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Off-Grid Tropicana Billboard is Powered by Oranges!

Off-Grid Tropicana Billboard is Powered by Oranges!

DDB, an advertising agencies that specializes in creative experiences, has harnessed the power of oranges for their Tropicana campaign. Using the product’s very ingredients to run the electricity for

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Pythagorus Solar Windows Offer Breakthrough in Solar Tech for High-Rises

Pythagorus Solar Windows Offer Breakthrough in Solar Tech for High-Rises

High-rise buildings require a lot of energy to cool in the summer, but they have relatively little space on their small roofs for solar arrays. This quandary got Pythagorus Solar of San Mateo,

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Smart Solar International Develops Cost Efficient Sun-Chasing Solar Panels

Smart Solar International Develops Cost Efficient Sun-Chasing Solar Panels

Tokyo-based start-up Smart Solar International has developed a new solar panel comprised of aluminum mirror bars that turn to face the sun for optimal efficiency throughout the day. The system requires

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Controversial Belo Monte Hydroelectric Dam in Brazil’s Amazon Gets Go-Ahead

Controversial Belo Monte Hydroelectric Dam in Brazil’s Amazon Gets Go-Ahead

The Belo Monte Dam is one of the most controversial projects in the world. The $17 billion hydro-electric dam will, when constructed, generate enough energy for over 23 million homes. However, its

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The UK’s Offshore Turbines Could Run Out of Wind

The UK’s Offshore Turbines Could Run Out of Wind

The changing Atlantic jetstream is slowing down the United Kingdom's wind, raising questions about the efficacy of ambitious offshore wind farm programs. Wind speeds have reduced by 20% since 2008,

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Chevy Volt Factory’s New Solar Array Is Green, But Does It Save Green?

Chevy Volt Factory’s New Solar Array Is Green, But Does It Save Green?

As part of its SolarCurrents program to encourage energy customers to install enough solar arrays to produce 15 megawatts of green electricity in southeast Michigan, Detroit Edison has invested $3 million

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UK Scientists Plan to Power Cars With Cornish Pasties

UK Scientists Plan to Power Cars With Cornish Pasties

Cornish pasties are traditional savory snacks that are so beloved in the UK that they recently received protected status from the European Union. However now a group of scientists at Greenergy are

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Clean-Tech Venture Capital Jumps 54% in First Quarter 2011

Clean-Tech Venture Capital Jumps 54% in First Quarter 2011

There's no doubt about it, Silicon Vally is in another bubble, and this time, clean tech is getting its piece of the pie. Clean-tech venture capital funding jumped 54% in the first quarter of 2011, with

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Vashon Island Cabin Creates an Energy Efficient Family Retreat from the City

Vashon Island Cabin Creates an Energy Efficient Family Retreat from the City

Who doesn't love a quiet country escape after a long week in the urban mix? Surrounded by nature and stunning views, one lucky family in Washington has found itself with a stylish escape they've named

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BREAKING: Solar Power Breakthrough Could Render Photovoltaic Cells Obsolete

BREAKING: Solar Power Breakthrough Could Render Photovoltaic Cells Obsolete

Researchers at the University of Michigan have made a discovery about the behavior of light that could change solar technology forever. Stephen Rand, a professor in the departments of Electrical

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Herzog & de Meuron’s Towering Triangular Skyscraper Receives Green Light for Construction in Paris

Herzog & de Meuron’s Towering Triangular Skyscraper Receives Green Light for Construction in Paris

Herzog & de Meuron are the architects responsible for many well-know projects, like the Portsmouth Soccer Stadium in England, Beijing's Birdnest Stadium, and the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

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Tata & MIT Work on Breakthrough Way to Generate Power From Ordinary Water

Tata & MIT Work on Breakthrough Way to Generate Power From Ordinary Water

The Tata Group has signed a deal with the founder of SunCatalytix, MIT scientist Daniel Nocera, who has discovered how to generate energy water. Although the terms of their agreement have not yet been

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Porsche Now Taking Pre-Orders for 918 Spyder Hybrid Super Car Priced at $845,000

Porsche Now Taking Pre-Orders for 918 Spyder Hybrid Super Car Priced at $845,000

We whet the appetites of sports car enthusiasts everywhere when we first mentioned Porsche's Spyder 918, but now they can really start salivating because the super fast  hybrid sports car is finally

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Hydrogen-Producing Skyscraper Harvests Energy From Bolts of Lightning

Hydrogen-Producing Skyscraper Harvests Energy From Bolts of Lightning

Part lightning spire and part futuristic super-tower, the Hyrdra Skyscraper was designed by Milos Vlastic, Vuk Djordjevic, Ana Lazovic, Milica Stankovic, and was an honorable mention in the 2011 Evolo

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GlassPoint is Using Solar Power to Draw Oil From the Earth

GlassPoint is Using Solar Power to Draw Oil From the Earth

Solar power and oil seem like two contradictory terms, but GlassPoint has found a way to bring these two elements to create what is without question an unlikely alliance. Just last Thursday, the company

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Farts to Fuel: New Methane Processing Plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Farts to Fuel: New Methane Processing Plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Flatulence as fuel may sound like a joke, but it's becoming a reality in Brooklyn. Already in the works, National Grid is building a gas processing facility in Greenpoint, set to open in 2012. The

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Vibro-Wind Piezoelectric Pads Harness Wind Energy Without Turbines

Vibro-Wind Piezoelectric Pads Harness Wind Energy Without Turbines

Francis Moon, a mechanical engineering professor at Cornell University, has designed a novel type of wind energy generator that vibrates in the wind rather than cutting the breeze like a turbine. Dubbed

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World’s Greenest Whisky Distillery Unveiled in Scotland

World’s Greenest Whisky Distillery Unveiled in Scotland

Image © Keith Hunter Photography Scotland has a long history of whisky production and now the industry is brewing up a green future as drinks giant Diageo recently unveiled their £40 million

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San Diego to Unveil Nation’s Largest Wind-Powered LED Light Show

San Diego to Unveil Nation’s Largest Wind-Powered LED Light Show

Attention, residents of San Diego, California: keep an eye out for the launch of the largest interactive green energy lighting project in North America! The Port Commissioners and Caltrans just unveiled

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Tata Tower Has 4,050 Vertical EV Parking Spots and Powers Itself

Tata Tower Has 4,050 Vertical EV Parking Spots and Powers Itself

It is projected that by the year 2030, 25% of the city of Mumbai will be covered by parked cars. That means less area for parks, housing and basic room to breathe. The revolutionary Tata Tower was

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Adobe Installs A Dozen Bloom Boxes

Adobe Installs A Dozen Bloom Boxes

Adobe, the company behind Flash Player and Adobe Reader, has always been a supporter of renewable energy - remember when they installed a wind farm at their headquarters in San Jose? Well now they've

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Colorado Startup Uses Coal-Eating Bacteria to “Grow” Natural Gas

Colorado Startup Uses Coal-Eating Bacteria to “Grow” Natural Gas

Who needs to drill more holes to get more natural gas when you can just “grow” it in existing ones? Luca Technologies, a Colorado-based startup, has devised a way to generate and extract more

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World’s First Grid Scale Flywheel Energy Plant Opening Soon!

World’s First Grid Scale Flywheel Energy Plant Opening Soon!

While it doesn't get nearly as much attention as alternative energy sources like solar or wind power, flywheel storage technology is definitely worth looking into. A kinetic energy-based technology that

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Obama Kick-Starts US Solar Industry WIth $2 Billion Investment

Obama Kick-Starts US Solar Industry WIth $2 Billion Investment

President Obama recently announced that two of America's most established solar companies are set to receive up to $2 billion in loan guarantees in order to 'kick-start' the US solar industry. The plan

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DOE Loans to Make Nevada the “Saudi Arabia of Geothermal Energy”

DOE Loans to Make Nevada the “Saudi Arabia of Geothermal Energy”

Of all the 'mainstream' forms of renewable energy, it seems that geothermal power is always left in the shadows compared to solar and wind power. However, that looks set to change with news that the US

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Sanyo Unveils World’s Most Efficient Solar Module HIT-N230

Sanyo Unveils World’s Most Efficient Solar Module HIT-N230

Electronics giant Sanyo recently announced the development of what they are claiming is the world's most efficient solar module. Called the HIT-N230, the new module has an impressive energy conversion

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Obama Visits Solar Panel Factory to Push for Green Energy

Obama Visits Solar Panel Factory to Push for Green Energy

Yesterday President Obama visited a Solyndra solar panel factory in Fremont, California that -- with help from the stimulus -- was able to expand and create green collar jobs for the bay area community.

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Google, HP and Microsoft Consider Poo to Power Data Centers

Google, HP and Microsoft Consider Poo to Power Data Centers

Photo credit: Skinnyde Tech giants like Google, Hewlett Packard and Microsoft have been considering everything from wave to solar power to keep their massive data centers running, but did you know that

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