Renewable Energy

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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California Vets Accelerated Renewable Energy Generation and Conservation Plan

California Vets Accelerated Renewable Energy Generation and Conservation Plan

Learning from BrightSource Solar's experience with the desert tortoise, stakeholders are vetting a plan to squeeze as much renewable energy out of the California Desert as possible without jeopardizing

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Utilities Rush to Complete Turbines as Wind Energy Tax Incentive Expires at Midnight

Utilities Rush to Complete Turbines as Wind Energy Tax Incentive Expires at Midnight

Wind turbine photo from Shutterstock United States energy companies are clamoring to install last minute wind turbines before the federal tax credit incentive expires at the stroke of midnight tonight.

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Nanomaterials That Split Sunlight into Separate Colors Could Double Solar Cell Efficiency

Nanomaterials That Split Sunlight into Separate Colors Could Double Solar Cell Efficiency

Solar technologies are constantly evolving towards higher efficiencies thanks to the development of materials capable of absorbing more of the sun's visible energy. A new DARPA-funded project explores

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Inhabitat’s Top Clean Energy Stories of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Inhabitat’s Top Clean Energy Stories of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

2012 was a banner year for renewable energy that saw scientists and engineers pushing the envelope towards ever more efficient and sustainable ways of producing power. Entire nations reaped the benefits

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Amazing Energy Belt Turns Excess Body Fat Into Electricity

Amazing Energy Belt Turns Excess Body Fat Into Electricity

Are you worried about those extra pounds gained over Christmas? Here is a conceptual eco-design that could deal with that dilemma by converting excess body fat into energy. Dutch designer Emmy van

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Audi’s E-Fuel is a Carbon Neutral Way to Power Cars That Acts Like Gasoline

Audi’s E-Fuel is a Carbon Neutral Way to Power Cars That Acts Like Gasoline

Do you feel a twinge of guilt every time you fill your tank with dirty gasoline? What if you could power your car with a carbon neutral fossil fuel substitute? Introducing Audi's new e-fuel, an energy

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Apple Files Patent for Wind Turbine That Can Produce Energy Even When There’s No Wind

Apple Files Patent for Wind Turbine That Can Produce Energy Even When There’s No Wind

Critics of wind power all like to point out the same problem with turbine technology: "What happens when the wind doesn't blow"? Apple, usually a maker of products that consume energy, recently filed for

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Amazing Glitter-Sized Photovoltaic Cells Look Like Golden Snowflakes

Amazing Glitter-Sized Photovoltaic Cells Look Like Golden Snowflakes

As snowstorms sweep the country, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are warming up our winter blues with the creation of these gorgeous snowflake-shaped photovoltaic cells. The glitter-sized

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California Sets a New Record for Winter Solar Power Generation

California Sets a New Record for Winter Solar Power Generation

California is taking the lead in reducing carbon emissions with one of the nation’s most ambitious renewable energy programs. By 2020, California intends to generate 33 percent of its power from

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Stanford Scientists Create the World’s First Peel-and-Stick Solar Cells

Stanford Scientists Create the World’s First Peel-and-Stick Solar Cells

Solar cells image via Shutterstock Instead of rigid, cumbersome flat solar panels, you could soon be powering your home and electronics with a sticker. Engineers at Stanford have successfully

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Irony Abounds: Big Pit Coal Mining Museum in the UK Installs Solar Panels to Save Cash

Irony Abounds: Big Pit Coal Mining Museum in the UK Installs Solar Panels to Save Cash

It seems that irony is a dish best served coal. The Wales National Coal Mining Museum located in Big Pit, Blaenavon, Nr Abergavenny in south Wales has just installed a huge solar panel array to save

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