Renewable Energy

BMW Unveils Beautiful Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Charger in Germany

BMW Unveils Beautiful Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Charger in Germany

Inspired by the hyper-modern Coop Himmelb(l)au-designed architecture at BMW Welt, Point.One S's sleek organic shape blends superior functionality and design into a symbol for environmentally friendly

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The Bizarre Way the Ivanpah Solar Plant Wants to Solve Its Bird-Killing Situation

The Bizarre Way the Ivanpah Solar Plant Wants to Solve Its Bird-Killing Situation

What’s the world’s largest solar plant to do when its massive mirrors start frying all of the birds flying by? If the solar plant is Ivanpah, the apparent solution is to institute a sort of cap and

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Massive Floating Sails Could Harness Wind and Wave Energy to Power Copenhagen’s Electric Grid

Massive Floating Sails Could Harness Wind and Wave Energy to Power Copenhagen’s Electric Grid

Artist Felix Cheong designed Oscillating Platforms, a proposal for an off-grid floating art installation submitted to the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) design competition. Outfitted with

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Nokero Launches Prima N202 Solar-Powered Light Bulb at American Renewable Energy Day

Nokero Launches Prima N202 Solar-Powered Light Bulb at American Renewable Energy Day

Nokero International, Ltd. recently launched the Prima N202, its ninth solar-powered light bulb, at Aspen's American Renewable Energy Day Conference early this month. As a leader in solar-powered

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NASA’s New Space Solar Arrays Fold Like Extreme Origami Flowers

NASA’s New Space Solar Arrays Fold Like Extreme Origami Flowers

Bigger is better when it comes to space-based solar panels - but rockets have a very limited amount of room, so getting them into orbit can be a challenge. So where do NASA researchers turn when looking

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How a Gilded Era Manor Was Turned Into New England’s First Net-Zero Home

How a Gilded Era Manor Was Turned Into New England’s First Net-Zero Home

Polly Guth, Stonelea's 87-year-old owner, hired H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture to renovate the 10,000 square-foot home, and the transformation has been extraordinary. Built in 1870, the New Hampshire

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Could Your Morning Newspaper Also Fuel Your Car?

Could Your Morning Newspaper Also Fuel Your Car?

Although many people now read the news online or on their e-readers, actual printed newspapers are still enjoyed by millions of people worldwide. Unfortunately all those papers add up to a lot of waste at

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Pittsburgh’s Net-Zero Energy Center for Sustainable Landscapes Blows Fracking Out of the Water

Pittsburgh’s Net-Zero Energy Center for Sustainable Landscapes Blows Fracking Out of the Water

If you think of the greenest building imaginable, then you are imagining what Phipps' CSL is like. In addition to relying on numerous clean energy sources for its power, such as geothermal, wind, and

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3D-printed Wind Turbine Fits in Your Backpack!

3D-printed Wind Turbine Fits in Your Backpack!

Portable solar power has already taken off, but what about when the sun goes down? Could massive wind turbines be scaled down for personal use? Poznan, Poland-based 3D printer manufacturer Omni3d has

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Spain Met More than a Third of July’s Electricity Demand with Wind and Solar Power

Spain Met More than a Third of July’s Electricity Demand with Wind and Solar Power

July was a banner month in Spain in terms of renewable energy production with 34 percent of the country's energy needs being met by wind and solar energy. Wind was the prominent low-carbon energy source

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Brilliant Teenager Invents Device That Produces Clean Energy AND Fresh Water!

Brilliant Teenager Invents Device That Produces Clean Energy AND Fresh Water!

Google has announced the finalists of this year's Google Science Fair and the line-up is impressive. But among the 15 inventions designed to make the world a better place, Cynthia Sin Nga Lam's submission

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Off-Grid Office Building Blends Work and Play Within a Climbable Timber Shell

Off-Grid Office Building Blends Work and Play Within a Climbable Timber Shell

To create a work environment that fosters creativity and collaboration, heri&salli designed a series of integrated meeting spaces that blur the line between work and leisure, such as a gym with a

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Germany Shatters Record by Producing 31% of its Electricity from Renewables in the First Half of 2014!

Germany Shatters Record by Producing 31% of its Electricity from Renewables in the First Half of 2014!

When it comes to the production of renewable energy, Germany is well ahead of the game - villages regularly break records by producing more energy than they need, and the country has met up to 74% of its

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Theo Jansen’s Kinetic Strandbeest Sculptures are Fantastic, Sand-Walking Behemoths

Theo Jansen’s Kinetic Strandbeest Sculptures are Fantastic, Sand-Walking Behemoths

Theo Jansen has been creating wind-walking examples of artificial life since 1990. What was at first a rudimentary breed has slowly evolved into a generation of machines that are able to react to their

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Historic Sydney Office Tower Turns its Paper Waste into Clean Energy!

Historic Sydney Office Tower Turns its Paper Waste into Clean Energy!

The turn-of-the-century Legion House is located in the heart of Sydney CBD and has operated as a women’s hostel for the last 60 years. Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp was commissioned to redevelop a larger

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Stanford: California Can be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

Stanford: California Can be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

A new study by a team from Stanford presents a "roadmap" for converting California's all-purpose energy infrastructure over to renewable sources by 2050. The paper, published in the journal Energy,

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The Moon Could Meet the World’s Energy Needs for the Next 10,000 Years

The Moon Could Meet the World’s Energy Needs for the Next 10,000 Years

Mining the moon to meet our energy needs may sound like the plot from a sci-fi movie, but China is considering doing exactly that. Helium 3 is an extremely valuable isotope that could be used in clean

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Semprius’ Stacked Solar Cells Could Make Solar Energy Cheaper Than Natural Gas

Semprius’ Stacked Solar Cells Could Make Solar Energy Cheaper Than Natural Gas

Two of the main obstacles to the widespread adoption of solar energy are cost and efficiency. However researchers at the Durham, North Carolina-based startup Semprius have found a way to tackle both these

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Sonoma Mountain Village: North America’s First One Planet Community

Sonoma Mountain Village: North America’s First One Planet Community

Sonoma Mountain Village is envisioned as a place where residents can work, shop, play, and have virtually all of their needs met within a 5 minute walk of where they live. Once construction is complete

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Scientists Create Cheap, Efficient Spray-On Solar Cells

Scientists Create Cheap, Efficient Spray-On Solar Cells

For the first time, scientists have figured out a way to create efficient, affordable spray-on solar cells. While the concept itself isn’t something new, spray-on technology in the past has been so

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Awesome Flux Bike Charges Your Gadgets on the Go

Awesome Flux Bike Charges Your Gadgets on the Go

Cyclists are fond of saying, "it costs nothing and makes you thin" but now thanks to Royal College of Art graduate Offer Canfi, bicycles can also charge your gadgets. Canfi's Flux project utilizes

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300 Government Buildings are Getting Rooftop Solar in India’s Tamil Nadu State

300 Government Buildings are Getting Rooftop Solar in India’s Tamil Nadu State

After the resounding success of rooftop solar in the Indian state of Gujrat, other states in the country are scrambling to launch programs of their own. Tamil Nadu, a state that has faced power supply and

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Scientists Warn That an “Insurmountable” Water Crisis Will Grip the Planet by 2040

Scientists Warn That an “Insurmountable” Water Crisis Will Grip the Planet by 2040

A new report warns that in less than three decades, the United States (and the rest of the world) could face a full-blown water crisis if we don't change the way we generate power. As the population

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MIT Develops Brilliant Graphite Sponge that Converts Solar Energy into Steam

MIT Develops Brilliant Graphite Sponge that Converts Solar Energy into Steam

Researchers at MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering have developed a simple, graphite and carbon-based sponge that soaks up water and heats it using the sun's rays. The sponge converts the water

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A Toxic Tour: Violations, Lies, and Dangers of the Shale Gas Industry

A Toxic Tour: Violations, Lies, and Dangers of the Shale Gas Industry

“They say I’m not to be trusted,” said Vera Scroggins, a local fracking activist from Montrose, PA. Vera has recently been targeted by the industry for speaking out against shale gas extraction. She

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Think You Can Create a Smaller Power Inverter? Google Will Give You a Million Bucks if You Can!

Think You Can Create a Smaller Power Inverter? Google Will Give You a Million Bucks if You Can!

Google is offering a million dollars if you can create a power inverter that is smaller than a laptop. If you don’t know what an inverter is, the competition probably isn’t up your alley, but

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7 Plants That May Save the World

7 Plants That May Save the World

Perennial Wheat Grains are the staple food of humanity: the vast majority of people on the planet eat either rice, wheat, or corn on a daily basis, and those are all annual crops. The issue with annuals,

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Jamaica Unveils World’s Largest Wind-Solar Hybrid Installation

Jamaica Unveils World’s Largest Wind-Solar Hybrid Installation

The world’s largest wind and solar hybrid renewable energy project was recently put into operation in Kingston, Jamaica. The WindStream Technologies array was commissioned for the rooftop of the

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Global Clean Energy Q2 Investment Up 33% Over First Quarter, Tops $63 Billion

Global Clean Energy Q2 Investment Up 33% Over First Quarter, Tops $63 Billion

Global clean energy investment surged in the second quarter of 2014, driven by big wind and solar deals and installations of small-scale rooftop solar photovoltaics. Bloomberg New Energy Finance is

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Gigantic ‘Energy Duck’ Could Generate Solar and Hydro Power for Copenhagen

Gigantic ‘Energy Duck’ Could Generate Solar and Hydro Power for Copenhagen

The Energy Duck is modeled on the common eider duck, which is found in the waters of Copenhagen. Unfortunately, the eider's breeding habitat is at risk from the effects of climate change, so the team

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