Renewable Energy

V3Solar’s Spinning Cone-Shaped Solar Cells Generate 20 Times More Electricity Than Flat Photovoltaics

V3Solar’s Spinning Cone-Shaped Solar Cells Generate 20 Times More Electricity Than Flat Photovoltaics

If there's one constant among the vast majority of solar panel designs, it's flatness; while solar panels can be equipped to tilt to follow the sun's path through the course of the day, there are still

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World’s Largest Solar Chandelier Unveiled by Artist Luke Jerram in Bristol!

World’s Largest Solar Chandelier Unveiled by Artist Luke Jerram in Bristol!

British artist Luke Jerram is known for his stunning art installations, which are often inspired by science. His latest project, unveiled yesterday at the Bristol and Bath Science Park, is the world's

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US Navy Scientists Develop Process to Transform Seawater into Green Jet Fuel

US Navy Scientists Develop Process to Transform Seawater into Green Jet Fuel

Feeling the pinch of high gas prices every time you fill up your car? Be thankful you're not the U.S. Military. Tired of wasting so much of its budget on fossil fuels, the US Navy has led the quest for

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Japanese Scientists Developing Sugar Batteries That Store 20% More Energy Than Lithium Ion Cells

Japanese Scientists Developing Sugar Batteries That Store 20% More Energy Than Lithium Ion Cells

We've all heard that sugar is bad for our bodies, but in the near future, it may just be good for your smart phone. Scientists in Japan have developed a way to create batteries using sugar. A group at

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Team Andalucian’s Patio 2.12 House Places First in Energy Efficiency and Innovation at the Solar Decathlon Europe

Team Andalucian’s Patio 2.12 House Places First in Energy Efficiency and Innovation at the Solar Decathlon Europe

Four Andalucian Universities used their combined talents to design and construct the Patio 2.12 entry for the European Solar Decathlon. The delightful courtyard at its center creates a very relaxing and

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Chandler City Hall: SmithGroupJJR Creates a Sustainable City Center for an Arizona Town

Chandler City Hall: SmithGroupJJR Creates a Sustainable City Center for an Arizona Town

Chandler City Hall is a five-story, 187,000 square-foot office building complex that takes up two city blocks and cost an estimated $47 million to complete. A hinged exterior shading device on the western

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Tsai Design Imagines Soaring High Line Park for Cape Town’s Unfinished Highway

Tsai Design Imagines Soaring High Line Park for Cape Town’s Unfinished Highway

One of South Africa's most celebrated architecture studios has designed a High Line Park for Cape Town. Winning the Re-Imagine Cape Town design competition with this bold proposal, Tsai Design envisions

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Sharp Unveils See-Through Transparent Solar Panels Perfect For Balconies And Windows!

Sharp Unveils See-Through Transparent Solar Panels Perfect For Balconies And Windows!

Rooftop solar installations are great for homeowners, or those with eco-conscious landlords - but what about the rest of us? Sharp recently announced a break-through in home solar technology that could

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CiclaLabs’ Pedal-Powered Mobile Entertainment System On Show at the European Solar Decathlon

CiclaLabs’ Pedal-Powered Mobile Entertainment System On Show at the European Solar Decathlon

Utilizing the combined power of a couple of efficient photovoltaic panels and bicycles employed as dynamos, the Ciclalab team provided the crowds with music and entertainment all weekend. Both the panels

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Siemens Develops More Efficient Wind Turbine Blades Based on Dinosaurs!

Siemens Develops More Efficient Wind Turbine Blades Based on Dinosaurs!

In the past we've seen biomimetic wind turbines inspired by whale fins and species of trees, however now designers are looking to extinct animal species to create next-generation turbines. Engineering

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Siemens To Reduce Its US Wind Energy Taskforce By 38% Over Concerns About Federal Tax Credit

Siemens To Reduce Its US Wind Energy Taskforce By 38% Over Concerns About Federal Tax Credit

Photo via Shutterstock Wind turbine producer Siemens has announced that it will reduce its US wind energy workforce by 38% due to adverse market conditions caused by the uncertain future of the wind

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Climate Change: What the Presidential Candidates Don’t Want to Talk About This Election

Climate Change: What the Presidential Candidates Don’t Want to Talk About This Election

When it comes to climate change, everyone knows that the US is a deeply divided country -- particularly with respect to the science behind the theory. Despite evidence from multiple independent,

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Japanese Government Backs Down on Commitment to End Nuclear Power by 2030

Japanese Government Backs Down on Commitment to End Nuclear Power by 2030

Nuclear Power Plant photo from Shutterstock Just a few days after Japanese officials issued a statement that the country plans to end nuclear power usage by 2030, the government has suggested that such

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144,000 Offshore Wind Turbines Could Power the Entire East Coast of the United States

144,000 Offshore Wind Turbines Could Power the Entire East Coast of the United States

Recent reports have shown that it's possible to power the entire world with wind power, but scientists at Standford University conducted a more focused study that delivered the first-ever quantitative

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NASA is Working on a Real-Life Star Trek Warp Drive

NASA is Working on a Real-Life Star Trek Warp Drive

Warp drive – or travel at speeds faster than light – has long been one of the cornerstones of science fiction, however top NASA scientist Dr. Harold “Sonny” White recently stated

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World’s “First Floating Village” Unveiled by Baca Architects and ZM Architecture Design for Glasgow

World’s “First Floating Village” Unveiled by Baca Architects and ZM Architecture Design for Glasgow

Baca Architects and ZM Architecture have teamed up with Floating Concepts to design what has been dubbed the world’s first “floating leisure village” at Canting Docks in Glasgow. The

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Team Japan’s Omotenashi Solar Decathlon House Bridges the Gap Between Tradition and Modernity

Team Japan’s Omotenashi Solar Decathlon House Bridges the Gap Between Tradition and Modernity

The simple but elegant design of the exterior is mirrored inside, providing a comfortable and airy living area. The upgraded tatami mats (seen above) double as seating and bedding if required. As

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Mark Cavagnero Associates’ Center for Philanthropy in Santa Cruz County Achieves LEED Gold

Mark Cavagnero Associates’ Center for Philanthropy in Santa Cruz County Achieves LEED Gold

The building is located on a 30,000 square-foot site at the corner of Soquel Drive and Aptos Rancho Road, and its massing design is heavily impacted by the site’s slope. Mark Cavagnero Associates

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6 Out of This World Space-Based Solar Power Designs

6 Out of This World Space-Based Solar Power Designs

SPS-ALPHA This margarita glass-shaped space setup is nicknamed, SPS-ALPHA - which is short for Solar Power Satellite via Arbitrarily Large PHased Array. It consists of a large array of thin-film

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Soundscapes of Smog Lets You Hear the Pollution of US Cities

Soundscapes of Smog Lets You Hear the Pollution of US Cities

Southern California is notorious for its smog, but just a few hundred miles away in the High Sierras, the air is much cleaner. To demonstrate the difference, researchers Aaron Reuben and Gabriel Isaacman

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6 Amazing Sun-Powered Homes Competing in the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe!

6 Amazing Sun-Powered Homes Competing in the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe!

Designed by the Technical University of Denmark, the Plus Energy FOLD House is a versatile modular home that can be configured in a variety of different ways depending on how its site is laid

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Rawlemon’s Spherical Solar Energy-Generating Globes Can Even Harvest Energy from Moonlight

Rawlemon’s Spherical Solar Energy-Generating Globes Can Even Harvest Energy from Moonlight

The solar energy designers at Rawlemon have created a spherical, sun-tracking glass globe that is able to concentrate sunlight (and moonlight) up to 10,000 times. The company claims that its ß.torics

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Japan Announces Plans to Completely Abandon Nuclear Power by 2030

Japan Announces Plans to Completely Abandon Nuclear Power by 2030

Today the government of Japan announced plans to completely abolish nuclear power by as soon as 2030.  The declaration was spurred by last year’s Fukushima disaster, which caused officials to

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Himalayan Sherpas Concerned That Glacial Studies Aren’t Focusing On the Real Threats

Himalayan Sherpas Concerned That Glacial Studies Aren’t Focusing On the Real Threats

Global warming has caused a number of effects on the Himalayan mountain range, such as retreating glaciers and warming temperatures, but the region's Sherpas have said they are angry with issues

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UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory to Transform Waste Plutonium into Batteries for Spacecraft

UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory to Transform Waste Plutonium into Batteries for Spacecraft

The problem with nuclear energy has always been the radioactive waste that it produces. However the UK's National Nuclear Laboratory has decided to take a large store of waste plutonium at the Sellafield

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Tech Company Intel Predicts Zero-Energy Computing by 2020

Tech Company Intel Predicts Zero-Energy Computing by 2020

Over the years, modern computers and gadgets have required less energy inputs as they have been designed to conserve energy and be more efficient. Now computing firm Intel has announced at the Intel

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Morocco Plans to Produce 14% of its Energy From Solar Power by 2020

Morocco Plans to Produce 14% of its Energy From Solar Power by 2020

Many countries in the Middle East and North Africa are embracing solar power to take advantage of the copious amount of sunlight they receive. Recently the Moroccan Agency For Solar Energy (MASEN)

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The Solar Kanz Field Power Desk Lets You Work Off-Grid Anywhere!

The Solar Kanz Field Power Desk Lets You Work Off-Grid Anywhere!

Escape the office and break free from the grid with the Kanz Field Power Desk - a compact, mobile, free-standing solar-powered desk that lets you work anywhere you like! The unit comes complete with

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