Renewable Energy

Rayton’s new super-efficient, affordable solar panels could trump fossil fuels

Rayton’s new super-efficient, affordable solar panels could trump fossil fuels

Striking another blow to the oil and gas industries, an American solar company has developed technology that can produce super-efficient solar power that’s cheaper than fossil fuels. Rayton Solar’s

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The US could power itself with solar 100-times over

The US could power itself with solar 100-times over

There’s a lot of debate about whether or not solar power could feasibly power the entire country. A new report by Environment America and a breakdown by Treehugger’s Micheal Graham Richard is putting

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The UK’s largest solar farm just switched online for the first time

The UK’s largest solar farm just switched online for the first time

The United Kingdom's largest solar farm is now fully operational and working to power homes throughout the nation. The 46-megawatt solar farm in Landmead was connected to the national grid in Oxfordshire

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Kyocera is building the world’s largest floating solar plant

Kyocera is building the world’s largest floating solar plant

Kyocera Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation recently announced plans to build the world’s largest floating solar installation. The massive 13.4 megawatt plant will be located in the Chiba

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New study confirms ‘Limits to Growth’ prediction of imminent global collapse

New study confirms ‘Limits to Growth’ prediction of imminent global collapse

The book Limits to Growth - a 1972 harbinger of the "death of the planet" - was largely dismissed in its time time as being improbable at best and at worst, alarmist. But new research shows that the book

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Austin to get 55% of its power from renewables by 2025

Austin to get 55% of its power from renewables by 2025

Texas is not widely known for its eco-friendly nature - but Austin has long stood apart from the rest of the oil-rich, frack-friendly state as a bastion of sustainability. Keeping with that trend, the

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Businesses urged to restore viability of the Gulf Coast

Businesses urged to restore viability of the Gulf Coast

The America's Wetland Foundation is calling for a plan that will make restoration of the coast attractive to business, particularly along the Gulf Coast. A meeting held at the Tabasco headquarters on

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Zaha Hadid’s LEED Platinum-seeking Bee’ah headquarters will be 100% powered by renewable energy

Zaha Hadid’s LEED Platinum-seeking Bee’ah headquarters will be 100% powered by renewable energy

Surrounded by desert, the curvaceous 75,350-square-foot building was inspired by the shape of sand dunes and oriented to optimize the prevailing Shamal winds and limit exposure to the harsh sun. Hadid

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One in five houses in Australia is using solar energy

One in five houses in Australia is using solar energy

An astonishing one out of every five households in Australia is now relying on solar energy, a new report from the Australian Bureau of Statistic (ABS) reveals. Just 3 years ago only 5 percent of homes

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How solar friendly is your state? The Freeing the Grid report finds out

How solar friendly is your state? The Freeing the Grid report finds out

It's one thing to make the decision to go solar, but depending on where in the U.S. you live, the ease with which one connects a household rooftop array to the grid—i.e., actually gets it up and

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Eagle Energy is helping the Navajo Nation become energy independent

Eagle Energy is helping the Navajo Nation become energy independent

The Navajo people are the oldest ethnic group in the US and the Navajo Nation reservation is the largest in the country, spreading across Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. But about 38 percent of all homes in

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Canadian clean energy jobs eclipse oil sands employment this year

Canadian clean energy jobs eclipse oil sands employment this year

Canada is infamous in environmental circles for the Alberta tar sands, a destructive and polluting oil development that’s widely seen within the country as the nation's main economic generator.

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Saying “NO” to the Keystone XL pipeline is just the first step in our environmental revolution

Saying “NO” to the Keystone XL pipeline is just the first step in our environmental revolution

If you've checked Facebook in the past week or so you probably know that the Keystone XL Pipeline bill failed in the Senate, despite aggressive attempts by Mary Landrieu (D-LA) to ensure its passing.

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Scientists smash solar cell efficiency record by converting 40.4% of sunlight to energy

Scientists smash solar cell efficiency record by converting 40.4% of sunlight to energy

A team from the University of New South Wales, Australia, just set a new world record for solar energy efficiency by successfully converting 40.4% of available sunlight into electricity. And what's even

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Giant tulip-shaped solar plant to bring reliable energy to Ethiopia

Giant tulip-shaped solar plant to bring reliable energy to Ethiopia

Development in rural African communities is often limited by lack of access to reliable power - hospitals, schools and businesses all require a steady source of electricity in order to function. The

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Kenyan student convert’s school’s poop into safe, clean fuel

Kenyan student convert’s school’s poop into safe, clean fuel

In early January 2013, Kenya's oldest English-language school, the Maseno School, opened new dormitories for 720 students, and it had a couple of problems. Pit latrines and a faulty sewage system

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New Silent Wind Tree Turbines Make Energy Production Beautiful

New Silent Wind Tree Turbines Make Energy Production Beautiful

Three years of research have led a team of French engineers to produce their interpretation of wind energy for urban locations. The Wind Tree stands at 26 feet tall, and its branches adorn the

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Renewable Energy is Outpacing Nuclear as Scotland’s Top Power Source in 2014

Renewable Energy is Outpacing Nuclear as Scotland’s Top Power Source in 2014

For the first time in Scotland’s history, renewables outpaced other power sources to become the country's largest source of energy for the first half of 2014. An analysis done by the Scottish Renewables

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Gensler’s New Zero-Carbon Glumac Office Produces More Energy Than it Consumes in Shanghai

Gensler’s New Zero-Carbon Glumac Office Produces More Energy Than it Consumes in Shanghai

To provide a safe haven in a country notorious for its air pollution, Gensler designed the Glumac office with advanced air purification systems that provide healthy indoor air quality consistently

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Semtive’s Wind Turbines are Ideal Home-Scale Energy Generators

Semtive’s Wind Turbines are Ideal Home-Scale Energy Generators

Argentine startup Semtive, a designer of wind turbines for urban and suburban areas, presents a sustainable energy generator for domestic use and humanitarian aid. Thanks to a vertical axis, low speed

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Recycled Blu-ray Discs Can Help Boost Solar Cell Efficiency

Recycled Blu-ray Discs Can Help Boost Solar Cell Efficiency

It looks like Blu-ray discs are good for more than just entertainment, as a new study shows they can be recycled to improve the performance of solar cells. Research published by Northwestern University in

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The Google of China is Launching a Smart Bike

The Google of China is Launching a Smart Bike

Forget your Nike Plus, the most exciting fitness tracker these days could soon be a bike. Baidu, the equivalent of Google in China, has announced that it will soon release an e-bike called Dubike. The

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The World’s Largest Lithium-Ion Battery is Coming to Southern California Edison

The World’s Largest Lithium-Ion Battery is Coming to Southern California Edison

Battery developer AES Southland just announced that it will deliver the world's largest lithium ion battery to Southern California Edison. The massive 400MW battery can provide 100MW of power for a total

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Sweden’s Most Sustainable Office Building Will be a Plus Energy, Jewel-Inspired Landmark

Sweden’s Most Sustainable Office Building Will be a Plus Energy, Jewel-Inspired Landmark

Skanska and Utopia Arkitekter designed the six-story-tall Juvelen with an exciting, triangular patterned facade and fragmented windows. The geometric pattern is continued on the public piazza, which will

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“Green Heart” Outdoor Gyms Turn Burned Calories into Clean Energy

“Green Heart” Outdoor Gyms Turn Burned Calories into Clean Energy

The choice of low environmental impact sources of energy is one of the founding principles of sustainability, but many people often forget that we have the potential to create energy via our own

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Japanese Firm Plans World’s First Underwater City Powered by Sustainable Energy

Japanese Firm Plans World’s First Underwater City Powered by Sustainable Energy

Shimizu Corp.'s vision of the modern-day Atlantis is divided into three parts, with the underwater city contained in a 1,600-feet-wide sphere that could house up to 5,000 residents and comprise mixed-use

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The Largest Solar Plant in the US is Officially Up and Running

The Largest Solar Plant in the US is Officially Up and Running

The largest solar plant in the United States is officially fully operational. The Topaz Solar project in San Luis Obispo County, California completed its final 40-megawatt phase last month, making it the

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Rayworks Design Unveils Solar & Wind Powered Walkway

Rayworks Design Unveils Solar & Wind Powered Walkway

Rayworks Design recent design submission of a regenerative walkway and public display system to the Taipei International Design Competition 2014 (TIDC 2014) has some serious potential. The walkway

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Solar and Wind Energy are Finally Cheaper than Fossil Fuels in the United States

Solar and Wind Energy are Finally Cheaper than Fossil Fuels in the United States

Solar and wind energy have long struggled to compete with conventional energy sources on two fronts: dispatch and cost. However, new U.S. industry data outlined in the New York Times reveals the cost of

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Prefabricated BF House Floats Above the Landscape of Castellón Province in Spain

Prefabricated BF House Floats Above the Landscape of Castellón Province in Spain

The house is organized around a central courtyard. With part of it buried into the slope and supported by an existing stone terrace, the rest is left hovering over the steep terrain. The landscape

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