Renewable Energy

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Achieve Energy Independence Through Off-Grid Living

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Achieve Energy Independence Through Off-Grid Living

Did you know that if the US cut its energy consumption by just 23% we'd save $1.2 trillion? This infographic from the Institute for Energy and the Environment provides a look at exactly what it takes to

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German State to Reach 100% Renewable Power This Year

German State to Reach 100% Renewable Power This Year

Germany recently smashed three solar energy records in just two weeks and set a new overall renewables record last month with 74 percent clean energy use during the middle of the day. Now the Federal

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Aquarius USV: Eco Marine Power Unveils Solar-Electric Hybrid Vessel for the High Seas

Aquarius USV: Eco Marine Power Unveils Solar-Electric Hybrid Vessel for the High Seas

Eco Marine Power (EMP) is dedicated to developing energy-efficient marine vessels, and they just unveiled their latest ship design - the Aquarius Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV). Developed to incorporate a

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Solar-Powered Blue Forest Eco Classroom Harvests Drinking Water from its Green Roof

Solar-Powered Blue Forest Eco Classroom Harvests Drinking Water from its Green Roof

Nestled within mature woodlands on the grounds of Benenden School in Kent, this new environmental education facility raises the bar for self-sufficient buildings in the UK. The designers claim it’s the

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Evolution and Future Growth of Renewable Energy

INFOGRAPHIC: The Evolution and Future Growth of Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is one of the keys to securing a sustainable future for people around the world - but do you know where today's clean technologies came from and what the future holds for the industry?

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Much Energy Does Google Use?

INFOGRAPHIC: How Much Energy Does Google Use?

Did you know that the energy used by a single google search is equivalent to turning on a 60W light bulb for 17 seconds? Now consider that people conduct over 1 billion searches a day, and you've got a

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How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

MARTaK Live/Work Passive House is an acronym of the extended family names of those who will use the space as a retreat from Boston and the Bay Area. The site is my own off-grid home in the mountains where

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Window Socket: Portable Solar-Powered Outlet Sticks to Windows, Charges Small Electronics

Window Socket: Portable Solar-Powered Outlet Sticks to Windows, Charges Small Electronics

The Window Socket is an idea so fabulously simple, it's slightly amazing that we haven't seen one before. Designed by Kyuho Song & Boa Oh, the charger sticks to a window and draws solar power to an

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SPOR Solar Battery Charger Helps You Carry the Power of the Sun in Your Pocket

SPOR Solar Battery Charger Helps You Carry the Power of the Sun in Your Pocket

"Two college kids trying to save the world". That's the slogan put forth by the team who designed SPOR, and they might very well succeed in that endeavor. SPOR is a self-regenerating solar battery

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Foster + Partners Opens Doors to Lavish Clean Energy-Powered Yacht Club de Monaco Building

Foster + Partners Opens Doors to Lavish Clean Energy-Powered Yacht Club de Monaco Building

In celebration of Monaco's leading yacht industry, Foster + Partners designed the building after the likeness of a giant ship. Its large, sun-drenched terraces are shaped like ship decks and offer views

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Urban Eco-Village Planned for Canada’s Capital

Urban Eco-Village Planned for Canada’s Capital

Imagine a place where homes open onto gardens fed by streams from the rainwater flowing off nearby rooftops. Narrow cobblestone streets lead past vibrant storefronts to the village green where a group of

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New Solar Wind Downdraft Tower Could Revolutionize Wind Power Technology

New Solar Wind Downdraft Tower Could Revolutionize Wind Power Technology

A revolutionary new clean energy technology is getting set to change the way we think about wind power. The Solar Wind Downdraft Tower, created by Maryland-based Solar Wind Energy Inc. turns the

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Solar Cell Breakthrough Could Unlock Cheaper Energy

Solar Cell Breakthrough Could Unlock Cheaper Energy

A new breakthrough in the design of silicon-based solar cells has seen a 20-year-old efficiency record broken by not one, but three companies. Presenting at the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference in

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Elon Musk’s SolarCity Buys Silevo, in Talks to Build One of the World’s Largest Solar Panel Plants

Elon Musk’s SolarCity Buys Silevo, in Talks to Build One of the World’s Largest Solar Panel Plants

On the heels of his radical announcement to open Tesla's entire patent portfolio, Elon Musk just made a major investment that could revolutionize the solar energy industry. Musk's rooftop solar panel

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World’s First Integrated Solar System Generates Electricity and Heat

World’s First Integrated Solar System Generates Electricity and Heat

In what could be a game changer for the solar energy industry, a house in suburban Sydney, Australia has installed the world's first building integrated solar system that generates electricity and heat.

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SPARK: Creating Clean Energy Through the Power of Music

SPARK: Creating Clean Energy Through the Power of Music

Royal College of Art graduate Diana Simpson Hernandez has designed the percussion shaker SPARK, which converts the energy from playing it into electricity. Users can plug in a light or charge up a mobile

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Paint-On Solar Cells Could Make Renewable Power Accessible to the Masses

Paint-On Solar Cells Could Make Renewable Power Accessible to the Masses

Researchers at the University of Toronto have made a breakthrough that could lead to cheaper and more flexible solar cells that could be used by millions of people around the world. The team

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Saving the Places We Love: A Call to Action from Geologist Ned Tillman

Saving the Places We Love: A Call to Action from Geologist Ned Tillman

  In a time of rapid climatic shift and lack of political will, the lessons in Ned Tillman’s book Saving the Places We Love: Paths to Environmental Stewardship are imperative for the younger

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Elon Musk Mulls Plan to Open Tesla Supercharger Patents

Elon Musk Mulls Plan to Open Tesla Supercharger Patents

Tesla has proven that it isn’t about doing things by the book. After building a revolutionary electric car from the ground up, the auto manufacturer is now considering something truly forward-thinking.

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World’s First Waste-to-Biofuels Plant Opens in Edmonton, Canada

World’s First Waste-to-Biofuels Plant Opens in Edmonton, Canada

Edmonton, Canada just celebrated the opening of the world's first waste-to-biofuel facility, which could radically transform the way we deal with our garbage. The Edmonton Waste-to-Biofuels and Chemicals

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Solar-Powered Bang Bang Tents Charges Your Gadgets While You Rock Out in Style

Solar-Powered Bang Bang Tents Charges Your Gadgets While You Rock Out in Style

Bang Bang Tents are four person tents that come in six different styles. Users have the choice between nature-inspired prints, including grass, chopped wood or butterflies, or more psychedelic patterns

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Williams Energy “Open House” Yields Closed Answers About Pipeline Impact

Williams Energy “Open House” Yields Closed Answers About Pipeline Impact

“I wouldn’t work for a company that I didn’t think was headed in the right direction", an engineer for Williams energy company said. I was talking with him at a Williams Open House in Susquehanna

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MARS Chocolate Maker to Power Entire U.S. Operation With a 118-Turbine Wind Farm

MARS Chocolate Maker to Power Entire U.S. Operation With a 118-Turbine Wind Farm

Here's some sweet news. MARS, the makers of popular chocolate treats such as Snickers and M&M's, plans to slash its global carbon footprint by 24 percent with a new 118-turbine wind farm that will

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Coke is Changing Beverage Cooling with its Electricity-Free Bio Cooler

Coke is Changing Beverage Cooling with its Electricity-Free Bio Cooler

Coca-Cola wants to bring the world icy-cold beverages without the use of electricity or batteries with their new Bio Cooler. The little can dispenser takes advantage of ancient technology that uses

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Nevermind the Naysayers, Switching to Renewable Energy is a Bargain for States

Nevermind the Naysayers, Switching to Renewable Energy is a Bargain for States

A new study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows that there's no sticker shock when states add more clean energy to their power grids. The report

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Detractors Say that Solar Roadways Must Be Stopped

Detractors Say that Solar Roadways Must Be Stopped

Solar Roadways have been getting a lot of attention lately after securing nearly $2 million in funding on Indiegogo - but some detractors are decrying the innovation, saying that the idea just won’t

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Energy Justice Summer: Inhabitat Reports on the Fight Against Fracking in Northeast Pennsylvania

Energy Justice Summer: Inhabitat Reports on the Fight Against Fracking in Northeast Pennsylvania

On June 2nd, I left Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to join Energy Justice Summer; a joint project with the Energy Justice Network & SustainUS. Over the next ten weeks, I'll be a part of a project that

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15-Year-Old Develops Flashlight Powered by Body Heat, Wins Top Prize in Google Science Fair

15-Year-Old Develops Flashlight Powered by Body Heat, Wins Top Prize in Google Science Fair

From a sleeping bag that charges your gadgets to entire buildings warmed by body heat, scientists are harvesting the heat emitted by humans as a source of renewable energy. But the latest development in

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Appliances, Electronics, and Responsible Energy Use

GREEN BUILDING 101: Appliances, Electronics, and Responsible Energy Use

Here at Green Building 101, we’ve looked at many ways that you can design, build, and renovate your home with more attention to your health and the environment. Now that you've been thoroughly educated,

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CSIRO Solar Thermal Plant Sets World Record with Solar-Generated Supercritical Steam

CSIRO Solar Thermal Plant Sets World Record with Solar-Generated Supercritical Steam

In what is being described as a major breakthrough for renewable energy, researchers at Australia's national science agency just set a world record by using solar power to generate supercritical steam at

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