Renewable Energy

Multijunction Solar Cells Break Efficiency Records by Harvesting the Full Spectrum of Light

Multijunction Solar Cells Break Efficiency Records by Harvesting the Full Spectrum of Light

Engineers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new type of solar cell that uses multiple junctions instead of single subcells to gather the full spectrum of light. The

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Solar Roadways Crowdfunding Campaign Blitzes Goal, Raises Over $1.5 Million

Solar Roadways Crowdfunding Campaign Blitzes Goal, Raises Over $1.5 Million

Inhabitat has been reporting on the Solar Roadways project since 2009, so we are excited to see that their latest Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign has raised over $1.5 million! Funds are going towards

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OTE Corporation Harnesses Cold Seawater for Fossil Fuel-Free Air Conditioning

OTE Corporation Harnesses Cold Seawater for Fossil Fuel-Free Air Conditioning

Ocean Thermal Energy Corporation (OTE Corporation) is a breakthrough technology company that both contributes to the long-term health of the environment, and boosts the economy—locally and globally.

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Chitkara University’s Solar Lounge Offers Style and Comfort in a Compact Clean Energy Charging Station

Chitkara University’s Solar Lounge Offers Style and Comfort in a Compact Clean Energy Charging Station

Many of us would prefer to work outside in nice weather, but it’s usually only a matter of time before we’re forced back inside in search of a power outlet. To combine the joys of the outdoors and

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Cutting Coal Pollution by 20% is Just One Way Obama is Making Climate History

Cutting Coal Pollution by 20% is Just One Way Obama is Making Climate History

President Barack Obama on Monday will announce the most significant action to combat climate disruption his administration has taken and the boldest move to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in American

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Meet LIAM: A Mini Windmill Ideal for Any Home

Meet LIAM: A Mini Windmill Ideal for Any Home

Rotterdam company Archimedes has created a small windmill that can be installed on just about any roof, anywhere. Meet LIAM: a quiet, affordable wind energy source that's ideal for urban settings; it's

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Fracking Bust: Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil Reserves Slashed by Whopping 96%

Fracking Bust: Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil Reserves Slashed by Whopping 96%

New information released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) suggests that fracking in America is more bust than boom. The controversial method of extracting natural gas from shale rock

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Massive Multi-Family Apartment Complex Solar Installation Completed in California

Massive Multi-Family Apartment Complex Solar Installation Completed in California

One of the largest multi-family apartment complex solar thermal and solar photovoltaic projects of the decade was just completed in California. Los Angeles-based solar company ReGreen retrofitted 34

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Germany Was Powered by 74% Renewable Energy Last Weekend

Germany Was Powered by 74% Renewable Energy Last Weekend

In 2011, Germany made headlines when a small agricultural village in the state of Bavaria produced 321% more energy than it needed. Now, Germany is showing that it is still leading the world in

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Pumpmakers’ DIY Solar-Powered Water Pump Empowers Developing Nations

Pumpmakers’ DIY Solar-Powered Water Pump Empowers Developing Nations

To help bring clean drinking water to the 780 million people who still go without, Pumpmakers developed the NSP Solar Pump, an inexpensive, maintenance-free water pump that can be manufactured locally

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Report: Solar Power Could be the World’s Top Energy Source by 2050

Report: Solar Power Could be the World’s Top Energy Source by 2050

A new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that solar energy could become the biggest generator of electricity worldwide by 2050 if the right policies are put in place. The paper,

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Baltimore’s Solar-Powered Water Wheel Can Devour 50,000 Pounds of Harbor Trash Every Day

Baltimore’s Solar-Powered Water Wheel Can Devour 50,000 Pounds of Harbor Trash Every Day

Every year, stormwater runoff carries tons of trash and debris from the streets and streams of the Jones Fall watershed down into the mouth of the Jones Falls stream and out into the Baltimore Harbor. "I

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6 Incredible Glamping Retreats for Experiencing the Great Outdoors (Without Roughing it)

6 Incredible Glamping Retreats for Experiencing the Great Outdoors (Without Roughing it)

EcoCamp in Chile EcoCamp is immersed in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park in the Chilean Patagonia. It offers guided treks, as well as luxury camping in solar-powered geodesic domes. Loch

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INTERVIEW: 8 Questions with Starbucks Global Responsibility VP Ben Packard

INTERVIEW: 8 Questions with Starbucks Global Responsibility VP Ben Packard

INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little about what drew you to work for Starbucks as Vice President of Global Responsibility? Ben: I came to Starbucks 14 years ago as Environmental Affairs Manager, after

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Individuals in Spain Turn to Community Collectives for Renewable Energy

Individuals in Spain Turn to Community Collectives for Renewable Energy

Most of the time we rely on governments or large companies to help us make the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy, but one community in Spain took matters into its own hands and created a

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White House Solar Panels Fire Up for the First Time Since Jimmy Carter Left

White House Solar Panels Fire Up for the First Time Since Jimmy Carter Left

As President Obama makes his way to California to preach the gospel of solar power, his words have become action back home in Washington D.C. After years of waiting, the White House solar array is now

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IRIS: Kinematic Sea Pods Generate Energy in the Shadow of Beirut’s High-rises

IRIS: Kinematic Sea Pods Generate Energy in the Shadow of Beirut’s High-rises

Najjar & Najjar developed the IRIS pods to create accessibility to the sea in a way that profoundly connects the viewer with their environment. The large, eye-shaped IRIS structures provide surrogate

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ESA Space Recycling System Converts Urine into Water for Moroccan University

ESA Space Recycling System Converts Urine into Water for Moroccan University

Water recycling systems are generally used in remote locations, such as on board the International Space Station and Antarctica-based research bases. But a similiar system, which turn urine into drinking

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Spanish Island to be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

Spanish Island to be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

A tiny Spanish island with just 10,000 residents is about to do something amazing. El Hierro, the smallest of the Canary Islands, plans to completely sever ties with the traditional power grid and move

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Stanford Becomes First Major U.S. University to Divest from Coal Companies

Stanford Becomes First Major U.S. University to Divest from Coal Companies

This week Stanford University became the first major U.S. university to officially divest from coal companies. The Stanford Board of Trustees voted that the university's $18.7 billion endowment would not

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Qatar Unveils Luxurious Off-Grid Floating Hotels for 2022 World Cup

Qatar Unveils Luxurious Off-Grid Floating Hotels for 2022 World Cup

Sigge Architect’s designs are linked to the mainland by boats and new transit lines in Qatar.  The hotels will be accompanied by luxury apartments and are part of a new island called Oryx Island off

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Solar Cell Breakthrough Replaces Harmful Lead With Less Expensive Tin

Solar Cell Breakthrough Replaces Harmful Lead With Less Expensive Tin

Researchers at Northwestern University just unveiled a new solar cell that can be manufactured for less money using fewer harmful elements. Inorganic chemist Mercouri G. Kanatzidis and Robert P. H. Chang

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United States Investing $10 Million in Wave Power Projects

United States Investing $10 Million in Wave Power Projects

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) just announced $10 million in funding to test two deep-water wave energy conversion (WEC) devices off the coast of the U.S. Navy's Marine Corps Hawaii Base in

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The World’s Largest Fully-Operational Solar Plant Opens in Arizona

The World’s Largest Fully-Operational Solar Plant Opens in Arizona

Somewhere between Yuma and Phoenix, Arizona on a desolate stretch of 2,400 acres of land, construction was just completed on the world's largest fully-operational solar-power plant. Known as Agua

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Urban Green Energy Unveils Next Generation Vertical Axis VisionAIR3 Wind Turbine

Urban Green Energy Unveils Next Generation Vertical Axis VisionAIR3 Wind Turbine

Leading renewable energy provider Urban Green Energy (UGE) just announced their latest cutting-edge vertical axis wind turbine, the VisionAIR3. The result of more than a year of testing and research, the

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Solar Roadways Unveils Super Strong Solar Panels for Roads in Prototypical Parking Lot

Solar Roadways Unveils Super Strong Solar Panels for Roads in Prototypical Parking Lot

Not only does the parking lot harvest energy, it also incorporates overhead utilities and repositions underground utilities for more efficient use. Power and data cables line a cable corridor alongside

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Google Invests $100 Million to Make Solar Panels More Affordable for American Homeowners

Google Invests $100 Million to Make Solar Panels More Affordable for American Homeowners

Google recently announced its biggest renewable energy purchase to date (and that's saying something: the company has already invested $5 million in a German solar power plant and bought enough wind

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Report: President Obama Likely to Reject Keystone XL Pipeline

Report: President Obama Likely to Reject Keystone XL Pipeline

Rolling Stone is reporting that President Obama will likely reject the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline that has become a symbol of the bitter partisan divide in Washington and the battle between

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Solar Power is Now as Cheap as Buying From the Grid – in Europe

Solar Power is Now as Cheap as Buying From the Grid – in Europe

Although solar power's return on investment has been debated endlessly, it now looks like the renewable energy source has finally become as cheap as buying off the grid - at least in some European

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Murtada Alkaabi Develops a Brilliant Wind Harvesting Facade for Coastal Urban Buildings

Murtada Alkaabi Develops a Brilliant Wind Harvesting Facade for Coastal Urban Buildings

Wind turbines are rarely designed for cities-they are loud, affect views, and buildings tend to block the winds anyway. Eager to find an aesthetically-pleasing solution for harvesting wind energy in urban

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