Renewable Energy

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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Folding Lotus Mobile Solar Array Provides Pop-Up Power Generation

Folding Lotus Mobile Solar Array Provides Pop-Up Power Generation

Arizona-based Monarch Power has unveiled a folding, flower-shaped solar array that creator Joseph Hui hopes will take solar power from being "strapped down" to being "light, personal and portable." While

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Former Solar Decathlon Entries Form an Experimental Off-the-Grid Village in Missouri

Former Solar Decathlon Entries Form an Experimental Off-the-Grid Village in Missouri

The Missouri University of Science and Technology is putting its old entries to the Solar Decathlon to good use by making a model Solar Village. Four solar homes from past competitions are being reused in

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World’s Largest Solar Boat Announces Trans-Atlantic Trip to Conduct Climate Change Experiments

World’s Largest Solar Boat Announces Trans-Atlantic Trip to Conduct Climate Change Experiments

In 2010, PlanetSolar’s Tûranor solar-powered boat completed a 19-month voyage around the world. Now the eco-vessel is set to set sail again over the Atlantic Ocean in order to conduct experiments

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The Solar Photovoltaic Industry is Finally Set to Become a Net Energy Producer

The Solar Photovoltaic Industry is Finally Set to Become a Net Energy Producer

Solar Panel photo from Shutterstock Solar panels offer a clean source of alternative energy - but ironically, the solar industry has a significant carbon footprint due to its reliance on coal and

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Global Wind Power Production to Break 300,000 MW This Year, Could Top 425,000 MW by 2015

Global Wind Power Production to Break 300,000 MW This Year, Could Top 425,000 MW by 2015

Photo via Shutterstock After reaching record levels of production in 2012, the world's wind power capacity is projected to grow to reach 300,000 MW by the end of 2013. With major projects announced in

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Cantilevered Two Hull House Heated by the Earth Peers Over Coastal Nova Scotia

Cantilevered Two Hull House Heated by the Earth Peers Over Coastal Nova Scotia

Designed as a pair of "binoculars," the two pavilions also resemble ship hulls that are elevated to allow rushing sea water to pass below. The 32 foot cantilevers are supported on concrete foundations

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Denmark Now 25 Percent Powered by Offshore Wind, Aims to Double Capacity by 2020

Denmark Now 25 Percent Powered by Offshore Wind, Aims to Double Capacity by 2020

Photo via Shutterstock Denmark has an impressive track record when it comes to the adoption of renewable energy, and the nation has been working quickly to develop its substantial offshore wind

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TU Delft and Mecanoo Unveil New Bladeless Bird-Friendly Wind Turbine Design

TU Delft and Mecanoo Unveil New Bladeless Bird-Friendly Wind Turbine Design

Researchers at TU Delft recently teamed up with Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo to design a bird-friendly wind turbine that can transform wind energy into electricity without any mechanical moving parts.

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Casabella’s Stair-Climbing Concept Vacuum Cleaner is Powered by Trash

Casabella’s Stair-Climbing Concept Vacuum Cleaner is Powered by Trash

Casabella just unveiled a new vacuum cleaner concept dubbed the Limbo that is designed to be powered by the trash it consumes! The stair-climbing vacuum cleaner uses a process called microbial

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Scientists Develop Solar-Powered Wind Turbine for Ultimate Energy Generation

Scientists Develop Solar-Powered Wind Turbine for Ultimate Energy Generation

Why settle for one form of renewable energy when you can produce power with two? That's exactly what scientists from the University of Liverpool have done by upgrading an everyday wind turbine with a new

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Tesla Expanding Operations in North America and Europe Thanks to the Award Winning Model S

Tesla Expanding Operations in North America and Europe Thanks to the Award Winning Model S

The Tesla Model S has been selling like hotcakes and the momentum shows no signs of stopping, as Tesla’s recent announcement to continue expanding proves. No doubt being named 2013 World Green Car of

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Donald Trump Loses Battle Against Scottish Wind Farm

Donald Trump Loses Battle Against Scottish Wind Farm

Photo via Shutterstock Despite opposition from the world’s most outspoken billionaire, an offshore wind farm near Aberdeen has been given the green light by the Scottish government. The 11-turbine

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Loop.pH’s Algae Curtain-a Is a Living Photosynthesizing Textile Installation That Provides Bio-Fuel

Loop.pH’s Algae Curtain-a Is a Living Photosynthesizing Textile Installation That Provides Bio-Fuel

The Algae Curtain-a is living photosynthesising textile installation that was developed as part of the Energy Futures Project by studio Loop.pH in Lille, France. Commissioned by EDF and Lille3000 for the

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Researchers Harness Bacteria to Make Clean ‘Bio-Batteries’

Researchers Harness Bacteria to Make Clean ‘Bio-Batteries’

When you think of bacteria, the last word that might come to mind is "clean." However, researchers at the University of East Anglia have made a breakthrough in battery technology that will allow microbes

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Researchers Create Efficient, Recyclable Solar Cells from Trees

Researchers Create Efficient, Recyclable Solar Cells from Trees

Researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology's Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE), in collaboration with Purdue University have unveiled a new efficient, recyclable organic solar cell

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MIT Scientists Create a More Efficient Solar Cell by Using Quantum Dots and Nanowires

MIT Scientists Create a More Efficient Solar Cell by Using Quantum Dots and Nanowires

Photo via Shutterstock A team of researchers at MIT have developed a more efficient photovoltaic solar cell using particles known as quantum dots. The benefit of using quantum dots is that they can be

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Scientists Develop Wonder Nanomaterial that Can Produce Energy, Clean Water and Hydrogen

Scientists Develop Wonder Nanomaterial that Can Produce Energy, Clean Water and Hydrogen

Researchers in Singapore have developed a new nanomaterial that functions like the best Swiss army knife in the world. The material, known as Multi-use Titanium Dioxide (TiO2), can produce energy, it

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Apple’s Largest Data Center is Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

Apple’s Largest Data Center is Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

Apple has announced that its newest—and largest—data center is powered entirely by renewable energy. Solar panels and fuel cells incorporated within the Maiden, North Carolina facility generate enough

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Sun And Cloud: Hand-Cranked Solar Camera Can be Charged Anytime, Anywhere

Sun And Cloud: Hand-Cranked Solar Camera Can be Charged Anytime, Anywhere

Digital cameras are a part of many of our lives these days - they're in our phones and computers, and film-loaded cameras are rapidly becoming obsolete. Unfortunately, digital cameras need to be

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