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The Obama Administration Proposes $8 Billion in Loans for ‘Clean’ Fossil Fuel Technologies

The Obama Administration Proposes $8 Billion in Loans for ‘Clean’ Fossil Fuel Technologies

Coal photo from Shutterstock By now, Inhabitat readers know that 'clean coal' is a contradiction of terms. However, as part of President Obama's new energy initiative, the U.S. Department of Energy has

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President Obama to Unveil US National Climate Change Action Plan on Tuesday

President Obama to Unveil US National Climate Change Action Plan on Tuesday

Image via Shutterstock President Barack Obama vowed to tackle climate change during his second term as President of the United States - and now he has promised to unveil a national climate action plan

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Siemens to Harvest Energy from Speeding Trains With America’s First Regenerative Energy Storage Unit

Siemens to Harvest Energy from Speeding Trains With America’s First Regenerative Energy Storage Unit

Image via Shutterstock Siemens just announced plans to harvest energy from speeding trains by installing America's first regenerative braking energy storage system on the new TriMet Portland-Milwaukie

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Solar Impulse Pilots Hosting Reddit Ask Me Anything TODAY at 1PM EST

Solar Impulse Pilots Hosting Reddit Ask Me Anything TODAY at 1PM EST

This amazing Solar Impulse airplane recently completed the second leg of its sun-powered journey across the United States, and today co-founders and pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are

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1.1 GW Of Wind Power to be Added to Grid in Africa Amid New Investment

1.1 GW Of Wind Power to be Added to Grid in Africa Amid New Investment

Photo via Shutterstock The African Development Bank just announced that private investors have raised enough funds to add a whopping 1.1GW of wind power to Africa's grid. Currently wind power only

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Lumos Solar’s New Solarscape Structures Provide Shade and Renewable Energy

Lumos Solar’s New Solarscape Structures Provide Shade and Renewable Energy

Lumos Solar just unveiled their newest product: a modular and customizable photovoltaic structure called the SolarScape. Perfect for patio covers, pool awnings, carports, walkways, bus stops and

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Fluorescent Dye Boosts Solar Cell Efficiency by a Whopping 38 Percent

Fluorescent Dye Boosts Solar Cell Efficiency by a Whopping 38 Percent

Yale researchers recently discovered a way to boost the efficiency of solar cells by a whopping 38 percent by coating them with a fluorescent dye. Polymer solar cells are popular for their low cost, low

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Solar Impulse Launches Solar-Powered Flight from San Francisco to New York

Solar Impulse Launches Solar-Powered Flight from San Francisco to New York

The Solar Impulse plane is an entirely sun-powered, single-seat airplane that is capable of flying for 36 hours consecutively. In late March we got our first glimpse of the Solar Impulse, and last week it

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Passive PEAK House Preserves Energy the Appalachian Way

Passive PEAK House Preserves Energy the Appalachian Way

A modern home kitted out with all of the latest technology, including a vast solar array that provides all of its power, the PEAK House nonetheless maintains the comforting ambience of a rustic cabin in

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Helius Energy Opens Whiskey-Powered Biomass Plant in Scotland

Helius Energy Opens Whiskey-Powered Biomass Plant in Scotland

Photo via Shutterstock In 2009, Inhabitat reported that Helius Energy was teaming up with the Rothes consortium of whisky and scotch companies to create a biomass power plant fueled by by-products from

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UN Says Air Pollution Kills More People Than AIDS and Malaria Combined; Clean Energy Could Halve Death Toll

UN Says Air Pollution Kills More People Than AIDS and Malaria Combined; Clean Energy Could Halve Death Toll

Air Pollution photo from Shutterstock The UN recently outlined its development goals for 2030 at a conference in Olso, where Director General of the U.N. Industrial Development Organization Kandeh

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Horse Poop Could Be the Key to Commercial Biofuel Production

Horse Poop Could Be the Key to Commercial Biofuel Production

Horse photo from Shutterstock Scientists just discovered a key ingredient that could help propel the production of biofuel: horse poop. Converting corn stalks and grass to biofuel requires removing

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Solar Impulse Airplane to Launch First Sun-Powered Flight Across America!

Solar Impulse Airplane to Launch First Sun-Powered Flight Across America!

The Solar Impulse is the world's first airplane to fly both day and night without fuel. There's a lot of engineering behind this incredible feat - the plane's wingspan is the size of an Airbus A340 (208

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All-Weather Firefly Trike Topped With a LED Shell Looks Like a Tiny Spaceship

All-Weather Firefly Trike Topped With a LED Shell Looks Like a Tiny Spaceship

The Firefly is a 3-wheeled pedal-powered vehicle topped with a weatherproof LED-lit shell. It was designed by GeoSpace Studio to provide a fun and eco-friendly alternative to cars - and it looks more like

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Four Nigerian Girls Create Pee-Powered Energy Generator

Four Nigerian Girls Create Pee-Powered Energy Generator

Four Nigerian teen girls have wowed visitors to Maker Faire Africa by creating a generator that is powered with pee. Using a resource that everyone has, the girls developed a generator that produces

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The Voltmaker Charges Your Gadgets Off-Grid With Kinetic Energy

The Voltmaker Charges Your Gadgets Off-Grid With Kinetic Energy

Sick of your batteries dying at the very moment you need to make a call, flick on a flashlight, or find your position on a GPS when you are lost in the outdoors? Introducing the Voltmaker - an innovative

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President Obama’s 2013 Inaugural Address is Vague on Climate Change Agenda

President Obama’s 2013 Inaugural Address is Vague on Climate Change Agenda

Presidential inauguration speeches are tricky as they provide a relatively short amount of time to outline the POTUS' vision for the next four years, whilst paying lip service to the current concerns of

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The World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant Soaks Up the Sun in Abu Dhabi: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

The World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant Soaks Up the Sun in Abu Dhabi: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

The parabolic trough collectors track the sun from morning to night and concentrate sunlight onto embedded tubes carrying a heat transfer fluid. This fluid, which consists of synthetic oil mostly, hits

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Nicaragua Aims To Be 94% Powered By Renewable Sources By 2017

Nicaragua Aims To Be 94% Powered By Renewable Sources By 2017

Photo via Shutterstock The Central American country of Nicaragua has never been as fortunate as its neighbors when it comes to energy reserves. In fact, most commercial electricity is generated by

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Inhabitat’s Top Clean Energy Stories of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Inhabitat’s Top Clean Energy Stories of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

2012 was a banner year for renewable energy that saw scientists and engineers pushing the envelope towards ever more efficient and sustainable ways of producing power. Entire nations reaped the benefits

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Apple Files Patent for Wind Turbine That Can Produce Energy Even When There’s No Wind

Apple Files Patent for Wind Turbine That Can Produce Energy Even When There’s No Wind

Critics of wind power all like to point out the same problem with turbine technology: "What happens when the wind doesn't blow"? Apple, usually a maker of products that consume energy, recently filed for

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Americans Installed a Record Number of Rooftop Solar Panels This Year

Americans Installed a Record Number of Rooftop Solar Panels This Year

Americans installed a record number of rooftop solar panels in 2012, according to a recent Solar Energy Industries Association report. The group expects a total national installation of 3.2 gigawatts this

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How We Can Strengthen America’s Infrastructure Against Future Natural Disasters

How We Can Strengthen America’s Infrastructure Against Future Natural Disasters

Photo by NYC DOT New York is one of the world’s great cities - and when it was brought to a standstill by Hurricane Sandy, many questioned the state of the city’s infrastructure - and the

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Solar-Powered SAMVS Modular Housing Units Are Super Snappy to Build

Solar-Powered SAMVS Modular Housing Units Are Super Snappy to Build

SAMVS open modular houses make a great solution for low income housing programs given their fast construction time, simple materials, modularity and overall efficiency. Comprised of modules that serve

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The Citrus Clock is a Tart Timepiece Powered by Lemons

The Citrus Clock is a Tart Timepiece Powered by Lemons

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Or, if you are really clever, make a clock. The Citrus Clock by the international design studio Anna Gram harnesses the power of the tart fruits to power a

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Earth City: JM Schivo & Associati’s Futuristic 21st Century City is 100% Powered by Clean Energy

Earth City: JM Schivo & Associati’s Futuristic 21st Century City is 100% Powered by Clean Energy

With offices in both Paris and Rome, the architects are keen to create sustainable urban environments that do not act contrary to nature. But this doesn't mean all the homes and buildings are tucked into

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UTC Power Infographic Shows Everyday Uses for Fuel Cell Technology

UTC Power Infographic Shows Everyday Uses for Fuel Cell Technology

UTC Power has created an infographic that illustrates the real world applications of fuel cells. Fuel cells are an expensive and often complicated technology, which sometimes leads consumers and

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US Navy Scientists Develop Process to Transform Seawater into Green Jet Fuel

US Navy Scientists Develop Process to Transform Seawater into Green Jet Fuel

Feeling the pinch of high gas prices every time you fill up your car? Be thankful you're not the U.S. Military. Tired of wasting so much of its budget on fossil fuels, the US Navy has led the quest for

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Rawlemon’s Spherical Solar Energy-Generating Globes Can Even Harvest Energy from Moonlight

Rawlemon’s Spherical Solar Energy-Generating Globes Can Even Harvest Energy from Moonlight

The solar energy designers at Rawlemon have created a spherical, sun-tracking glass globe that is able to concentrate sunlight (and moonlight) up to 10,000 times. The company claims that its ß.torics

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Ocean Power Technologies Receives Federal Approval for the First Commercial Wave Farm in the US

Ocean Power Technologies Receives Federal Approval for the First Commercial Wave Farm in the US

Ocean Power Technologies has received Federal approval to begin work on the first commercial wave farm in the US. By tapping into the incredible power of the sea, over 1,000 homes in Oregon could receive

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