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Study Shows Photovoltaics Beat Biofuels at Converting Solar Energy Into Miles Driven

Study Shows Photovoltaics Beat Biofuels at Converting Solar Energy Into Miles Driven

Solar Panel photo from Shutterstock When it comes to transforming the sun's energy into commuter miles, it looks like photovoltaics beat out our best biofuels. A recent study published in the journal

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New Report Finds that Solar Power Could Serve All of the World’s Energy Needs

New Report Finds that Solar Power Could Serve All of the World’s Energy Needs

Photo via Shutterstock Critics of renewable energy often argue that wind and solar power are “boutique” energy sources that could never satisfy the world’s energy needs, but one new

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Belgium to Build Artificial Island for Wind Energy Storage

Belgium to Build Artificial Island for Wind Energy Storage

Belgium is set to construct an artificial island in the North Sea that will be used solely as storage for wind energy. Announcing the plans earlier this week, Belgium's North Sea minister Johan Lanotte

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Scientists Attempt to Artificially Recreate Photosynthesis in Order to Develop Efficient Renewable Energy

Scientists Attempt to Artificially Recreate Photosynthesis in Order to Develop Efficient Renewable Energy

When it comes to harnessing the power of the sun, nothing can quite compare to leaves. Using chlorophyll to convert light into usable chemical energy, photosynthesis has long been a source of inspiration

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North Shore Community College’s Solar-Powered Health Professions Center Achieves Zero Net Energy

North Shore Community College’s Solar-Powered Health Professions Center Achieves Zero Net Energy

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the proud owner of this new ZNEB building, and in partnership with the Department of Capital Asset Management, Governor Deval Patrick brought together the team of

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Australia Could be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy Within 10 Years

Australia Could be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy Within 10 Years

Photo via Shutterstock It's perhaps a bit surprising that Australia—with its sunny self-presentation—is not only the world's largest exporter of coal, but at 28 billion tonnes of CO2 per year

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Lumio: Hard-Bound Book Unfolds to Unveil a Low-Energy Lamp

Lumio: Hard-Bound Book Unfolds to Unveil a Low-Energy Lamp

A bit of light reading anyone? The Lumio may look like a hard-bound book on the outside - but open the cover and it unfolds into a beautiful modern light! Lumio was created by industrial designer Max

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Adital Ela’s Biodegradable Terra Stools are Made of Earth and Cost Zero Energy to Produce

Adital Ela’s Biodegradable Terra Stools are Made of Earth and Cost Zero Energy to Produce

In the last several years eco designer Adital Ela has dedicated her time to the earth by developing Terra - a brand of bio furniture made from compressed earth and agricultural waste. Terra is a series of

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Abu Dhabi’s IRENA Launches World’s First Global Renewable Energy Atlas

Abu Dhabi’s IRENA Launches World’s First Global Renewable Energy Atlas

Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) just launched the world’s first clean energy atlas. The Global Atlas, introduced at IRENA’S General Assembly on Sunday, currently offers

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MIT Develops Polymer Film That Harvests Energy From Water Vapor

MIT Develops Polymer Film That Harvests Energy From Water Vapor

Researchers at MIT just developed a new bio-polymer film that is able to generate electricity from a readily available source: water vapor. The material changes its shape as it absorbs evaporated water.

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Solar Mosaic Funds 3 Renewable Energy Projects in 1 Day Through Crowd Funding

Solar Mosaic Funds 3 Renewable Energy Projects in 1 Day Through Crowd Funding

Solar Panel photo from Shutterstock Solar Mosaic has proven that the people want renewable energy - the startup company just funded three new projects in one day via crowd funding! Through a crowd

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Energy-Efficient Liège Ice Rink Serves Up a Whale of a Good Time in Belgium

Energy-Efficient Liège Ice Rink Serves Up a Whale of a Good Time in Belgium

The Olympic Ice Rink of Liège provides new facilities for hockey, ice skating and leisure activities. Located next to the Médiacité, the bulbous building has 1,200 seats and a surface area of 6,700 sq

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The Loudbasstard Is a Sustainable Zero-Energy Sound Amplifier Made from Bamboo

The Loudbasstard Is a Sustainable Zero-Energy Sound Amplifier Made from Bamboo

Loudbasstard is a sustainable, eco-friendly bamboo sound amplifier designed for iPhones, the iTouch, and other smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S3. More than just a boring speaker, it offers the

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Low Energy MZ House in Barcelona Achieves Energy and Cost Efficiency Through Prefab Construction

Low Energy MZ House in Barcelona Achieves Energy and Cost Efficiency Through Prefab Construction

Photo © Rodrigo Díaz-Wichmann In renovations like this one, numerous factors play a huge role in deciding what is renovated, what materials are used, and what construction/design strategies are

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Next-Gen 3D ‘Sponge’ Battery Could Recharge in Minutes, Retain Energy for Days

Next-Gen 3D ‘Sponge’ Battery Could Recharge in Minutes, Retain Energy for Days

We like to boast about how 'smart' our mobile devices and computers have become - but why are we still powering them with dumb batteries? Amy Prieto, a chemistry professor at Colorado State University,

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Margot Krasojevic’s Cantilever Lamp Gives Energy-Efficient LEDs an Old-Fashioned Twist

Margot Krasojevic’s Cantilever Lamp Gives Energy-Efficient LEDs an Old-Fashioned Twist

Designed for a hotel chain in Cape Town, South Africa, the Cantilever Light by UK-based designer and architect Dr. Margot Krasojevic looks unlike any lamp that we have come across. The tube-like structure

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LG Releases World’s First Super-Thin Energy Efficient OLED Television

LG Releases World’s First Super-Thin Energy Efficient OLED Television

The next generation of televisions is here. LG has just launched the first organic light-emitting diode TV. The 55 inch OLED screen beats LCD televisions in energy efficiency, plus it's thinner and it may

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Congress Extends Wind Energy Federal Tax Credits For All 2013 Wind Power Projects

Congress Extends Wind Energy Federal Tax Credits For All 2013 Wind Power Projects

Wind turbine photo from Shutterstock As 2012 came to a close, many US energy companies were rushing to install last-minute wind turbines before the federal tax credit incentive expired at the stroke of

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California Vets Accelerated Renewable Energy Generation and Conservation Plan

California Vets Accelerated Renewable Energy Generation and Conservation Plan

Learning from BrightSource Solar's experience with the desert tortoise, stakeholders are vetting a plan to squeeze as much renewable energy out of the California Desert as possible without jeopardizing

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Utilities Rush to Complete Turbines as Wind Energy Tax Incentive Expires at Midnight

Utilities Rush to Complete Turbines as Wind Energy Tax Incentive Expires at Midnight

Wind turbine photo from Shutterstock United States energy companies are clamoring to install last minute wind turbines before the federal tax credit incentive expires at the stroke of midnight tonight.

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Inhabitat’s Top Clean Energy Stories of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Inhabitat’s Top Clean Energy Stories of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

2012 was a banner year for renewable energy that saw scientists and engineers pushing the envelope towards ever more efficient and sustainable ways of producing power. Entire nations reaped the benefits

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Amazing Energy Belt Turns Excess Body Fat Into Electricity

Amazing Energy Belt Turns Excess Body Fat Into Electricity

Are you worried about those extra pounds gained over Christmas? Here is a conceptual eco-design that could deal with that dilemma by converting excess body fat into energy. Dutch designer Emmy van

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Apple Files Patent for Wind Turbine That Can Produce Energy Even When There’s No Wind

Apple Files Patent for Wind Turbine That Can Produce Energy Even When There’s No Wind

Critics of wind power all like to point out the same problem with turbine technology: “What happens when the wind doesn’t blow”? Apple, usually a maker of products that consume energy,

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UC Berkeley’s LEED Gold-Designed Energy Bioscience Building Leads by Example

UC Berkeley’s LEED Gold-Designed Energy Bioscience Building Leads by Example

UC Berkeley’s new Energy Bioscience Building is home to the Energy Biosciences Institute, a public-private partnership that develops solutions to global energy challenges. The five-story, $133 million

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Striking Green-roofed Earthwall 2 Residence is an Energy Efficient Groundscraper in Idaho

Striking Green-roofed Earthwall 2 Residence is an Energy Efficient Groundscraper in Idaho

At 5994 square feet, Earthwall 2 is no tiny home, but a series of sensitive interventions compensate for its large footprint. Built with the designer's own post-tensioned steel rammed earth construction

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SolTech’s Gorgeous Glass Tiles Heat Your Home With Solar Energy

SolTech’s Gorgeous Glass Tiles Heat Your Home With Solar Energy

Alternative energy is known to be a lot of things - cutting edge, earth-friendly and forward thinking - but sadly looking pretty isn't one of them. Well SolTech is changing all that with their gorgeous

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HydroFloors’ Energy-Efficient Radiant Floor Sinks To Reveal Gorgeous Indoor Heated Pool Below

HydroFloors’ Energy-Efficient Radiant Floor Sinks To Reveal Gorgeous Indoor Heated Pool Below

The secret to the HydroFloors vanishing pool trick is a series of stainless steel beams, buoyancy packs, and a pulley system hidden beneath the floor. When deployed in the pool position, the floor panels

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Hip Chasen Residence Boasts an Ultra Tight Envelope That Spares Energy in North Carolina

Hip Chasen Residence Boasts an Ultra Tight Envelope That Spares Energy in North Carolina

Built for just $117 per square foot, the Chasen Residence is compact, affordable and decidedly contemporary. In order to create a sense of expansiveness, the design team clustered the entryways, stairs,

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Plug and Save DIY Solar Power System Makes Residential Green Energy More Accessible Than Ever

Plug and Save DIY Solar Power System Makes Residential Green Energy More Accessible Than Ever

Solar power is a great option for those who want to generate green energy for their own home, but unfortunately, renters and apartment dwellers don’t always have the option to install solar panels. All

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Petter Thorne’s Ethereal Wet and Dry Lamps Use Minimal Materials and Energy

Petter Thorne’s Ethereal Wet and Dry Lamps Use Minimal Materials and Energy

Swedish designer Petter Thorne wanted to make a lamp that would use the least amount of materials and energy as possible, and his goal was achieved with these beautiful Wet and Dry lights. The glowing

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