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World’s First 1 Megawatt Wave Energy Power Plant Launched in South Australia

World’s First 1 Megawatt Wave Energy Power Plant Launched in South Australia

Australia's Oceanlinx just launched the world's first 1 megawatt wave power plant in Port MacDonnell, South Australia. The wave energy converter was developed with support from the Australian Renewable

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Panasonic’s New Solar LED Lantern Brings Light to Off-Grid Areas

Panasonic’s New Solar LED Lantern Brings Light to Off-Grid Areas

The Panasonic Corporation just unveiled plans to launch a new solar LED lantern that will provide light to those living without electricity. The BG-BL03 Lantern can be charged up in just six hours, and it

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Chinese Man Lives in Portable House He Carries on his Back Like a Snail

Chinese Man Lives in Portable House He Carries on his Back Like a Snail

One traveling man in China has made his home part of his wardrobe by carrying a hand made shelter on his back like a snail. China News caught up with Liu Lingchao, a 38 year old man who makes his living

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Studio Mycc Turns a 215 Square Foot Box into an Extraordinary Tiny Home

Studio Mycc Turns a 215 Square Foot Box into an Extraordinary Tiny Home

Spanish studio mycc converted a plain shoebox apartment into an incredible modern home that maximizes space. With a tiny floor plan and very neat interiors, the Minimalist Pad 100M3 measures a mere 215

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Utah State University Develops an E-Bus That Charges at Each Stop

Utah State University Develops an E-Bus That Charges at Each Stop

Utah State University has tested a first-of-its-kind electric bus that is capable of charging itself through wireless induction technology. Dubbed 'the Aggie Bus', the e-bus uses a high-power,

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BioCellar Turns Abandoned Cleveland House into a Center for Urban Farming

BioCellar Turns Abandoned Cleveland House into a Center for Urban Farming

Cleveland has just unveiled the world’s first BioCellar, a sustainable agriculture project that’s a smart mix of urban design, architecture, and biology. Built upon the masonry foundation of an

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Tiny Off-Grid Le Tronc Creux Shelters Blend into Bordeaux’s Forests Like Old Tree Trunks

Tiny Off-Grid Le Tronc Creux Shelters Blend into Bordeaux’s Forests Like Old Tree Trunks

The shelters form part of a larger project that aims to promote a new form of tourism in southwestern France. It supports the development of suburban areas and urban peripheries as new playgrounds for

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Andrew Maynard Extends 15 Foot Wide Solar-Powered Moor House in Victoria

Andrew Maynard Extends 15 Foot Wide Solar-Powered Moor House in Victoria

The front of the Moor Street House was left as is, but the back half of the home was removed to make way for a new, modern and more efficient space that the whole family could use. With only 15 feet of

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Renzo Piano’s Dragonfly-Inspired Turbine Can Harvest Energy from the Slowest Winds

Renzo Piano’s Dragonfly-Inspired Turbine Can Harvest Energy from the Slowest Winds

As we shift away from fossil fuels, many utilities have focused on building the biggest and most powerful wind turbines possible to meet growing energy needs. Architect Renzo Piano has taken a different

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C.F. Møller Future-Proofs Greenland’s Dronning Ingrids Hospital With Striking Renovation

C.F. Møller Future-Proofs Greenland’s Dronning Ingrids Hospital With Striking Renovation

C.F. Møller is Scandinavia's oldest and largest architectural practice - they are responsible for distinctive public buildings such as Copenhagen's Sølvgade School and cutting-edge sustainable

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Spain Inaugurates its First Offshore Wind Turbine

Spain Inaugurates its First Offshore Wind Turbine

Spain just launched its first offshore wind turbine on Monday! The 505-foot-tall turbine with 205-foot-long blades is expected to meet the annual energy needs of 7,500 homes on the archipelago. Installed

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Volvo’s New Electric Vehicle Battery Technology Stores Energy in a Car’s Body Panels

Volvo’s New Electric Vehicle Battery Technology Stores Energy in a Car’s Body Panels

Conventional batteries that power today's electric cars and hybrids take up space and add a lot of extra weight to the vehicles. Volvo just announced that it has developed a concept for lightweight

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Hamburg’s New Energy Bunker is a Former Air Raid Shelter Turned Renewable Power Plant

Hamburg’s New Energy Bunker is a Former Air Raid Shelter Turned Renewable Power Plant

Photo by Johannes Arlt The bunker's turbulent history dates back to 1943, when it was constructed as a shelter for some 30,000 Hamburg residents during the war. In 1947 the British tried to demolish it

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Tiny ‘Cube in the Woods’ Offers Forest Solitude with a Minor Footprint in Maine

Tiny ‘Cube in the Woods’ Offers Forest Solitude with a Minor Footprint in Maine

Located inside Harpswell woodland, this gorgeous geometrical studio is the perfect place to find peace. Since it was built just a few hundred feet from a tidal creek, the architect decided to place it on

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Nokero’s Affordable New Solar Bulbs Can Even Charge Your Smart Phone

Nokero’s Affordable New Solar Bulbs Can Even Charge Your Smart Phone

Nokero Solar’s affordable new N180 and N222 solar light bulbs bring off-the-grid lighting to a new audience. Ridiculously easy to use, these bulbs charge up with a built-in solar panel and provide hours

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World’s First Sun-Powered Family Car Takes Prize at World Solar Challenge

World’s First Sun-Powered Family Car Takes Prize at World Solar Challenge

The votes are in for the most practical solar-powered vehicle to compete in this year's 3000-km World Solar Challenge, and the winner is the Stella, a four-seat family vehicle created by the Dutch Solar

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Kaal Masten Unveils the World’s First Solar Lamp Post

Kaal Masten Unveils the World’s First Solar Lamp Post

Take a look at the world's first stand-alone solar lamp post! The new solar-powered Spiritlighting column can harvest electricity during the day to light up the streets at night. The studio behind the

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Tornado-Resistant Phoenix Solar Decathlon House Rises From the Ashes After Natural Disasters

Tornado-Resistant Phoenix Solar Decathlon House Rises From the Ashes After Natural Disasters

The team includes students from three neighboring universities: the University of Louisville, Ball State University, and the University of Kentucky. Each of the universities provided a special kind of

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Traditional Utility Companies Could Lose Half Their Market to Solar Energy

Traditional Utility Companies Could Lose Half Their Market to Solar Energy

A rise in the use of solar power in New Zealand could have electricity utilities clamoring to make competitive profits. Two utility companies, Ergon Energy and Energex, have seen a drastic change in

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Ultra Adaptable Chameleon House Features Moveable Paneled Walls and Shape-Shifting Furniture at the Solar Decathlon

Ultra Adaptable Chameleon House Features Moveable Paneled Walls and Shape-Shifting Furniture at the Solar Decathlon

This is the Missouri Team’s fifth Solar Decathlon competition. In fact, they are the only team worldwide to have been accepted into five of the six U.S. Department of Energy intercollegiate architecture

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Students Use Merry-Go-Round Power to Study Through the Night in Ghana

Students Use Merry-Go-Round Power to Study Through the Night in Ghana

Not only do most children in Ghana have to spend their lives in poverty, they also have to spend 12 hours a day in darkness because so much of their country lacks access to the energy grid. This means

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Architect Designs a Soccer Ball-Shaped House for Famous Footballer Lionel Messi

Architect Designs a Soccer Ball-Shaped House for Famous Footballer Lionel Messi

The One-Zero Eco-House is proposed for the forested land in the Llavaneres Sant Andreu municipality, about twenty miles north of Barcelona. At a birdseye view, the home appears like a soccer ball in

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Solar PV Cell Cost Has Decreased an Incredible 99% Since 1977

Solar PV Cell Cost Has Decreased an Incredible 99% Since 1977

Photo via Shutterstock In June 1979 President Jimmy Carter made a huge investment by installing 32 solar panels on the White House roof. At the time, the price of photovoltaic cells hovered close to

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Man Invents ‘Water Bicycle’ to Commute Across the San Francisco Bay

Man Invents ‘Water Bicycle’ to Commute Across the San Francisco Bay

When Judah Schiller discovered that the new portion of the Bay Bridge bike path in San Francisco would only go halfway across, he decided to adapt his own bike to get to work - on water! With previous

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C.F. Møller’s Prefab Switchgear Station Routes Renewable Energy Through Denmark

C.F. Møller’s Prefab Switchgear Station Routes Renewable Energy Through Denmark

Denmark is currently upgrading its electric grid to accommodate an increase in demand. This involves adding new power plants and improving reliability, and Energinet wants to improve the look of some of

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Global Solar Power Leaps Ahead of Wind Energy for the First Time

Global Solar Power Leaps Ahead of Wind Energy for the First Time

Solar panel photo via ShutterstockThe latest green energy numbers are in from the Bloomberg New Energy Finance report and solar capacity has over taken wind power for the first time ever. This year solar

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Day One Winners of the World Architecture Festival 2013 in Singapore Revealed

Day One Winners of the World Architecture Festival 2013 in Singapore Revealed

There are two winners in the housing category, the first of which was The Left-Over-Space House in Australia by Cox Rayner Architects, Casey and Rebekah Vallanc. It's a three-meter-wide caretaker's

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June Street Architecture Wants to Turn Downtown LA’s Abandoned Train Cars and Flatbeds Into City Parks

June Street Architecture Wants to Turn Downtown LA’s Abandoned Train Cars and Flatbeds Into City Parks

While Los Angeles is globally recognized for its love of the car, it is not associated with myriad of rail lines and train cars scattered throughout the city. These 19th century icons have been abandoned

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Twelve Architects Design Russian Airport With Elegant Arches as a “Sky-Bridge”

Twelve Architects Design Russian Airport With Elegant Arches as a “Sky-Bridge”

The airport's design also makes reference to the River Don, which is the origin of the city. Facilities in the area such as the train station, car park, hotel and office buildings are connected through

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IKEA Announces Plans to Sell Home Solar Panel Systems in the UK

IKEA Announces Plans to Sell Home Solar Panel Systems in the UK

IKEA photo from Shutterstock The next time you go to IKEA, you may be able to pick up a renewable energy system along with disassembled shelving and those delicious cinnamon rolls. The Swedish

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