Renewable Energy

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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Wind Power Costs are Almost Exactly the Same as Natural Gas, New Study Shows

Wind Power Costs are Almost Exactly the Same as Natural Gas, New Study Shows

The electricity costs of wind energy and natural gas are virtually identical when the price of carbon emissions is included, according to a new study on the federal tax credit for wind power. Researchers

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Rotating Girasole Home Follows the Australian Sun

Rotating Girasole Home Follows the Australian Sun

Girasole House Rotation from Liz Eve on Vimeo DNA Architects were commissioned by builder John Andriolo of MAG Constructions, who, as a youth studying in Italy, dreamed of building a house that

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Britain’s Booming Offshore Wind Industry Could Shield Country Against Russian Gas Volatility

Britain’s Booming Offshore Wind Industry Could Shield Country Against Russian Gas Volatility

Switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions, but is also vital to national security, says UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey.

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World’s First Airborne Wind Turbine to Bring Renewable Energy and WiFi to Alaska

World’s First Airborne Wind Turbine to Bring Renewable Energy and WiFi to Alaska

Wind turbines have become airborne! An enormous helium-filled wind turbine will soon float over the city of Fairbanks, Alaska to produce enough electricity for more than a dozen families living off the

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Morphocode Unveils Plans for Crazy Home Set Atop an Offshore Wind Turbine

Morphocode Unveils Plans for Crazy Home Set Atop an Offshore Wind Turbine

If you're good at repairs and don’t have a problem with heights and noise, the Wind Turbine Loft could be your dream house. Nestled into an offshore wind turbine, Morphocode's futuristic-looking

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Typing and Swiping Could be the New Energy-Efficient Way to Charge Your Smartphone

Typing and Swiping Could be the New Energy-Efficient Way to Charge Your Smartphone

Zhong Lin Wang and his team at the Georgia Institute of Technology have come up with a generator that powers your smartphone with nothing more than typing and swiping. The idea is based on

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