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Undulating Downland Gridshell in England is a Self-Supporting Structure Built from Local Oak

Undulating Downland Gridshell in England is a Self-Supporting Structure Built from Local Oak

The Downland Gridshell is part of The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, which covers a total of 50 acres exhibiting nearly 50 historic buildings from different periods and styles, along with gardens,

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China’s Coal-Powered Grid Negates the Green Benefits of Electric Vehicles

China’s Coal-Powered Grid Negates the Green Benefits of Electric Vehicles

If any other country in the world was to announce plans to get 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015, it would be a massive environmental victory -- except in China. Despite the Chinese

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Extraordinary Off-Grid Hobbit Home in Wales Only Cost £3,000 to Build

Extraordinary Off-Grid Hobbit Home in Wales Only Cost £3,000 to Build

We've noticed a surge in hobbit homes as more people throughout the world seek alternatives to the bigger is better model of living. For example, in Switzerland, one family buried their home but opted for

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EcoCenter: San Francisco’s First Off-Grid Commercial Building is Up and Running

EcoCenter: San Francisco’s First Off-Grid Commercial Building is Up and Running

San Francisco's EcoCenter is the first commercial building in the city to be 100 percent off the grid, and Inhabitat recently toured it as part of this year's Architecture and the City Festival. Even in

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Pylon of the Future: 6 Designs for an Advanced Electrical Grid

Pylon of the Future: 6 Designs for an Advanced Electrical Grid

Silhouette by Ian Ritchie Architects This design doesn't look like much, but that's the point. The slender pole can appear as a tall black lance or as a thin sliver from a different angle. With a convex

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Take Your Next Vacation in a Floating Off-Grid SolarHome

Take Your Next Vacation in a Floating Off-Grid SolarHome

UK-based Kingsley Architects have put a new spin on traveling the country in a mobile home. Rather than loading up a gas-guzzling Winabago, the firm has designed an eco houseboat that can safely transport

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Off-Grid Hill Plain House Showcases Raw Material in a Sophisticated Way

Off-Grid Hill Plain House Showcases Raw Material in a Sophisticated Way

As good green home design goes, everything starts with the site. The house is tucked behind a small rise on the property, which protects it from winter winds. The project's orientation maximizes exposure

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Self Sufficient Academy for Haiti is a Geometric Grid of Greenery Topped Plateaus

Self Sufficient Academy for Haiti is a Geometric Grid of Greenery Topped Plateaus

Set on a rural site in Lafiteau, Haiti to the north of Port au Prince, the FPM GAP Academy is a distributed energy-networked campus that is a "model of offset power production independent from a central

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Japanese Bill Calling for Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Gains Steam

Japanese Bill Calling for Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Gains Steam

Earlier this year, the Japanese government considered a bill that would require renewable energy to be integrated into the consumer energy grid. Initially proposed to lower greenhouse gas emissions, the

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Power Grid To Struggle With Off-Peak Renewable Energy Demand?

Power Grid To Struggle With Off-Peak Renewable Energy Demand?

One major concern for many countries has been how to make their existing power grids 'smarter' so that they are more compatible with renewable forms of energy. However a report from MIT has stated that

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Summer Heat Waves Make Our Need for a Smart Grid Even More Apparent

Summer Heat Waves Make Our Need for a Smart Grid Even More Apparent

This past weekend’s 100 degree heat wave in NY may have broken for now, but chances are that another “Heatpocalypse” is coming. As the weather heats up, our utility grids go into overdrive, trying

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New Nokero Solar Charger Lets Consumers Charge Cell Phones Off the Grid

New Nokero Solar Charger Lets Consumers Charge Cell Phones Off the Grid

Cell phones have made our lives incredibly convenient (can you remember not having one?), but when we are stuck  out and about with a dead battery, it can feel like the end of the world. Luckily, a new

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Off-Grid Tropicana Billboard is Powered by Oranges!

Off-Grid Tropicana Billboard is Powered by Oranges!

DDB, an advertising agencies that specializes in creative experiences, has harnessed the power of oranges for their Tropicana campaign. Using the product’s very ingredients to run the electricity for

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ARCHIVE Institute’s Health and Housing For Haiti Winners are Clean, Green, Off-Grid Homes

ARCHIVE Institute’s Health and Housing For Haiti Winners are Clean, Green, Off-Grid Homes

The competition's grand prize winner is Breathe House by Initiative Recover, a collaboration between a University of Virginia architecture professor, his students, and a team of medical professionals,

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A US Smart Grid Would Save Energy Consumers 2 Trillion Over the Next 20 Years

A US Smart Grid Would Save Energy Consumers 2 Trillion Over the Next 20 Years

There's a lot of yelping these days about the cost of renewable energy technology but in some cases the investment is just a fraction of the payback. For instance, with a nation wide smart grid in the

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Off-Grid Tennessee Micro Cabin Packs in High Design

Off-Grid Tennessee Micro Cabin Packs in High Design

The cabin began as a steel cube—the vertical cedar slats give it strength, and openings in the back wall add interest. The verticality of the façade helps the cabin slip into the woods during the day,

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Off-Grid Hardanger Retreat Built From On Site Wood Dramatically Overlooks Norwegian Fjord

Off-Grid Hardanger Retreat Built From On Site Wood Dramatically Overlooks Norwegian Fjord

Hardanger Retreat is a simple 15 sq meter room composed of glass and wood attached to a long open deck. Trees, felled on site to make way for the building, were conserved and milled to create planks to

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Pakistan to Build First On-Grid Electrical System Powered by Solar

Pakistan to Build First On-Grid Electrical System Powered by Solar

Despite the hot climate, Pakistan has never really embraced solar power, instead always opting to invest heavily in nuclear technology. However it seems that all that is about to change on the heels of

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Kitengela: Off-Grid Recycled Glass Village Lights Up Kenya’s Masaai Plains

Kitengela: Off-Grid Recycled Glass Village Lights Up Kenya’s Masaai Plains

At Kitengela, nature always comes first. Just half an hour's drive south from the dirty din of the country's capital, Nairobi, the village is overgrown with lush plants, trees, and vines of every variety.

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Raymond Smith’s Cool Modern Barnhouses Spurn Ailing South African Grid

Raymond Smith’s Cool Modern Barnhouses Spurn Ailing South African Grid

An intermediate mezzanine floor provides for more space, but keep the houses compact and comfortable. Large north-facing windows with sliding aluminum louvers make optimum use of the Western Cape’s

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Faberhaus Pavilion: Tiny, Off-Grid Eco Cottage For Nature Lovers

Faberhaus Pavilion: Tiny, Off-Grid Eco Cottage For Nature Lovers

This compact little dwelling unit comes complete with everything you might need, including a full kitchen, dining area, bathroom, living and a loft bedroom. Accessed via a ladder, the loft is large enough

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EV Owners in the Carolinas Get Free Charging Stations to Help With Electric Grid Study

EV Owners in the Carolinas Get Free Charging Stations to Help With Electric Grid Study

As part of a study on how electric vehicles (EVs) affect the grid, 300 homeowners and early adopters of EVs in the Carolinas will be receiving free charging stations from their local energy providers. The

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Off-Grid Rammed Earth House On Navajo Nation Catches The Wind

Off-Grid Rammed Earth House On Navajo Nation Catches The Wind

Back in May 2010, 22 grad students from the University of Colorado Denver started planning Maxine Begay's new home and then started construction on it in September. This is the first semester a student

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Off-Grid Vacation Home In California’s Gold Country

Off-Grid Vacation Home In California’s Gold Country

The home, located near Murphys, CA, is split into two 875 sq ft buildings - one for living and the other for sleeping. The buildings are sited for views as well as the prevailing breezes which come up

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SkyStream 600: The World’s First Fully Smart Grid-Enabled Wind Turbine

SkyStream 600: The World’s First Fully Smart Grid-Enabled Wind Turbine

SouthWest Wind Power showed off their latest turbine - the Skystream 600 - this week at CES 2011, and we're impressed. The latest in SouthWest's long line of turbines, the Skystream 600 is equipped with a

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Beijing to Eliminate Gridlock by Cutting Vehicle Registrations by 2/3

Beijing to Eliminate Gridlock by Cutting Vehicle Registrations by 2/3

Gridlock in and around Beijing, China is a huge problem -- earlier this year a traffic jam outside of the city stretched for 60 miles and lasted ten days. Fortunately, the Chinese government is about to

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Rustic Off-Grid Yeta Cabin Looks Like a Stack of Wood

Rustic Off-Grid Yeta Cabin Looks Like a Stack of Wood

Measuring just 12.5' wide x 14.5' long x 10.75' tall, the cabin sits on its site like a stack of unassuming logs. Light is amplified within the small space through a full floor-to-ceiling double-pane

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10 EU Countries Pledge to Create North Sea Renewable Energy Grid

10 EU Countries Pledge to Create North Sea Renewable Energy Grid

The North Sea is already home to the world's largest offshore wind farm, but its seems the sea is about to get even greener as ten EU countries have signed a memorandum to develop an international

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Giant Wind Farm Will Link New England and New York Power Grids

Giant Wind Farm Will Link New England and New York Power Grids

Though no offshore wind farms have been completed in the United States to date, there is certainly a lot of talk going around about the farms of the future. In addition to Google's recent initiative to

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Department of Energy Awards $19 Million to Modernize National Grid

Department of Energy Awards $19 Million to Modernize National Grid

The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that it will invest $19 million in five seperate projects, each aimed at optimizing the country's national grid. The DOE said that the smart grid projects will

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