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Greenheart Project: The World’s First Open Source, Solar-Powered Ship

Greenheart Project: The World’s First Open Source, Solar-Powered Ship

Greenheart is a growing social enterprise with big ideas. Design is nearly complete on Greenheart’s first innovation: a new class of sustainable, low-cost, zero-emission sail/solar-powered ship

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High Schoolers Built a Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle for Just $1,500

High Schoolers Built a Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle for Just $1,500

The Endurance is a PiEV built by high schoolers for just $1,000, and was followed by a solar-powered version. In early 2013, engineering students at Rhode Island's Tiverton High School were given an

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Prefab Passive-Solar House is Topped by a Striking Sawtooth Roof in Belgium

Prefab Passive-Solar House is Topped by a Striking Sawtooth Roof in Belgium

HUB chose to build the structure out of CNC-milled wood not only for the ease of prefab construction, but also to evoke the wooden dacha country homes belonging to the client's homeland, Russia. The

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Old Cigarette Factory to Become Solar and Wind Battery Plant

Old Cigarette Factory to Become Solar and Wind Battery Plant

Normally when a massive factory closes its doors an outlet mall or giant water park pops up in its place. But one former cigarette plant in Concord, North Carolina is turning into something completely

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Solar-Powered Sunshine Canyon House Rises from a Forest Fire Ashpit with a Gorgeous Rustic Design

Solar-Powered Sunshine Canyon House Rises from a Forest Fire Ashpit with a Gorgeous Rustic Design

    Although many aspects of the home are crisp and modern, there's also a strong rustic aesthetic that pays tribute to its locale. Built with rustic materials, the exposed beams and barn

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The “Recrystallized Hotel” May Rise from Repurposed Dead Sea Salt Tiles

The “Recrystallized Hotel” May Rise from Repurposed Dead Sea Salt Tiles

Every year, 20 million tons of salt sink to the bottom of the Dead Sea’s fifth pond. The salt is waste from the colossal production of potash and bromine in the Dead Sea Works factory, and it piles up

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Massive Solar Farm Could Pump Clean Energy From the Sahara to England

Massive Solar Farm Could Pump Clean Energy From the Sahara to England

The blazing Sahara sun may power homes a world away by 2018. The people behind a new $13 million project called TuNur farm propose to build a massive 100-square-kilometer solar farm in Tunisia. The farm

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MGM Installs America’s Largest Rooftop Solar Array but it Only Powers 1/5 of the Hotel

MGM Installs America’s Largest Rooftop Solar Array but it Only Powers 1/5 of the Hotel

When you think Las Vegas you might not think about sustainability, but that’s all starting to change - in a big way. MGM Resorts announced that it has installed the largest rooftop solar array in the US

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UK Building World’s Most Environmentally Friendly Solar Farm

UK Building World’s Most Environmentally Friendly Solar Farm

UK-based solar farm operator Primrose Solar is teaming up with solar company Solarcentury to build a 48 MWp solar farm on the Southwick Estate in Fareham, Portsmouth. The farm will produce enough clean

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Desertec Solar Power Project Abandoned by Shareholders

Desertec Solar Power Project Abandoned by Shareholders

The ambitious, multibillion dollar solar power project Desertec has been abandoned by all but three of its shareholders and will now continue in an "adapted format" as a consultancy. The project was

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London Converts Iconic Red Phone Booths into Free Solar Charging Stations

London Converts Iconic Red Phone Booths into Free Solar Charging Stations

While the UK's iconic phone booths are still considered national icons, cellphones have largely rendered the big red boxes obsolete over the years. Solarbox London plans to change that by transforming

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The Natural Symphony Housing Project Conceptualizes Self-Sustainability in Architecture

The Natural Symphony Housing Project Conceptualizes Self-Sustainability in Architecture

    Designed by Cristian Ferrera Architecture, "Natural Symphony" is an exploration of architectural sustainability, with a prototype designed to house four people per unit. Centered

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This Gigantic Solar Hourglass Could Power 1,000 Danish Homes

This Gigantic Solar Hourglass Could Power 1,000 Danish Homes

What do you get when you combine public art with renewable energy? That's exactly what the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI)'s annual design competition seeks to explore. Every year LAGI asks designers

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Tour the PARKROYAL Hotel Singapore’s Surreal Sky Gardens and Greenery-Wrapped Towers (PHOTOS)

Tour the PARKROYAL Hotel Singapore’s Surreal Sky Gardens and Greenery-Wrapped Towers (PHOTOS)

It's obvious that PARKROYAL on Pickering is a feast for the eyes with its vegetation-wrapped glass reinforced concrete layers, but it's not just a pretty facade. The building was awarded Green Mark

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Ohio Scientists Invent World’s First Rechargeable Solar Battery

Ohio Scientists Invent World’s First Rechargeable Solar Battery

A team of Ohio State University scientists have invented what they claim is the world's first rechargeable solar battery. The team observed the issues in current methods for collecting and storing solar

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6 Fun, Fantastic Bus Stops from Around the World

6 Fun, Fantastic Bus Stops from Around the World

Baltimore's Typographical Sculpture Bus Stop Designed by artist collective “mmmm…”, this unique bus stop is an experiment in typography and public art. Located on a Baltimore street, this design

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The UK’s First Floating Solar Farm Unveiled in Berkshire

The UK’s First Floating Solar Farm Unveiled in Berkshire

The UK's first floating solar farm was just installed in Berkshire. The floating array features 800 photovoltaic panels and has a capacity of 200kW. The project cost £250,000 ($405,400) and has been

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World’s First Solar-Powered Snowboard Charges Gadgets on the Slopes!

World’s First Solar-Powered Snowboard Charges Gadgets on the Slopes!

Next time you hit the slopes on a sunny day there is no need to worry about your gadgets running out of juice. Snowboard manufacturer Signal -- the company that recently created the world's first 3D

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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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This Heart-Shaped Solar Farm is the World’s Most Beautiful Photovoltaic Plant!

This Heart-Shaped Solar Farm is the World’s Most Beautiful Photovoltaic Plant!

Who says solar power can’t be gorgeous? The people of New Caledonia are out to prove the naysayers wrong with what may be the most beautiful solar farm on the planet. The heart-shaped solar farm will

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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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Facebook Unveils Plans for Solar-Powered Internet Drones as Big as 747s

Facebook Unveils Plans for Solar-Powered Internet Drones as Big as 747s

Yael Maguire, the engineering director at Facebook's Connectivity Lab, has revealed further details about the social media giant's plans to expand internet access to communities worldwide. In order to

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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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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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EnGo Public Charging Station is Powered by Kinetic Tiles and Solar Panels in Missouri

EnGo Public Charging Station is Powered by Kinetic Tiles and Solar Panels in Missouri

NYC-based tech startup Volta Group has just installed its first EnGo public charging station that powers mobile devices with a clean energy combo of kinetic tiles and solar panels. Students at Webster

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India to Install 2,200 Solar-Powered Cell Phone Towers

India to Install 2,200 Solar-Powered Cell Phone Towers

India currently has one of the largest populations of cell phone users in the world - the nation is expected to have 815 million users by year’s end. To help expand its growing communication network,

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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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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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