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Why Using Gas as a “Bridge Fuel” is Worse Than Burning Coal

Why Using Gas as a “Bridge Fuel” is Worse Than Burning Coal

In his 2014 State of the Union Address President Obama stated of coal seam gas: "if extracted safely, it's the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate

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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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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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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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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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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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6 Isolated Luxury Retreats for Off-Grid Living

6 Isolated Luxury Retreats for Off-Grid Living

Refuge du Goûter by Group-H Standing 12,582 feet above sea level, the Refuge du Goûter is a magnificent Alpine refuge by Group-H. Powered by the sun and wind, the stylish Alpine retreat is the highest

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Three Technologies Square Off for Floating Wind Farm Supremacy

Three Technologies Square Off for Floating Wind Farm Supremacy

The renewable energy race is heating up with three new floating wind farm technologies squaring off for top spot. The challenge for floating wind farm engineering is to create a system that can be

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German State to Reach 100% Renewable Power This Year

German State to Reach 100% Renewable Power This Year

Germany recently smashed three solar energy records in just two weeks and set a new overall renewables record last month with 74 percent clean energy use during the middle of the day. Now the Federal

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Evolution and Future Growth of Renewable Energy

INFOGRAPHIC: The Evolution and Future Growth of Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is one of the keys to securing a sustainable future for people around the world - but do you know where today's clean technologies came from and what the future holds for the industry?

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New Solar Wind Downdraft Tower Could Revolutionize Wind Power Technology

New Solar Wind Downdraft Tower Could Revolutionize Wind Power Technology

A revolutionary new clean energy technology is getting set to change the way we think about wind power. The Solar Wind Downdraft Tower, created by Maryland-based Solar Wind Energy Inc. turns the

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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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Spanish Island to be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

Spanish Island to be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

A tiny Spanish island with just 10,000 residents is about to do something amazing. El Hierro, the smallest of the Canary Islands, plans to completely sever ties with the traditional power grid and move

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Murtada Alkaabi Develops a Brilliant Wind Harvesting Facade for Coastal Urban Buildings

Murtada Alkaabi Develops a Brilliant Wind Harvesting Facade for Coastal Urban Buildings

Wind turbines are rarely designed for cities-they are loud, affect views, and buildings tend to block the winds anyway. Eager to find an aesthetically-pleasing solution for harvesting wind energy in urban

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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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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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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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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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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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Michael Jantzen’s California Food and Agriculture Pavilion Produces Crops and Green Energy

Michael Jantzen’s California Food and Agriculture Pavilion Produces Crops and Green Energy

Michael Jantzen's pavilion proposal is designed as a tourist attraction for the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Its design is intended to sustainably celebrate the great diversity, and the

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Giant Green Roofs Top MenoMenoPiu’s Wind-Powered Taichung City Cultural Center

Giant Green Roofs Top MenoMenoPiu’s Wind-Powered Taichung City Cultural Center

Although Japanese architecture firm SANAA snapped up the winning bid, we felt that MenoMenoPiu Architects and Atelier Castro Denissof's inspiring proposal was too good not to share. Located next to the

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Ambitious Eiffel Tower Renovation Turns the Aging Icon’s 1st Floor into a Green Energy Powerhouse

Ambitious Eiffel Tower Renovation Turns the Aging Icon’s 1st Floor into a Green Energy Powerhouse

The $34.6 million dollar project includes demolition and reconstruction of the first floor Eiffel and Ferrié pavilions, which house the welcoming center, shops and a restaurant. Upon completion, the

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GE Announces $10B Investment in Clean Energy R&D, Including Eco-Friendlier Fracking?

GE Announces $10B Investment in Clean Energy R&D, Including Eco-Friendlier Fracking?

Wind turbine image / Shutterstock The US-based conglomerate General Electric recently announced that it will spend an additional $10 billion researching and developing clean energy technologies over

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SheerWind’s INVELOX Wind Turbine Can Generate 600% More Energy Than Conventional Turbines

SheerWind’s INVELOX Wind Turbine Can Generate 600% More Energy Than Conventional Turbines

US-based wind energy company SheerWind just unveiled the INVELOX - a tunnel-based wind turbine that can produce up to 600% more power than traditional wind turbines. The company states that after

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