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KM Architektur’s Geothermal Heilbronn House is a Timber-Clad Home in the Forests of Germany

KM Architektur’s Geothermal Heilbronn House is a Timber-Clad Home in the Forests of Germany

Located on a slope at the edge of a forest on the outskirts of Heilbronn, this three-story house is perfectly positioned to take in its surroundings. The ground floor, which is buried into the hillside,

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Germany Boosted Its National Wind Power Capacity by 20% in 2012

Germany Boosted Its National Wind Power Capacity by 20% in 2012

German wind farm photo from Shutterstock Last year, Germany made headlines when it met half of its weekend power demand using solar energy alone. But that's not all - the nation just announced that it

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The Folding EV ‘Hiriko’ is Slated to Become Part of Germany’s Car-Sharing Program

The Folding EV ‘Hiriko’ is Slated to Become Part of Germany’s Car-Sharing Program

Germany is no stranger to car-sharing programs, but a novel new vehicle is about to join Berlin's car-sharing network. The EV company Hiriko, originally called City Car, is planning to test run its

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Audi’s E-Fuel is a Carbon Neutral Way to Power Cars That Acts Like Gasoline

Audi’s E-Fuel is a Carbon Neutral Way to Power Cars That Acts Like Gasoline

Do you feel a twinge of guilt every time you fill your tank with dirty gasoline? What if you could power your car with a carbon neutral fossil fuel substitute? Introducing Audi's new e-fuel, an energy

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Hamburg’s New HafenCity Subway Station is Lit with Shipping Container-Size LED Light Boxes

Hamburg’s New HafenCity Subway Station is Lit with Shipping Container-Size LED Light Boxes

The new HafenCity subway station's design is industrial in nature, and the gravity-defying installation of 6-ton boxes above the platform create a modern ambiance. The light boxes are made from steel

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Dratz&Dratz Unveil Office Made From Recycled Paper in Essen, Germany

Dratz&Dratz Unveil Office Made From Recycled Paper in Essen, Germany

From upcycled shipping containers to concrete pipes, we love seeing architects find new and clever ways to turn discarded materials into functional structures. Designed by architects Ben and Daniel Dratz

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Schneid Enlightment’s Beautiful Lamps Are Made from Locally Sourced Wood

Schneid Enlightment’s Beautiful Lamps Are Made from Locally Sourced Wood

German lighting maker Schneid Enlightment set out to produce a line of lamps that produce warm, indirect light for living rooms. The company's gorgeous pendant lamps achieve that, and they're made from

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TimberTower: The World’s First Wooden Wind Turbine Erected in Germany

TimberTower: The World’s First Wooden Wind Turbine Erected in Germany

According to a Department of Energy report released in August, roughly $14 billion was invested in the wind industry last year, which accounts for a 32 percent increase in U.S. generating capacity and

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Global CO2 Levels Reach Record High at 34 Billion Tons Last Year With China Taking the Lead

Global CO2 Levels Reach Record High at 34 Billion Tons Last Year With China Taking the Lead

According to a report by the international Renewable Energy Industry Institute based in Germany, the total levels of global greenhouse gas emissions reached a record high last year at 34 billion tons.

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Culinary Misfits Rescue Fruits & Veggies that Supermarkets and Restaurants Reject

Culinary Misfits Rescue Fruits & Veggies that Supermarkets and Restaurants Reject

Beauty is only skin deep - but try telling that to supermarkets who reject an apple or carrot with even the slightest hint of a blemish. Fortunately, there are those among us who are willing to look past

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Audi Scraps Plans to Sell its R8 E-tron Electric Car

Audi Scraps Plans to Sell its R8 E-tron Electric Car

Bad news, luxury car fans - Wired just confirmed Audi has scrapped its plans to sell the all-electric R8 e-tron coupe. Sources at the company cited shortcomings in battery technology and differing

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LAYWOO-D3 Lets You Print 3D Objects From Recycled Wood Instead of Plastic!

LAYWOO-D3 Lets You Print 3D Objects From Recycled Wood Instead of Plastic!

Who says 3D printers are only for tech nerds and engineers? Traditional craftsmen may take want to join the 3D revolution after getting a load of LAYWOO-D3, a 3D printer material that is made from 40%

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Henning Larsen Wins Prize to Design Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in Stuttgart

Henning Larsen Wins Prize to Design Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in Stuttgart

ZSW, Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in Stuttgart, is one of the leading renewable energy research centers in Germany and soon they will have a new facility in which to conduct their

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German Scientists Double the Efficiency of Black Silicon Solar Cells

German Scientists Double the Efficiency of Black Silicon Solar Cells

Photo via Shutterstock The future of solar power is about to get a little brighter with new developments in black silicon, a material that can absorb almost the entire spectrum of light - including

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Amazing Modern Day Trojan Horse Made From Over 18,000 Salvaged Computer Keys

Amazing Modern Day Trojan Horse Made From Over 18,000 Salvaged Computer Keys

Artist Babis Panagiotidis has got us keyed up with his beautiful work “Hedonism(y) Trojaner” – a giant resin rocking horse encrusted with over 18,000 recycled computer keys! Modeled

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Koma Modular’s Live-Work Store in Lüneburg, Germany is Made from Recycled Shipping Containers

Koma Modular’s Live-Work Store in Lüneburg, Germany is Made from Recycled Shipping Containers

Czech company KOMA MODULAR's newest design store, located near the town of Lüneburg, Germany provides storage, office and sales space all in one compact building. The building is made from recycled

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Germany’s Hemp-insulated ECOLAR House Scoops the Solar Decathlon Engineering Prize!

Germany’s Hemp-insulated ECOLAR House Scoops the Solar Decathlon Engineering Prize!

ECOLAR's basic construction, comprised of beams and columns, essentially stays the same but can be configured differently based on the homeowner's preferences. In keeping with the mandates of genuine

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A Revolving Curtain Shades Germany’s Counter Entropy House at the Solar Decathlon Europe

A Revolving Curtain Shades Germany’s Counter Entropy House at the Solar Decathlon Europe

Counter Entropy also experimented with a range of unique energy generating and saving systems, including the transfer of heat flow through carrier-fluids. As a result of this innovation, no thermodynamic

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6 Examples of Innovative Architecture Inspired By Music

6 Examples of Innovative Architecture Inspired By Music

You can see, feel and touch architecture, but what if you could hear it too? Innovative architects and designers across the globe are finding inspiration in music to create sound-producing structures

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Areion EV: World’s First 3D Printed Car Hits 140 KM/H!

Areion EV: World’s First 3D Printed Car Hits 140 KM/H!

The world of custom racing has officially reached a new level of specificity and refinement as a team of 16 student engineers from Belgium-based Group T created the “Areion” – the

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Solar-Powered House Lindau Blends In With Its Lakeside Setting in Germany

Solar-Powered House Lindau Blends In With Its Lakeside Setting in Germany

Lindau is located on the eastern side of Lake Constance, which sits in between southern Germany and Austria. This lakeside home is 190 sq m (2,045 sq ft) and has two bedrooms, two and a half baths, and an

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ECOLAR: Germany’s Modular European Solar Decathlon House has a Rooftop Power Plant

ECOLAR: Germany’s Modular European Solar Decathlon House has a Rooftop Power Plant

Even though ECOLAR is a veritable solar powerhouse, that hasn't prevented the team from Germany from maximizing the home's energy efficiency. Why waste energy, even if it is renewable, right? Enriched

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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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Wooden-Framed “iameco” Computer Reduces Environmental Impacts

Wooden-Framed “iameco” Computer Reduces Environmental Impacts

The wooden-framed iameco (pronounced “i-am-eco”) computer is easy on the eyes and on the environment. A result of a collaboration between German and Irish designers, the PC is the first of

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The Aura Living Plant Lamp Changes Colors When you Touch its Leaves!

The Aura Living Plant Lamp Changes Colors When you Touch its Leaves!

Germany-based designer Viktor Alexander Kolbig has created the Aura - a living lamp that can be controlled by lightly touching its petals and leaves! Combining nature and technology, the system uses a

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World’s First Solar Kiosk Now Open For Business in Ethiopia

World’s First Solar Kiosk Now Open For Business in Ethiopia

Demand for electricity in developing countries is on the rise, but without a reliable electric grid or even access to power, other solutions have to be developed. Luckily, developing countries can now

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Berlin’s Effizienzhaus Plus Home Generates More Energy than it Consumes and Doubles as an EV Charging Station

Berlin’s Effizienzhaus Plus Home Generates More Energy than it Consumes and Doubles as an EV Charging Station

Germany has built a home that produces so much clean energy it can charge the family cars as well. Efficiency House Plus with Electric Mobility designed by a collaborative team lead by Professor Werner

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