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US’ First Grid-Connected Offshore Wind Turbine Installed in Maine

US’ First Grid-Connected Offshore Wind Turbine Installed in Maine

The first grid-connected offshore wind turbine in the US was just installed in Brewer, Maine. The 65-foot-tall VolturnUS turbine is a small-scale prototype of a giant 6-megawatt turbine designed by the

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Micro Urban Prefab Project Wins Micro Housing Ideas Competition in Denver

Micro Urban Prefab Project Wins Micro Housing Ideas Competition in Denver

The Denver Architecture League Micro Housing Ideas Competition received around a hundred entries from across the country and the globe for an affordable and micro housing project. The competition was

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The Nest: A Minimalist Steel “Green Box” Home that Puts Nature First in Vietnam

The Nest: A Minimalist Steel “Green Box” Home that Puts Nature First in Vietnam

With a tiny footprint of just 40 square meters, The Nest is framed with 90 x 90 steel columns and 30 x 30 steel beams and clad with corrugated metal sheets an attractive white mesh grid that encourages

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New Jersey Approves $447 Million Solar Power Program

New Jersey Approves $447 Million Solar Power Program

New Jersey just announced a major $447 million solar power initiative that includes an incentive for private citizens to add solar arrays to their homes. The plan proposed by Public Service Electric and

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Honda Lowers Pricing for the 2013 Honda Fit EV to $259 a Month

Honda Lowers Pricing for the 2013 Honda Fit EV to $259 a Month

In an effort to keep ahead of the competition, Honda has announced that the pricing for the 2013 Honda Fit EV has been lowered to $259 a month. Currently the Fit EV's monthly lease price is set at $389 a

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Hobbitat Prefab Micro-Houses Are Built From Reclaimed and Recycled Materials

Hobbitat Prefab Micro-Houses Are Built From Reclaimed and Recycled Materials

The company’s founder Bill Thomas built the first Hobbitat house in 2011 using materials from his grandfather’s barn, windows from his childhood cabin and other reclaimed doors and materials. The

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1.1 GW Of Wind Power to be Added to Grid in Africa Amid New Investment

1.1 GW Of Wind Power to be Added to Grid in Africa Amid New Investment

Photo via Shutterstock The African Development Bank just announced that private investors have raised enough funds to add a whopping 1.1GW of wind power to Africa's grid. Currently wind power only

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Gridshell’s Parametrically-Designed Canopy Shades Masseria Ospitale Restaurant in Lecce, Italy

Gridshell’s Parametrically-Designed Canopy Shades Masseria Ospitale Restaurant in Lecce, Italy

The Masseria Ospitale structure was parametrically designed through a collaborative effort between Gridshell and CMMKM Architettura e Design. The project design team included Sergio Pone, Sofia Colabella,

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The Best Green Designs from ICFF 2013 Day One!

The Best Green Designs from ICFF 2013 Day One!

San Francisco Bay Area-based designer Colin Selig repurposes old propane tanks to create an amazing array of sofas and chairs. The smooth, sculptural seats require no extra material, and Selig has plans

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Moto Electra Looks to Set Record by Crossing US in an Electric Motorcycle in Just 3 Days

Moto Electra Looks to Set Record by Crossing US in an Electric Motorcycle in Just 3 Days

It's hard to imagine a time when driving cross-country was a challenge, a time when gas stations were infrequent and roads were unreliably paved. But that’s exactly what inspired the people at Moto

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Off-Grid Nomad Shelters Provide Relief from the Sun for Tourists in Italy

Off-Grid Nomad Shelters Provide Relief from the Sun for Tourists in Italy

The 2010 coastal architecture project for seaside facilities competition for the Sardinian coast asked for new structures and facilities for tourism and recreation in the area. Filippo Taidelli Architetto

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World’s Largest Hydropower Plant on Track for 2015 Groundbreaking in DR Congo

World’s Largest Hydropower Plant on Track for 2015 Groundbreaking in DR Congo

Work on the world's largest hydropower plant is expected to start in October, 2015 following commitments from the World Bank and other development agencies to finance its construction. South Africa has

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OsmoBlue Discovers a New Way to Turn Waste Heat into Electricity

OsmoBlue Discovers a New Way to Turn Waste Heat into Electricity

The heat emitted from waste incinerators, refineries, and data processors could soon become much more useful, thanks to a discovery by the startup OsmoBlue. The Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

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Alaksan Home Awarded Title of World’s Tightest Residential Building

Alaksan Home Awarded Title of World’s Tightest Residential Building

Marsik and Donalson are not house builders, but they decided to build their own home in Dillingham, AK. Most homes are heated using heating fuel, but the couple decided to cut out this costly energy

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Norwegian Scientists Unveil Plans for World’s First Underwater Energy Storage Plant

Norwegian Scientists Unveil Plans for World’s First Underwater Energy Storage Plant

Photo via Shutterstock A team of Norwegian research scientists has unveiled a concept that could store energy on the seabed. Conceived by Subhydro AS, the underwater pumped hydroelectric power plant

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WE CARE Solar Suitcase Saves Mothers’ and Babies’ Lives by Providing a Vital Light Source During Childbirth

WE CARE Solar Suitcase Saves Mothers’ and Babies’ Lives by Providing a Vital Light Source During Childbirth

In the developing world, mortality rates for expectant mothers total over 300,000 deaths each year. The WE CARE Solar Suitcase is a brilliant new device that aims to reduce this figure by providing

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Contemporary Energy’s Solar Kettle Boils and Purifies Water Off the Grid

Contemporary Energy’s Solar Kettle Boils and Purifies Water Off the Grid

Contemporary Energy’s Solar Kettle uses the sun’s rays to boil water on the go. The lightweight thermos-like device is perfect for camping or picnics, allowing users to make hot beverages or sterilize

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Taiwanese Wind Tower is Covered with Thousands of Wind Turbines and LED Lights

Taiwanese Wind Tower is Covered with Thousands of Wind Turbines and LED Lights

Beijing-based Decode Urbanism Office has designed a conceptual skyscraper with a façade composed of thousands of small wind turbines that would be able to produce enough energy to power the entire

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Mod Cott is a Low-Energy Guest House on Lake Buchanan in Texas

Mod Cott is a Low-Energy Guest House on Lake Buchanan in Texas

The Mod Cott guest house complements a nearby stone residence on the shores of Lake Buchanan. With views of the shore, water and surrounding landscape, the guest cottage is perfectly situated to interact

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New VisionAIR Vertical Axis Wind Turbine to Debut at Beijing International Garden Expo

New VisionAIR Vertical Axis Wind Turbine to Debut at Beijing International Garden Expo

Alternative energy company Urban Green Energy (UGE) has announced the launch of its new vertical axis wind turbine, the VisionAIR. The turbine was the result of over a year of dedicated testing at

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SunWater Gives Farmers an Affordable Way to Pump Water Using Solar Power

SunWater Gives Farmers an Affordable Way to Pump Water Using Solar Power

Many people around the world rely on cash crops to create extra income for their families. During the dry season, shallow wells and drought are challenges that reduce crop yield - and extra income. In

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Amtrak Unveils New High-Efficiency Electric Trains for Northeast Corridor

Amtrak Unveils New High-Efficiency Electric Trains for Northeast Corridor

After three decades of hard work, Amtrak trains in the Northeast Corridor and Pennsylvania get to retire. They will be replaced by 70 high-efficiency electric Amtrak Cities Sprinters (ACS-64) built by

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Architect Miguel Rivera’s Daylit Residence in Austin is a Renovated 1917 Bungalow

Architect Miguel Rivera’s Daylit Residence in Austin is a Renovated 1917 Bungalow

The 1917 Bungalow is one in a series of homes located in Austin’s old Clarksville district, whose first owners were freed slaves. The major challenge with the renovation was organizing the long, narrow

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Hyundai Unveils Plans to Install South Korea’s Largest Solar Power Plant

Hyundai Unveils Plans to Install South Korea’s Largest Solar Power Plant

Hyundai isn’t joking when it claims it wants to fight global warming. The car manufacturer just announced that it plans to install what will be South Korea’s largest solar photovoltaic system on the

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Scotland’s Three Glens House Exceeds UK Energy Standards With Sheep’s Wool Insulation

Scotland’s Three Glens House Exceeds UK Energy Standards With Sheep’s Wool Insulation

Most of the stone used to integrate the home within its surroundings was gathered nearby over the years, while the oak cladding was harvested from trees felled on site. Partially built into a slope, the

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NRG Energy’s New Solar Canopy Offers a Grid-Free Alternative to Rooftop Solar

NRG Energy’s New Solar Canopy Offers a Grid-Free Alternative to Rooftop Solar

The 10ft tall Solar Canopy measures 14 x 15 ft and has eight solar panels on its roof. This can generate 2.4 kilowatts of energy, or enough to cover half of a standard home's energy usage. NRG will offer

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Spain Produced 54 Percent of its Electricity from Renewable Sources in April

Spain Produced 54 Percent of its Electricity from Renewable Sources in April

Renewable energy is gaining major momentum in Spain. In April, the country set a new record with renewable energy accounting for 54 percent of the electricity generated in Spain. April’s figure just

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Snøhetta and AECOM Unveil New Design for Golden State Warriors Arena in San Francisco

Snøhetta and AECOM Unveil New Design for Golden State Warriors Arena in San Francisco

Last fall, the Warriors announced plans to move from their current home in Oakland's Oracle Arena across the bay to Piers 30-32 in San Francisco. The proposal immediately raised concern that a new stadium

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UGE Rolls Out Solar and Wind-Powered LED Streetlights in PingQuan, China

UGE Rolls Out Solar and Wind-Powered LED Streetlights in PingQuan, China

Urban Green Energy Inc has installed 120 solar and wind-powered streetlights in PingQuan, situated in the Hebei province of China. Instead of opting for costly traditional lights that would have needed to

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High-Tech Levitation Bike Generates Electricity and Acts as a Mobile Hot-Spot

High-Tech Levitation Bike Generates Electricity and Acts as a Mobile Hot-Spot

Designed by architect Michael Strain and his team, Levitation is a concept bike designed to power your smart phone that also acts as a mobile hot-spot with unlimited Wi-Fi access. It has an on-board

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