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Google Invests $40 Million in North Dakota Wind Farms

Google Invests $40 Million in North Dakota Wind Farms

Google has long been a champion of clean energy. The search-engine giant established the Google Energy subsidiary, created energy monitoring tech like Google PowerMeter and regularly invests in clean tech

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Wind-Powered Knitting Machine Lets Nature Knit Scarves!

Wind-Powered Knitting Machine Lets Nature Knit Scarves!

Image courtesy of Designboom Perusing Designboom this morning we saw this super rad wind-powered knitting machine by Merel Karhof. We had to share this amazing device that beautifully knits tubes using

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US Issues Approval for First Offshore Wind Farm!

US Issues Approval for First Offshore Wind Farm!

The Cape Cod wind farm, once just a hope for the horizon, has sprung a giant leap forward today with the official approval of the Obama Administration! This afternoon Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar

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Direct Drive System Reduces Cost, Weight of Wind Turbines

Direct Drive System Reduces Cost, Weight of Wind Turbines

The next generation of wind turbines may not have problem-prone gearboxes if Siemens and GE have anything to say about it. The wind turbine manufacturers have both recently invested in direct drive

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Flaw in EU Offshore Turbines Makes Them Slide Off Their Bases

Flaw in EU Offshore Turbines Makes Them Slide Off Their Bases

Hundreds of offshore wind turbines in the EU might be in peril. It was announced that a good number of them have a flaw that causes them to shift off of their bases after being installed. The flaw is due

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Milan 2010: The Interni Think Tank lights up Milan

Milan 2010: The Interni Think Tank lights up Milan

Lucca Trazzi's T-Garden is an LED light installation that reinvents the garden space with high-tech flowers made from Eurojersey Sensitive Fabrics. Another outdoor setting featured two of Philippe

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Smarter Turbine Placement Could Make Wind Power Reliable

Smarter Turbine Placement Could Make Wind Power Reliable

There's enough potential wind power in the world to meet demand five times over. The trouble is, wind isn't reliable: if you live in Iowa, it doesn't help you that the wind is blowing in Alaska. Green

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Giant Wind Powered Metal Future Flower Unveiled in England

Giant Wind Powered Metal Future Flower Unveiled in England

This may look like just another pretty 3D rendering but it's not - it's a real project that was just unveiled as part of a regeneration project for the waterfront at Widnes near the River Mersey in

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New Synchrophasors Are the Key to a Smarter, More Stable Energy Grid

New Synchrophasors Are the Key to a Smarter, More Stable Energy Grid

The grid is about to get a whole lot smarter with the introduction of synchrophasors -- high tech devices that measure and transmit incoming energy data at blinding speeds. When deployed en masse, the

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Gorgeous Green Energy Park for Korea Electric Power Corporation

Gorgeous Green Energy Park for Korea Electric Power Corporation

This gorgeous “Green Energy Theme Park” was designed by H Associates for the

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GE’s Gigantic Offshore Wind Turbine is 25% More Efficient

GE’s Gigantic Offshore Wind Turbine is 25% More Efficient

GE has been cracking away to design and release a more efficient wind turbine - 25% more efficient in fact. Rather than increasing the size to generate more power like some other manufacturers have done,

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Michael Jantzen Unveils a Wind Powered Eco Wine Pavilion

Michael Jantzen Unveils a Wind Powered Eco Wine Pavilion

Prolific and provocative eco-architect Michael Jantzen has come up with yet another fascinating building, this time inspired by the symbolic image of grape vines growing over a trellis. The Eco Wine

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Beautiful Bamboo Flow Lights are Powered by the Wind!

Beautiful Bamboo Flow Lights are Powered by the Wind!

How do you create effective lighting when there’s no way to get to the grid? Leave it to a couple of ingenious designers to come up with a beautiful and self-sufficient bamboo lighting system! Designed

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IRONIC: Scientists Find Wind Farms Could Actually Raise Temperatures

IRONIC: Scientists Find Wind Farms Could Actually Raise Temperatures

Researchers at MIT have discovered that it's possible that a large scale installation of wind turbines can actually raise temperatures. Looking forward to the US goal of creating 20% of our power from

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Oppenheim Unveils Exoskeletal LEED Campus Center for Miami Dade

Oppenheim Unveils Exoskeletal LEED Campus Center for Miami Dade

Thanks to firm Oppenheim Architecture + Design, Miami Dade College is getting an eye-popping new campus center poised for LEED certification. To be located on Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami, the

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The Strata: World’s First Skyscraper With Built-In Wind Turbines

The Strata: World’s First Skyscraper With Built-In Wind Turbines

Prepare to be blown away: the latest addition to London‘s skyline is a striking modern skyscraper that is heralded as the world’s first building with wind turbines built in! Nicknamed

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Colorado to Be #2 in Renewable Energy Standards by 2020

Colorado to Be #2 in Renewable Energy Standards by 2020

On Monday a bill was dropped on Colorado Governor Bill Ritter's desk that ups the states renewable energy standard to over 30% by 2020. The bill was passed by the state legislature and will place Colorado

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German Fishing Boat Flies Giant Kite to Save Fuel

German Fishing Boat Flies Giant Kite to Save Fuel

Michael Kooren for Reuters With the cost (both financial and environmental) of fuel these days, everyone is trying to cut back in whatever ways they can. If you're talking boats, you can always go

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Windbelt: Innovative Generator to Bring Cheap Wind Power to Third World

Windbelt: Innovative Generator to Bring Cheap Wind Power to Third World

Within the next few months, we hope to start seeing more about an intriguing small-scale wind power technology that was first announced a few years ago. The Windbelt was devised as a wind power generator

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Texas Breaks U.S. Wind Power Generation Record

Texas Breaks U.S. Wind Power Generation Record

Good news on the alternative energy front: Texas managed to break the U.S. wind energy generation record last Friday morning when it produced 6,272 MW of power--19% of the total electricity mix. The

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China to Launch Multi-Billion Dollar Renewable Energy Program

China to Launch Multi-Billion Dollar Renewable Energy Program

Photograph: Bob Sacha/Corbis China recently announced that it is planning to reduce its carbon intensity by 40-45% (from 2005 levels) and generate 15% of its electricity from renewables by 2020.

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Hexicon’s Floating Wind Platform Keeps Wind Power Afloat

Hexicon’s Floating Wind Platform Keeps Wind Power Afloat

They've solved all of these problems with their adaptable, floating offshore wind and wave generation platform. The renewable energy plant of the future. The platform is designed to deal with extreme

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Sweden Aims for 2000 New Wind Turbines, 50% Renewable Energy by 2020

Sweden Aims for 2000 New Wind Turbines, 50% Renewable Energy by 2020

John McConnico for The New York Times Maud Olofsson, Sweden's Enterprise and Energy Minister, announced recently the addition of 2,000 wind turbines to the country's alternative energy regimen. The

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Senators Try to Block Government Financing for Renewable Energy Projects Overseas

Senators Try to Block Government Financing for Renewable Energy Projects Overseas

One day after Obama announced his “Cash for Caulkers” energy efficiency program, a group of senators is trying to block government-funded, international renewable energy projects. In a letter

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America’s First Wave Power Farm Coming to Oregon Coast

America’s First Wave Power Farm Coming to Oregon Coast

America is getting its very first wave power farm! Ocean Power Technologies, a New Jersey-based firm, is currently installing giant buoys off the coast of Reedsport, Oregon. Once all ten buoys are in

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Oppenheim’s Sloping Beach Tower Hides a Green Oasis Inside

Oppenheim’s Sloping Beach Tower Hides a Green Oasis Inside

Sloping towards the open sea, Oppenheim's luxurious mixed-use tower for the United Arab Emirates is both elegant and a model of efficiency. If you look closely, the pixelated residences comprising the

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Norway to Build the World’s Largest Wind Turbine

Norway to Build the World’s Largest Wind Turbine

Norway is currently working on building the world's largest wind turbine, a towering 10 MW machine that will blow away the competition. The Norwegian company Sway will build the 533-feet high monster,

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Defunct Ferris Wheel Envisioned as Giant Energy-Generating Windmill

Defunct Ferris Wheel Envisioned as Giant Energy-Generating Windmill

Last year Melbourne’s iconic Southern Star Observation Wheel found a sad turn when it had to be shut down due to cracks and buckling caused by the intense summer heat. The $100 million wheel has since

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Largest Green Energy Plant in the World Planned for India

Largest Green Energy Plant in the World Planned for India

Both China and Africa have incredibly ambitious plans for massive energy projects sourced from the sun or wind, but India may beat them to the punch with the colossal project they have in the works. A

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Sculptural Sound Chamber Sings When the Wind Blows

Sculptural Sound Chamber Sings When the Wind Blows

Here at Inhabitat we love the wind -- it's one of our favorite natural resources. That explains our excitement when we heard about Luke Jerram's new artistic venture, an acoustic pavilion that sings when

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