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Europe’s Largest Battery to Store Renewable Energy in Groundbreaking UK Trial

Europe’s Largest Battery to Store Renewable Energy in Groundbreaking UK Trial

Image via Shutterstock Three companies plan to install Europe's largest battery at a UK substation in order to test improved renewable energy storage. Solar and wind are excellent, clean sources of

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Prefab SmartHomze are Affordable, Net-Zero Energy Kits for Green Living

Prefab SmartHomze are Affordable, Net-Zero Energy Kits for Green Living

The Vermont-based company is best know for producing energy efficient urethane panels, but their latest venture sees Vantem assembling their products into prefab homes. With the six available SmartHomze

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LEED Platinum Leon Springs Home Features a 17,000 Gallon Rainwater Catchment System

LEED Platinum Leon Springs Home Features a 17,000 Gallon Rainwater Catchment System

The light-filled home is lined with floor to ceiling windows, bringing the Texas landscape into each of the living areas. A double height living room is used for entertaining, and opens onto the veranda

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Rice University Develops Solar Steam Sanitizer For Developing World

Rice University Develops Solar Steam Sanitizer For Developing World

Over two billion people on the planet lack access to adequate sanitation. That means dirty water, disease, and contaminated medical supplies. Without access to proper infrastructure providing plumbing or

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Peru to Provide Free Solar Power to its 2 Million Poorest Citizens

Peru to Provide Free Solar Power to its 2 Million Poorest Citizens

The country of Peru is looking to provide free electricity to over 2 million of its poorest citizens by harvesting energy from the sun. Energy and Mining Minister Jorge Merino said that the National

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SOAK Pop-Up Shipping Container Spa Promotes Health & Sustainability in San Francisco

SOAK Pop-Up Shipping Container Spa Promotes Health & Sustainability in San Francisco

Spas are a luxurious place to relax and heal, but that doesn't mean they need to be wasteful power hogs flushing water down the drain. San Francisco startup SOAK wants to bring healthy and sustainable

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INTERVIEW: Panasonic’s Haruyuki Ishio Gives Us the Inside Scoop About Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town

INTERVIEW: Panasonic’s Haruyuki Ishio Gives Us the Inside Scoop About Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town

INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little bit about Fujisawa SST and what Panasonic is hoping to accomplish with this new endeavor? Mr. Ishio: From the business perspective, our Fujisawa Sustainable Smart

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to CodeGreen Solutions’ Stephen Rizzo About Greening Existing Buildings

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to CodeGreen Solutions’ Stephen Rizzo About Greening Existing Buildings

CodeGreen's own LEED Platinum office space in NYC INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little bit about CodeGreen and what it does? Stephen: CodeGreen finds solutions for bringing sustainability and efficiency

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Giant Chrome T-Rex Skeleton Rises on the Banks of the River Seine

Giant Chrome T-Rex Skeleton Rises on the Banks of the River Seine

Paris is famed for its art - after all, it's home to the Louvre and works such as the Mona Lisa. But you know what the city has always lacked? A four-meter-tall Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton. That is, until

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US and China Make Agreement to Cut Emissions from Coal, Vehicles and Chemicals

US and China Make Agreement to Cut Emissions from Coal, Vehicles and Chemicals

Photo via Shutterstock The United States and China are heavy hitters when it comes to the global economy, politics, and air pollution. The two nations account for a 43 percent of greenhouse gas

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Giant Energy-Generating Kites Could Serve as an Alternative to Wind Turbines

Giant Energy-Generating Kites Could Serve as an Alternative to Wind Turbines

In the Netherlands, scientists from the aerospace engineering department of the Technology University in Delft are testing the ability of giant kites to harvest energy from high speed, high altitude

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Ten Japanese Nuclear Plants Apply to Restart Reactors

Ten Japanese Nuclear Plants Apply to Restart Reactors

Almost two and a half years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japanese nuclear plant operators are asking to reinstate nuclear power in the country. With 48 of the country’s 50 reactors offline

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DIY Solar Thermal Panel Made with 275 Aluminum Cans Takes a Seattle Home Office Off-Grid

DIY Solar Thermal Panel Made with 275 Aluminum Cans Takes a Seattle Home Office Off-Grid

When Peter Rowan left corporate life to pursue a career writing fiction and teaching, he needed a little office in which to work. So he decided to convert his backyard shed in Seattle into an off-grid

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SunOven Provides Solar Kitchens for Developing Countries

SunOven Provides Solar Kitchens for Developing Countries

SunOven has developed an easily transportable solar oven that offers an effective way to cook off the grid. The oven can be used to bake bread in the thick of the woods, and the company has launched an

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Stella is the World’s First Solar-Powered Family Car!

Stella is the World’s First Solar-Powered Family Car!

The Netherlands' Solar Team Eindhoven just unveiled Stella, the world's first solar-powered family car! The team comprises a group of 22 students who want to show the world that a family car that runs on

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World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens in Thames Estuary

World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens in Thames Estuary

As the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Great Britain was once completely reliant on fossil fuels, but that is rapidly changing. On Thursday, the world's largest wind farm was opened in the Thames

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Apple Announces Plans to Build 20MW Solar Farm to Power Reno Data Center

Apple Announces Plans to Build 20MW Solar Farm to Power Reno Data Center

Earlier this spring, environmentalists cheered when Apple announced that it would power its largest data center in Maiden, North Carolina entirely with renewable energy. Now, Apple is following that up

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Chinese Wind Turbine Manufacturer Sinovel Accused of Stealing Trade Secrets From US Clean Energy Company

Chinese Wind Turbine Manufacturer Sinovel Accused of Stealing Trade Secrets From US Clean Energy Company

US-based American Superconductor (AMSC) recently accused Sinovel Wind Group - one of China's biggest wind turbine manufacturers - of stealing trade secrets. AMSC claims the stolen software was used in

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Sunstash Solar Charger Provides Off-Grid Energy During Emergencies

Sunstash Solar Charger Provides Off-Grid Energy During Emergencies

SunStash is a newly launched Kickstarter project that seeks to provide an innovative solar powered solution to frequent interruptions in the power grid. Created by Don Cayelli, SunStash combines a

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London Cyclists Account for 24% of All Vehicles During Rush Hour Traffic

London Cyclists Account for 24% of All Vehicles During Rush Hour Traffic

London Cyclist photo from Shutterstock Transport for London (TfL) conducted the biggest mass census of cyclists to date and found that bikes make up 24% of all vehicles on the streets during the city's

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Nissan Unveils the World’s Fastest Electric Racing Car

Nissan Unveils the World’s Fastest Electric Racing Car

Nissan just unveiled the world's fastest electric race car - the ZEOD RC! The ZEOD RC uses the same lithium-ion battery technology as the Nissan Leaf, but it's able to achieve speeds in excess of 186 mph.

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Shigeru Ban Unveils Plans for Timber Swatch and Omega Headquarters in Switzerland

Shigeru Ban Unveils Plans for Timber Swatch and Omega Headquarters in Switzerland

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has won an international competition to expand Swatch and Omega's headquarters in Switzerland. The design involves adding three new buildings to the watch companies'

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Tiny Off-Grid Hawk House has Soaring Views of the California Mountains

Tiny Off-Grid Hawk House has Soaring Views of the California Mountains

The building is carefully oriented to take advantage of natural lighting, heating and cooling while keeping its impact on its site to a minimum. The redwood bark facade was sourced from a neighboring

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The SolePower Harvests Energy from Walking to Charge Your Gadgets

The SolePower Harvests Energy from Walking to Charge Your Gadgets

If you pound the pavement every day for your commute or just a little exercise, you can use some of your stride to power your electronic devices. The SolePower is a shoe insole that allows the wearer to

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Renzo Piano’s Tiny Diogene Hut is an Off-Grid Shelter for One Person

Renzo Piano’s Tiny Diogene Hut is an Off-Grid Shelter for One Person

About a decade ago, Piano started developing plans for a minimalist home. He had been interested in the concept since his student days, and he began doing the work on spec, without a specific client. That

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Project Loon: Google Launches Solar Powered Balloons to Bring the Internet to Off-Grid Areas

Project Loon: Google Launches Solar Powered Balloons to Bring the Internet to Off-Grid Areas

The furthest corners of the globe may soon have a viable internet connection, thanks to Google's newly launched Project Loon. The project plans to deploy fleets of solar-powered balloons to bring the

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IEA Report Shows Global Carbon Emissions Reached a Record High in 2012

IEA Report Shows Global Carbon Emissions Reached a Record High in 2012

Despite major advances in clean energy, the world's carbon emissions reached an all-time high in 2012. Overall, emissions grew 1.4 percent, reaching 31.6 gigatons a year. The good news is that the US

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Gorgeous Haus Am Moor Cabin Draws Heat from a Wood-Fired Stove and the Earth in Austria

Gorgeous Haus Am Moor Cabin Draws Heat from a Wood-Fired Stove and the Earth in Austria

Although the structural frame is made with concrete, the rest of the interior and exterior of the cabin was constructed with 60 trees felled sustainably nearby. This contrasting timber was used for walls,

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Brighton University Students Build a Prefab Pavilion With Timber Off-Cuts

Brighton University Students Build a Prefab Pavilion With Timber Off-Cuts

A striking building designed to have the smallest environmental footprint, the 2013 Brighton University graduate pavilion has a reciprocating grid structured roof - a low-tech intervention designed to

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McCamley’s Solar Wind Turbine Generates Energy From the Wind and Sun

McCamley’s Solar Wind Turbine Generates Energy From the Wind and Sun

Like peanut butter and jelly or chips and dip, some things were just meant to go together. A team from the University of Bath in collaboration with SME McCamley Middle East Ltd has developed a new wind

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