Renewable Energy

The SunPort lets you power any device with solar energy

The SunPort lets you power any device with solar energy

A little company called SunPort is launching a crowdfunding campaign that could change the clean energy game in a new way. SunPort is a smart device that looks like an ordinary outlet extender, save for

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Hillary Clinton wants to increase U.S. solar power 700% by 2027

Hillary Clinton wants to increase U.S. solar power 700% by 2027

As the race to the White House heats up, Hillary Clinton is in the spotlight more than ever. Like her opponents, Clinton has begun issuing proposals for responding to climate change and the first phase

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Deepwater Wind breaks ground on the U.S.’s first offshore wind farm (finally)

Deepwater Wind breaks ground on the U.S.’s first offshore wind farm (finally)

While offshore wind farms have been operational in Europe since the 1990s, efforts to establish any such projects off the U.S. coast have stalled amid funding and environmental concerns. And so, some

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Brilliant SALt lamp runs 8 hours on just 1 glass of salty water

Brilliant SALt lamp runs 8 hours on just 1 glass of salty water

Rural communities in the Philippines will soon be trading in candles and battery-powered devices for lamps which run on salt water to illuminate their homes. The Sustainable Alternative Lighting project,

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The energy-positive UK Solcer House proves that zero carbon living can be affordable

The energy-positive UK Solcer House proves that zero carbon living can be affordable

Great Britain’s first affordable energy positive house has just opened its doors in Stormy Down, Wales. Dubbed the Solcer House, the residence can produce more electricity than its occupants can use.

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Footloose German kid builds an inspiring brick dome home for an orphanage in Kenya

Footloose German kid builds an inspiring brick dome home for an orphanage in Kenya

When Torsten Kremer met Mama Dolfine, she had lost a 14 and 27-year-old son in one year, sank into a pit of despair, and then climbed out and built heaven--in the form of a new orphanage. After living

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U.S. coal production down 40% since 2010 and clean energy is taking over

U.S. coal production down 40% since 2010 and clean energy is taking over

Not only is clean energy on its way in, coal plants are on their way out. This week the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal project celebrated the announcement of the 200th coal plant shutting down since 2010.

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Super-thin, foldable Solar Paper can charge a smart phone in 2.5 hours

Super-thin, foldable Solar Paper can charge a smart phone in 2.5 hours

Combining nature with technology can be thrilling, relaxing, or money-making, whether it be by blasting your favorite tunes through earbuds on an epic trail run, catching up with your favorite audiobook

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Scientists develop functioning computer chips made out of wood

Scientists develop functioning computer chips made out of wood

We love technology and even those of us who don't love it, probably still use it to some degree. Even some of our common appliances like TV's, some refrigerators, microwaves, watches and other items use

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Off-grid Candle Charger powers up two cell phones in just six hours

Off-grid Candle Charger powers up two cell phones in just six hours

Charging your cell phone during a black out or natural disaster could be as easy as lighting a candle. The Candle Charger was designed by Andy Byrnes, a co-founder of Stanford’s alternative energy

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Will Tesla’s Gigafactory be the largest building on Earth?

Will Tesla’s Gigafactory be the largest building on Earth?

Tesla is constructing a building that can hold enough battery power for 500,000 Tesla cars, completely powered by renewable energy. And it's going to be huge. It's quite possible that calling it the

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A sculptural timber roof turns a crumbling holiday home into a green forest getaway

A sculptural timber roof turns a crumbling holiday home into a green forest getaway

Transformation Forest House On top of an existing 1950s holiday home, hidden in the forest, a sculptural, compact and sustainable rooftop extension climbs out of the original structure and seeks it’s

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The South is building its first major wind farm

The South is building its first major wind farm

The land of tobacco and peach farms is now getting something it's never seen before -- windmills. Crews are currently building a new commercial-scale wind energy farm on an old tract of North Carolina

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Tenderloin’s rehabilitated “Prison Park” taps into San Francisco’s geothermal energy

Tenderloin’s rehabilitated “Prison Park” taps into San Francisco’s geothermal energy

Besides being one of the city's densest neighborhoods, Tenderloin is also notorious for it poverty. The adjacent Boeddeker Park has been a problematic area for years which earned it the nickname "Prison

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Bolivia boasts the world’s longest cable car system

Bolivia boasts the world’s longest cable car system

The best way to start to get a grasp of how huge and busy the Bolivian capital is, it's from one of the gleaming flying pods. Measuring 6.2 miles long, the system currently has three lines (red, yellow

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The price of solar power drops to an incredible new low (again)

The price of solar power drops to an incredible new low (again)

A new record low price for solar project bids has been reached, making it the second time this month that previous cost barriers were shattered. This time, the news comes from NV Energy, a Berkshire

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Denmark just generated 140 percent of its electricity needs from wind power

Denmark just generated 140 percent of its electricity needs from wind power

A particularly windy 24 hours over northern Europe kicked Denmark's wind turbines into high gear, and enabled the country to generate not only all the electricity it needed, but had enough left over to

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This country was recently ranked as the world’s most sustainable

This country was recently ranked as the world’s most sustainable

A new study proclaims Sweden to be the world's most sustainable country. Yes, the land of Ikea has beaten out everyone other country on the planet -- and Norway is a close second. RobecoSAM, an investment

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U.S. Army develops new solar cells that are 1,000 times thinner than current technology

U.S. Army develops new solar cells that are 1,000 times thinner than current technology

Military research leads to a lot of cool technological advancements that can benefit the public as much as the troops. United States Army researchers have been working on improved solar technology, and

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Live off the grid and rent-free in the charming Wohnwagon mobile caravan

Live off the grid and rent-free in the charming Wohnwagon mobile caravan

The green roof helps insulate the home during the winter and cool it during the summer months. Triple-glazed windows punctuate the larch shell, bringing in natural light and framing views. Solar

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A Canadian man built this off-grid shipping container home for just $20,000

A Canadian man built this off-grid shipping container home for just $20,000

Dupuis is the architect of this peculiar home in the woods. That is, if you call a man who makes a home out of shipping containers an architect. By day, Dupuis is an engineer and renewable energy

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45-Ton Azura generator harvests energy from Hawaii’s waves

45-Ton Azura generator harvests energy from Hawaii’s waves

The United States has caught the perfect wave and may be surfing its way to a clean energy future. Azura, a prototype wave energy generator and the first of its kind in the United States, is online and

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Plans for world’s first self-sufficient floating city advance to next phase

Plans for world’s first self-sufficient floating city advance to next phase

The Seasteading Institute is on target to launch the world’s first floating city by 2020. The Floating City Project is set to have political autonomy, although the concept involves an integrated

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Infographic Shows Surprising Trends in Summer Energy Use Across the United States

Infographic Shows Surprising Trends in Summer Energy Use Across the United States

It's no secret that households across the US blast the AC when the summer heat sets in, leading to high electricity loads - but did you know that renewable energy production peaks during the hottest

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Lithium battery technology breakthrough could totally change solar power

Lithium battery technology breakthrough could totally change solar power

Though the obstacles to a clean energy economy are largely political, one particular technological challenge to this goal is the expense and capacity of storage batteries. The sun may shine strongly on a

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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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