Renewable Energy

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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Gyula Bodonyi’s Algae Powered LED is Truly a “Green” Light Bulb

Gyula Bodonyi’s Algae Powered LED is Truly a “Green” Light Bulb

The tear-shaped bulb is made up of an air pump, LED, hidrophob container, PC Shell, and air outlet. The system sucks in carbon dioxide and water through the pump near the E27 screw-top, and as the air

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Merel Karhof’s Windworks Furniture is Produced From Scratch Using 100% Wind Power!

Merel Karhof’s Windworks Furniture is Produced From Scratch Using 100% Wind Power!

Set against the backdrop of the world-famous windmills in Zaanse Schans, Netherlands, the Windworks project took place from May 15th-19th. Zaanse Schans is located on the Zaan River in North Holland and

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AfroReggae Uses Pee to Power its Sound System at Carnival

AfroReggae Uses Pee to Power its Sound System at Carnival

Since public urination seems to be a widespread problem at Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, two organizations have banded together to turn that pee into power. The Electric Pee project, by AfroReggae and JWT

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Solar Impulse Pilots Hosting Reddit Ask Me Anything TODAY at 1PM EST

Solar Impulse Pilots Hosting Reddit Ask Me Anything TODAY at 1PM EST

This amazing Solar Impulse airplane recently completed the second leg of its sun-powered journey across the United States, and today co-founders and pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are

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Tesla Announces Plans to Triple its Supercharger Stations by the End of June

Tesla Announces Plans to Triple its Supercharger Stations by the End of June

Tesla is on a bit of a roll these days. Not only did the electric car company pay back its loan to the federal government nine years early, but it also just announced plans to triple its car charging

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Patio Furniture Transforms into DIY Bike-Powered Generator

Patio Furniture Transforms into DIY Bike-Powered Generator

When riding a stationary bicycle, it easy to feel as though you aren't getting anywhere or doing much of anything other than managing a quick workout. The cardio is great, but what if you could capture

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Photovoltaic Manufacturer Sputnik Engineering Unveils New Solar-Powered Headquarters in Switzerland

Photovoltaic Manufacturer Sputnik Engineering Unveils New Solar-Powered Headquarters in Switzerland

The Sputnik Engineering production and administration building looks idyllic, sitting on the edge of a beautiful sunflower field in Biel, Switzerland. The cavernous 127,000 square foot complex is home to

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World’s Largest Wave Farm to be Built off the Coast of Scotland

World’s Largest Wave Farm to be Built off the Coast of Scotland

Scotland holds 10 percent of Europe's wave power potential, and the nation just announced plans to tap into that resource by building the world’s largest wave farm! Once constructed, the farm will

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1.1 GW Of Wind Power to be Added to Grid in Africa Amid New Investment

1.1 GW Of Wind Power to be Added to Grid in Africa Amid New Investment

Photo via Shutterstock The African Development Bank just announced that private investors have raised enough funds to add a whopping 1.1GW of wind power to Africa's grid. Currently wind power only

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Google X Buys Airborne Wind Turbine Company Makani Power

Google X Buys Airborne Wind Turbine Company Makani Power

Google X, the tech giant's top secret experimental branch, recently announced that it will take over Makani Power, a startup that develops wind turbines that fly through the air like a kite, rather than

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Structures Showcases Its Snakelike S7 LED Lamp at New York Design Week

Structures Showcases Its Snakelike S7 LED Lamp at New York Design Week

A floor lamp, bedside lamp and reading lamp all in one, S7 is a versatile new lighting design by Structures. Founded by sailor turned designer Nicolas Pichelin, Structures developed the fascinating

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New DIY Glowing Plant Kits Let You Grow Bioluminescent Blooms at Home

New DIY Glowing Plant Kits Let You Grow Bioluminescent Blooms at Home

Recently Inhabitat wrote about the Glowing Plant Project, which uses the science of bioluminescence to light up a room using plants. The Kickstarter campaign, created by the team of bio-engineers behind

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Lumos Solar’s New Solarscape Structures Provide Shade and Renewable Energy

Lumos Solar’s New Solarscape Structures Provide Shade and Renewable Energy

Lumos Solar just unveiled their newest product: a modular and customizable photovoltaic structure called the SolarScape. Perfect for patio covers, pool awnings, carports, walkways, bus stops and

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Renewable Energy Could Be Stored in Facilities Deep Underground

Renewable Energy Could Be Stored in Facilities Deep Underground

Photo via Shutterstock A new study by the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Bonneville Power Administration finds that two underground sites in the Pacific Northwest

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World’s Largest Hydropower Plant on Track for 2015 Groundbreaking in DR Congo

World’s Largest Hydropower Plant on Track for 2015 Groundbreaking in DR Congo

Work on the world's largest hydropower plant is expected to start in October, 2015 following commitments from the World Bank and other development agencies to finance its construction. South Africa has

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OsmoBlue Discovers a New Way to Turn Waste Heat into Electricity

OsmoBlue Discovers a New Way to Turn Waste Heat into Electricity

The heat emitted from waste incinerators, refineries, and data processors could soon become much more useful, thanks to a discovery by the startup OsmoBlue. The Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

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Rice University Students Create Energy-Generating PediPower Shoes

Rice University Students Create Energy-Generating PediPower Shoes

A group of Rice University mechanical engineering students recently created a pair of energy-generating shoes that are able to create and store electricity with every step. The team's kinetic

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Norwegian Scientists Unveil Plans for World’s First Underwater Energy Storage Plant

Norwegian Scientists Unveil Plans for World’s First Underwater Energy Storage Plant

Photo via Shutterstock A team of Norwegian research scientists has unveiled a concept that could store energy on the seabed. Conceived by Subhydro AS, the underwater pumped hydroelectric power plant

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Supermarkets Transform Their Unsold Spoiled Food Into Green Energy

Supermarkets Transform Their Unsold Spoiled Food Into Green Energy

Two supermarkets are making lemonade out of lemons the green way—by converting their spoiled food into energy. Grocery chains Ralphs and Food 4 Less (both part of the Kroger Co.) have joined forces

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Swedish Strawscaper Harvests Energy from the Wind With a Kinetic Hair-Covered Shell

Swedish Strawscaper Harvests Energy from the Wind With a Kinetic Hair-Covered Shell

Every once in a while an idea comes along that is so unlike anything before that it defies reference. Take Belatchew Lab Architecture’s Strawscraper, a skyscraper covered in hair that can harness the

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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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