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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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The ICARE Project: A Trip Around the World in a Solar and Wind-Powered Car

The ICARE Project: A Trip Around the World in a Solar and Wind-Powered Car

Forget biodiesel, hybrids, and electric vehicles--Swiss engineer Mark Muller has designed a car capable of taking a 40,000 km (24,855 mile) trip around the world using only wind and solar power. The car,

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Britain Unveils Plans for 1,300 Square Miles of Wind Turbines

Britain Unveils Plans for 1,300 Square Miles of Wind Turbines

Take 100 billion pounds, a plan to create 60,000 jobs, and the urgent need to end an addition to fossil fuels, and what do you get? The first steps in Britain's plan to develop its offshore wind farm

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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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