geothermal energy

Ten Geothermal Wells Heat and Cool this Swooping Blue Ridge House in Virginia

Ten Geothermal Wells Heat and Cool this Swooping Blue Ridge House in Virginia

Very similar to a little prefab cottage from South Africa that we recently featured, the Blue Ridge House in Albermarle County has a steel frame and glass cladding. This has multiple benefits, not least

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Rustic GREENville House in North Carolina is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy

Rustic GREENville House in North Carolina is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy

The GREENville house was carefully oriented on a site in North Carolina to maximize the amount of energy an array of photovoltaic panels can collect. This system combined with geothermal HVAC system

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Rafael Viñoly’s Green-Roofed Mathematical Institute at Oxford University Seeks BREEAM Excellent

Rafael Viñoly’s Green-Roofed Mathematical Institute at Oxford University Seeks BREEAM Excellent

Comprised of two wings joined by a glazed volume, the University of Oxford's new Mathematical Institute is designed to provide the scientists with the requisite privacy while also promoting collaboration.

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Renzo Piano’s MUSE Museum is a Sustainable Building that Will Help Revitalize Trento’s Riverfront

Renzo Piano’s MUSE Museum is a Sustainable Building that Will Help Revitalize Trento’s Riverfront

The museum is part of a larger redevelopment effort in this part of Trento which will include housing, leisure, retail and office space, all to be designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The former

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Iceland Generates 99.5% of its Energy From Renewable Sources

Iceland Generates 99.5% of its Energy From Renewable Sources

Iceland is not a large country and it only has a population of around 330,000 -- but it does have plenty of geothermal and hydro-electric sources. In fact according to a recent TreeHugger article written

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MIT Study Shows Geothermal Could Produce 100,000 Megawatts of Energy in the US Within 50 Years

MIT Study Shows Geothermal Could Produce 100,000 Megawatts of Energy in the US Within 50 Years

Geothermal Power photo from Shutterstock So far, Humans have harnessed the strength of the sun, water, and wind to generate clean electricity. Now, it may be time to take advantage of the earth's

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Ferrari Goes Green With a Geothermal-Powered Museum in Modena, Italy

Ferrari Goes Green With a Geothermal-Powered Museum in Modena, Italy

The exhibition space is an expansive white room with a very modern and light feel to the space. The walls and floor transition smoothly into one another and are perceived by the human eye as a

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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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Gensler’s Portland International Jetport Lands LEED Gold Certification

Gensler’s Portland International Jetport Lands LEED Gold Certification

The Portland International Jetport expansion in Maine opened in fall 2011, but was just awarded LEED Gold certification, making it the second commercial terminal in the United States to achieve this

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James & Mau Builds a Modern Blue Home from Four Shipping Containers

James & Mau Builds a Modern Blue Home from Four Shipping Containers

James & Mau's 623 square foot house contains a living room, kitchen, toilet and guest bedroom on the lower floor, and a main bedroom, studio, bathroom and walk-in-closet on the second. A cute balcony

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Largest Geothermal System in the US‏ Nears Completion at Ball State University

Largest Geothermal System in the US‏ Nears Completion at Ball State University

Geothermal power is one of the United States of America's most readily accepted forms of alternative energy - and now Ball State University is entering the final phase of a massive geothermal system that

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Geothermally-Heated Thomas Eco House in Washington State is Also Wired for Solar

Geothermally-Heated Thomas Eco House in Washington State is Also Wired for Solar

Located on an 11 acre site in Stanwood, Washington with views of the iconic Mt. Rainier, this striking family home has achieved the ultimate in energy efficiency with high and low technology, and good old

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Mario Cucinella’s 20 Bright Green Schools in Gaza Will Educate up to 16,000 Children

Mario Cucinella’s 20 Bright Green Schools in Gaza Will Educate up to 16,000 Children

Mario Cucinella has designed a gorgeous prototype for the first of twenty green schools that will soon pop up throughout the Gaza Strip at a price of $2 million a pop. Combining contemporary sustainable

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The Prefabricated Green-Roofed SAYAB Residential Complex Has an Infinite Lifecycle

The Prefabricated Green-Roofed SAYAB Residential Complex Has an Infinite Lifecycle

Luis Garrido's design was implemented by IC Prefabricados, and received, according to the designer, a Gold Medal in environmental responsibility from the Fundación América Sostenible. It's easy to see

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Modern Mission Hall House is Clad in Recycled Clay Tiles

Modern Mission Hall House is Clad in Recycled Clay Tiles

The two-story house resides beneath the boughs of an old oak tree and overlooks a richly planted yard and the open country. The sustainable home was sited on a small lot, so the architects emphasized the

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Google-Funded Study Finds US Geothermal Power Capacity is Ten Times the Current Coal Power Supply

Google-Funded Study Finds US Geothermal Power Capacity is Ten Times the Current Coal Power Supply

A new study shows that the United States has a geothermal power capacity that is ten times greater than the amount of energy produced by our current working coal-fired power plants. The study was funded

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Amazing Prefab “Green Box” Has a Double Vertical Garden Shooting Up Through Its Center

Amazing Prefab “Green Box” Has a Double Vertical Garden Shooting Up Through Its Center

The roof and vertical gardens are populated with autochthonaus plants, which basically means they require virtually no water, and since this one was installed in Spain, it features native species that

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Harry Reid Announces the World’s First Hybrid Solar-Geothermal Power Plant

Harry Reid Announces the World’s First Hybrid Solar-Geothermal Power Plant

Nevada Senator Harry Reid began his time as host of the fourth National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas yesterday by announcing the world's first hybrid solar-geothermal power plant -- to be built in his

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Striking UR22 House Uses Half as Much Energy as a Standard Home in Texas

Striking UR22 House Uses Half as Much Energy as a Standard Home in Texas

A durable envelope clad in Vermont Slate keeps heat gain to an absolute minimum, while the wall and roof surfaces are also naturally ventilated to keep the breeze flowing. The home is also flooded with a

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Berkeley Researchers Say Carbon Pollution Can Be Turned Into Energy

Berkeley Researchers Say Carbon Pollution Can Be Turned Into Energy

It's a beautiful thing when innovators take two problems and turn them into one solution. That's the goal of a team of scientists out of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who believe they can

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Inviting Glass Town Library Wins BREEAM Rating of Excellence in Enfield

Inviting Glass Town Library Wins BREEAM Rating of Excellence in Enfield

After a year’s work refurbishing the much loved 1912 Edwardian library and constructing a new glass building next to it, the BREEAM excellent space at the heart of the town’s Conservation Area is now

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London’s Striking Modern Tourist Information Centre Harvests Rainwater and Geothermal Energy

London’s Striking Modern Tourist Information Centre Harvests Rainwater and Geothermal Energy

Photo by Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat Rising from the earth in a pointy array of metal peaks, the dynamic information center makes a strong visual impact within London’s urban fabric. The

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New W Hotel in London is Wrapped in an Amazing Illuminated Façade

New W Hotel in London is Wrapped in an Amazing Illuminated Façade

The W group's newly-opened illuminated hotel in London may have passersby wondering if they've stepped into Manhattan's Times Square. The Starwood Hotel W London-Leicester Square designed by Jestico +

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UK Engineers Search for Geothermal Reservoirs Under Newcastle

UK Engineers Search for Geothermal Reservoirs Under Newcastle

The U.S. is not the only country heavily investing in geothermal energy -- the United Kingdom is also looking for alternative methods to generate electricity and heat homes, and engineers believe they

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New WWF Report Shows How We Can Get to Renewable Only Energy By 2050

New WWF Report Shows How We Can Get to Renewable Only Energy By 2050

Energy may be our single largest and thorniest issue as we progress into the middle of the 21st century and some seriously big thinking about new ways to produce it will have to become commonplace in

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Study Reveals Renewable Energy Could Support All of Civilization by 2030

Study Reveals Renewable Energy Could Support All of Civilization by 2030

If you don't believe that we can kick our dependency on fossil fuels to the curb, think again. A newly released study says we can do it by 2030. Authored by Mark Delucchi and Mark Jacobsona, the

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Green Dream Home Veiled by Intricate Filigree Leaf Facade

Green Dream Home Veiled by Intricate Filigree Leaf Facade

The house is organized around the lovely courtyard which is on the same level as the first floor spaces. The master bedroom is a rectangular volume perched over the swimming pool and is veiled by a

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8GW Of Geothermal Energy to Be Added To National Grid

8GW Of Geothermal Energy to Be Added To National Grid

While the Obama Administration has always supported alternative sources of energy, many of the projects that have been green lit during their time, such as the Cape Wind offshore farm, have faced

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Central America to Tap Volcanoes for Renewable Energy

Central America to Tap Volcanoes for Renewable Energy

The troubled and impoverished region of Central America is rich in one thing: volcanoes. Spurred by increasing demand for electricity, several countries are moving to transform the thundering mountains'

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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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