Renewable Energy

GE’s New ‘Magnetocaloric’ Refrigerator Cools Food With Water And Magnets

GE’s New ‘Magnetocaloric’ Refrigerator Cools Food With Water And Magnets

GE just developed a brand new refrigerator that uses special magnetic materials to achieve temperatures cold enough to freeze water. The magnetic fridge is estimated to be 20% more efficient than current

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Eco-Friendly Tinbeerwah House Rises on Steel Stilts in the Australian Bush

Eco-Friendly Tinbeerwah House Rises on Steel Stilts in the Australian Bush

Though the Tinbeerwah House may be small in size, the three-bedroom abode more than makes up for it with its beautiful natural environment rich with the sounds of Kookaburras and the nearby creek. Large

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Build Your Own Flat-Pack Micro Nomad Home for Less than $30,000

Build Your Own Flat-Pack Micro Nomad Home for Less than $30,000

The easily assembled tiny Nomad home comes in a flat-pack box that slashes shipping costs. It includes a kitchen, living room, bathroom, and sleeping area, all of which are somehow tucked into every inch

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Author Builds Tiny Solar-Powered Off Grid Cabin for Under $2,000!

Author Builds Tiny Solar-Powered Off Grid Cabin for Under $2,000!

Alexander's two-floor cabin measures 14x14 with space for a full loft, kitchen, bathroom, dining, living and office space. The space-efficient home can even sleep up to six people comfortably. In addition

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Moss FM: World’s First Plant-Powered Radio Uses “Biological Solar Panels”

Moss FM: World’s First Plant-Powered Radio Uses “Biological Solar Panels”

Moss FM is the world's first plant-powered radio! The neatly arranged pots of moss form a Photo Microbial Fuel Cell that captures electrons generated during photosynthesis and converts them into

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Oregon Prepares to Launch the West Coast’s First Offshore Wind Farm

Oregon Prepares to Launch the West Coast’s First Offshore Wind Farm

The Pacific Northwest state of Oregon is already home to America's second largest land-based wind farm -- the 845 megawatt (MW) Shepherds Flat Wind Farm. Now the state has taken a big step closer to

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Fukushima Announces Plan to Go 100% Renewable Following Nuclear Disaster

Fukushima Announces Plan to Go 100% Renewable Following Nuclear Disaster

Wind turbines / Shutterstock Even though it goes against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s agenda to reboot nuclear power throughout Japan, the province of Fukushima has pledged to go 100 percent renewable

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Seed-Planting Tumbleweed Robot Draws From Nature to Fight Desertification

Seed-Planting Tumbleweed Robot Draws From Nature to Fight Desertification

Israeli industrial designer Shlomi Mir has created a tumbleweed-inspired robot that uses wind power to study desertification and help scientists better understand the phenomenon. The round robot uses an

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Scotland Will Soon Be Home to the World’s First Self-Sufficient Island

Scotland Will Soon Be Home to the World’s First Self-Sufficient Island

Scotland’s Eigg Island might just be the world’s greenest island - and not only because of its pristine untouched landscape. The tiny isle off the country’s northwest coast boasts a broad array of

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Audi and Global Bioenergies Turn Sugar into a Sweet Biofuel Alternative

Audi and Global Bioenergies Turn Sugar into a Sweet Biofuel Alternative

Sugar is classically one of the very worst things you can put in a car's gas tank but that has not stopped Audi from exploring ways to make biofuel made from the sweet powder. The German automaker has

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This Batmobile-esque Electric Car Built in a Barn is Capable of 207.5 MPG!

This Batmobile-esque Electric Car Built in a Barn is Capable of 207.5 MPG!

Since 2007, a team of self-funded volunteers have spent their time designing and building an electric vehicle from scratch. They recently unveiled their project, and not only does it work - it's capable

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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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