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Solar Compressed Air System Solves the Energy Storage Conundrum

Solar Compressed Air System Solves the Energy Storage Conundrum

Energy storage is one of the greatest milestones facing the renewable energy industry. You can't control the winds or the sun's rays, so intermittency is a problem and you can't flood the grid when you

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EnviroMission Plans Massive Solar Updraft Towers for Arizona

EnviroMission Plans Massive Solar Updraft Towers for Arizona

Australia-based EnviroMission Ltd recently announced plans to build two solar updraft towers that span hundreds of acres in La Paz County, Arizona. Solar updraft technology sounds promising enough:

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Tobacco: The Next Big Biofuel?

Tobacco: The Next Big Biofuel?

We've seen biofuels made from some pretty strange substances -- tuberculosis bacteria, watermelons, and chocolate, to name a few -- but a new effort to gather biofuel from tobacco leaves might win the

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TOP 5 GREEN ENERGY STORIES OF 2009

TOP 5 GREEN ENERGY STORIES OF 2009

As the world energy crisis mounts and the threat of catastrophic climate change looms near, the need for clean and green energy sources has never been greater. Fortunately, the future is bright and 2009

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How Solyndra’s Solar Tubes Rocked Clean Power in 2009

How Solyndra’s Solar Tubes Rocked Clean Power in 2009

SOLYNDRA - a report from Earth2Tech There are hundreds of solar companies developing new materials, new business models, new installation techniques and new manufacturing processes in an effort to

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NASA Launches Solar-Powered Asteroid-Detecting Telescope

NASA Launches Solar-Powered Asteroid-Detecting Telescope

This morning NASA launched the WISE (Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer), a solar-powered infrared telescope that will scan the skies for earth-threatening asteroids and comets. We love covering all

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Solar-Powered Plane Makes Runway Debut

Solar-Powered Plane Makes Runway Debut

Biofuels are often touted as the next big thing in airplane fuel technology, but solar power shouldn't be discounted -- as was recently proven by the team behind the Solar Impulse. The solar-powered plane

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Top 5 Climate Change Stories of 2009

Top 5 Climate Change Stories of 2009

Today is Blog Action Day, and this year's theme is Climate Change - a topic near and dear to our hearts here at Inhabitat. To kick things off, we took a look back over last the past year's posts and

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Stadium Franco Sensi: Rome’s Solar-Powered Stadium

Stadium Franco Sensi: Rome’s Solar-Powered Stadium

Forget decorative crystalline stadium skins; Gino Zavanella's recently unveiled stadium is completely plastered in energy-generating photovoltaic panels. Stadium Franco Sensi, set to be built in Rome,

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Solar Home Tours Sweep United States TODAY!

Solar Home Tours Sweep United States TODAY!

Imagine 3,000 communities and 10,000 volunteers across the country in a one-day celebration of solar power. That's why we are reminding you that the American Solar Energy Society kicks off their 14th

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Helix Wind Turbines Power Cell Phone Towers in US, Africa

Helix Wind Turbines Power Cell Phone Towers in US, Africa

It's easy enough to monitor home power consumption, but few people think about the energy impact of talking on cell phones for hours on end. After all, cell towers have to be powered by something, and in

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Fastest Hydrogen Car in the World Smashes 300MPH Record

Fastest Hydrogen Car in the World Smashes 300MPH Record

Few land vehicles are capable of hitting 300 miles per hour - it is, after all, a pretty impressive speed for a car to achieve. That figure becomes even more incredible when you enter the realm of

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Germany to Create Countrywide Hydrogen Fuel Network by 2015

Germany to Create Countrywide Hydrogen Fuel Network by 2015

When it comes to the future of automotive technology, electric cars get the lion's share of the attention. But hydrogen-powered vehicles are slowly gaining traction, first with an announcement last week

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The SunCatcher: Concentrating Solar Dishes Set Efficiency Record

The SunCatcher: Concentrating Solar Dishes Set Efficiency Record

Wouldn't it be amazing if the old magnifying glass on a sunny day trick could be used for good instead of evil? Well, meet the SunCatcher. Created by Stirling Energy Systems in collaboration with Tessera

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Solar Roadways to Prototype First Ever Solar Road Panel

Solar Roadways to Prototype First Ever Solar Road Panel

Ever drive on the highway and think about how much solar energy is wasted on the asphalt below? Apparently, so has Solar Roadways. The startup was awarded a $100,000 U.S. Department of Transportation

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15 Year Old Invents Algae-Powered Energy System

15 Year Old Invents Algae-Powered Energy System

Thanks to 15 year old Texan Javier Fernández-Han, we feel a little more hopeful about the next generation's ability to adapt to a world of limited resources. The high school student developed a fully

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High Altitude Wind Turbines Could Completely Power NYC

High Altitude Wind Turbines Could Completely Power NYC

How much wind power is available way up high in the sky? Turns out a lot, according to new research from the Carnegie Institution for Science and California State University. Researchers there recently

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World’s First Wind Powered SuperCar is On it’s Way

World’s First Wind Powered SuperCar is On it’s Way

Seeking to expand the horizons of future-forward transportation, Ecotricity founder Dale Vince has set out to create the world's first zero-emission, wind powered supercar. The vehicle is based upon a

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Solar Powered Bus Shelter Unveiled in San Francisco

Solar Powered Bus Shelter Unveiled in San Francisco

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom recently unveiled the first of 1,100 solar powered bus shelters that will be installed throughout the city between now and 2013. Crowned with a rolling red crest of

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Philadelphia Rolls Out Solar-Powered Trash Compactors

Philadelphia Rolls Out Solar-Powered Trash Compactors

People wandering the streets of Philadelphia may be surprised to see brand new solar-studded trash cans being installed on the sidewalks. These new landfill-crunching compacting bins are entirely powered

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Q-Sound: Solar-Powered, Bluetooth-Enabled Headphones

Q-Sound: Solar-Powered, Bluetooth-Enabled Headphones

Music becomes a sustainable experience with Shepeleff Stephen's solar-powered, bluetooth-connected Q-Sound (quantum sound) headphones. The Romanian engineering student's sleek design combines flexible,

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iUnika Unveils Ultralight Cheap Solar-Powered Netbook

iUnika Unveils Ultralight Cheap Solar-Powered Netbook

What if keeping your laptop charged was as simple as setting it out in the sun? That's the promise behind a brand new netbook that may just break the biggest barrier to ultra-portable computing: battery

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Wind Turbine Towers Win Metropolis Next Generation Prize!

Wind Turbine Towers Win Metropolis Next Generation Prize!

Today Metropolis Magazine officially announced the winner of their 2009 Next Generation prize! Titled Wind-it, the brilliant project aims to give our existing energy grid a much needed boost by installing

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Green Roofed Cooper Point House Blends Into Big Sur

Green Roofed Cooper Point House Blends Into Big Sur

Fading right into the Big Sur landscape, this three-bedroom house is nearly invisible when viewed from certain angles. And that's just how Mickey Muennig, the mastermind behind the project, wanted it. The

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Solar Flyer: DIY Solar Motorcycle Tops 90MPH

Solar Flyer: DIY Solar Motorcycle Tops 90MPH

The Arizona sun is strong--so strong that one Phoenix man is using it to power up his motorcycle. Richard Gryzch's Solar Flyer motorcycle, named after the Radio Flyer red wagon, has a 50 mile range and

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Energy 101: How to Monitor Your Energy

Energy 101: How to Monitor Your Energy

Last week we looked at the smart grid -- essentially, a modernization of the transmission and distribution aspects of the electrical grid. This week we're focusing upon tracking energy usage, since the

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Optiwind Accelerating Wind Turbine Taps New Energy Fields

Optiwind Accelerating Wind Turbine Taps New Energy Fields

Traditional three-blade turbines are great if you have lots of space to play with, but the Optiwind Compact Wind Accelerating Turbine is ideal for high-density, low-wind areas. The turbine's series of

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Milan 2009: Interni Design Energies

Milan 2009: Interni Design Energies

The Interni Design Energies exhibition at the 2009 Milan Furniture Fair doesn't open at twilight for no reason. Indeed the exhibition, which features renewable energy–themed installations from designers

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MILAN 2009: Best of the Well Tech Awards

MILAN 2009: Best of the Well Tech Awards

The Well-Tech Awards are one of our favorite annual exhibitions at the Milan Furniture Fair, showcasing an assortment of innovative projects that push forward the realm of green design. The year's

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PG&E Announces Solar Power From Space By 2016

PG&E Announces Solar Power From Space By 2016

Microwave beams sending electricity from space to power our homes may sound like a concept straight out of a science fiction novel, but with a recent announcement from PG&E, we may actually see a

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