Renewable Energy

Quetsol CEO Lives in the Dark to Raise Funding for Pay-As-You-Go Solar Power in Guatemala

Quetsol CEO Lives in the Dark to Raise Funding for Pay-As-You-Go Solar Power in Guatemala

In Guatemala, over half a million homes are without electricity. That means these families rely on candles or kerosene lamps to do homework, read or eat dinner at night. Quetsol, a renewable energy

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First Solar Sets a New Record for Thin-Film Solar Efficiency

First Solar Sets a New Record for Thin-Film Solar Efficiency

Just last year, Republican lawmakers were trying to tarnish First Solar, Inc, because the Department of Energy provided loan guarantees to the company. But politics couldn't sink the word's largest

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Saudi Arabia Announces Plans to Develop 54 GW of Renewable Energy

Saudi Arabia Announces Plans to Develop 54 GW of Renewable Energy

Photo via Shutterstock The kingdom of Saudi Arabia sits upon the world's second-largest oil reserves, and as such, oil dominates the national economy. But in recent years, Saudi Arabia has begun taking

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India’s Anantapur District to Install 40,000 Solar Panels and Save $1 Million per Year

India’s Anantapur District to Install 40,000 Solar Panels and Save $1 Million per Year

Southern India's Anantapur District will be the first municipality in the country to use solar energy for street lighting and water pumping operations. The solar project, consisting of nearly 40,000 solar

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Solar Power Generation to Increase by 35 Times in Argentina

Solar Power Generation to Increase by 35 Times in Argentina

There is a good reason why Argentina's flag sports a shining sun. At present, Argentina only produces about 10MW of solar power, but that figure is soon about to receive a giant boost as the country plans

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123DV’s Self-Sufficient Bridge House Sits Serenely on Its Grassy Plot in The Netherlands

123DV’s Self-Sufficient Bridge House Sits Serenely on Its Grassy Plot in The Netherlands

Completed 2011, The Bridge House is set amidst a breathtaking green environment. It was constructed on a manmade hill (made from reclaimed soil nearby) to house a cellar and to make the best of its

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Four Nigerian Girls Create Pee-Powered Energy Generator

Four Nigerian Girls Create Pee-Powered Energy Generator

Four Nigerian teen girls have wowed visitors to Maker Faire Africa by creating a generator that is powered with pee. Using a resource that everyone has, the girls developed a generator that produces

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3D Printed Mechanical Muscle Has a Heartbeat Powered by Yeast

3D Printed Mechanical Muscle Has a Heartbeat Powered by Yeast

If the Tin Man were looking for a modern heart instead of an oversized pocket watch, it might look a little something like this. Scientists at the University of West England in Bristol have fabricated a

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Abandoned Canadian Open-Pit Mine Could Be Turned Into 400 Megawatt Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Plant

Abandoned Canadian Open-Pit Mine Could Be Turned Into 400 Megawatt Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Plant

Hydroelectric power can be a very efficient way to produce or augment renewable energy. But if you don't have a nearby river that's big enough to dam—that's where pumped storage comes in. Using the

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Honda and SolarCity Team Up to Provide Affordable Solar Power

Honda and SolarCity Team Up to Provide Affordable Solar Power

Honda and SolarCity has announced a new $65 million partnership to make solar power more affordable and available to Honda and Acura customers in the U.S. The partnership seeks to provide a cleaner source

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Wind Power Surpasses Nuclear Energy in China

Wind Power Surpasses Nuclear Energy in China

Photo via Shutterstock Wind energy has surpassed nuclear power to become the third largest energy source in China. The country's Wind capacity has grown rapidly over the years, and in 2012 China's wind

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Feldheim, Germany Generates 100% of its Energy From Renewable Sources!

Feldheim, Germany Generates 100% of its Energy From Renewable Sources!

Over the past decade, no country has embraced renewable energy with as much enthusiasm as Germany. Despite phasing out nuclear power, the country is exporting more energy than ever, thanks largely to its

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New Rammed Earth Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center Introduces Travelers to Green Design

New Rammed Earth Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center Introduces Travelers to Green Design

Unlike most welcome centers and rest areas, the new Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center really encourages visitors to get out of their cars and stretch their legs. The entire site covers more than 26 acres

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Epiphany’s onEPuck Charges Your Cell Phone With Your Morning Coffee

Epiphany’s onEPuck Charges Your Cell Phone With Your Morning Coffee

Your morning cup of coffee may power you through your busy work day, but what if it could also power up your cell phone? The Epiphany onEPuck is an incredible phone charger that siphons energy from

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Envision Plans to Install 2,300 Rotating Solar Tree Car Shelters in South Carolina

Envision Plans to Install 2,300 Rotating Solar Tree Car Shelters in South Carolina

In the United States, we have paved over 160 billion square feet of land simply to provide places to park cars. Recognizing these asphalt areas as opportune places for energy generation, California-based

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Brown University Identifies Hungry Microbe That Could be Key to Turning Biomass Into Biofuel

Brown University Identifies Hungry Microbe That Could be Key to Turning Biomass Into Biofuel

The quick rise and depressing downward spiral of the ethanol industry proved that using food to make biofuel is both wasteful and costly. Non food-based biofuels, such as those derived from grasses,

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Oberlin, Ohio Uses Landfill Garbage to Provide Clean Energy For its Residents

Oberlin, Ohio Uses Landfill Garbage to Provide Clean Energy For its Residents

Photo via Shutterstock With the closing of the Richard H. Gorsuch Station coal-fired power plant, a group of 83 municipalities in Ohio were faced with the dilemma of how to establish a new energy plan

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Ethiopia to Develop its Geothermal Energy Potential with a Grant from the World Bank

Ethiopia to Develop its Geothermal Energy Potential with a Grant from the World Bank

The Great Rift Valley countries in Africa have an enormous potential for geothermal energy. With Kenya, Djibouti and Tanzania already developing this potential, Ethiopia is getting serious about it too.

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World’s Combined Solar Power Capacity Reaches Record 101 Gigawatts!

World’s Combined Solar Power Capacity Reaches Record 101 Gigawatts!

The European Photovoltaic Industry Association just announced that the world's combined solar power capacity has surpassed 100 gigawatts to hit a new high, topping out at 101 gigawatts! The news shows

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Wind-Powered Car Travels 3,000 Miles Across Australia for $15 Worth of Electricity

Wind-Powered Car Travels 3,000 Miles Across Australia for $15 Worth of Electricity

A lightweight carbon-fiber car that runs on lithium-ion batteries and a portable wind turbine has just traveled 3,000 miles across Australia—and it used only $15 worth of electricity. The car, dubbed

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The Biobot 20 is a Tabletop Biodiesel Processor for Waste Cooking Oil

The Biobot 20 is a Tabletop Biodiesel Processor for Waste Cooking Oil

Now there is something better you can do with that viscous mess of cooking oil instead of sequestering it in a can or pouring it down the drain. The UK-based company Biobot offers the Biobot 20, a

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Report Finds Renewable Energy is Cheaper Than Gas and Coal in Australia

Report Finds Renewable Energy is Cheaper Than Gas and Coal in Australia

In the wake of soaring temperatures that made it impossible for some residents in the Australian outback to pump gas, good news is finally coming to the energy market Down Under. A report by Bloomberg New

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V-Tent is a Solar-Powered EV Charger That Protects Your Car

V-Tent is a Solar-Powered EV Charger That Protects Your Car

V-Tent is an eco-friendly parking system designed by Hakan Gürsu that protects and charges vehicles. It is a collapsible canopy that can be used in both personal and public parking areas. Aiming to

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Germany Boosted Its National Wind Power Capacity by 20% in 2012

Germany Boosted Its National Wind Power Capacity by 20% in 2012

German wind farm photo from Shutterstock Last year, Germany made headlines when it met half of its weekend power demand using solar energy alone. But that's not all - the nation just announced that it

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Wind Power Becomes Spain’s Top Source of Electricity

Wind Power Becomes Spain’s Top Source of Electricity

Photo via Shutterstock In the last three months, Spain has quickly risen as a leader in renewable energy, having produced more electricity via wind farms than any other source! The Spanish Wind Energy

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Matt Hope’s ‘Breathing Bike’ Creates Clean Air in Polluted Beijing as it Rides

Matt Hope’s ‘Breathing Bike’ Creates Clean Air in Polluted Beijing as it Rides

Riding a bicycle is normally a healthy alternative to driving a gas-guzzling vehicle. But in places like Beijing where air pollution is hitting record levels, keeping yourself separated from the deadly

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GE Unveils the World’s Most Efficient Wind Turbine: The ‘Brilliant’ 2.5-120

GE Unveils the World’s Most Efficient Wind Turbine: The ‘Brilliant’ 2.5-120

General Electric (GE) has stepped up its investment in clean energy over the past few years, and the company just announced the world’s most efficient high-output wind turbine - the "brilliant" 2.5-120.

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The Voltmaker Charges Your Gadgets Off-Grid With Kinetic Energy

The Voltmaker Charges Your Gadgets Off-Grid With Kinetic Energy

Sick of your batteries dying at the very moment you need to make a call, flick on a flashlight, or find your position on a GPS when you are lost in the outdoors? Introducing the Voltmaker - an innovative

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US Military Slated to Quadruple Renewable Energy Installations by 2025

US Military Slated to Quadruple Renewable Energy Installations by 2025

As the largest military force on the planet, the US Department of Defense (DoD) is also the largest consumer of energy in the world. Every year, the combined forces use 3.7 billion kilowatt hours of

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Cal Poly Project Produces Energy and Purifies Water Using Algae and Human Waste

Cal Poly Project Produces Energy and Purifies Water Using Algae and Human Waste

Photo via Shutterstock The Keystone XL pipeline has some big competition, and it is coming from a number of very small challengers. Scientists at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA are working under a

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