Renewable Energy

Google investing $300 million in SolarCity to finance 25,000 residential solar installations

Google investing $300 million in SolarCity to finance 25,000 residential solar installations

Installing solar panels on your home just makes sense; they turn empty space into green power. One thing stopping some from taking the plunge could be the cost of installing a system, but Google recently

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Maya Pedal transforms old bikes into pedal-powered water pumps, blenders, and more

Maya Pedal transforms old bikes into pedal-powered water pumps, blenders, and more

We've seen some incredible innovations in bicycle technology lately - from self-charging components such as the Copenhagen Wheel to designer fixies by Diesel. But what happens to these and all other bikes

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BIG unveils a luminescent geodesic dome biomass power plant, and it’s also a public park

BIG unveils a luminescent geodesic dome biomass power plant, and it’s also a public park

Power plants are, in general, rather dowdy structures—unless you live in the world of Bjarke Ingels. The Danish architect and his firm, BIG, was invited to design a new biomass power plant for the

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Kenyan teenager converts his school’s poop into safe, clean energy

Kenyan teenager converts his school’s poop into safe, clean energy

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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INFOGRAPHIC: Discover the cleanest cities in the world

INFOGRAPHIC: Discover the cleanest cities in the world

There's a movement afoot to find ways to create super clean cities. Birmingham, England is slashing emissions like a CO2 ninja, while Oslo boasts the honor of having not a single landfill. Copenhagen is

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Pavegen to install people-powered kinetic energy tiles in SNCF’s Parisian office

Pavegen to install people-powered kinetic energy tiles in SNCF’s Parisian office

Pavegen’s installation within SNCF’s office is the first step to innovation within our transport hubs “Pavegen are demonstrating the potential of footfall power and the future for transport

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Is the Christian Coalition solar power’s most unlikely new ally?

Is the Christian Coalition solar power’s most unlikely new ally?

  A fight over net metering for Indiana solar power users just got a lot more interesting, after the ‘yes’ side took on an unlikely ally–the Christian Coalition of America. The

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UGE’s Vertical Axis Wind Turbines now provide green power for the Eiffel Tower

UGE’s Vertical Axis Wind Turbines now provide green power for the Eiffel Tower

UGE VisionAIR5 "The location for the wind turbines, 400ft (120m) above ground level, was strategically chosen to maximize energy production, allowing the wind turbines to harvest the steady winds at

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Australia’s first carbon-positive prefab house produces more energy than it consumes

Australia’s first carbon-positive prefab house produces more energy than it consumes

Australian architecture firm ArchiBlox recently unveiled Australia’s first carbon-positive prefab home that’s packed with eco-friendly features and gorgeous to boot. Contemporary and cozy, this

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New documents prove leading climate change denier was paid $1.2M by fossil fuel companies to fuel “debate” about global warming

New documents prove leading climate change denier was paid $1.2M by fossil fuel companies to fuel “debate” about global warming

In an effort to keep America believing that climate change is naturally caused by things like variations in the sun’s energy, politicians have, for years, cited scientists like Wei-Hock Soon who said he

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Apple to build 100 percent renewable energy-powered data centers in Denmark and Ireland

Apple to build 100 percent renewable energy-powered data centers in Denmark and Ireland

Apple has just announced plans to construct two new data centers in Europe, and like all current Apple data centers, the facilities will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. Constructed at a total

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Portland is now powered by water pipes and flushing toilets

Portland is now powered by water pipes and flushing toilets

Portland residents are now helping to generate their own green electricity, just by turning on their water taps or flushing their toilets. Fast Company reports that the Oregon capital is using a

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Rollable solar charger provides portable green energy wherever you go

Rollable solar charger provides portable green energy wherever you go

Having a device die when there is no electricity nearby can be very inconvenient. But what if you could bring your electricity with you wherever you go? The new WAACS rollable solar charger pulls out of a

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World’s largest offshore wind farm approved for the U.K. coast

World’s largest offshore wind farm approved for the U.K. coast

Wind power in the U.K. is about to get a big boost, as the world’s largest offshore wind farm was just approved for the Yorkshire coast. The Guardian reports that the U.K. energy secretary just approved

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Intecs Spa headquarters becomes first non-residential building in Rome to earn a CasaClima Class A energy rating

Intecs Spa headquarters becomes first non-residential building in Rome to earn a CasaClima Class A energy rating

Located within the Technpolo Tiburtino, a major business and technology district in Rome, the compact Intec headquarters covers an area of 37,600 square feet. Like LEED, the Casaclima-Klimahaus

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VIDEO: How to install Voltaic solar panels on your car

VIDEO: How to install Voltaic solar panels on your car

In the old days, if you wanted a solar panel, you had to buy one of those giant clunky things that were not only pricey, but also a real pain in the you-know-what to install. But times have changed,

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New Tesla battery could take your home off the grid

New Tesla battery could take your home off the grid

Ever wish you could ditch your electric bill? Tesla is working on a house battery that could help you break up with your expensive utility company, essentially turning any home into an off-grid abode.

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China increases wind power by 23 percent in pursuit of clean energy goals

China increases wind power by 23 percent in pursuit of clean energy goals

pic Of all the nations on the planet, China is not the first place that comes to mind when the subject of green energy is on the table. Yet, China is trying. In 2014, wind farms created 23 percent more

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The Dutch Windwheel is not only a silent wind turbine – it’s also an incredible circular apartment building

The Dutch Windwheel is not only a silent wind turbine – it’s also an incredible circular apartment building

Designed for the port city of Rotterdam, the Dutch Windwheel is a sustainable landmark that houses 72 apartments within a circular steel and glass frame that also serves as a silent, motionless wind

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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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IKEA increases sales of sustainable products to an astounding $1 billion

IKEA increases sales of sustainable products to an astounding $1 billion

Last year IKEA sold $1.3 billion worth of “sustainability” products to customers across the world, according to the company’s recent sustainability report. These include products that help people

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Israeli solar power plant to generate electricity around the clock

Israeli solar power plant to generate electricity around the clock

Israeli alternative energy company Brenmiller Energy has solved one of the biggest issues with solar technology -- how to generate electricity when the sun sets. The Tel Aviv-based  company announced on

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Petzl unveils new LEED Platinum North America Headquarters in Salt Lake City

Petzl unveils new LEED Platinum North America Headquarters in Salt Lake City

As a company founded on the spirit of outdoor exploration, Petzl asserts that environmentalism is a central pillar of the brand’s philosophy. As a result, the new Petzl America building was designed to

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Infographic: What the net-zero homes of the future will look like

Infographic: What the net-zero homes of the future will look like

While previously the purview of a very niche/expensive housing market, net-zero homes are quickly becoming both an economically sound and sustainable proposal. The average price of an installed

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Sobek’s Activhaus produces enough green power to light up the house next door

Sobek’s Activhaus produces enough green power to light up the house next door

The Weissenhof Estate near Stuttgart was a focus point for avant garde architecture in 1927 when Mies van der Rohe and Corbusier created a collection of houses for a public exhibition. In the same

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Gensler proposes electricity-generating bike paths for London Underground’s disused tunnels

Gensler proposes electricity-generating bike paths for London Underground’s disused tunnels

Architecture firm Gensler has received the London Planning Award for Best Conceptual Project for the "London Underline," a proposal to turn the city's disused Underground rail tunnels into a network of

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Wind-Powered Pavilions in Shanghai Are Fun Candy-Coated Play Houses

Wind-Powered Pavilions in Shanghai Are Fun Candy-Coated Play Houses

Parks in China are used extensively by residents throughout the day to practice tai chi, dance, meet friends, relax or eat. Bailanjing Park along the river is a new development to increase the urban green

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Beautiful net-zero energy family ranch comfortably hosts sixteen in California

Beautiful net-zero energy family ranch comfortably hosts sixteen in California

The net-zero ranch comprises a cluster of buildings that frame and protect a sunny central courtyard from strong winds. The courtyard’s plunge pool and hot tub were strategically placed to overlook

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How All Power Labs’ gasifier technology could revolutionize clean energy production

How All Power Labs’ gasifier technology could revolutionize clean energy production

When the city of Berkeley kept shutting off power to his unconventionally-zoned artists compound, Jim Mason took matters into his own hands; he built a gasifier to turn plant waste into a source of off

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MUM students build a solar-powered bicycle repair station out of salvaged materials

MUM students build a solar-powered bicycle repair station out of salvaged materials

A bike repair stand, basic hand tools and a solar powered air compressor and USB cellphone charger are all at your disposal when you pull up to the DIY bike repair station. Designed and built from

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