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6 Reasons Everyone Should Have One of These Awesome $15 Solar d.light Lanterns

6 Reasons Everyone Should Have One of These Awesome $15 Solar d.light Lanterns

1. They Are Tough While I like to take care of the few things that I own, it's impossible to own anything too delicate while living out of a van. Moving from place to place all the time, I regularly

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IBM’s New Sunflower-Shaped Solar Concentrators Produce Energy AND Fresh Water!

IBM’s New Sunflower-Shaped Solar Concentrators Produce Energy AND Fresh Water!

IBM Research and Swiss solar technology company Airlight Energy just unveiled a cutting-edge solar system that resembles a 10-meter-high sunflower! The High Concentration PhotoVoltaic Thermal (HCPVT)

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Angry Skies and a Dense Forest are No Match for this Sprawling Solar Array

Angry Skies and a Dense Forest are No Match for this Sprawling Solar Array

After receiving $400,000 in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Wayne National Forest commissioned Third Sun Solar to install their 51.6 kW rooftop solar array on the building's

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This Polish Town is 100% Powered by Renewable Energy!

This Polish Town is 100% Powered by Renewable Energy!

The town of Kisielice in Poland is 100 percent powered by renewable energy! In recognition of its achievement, the town has just been awarded a European Commission ManagEnergy Award 2014 in the

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The Mini House by Jonas Wagell is a Modern Prefab That Pops Up in Two Days!

The Mini House by Jonas Wagell is a Modern Prefab That Pops Up in Two Days!

The Mini Home's exterior materials are comprised of an Iverit façade and a bitumen roof while the floor is laid with hardwood panels. All of the prefabricated modules and add ons, including a compact

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Rice University’s Carbon Nanotube Paint Turns Any Surface Into A Solar Battery

Rice University’s Carbon Nanotube Paint Turns Any Surface Into A Solar Battery

Carbon nanotubes have been used in everything from energy-free lights to oil spill clean-up technology, and now a team from Rice University has used them to develop a paint that transforms any surface

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BOOK REVIEW: “Harvesting Space for a Greener Earth” Looks at Solving Earth’s Problems with Solutions in Our Own Solar System

BOOK REVIEW: “Harvesting Space for a Greener Earth” Looks at Solving Earth’s Problems with Solutions in Our Own Solar System

In Harvesting Space for a Greener Earth (Springer), authors Greg Matloff, C Bangs, and Les Johnson provide refreshing potential solutions for the human race to start looking at our problems from the big

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Solar Power Generator!

DIY: How to Make Your Own Solar Power Generator!

Solar power is a clean, renewable energy source that can help limit climate change by liberating us from fossil fuels - but do you know what actually makes the technology tick? It's not as complex as it

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German Village Produces 500% of its Energy from Renewable Sources

German Village Produces 500% of its Energy from Renewable Sources

Wildpoldsried, a Bavarian village of about 2,600 residents, is leading the way in Germany's extraordinary renewable energy transformation. Over the past 17 years, the village has invested in a holistic

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Amazing Passive Home in Freezing Wisconsin Uses Less Energy Than a Hair Dryer to Stay Warm!

Amazing Passive Home in Freezing Wisconsin Uses Less Energy Than a Hair Dryer to Stay Warm!

Sonya's house is instantly recognizable from the street. Located in a quiet neighborhood in a productive (and beautiful) agricultural area just over an hour west of Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Taliesin,

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Students Create Award-Winning Robot That Cleans Solar Panels

Students Create Award-Winning Robot That Cleans Solar Panels

Solar panels must be regularly cleaned and maintained in order to keep them operating efficiently and maximize the amount of sunlight they convert into electricity. With this in mind, a group of students

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Amazing Technology Can Print a Solar Cell Every Two Seconds!

Amazing Technology Can Print a Solar Cell Every Two Seconds!

A consortium from Australia's CSIRO and Melbourne and Monash Universities just announced that its printable solar cells are on the verge of commercialization. The technology uses a specially developed

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Solar Sister Empowers Women to Bring Solar Energy to Rural Africa

Solar Sister Empowers Women to Bring Solar Energy to Rural Africa

We take electricity for granted in the developed world, but did you know that 1.6 billion people - a full one quarter of the world's population - don’t have access to reliable electricity? The

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Tesla’s Diamond-Shaped Nevada Gigafactory Will be Powered by Solar and Wind Energy

Tesla’s Diamond-Shaped Nevada Gigafactory Will be Powered by Solar and Wind Energy

After a recent leak finally revealed that Tesla Motors' new Gigafactory is to be built in Nevada, the company confirmed the news late last week and released a new image of the proposed design. In a joint

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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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Saudi Arabia is Investing Heavily in Solar Power; Is This the End for Big Oil?

Saudi Arabia is Investing Heavily in Solar Power; Is This the End for Big Oil?

When the country with the largest oil reserves in the world decides to start investing in renewable energy, it may well be a sign that the age of big oil is coming to an end. While the US is still focused

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Foster + Partners and FR-EE Unveil Plans for World’s “Most Sustainable” Airport in Mexico City

Foster + Partners and FR-EE Unveil Plans for World’s “Most Sustainable” Airport in Mexico City

We've seen our share of dazzling mega-airports, each with more eco-friendly elements than the last, but Foster + Partners' recently unveiled designs for a new international airport in Mexico City really

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Super-Portable Solar Briefcase Lets You Carry Solar Power Everywhere You Go

Super-Portable Solar Briefcase Lets You Carry Solar Power Everywhere You Go

Grab the handle of this self-contained solar device and go! SolarBriefcase is an amazing portable generator designed and assembled by North Carolina-based company, LinorTek. One of the most portable

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Samoa Opens Largest Solar Photovoltaic Array in South Pacific

Samoa Opens Largest Solar Photovoltaic Array in South Pacific

The South Pacific Island of Samoa has opened the region's largest solar array, the Faleata Racecourse. Located in the capital city of Apia, the 2.2 MW photovoltaic array was built in the middle of the

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NASA Confirms “Impossible” Propellant-free Microwave Thruster for Spacecraft Works!

NASA Confirms “Impossible” Propellant-free Microwave Thruster for Spacecraft Works!

Designs for a device called a microwave thruster, which could power spacecraft without the need for propellant, have been proposed since 2006. While the engine follows the principles of relativity theory

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One Planet Communities: The Earth’s Greenest Neighborhoods

One Planet Communities: The Earth’s Greenest Neighborhoods

10 principles guide One Planet Communities (OPCs) in the quest for improved stewardship of the Earth’s resources. At the top of the list are Zero Carbon and Zero Waste—it's the goal of these

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Solar-Powered Desert Flower Will Be Libya’s First Multifunctional Sports Center

Solar-Powered Desert Flower Will Be Libya’s First Multifunctional Sports Center

Inspired by the colorful flowers found in the Libyan Desert, the Desert Flower sporting center is laid out in the shape of a flower cross-section. The long pistil-like area consists of a covered walkway

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How a Gilded Era Manor Was Turned Into New England’s First Net-Zero Home

How a Gilded Era Manor Was Turned Into New England’s First Net-Zero Home

Polly Guth, Stonelea's 87-year-old owner, hired H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture to renovate the 10,000 square-foot home, and the transformation has been extraordinary. Built in 1870, the New Hampshire

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Shigeru Ban Unveils Donut-Shaped Solar Community Center for Fukushima Kids

Shigeru Ban Unveils Donut-Shaped Solar Community Center for Fukushima Kids

The LVMH Kodomo Art Maison is a new community center dedicated to children in Fukushima to support disaster relief efforts. The two-story building was designed and built by Shigeru Ban and the Voluntary

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Tiny Taku Tanku Mobile Shelter is Carved Out of Recycled Rainwater Tanks

Tiny Taku Tanku Mobile Shelter is Carved Out of Recycled Rainwater Tanks

New York-based architects Stereotank have an established practice designing interactive installations and oversized musical instruments and have often used recycled rainwater tanks in their work. Now, in

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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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Record-Breaking Solar Car Can Travel 98 Miles on 15 Cents Worth of Electricity

Record-Breaking Solar Car Can Travel 98 Miles on 15 Cents Worth of Electricity

The annual Shell-Eco Marathon challenges student teams around the world to design the best ultra energy-efficient vehicle, which is then put to the test during racing events in Asia, America and Europe.

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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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Semprius’ Stacked Solar Cells Could Make Solar Energy Cheaper Than Natural Gas

Semprius’ Stacked Solar Cells Could Make Solar Energy Cheaper Than Natural Gas

Two of the main obstacles to the widespread adoption of solar energy are cost and efficiency. However researchers at the Durham, North Carolina-based startup Semprius have found a way to tackle both these

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