Renewable Energy

Colorful noise-pollution barriers that also generate solar energy being tested in the Netherlands

Colorful noise-pollution barriers that also generate solar energy being tested in the Netherlands

Technology research is often about finding ways to combine two different functions into one tool or, as you might have heard it said before, kill two birds with one stone. In the Netherlands, a consortium

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Austin, Texas is now home to the world’s cheapest solar power

Austin, Texas is now home to the world’s cheapest solar power

In basically the craziest news in clean energy this week, the Texas city of Austin has become the site of the world’s cheapest solar power, priced at just $0.04/kWh. This beats the previous record set

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Brilliant 5CUBE sends powerful tangible message of Ireland’s dependence on fossil fuels

Brilliant 5CUBE sends powerful tangible message of Ireland’s dependence on fossil fuels

De Siún Scullion Architects’ 5CUBE design was selected as the winning entry in the 2013 ‘Imagine Energy’ competition hosted by Ace For Energy. The brief sought installation ideas that would make

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Kyocera breaks ground on Kyoto’s largest solar power plant, on a golf course

Kyocera breaks ground on Kyoto’s largest solar power plant, on a golf course

Kyocera is about to break ground on Kyoto's largest solar power plant--on an abandoned golf course. Golf courses have long been the bane of environmentalists, who consider them a waste of space and

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U.S., Brazil, and China make major commitments to fight climate change

U.S., Brazil, and China make major commitments to fight climate change

Three of the world’s top source of greenhouse gases - the United States, Brazil, and China - all announced new goals on Tuesday that represent a serious commitment to clean energy and the health of our

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Europe will be 50% powered by renewable energy by 2030

Europe will be 50% powered by renewable energy by 2030

As a whole, the European Union has some of the boldest renewable energy goals out there; their current commitment is to source at least 27 percent of final energy consumption from renewable sources by

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Carbon-negative Ashmount Primary School produces enough energy to power the neighborhood

Carbon-negative Ashmount Primary School produces enough energy to power the neighborhood

The Ashmount Primary School is located in North London’s Crouch Hill Community Park, an ecologically rich landscape and community asset converted from a derelict piece of Metropolitan Open Land. The new

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Solar-powered Out of the Valley cabin is a perfect off-grid retreat for two

Solar-powered Out of the Valley cabin is a perfect off-grid retreat for two

The Out of the Valley model cabin is clad in a charred timber, created with the Japanese shou sugi ban technique, and topped with a black corrugated roof. The dark exterior helps the cabin blend in with

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Palestinian man overcomes Gaza energy cuts with affordable DIY solar ovens

Palestinian man overcomes Gaza energy cuts with affordable DIY solar ovens

Life in the Gaza Strip is challenging, to say the least. The day-to-day Gazan experience is riddled with fuel and food shortages, unreliable electricity, and a rapidly growing population that stretches

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Bill Gates invests $2 billion in renewable energy

Bill Gates invests $2 billion in renewable energy

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced they will invest another $2billion in renewable technologies to help the fight against global climate change. This good news toward sustainability

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Infographic: How renewables are thriving in the US thanks to state policies

Infographic: How renewables are thriving in the US thanks to state policies

Things are looking up for clean energy in the US. Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), a national nonprofit coalition working to advance clean energy, released a new report titled Clean Energy Champions:

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House votes to stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

House votes to stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill, 247-180, to stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan until litigation on the plan has finished. The bill, called the Ratepayer Protection Act (H.R. 2042) goes to

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Net-zero Happy Meadow Courtyard House is a perfectly passive residence in North Carolina

Net-zero Happy Meadow Courtyard House is a perfectly passive residence in North Carolina

Happy Meadows Courtyard House is a modern, age-in-place, net zero passive house designed by Chapel Hill, NC, architect Arielle Condoret Schechter. Constructed primarily of 5500 psi concrete, the

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Luca Curci envisions a living Vertical City powered by the sun

Luca Curci envisions a living Vertical City powered by the sun

Italian design studio Luca Curci Architects unveiled their proposal for a floating vertical city for 2,500 inhabitants.

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India announces plans to boost its solar power five times to 100GW by 2022

India announces plans to boost its solar power five times to 100GW by 2022

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that the country will leap forward with an impressive sustainability plan. The country is expected to increase its solar energy five fold over the

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6 ways the Tesla Powerwall is changing the energy landscape

6 ways the Tesla Powerwall is changing the energy landscape

6 Ways the Tesla Powerwall is Changing the Energy Landscape Elon Musk has been trying to drive the adoption of solar power through his Tesla Motors and SolarCity companies. With growing car sales at

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New EPA report reveals the 180 billion dollar cost of climate change

New EPA report reveals the 180 billion dollar cost of climate change

The Environmental Protection Agency has just released what is being called the most comprehensive report on the impact of global emissions on climate change. Titled “Climate Change in the United States:

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8 Sustainable British buildings from the 2015 RIBA awards

8 Sustainable British buildings from the 2015 RIBA awards

The Foundry by Architecture 00 Architecture 00 repurposed a former shoe-polish factory into the Foundry, an office facility that houses various charities in London. Built on a former brownfield in

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New devices generate renewable energy from evaporation

New devices generate renewable energy from evaporation

Evaporation is a key component of the Earth's water cycle, and one of the world's most dominant forms of energy transfer—and it's believed that as the climate warms, evaporation rates will increase and

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Beautiful adobe hotel in Bolivia belongs in a fairy tale

Beautiful adobe hotel in Bolivia belongs in a fairy tale

With shelters shaped like a tortoise, a teepee, a sea tower and a snail among other natural forms, Las Olas can be easily spotted down from the bay. As it's built on a slope, each room gets both, privacy

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Copenhagen’s largest school will be powered by solar energy

Copenhagen’s largest school will be powered by solar energy

Located on the water’s edge, CIS Nordhavn is sandwiched between the public waterfront and Copenhagen’s urban fabric. A promenade outside the school provides public access to the waterfront. To

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Scandinavia’s largest library is powered by the sun

Scandinavia’s largest library is powered by the sun

Designed to meet the Danish 2015 energy classification, Dokk1 was completed for a budget of over €280 million. Schmidt Hammer Lassen won the bid for the project after placing first in a 2009 design

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Solar retro-modern Happier Camper HC1 features a LEGO-like interior

Solar retro-modern Happier Camper HC1 features a LEGO-like interior

http://vimeo.com/126883800 Weighing in at just 1,100 pounds (500 kilograms), the ultra-lightweight HC1 travel trailer can be easily pulled by small cars. Its 100% high-quality fiberglass shell comes in

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V3Solar’s spinning solar cells generate 20 times more electricity than flat photovoltaics

V3Solar’s spinning solar cells generate 20 times more electricity than flat photovoltaics

If there's one constant among the vast majority of solar panel designs, it's flatness; while solar panels can be equipped to tilt to follow the sun's path through the course of the day, there are still

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Can the Republican Party accidentally save the environment?

Can the Republican Party accidentally save the environment?

You can certainly cause climate change without actually believing in it, but is it possible to save the environment while still denying climate change even exists? A new video by The Guardian suggests

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Paper-thin printed solar cells could provide power for 1.3 billion people

Paper-thin printed solar cells could provide power for 1.3 billion people

Over the past several decades, the cost of solar power has declined dramatically, from $40/watt in 1977 to $0.74/watt in 2013. This trend is expected to accelerate as improvements in efficiency and new

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why solar panels are an affordable and smart investment

INFOGRAPHIC: Why solar panels are an affordable and smart investment

Want to save some green while going green? You may want to start with solar: a source of renewable energy that’s more affordable now than ever. As one of the most energy efficient resources in the

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Ten solutions to California’s drought

Ten solutions to California’s drought

Desalination systems Carlsbad, plus small scale solar alternatives Fog Catchers http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2012/sep/19/peru-fog-catchers-water-supplies Atmospheric Water

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Obama Administration announces $4 billion fund to bolster renewable energy

Obama Administration announces $4 billion fund to bolster renewable energy

The Obama Administration’s support for clean energy took on a new dimension this week, as the White House announced plans to invest $4 billion to help generate capital investment for renewable energy

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Tesla boosts Powerwall home battery capability from 2kW to 5kW

Tesla boosts Powerwall home battery capability from 2kW to 5kW

Tesla's Powerwall is poised to be one of the biggest product launches ever, and the home battery has already sold out through 2016. The company is currently constructing the "Gigafactory" in Nevada, which

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