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World’s Largest Wave Farm to be Built off the Coast of Scotland

World’s Largest Wave Farm to be Built off the Coast of Scotland

Scotland holds 10 percent of Europe's wave power potential, and the nation just announced plans to tap into that resource by building the world’s largest wave farm! Once constructed, the farm will

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How Does Your Electricity Use Compare to the Rest of the World?

How Does Your Electricity Use Compare to the Rest of the World?

The United States has been doing a good job of cutting carbon in recent years. Emissions are down 12% in the last 5 years, and half of those cuts have come in the power sector where natural gas, wind and

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Verizon Announces $100 Million Green Energy Project to Power 19 US Facilities

Verizon Announces $100 Million Green Energy Project to Power 19 US Facilities

Inhabitat is reporting live from the Fortune Brainstorm Green conference today, where Verizon just announced a massive $100 million solar and fuel cell energy project that will provide power to 19 of its

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Solar-Powered Green Revolution Pavilion Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles Unveiled in the Philippines

Solar-Powered Green Revolution Pavilion Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles Unveiled in the Philippines

Stephen Lamb from Touching the Earth Lightly and Ilac Diaz from My Shelter Foundation teamed up for the first time at last year's Shanghai Biennale. They share a vision to provide environmentally-friendly

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World’s Largest Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Plant Planned for China

World’s Largest Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Plant Planned for China

Lockheed Martin just announced plans to partner with the Reignwood Group to construct the world's largest Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) plant off the coast of southern China. The OTEC

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UN Says Air Pollution Kills More People Than AIDS and Malaria Combined; Clean Energy Could Halve Death Toll

UN Says Air Pollution Kills More People Than AIDS and Malaria Combined; Clean Energy Could Halve Death Toll

Air Pollution photo from Shutterstock The UN recently outlined its development goals for 2030 at a conference in Olso, where Director General of the U.N. Industrial Development Organization Kandeh

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Solar Power Comprised 100% of Utility Electricity Added to US Grid in March

Solar Power Comprised 100% of Utility Electricity Added to US Grid in March

Photo via Shutterstock March marked a historic month for renewable energy, as for first time ever 100% of new utility electricity generation added to the US grid came from solar power. According to a

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US Utilities Fear Obsolescence as Off-Grid Solar Power Rises

US Utilities Fear Obsolescence as Off-Grid Solar Power Rises

Photo via Shutterstock There's a common belief that even as solar power takes off, utility companies will retain their hold on energy markets as the need for standard electrical grids remain. But a

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Solar Energy Reaches Grid Parity in India and Italy

Solar Energy Reaches Grid Parity in India and Italy

Renewable energy just hit a new landmark in India and Italy, as Deutsche Bank reports that solar power is finally available at the same cost as traditional electricity in the two countries. The bank's

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Loop.pH’s Algae Curtain-a Is a Living Photosynthesizing Textile Installation That Provides Bio-Fuel

Loop.pH’s Algae Curtain-a Is a Living Photosynthesizing Textile Installation That Provides Bio-Fuel

The Algae Curtain-a is living photosynthesising textile installation that was developed as part of the Energy Futures Project by studio Loop.pH in Lille, France. Commissioned by EDF and Lille3000 for the

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Phinergy’s Recyclable Aluminum-Air Battery Could Power Electric Vehicles for Thousands of Miles

Phinergy’s Recyclable Aluminum-Air Battery Could Power Electric Vehicles for Thousands of Miles

Range anxiety is a much-discussed concern among drivers—and potential drivers—of electric vehicles, and in attempt to thwart it, automakers are trying to install more EV charging stations, offering

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Construction to Finally Begin on the First Offshore Wind Farm in the United States

Construction to Finally Begin on the First Offshore Wind Farm in the United States

You may have heard of the Cape Wind project, the long-stalled renewable energy project that sparked a legal battle that went all the way to the Massachusetts Supreme Court. The project is in the news

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Soundscraper Transforms Vibrations from City Noise Pollution into Green Energy

Soundscraper Transforms Vibrations from City Noise Pollution into Green Energy

An entry in the 2013 eVolo Skyscraper Competition, the Soundscrapers would be constructed near major motorways and railroad junctions, prime locations for capturing ambient vibrations. A sound-sucking

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Quetsol CEO Lives in the Dark to Raise Funding for Pay-As-You-Go Solar Power in Guatemala

Quetsol CEO Lives in the Dark to Raise Funding for Pay-As-You-Go Solar Power in Guatemala

In Guatemala, over half a million homes are without electricity. That means these families rely on candles or kerosene lamps to do homework, read or eat dinner at night. Quetsol, a renewable energy

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Honda and SolarCity Team Up to Provide Affordable Solar Power

Honda and SolarCity Team Up to Provide Affordable Solar Power

Honda and SolarCity has announced a new $65 million partnership to make solar power more affordable and available to Honda and Acura customers in the U.S. The partnership seeks to provide a cleaner source

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Oberlin, Ohio Uses Landfill Garbage to Provide Clean Energy For its Residents

Oberlin, Ohio Uses Landfill Garbage to Provide Clean Energy For its Residents

Photo via Shutterstock With the closing of the Richard H. Gorsuch Station coal-fired power plant, a group of 83 municipalities in Ohio were faced with the dilemma of how to establish a new energy plan

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Electromagnetic Harvester Charges Batteries by Using the Currents that Surround Us Every Day

Electromagnetic Harvester Charges Batteries by Using the Currents that Surround Us Every Day

Electromagnetic fields are almost impossible to get away from in our modern environment—they come from phones, televisions, radios, power sockets and even from thunderstorms. And while we go about our

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Strawberry Tree Flow: Solar Power Park Invites Passersby to Charge their Gadgets in Belgrade

Strawberry Tree Flow: Solar Power Park Invites Passersby to Charge their Gadgets in Belgrade

Strawberry Energy recently unveiled a new solar powered park in Belgrade that invites visitors to charge their mobile devices using the power of the sun. Designed by Tamara Švonja and Vojin

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US Military Slated to Quadruple Renewable Energy Installations by 2025

US Military Slated to Quadruple Renewable Energy Installations by 2025

As the largest military force on the planet, the US Department of Defense (DoD) is also the largest consumer of energy in the world. Every year, the combined forces use 3.7 billion kilowatt hours of

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UC Davis Researchers Engineer Blue-Green Algae to Make Fuel From Sunlight

UC Davis Researchers Engineer Blue-Green Algae to Make Fuel From Sunlight

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have engineered blue-green algae that could help replace fossil fuels as raw materials for the chemical industry. The researchers engineered algae, or

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Warren Buffet Buys World’s Largest Solar Plant for Just Over $2 Billion!

Warren Buffet Buys World’s Largest Solar Plant for Just Over $2 Billion!

A division of MidAmerican Energy controlled by Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway, MidAmerican Renewables has purchased the 579-megawatt Antelope Valley Solar Projects (AVSP) from Silicon Valley solar

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U.S. Plug-In Car Sales Triple in 2012; UK Electric Car Sales Expected to Double in 2013

U.S. Plug-In Car Sales Triple in 2012; UK Electric Car Sales Expected to Double in 2013

Early returns show that 2012 will go down as a good year for electric car sales. In the United States, 53,000 plug-ins were sold, compared to about 17,500 in 2011. While there isn't sufficient data to

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European Trains Could Soon Become Hybrids Thanks to Regenerative Braking System

European Trains Could Soon Become Hybrids Thanks to Regenerative Braking System

Image: High-speed commuter train via Shutterstock In Europe, approximately half of the continent's trains are electric. However, a new regenerative braking system developed by Tognum daughter MTU could

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Top 9 Inhabitat Editors’ Favorite Stories of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Top 9 Inhabitat Editors’ Favorite Stories of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

We're quickly making our way towards 2013, and as as we countdown these last few days of 2012, we here at Inhabitat are looking back at all the best green design and news stories from the past year. We

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LA Metro Signs $3.6 Million Deal With VYCON to Harvest Energy from Speeding Subway Trains

LA Metro Signs $3.6 Million Deal With VYCON to Harvest Energy from Speeding Subway Trains

LA Metro photo from Shutterstock Today clean energy storage system manufacturer VYCON announced that it has been awarded a $3.6 Million contract by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation

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The Energy Collection: Marjan Van Aubel’s Photovoltaic Tableware Collects Sunlight and Stores it in a Cabinet

The Energy Collection: Marjan Van Aubel’s Photovoltaic Tableware Collects Sunlight and Stores it in a Cabinet

Dutch designer Marjan Van Aubel has created a collection of everyday objects that are all infused with solar panels! Her cleverly titled Energy Collection is a series of glasses and tableware that are

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Can President Obama Renew the Wind Energy Tax Credit Before it Expires?

Can President Obama Renew the Wind Energy Tax Credit Before it Expires?

For the past several months, the American wind energy industry has been at a near standstill, as political uncertainty clouded the industry's future. On December 31, a federal tax credit that makes wind

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South Africa Approves $5.4 Billion in Renewable Energy Projects to Provide 1,400MW by 2016

South Africa Approves $5.4 Billion in Renewable Energy Projects to Provide 1,400MW by 2016

Photo via Shutterstock South Africa, a historically coal-dependent nation, has approved an incredible $5.4 billion investment in renewable energy projects, which are predicted to be capable of

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INFOGRAPHIC: Understanding Biomass as a Renewable Energy Source

INFOGRAPHIC: Understanding Biomass as a Renewable Energy Source

UK-based renewable energy company Duncan Renewables made this great infographic which highlights the benefits of biomassfor domestic consumers. The infographic shows information about biomass use around

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Denmark Hits 200 Megawatt Solar Capacity Goal 8 Years Ahead of Schedule

Denmark Hits 200 Megawatt Solar Capacity Goal 8 Years Ahead of Schedule

Lets face it - its rare we see a government goal reached on time, let alone early. Not too long ago, the Danish Government announced an ambitious goal to reach 200 megawatts of solar capacity by 2020,

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