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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,

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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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Oman Plans Construction Of Massive 200 MW Desert Solar Farm

Oman Plans Construction Of Massive 200 MW Desert Solar Farm

Oman, which boasts the one of the highest solar energy densities in the world, is currently investigating the development of a 200MW solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) project. If

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Minnesota Town to Tap into its Own Sewers for Geothermal Energy

Minnesota Town to Tap into its Own Sewers for Geothermal Energy

Cities and companies around the world tap into geothermal energy -- the thermal energy below the Earth's surface -- but there's another type of man-made energy coursing through sewer pipes beneath cities

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Harvard’s New Hydrogen Fuel Cell Produces Power Long After its Fuel Source Runs Out

Harvard’s New Hydrogen Fuel Cell Produces Power Long After its Fuel Source Runs Out

A team of researchers at Harvard University has created a novel hydrogen fuel cell that keeps running even after its fuel supply is exhausted. The solid-oxide fuel cell (SOFC) converts hydrogen into

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POO POWER: New Toilet System Turns Human Waste Into Electricity and Reduces Water Use By 90%

POO POWER: New Toilet System Turns Human Waste Into Electricity and Reduces Water Use By 90%

Poo power is rapidly becoming the energy source of choice in many countries, powering everything from homes to motorcycles. Now scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have invented a new

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PNNL’s New Affordable, Small-Scale Fuel Cell Could Revolutionize Residential Power

PNNL’s New Affordable, Small-Scale Fuel Cell Could Revolutionize Residential Power

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has created a solid oxide fuel cell system that is small enough for domestic homeowners and affordable for the average citizen. There are currently

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Germany Sets New Solar Record By Meeting Nearly Half of Country’s Weekend Power Demand

Germany Sets New Solar Record By Meeting Nearly Half of Country’s Weekend Power Demand

Germany fed a whopping 22 gigawatts of solar power per hour into the national grid last weekend, setting a new record by meeting nearly half of the country's weekend power demand. After the Fukushima

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Poznan Is a Sunny Outdoor Bench That’s Also a Sleek Solar Charging Station

Poznan Is a Sunny Outdoor Bench That’s Also a Sleek Solar Charging Station

Wouldn't it be great if you could charge your gadgets while waiting for the bus or relaxing on a bench? Magdalena Czapiewska, Karol Murlak and Zuzanna Lemieszek of Design lab, have taken this thought

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Tesla and SolarCity Team Up to Create New Off-the-Grid Solar Power Storage System

Tesla and SolarCity Team Up to Create New Off-the-Grid Solar Power Storage System

Tesla may be best known for exceptionally good-looking electric sports cars, but their role in the automotive industry has honed their skills in battery-making too. Now, the company is teaming up with

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The World’s 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues

The World’s 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues

Water Pollution of a Copper Mine Exploitation Image from Shutterstock WATER Water; we can't live without it, and thankfully much of the Earth is made up of it. Yet we face major problems where the

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7 Biggest Threats to the Environment – Why We Still Need Earth Day

7 Biggest Threats to the Environment – Why We Still Need Earth Day

Climate Change Climate change is first and foremost an issue because people can't even agree on whether or not it's an issue in the first place. Before we even get into the solutions, we all (regardless

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Google Cools Its New Data Centers In Taiwan with Ice

Google Cools Its New Data Centers In Taiwan with Ice

Google’s new data centers in Taiwan will keep cool during the day thanks to ice made overnight. A thermal storage system, the first of its kind for Google, will balance the company’s energy needs

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Alain Gilles’ Portable Nomad Solar Lamp Is a Safe Lighting Solution for Developing Countries

Alain Gilles’ Portable Nomad Solar Lamp Is a Safe Lighting Solution for Developing Countries

Kerosene lamps have been known to cause serious accidents in developing countries, but this new design by Alain Gilles provides a safe lighting alternative that relies simply on the energy of the sun to

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Mitt Romney’s Extraordinary Flip-Flop on Clean Energy and Cheap Oil

Mitt Romney’s Extraordinary Flip-Flop on Clean Energy and Cheap Oil

Mitt Romney is certainly no stranger to the art of the flip-flop, so perhaps it should be no great surprise that before he pandered to the Republican vote by suggesting that the government’s

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Urban Algae Farms Could Heat Buildings While Treating Wastewater

Urban Algae Farms Could Heat Buildings While Treating Wastewater

Macro of Ulva Algae photo from Shutterstock Pardon the potty talk, but wouldn't it be great if every time you flushed the toilet you were actually generating heat for your home? That's exactly what a

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New Study Shows Natural Gas is a Bridge (Fuel) to Nowhere

New Study Shows Natural Gas is a Bridge (Fuel) to Nowhere

Natural gas has been widely billed as a “bridge fuel” – a low-carbon alternative to coal that will help us make the transition to cleaner energy – but a new study pokes some big

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Rush Limbaugh Says Solar And Wind Energy Industries Don’t Exist

Rush Limbaugh Says Solar And Wind Energy Industries Don’t Exist

Not content with alienating most of the US' young female population and a large chunk of his advertisers, controversial radio host Rush Limbaugh has targeted, yet again, the alternative energy industry.

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The Sahara Forest Project Signs Agreement to Build a Pilot Plant in Qatar

The Sahara Forest Project Signs Agreement to Build a Pilot Plant in Qatar

We've written about the Sahara Forest Project before, so we're excited to report that the organization behind this ambitious endeavor has signed an agreement to build its first pilot plant in Doha, Qatar.

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Aquamarine Power To Connect Wave Energy Generator To UK National Grid

Aquamarine Power To Connect Wave Energy Generator To UK National Grid

Scotland may be a small country, but its stake in the future renewable energy is about to get serious as Aquamarine Power’s Oyster 800 Wave energy device will soon be installed and connected to the UK

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