Renewable Energy

Bosch Lauches Off-the-Shelf Home Solar Power Storage System

Bosch Lauches Off-the-Shelf Home Solar Power Storage System

Consumers and homeowners can now get their hands on a home solar power and battery system, thanks to Bosch. Called the BPT-S 5 Hybrid, the integrated solar supply system has everything- an inverter, Saft

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Colorado State Study Shows Beavers Build Natural Carbon Storage Shelters

Colorado State Study Shows Beavers Build Natural Carbon Storage Shelters

Beaver photo from Shutterstock A team of researchers from Colorado State University has discovered that when it comes to carbon capture and storage, we can learn a lot from nature's best architect -

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Stanford Researchers Develop Record-Breaking Thinner Solar Cells That Absorb More Light

Stanford Researchers Develop Record-Breaking Thinner Solar Cells That Absorb More Light

Solar power research is a big deal. Scientists have been searching for a way to improve photovoltaic efficacy for years by developing new technologies - from giant solar concentrator

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UCLA Doubles Efficiency of Transparent Energy-Generating Solar Film

UCLA Doubles Efficiency of Transparent Energy-Generating Solar Film

A team of UCLA researchers has achieved a breakthrough in polymer solar cell (PSC) technology by doubling the efficiency of the transparent solar cells they unveiled last year. Led by Yang Yang, Director

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Europe’s Largest Battery to Store Renewable Energy in Groundbreaking UK Trial

Europe’s Largest Battery to Store Renewable Energy in Groundbreaking UK Trial

Image via Shutterstock Three companies plan to install Europe's largest battery at a UK substation in order to test improved renewable energy storage. Solar and wind are excellent, clean sources of

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Prefab SmartHomze are Affordable, Net-Zero Energy Kits for Green Living

Prefab SmartHomze are Affordable, Net-Zero Energy Kits for Green Living

The Vermont-based company is best know for producing energy efficient urethane panels, but their latest venture sees Vantem assembling their products into prefab homes. With the six available SmartHomze

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Scientists Develop a Long-Lasting and Environmentally Friendly Battery Made from Wood

Scientists Develop a Long-Lasting and Environmentally Friendly Battery Made from Wood

Photo via Shutterstock When searching for inspiration to create an environmentally friendly battery, University of Maryland researchers Liangbing Hu, Teng Li and their team looked to the trees. Their

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Centre For Alternative Technology Shows That a Zero Carbon Britain is Possible by 2030

Centre For Alternative Technology Shows That a Zero Carbon Britain is Possible by 2030

The UK's Centre for Alternative Technology just released a new report showing that a Zero Carbon Britain is possible by the year 2030. The report states that the decarbonization of the UK could be

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City of Palo Alto, California to Switch to 100% Renewable Energy Sources

City of Palo Alto, California to Switch to 100% Renewable Energy Sources

Photo via Shutterstock This week the city council in Palo Alto, California voted in favor of sourcing all the town's energy needs from clean, renewable sources. Effective immediately, the city will

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LEED Platinum Leon Springs Home Features a 17,000 Gallon Rainwater Catchment System

LEED Platinum Leon Springs Home Features a 17,000 Gallon Rainwater Catchment System

The light-filled home is lined with floor to ceiling windows, bringing the Texas landscape into each of the living areas. A double height living room is used for entertaining, and opens onto the veranda

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SylvanSport’s Lightweight GO Pop-Up Camper Comes with its Own Solar Generator

SylvanSport’s Lightweight GO Pop-Up Camper Comes with its Own Solar Generator

The GO Pop Up camper folds down for travel, and it's small enough to be towed by any vehicle. The roof doubles as a bike or kayak rack, and the camper pops out to comfortable sleep four, with sleeping

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Peru to Provide Free Solar Power to its 2 Million Poorest Citizens

Peru to Provide Free Solar Power to its 2 Million Poorest Citizens

The country of Peru is looking to provide free electricity to over 2 million of its poorest citizens by harvesting energy from the sun. Energy and Mining Minister Jorge Merino said that the National

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Bielefeld University Students Produce Batteries Powered by E.Coli Bacteria

Bielefeld University Students Produce Batteries Powered by E.Coli Bacteria

Image via iGEM team 2013 A team of ten students at Bielefeld University, Germany have come up with a new source of electricity – the infection-causing bacteria Escherichia coli. Their

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6 Human-Powered Gadgets To Improve Your Life

6 Human-Powered Gadgets To Improve Your Life

Pedal-Powered GiraDora Washer Electric washers and dryers seem pretty darn convenient until the power goes out. Then, unless you've got a washtub, scrub board, and a lot of elbow grease, you're going to

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CalTech Researcher John Dabiri Uses Biomimicry to Design Cheaper, More Efficient Vertical Axis Wind Farms Inspired by Schools of Fish

CalTech Researcher John Dabiri Uses Biomimicry to Design Cheaper, More Efficient Vertical Axis Wind Farms Inspired by Schools of Fish

Wind turbine designs have improved significantly in recent years, but wind farms are still pretty inefficient. That's because traditional wind turbines -- the ones with three huge blades -- interfere with

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China Becomes World’s First Nation to Install 3 GW of Utility-Scale Solar Power!

China Becomes World’s First Nation to Install 3 GW of Utility-Scale Solar Power!

China just secured its position as the world leader in solar power by installing a record 3 gigawatts of utility-scale solar power. The nation has constructed 40 new solar plants (with over 1 GW of

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UK Scientists Create World’s First Pee-Powered Cell Phone

UK Scientists Create World’s First Pee-Powered Cell Phone

Scientists at Bristol Robotics Laboratory first harnessed the power of pee two years ago, and now their research has taken a giant leap forward. The team has created the world's first system based on

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7 Incredible Inventions by Teenage Wunderkinds

7 Incredible Inventions by Teenage Wunderkinds

An Ocean Clean Up Array to Remove 7,250,000 Tons of Plastic From the World's Oceans When we first covered Boyan Slat's Ocean Cleanup Array it generated a phenomenal amount of excitement, as well as

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Work Begins on World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm On the Fukushima Coast

Work Begins on World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm On the Fukushima Coast

Fukushima has become synonymous with the nuclear disaster resulting from the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011. But the coastal prefecture may turn that reputation around and become known

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Giant Energy-Generating Kites Could Serve as an Alternative to Wind Turbines

Giant Energy-Generating Kites Could Serve as an Alternative to Wind Turbines

In the Netherlands, scientists from the aerospace engineering department of the Technology University in Delft are testing the ability of giant kites to harvest energy from high speed, high altitude

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Germany’s Solar Industry is in Peril as Big Companies File for Insolvency

Germany’s Solar Industry is in Peril as Big Companies File for Insolvency

It seems that almost every other month, Germany sets a new solar power record. However, despite the sunny outlook for the current state of power generation, the solar panel industry has been showing signs

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Germany Sets 23.9 GW Solar Power Generation Record!

Germany Sets 23.9 GW Solar Power Generation Record!

Despite the long and dark winter, solar panels keep lining Germany's residential rooftops. According to SMA Solar Technology, the country has just set another world record in solar energy

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House Budget for NASA Calls for Half-Trillion Dollar Mars Colony, Cuts Renewable Energy Research

House Budget for NASA Calls for Half-Trillion Dollar Mars Colony, Cuts Renewable Energy Research

Interplanetary exploration is certainly a noble endeavor, but when it comes to caring for a planet, politicians should begin by rooting for the home team. A recently introduced bill in the House of

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World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens in Thames Estuary

World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens in Thames Estuary

As the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Great Britain was once completely reliant on fossil fuels, but that is rapidly changing. On Thursday, the world's largest wind farm was opened in the Thames

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EADS E-Thrust Electric Airliner Could Transform Air Travel by 2050

EADS E-Thrust Electric Airliner Could Transform Air Travel by 2050

The European aerospace consortium EADS has unveiled its electric airliner, the E-Thrust, which could radically transform commercial aviation by 2050. Developed in partnership with Rolls-Royce to increase

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Apple Announces Plans to Build 20MW Solar Farm to Power Reno Data Center

Apple Announces Plans to Build 20MW Solar Farm to Power Reno Data Center

Earlier this spring, environmentalists cheered when Apple announced that it would power its largest data center in Maiden, North Carolina entirely with renewable energy. Now, Apple is following that up

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The Obama Administration Proposes $8 Billion in Loans for ‘Clean’ Fossil Fuel Technologies

The Obama Administration Proposes $8 Billion in Loans for ‘Clean’ Fossil Fuel Technologies

Coal photo from Shutterstock By now, Inhabitat readers know that 'clean coal' is a contradiction of terms. However, as part of President Obama's new energy initiative, the U.S. Department of Energy has

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Stafier Holland’s Ultra Thin Solar Tiles Seamlessly Integrate Into Rooftops

Stafier Holland’s Ultra Thin Solar Tiles Seamlessly Integrate Into Rooftops

If you look around at the rooftop solar installations, you'll notice that the solar panels aren't actually part of the roof -- instead, they're set on structures resting on top of the roof. That seems

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Chinese Wind Turbine Manufacturer Sinovel Accused of Stealing Trade Secrets From US Clean Energy Company

Chinese Wind Turbine Manufacturer Sinovel Accused of Stealing Trade Secrets From US Clean Energy Company

US-based American Superconductor (AMSC) recently accused Sinovel Wind Group - one of China's biggest wind turbine manufacturers - of stealing trade secrets. AMSC claims the stolen software was used in

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Sunstash Solar Charger Provides Off-Grid Energy During Emergencies

Sunstash Solar Charger Provides Off-Grid Energy During Emergencies

SunStash is a newly launched Kickstarter project that seeks to provide an innovative solar powered solution to frequent interruptions in the power grid. Created by Don Cayelli, SunStash combines a

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