Renewable Energy

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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Google Announces Renewable Energy Data Center Plan

Google Announces Renewable Energy Data Center Plan

Photo via Shutterstock Google has long been at the forefront of technological advancement, and now the Silicon Valley giant has come up with a plan that could potentially take the renewable energy

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UN Says Air Pollution Kills More People Than AIDS and Malaria Combined; Clean Energy Could Halve Death Toll

UN Says Air Pollution Kills More People Than AIDS and Malaria Combined; Clean Energy Could Halve Death Toll

Air Pollution photo from Shutterstock The UN recently outlined its development goals for 2030 at a conference in Olso, where Director General of the U.N. Industrial Development Organization Kandeh

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US Added 6,700 Turbines in 2012 to Boost Wind Capacity by 28%

US Added 6,700 Turbines in 2012 to Boost Wind Capacity by 28%

Wind turbine photo from Shutterstock Renewable energy is on the rise in the US as new solar projects pop up across the country and thousands of new wind turbines are built every year. According to a

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Europe’s TyGRe Project Turns Old Tires Into Energy and Valuable Materials

Europe’s TyGRe Project Turns Old Tires Into Energy and Valuable Materials

Photo via Shutterstock When tires reach the end of the road, they often wind polluting the environment in landfills. In Europe alone, 3 million tons of tires are produced each year - and 60-70% of them

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Solar Power Comprised 100% of Utility Electricity Added to US Grid in March

Solar Power Comprised 100% of Utility Electricity Added to US Grid in March

Photo via Shutterstock March marked a historic month for renewable energy, as for first time ever 100% of new utility electricity generation added to the US grid came from solar power. According to a

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The World’s First Algae-Powered Building Opens in Hamburg

The World’s First Algae-Powered Building Opens in Hamburg

The world’s first algae-powered building just opened in Hamburg! Dubbed the BIQ House, the project features a bio-adaptive algae facade and it will serve as a testing bed for sustainable energy

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First Solar Stock Surges on Higher-than-Expected Earnings and Announcement of TetraSun Acquisition

First Solar Stock Surges on Higher-than-Expected Earnings and Announcement of TetraSun Acquisition

Arizona-based solar company First Solar saw its biggest ever one-day jump -- a whopping 45-percent increase -- on Wallstreet Tuesday after announcing that its revenues and earnings will far exceed

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Horse Poop Could Be the Key to Commercial Biofuel Production

Horse Poop Could Be the Key to Commercial Biofuel Production

Horse photo from Shutterstock Scientists just discovered a key ingredient that could help propel the production of biofuel: horse poop. Converting corn stalks and grass to biofuel requires removing

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Newly Opened Phipps Conservatory Center for Sustainable Landscapes Aims for Trifecta of Green Certifications

Newly Opened Phipps Conservatory Center for Sustainable Landscapes Aims for Trifecta of Green Certifications

Designed by Pittsburgh-based The Design Alliance Architects (TDA Architects), this new 24,350 square foot building is the Center for Sustainable Landscapes and will provide educational space to expand and

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US Utilities Fear Obsolescence as Off-Grid Solar Power Rises

US Utilities Fear Obsolescence as Off-Grid Solar Power Rises

Photo via Shutterstock There's a common belief that even as solar power takes off, utility companies will retain their hold on energy markets as the need for standard electrical grids remain. But a

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3D-Textured Solar Cells to be Tested on the International Space Station

3D-Textured Solar Cells to be Tested on the International Space Station

In one of the first experiments to take place on the outside of the International Space Station (ISS), a new type of 3D-textured solar cell will soak up 16 sunrises everyday from the "back porch" of the

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Kinetic Energy-Harvesting Tiles Generate Power from Paris Marathon Runners

Kinetic Energy-Harvesting Tiles Generate Power from Paris Marathon Runners

The annual Paris Marathon took the term "energetic workout" to the next level this past weekend by harnessing kinetic energy from over 40,000 participating runners. Sponsored by Schneider Energy, the

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Germany Quadruples Energy Surplus Over the Last Two Years

Germany Quadruples Energy Surplus Over the Last Two Years

Solar power photo from Shutterstock For a country phasing out its nuclear plants, you might expect a downturn in energy production. But Germany has actually seen its power output quadruple between

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London Array: The World’s Largest Wind Farm Switches Online in the UK

London Array: The World’s Largest Wind Farm Switches Online in the UK

England’s London Array just placed its last wind turbine and switched online as the world’s largest wind farm. Located in the Thames Estuary, the farm consists of 175 turbines that will power the area

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PowerWINDow: New Bird-Safe Turbine Can Generate Clean, Quiet, Affordable Wind Power in Cities

PowerWINDow: New Bird-Safe Turbine Can Generate Clean, Quiet, Affordable Wind Power in Cities

Wind turbines offer a great way to generate clean power, but they doesn’t exactly work in a city. So Professor Farzad Safaei, Director of the University of Wollongong’s ICT Research Institute, decided

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United States CO2 Emissions Fall to Lowest Level Since 1994

United States CO2 Emissions Fall to Lowest Level Since 1994

Greenhouse gas emissions photo from Shutterstock The United States Department of Energy just announced that carbon dioxide emissions from energy consumption have fallen to their lowest level since

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Researchers Design Synthetic Trees to Produce Algal Biofuels and Water

Researchers Design Synthetic Trees to Produce Algal Biofuels and Water

In the global effort to wean ourselves from fossil fuels, scientists have been looking towards algal biofuels as renewable sources of energy. Microalgae is capable of using sunlight and carbon dioxide to

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Solar Energy Reaches Grid Parity in India and Italy

Solar Energy Reaches Grid Parity in India and Italy

Renewable energy just hit a new landmark in India and Italy, as Deutsche Bank reports that solar power is finally available at the same cost as traditional electricity in the two countries. The bank's

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Scientists Engineer Algae to Make Nanocellulose for Biofuel and Supermaterials

Scientists Engineer Algae to Make Nanocellulose for Biofuel and Supermaterials

If you like vinegar, kombucha, durable textiles, and also enjoy driving your car, then welcome to the future of biofuels and supermaterials! Dr. R. Malcom Brown Jr. has pioneered research that uses

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Researchers Find Way to Extract Hydrogen from Any Plant in Potential Breakthrough for Fuel Cells

Researchers Find Way to Extract Hydrogen from Any Plant in Potential Breakthrough for Fuel Cells

In a breakthrough that could be a game-changer for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, researchers at Virginia Tech have discovered a way to extract large amounts of hydrogen from any plant. Current methods of

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