Renewable Energy

HUB 01 Features Mobile Student Housing Covered in Plants or Solar Panels in Belgium

HUB 01 Features Mobile Student Housing Covered in Plants or Solar Panels in Belgium

Katho Catholic Academy appears to be on a mission to make education fun, ecological and private with their intriguing modular student housing experiment. Each bedroom and toilet unit plugs in to a central

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California Vets Accelerated Renewable Energy Generation and Conservation Plan

California Vets Accelerated Renewable Energy Generation and Conservation Plan

Learning from BrightSource Solar's experience with the desert tortoise, stakeholders are vetting a plan to squeeze as much renewable energy out of the California Desert as possible without jeopardizing

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Utilities Rush to Complete Turbines as Wind Energy Tax Incentive Expires at Midnight

Utilities Rush to Complete Turbines as Wind Energy Tax Incentive Expires at Midnight

Wind turbine photo from Shutterstock United States energy companies are clamoring to install last minute wind turbines before the federal tax credit incentive expires at the stroke of midnight tonight.

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Nanomaterials That Split Sunlight into Separate Colors Could Double Solar Cell Efficiency

Nanomaterials That Split Sunlight into Separate Colors Could Double Solar Cell Efficiency

Solar technologies are constantly evolving towards higher efficiencies thanks to the development of materials capable of absorbing more of the sun's visible energy. A new DARPA-funded project explores

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Inhabitat’s Top Clean Energy Stories of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Inhabitat’s Top Clean Energy Stories of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

2012 was a banner year for renewable energy that saw scientists and engineers pushing the envelope towards ever more efficient and sustainable ways of producing power. Entire nations reaped the benefits

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Amazing Energy Belt Turns Excess Body Fat Into Electricity

Amazing Energy Belt Turns Excess Body Fat Into Electricity

Are you worried about those extra pounds gained over Christmas? Here is a conceptual eco-design that could deal with that dilemma by converting excess body fat into energy. Dutch designer Emmy van

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Audi’s E-Fuel is a Carbon Neutral Way to Power Cars That Acts Like Gasoline

Audi’s E-Fuel is a Carbon Neutral Way to Power Cars That Acts Like Gasoline

Do you feel a twinge of guilt every time you fill your tank with dirty gasoline? What if you could power your car with a carbon neutral fossil fuel substitute? Introducing Audi's new e-fuel, an energy

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Apple Files Patent for Wind Turbine That Can Produce Energy Even When There’s No Wind

Apple Files Patent for Wind Turbine That Can Produce Energy Even When There’s No Wind

Critics of wind power all like to point out the same problem with turbine technology: “What happens when the wind doesn’t blow”? Apple, usually a maker of products that consume energy,

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Amazing Glitter-Sized Photovoltaic Cells Look Like Golden Snowflakes

Amazing Glitter-Sized Photovoltaic Cells Look Like Golden Snowflakes

As snowstorms sweep the country, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are warming up our winter blues with the creation of these gorgeous snowflake-shaped photovoltaic cells. The glitter-sized

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California Sets a New Record for Winter Solar Power Generation

California Sets a New Record for Winter Solar Power Generation

California is taking the lead in reducing carbon emissions with one of the nation’s most ambitious renewable energy programs. By 2020, California intends to generate 33 percent of its power from

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Stanford Scientists Create the World’s First Peel-and-Stick Solar Cells

Stanford Scientists Create the World’s First Peel-and-Stick Solar Cells

Solar cells image via Shutterstock Instead of rigid, cumbersome flat solar panels, you could soon be powering your home and electronics with a sticker. Engineers at Stanford have successfully

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Irony Abounds: Big Pit Coal Mining Museum in the UK Installs Solar Panels to Save Cash

Irony Abounds: Big Pit Coal Mining Museum in the UK Installs Solar Panels to Save Cash

It seems that irony is a dish best served coal. The Wales National Coal Mining Museum located in Big Pit, Blaenavon, Nr Abergavenny in south Wales has just installed a huge solar panel array to save

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Gorgeous Coastlands House Gets 80% of its Power From the California Sun

Gorgeous Coastlands House Gets 80% of its Power From the California Sun

Remarkably well-connected to the wild seaside landscape, Coastlands House features a magnificent palette of natural materials - including the stone base which connects the home to the uphill slope.

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Plug and Save DIY Solar Power System Makes Residential Green Energy More Accessible Than Ever

Plug and Save DIY Solar Power System Makes Residential Green Energy More Accessible Than Ever

Solar power is a great option for those who want to generate green energy for their own home, but unfortunately, renters and apartment dwellers don’t always have the option to install solar panels. All

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Signal Snowboards Use Powerfilm Solar Cells To Build A Deck That Charges Your Devices

Signal Snowboards Use Powerfilm Solar Cells To Build A Deck That Charges Your Devices

Every third Thursday, the winter sport experts at Signal Snowboards like to head into their workshop, throw around some ideas and build something truly unique and creative. As the team spend a large

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The 10 Countries Where Climate Change and Pollution Is Killing the Population

The 10 Countries Where Climate Change and Pollution Is Killing the Population

When you hear about the effects on climate change on global populations, some of the places that might immediately spring to mind might include the low-lying island of Tuvalu or Haiti, which is

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Chuck Hoberman Designs Kinetic Building Canopy to Filter Sunlight in Riyadh

Chuck Hoberman Designs Kinetic Building Canopy to Filter Sunlight in Riyadh

Imagine lounging at a spa poolside, relaxing as the delicate interplay of light and shadow filtering from the canopy above melts your stress away. But instead of trees setting the mood, the roof above is

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Atmospheric Vortex Engine Harnesses the Power of Tornadoes to Create Clean Energy

Atmospheric Vortex Engine Harnesses the Power of Tornadoes to Create Clean Energy

Photo via Shutterstock A tornado is rarely something to be seen in a positive light, but the creators of the Atmospheric Vortex Engine (AVE) hope to harness properties of the extreme weather phenomenon

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Dominion and FuelCell Energy to Build North America’s Largest Fuel Cell Power Plant in Connecticut

Dominion and FuelCell Energy to Build North America’s Largest Fuel Cell Power Plant in Connecticut

Dominion, a large energy company based in Virginia, and FuelCell Energy Inc. (FCE), a Connecticut manufacturer of fuel cell power plants, have announced that they will be developing the largest fuel cell

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Engineers in Hong Kong Generate Electricity from Water Mains

Engineers in Hong Kong Generate Electricity from Water Mains

For decades in China, hydroelectricity has been used on a large scale to generate power. Now, engineers from the PolyU's Department of Building Services Engineering and the Water Supplies Department (WSD)

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Mini Hydropower Generator Creates Clean Energy Without The Need for Giant Dams

Mini Hydropower Generator Creates Clean Energy Without The Need for Giant Dams

Japanese company Ibasei recently devised a tiny underwater turbine that can be placed along a riverbank or canal to generate electricity without harming the environment. Hydroelectricity, produced by

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Los Angeles and Burbank to Buy Solar Power from Nevada Plant

Los Angeles and Burbank to Buy Solar Power from Nevada Plant

Some California cities are looking to the Nevada desert to supply them with renewable energy. It was announced on Wednesday that the cities of Los Angeles and Burbank have agreed to sign a 20-year

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GravityLight Is a Cheap, Green Weight-Powered Alternative to Solar Lamps

GravityLight Is a Cheap, Green Weight-Powered Alternative to Solar Lamps

London-based designers Martin Riddiford and Jim Reeves — from Therefore.com – spent four years developing a light that would provide a viable alternative to kerosene and sun-powered lamps for

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New Report Shows that Renewable Energy Could Cost-Effectively Power Huge Electrical Grids by 2030

New Report Shows that Renewable Energy Could Cost-Effectively Power Huge Electrical Grids by 2030

A new report by researchers from the University of Delaware (UD) and Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC) demonstrates that a huge electrical system could be run almost exclusively by renewable

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Scientists Invent a Battery Powered by an Ancient Red Dye Made from Madder Roots

Scientists Invent a Battery Powered by an Ancient Red Dye Made from Madder Roots

This holiday season, it is almost a sure thing that one of the gifts you will receive will require a battery. Instead of a plain old Duracell, you may soon be able to reach for a battery powered by a

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Offshore Tiree Wind Farm Paused to Protect Birds and Marine Life in Scotland

Offshore Tiree Wind Farm Paused to Protect Birds and Marine Life in Scotland

ScottishPower Renewables has announced plans to temporarily halt progress on the Tiree Wind Farm off the coast of Scotland. Designed as a 361 square kilometer site 5km off the coast of the most westerly

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Americans Installed a Record Number of Rooftop Solar Panels This Year

Americans Installed a Record Number of Rooftop Solar Panels This Year

Americans installed a record number of rooftop solar panels in 2012, according to a recent Solar Energy Industries Association report. The group expects a total national installation of 3.2 gigawatts this

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The ELF: A Half-Bike, Half-Car Solar and Pedal-Powered Urban Vehicle by Organic Transit

The ELF: A Half-Bike, Half-Car Solar and Pedal-Powered Urban Vehicle by Organic Transit

If you have ever wished that your bicycle had a little more cargo space, but you didn’t want to give up all of the benefits that come with it, the ELF may just be the answer. Part bicycle and part car,

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Japan May Scrap Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant Built On Active Seismic Fault

Japan May Scrap Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant Built On Active Seismic Fault

Japan is located in a seismically and volcanically active part of the world - which is why the country's decision to build nuclear power plants has always been so controversial. As the Fukushima incident

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New Flexible Fiber-Based Solar Cells Could Revolutionize Renewable Energy Production

New Flexible Fiber-Based Solar Cells Could Revolutionize Renewable Energy Production

Thanks to an international team of chemists, physicists and engineers, we may soon see the creation of flexible silicon solar cell fabrics. Led by John Badding, a professor of chemistry at Penn State

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