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Frank Gehry Slams LEED, Calls Sustainable Design “Political”

Frank Gehry Slams LEED, Calls Sustainable Design “Political”

Frank Gehry, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect responsible for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Dancing House in Prague, has slammed the LEED certification saying it is awarded for 'bogus stuff'

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Ground Broken on a Test Pilot Plant for Fuel Sweating Organisms

Ground Broken on a Test Pilot Plant for Fuel Sweating Organisms

A Massachusetts company is moving forward on a test pilot facility for fuel sweating plant production -- yes, that's right these plants sweat diesel. They've created gene altered single cell plants that

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Japanese Company Turns Adult Diapers into Energy Source

Japanese Company Turns Adult Diapers into Energy Source

Wearing adult diapers just got a whole lot cooler -- a Japanese company called Super Faith has developed a miraculous system that turns used diapers into a clean fuel source in about 24 hours. The elderly

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Direct Drive System Reduces Cost, Weight of Wind Turbines

Direct Drive System Reduces Cost, Weight of Wind Turbines

The next generation of wind turbines may not have problem-prone gearboxes if Siemens and GE have anything to say about it. The wind turbine manufacturers have both recently invested in direct drive

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Geely Unveils Bug-Like Solar Hybrid Micro Car in Beijing

Geely Unveils Bug-Like Solar Hybrid Micro Car in Beijing

Geely IG has unveiled a new insectoid vehicle at the Beijing Auto Show that may just give the VW Bug a run for its money. The car boasts a hood emblazoned with solar panels, a micro-compact profile, and a

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NextGen Announces Cheap Solar Paint on the Horizon

NextGen Announces Cheap Solar Paint on the Horizon

NextGen Solar has announced that their new breed of cheap solar paint is closer than ever now that the company has raised half of the $1 million it needs to move out of the lab and into the real world.

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Cheap Carbon-Based Solar Cells Could Replace Silicon Cells

Cheap Carbon-Based Solar Cells Could Replace Silicon Cells

Forget silicon -- the next major light-absorbing material in solar cells could be carbon. Chemists at Indiana University Bloomington have figured out how to effectively create big sheets of carbon that

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San Francisco’s W Hotel Makes LEED History

San Francisco’s W Hotel Makes LEED History

The four diamond W San Francisco hotel has made history by earning the first LEED certification of an existing building belonging to a major hotel brand.

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Smarter Turbine Placement Could Make Wind Power Reliable

Smarter Turbine Placement Could Make Wind Power Reliable

There's enough potential wind power in the world to meet demand five times over. The trouble is, wind isn't reliable: if you live in Iowa, it doesn't help you that the wind is blowing in Alaska. Green

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Solar Origami: MIT Working on Super Efficient Folded Solar Panels

Solar Origami: MIT Working on Super Efficient Folded Solar Panels

Standard flat solar panels are only optimized to capture sunlight at one point of the sun's trajectory -- otherwise they need automated tracking systems to follow the sun. MIT power engineering professor

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Plant-Based Molecules Could Create More Efficient Photovoltaic Devices

Plant-Based Molecules Could Create More Efficient Photovoltaic Devices

Plants are excellent at harnessing solar power, so it only makes sense that scientists would eventually study them for hints on how to develop more efficient photovoltaic devices. Chemists at the

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Beautiful Solar Balloon Collects Energy From High in the Sky

Beautiful Solar Balloon Collects Energy From High in the Sky

Designer Seongyong Lee recently blew us away with her beautiful design for a Solar Balloon that can collect energy straight from the sky. Based on the idea that the most efficient way to collect solar

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Green Circle Marketplace is First LEED Platinum Shopping Center in the US

Green Circle Marketplace is First LEED Platinum Shopping Center in the US

Inhabitat readers hufftprojects recently wrote in to tell us about their Green Circle Market place, the first shopping center in the US to receive the rating of LEED Platinum from the USGBC. By utilizing

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Bill Gates Teams Up With Toshiba to Build Mini Nuclear Reactors

Bill Gates Teams Up With Toshiba to Build Mini Nuclear Reactors

The new nuclear age has officially begun. First President Obama announced $8 billion in loan guarantees for nuclear power, and now Toshiba has teamed up with TerraPower, a Bill Gates-backed startup, to

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DARPA Unveils Speedy Solar-Powered Smart Blimp

DARPA Unveils Speedy Solar-Powered Smart Blimp

The military often gets to check out exciting green technology before the general public. Case in point: DARPA's new smart blimp, an automated, unmanned airship featuring an advanced radar system, solar

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Oorja Unveils Micro Fuel Cell That Could Power Your House

Oorja Unveils Micro Fuel Cell That Could Power Your House

Were you impressed by the recently unveiled Bloom Energy “micro power plant”? Well the stationary fuel cell already some competition in the form of a methanol fuel cell device from a

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Solar Pixel Turns Building Facades into Artwork

Solar Pixel Turns Building Facades into Artwork

Solar panels aren’t usually installed because they’re good-looking. But the Swiss design firm Drzach and Suchy thinks that solar power can be beautiful–literally. The pair have created

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TAILPIPE POWER: Nanotube Thermocells Harvest Energy From Car Exhaust

TAILPIPE POWER: Nanotube Thermocells Harvest Energy From Car Exhaust

Harvesting wasted energy from unexpected places is one of our favorite topics at Inhabitat, however one of the last places we’d look for a “clean” energy source is the tailpipe of a car.

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Texas Breaks U.S. Wind Power Generation Record

Texas Breaks U.S. Wind Power Generation Record

Good news on the alternative energy front: Texas managed to break the U.S. wind energy generation record last Friday morning when it produced 6,272 MW of power--19% of the total electricity mix. The

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Pea Power: Researchers Discover a Hidden Energy Source Inside Peas

Pea Power: Researchers Discover a Hidden Energy Source Inside Peas

Peas are tasty, sure, but they might also play an important role in our energy future. Researchers from Tel Aviv University's Department of Biochemistry have discovered that tiny crystals found in peas

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Hexicon’s Floating Wind Platform Keeps Wind Power Afloat

Hexicon’s Floating Wind Platform Keeps Wind Power Afloat

They've solved all of these problems with their adaptable, floating offshore wind and wave generation platform. The renewable energy plant of the future. The platform is designed to deal with extreme

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Sweden Aims for 2000 New Wind Turbines, 50% Renewable Energy by 2020

Sweden Aims for 2000 New Wind Turbines, 50% Renewable Energy by 2020

John McConnico for The New York Times Maud Olofsson, Sweden's Enterprise and Energy Minister, announced recently the addition of 2,000 wind turbines to the country's alternative energy regimen. The

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Brightsource Energy Gets $1.4 Billion Loan for Massive Solar Thermal Complex

Brightsource Energy Gets $1.4 Billion Loan for Massive Solar Thermal Complex

Solar power got a big boost this week with news that the U.S. government is guaranteeing $1.37 billion in loans to BrightSource Energy for the construction of three solar thermal plants in the Mojave

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California Adopts Bill Letting Homeowners Sell Excess Solar Energy

California Adopts Bill Letting Homeowners Sell Excess Solar Energy

Attention all Californians! Do you generate more power from your solar panels than you can use? Well, under a new bill adopted on Thursday, you can sell that excess electricity (and offset the cost of

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Next-Generation Nanofiber Bulbs on the Horizon

Next-Generation Nanofiber Bulbs on the Horizon

Want to ditch your inefficient incandescent bulbs for some energy-saving compact fluorescent (CFL) ones? Be prepared to deal with toxic chemicals inside the bulbs.  Now there's another option: nanofiber

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IllumiCharger Adds Solar USB Charging to Any Wall

IllumiCharger Adds Solar USB Charging to Any Wall

Solar power doesn't get more plug-and-play than the IllumiCharger, a wall-mounted charger that soaks up ambient light within your home to provide grid-free energy for any USB gadget. Designed by

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World’s Smallest Solar-Powered Sensor Could Run Forever

World’s Smallest Solar-Powered Sensor Could Run Forever

It's easy enough to find a solar-powered charger for iPods, cell phones, and other gadgets, but this ultra-tiny solar-powered sensor system is smaller than anything else on the market -- 1,000 times

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2010 Greener Gadgets Competition Designs Unveiled!

2010 Greener Gadgets Competition Designs Unveiled!

Heads up gadget geeks!Want to catch a glimpse into the future of green technology? Then check out the freshly unveiled finalists in the Greener Gadgets Design Competition! These 18 designs offer smart

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Energy Generating Soccer Ball Brings Clean Power to Off-Grid Areas

Energy Generating Soccer Ball Brings Clean Power to Off-Grid Areas

When the sun goes down many developing countries rely upon dangerous kerosene lamps, which emit hazardous fumes and generate 190 million metric tons of CO2 each year. Seeking an eco-friendly alternative

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Scientists Develop Flexible Energy-Harvesting Rubber Sheets

Scientists Develop Flexible Energy-Harvesting Rubber Sheets

Piezoelectric energy is nothing new, but researchers at Princeton University have developed a new type of electricity-harvesting rubber sheet that has the potential to change the way we power electronic

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