Renewable Energy

Water Evaporation Could be the World’s Largest Renewable Energy Source

Water Evaporation Could be the World’s Largest Renewable Energy Source

It is well known that wind and solar hold great renewable energy potential, and we're beginning to understand more about wave power, but now there's a new kid on the block. Dr. Ozgur Sahin believes that

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Minimalist Light-Filled Photographer’s Glass Studio Offers Beautiful Lakeside Views in the Canadian Shield

Minimalist Light-Filled Photographer’s Glass Studio Offers Beautiful Lakeside Views in the Canadian Shield

Surrounded by the sublime Canadian Shield landscape, the photographer's studio over a boathouse on Stony Lake unites the inner and outer environments with a transparent curtain wall glazed in Cradle to

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Pine Cones, Moss and Rotten Food Fuel One of Europe’s Greenest Cities

Pine Cones, Moss and Rotten Food Fuel One of Europe’s Greenest Cities

Växjö in Southern Sweden relies on its renewable energy, clean transport and energy conservation initiatives to justify calling itself "Europe's Greenest City." Local council member Henrik Johansson

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World’s First Magma-Enhanced Geothermal System Created in Iceland

World’s First Magma-Enhanced Geothermal System Created in Iceland

Magma photo from Shutterstock The Iceland Deep Drilling Project (IDDP) has been drilling wells in search of high temperature geothermal resources, and one of those wells - a borehole drilled at Krafla

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Cheap, Biodegradable Sugar Batteries Could Power Gadgets Within Three Years

Cheap, Biodegradable Sugar Batteries Could Power Gadgets Within Three Years

A research team from Virginia Tech led by Y.H. Percival Zhang just developed a battery that runs on natural sugar that could replace conventional batteries within three years. The sugar battery is cheap,

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European Union to Cut Emissions 40%, Produce 27% of Energy from Renewables by 2030

European Union to Cut Emissions 40%, Produce 27% of Energy from Renewables by 2030

The European Union just reached a landmark climate deal that is world's toughest. The compromise agreement is the result of intense negotiations between member states that delayed the unveiling of the

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Next-Generation Wood Fiber Solar Cells Could Dwarf Current Efficiency Levels

Next-Generation Wood Fiber Solar Cells Could Dwarf Current Efficiency Levels

There are two key factors that affect solar cell performance: high optical transparency for good light transmission, and high optical haze for increased scattering, and therefore absorption.

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NASA Photos Reveal the World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm from Space

NASA Photos Reveal the World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm from Space

The London Array is the world's largest offshore wind farm - and it looks even more amazing from space. NASA Earth Observatory just released these beautiful images of the array, which is located off the

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SolarBuzz Reports That UK Large-Scale Solar Photovoltaics Grew by 600% in 2013

SolarBuzz Reports That UK Large-Scale Solar Photovoltaics Grew by 600% in 2013

A new report from SolarBuzz shows that large-scale solar PV installations in the UK have grown by an incredible 600% during the past 12 months, driving the UK to a record 1.45 GW of new solar PV capacity.

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Superhydrophobic Coatings Could Prevent Wind Turbines from Becoming Giant Icicles During Cold Winter Months

Superhydrophobic Coatings Could Prevent Wind Turbines from Becoming Giant Icicles During Cold Winter Months

GE is developing new superhydrophobic coatings that allow turbines to keep pumping out energy in sub-zero temperatures. As Arctic temperatures again begin to engulf nearly every corner of the United

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More Than Half of Kenya’s Electricity Will Come From Solar Power by 2016

More Than Half of Kenya’s Electricity Will Come From Solar Power by 2016

Kenya recently laid out an ambitious plans to construct nine solar power plants at a cost of $1.2 billion, with the hope that they will provide more than half the country's electricity by 2016. The

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Wind Power was Spain’s Top Energy Source in 2013 for First Time Ever!

Wind Power was Spain’s Top Energy Source in 2013 for First Time Ever!

Zaragoza Wind Farm photo from Shutterstock Spain is going with the wind - last year wind power ranked as the nation's top electricity source for the first time! The Iberian Peninsula state generated

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Al Gore Blasts Geo-Engineering Solutions for Climate Change as Insane

Al Gore Blasts Geo-Engineering Solutions for Climate Change as Insane

While some have suggested geo-engineering projects could avert a climate change catastrophe, Al Gore described the idea as "insane, utterly mad and delusional in the extreme." The former vice president

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Teeny Tiny Windmills Could Power Future Smartphones

Teeny Tiny Windmills Could Power Future Smartphones

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington are working on the world’s tiniest wind farm that could fit on a grain of rice and charge your smartphone! The teeny tiny windmill is just 1.88mm

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Ford Showcases Sun-Powered C-Max Solar Energi Car at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Ford Showcases Sun-Powered C-Max Solar Energi Car at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Ford's C-MAX Solar Energi Concept marks the first time a major automaker has unveiled a car that can harness enough energy from the sun to power its electric motor. The vehicle was developed in

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Croatian Schools Plan To Use Renewable Energy To Fund Better Education

Croatian Schools Plan To Use Renewable Energy To Fund Better Education

Education funding always seems to be last on the list for politicians (even though it should be the first). Schools in Croatia face the same problem, which has spurred one enterprising elementary school

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California Doubles Solar Capacity in Just One Year

California Doubles Solar Capacity in Just One Year

Last year, California residents installed more rooftop solar capacity in one year than in the previous thirty combined! In 2013 alone, the state added a whopping 1,000 megawatts of solar capacity to their

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Hungarian Town Flooded by Toxic Red Sludge Re-Emerges as a Model Green Town

Hungarian Town Flooded by Toxic Red Sludge Re-Emerges as a Model Green Town

On October 4, 2010, the Hungarian town of Devecser woke up to a landscape soaked in toxic red sludge from a nearby alumina plant reservoir that had burst. The crimson flood of the caustic byproduct of

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UK Shatters Wind Power Records in December 2013 by Generating 2.8 Million MWh

UK Shatters Wind Power Records in December 2013 by Generating 2.8 Million MWh

The UK broke a series of wind energy records in December 2013 - including the record for most wind power produced in a single month. In December, Britain generated a total of 2,841,080 megawatt hours

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MOS Architects’ Sustainable Nepal Orphanage is a Green Model For Other Communities

MOS Architects’ Sustainable Nepal Orphanage is a Green Model For Other Communities

The project grew from a partnership between MOS Architects and the Seeds of Change Foundation, which focuses on educational and environmental work in Nepal. The region where the orphanage will be located

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Japan’s Homeless are Cleaning up Fukushima Waste for Less than Minimum Wage

Japan’s Homeless are Cleaning up Fukushima Waste for Less than Minimum Wage

 Photo © Shutterstock A recent Reuters report reveals that a black labor market run by Japanese gangsters, or yakuza, has been using taxpayer funds to clean up radioactive fallout in northern Japan.

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Cape Wind Project Moves Forward With Siemens Wind Turbine Deal

Cape Wind Project Moves Forward With Siemens Wind Turbine Deal

The first offshore wind project in the United States moved a step closer to reality this week when Cape Wind Associates inked a deal with German wind turbine manufacturer Siemens to provide 3.5 megawatt

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M-22 House Runs on Geothermal and Hydropower in Northern Michigan

M-22 House Runs on Geothermal and Hydropower in Northern Michigan

M-22 House is located on a tall ridge overlooking Grand Traverse Bay with views that encourage discovery of the landscape. Inspired by the elements of fire, earth, wind and water, the home comprises a

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WakaWaka Provides Portable Solar Power to Syrian Refugees

WakaWaka Provides Portable Solar Power to Syrian Refugees

An estimated 6.8 million Syrians have been forced to flee their homes due to the ongoing civil war, which has claimed over 100,000 lives since 2011. With many refugees struggling to find access to

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Scientists Convert Algae into Crude Oil in Less than One Hour

Scientists Convert Algae into Crude Oil in Less than One Hour

Department of Energy scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory say they’ve reduced nature's million year process of turning algae into crude oil to one than takes less than an hour. The

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Warren Buffet Spends $1 Billion on Largest Land-Based Wind Power Purchase Ever

Warren Buffet Spends $1 Billion on Largest Land-Based Wind Power Purchase Ever

Photo © Shutterstock Warren Buffet’s utility company, MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co, announced yesterday that it had placed a massive order for 448 wind turbines, worth $1 billion. The turbines,

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Grass Could Become the World’s Next Big Biofuel Source

Grass Could Become the World’s Next Big Biofuel Source

Miscanthus photo from Shutterstock Scientists have figured out how to make biofuels with everything from algae to bacteria poop, and now they are turning to grass. A new European research project

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INFOGRAPHIC: The World’s Top 10 Solar Countries

INFOGRAPHIC: The World’s Top 10 Solar Countries

In 2003 the world generated 2 terawatt-hours (TWh) of solar electricity. By 2012 that figure jumped to 93 TWh! In the graphic above you can see the explosive growth of solar energy around the globe.

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SADAR + VUGA’s Bone White Air Traffic Control Center Mirrors the Ljubljana Mountains

SADAR + VUGA’s Bone White Air Traffic Control Center Mirrors the Ljubljana Mountains

Though SADAR + VUGA first designed the project in 2006, construction was prolonged due to complex safety and security requirements. Located at the middle of the site for safety reasons, the Air Traffic

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SOM’s Soaring 99 Story Pertamina Skyscraper to Harness Wind Energy in Indonesia

SOM’s Soaring 99 Story Pertamina Skyscraper to Harness Wind Energy in Indonesia

Skidmore, Owings & Mills just unveiled their centerpiece design for Pertamina's new headquarters: a futuristic "energy beacon" that dramatically pierces Jakarta’s skyline. Shaped like the petals of

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