Renewable Energy

Scientists Attempt to Artificially Recreate Photosynthesis in Order to Develop Efficient Renewable Energy

Scientists Attempt to Artificially Recreate Photosynthesis in Order to Develop Efficient Renewable Energy

When it comes to harnessing the power of the sun, nothing can quite compare to leaves. Using chlorophyll to convert light into usable chemical energy, photosynthesis has long been a source of inspiration

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U.S. Army Installs the Largest Low-Concentration Solar Photovoltaic System in the World

U.S. Army Installs the Largest Low-Concentration Solar Photovoltaic System in the World

This week, the US Army dedicated the world's largest low-concentration solar photovoltaic installation on its White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The installation will generate 10 million kilowatt

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North Shore Community College’s Solar-Powered Health Professions Center Achieves Zero Net Energy

North Shore Community College’s Solar-Powered Health Professions Center Achieves Zero Net Energy

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the proud owner of this new ZNEB building, and in partnership with the Department of Capital Asset Management, Governor Deval Patrick brought together the team of

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Australia Could be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy Within 10 Years

Australia Could be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy Within 10 Years

Photo via Shutterstock It's perhaps a bit surprising that Australia—with its sunny self-presentation—is not only the world's largest exporter of coal, but at 28 billion tonnes of CO2 per year

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Panasonic’s New Ene-Farm is the World’s Most Efficient Home Fuel Cell

Panasonic’s New Ene-Farm is the World’s Most Efficient Home Fuel Cell

Last summer, electronics giant Panasonic announced plans to completely reinvent itself and become the top green innovation company in the electronics industry. Now, the company is backing up its talk

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PHOTOS: Siemens’ LEED Platinum Headquarters at Masdar City Nears Completion

PHOTOS: Siemens’ LEED Platinum Headquarters at Masdar City Nears Completion

Quite like Masdar's own terracotta buildings, the new Siemens building has been designed with an absolute commitment to sustainability. Using passive design and state of the art materials, the project

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US Set to Surpass Saudi Arabia as World’s Top Oil Producer by 2017

US Set to Surpass Saudi Arabia as World’s Top Oil Producer by 2017

Photo via Shutterstock Oil exploration, production and transportation in the United States may suffer from endemic failures in technology, regulation and common sense, but that doesn't appear to be

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Ontario to Become Completely Coal-Free by the End of 2014

Ontario to Become Completely Coal-Free by the End of 2014

Photo via Shutterstock The government of Canada’s Ontario province has announced that the last of Ontario’s coal plants will be shut down by the end of 2014. It will become the first North American

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PHOTOS: HWKN Debuts Spiky Blue Wendy Pavilion Abroad in Abu Dhabi

PHOTOS: HWKN Debuts Spiky Blue Wendy Pavilion Abroad in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is one of the world's biggest oil exporters and also has one of the highest per capita emissions rates. But the Emirate's leadership is also keenly concerned to reduce their energy consumption

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California Installed a Whopping 1 GW of Solar Power by the End of 2012

California Installed a Whopping 1 GW of Solar Power by the End of 2012

California is leading the country when it comes to customer-side solar installations, and it has a lot to be proud of in the solar energy sector. Just recently, the California Public Utilities Commission

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Solar Decathlon Teams Visit Orange County, California in Preparation for 2013 Competition

Solar Decathlon Teams Visit Orange County, California in Preparation for 2013 Competition

Sunny Southern California is set to break out the photovoltaic panels as the U.S. Department of Energy prepares to host the 2013 Solar Decathlon in Orange County, CA. This marks the first time in history

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Abu Dhabi’s IRENA Launches World’s First Global Renewable Energy Atlas

Abu Dhabi’s IRENA Launches World’s First Global Renewable Energy Atlas

Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) just launched the world’s first clean energy atlas. The Global Atlas, introduced at IRENA’S General Assembly on Sunday, currently offers

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2013 Bonnaroo Music Festival Will be Powered by 196 New Solar Panels

2013 Bonnaroo Music Festival Will be Powered by 196 New Solar Panels

When you pay for a music festival ticket, there are some fees that are simply annoying. (Twenty bucks for a processing fee? Are the tickets being hand-delivered by the Pony Express?!) But for this year's

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MIT Develops Polymer Film That Harvests Energy From Water Vapor

MIT Develops Polymer Film That Harvests Energy From Water Vapor

Researchers at MIT just developed a new bio-polymer film that is able to generate electricity from a readily available source: water vapor. The material changes its shape as it absorbs evaporated water.

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ArchiCentre’s S11 House Scores Platinum Level on the Malaysian Green Building Index

ArchiCentre’s S11 House Scores Platinum Level on the Malaysian Green Building Index

S11 House is a 12,000-square-foot home that is designed based on the characteristics of a tree in the tropics. The roof is a large, insulated canopy made from recyclable steel metal sheets coated in a

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Solar Mosaic Funds 3 Renewable Energy Projects in 1 Day Through Crowd Funding

Solar Mosaic Funds 3 Renewable Energy Projects in 1 Day Through Crowd Funding

Solar Panel photo from Shutterstock Solar Mosaic has proven that the people want renewable energy - the startup company just funded three new projects in one day via crowd funding! Through a crowd

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Enormous Wind Turbines With Blades as Long as Two Olympic Pools Get Financial Boost From Oil Companies

Enormous Wind Turbines With Blades as Long as Two Olympic Pools Get Financial Boost From Oil Companies

Stock image of wind turbine blades, Shutterstock A public private partnership between UK government and oil companies has pledged £15.5 million to develop enormous wind turbines with blades that are

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Plant-Invading Fungi Could Be the Key to Creating the Next Sustainable Biofuel

Plant-Invading Fungi Could Be the Key to Creating the Next Sustainable Biofuel

Image via Wikimedia Commons/Jensbn Fungus might ruin your bread but its invasive nature could also lead to a new source of renewable energy. Scientists at Montana State University made a surprising

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IBM’s Drew Clark on the Future of Smart Meters

IBM’s Drew Clark on the Future of Smart Meters

In our last Energy 101 column, we looked at some of the home energy monitoring devices currently available and explored the ways that they can help us live more efficient, eco-conscious lives. But with

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South America’s First Solar Thermal Plant Opens in Chile

South America’s First Solar Thermal Plant Opens in Chile

Photo via Shutterstock South America’s first solar thermal plant has just opened in Antofagasta, Chile. Designed and constructed by Abengoa, the plant will harvest 10 megawatts of solar energy for

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Ford Launches MyEnergi Lifestyle at CES 2013 to Help Families Reduce Their Electricity Bills and CO2 Footprint

Ford Launches MyEnergi Lifestyle at CES 2013 to Help Families Reduce Their Electricity Bills and CO2 Footprint

Ford just launched its new MyEnergi Lifestyle collaboration, which show how a family can reduce their electricity bills and CO2 footprint by integrating home appliance technology with a plug-in vehicle

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Nicaragua Aims To Be 94% Powered By Renewable Sources By 2017

Nicaragua Aims To Be 94% Powered By Renewable Sources By 2017

Photo via Shutterstock The Central American country of Nicaragua has never been as fortunate as its neighbors when it comes to energy reserves. In fact, most commercial electricity is generated by

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Germany Reaches a New High in 2012 With Record Solar Power Installation

Germany Reaches a New High in 2012 With Record Solar Power Installation

Solar power is booming in Germany, and 2012 has proven to be a record-breaking year for the country's already-impressive solar power generation. As part of the plan to eliminate nuclear energy and

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Alta Devices Unveils the World’s Lightest, Most Efficient Solar Power Chargers

Alta Devices Unveils the World’s Lightest, Most Efficient Solar Power Chargers

Alta Devices are known for their innovative solar power solutions - and they've broken new ground once again with their new line of photovoltaics, which are touted as the lightest and most efficient

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LEED-Seeking Greenland Residence Boasts an EV-Ready Garage and Other Eco Goodness

LEED-Seeking Greenland Residence Boasts an EV-Ready Garage and Other Eco Goodness

How is it possible to ensure that a home this large has a gentle environmental impact? Studio One shows us how with the charming Greenland Residence. Reached by a long private drive and carefully oriented

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Next-Gen 3D ‘Sponge’ Battery Could Recharge in Minutes, Retain Energy for Days

Next-Gen 3D ‘Sponge’ Battery Could Recharge in Minutes, Retain Energy for Days

We like to boast about how 'smart' our mobile devices and computers have become - but why are we still powering them with dumb batteries? Amy Prieto, a chemistry professor at Colorado State University,

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US Wind Power Growth May Surpass Natural Gas and Coal for 2012

US Wind Power Growth May Surpass Natural Gas and Coal for 2012

According to current data, wind power capacity in the United States might beat natural gas and coal in 2012. Up until November 2012, the United States has installed new wind power adding up to 6,519

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Congress Extends Wind Energy Federal Tax Credits For All 2013 Wind Power Projects

Congress Extends Wind Energy Federal Tax Credits For All 2013 Wind Power Projects

Wind turbine photo from Shutterstock As 2012 came to a close, many US energy companies were rushing to install last-minute wind turbines before the federal tax credit incentive expired at the stroke of

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European Trains Could Soon Become Hybrids Thanks to Regenerative Braking System

European Trains Could Soon Become Hybrids Thanks to Regenerative Braking System

Image: High-speed commuter train via Shutterstock In Europe, approximately half of the continent's trains are electric. However, a new regenerative braking system developed by Tognum daughter MTU could

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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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