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Voltaic Celebrates Bike to Work Day with Portable Solar-Charging Trailer You Can Rent!

Voltaic Celebrates Bike to Work Day with Portable Solar-Charging Trailer You Can Rent!

Today is National Bike to Work Day, and all across America, people are ditching their cars and trucks for a cleaner, healthier journey via bicycle. Our friends at Voltaic Systems joined in the fun to

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WE CARE Solar Suitcase Saves Mothers’ and Babies’ Lives by Providing a Vital Light Source During Childbirth

WE CARE Solar Suitcase Saves Mothers’ and Babies’ Lives by Providing a Vital Light Source During Childbirth

In the developing world, mortality rates for expectant mothers total over 300,000 deaths each year. The WE CARE Solar Suitcase is a brilliant new device that aims to reduce this figure by providing

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Taiwanese Wind Tower is Covered with Thousands of Wind Turbines and LED Lights

Taiwanese Wind Tower is Covered with Thousands of Wind Turbines and LED Lights

Beijing-based Decode Urbanism Office has designed a conceptual skyscraper with a façade composed of thousands of small wind turbines that would be able to produce enough energy to power the entire

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Australia’s Largest Solar Cell Printer Can Spit Out a Photovoltaic Panel Every Two Seconds

Australia’s Largest Solar Cell Printer Can Spit Out a Photovoltaic Panel Every Two Seconds

An incredible new printer at the University of Melbourne has allowed researchers to print solar cells up to the size of an A3 sheet of paper. Developed in collaboration between the Victorian Organic Solar

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Japan Takes Steps to Permanently Close First Nuclear Reactor Since Fukushima Disaster

Japan Takes Steps to Permanently Close First Nuclear Reactor Since Fukushima Disaster

Photo via Shutterstock Japan has hemmed and hawed about closing its nuclear reactors after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. At first there was talk of closing down all reactors, but the motion was whittled

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Naval Research Laboratory Flies Their Hydrogen-Powered Ion Tiger UAV for Over 48 Hours

Naval Research Laboratory Flies Their Hydrogen-Powered Ion Tiger UAV for Over 48 Hours

A team from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have broken their own record after flying their hydrogen fuel cell powered-Ion Tiger UAV for an astonishing 48 hours and 1 minute last month. The UAV,

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New VisionAIR Vertical Axis Wind Turbine to Debut at Beijing International Garden Expo

New VisionAIR Vertical Axis Wind Turbine to Debut at Beijing International Garden Expo

Alternative energy company Urban Green Energy (UGE) has announced the launch of its new vertical axis wind turbine, the VisionAIR. The turbine was the result of over a year of dedicated testing at

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World’s First Floating Wind-Current Turbine to be Installed Off Japanese Coast

World’s First Floating Wind-Current Turbine to be Installed Off Japanese Coast

Offshore wind farms and tidal energy facilities harness the power of the wind and the ocean - but why should we have separate turbines for each task? Offshore technology company Mitsui is developing a

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Hyundai Unveils Plans to Install South Korea’s Largest Solar Power Plant

Hyundai Unveils Plans to Install South Korea’s Largest Solar Power Plant

Hyundai isn’t joking when it claims it wants to fight global warming. The car manufacturer just announced that it plans to install what will be South Korea’s largest solar photovoltaic system on the

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Fluorescent Dye Boosts Solar Cell Efficiency by a Whopping 38 Percent

Fluorescent Dye Boosts Solar Cell Efficiency by a Whopping 38 Percent

Yale researchers recently discovered a way to boost the efficiency of solar cells by a whopping 38 percent by coating them with a fluorescent dye. Polymer solar cells are popular for their low cost, low

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Scientists Discover Methods of Harvesting Electricity from Plants

Scientists Discover Methods of Harvesting Electricity from Plants

Photo via Shutterstock When it comes to capturing solar energy, plants are first in their class. Able to function at nearly 100 percent quantum efficiency, they can produce an equal number of electrons

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Spain Produced 54 Percent of its Electricity from Renewable Sources in April

Spain Produced 54 Percent of its Electricity from Renewable Sources in April

Renewable energy is gaining major momentum in Spain. In April, the country set a new record with renewable energy accounting for 54 percent of the electricity generated in Spain. April’s figure just

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San Onofre Nuclear Plant Investigation Finds Leaky Pipe Held Together With Tape, Plastic Bags, Broom Handles

San Onofre Nuclear Plant Investigation Finds Leaky Pipe Held Together With Tape, Plastic Bags, Broom Handles

As Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster demonstrated, no nuclear plant is ever completely safe. In January 2012, the San Onofre nuclear generating station (SONGS) in Southern California was closed due to

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UGE Rolls Out Solar and Wind-Powered LED Streetlights in PingQuan, China

UGE Rolls Out Solar and Wind-Powered LED Streetlights in PingQuan, China

Urban Green Energy Inc has installed 120 solar and wind-powered streetlights in PingQuan, situated in the Hebei province of China. Instead of opting for costly traditional lights that would have needed to

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Brilliant Energy-Generating JF-Kit House is Powered by People!

Brilliant Energy-Generating JF-Kit House is Powered by People!

JF-Kit is part pop-up gym, part self-sufficient off-grid home. The interior features a line of ‘domestic fitness furniture’ that enables residents to produce energy by pedaling a bike, doing sit

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Kinetic Energy Floors Convert Sweet Dance Moves into Electricity

Kinetic Energy Floors Convert Sweet Dance Moves into Electricity

The disco Energy Floors can be made to any size, as each modular tile has its own generator that collects and stores energy as dancers step on it. Whether an entire nightclub floor or just a few tiles,

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The VOTO Charger Uses Fire to Charge Your Cell Phone

The VOTO Charger Uses Fire to Charge Your Cell Phone

Where there's smoke there's heat, and Point Source Power has figured out a way to harness that heat to charge your cell phone. The company's new VOTO charger converts the heat generated from a fire to

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Siva Cycle’s Atom Generator Charges Your Gadgets While You Ride

Siva Cycle’s Atom Generator Charges Your Gadgets While You Ride

A new bike-powered generator can help cyclists power their lives, “one pedal at a time”. The Siva Cycle Atom clips directly to your bike and harnesses your pedal-pushing energy, storing it in a

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MIT Developing Floating Wind Turbines That Produce Power Even When There’s No Wind

MIT Developing Floating Wind Turbines That Produce Power Even When There’s No Wind

Critics of wind power keep coming back to the same old complaint: what happens when there's no wind? A new design from researchers at MIT could finally offer a solution to this renewable energy

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New Lithium Reserve Discovered in Wyoming Could Meet All US Demand

New Lithium Reserve Discovered in Wyoming Could Meet All US Demand

As the clean tech and electric vehicle industries grow, there is an ever greater demand for lithium - the key ingredient in the lithium-ion batteries used to store energy in EVs, laptop computers and a

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Helius Energy Opens Whiskey-Powered Biomass Plant in Scotland

Helius Energy Opens Whiskey-Powered Biomass Plant in Scotland

Photo via Shutterstock In 2009, Inhabitat reported that Helius Energy was teaming up with the Rothes consortium of whisky and scotch companies to create a biomass power plant fueled by by-products from

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SUPRAPOWER: European Union Developing Next-Gen Superconductor Wind Turbines

SUPRAPOWER: European Union Developing Next-Gen Superconductor Wind Turbines

Today's wind turbines are big and heavy, which makes them costly to build and maintain - especially when they are installed offshore. To make turbines more efficient, the European Union just launched

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Helical Robotics Introduces Climbing Robots for Wind Turbine Inspection

Helical Robotics Introduces Climbing Robots for Wind Turbine Inspection

Inspecting wind turbines is not for the faint of heart. Some of the largest wind turbines possess rotating blades that are hundreds of feet in length suspended at dizzying heights, and getting up close to

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San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters Boasts Solar Panels and Built-in Wind Turbines

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters Boasts Solar Panels and Built-in Wind Turbines

The SFPUC Headquarters are located in downtown San Francisco in a neighborhood dominated by civic buildings and just a block away from City Hall. KMD Architects was tasked with designing the greenest

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Hamburg Transforming WWII Bunker Into Renewable Energy Power Plant

Hamburg Transforming WWII Bunker Into Renewable Energy Power Plant

Construction on the bunker began at the height of the war in 1943, and in 1947 the British attempted to demolish the structure, but because the walls were so thick, they only succeeded in damaging it.

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Cleaning Up The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Could Take Over 40 Years

Cleaning Up The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Could Take Over 40 Years

A team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recently announced that Japan may need more than 40 years to decommission the Fukushima power plant. The head of the IAEA clean up team, Juan

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IBM Solar Collector Harnesses the Power of 2,000 Suns

IBM Solar Collector Harnesses the Power of 2,000 Suns

A team of IBM researchers is working on a solar concentrating dish that will be able to collect 80% of incoming sunlight and convert it to useful energy. The High Concentration Photovoltaic Thermal system

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SolarWorld and PC-AERO Unveil Two New Solar-Powered Airplanes

SolarWorld and PC-AERO Unveil Two New Solar-Powered Airplanes

SolarWorld and PC-Aero just announced plans to launch two new solar-powered electric aircraft at the AERO Global Show for General Aviation in Friedrichshafen, Germany this month. The show, scheduled to

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Occidental College and Lettuce Office Create an Electrifying Urban Hillside Solar Array in Los Angeles

Occidental College and Lettuce Office Create an Electrifying Urban Hillside Solar Array in Los Angeles

Occidental College recently powered up an urban hillside solar array that combines science, engineering, urban design and art. Occidental faculty collaborated with the environment design and research

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World’s Largest Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Plant Planned for China

World’s Largest Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Plant Planned for China

Lockheed Martin just announced plans to partner with the Reignwood Group to construct the world's largest Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) plant off the coast of southern China. The OTEC

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