campstove Charges Your Gadgets as You Cook a Meal

Photo by Mark Andrew Boyer For starters, the BioLite Campstove is remarkably easy to use. I've used several types of gas and wood-burning stoves before, and the BioLite is about as user-friendly as

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Vodafone’s New Energy-Generating Sleeping Bag Charges Your Phone as You Sleep

Vodafone’s New Energy-Generating Sleeping Bag Charges Your Phone as You Sleep

Last summer, British telecommunications company Vodafone deployed a recharging truck to music festivals to enable festival-goers to charge their gadgets. Now, the company is rolling out a new piece of

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McCamley’s Solar Wind Turbine Generates Energy From the Wind and Sun

McCamley’s Solar Wind Turbine Generates Energy From the Wind and Sun

Like peanut butter and jelly or chips and dip, some things were just meant to go together. A team from the University of Bath in collaboration with SME McCamley Middle East Ltd has developed a new wind

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Australian Scientists Develop Catalyst to Turn Seawater Into Hydrogen Fuel

Australian Scientists Develop Catalyst to Turn Seawater Into Hydrogen Fuel

A team of scientists from Australia's University of Wollongong have developed a way to turn sea water into hydrogen in order to produce a virtually unlimited clean energy source. They believe that their

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Rainforest Connection Tackles Illegal Deforestation With Solar-Powered Smartphones

Rainforest Connection Tackles Illegal Deforestation With Solar-Powered Smartphones

Photo via Shutterstock Rainforest Connection is an online system that was developed to inform park rangers protecting rainforests of illegal deforestation activities. The platform fits discarded

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Project 929: Artist Draws 460 Mile Line Around Military Base for Energy Sustainability

Project 929: Artist Draws 460 Mile Line Around Military Base for Energy Sustainability

A recent study shows that if the United States built a concentrated solar power farm on one hundred square miles of land, it would provide enough energy to power the entire country. Media artist and

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Mongolia’s First Major Wind Farm Switches Online

Mongolia’s First Major Wind Farm Switches Online

Mongolia's first wind energy project just switched online for the first time! The $100 million Salkhit Wind Farm aims to take advantage of the country's high winds with 31 turbines, each capable of

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SolSource Sun-Powered Grill Coming to the US via Sizzling Kickstarter Campaign

SolSource Sun-Powered Grill Coming to the US via Sizzling Kickstarter Campaign

Back in March, Inhabitat reported that One Earth Designs (OED) enlisted Google Glass creator Tom Chi to perfect the design of their parabolic solar cooker, the SolSource. Readers wanted to know where

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Cool Planet Energy’s Carbon Negative Biofuel Costs Just $1.50 Per Gallon

Cool Planet Energy’s Carbon Negative Biofuel Costs Just $1.50 Per Gallon

In a warming world, every gas-powered vehicle contributes to CO2 emissions. California-based Cool Planet Energy not only believes they have a low-cost alternative to gasoline, but one that is actually

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Giant Solar-Powered Geodesic Robot Walks Into our Nightmares on 12 Crab-Like Legs

Giant Solar-Powered Geodesic Robot Walks Into our Nightmares on 12 Crab-Like Legs

Welder Scott Parenteau has created a gigantic geodesic dome that walks about on 12 creepy crab-like legs! Parenteau's spider-like "Walking Pod" is powered by a wind turbine and a roof-mounted solar panel,

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S1 Solar LED Lamp by d.light Aims to Provide a Brighter Future for Rural Areas in Asia and Africa

S1 Solar LED Lamp by d.light Aims to Provide a Brighter Future for Rural Areas in Asia and Africa

With hopes of replacing hazardous kerosene wick lamps, d.light has created a series of affordable solar LED Lamps for areas without a reliable source of electricity. The lamp has an integrated solar

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US Navy to Use Low-Emission Switchgrass Fuel to Power Fighter Jets

US Navy to Use Low-Emission Switchgrass Fuel to Power Fighter Jets

Photo via Shutterstock With ambitious long-term energy goals, US Navy is at the forefront of alternative energy use and energy efficiency. Now, the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy

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Poduhvat’s Contra-Rotating Wind Turbines Could Produce 5 Times More Power

Poduhvat’s Contra-Rotating Wind Turbines Could Produce 5 Times More Power

London-based manufacturer Poduhvat has developed a wind turbine which they claim can produce five times more energy than traditional wind turbines with the same rotor size. The contra-rotating Whetar

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San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant to Close After 40 Years of Operation

San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant to Close After 40 Years of Operation

Southern California Edison just announced plans to permanently close the San Onofre nuclear power plant after a 16-month battle over whether or not to restore its twin reactors. Facing political

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Obama to Auction Off New England Shores for Wind Farm Development

Obama to Auction Off New England Shores for Wind Farm Development

America’s wind farms are set to expand to the offshore market, as the Interior Department just announced that it will auction wind energy rights to 164,750 acres off New England's coast. Rhode Island

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Google’s New Finnish Data Center to be Powered Entirely by Wind Energy

Google’s New Finnish Data Center to be Powered Entirely by Wind Energy

Photo via Shutterstock Google just announced that its new Finnish data center will be powered entirely by wind energy. The company is no stranger to renewable energy, and it struck up a ten year deal

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US’ First Grid-Connected Offshore Wind Turbine Installed in Maine

US’ First Grid-Connected Offshore Wind Turbine Installed in Maine

The first grid-connected offshore wind turbine in the US was just installed in Brewer, Maine. The 65-foot-tall VolturnUS turbine is a small-scale prototype of a giant 6-megawatt turbine designed by the

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High-Capacity Flash Charger Can Juice Up an Electric Bus in Under 15 Seconds

High-Capacity Flash Charger Can Juice Up an Electric Bus in Under 15 Seconds

Electric vehicles are a great option for personal use, but when it comes to public transportation, the technology has its limitations. Electric buses require overhead power lines or lengthy recharge times

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New Jersey Approves $447 Million Solar Power Program

New Jersey Approves $447 Million Solar Power Program

New Jersey just announced a major $447 million solar power initiative that includes an incentive for private citizens to add solar arrays to their homes. The plan proposed by Public Service Electric and

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Stockholm Data Center Saves $1 Million a Year by Using Baltic Seawater for Cooling

Stockholm Data Center Saves $1 Million a Year by Using Baltic Seawater for Cooling

Like all data centers, Stockholm’s Interxion data center gets very hot - and the company is using seawater to keep its servers from overheating. At its Stockholm facilities, Interxion saves about $1

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