Renewable Energy

Solar Sister Empowers Women to Bring Solar Energy to Rural Africa

Solar Sister Empowers Women to Bring Solar Energy to Rural Africa

We take electricity for granted in the developed world, but did you know that 1.6 billion people - a full one quarter of the world's population - don’t have access to reliable electricity? The

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Seriously? Japan Plans to Restart Nuclear Reactors

Seriously? Japan Plans to Restart Nuclear Reactors

Despite the devastation wreaked by the Fukushima meltdown in 2011, Japan wants to restart two nuclear reactors that were shut off in the wake of the disaster. According to the Guardian, Japan’s nuclear

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Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is an Incredible Hot Spring Spouting from the Runoff of a Geothermal Power Plant

Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is an Incredible Hot Spring Spouting from the Runoff of a Geothermal Power Plant

The water appears blue because of the high concentrations of silica, algae, and minerals within it. Although the water itself is actually a milky white hue, the silica within it reflects sunlight and the

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Can Cloud Power Provide Clean Water and Electricity for the World?

Can Cloud Power Provide Clean Water and Electricity for the World?

Wind, water, solar are common sources of renewable energy, but what about the clouds? Can cloud power provide our clean energy and water needs? A Russian scientist is aiming to do just that with the Air

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Helsinki Builds 9 Million Gallon Underground Water Tank to Cool Local Buildings

Helsinki Builds 9 Million Gallon Underground Water Tank to Cool Local Buildings

Just when you thought Scandinavia couldn’t get any more eco-friendly, Helsinki ups the ante. The Finnish capital recently announced some major environmental initiatives aimed at making the city smarter

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JAHN Unveils Net-Zero Plans for Mexico City’s International Airport

JAHN Unveils Net-Zero Plans for Mexico City’s International Airport

To bring glare-free and uniform levels of daylight into the airport, the terminal is topped by a lightweight and modular roof design made from twin-wall polycarbonate with nanogel infill sandwiched

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Why Using Gas as a “Bridge Fuel” is Worse Than Burning Coal

Why Using Gas as a “Bridge Fuel” is Worse Than Burning Coal

In his 2014 State of the Union Address President Obama stated of coal seam gas: "if extracted safely, it's the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate

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Saudi Arabia is Investing Heavily in Solar Power; Is This the End for Big Oil?

Saudi Arabia is Investing Heavily in Solar Power; Is This the End for Big Oil?

When the country with the largest oil reserves in the world decides to start investing in renewable energy, it may well be a sign that the age of big oil is coming to an end. While the US is still focused

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Foster + Partners and FR-EE Unveil Plans for World’s “Most Sustainable” Airport in Mexico City

Foster + Partners and FR-EE Unveil Plans for World’s “Most Sustainable” Airport in Mexico City

We've seen our share of dazzling mega-airports, each with more eco-friendly elements than the last, but Foster + Partners' recently unveiled designs for a new international airport in Mexico City really

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UK Scientists Make Renewable Propane Using E. Coli Bacteria

UK Scientists Make Renewable Propane Using E. Coli Bacteria

Scientists at the U.K.'s Imperial College London just made a major breakthrough in the renewable production of the fuel propane. In a study released this week in the journal Nature Communications, they

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Unofficial Leak: Tesla’s New Gigafactory is Headed to Nevada

Unofficial Leak: Tesla’s New Gigafactory is Headed to Nevada

After months of waiting and speculation, word is out that the much-anticipated Tesla Gigafactory has finally broken ground in Reno, Nevada. Nevada governor Brian Sandoval and Tesla CEO Elon Musk are

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Samoa Opens Largest Solar Photovoltaic Array in South Pacific

Samoa Opens Largest Solar Photovoltaic Array in South Pacific

The South Pacific Island of Samoa has opened the region's largest solar array, the Faleata Racecourse. Located in the capital city of Apia, the 2.2 MW photovoltaic array was built in the middle of the

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Seoul Installing Hydro-Powered Smartphone Charging Stations

Seoul Installing Hydro-Powered Smartphone Charging Stations

The smartphone capital of the world has found an innovative and environmentally-friendly way to charge all those homegrown Samsungs and other mobile devices—Seoul, South Korea, is planning to install

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Nepalese Teen Invents Cheap Solar Panel Using Human Hair

Nepalese Teen Invents Cheap Solar Panel Using Human Hair

Did you know that melanin, the pigment in hair, is light sensitive and can be used as a conductor? Well, that's what an 18 year old in Nepal recently discovered, and is now using human hair to replace

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19 Central American Coffee Farms Now Generate Energy from Wastewater

19 Central American Coffee Farms Now Generate Energy from Wastewater

Did you know that only 1 percent of freshwater in the world is available for human consumption? Or that 140 litres of water are required to produce a single cup of coffee? Over 70% of water used in

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One Planet Communities: The Earth’s Greenest Neighborhoods

One Planet Communities: The Earth’s Greenest Neighborhoods

10 principles guide One Planet Communities (OPCs) in the quest for improved stewardship of the Earth’s resources. At the top of the list are Zero Carbon and Zero Waste—it's the goal of these

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Atlantis Announces Funding For the World’s Largest Tidal Energy Project in Scotland

Atlantis Announces Funding For the World’s Largest Tidal Energy Project in Scotland

The world's largest tidal energy project just took a big step forward as Atlantis Resources announced it has finalized an $83 million funding package for the project to break ground. When it is finished,

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How Scientists Generate Electricity from a Silk Moth Cocoon

How Scientists Generate Electricity from a Silk Moth Cocoon

Did you know that the cocoon membranes of a silk moth contain trace amounts of several elements such as sodium, chlorine, potassium, magnesium, sulphur, calcium and copper, as well as carbon, nitrogen and

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14-Year-Old’s Biofuel Breakthrough Boosts Algae Production 500%

14-Year-Old’s Biofuel Breakthrough Boosts Algae Production 500%

Algae could provide an endless source of biofuel, however current production methods tend to be costly and time-intensive - first you have to grow the algae, and then you extract oily lipids and convert

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Airbus Unveils Incredible Design for a Transparent Plane

Airbus Unveils Incredible Design for a Transparent Plane

If you're a jet-setter who feels that air travel has lost some of its luster, then put your seat back in its upright position and get ready for a thrilling ride. Aerospace company Airbus has just

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Crystal Clear Solar Panels Could Turn Your iPhone Into an Energy Generator

Crystal Clear Solar Panels Could Turn Your iPhone Into an Energy Generator

Today's smartphones are dominated by their screens - and researchers just unveiled a new type of 100% transparent solar panel that could turn displays, windows, and other transparent surfaces into clean

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A Solar-Powered Hydroponic Food Belt Could Green the Entire Arabian Peninsula

A Solar-Powered Hydroponic Food Belt Could Green the Entire Arabian Peninsula

OAXIS is designed to incorporate a prefabricated modular structures with recycled steel. Several passive strategies would control the building’s environment while roof-mounted photovoltaic panels would

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Are These Incredible Rice Paddy-Topped Hong Kong Towers the Skyscrapers of the Future?

Are These Incredible Rice Paddy-Topped Hong Kong Towers the Skyscrapers of the Future?

Shortlisted in the World Architecture Festival 2014 awards, Studio CTC's visionary skyscrapers bring agriculture and greenery back to the urban fabric in a big way. Inspired by the duality in Hong Kong's

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Project Dome Could Power Copenhagen Using Energy From the Sun, Wind, Water, and Biomass!

Project Dome Could Power Copenhagen Using Energy From the Sun, Wind, Water, and Biomass!

Project Dome is a design proposal submitted to this year's Land Art Generator Initiative design competition, a contest that solicits ideas for constructible regenerative architecture in Copenhagen.

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BMW Unveils Beautiful Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Charger in Germany

BMW Unveils Beautiful Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Charger in Germany

Inspired by the hyper-modern Coop Himmelb(l)au-designed architecture at BMW Welt, Point.One S's sleek organic shape blends superior functionality and design into a symbol for environmentally friendly

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The Bizarre Way the Ivanpah Solar Plant Wants to Solve Its Bird-Killing Situation

The Bizarre Way the Ivanpah Solar Plant Wants to Solve Its Bird-Killing Situation

What’s the world’s largest solar plant to do when its massive mirrors start frying all of the birds flying by? If the solar plant is Ivanpah, the apparent solution is to institute a sort of cap and

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Massive Floating Sails Could Harness Wind and Wave Energy to Power Copenhagen’s Electric Grid

Massive Floating Sails Could Harness Wind and Wave Energy to Power Copenhagen’s Electric Grid

Artist Felix Cheong designed Oscillating Platforms, a proposal for an off-grid floating art installation submitted to the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) design competition. Outfitted with

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Nokero Launches Prima N202 Solar-Powered Light Bulb at American Renewable Energy Day

Nokero Launches Prima N202 Solar-Powered Light Bulb at American Renewable Energy Day

Nokero International, Ltd. recently launched the Prima N202, its ninth solar-powered light bulb, at Aspen's American Renewable Energy Day Conference early this month. As a leader in solar-powered

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NASA’s New Space Solar Arrays Fold Like Extreme Origami Flowers

NASA’s New Space Solar Arrays Fold Like Extreme Origami Flowers

Bigger is better when it comes to space-based solar panels - but rockets have a very limited amount of room, so getting them into orbit can be a challenge. So where do NASA researchers turn when looking

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How a Gilded Era Manor Was Turned Into New England’s First Net-Zero Home

How a Gilded Era Manor Was Turned Into New England’s First Net-Zero Home

Polly Guth, Stonelea's 87-year-old owner, hired H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture to renovate the 10,000 square-foot home, and the transformation has been extraordinary. Built in 1870, the New Hampshire

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