Renewable Energy

Japan To Build World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Near Fukushima

Japan To Build World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Near Fukushima

Photo via Shutterstock Japan's Agency for Natural Resources and Energy has announced plans to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm near Fukushima as part of plans to reconstruct the area

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Northwestern University Develops More Efficient Organic Solar Cell Using Algorithm Based On Natural Evolution

Northwestern University Develops More Efficient Organic Solar Cell Using Algorithm Based On Natural Evolution

Solar Panel photo from Shutterstock< ?a> Solar technology has advanced in leaps and bounds over the past several years as traditionally expensive single-crystal silicon solar cells are eclipsed by organic

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World’s Largest Wind Energy Storage System Launches in Texas

World’s Largest Wind Energy Storage System Launches in Texas

North Carolina-based Duke Energy just flipped the switch on what the company claims is the world's largest battery power storage system. Situated at their Notrees wind farm in western Texas, the $44

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Study Shows Photovoltaics Beat Biofuels at Converting Solar Energy Into Miles Driven

Study Shows Photovoltaics Beat Biofuels at Converting Solar Energy Into Miles Driven

Solar Panel photo from Shutterstock When it comes to transforming the sun's energy into commuter miles, it looks like photovoltaics beat out our best biofuels. A recent study published in the journal

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Studio 2G Architects’ LEED Gold Shale Oak Winery is Constructed With Reclaimed Materials

Studio 2G Architects’ LEED Gold Shale Oak Winery is Constructed With Reclaimed Materials

The owner of Shale Oak Winery came to Studio 2G Architects with a vision that complimented the designers’ passion for the environment. Shale Oak wanted to blend the beautiful natural surroundings of the

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Three Thousand Dairy Cows Help to Offset the Super Bowl’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Three Thousand Dairy Cows Help to Offset the Super Bowl’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Photo via Shutterstock For this year's Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, the ball won't be the only thing being passed. Three thousand dairy cows from Green Meadows Farm in Michigan will do what they do

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New Report Finds that Solar Power Could Serve All of the World’s Energy Needs

New Report Finds that Solar Power Could Serve All of the World’s Energy Needs

Photo via Shutterstock Critics of renewable energy often argue that wind and solar power are "boutique" energy sources that could never satisfy the world's energy needs, but one new report has found

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The World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant Soaks Up the Sun in Abu Dhabi: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

The World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant Soaks Up the Sun in Abu Dhabi: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

The parabolic trough collectors track the sun from morning to night and concentrate sunlight onto embedded tubes carrying a heat transfer fluid. This fluid, which consists of synthetic oil mostly, hits

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Belgium to Build Artificial Island for Wind Energy Storage

Belgium to Build Artificial Island for Wind Energy Storage

Belgium is set to construct an artificial island in the North Sea that will be used solely as storage for wind energy. Announcing the plans earlier this week, Belgium's North Sea minister Johan Lanotte

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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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