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Estonia Launches World’s First Nationwide EV Fast-Charging Network

Estonia Launches World’s First Nationwide EV Fast-Charging Network

Estonia just launched the world’s first nationwide EV fast-charging network with chargers placed in every town, village, and along highways. The installation of 165 fast chargers began in summer 2012

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The Ridge Road Residence Fuses Energy Efficiency and Contemporary Design in Australia

The Ridge Road Residence Fuses Energy Efficiency and Contemporary Design in Australia

As the architects put it, the design of the Ridge Road Residence was inspired to provide “a sense of sanctuary, enclosure and comfort.” The home is designed on a series of levels that cascade down the

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Abandoned Canadian Open-Pit Mine Could Be Turned Into 400 Megawatt Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Plant

Abandoned Canadian Open-Pit Mine Could Be Turned Into 400 Megawatt Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Plant

Hydroelectric power can be a very efficient way to produce or augment renewable energy. But if you don't have a nearby river that's big enough to dam—that's where pumped storage comes in. Using the

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Wind Power Surpasses Nuclear Energy in China

Wind Power Surpasses Nuclear Energy in China

Photo via Shutterstock Wind energy has surpassed nuclear power to become the third largest energy source in China. The country's Wind capacity has grown rapidly over the years, and in 2012 China's wind

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Studio Moffitt’s Limekiln Line is a Passive, Off-Grid Home in the Fields of Ontario

Studio Moffitt’s Limekiln Line is a Passive, Off-Grid Home in the Fields of Ontario

Standing on 25 acres of agricultural land, Limekiln Line is a steel-clad shelter with an extended deck that leads out into the farmland. Its design was informed by local farmhouse vernacular and

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Spend the Night in a Fantastical Trojan Horse-Shaped Hotel in Belgium!

Spend the Night in a Fantastical Trojan Horse-Shaped Hotel in Belgium!

Guests can imagine their horse hotel room being wheeled into the city of Troy by the Greeks, epically tricking the Trojans during the legendary Trojan war. Appropriate to this tale, the interior have been

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Feldheim, Germany Generates 100% of its Energy From Renewable Sources!

Feldheim, Germany Generates 100% of its Energy From Renewable Sources!

Over the past decade, no country has embraced renewable energy with as much enthusiasm as Germany. Despite phasing out nuclear power, the country is exporting more energy than ever, thanks largely to its

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Bottle Charger Turns a Plastic Bottle into an Off-Grid Cell Phone Charger

Bottle Charger Turns a Plastic Bottle into an Off-Grid Cell Phone Charger

A group of designers in Nairobi, Kenya have created a way to charge your cell phone with green energy while recycling a plastic bottle! The Bottle Charger transforms any used plastic soda or water bottle

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Wind-Powered Car Travels 3,000 Miles Across Australia for $15 Worth of Electricity

Wind-Powered Car Travels 3,000 Miles Across Australia for $15 Worth of Electricity

A lightweight carbon-fiber car that runs on lithium-ion batteries and a portable wind turbine has just traveled 3,000 miles across Australia—and it used only $15 worth of electricity. The car, dubbed

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Three Floating Solar Energy Islands are Under Construction in Switzerland

Three Floating Solar Energy Islands are Under Construction in Switzerland

Three solar power-generating floating laboratories are currently being built in Lake Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Constructed by Swiss energy company Viteos SA and developer Nolaris, the concentrated solar

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Germany Boosted Its National Wind Power Capacity by 20% in 2012

Germany Boosted Its National Wind Power Capacity by 20% in 2012

German wind farm photo from Shutterstock Last year, Germany made headlines when it met half of its weekend power demand using solar energy alone. But that's not all - the nation just announced that it

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The PowerPot Uses Heat to Charge Your Electronics as You Cook

The PowerPot Uses Heat to Charge Your Electronics as You Cook

Even when you are trying to get away from it all during a camping trip, chances are you will still need to charge an electronic device. To keep those cell phones and head lamps powered up, the PowerPot

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The Alaskan Brewing Company Runs on Energy Generated by its Own Beer

The Alaskan Brewing Company Runs on Energy Generated by its Own Beer

The Alaskan Brewing Company has gone green by burning spent grain to power its brewery in Juneau, Alaska. Formerly, the brewery had to ship off the waste product of its operations to farms in the lower 48

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Thin-Film Solar Power to Be Sold For Less Than Coal Power in New Mexico

Thin-Film Solar Power to Be Sold For Less Than Coal Power in New Mexico

First Solar Inc., the world’s largest producer of thin-film solar panels, will sell electricity at the rate of 5.8 cents per kWh in New Mexico - half the price of power from local coal plants. According

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NASA Unveils Plan to Launch World’s Largest Solar Sail in 2014

NASA Unveils Plan to Launch World’s Largest Solar Sail in 2014

NASA has announced plans to launch the world’s largest solar sail in 2014 - and it will be travelling an incredible two million miles from Earth. The giant solar sail will use photons from the sun for

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Video Interview with Green Home Designer Michelle Kaufmann

Video Interview with Green Home Designer Michelle Kaufmann

At a West Coast Green conference in San Francisco, we were lucky enough to not only get a sneak peek of the Michelle Kaufmann mkLotus prefab house, but also to speak with the designer herself to get the

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The Voltmaker Charges Your Gadgets Off-Grid With Kinetic Energy

The Voltmaker Charges Your Gadgets Off-Grid With Kinetic Energy

Sick of your batteries dying at the very moment you need to make a call, flick on a flashlight, or find your position on a GPS when you are lost in the outdoors? Introducing the Voltmaker - an innovative

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Cal Poly Project Produces Energy and Purifies Water Using Algae and Human Waste

Cal Poly Project Produces Energy and Purifies Water Using Algae and Human Waste

Photo via Shutterstock The Keystone XL pipeline has some big competition, and it is coming from a number of very small challengers. Scientists at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA are working under a

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The Cultured Landscape Sets Out a Strategy for Sustainable Transformation of an Australian Brownfield

The Cultured Landscape Sets Out a Strategy for Sustainable Transformation of an Australian Brownfield

Rather than simply let the Latrobe Valley revert to a supposed “natural” state, NAAU proposes a new urban design that retains and adaptively reuses “the significant industrial infrastructure as a

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Loopcamp: Giant Musical Recycled Paper Cylinders Rise From The Dusty Desert Plain at Burning Man

Loopcamp: Giant Musical Recycled Paper Cylinders Rise From The Dusty Desert Plain at Burning Man

Black Rock City is carefully organized in a giant semi-circle with grid rows that all face the open desert, and the scene of the final burning event. Malka Architecture installed their recycled cylinders,

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Japan To Build World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Near Fukushima

Japan To Build World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Near Fukushima

Photo via Shutterstock Japan's Agency for Natural Resources and Energy has announced plans to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm near Fukushima as part of plans to reconstruct the area

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INFRA: Artist Chris Shen Transforms 625 Old Remote Controls into a Giant Glowing TV

INFRA: Artist Chris Shen Transforms 625 Old Remote Controls into a Giant Glowing TV

The television remote control changed households around the world by enabling lazy couch potatoes to flip through the stations while seated. However many remotes have become obsolete as modern technology

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Photographer Menno Aden Captures Tiny Space Living with a Bird’s-Eye View

Photographer Menno Aden Captures Tiny Space Living with a Bird’s-Eye View

Using tripods, monopods, or even a boom to get the proper height, the photographer employs a wide angle lens to capture the room in its entirety. The perspective renders the tiny living areas as flat, two

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Off the Grid Villa Tantangan in Bali Constructed With Lush Shrub Roof  For Insulation

Off the Grid Villa Tantangan in Bali Constructed With Lush Shrub Roof For Insulation

Villa Tantangan enjoys a remote off-grid location and is thought to be the first fully sustainable villa of its size in Bali. Word of Mouth focused on minimizing the project's energy consumption with

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World’s Largest Wind Energy Storage System Launches in Texas

World’s Largest Wind Energy Storage System Launches in Texas

North Carolina-based Duke Energy just flipped the switch on what the company claims is the world's largest battery power storage system. Situated at their Notrees wind farm in western Texas, the $44

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Port-A-Bach: A Globetrotting Shipping Container Micro Home on Wheels!

Port-A-Bach: A Globetrotting Shipping Container Micro Home on Wheels!

Portable, secure and comparatively inexpensive, the Port-A-Bach is a home made from a single repurposed shipping container. It can accommodate two adults and two children, and every inch was

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The DOE and NREL Team Up on 3 Projects to Improve Battery Life for Electric Vehicles

The DOE and NREL Team Up on 3 Projects to Improve Battery Life for Electric Vehicles

Photo via Shutterstock The Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) just launched a new initiative to improve the battery life of electric vehicles. Announced this past

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The World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant Soaks Up the Sun in Abu Dhabi: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

The World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant Soaks Up the Sun in Abu Dhabi: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

The parabolic trough collectors track the sun from morning to night and concentrate sunlight onto embedded tubes carrying a heat transfer fluid. This fluid, which consists of synthetic oil mostly, hits

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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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