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Sunseeker Duo Plane Inches Closer to World’s First Solar-Powered Passenger Flights

Sunseeker Duo Plane Inches Closer to World’s First Solar-Powered Passenger Flights

We've been tracking the progress of the world's first solar-powered two-seater airplane since the Sunseeker Duo made its initial public appearance in Friedrichshafen, Germany nearly one year ago. Since

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The Port Solar Charger Turns Any Window into a Power Outlet for Your Mobile Gadgets

The Port Solar Charger Turns Any Window into a Power Outlet for Your Mobile Gadgets

Whenever I arrive at a coffee shop or coworking space, the first thing I do is scope out the power outlets. Between a smartphone, laptop, and occasionally a tablet too, keeping my mobile office up and

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Pistachio Shells Could Power a Brand New City in Turkey

Pistachio Shells Could Power a Brand New City in Turkey

Turkey exported 6,800 tons of pistachio nuts last year, and now the country is floating plans to build a city powered by the leftover shells. The idea came from Burgeap, a French environmental

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Incredible Solar-Powered ‘Cumulus’ Parasol Opens Automatically When the Sun Starts Shining!

Incredible Solar-Powered ‘Cumulus’ Parasol Opens Automatically When the Sun Starts Shining!

The Cumulus parasol is a solar powered parasol that inflates itself when the sun starts shining. This artificial cumulus protects you from the sun. Whenever the sun comes out, the parasol inflates

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Meet the Texas Professor Who Lives in a Dumpster (PHOTOS)

Meet the Texas Professor Who Lives in a Dumpster (PHOTOS)

Entering Jeff's home takes practice. First he has to unlock a padlock on the horizontal sliding access door a couple of feet off the ground, use a chair to open the top roof, and then hoist himself into

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New Cell Phone Charging System Harvests Energy from Vibrations

New Cell Phone Charging System Harvests Energy from Vibrations

A multinational team of engineers is working on new technology that could allow you to charge your phone on the go without having to plug in. The team has developed a new system for charging smartphone

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Michael Jantzen’s Pavilion of the Rising Sun Gathers Solar Energy for Local Communities

Michael Jantzen’s Pavilion of the Rising Sun Gathers Solar Energy for Local Communities

Michael Jantzen designed the Pavilion of the Rising Sun, a proposal for a large public space that gathers energy from the sun and distributes it out into the local community. The gathered energy is also

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Top 6 Green Innovations of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Top 6 Green Innovations of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Green technology advances by leaps and bounds - and in 2013 we saw no shortage of incredible innovations. From an ingenious ocean cleanup invention that could combat plastic pollution to a pedal-powered

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Citi Bike Pedal Power to Illuminate 2014 Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball (PHOTOS)

Citi Bike Pedal Power to Illuminate 2014 Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball (PHOTOS)

You might recall that this summer, Inhabitat brought up the possibility of using Citi Bikes to generate pedal power, and it looks like the folks behind the blue bikes might have taken notice. Citi Bike is

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CellEra’s Breakthrough Platinum-Free Fuel Cell is Cheaper and Doesn’t Use Rare Earth Metals

CellEra’s Breakthrough Platinum-Free Fuel Cell is Cheaper and Doesn’t Use Rare Earth Metals

CellEra’s new platinum-free fuel cell could be the cleanest engine ever created. Instead of using an extremely expensive rare earth metal as the fuel cell’s catalyst, CellEra employs a catalyzed,

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Duke University Students Discover a Way to Charge Cell Phones With Wi-Fi

Duke University Students Discover a Way to Charge Cell Phones With Wi-Fi

Keeping your power-hungry smartphones charged with cables and portable batteries may be a thing of the past as two engineering students have figured out a way to charge them with Wi-Fi. Allen Hawkes and

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Solar Means Business Infographic Shows the Top 10 Brands that Went Solar in 2013

Solar Means Business Infographic Shows the Top 10 Brands that Went Solar in 2013

This week the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Vote Solar released their second annual Solar Means Business report, which ranks the top brands in the U.S. based on their installation of

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Infographic: Futuristic Technologies Coming Soon to a City Near You

Infographic: Futuristic Technologies Coming Soon to a City Near You

What will the smart city of tomorrow look like? Sagentia just launched a new infographic that details some of the cutting-edge technologies that will make cities more efficient, healthy, and enjoyable

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Infographic Shows the Energy Efficiency of All 50 US States

Infographic Shows the Energy Efficiency of All 50 US States

Energy Savvy just released an interactive infographic that illuminates energy efficiency potential of every state across the US. Over the past three years, EnergySavvy collected more than 5 million unique

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Calculator Shows How Many Potatoes it Would Take to Power Your House

Calculator Shows How Many Potatoes it Would Take to Power Your House

You've probably heard of cars that run on used cooking oil - but what about an entire house powered by potatoes? Apparently it's possible - and Movoto just launched an online calculator that shows exactly

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Bioengineered E.coli Bacteria Poops Out Petroleum

Bioengineered E.coli Bacteria Poops Out Petroleum

Image via Shutterstock The last few years have shown that bacteria can "poop out" some mighty useful (and valuable) stuff - whether it be gold or battery power. Now a team from the Korea Advanced

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BOOK REVIEW: $20 per Gallon

BOOK REVIEW: $20 per Gallon

We have to admit that when we saw the title of Christopher Steiner's book, we scoffed a bit. Twenty dollars per a gallon of gas seems like an outrageous, unfathomable price, even when you're a believer in

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Intel Unveils the World’s First Wine-Powered Computer Processor

Intel Unveils the World’s First Wine-Powered Computer Processor

Intel believes that ultra low-power computer chips are the future - especially when it comes to connecting people in developing countries, where electricity is often scarce. To this end, they just

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Scientists Use Microbes to Turn Poo into Hydrogen

Scientists Use Microbes to Turn Poo into Hydrogen

Scientists at Newcastle University have created a process that uses microbes to not only process sewage at treatment plants, but to then produce hydrogen gas as a renewable energy source. In collaboration

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Zaha Hadid Unveils Winning Tokyo Olympic Stadium Design – And It’s Green!

Zaha Hadid Unveils Winning Tokyo Olympic Stadium Design – And It’s Green!

First, a look at the greenest parts of the project: the studio has incorporated geothermal heat and a rainwater cooling system within the stadium concept, along with the commitment to recycle greywater.

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New Connection Between Stacked Solar Cells Can Withstand the Energy of 70,000 Suns

New Connection Between Stacked Solar Cells Can Withstand the Energy of 70,000 Suns

Image © Mike Baker North Carolina State University researchers have developed a new way of connecting stacked solar cells that is strong enough to handle the energy of 70,000 suns. The innovation will

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Tesla is Sucking Up the World’s Lithium Ion Battery Supply, Kick Starting Cell Production

Tesla is Sucking Up the World’s Lithium Ion Battery Supply, Kick Starting Cell Production

Green Car Reports says that Tesla is on track to deploy more than 1.6 million kilowatt-hour worth of batteries in 21,000 cars this year, and so far the electric carmaker has already sold 14,000 of its

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Sierra Energy’s Revolutionary Trash-to-Energy FastOx Gasifier Will Make Renewable Fuel for the US Army

Sierra Energy’s Revolutionary Trash-to-Energy FastOx Gasifier Will Make Renewable Fuel for the US Army

If there are any two problems that need tackling in our world it's the lack of clean energy and the overabundance of garbage. Now a company called Sierra Energy might have a solution called the FastOx

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Xcel Energy’s Wind Farm Projects Could Power 750,000 Homes in the Midwest

Xcel Energy’s Wind Farm Projects Could Power 750,000 Homes in the Midwest

Windpower company Xcel Energy is turning the Midwest into a renewable energy center. The company just proposed its fourth wind farm for northern North Dakota, which could reduce 320,000 tons of carbon

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Adorable Dinosaur Nightlight Uses Algae To Glow In The Dark!

Adorable Dinosaur Nightlight Uses Algae To Glow In The Dark!

Is your little one afraid of the dark? Or are they just crazy about anything dinosaur-related? This adorable dinosaur-shaped nightlight from California-based company Yonder Biology might be the perfect

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Researchers to Mimic Photosynthesis to Produce Zero Carbon Liquid Fuel

Researchers to Mimic Photosynthesis to Produce Zero Carbon Liquid Fuel

Image via Shutterstock Plants convert sunlight into energy every day - and researchers have long studied ways to replicate the process to develop renewable sources of fuel. Nate Lewis is a Chemistry

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Centre For Alternative Technology Shows That a Zero Carbon Britain is Possible by 2030

Centre For Alternative Technology Shows That a Zero Carbon Britain is Possible by 2030

The UK's Centre for Alternative Technology just released a new report showing that a Zero Carbon Britain is possible by the year 2030. The report states that the decarbonization of the UK could be

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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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Bielefeld University Students Produce Batteries Powered by E.Coli Bacteria

Bielefeld University Students Produce Batteries Powered by E.Coli Bacteria

Image via iGEM team 2013 A team of ten students at Bielefeld University, Germany have come up with a new source of electricity – the infection-causing bacteria Escherichia coli. Their

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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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