Renewable Energy

LEGOLAND Florida Becomes Nation’s First Theme Park to be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy on Earth Day

LEGOLAND Florida Becomes Nation’s First Theme Park to be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy on Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, LEGOLAND Florida just become the first theme park in the U.S. to be completely powered by renewable solar energy. The 150-acre theme park teamed up with Tampa Electric to go off the

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Apple Leads the Way with Environmentally Friendly Initiatives on Earth Day

Apple Leads the Way with Environmentally Friendly Initiatives on Earth Day

Apple dove headfirst into this year’s Earth Day celebrations, from changing the color of its logo's leaf section to the revamp of its Environmental Responsibility website. Although some may chalk up

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Skylab Architecture’s Radial Green-Roofed Columbia Building Tracks the Portland Sun

Skylab Architecture’s Radial Green-Roofed Columbia Building Tracks the Portland Sun

The Columbia Building is an educational demonstration of sustainable building techniques. Designed in a radial fashion to track the sun, this single-story concrete building folds seven cast-in-place

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Oregon Institute of Technology Now Generating Its Own Energy On Campus

Oregon Institute of Technology Now Generating Its Own Energy On Campus

On April 18th, the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls celebrated the completion of two major renewable energy projects, making it the first university in North America to generate all of its

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UK Nuclear Dump Could Be Swept Out to Sea Due to Planning Error

UK Nuclear Dump Could Be Swept Out to Sea Due to Planning Error

An internal document released by the UK Environment Agency (EA) reveals that the Drigg Low-Level Waste Repository (LLWR) on the Cumbrian coast is under threat from rising sea levels. If overwhelmed, which

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Austria’s Blob-Shaped Kunsthaus Graz Art Museum Generates its Own Solar Power

Austria’s Blob-Shaped Kunsthaus Graz Art Museum Generates its Own Solar Power

Located on the west bank of the River Mur in the his­toric center, the Graz Art Museum opened its doors back in 2003. Created as part of the European Capital of Culture celebrations, the

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An American Home or Business Goes Solar Every Four Minutes!

An American Home or Business Goes Solar Every Four Minutes!

Buried at the very bottom of a fact sheet released at yesterday's White House Solar Summit is a striking statistic: "Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar, supporting workers

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INTERVIEW: Department of Energy’s David Danielson on How America Can Win the Clean Energy Race

INTERVIEW: Department of Energy’s David Danielson on How America Can Win the Clean Energy Race

2013's government shutdown didn't stop the United States Department of Energy (DOE) from moving forward on a range of initiatives to ramp up renewable energy, promote energy efficiency, and combat

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KXL Opponents Carve Massive Anti-Pipeline Crop Art in Nebraska Cornfield

KXL Opponents Carve Massive Anti-Pipeline Crop Art in Nebraska Cornfield

Keystone XL Pipeline opponents have carved a massive 80-acre crop drawing in a Nebraska cornfield that sits directly in the path of the proposed project. Farmer Art Tanderup, who owns the land, drove the

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End of Century Temperatures to Exceed Pre-Industrial Levels by 4.8ºC Unless GHG Significantly Reduced, Warns UN Climate Panel

End of Century Temperatures to Exceed Pre-Industrial Levels by 4.8ºC Unless GHG Significantly Reduced, Warns UN Climate Panel

Unless the world acts with a sense of urgency to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, global warming is on pace to reach the catastrophic level of 4.8ºC above pre-industrial temperatures by the

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Astronaut Pee Could Help Power Space Crafts

Astronaut Pee Could Help Power Space Crafts

Astronauts’ pee already gets recycled into water on space missions, but now NASA has found a way to transform their urine into fuel. Scientists have devised a process called forward osmosis that

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Glow-in-the-Dark ‘Smart Highways’ Replace Street Lights in the Netherlands

Glow-in-the-Dark ‘Smart Highways’ Replace Street Lights in the Netherlands

Light-absorbing glow-in-the-dark road markings have replaced standard street lighting on a 500 meter stretch of highway in The Netherlands. This project is the first stage of a concept first unveiled back

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Airborne Wind Turbines Could Meet World Energy Demand

Airborne Wind Turbines Could Meet World Energy Demand

A new study from the University of Delaware finds that high-altitude wind turbines tethered to the ground like kites could potentially generate enough clean, renewable electricity for the entire world.

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Mongolia’s Nomads Modernize Traditional Tent Homes with Solar Panels

Mongolia’s Nomads Modernize Traditional Tent Homes with Solar Panels

With 250 days of sunshine a year, Mongolia's potential for solar energy is vast but mostly underutilized. That's beginning to change though - a new government sponsored initiative aims to equip

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IKEA’s New 98 Megawatt Wind Farm in Illinois is Capable of Powering 70 Stores

IKEA’s New 98 Megawatt Wind Farm in Illinois is Capable of Powering 70 Stores

There are companies who talk about going green, and companies who do something about it. This week, for the 206th time, IKEA proved that it belongs in the latter category. The popular home furnishings

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Food Waste Fuels Vertical Farming in Chicago

Food Waste Fuels Vertical Farming in Chicago

The Windy City is turning into a hotbed of sustainable urban agriculture. Entrepreneur John Edel is transforming The Plant, a 1920s era meatpacking facility in Chicago's industrial Back of the Yards

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U.S. Navy Converts Seawater into Jet Fuel Using ‘Game Changing’ Technology

U.S. Navy Converts Seawater into Jet Fuel Using ‘Game Changing’ Technology

United States Navy scientists claim they have successfully developed a method of converting seawater into jet fuel. Researchers at the Naval Research Laboratory developed a technology that

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Meet the Solar Impulse 2: The First Airplane to Attempt a Round-The-World Solar-Powered Flight!

Meet the Solar Impulse 2: The First Airplane to Attempt a Round-The-World Solar-Powered Flight!

After the Solar Impulse prototype broke 8 world records for solar-powered flight, creators Borschberg and Piccard knew it was time to tackle the next big challenge: a trip around the entire planet. In

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Cheap Solar PV Powers Substantial Global Renewable Energy Growth in 2013

Cheap Solar PV Powers Substantial Global Renewable Energy Growth in 2013

The falling price of solar photovoltaic systems was the main driver of an increase in global renewable energy generation in 2013, according to a new report produced by the Frankfurt School-UNEP

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Underwater Ocean Energy Turbine Harvests Vast & Powerful Marine Currents

Underwater Ocean Energy Turbine Harvests Vast & Powerful Marine Currents

According to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, if you utilized just 1/1000th of the energy potential available in the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic, you could supply Florida with 35% of its

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INFOGRAPHIC: Americans Used More Energy, Increased Carbon Emissions in 2013

INFOGRAPHIC: Americans Used More Energy, Increased Carbon Emissions in 2013

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory just released its annual energy flow charts, and the latest infographics reveal that Americans used more energy in 2013 from all sources -- renewable, fossil and

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Rustic Off-Grid Pump House is a Solar-Powered Weekend Getaway in Australia

Rustic Off-Grid Pump House is a Solar-Powered Weekend Getaway in Australia

Clad in black panels of corrugated iron, the Pump House is a small and quiet lakeside retreat that blends a rustic aesthetic with elegant simplicity. The architects and client used a simple materials

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Tiny English Village Blocks Giant Fracking Operation, Announces Plans to Build Community-Owned Solar Power Plants

Tiny English Village Blocks Giant Fracking Operation, Announces Plans to Build Community-Owned Solar Power Plants

Normally, the village of Balcombe, West Sussex is just another picturesque spot in a valley where nothing really happens. But when Cuadrilla Resources--the UK's fracking pioneer--announced plans to do

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UN Climate Chief Calls for ‘Urgent Transformation’ of Oil and Gas Industry for a Greener Future

UN Climate Chief Calls for ‘Urgent Transformation’ of Oil and Gas Industry for a Greener Future

On the heels of the IPCC's landmark global warming report, UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres is calling on the oil and gas industry to urgently transform for a cleaner, low-carbon future. Figueres

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Festo’s DualWingGenerator Catches the Wind Like Flapping Bird Wings

Festo’s DualWingGenerator Catches the Wind Like Flapping Bird Wings

Windmills offer a great way to harness renewable energy, and they’ve been around for almost two centuries - but who says that’s the only way you can catch the wind? Festo, a supplier of automation

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Honeycomb ‘Wind Lens’ Turbines Could Boost Energy Generation 3X

Honeycomb ‘Wind Lens’ Turbines Could Boost Energy Generation 3X

Forget about traditional tri-blade wind turbines -- the ultra-efficient turbine of the future might look completely different if Kyushu University professor Yuji Ohya has anything to say about it. Ohya

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Janine Benyus, Author and Founder of Biomimicry 3.8

VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Janine Benyus, Author and Founder of Biomimicry 3.8

In 1997, biologist and innovation consultant Janine Benyus, released her first book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In this publication she coined the term 'biomimicry' and laid the groundwork

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Ecosistema Urbano’s Amazing LED Energy Carousel is Powered by Play!

Ecosistema Urbano’s Amazing LED Energy Carousel is Powered by Play!

Amsterdam’s Carve design bureau invited 10 European design firms to create innovative projects that would appeal to all ages, encourage play, and help make the new Governeursplein Square more fun and

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INTERVIEW: Ed Mazria, Founder of Architecture 2030 Introduces the 2030 Palette

INTERVIEW: Ed Mazria, Founder of Architecture 2030 Introduces the 2030 Palette

Ed Mazria is the influential environmental architect behind the 2030 Challenge, which aims to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in new construction, and to cut the use of fossil fuels in existing

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Israel Debuts the World’s First Self-Cleaning Solar Farm

Israel Debuts the World’s First Self-Cleaning Solar Farm

One of the challenges with solar power is keeping the panels clean, since dust and dirt drastically reduce the efficiency of photovoltaics. That’s particularly challenging for large solar parks, and

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