Renewable Energy

New Chemical Process Produces Biofuel Strong Enough to Power Jets

New Chemical Process Produces Biofuel Strong Enough to Power Jets

Jet photo from Shutterstock Thanks to scientists harnessing the power of chemistry, you may one day soon fly in a plane fueled by plants. An article published in the journal Nature last week describes

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Voltaic is Offering “Buy One, Give One” Emergency Power Kits to Help With Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Voltaic is Offering “Buy One, Give One” Emergency Power Kits to Help With Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Looking to help out with the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, but aren’t sure how to make the biggest impact with each donation dollar? New York-based solar company Voltaic may just have the answer. In

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President Obama’s Re-Election is a Victory for Clean Air and Clean Energy

President Obama’s Re-Election is a Victory for Clean Air and Clean Energy

Sky photo from Shutterstock Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, declared Tuesday’s re-election of President Barack Obama a major victory for the environment.

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The Energy Collection: Marjan Van Aubel’s Photovoltaic Tableware Collects Sunlight and Stores it in a Cabinet

The Energy Collection: Marjan Van Aubel’s Photovoltaic Tableware Collects Sunlight and Stores it in a Cabinet

Dutch designer Marjan Van Aubel has created a collection of everyday objects that are all infused with solar panels! Her cleverly titled Energy Collection is a series of glasses and tableware that are

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Can President Obama Renew the Wind Energy Tax Credit Before it Expires?

Can President Obama Renew the Wind Energy Tax Credit Before it Expires?

For the past several months, the American wind energy industry has been at a near standstill, as political uncertainty clouded the industry's future. On December 31, a federal tax credit that makes wind

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Scientists Are Searching For Gigantic Alien Solar Power Stations

Scientists Are Searching For Gigantic Alien Solar Power Stations

Scientists at organizations such as S.E.T.I (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) have traditionally looked for alien life by searching for radio signals. However according to Treehugger and The

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Brilliant ‘Rocking Knit’ Chair Creates Winter Hats While You Sit!

Brilliant ‘Rocking Knit’ Chair Creates Winter Hats While You Sit!

Technology advances in the blink of an eye – while many are obsessed with the latest high-tech devices, let’s not forget that low-tech innovation can also be revolutionary. ECAL students

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Hand Crank Cell Phone Charger by Eton and the American Red Cross Could Be a Lifesaver

Hand Crank Cell Phone Charger by Eton and the American Red Cross Could Be a Lifesaver

Hurricane Sandy has many people thinking about what they would do without power for days on end, particularly when it comes to the need to keep essential items like cell phones charged, ready and

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British Scientist Claims Damage from Hurricane Sandy Could Have Been Prevented With Discarded Car Tires

British Scientist Claims Damage from Hurricane Sandy Could Have Been Prevented With Discarded Car Tires

Professor Stephen Salter of the University of Edinburgh believes that a device made from discarded car tires could prevent the formation of superstorms such as Hurricane Sandy. He calls his invention the

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The Whirlers: A Colorful Wind Turbine Installation for Fresh Kills Park

The Whirlers: A Colorful Wind Turbine Installation for Fresh Kills Park

Whirlers is project by Caterina Tiazzoldi and Eduardo Benamor Duarte that proposes building a large cluster of colorful wind turbines at Fresh Kills Park in Staten Island. The project is part of

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Bird-Friendly Saphonian Wind Turbine Ditches Blades for a More Efficient, Less Expensive Design

Bird-Friendly Saphonian Wind Turbine Ditches Blades for a More Efficient, Less Expensive Design

Renewable energy technology just got a much needed breath of fresh air. During the TEDGlobal 2012 Conference held in Edinburgh, Scotland the head of the Tunisian company Saphon Energy introduced a radical

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Amonix Achieves Highest-Ever Recorded Solar Power Efficiency with Concentrated Photovoltaics

Amonix Achieves Highest-Ever Recorded Solar Power Efficiency with Concentrated Photovoltaics

Solar panel manufacturer Amonix has announced that its concentrated photovoltaic technology has set a new efficiency record; their module achieved a conversion rate of 33.5%, which meets a long-standing

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How Sustainable is Mitt Romney’s Vision for America and the Environment?

How Sustainable is Mitt Romney’s Vision for America and the Environment?

The 2012 Presidential Election is tomorrow, and critical decisions regarding how the United States should tackle climate change and energy security will need to be made in the near future. Therefore, it

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British Cooperative Launches World’s Largest Community-Owned Solar Park

British Cooperative Launches World’s Largest Community-Owned Solar Park

The Westmill Solar Cooperative announced Nov. 1 the launch of the world's largest community-owned solar project in the south of England near Oxford. The 5 MW 30-acre Westmill solar park consists of 20,260

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The O2 Pursuit is an Air-Powered Motorcycle that Can Travel 62 Miles on a Single Charge

The O2 Pursuit is an Air-Powered Motorcycle that Can Travel 62 Miles on a Single Charge

Developed by Dean Benstead, a graduate RMIT University in Melbourne, the O2 Pursuit is a pretty extraordinary bike. With a range of about 62 miles per 'tank' and top speeds of 87 mph, the modified Yamaha

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South Africa Approves $5.4 Billion in Renewable Energy Projects to Provide 1,400MW by 2016

South Africa Approves $5.4 Billion in Renewable Energy Projects to Provide 1,400MW by 2016

Photo via Shutterstock South Africa, a historically coal-dependent nation, has approved an incredible $5.4 billion investment in renewable energy projects, which are predicted to be capable of

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Robotic Elephant Water Clock Designed in 1206 AD Recreated in Dubai Shopping Mall

Robotic Elephant Water Clock Designed in 1206 AD Recreated in Dubai Shopping Mall

A kinetic energy-powered robotic “elephant clock” designed in the 13th century by Al-Jazari, the Muslim “father of robotics,” now serves as a centerpiece of the Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai.

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New Korean LED Lighting System Is Inspired By The Bioluminescence of Fireflies

New Korean LED Lighting System Is Inspired By The Bioluminescence of Fireflies

In another fantastic example of biomimicry, a team of South Korean scientists is studying fireflies in an effort to develop a better, less expensive LED lens. The team's research sees them essentially

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Hurricane Sandy Highlights the Dangers of Nuclear Energy

Hurricane Sandy Highlights the Dangers of Nuclear Energy

Photo via Shutterstock This morning, officials announced that New Jersey's Oyster Creek nuclear plant is no longer on alert. The alert was brought on by quickly rising water levels, which posed a

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Ten Geothermal Wells Heat and Cool this Swooping Blue Ridge House in Virginia

Ten Geothermal Wells Heat and Cool this Swooping Blue Ridge House in Virginia

Very similar to a little prefab cottage from South Africa that we recently featured, the Blue Ridge House in Albermarle County has a steel frame and glass cladding. This has multiple benefits, not least

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Kinetic Map Shows Real-Time Wind Speeds in the US During Hurricane Sandy

Kinetic Map Shows Real-Time Wind Speeds in the US During Hurricane Sandy

HINT.FM's real-time map of wind speeds in the US is a useful tool to help us better understand the wind's power and potential. The kinetic map was developed by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, who

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INFOGRAPHIC: Understanding Biomass as a Renewable Energy Source

INFOGRAPHIC: Understanding Biomass as a Renewable Energy Source

UK-based renewable energy company Duncan Renewables made this great infographic which highlights the benefits of biomassfor domestic consumers. The infographic shows information about biomass use around

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Desertec Moves Ahead With Plans to Build Massive Solar Plants in Northern Morocco

Desertec Moves Ahead With Plans to Build Massive Solar Plants in Northern Morocco

The Desertec Foundation, an international collaboration between politicians, businesses and scientists to develop sustainable energy resources, will continue to aid the Moroccan government in establishing

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London Array: World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Generates Energy for the First Time

London Array: World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Generates Energy for the First Time

DONG Energy, E.On and Masdar just announced that their joint venture the London Array - soon to be the world's largest offshore wind farm - switched on for the first time today! The wind farm, which

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Sunseeker Duo: Construction on the World’s First Solar-Powered Two-Seater Plane is Nearly Complete

Sunseeker Duo: Construction on the World’s First Solar-Powered Two-Seater Plane is Nearly Complete

Solar-powered commercial flight may be a long way off, but the Sunseeker Duo—a solar-powered two-person plane built by Solar Flight, Inc—might bring us a little closer. Until now, solar planes have

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Stanford’s New Grid-Scale Battery Can Last for 1,000 Charge Cycles Without Degrading

Stanford’s New Grid-Scale Battery Can Last for 1,000 Charge Cycles Without Degrading

The world just got one step closer to renewable, cheap, and efficient large-scale energy production as researchers at Stanford University lead by engineer Yi Cui developed a grid-scale battery whose

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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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