Renewable Energy

Uprise Energy’s Adjustable, Portable Wind Turbine Emerges from a Shipping Container

Uprise Energy’s Adjustable, Portable Wind Turbine Emerges from a Shipping Container

Setting up a wind turbine can be a complicated task, and once one has determined its placement, employed a team to install it and connected it to a grid, you're left with a large permanent structure that

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IKEA Announces Plan to Become 100% Energy-Neutral by 2020

IKEA Announces Plan to Become 100% Energy-Neutral by 2020

Ikea has long been recognized for its adoption of sustainable practices, from investment in renewable energy to their participation in the American Forests plant-a-tree program, and today the company has

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Ancient Marine Diatoms Could be Used to Make Biofuels, Electronics and Health Foods

Ancient Marine Diatoms Could be Used to Make Biofuels, Electronics and Health Foods

Diatoms photo from Shutterstock Diatoms are tiny marine life forms that have been around since the time of the dinosaurs. Now a team from Oregon State University believes that they could be used to

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British Firm Produces Liquid Fuel From Water and Thin Air

British Firm Produces Liquid Fuel From Water and Thin Air

Air Fuel Synthesis (AFS), a small firm in Stockton-on-Tees, UK, has succeedin in synthesizing gasoline from water and carbon dioxide (CO2) extracted from air. The Independent reported on Friday that the

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Scientist Develops Water-Resistant Solar Panel Coatings Inspired by Iridescent Butterfly Wings

Scientist Develops Water-Resistant Solar Panel Coatings Inspired by Iridescent Butterfly Wings

Butterflies are beautiful, delicate marvels of nature. While their lovely appearance may be inspiring, there's nothing a butterfly can teach us about renewable energy - or is there? An ambitious

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Saudi Arabia Plans to Go 100% Renewable in Coming Decades

Saudi Arabia Plans to Go 100% Renewable in Coming Decades

Medina Mosque photo from Shutterstock The Guardian reports that a top spokesman for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced plans to transition the nation to 100 percent renewable energy in coming

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Balance Associates Architects’ Capitol Hill Residence is an Energy-Efficient Home Perched High Above Seattle

Balance Associates Architects’ Capitol Hill Residence is an Energy-Efficient Home Perched High Above Seattle

In order to stay within the permitted footprint of the previous house on this steep site in Capitol Hill, Balance Associates, Charter Construction and their design team cantilevered three sides of this

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Rustic GREENville House in North Carolina is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy

Rustic GREENville House in North Carolina is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy

The GREENville house was carefully oriented on a site in North Carolina to maximize the amount of energy an array of photovoltaic panels can collect. This system combined with geothermal HVAC system

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Obama Administration Approves 285,000 Acres of Utility-Scale Solar Power Across 6 Western States

Obama Administration Approves 285,000 Acres of Utility-Scale Solar Power Across 6 Western States

Last week, the Obama Administration approved a plan that will make way for utility-scale solar development on 285,000 acres of public land in the Western US. The plan encompasses areas of Arizona,

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Matteo Cainer Architects’ National Museum of Afghanistan is a ‘Timeless Cube’ of Sustainable Design for Kabul

Matteo Cainer Architects’ National Museum of Afghanistan is a ‘Timeless Cube’ of Sustainable Design for Kabul

Complete with a host of symbolic references befitting an Islamic state, this conceptual design is for a 55 square meter center with sculptural staircases overlooking a large foyer. The stairways lead to a

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The Farmery is a Farm and Market Set in Four Recycled Shipping Containers in North Carolina

The Farmery is a Farm and Market Set in Four Recycled Shipping Containers in North Carolina

The Famery has successfully raised $25,000 on Kickstarter to make this project a reality, so if you live in Raleigh, you're in for a special treat. So far they have developed two prototypes along with a

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Billionaire Larry Ellison Envisions Turning Hawaii’s Lanai Island Into Solar-Powered Paradise

Billionaire Larry Ellison Envisions Turning Hawaii’s Lanai Island Into Solar-Powered Paradise

What would you do if you had your own tropical island in the middle of paradise? If you're Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, you'd turn it into a haven for sustainable technology.  Four months ago, the

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World’s Largest Biogas Fuel Cell Power Plant Launches at California Sewage Treatment Facility

World’s Largest Biogas Fuel Cell Power Plant Launches at California Sewage Treatment Facility

Today FuelCell Energy, Inc. announced the dedication and operation of the world's largest carbon neutral fuel cell power plant - a 2.8 megawatt DFC3000 stationary fuel cell power plant installation at a

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Method Homes to Debut Net-Zero Prefab Paradigm House Next Month in San Fransisco

Method Homes to Debut Net-Zero Prefab Paradigm House Next Month in San Fransisco

Next month Method Homes will launch its brand new Paradigm series with the debut of a 722 square-foot modular home on the floor of the USGBC Greenbuild Conference and Expo in San Francisco. The prefab

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Top 6 Green Gadgets for Fall Camping

Top 6 Green Gadgets for Fall Camping

Go Pop Up Tent Camper Trailer SylvanSport was shooting for versatility when they thought up the Go Pop Up Tent Camper Trailer. This amazing piece of compact engineering functions as a trailer to pack up

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Scientists Create Gorgeous Nanoflowers for Next-Gen Solar Cells and Ultra High-Density Energy Storage

Scientists Create Gorgeous Nanoflowers for Next-Gen Solar Cells and Ultra High-Density Energy Storage

When it comes to capturing the energy of the sun, what better model is there than photosynthetic plants? Researchers at North Carolina State University have cultivated a beautiful crop of germanium

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Windstrument Wind Turbine Provides Renewable Energy With its Orchid-like Design

Windstrument Wind Turbine Provides Renewable Energy With its Orchid-like Design

Asahi Kasei Plastics N.A. is working with Unified Energies International to develop the Windstrument, a wind turbine that aims to bring affordable renewable energy to the world. The Windstrument is

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The California ISO Headquarters is a LEED Platinum Building for a Company with Energy on the Brain

The California ISO Headquarters is a LEED Platinum Building for a Company with Energy on the Brain

The campus of the building is located in the rolling hillside of Folsom, and the native landscape, which includes many oak trees, was preserved during construction. Native landscaping was also installed

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Save Energy in Your Home

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Save Energy in Your Home

By saving energy in your home, not only are you doing your part to reduce your carbon footprint, but you can also save a great deal of money along the way. ELocal.com's infographic provides a wealth of

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Study Shows that Nuclear Power Plants in Europe are Not Ready for Disaster

Study Shows that Nuclear Power Plants in Europe are Not Ready for Disaster

The Fukushima disaster following the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 was an eye-opening event that caused many to wonder just how safe nuclear power is. Thanks to a new study commissioned as a result of

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RTA Studio’s Carbon-Neutral C3 House is New Zealand’s First Win at World Architecture Festival

RTA Studio’s Carbon-Neutral C3 House is New Zealand’s First Win at World Architecture Festival

The C3 House is designed to be visually unobtrusive and environmentally sensitive. Designed to be a permanent single family residence for a family of four, the home will include a two-car garage, gym, 2

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German Scientists Double the Efficiency of Black Silicon Solar Cells

German Scientists Double the Efficiency of Black Silicon Solar Cells

Photo via Shutterstock The future of solar power is about to get a little brighter with new developments in black silicon, a material that can absorb almost the entire spectrum of light - including

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UTC Power Infographic Shows Everyday Uses for Fuel Cell Technology

UTC Power Infographic Shows Everyday Uses for Fuel Cell Technology

UTC Power has created an infographic that illustrates the real world applications of fuel cells. Fuel cells are an expensive and often complicated technology, which sometimes leads consumers and

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Study Finds Electric Cars Powered by Coal Plants Have a Heavy Carbon Footrpint

Study Finds Electric Cars Powered by Coal Plants Have a Heavy Carbon Footrpint

Electric car photo from Shutterstock A new study from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology states that electric cars that receive energy from coal-fired power plants could potentially

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DIY Solar Pocket Factory Machine Can Print a Solar Panel Every 15 Seconds!

DIY Solar Pocket Factory Machine Can Print a Solar Panel Every 15 Seconds!

Image by NPR Science Friday Inventors Shawn Frayne and Alex Hornstein are looking to revolutionize the business of small-scale solar panels with The Solar Pocket Factory, a backyard photovoltaic panel

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The World’s Most Powerful Wind Turbine Has Blades That Are Over 24 Stories Tall

The World’s Most Powerful Wind Turbine Has Blades That Are Over 24 Stories Tall

The green energy race just got kicked up a notch with the latest offering from Vestas. The Vestas V-164 is the world's largest and most powerful wind turbine, and each of its three blades measures 262

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Project Cycling Bus is Powered By Passengers On Board

Project Cycling Bus is Powered By Passengers On Board

Project Cycling Bus is a concept by Rever Design Studio for a cycling double decker bus. On the second level, there are 24-27 active passenger cycles to assist in generating the power reserve of the

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Dual Purpose Bicycle Provides Transportation and Pedal Power!

Dual Purpose Bicycle Provides Transportation and Pedal Power!

A dual purpose bicycle (DPB) is a bicycle which can be used for both transportation and for power production. The modification consists of a free wheel, a bottom bracket and a “V” pulley. The

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93-Year Old Man Sells Personal Collection of 30 Gigantic Windmills to Create a Local Theme Park

93-Year Old Man Sells Personal Collection of 30 Gigantic Windmills to Create a Local Theme Park

Vollis Simpson has been fascinated with wind power since he rigged a wind-powered washing machine on Saipan during World War II. When he settled back home in North Carolina after the war, Simpson turned

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Scientists Warn That Arundo Donax ‘Giant Reed’ Biofuel Crop Could Become an Invasive Species

Scientists Warn That Arundo Donax ‘Giant Reed’ Biofuel Crop Could Become an Invasive Species

Arundo photo from Shutterstock The Biofuels Center of North Carolina, a state-funded non-profit organization working to develop a large-scale biofuels industry in the state, lists the plant Arundo

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