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INFOGRAPHIC: The Evolution and Future Growth of Renewable Energy

INFOGRAPHIC: The Evolution and Future Growth of Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is one of the keys to securing a sustainable future for people around the world - but do you know where today's clean technologies came from and what the future holds for the industry?

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Solar Cell Breakthrough Could Unlock Cheaper Energy

Solar Cell Breakthrough Could Unlock Cheaper Energy

A new breakthrough in the design of silicon-based solar cells has seen a 20-year-old efficiency record broken by not one, but three companies. Presenting at the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference in

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Underwater Ocean Energy Turbine Harvests Vast & Powerful Marine Currents

Underwater Ocean Energy Turbine Harvests Vast & Powerful Marine Currents

According to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, if you utilized just 1/1000th of the energy potential available in the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic, you could supply Florida with 35% of its

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Plant-e Develops Electricity-Generating Plants to Bring Clean Energy to Off-Grid Locations

Plant-e Develops Electricity-Generating Plants to Bring Clean Energy to Off-Grid Locations

A Dutch start-up called Plant-e has developed a way to use living plants as a continuous source of clean energy - all that’s needed is a light source, carbon dioxide, water, and, of course, a field or

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New Software Allows Developers to Create Super Efficient Solar Parks

New Software Allows Developers to Create Super Efficient Solar Parks

In 2012, Siemens developed a software that allowed them to design ultra-efficient solar parks in just a few seconds, but at that time only Siemens had access to the tool. Now Siemens has announced that

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INFOGRAPHIC: The World’s Top 10 Solar Countries

INFOGRAPHIC: The World’s Top 10 Solar Countries

In 2003 the world generated 2 terawatt-hours (TWh) of solar electricity. By 2012 that figure jumped to 93 TWh! In the graphic above you can see the explosive growth of solar energy around the globe.

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World’s First Tidal-Powered Lagoon Could be Coming to Swansea Bay

World’s First Tidal-Powered Lagoon Could be Coming to Swansea Bay

A massive sea wall built around Swansea Bay, near the South Wales coast, could harness the power of sea tides to provide power to over 100,000 homes. A few weeks ago an environmental assessment of the

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Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson Talks With David Letterman About Renewable Energy

Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson Talks With David Letterman About Renewable Energy

David Letterman took a break from chatting up celebrities and movie stars to talk about something serious and imperative for our country - renewable energy. Mark Jacobson, Professor of Civil and

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California Increases Solar Power Installations by 26 Percent in 2012

California Increases Solar Power Installations by 26 Percent in 2012

Photo via Shutterstock California is pushing to increase its investment in solar power, setting a lofty goal of 3,000 megawatts of power by 2017. Last year, the state boosted its solar installations

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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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SunWater Gives Farmers an Affordable Way to Pump Water Using Solar Power

SunWater Gives Farmers an Affordable Way to Pump Water Using Solar Power

Many people around the world rely on cash crops to create extra income for their families. During the dry season, shallow wells and drought are challenges that reduce crop yield - and extra income. In

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World’s First Algae-Powered Building by Splitterwerk Architects Opens This Month in Germany

World’s First Algae-Powered Building by Splitterwerk Architects Opens This Month in Germany

We’ve all heard about buildings powered by solar or wind energy, but an algae-powered building? Splitterwerk Architects have designed just such a structure, dubbed BIQ, which will be the very first of

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The World’s Most Powerful Wind Turbine Has Blades That Are Over 24 Stories Tall

The World’s Most Powerful Wind Turbine Has Blades That Are Over 24 Stories Tall

The green energy race just got kicked up a notch with the latest offering from Vestas. The Vestas V-164 is the world's largest and most powerful wind turbine, and each of its three blades measures 262

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Solar3D Unveils Groundbreaking Three-Dimensional Solar Cell Prototype

Solar3D Unveils Groundbreaking Three-Dimensional Solar Cell Prototype

Solar3D just unveiled the first prototype of a new three-dimensional photovoltaic cell that it claims can achieve a groundbreaking internal efficiency of 25.47%. Traditional solar cells on today's market

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Energy-Generating Mushrooms Provide Power, Water, and Shelter in the Sci-Fi City of “New Mumbai”

Energy-Generating Mushrooms Provide Power, Water, and Shelter in the Sci-Fi City of “New Mumbai”

Tobias Revell's faux documentary shows how the mushrooms grow quickly and begin to harvest the sun, creating energy that provides heat and lighting, like an organic solar panel. They can even be

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Eole Water’s Wind Turbine Generates Fresh, Clean Drinking Water from Condensation

Eole Water’s Wind Turbine Generates Fresh, Clean Drinking Water from Condensation

Wind Turbine Image from Shutterstock In remote areas without access to fresh drinking water, there is often the dual concern of a lack of electricity — which is what makes French company Eole

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The World’s Oldest Nuclear Power Plant Shuts Down in the UK

The World’s Oldest Nuclear Power Plant Shuts Down in the UK

The world's oldest nuclear power plant was just switched offline today in the UK after 44 years of operation. The Oldbury Power Station was the world's first commercial nuclear operation, however it has

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Lego Invests $500 Million in German Offshore Wind Farm

Lego Invests $500 Million in German Offshore Wind Farm

It's no surprise we are big LEGO fans here at Inhabitat - the iconic building blocks can be used to create everything from cameras and furniture to apartments and massive cathedrals. Now the toy maker is

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Airlight Concentrating Solar Power Troughs Combine Concrete With Super Light Pneumatic Mirrors

Airlight Concentrating Solar Power Troughs Combine Concrete With Super Light Pneumatic Mirrors

Airlight Energy began developing its concentrating solar power troughs back in 2007 and has also been working on concentrating photovoltaics, which they recently finished testing. Both their CSP and CPV

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Advisors in Japan Say Post-Disaster Nuclear Checks are “Insufficient”

Advisors in Japan Say Post-Disaster Nuclear Checks are “Insufficient”

Despite the rush to get reactors back online and convince the public that Japan’s nuclear power generation facilities are safe, an advisor says the current checks of nuclear reactors in the country

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Dulas Delivers National Trust’s Largest Solar Installation in Wales

Dulas Delivers National Trust’s Largest Solar Installation in Wales

Dulas recently delivered the National Trust’s largest solar PV array in the UK at their grade I listed Llanerchaeron property in Wales. At just under 40 kWp (37.5kWp) and combined with the existing 7.5

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Inhabitat’s Top 6 Green Science and Technology Stories of 2011 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Inhabitat’s Top 6 Green Science and Technology Stories of 2011 – Vote for Your Favorite!

2011 was an exciting year for green technology as researchers and innovators around the world broke ground on high-tech gadgets and systems that will help combat global warming, preserve the environment,

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Top 6 Green Energy Stories of 2011 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Top 6 Green Energy Stories of 2011 – Vote for Your Favorite!

2011 was an incredible year for green energy as the impending challenges of climate change, energy security, and peak oil spurred the development of clean power sources that will propel us towards a more

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US Solar Industry Grows More in Third Quarter of 2011 Than in All of 2009

US Solar Industry Grows More in Third Quarter of 2011 Than in All of 2009

A report released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research shows that solar power installations in the United States grew more in the third quarter of 2011 than in all of 2009.

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Wind Turbine in Scotland Bursts Into Flames During Hurricane Force Winds

Wind Turbine in Scotland Bursts Into Flames During Hurricane Force Winds

Powerful winds have been howling through the UK for the past couple days, and one $3 million wind turbine was an unexpected casualty of the storm. A 328-foot tall turbine in Ardrossan, North Ayrshire,

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New Silent ‘Eco Whisper’ Wind Turbine is More Efficient Than Three Blade Models

New Silent ‘Eco Whisper’ Wind Turbine is More Efficient Than Three Blade Models

The Eco Whisper wind turbine stands 70 feet tall and has a diameter of 21 feet, it can withstand winds of up to 118 miles per hour and has the capability of generating 18,000 to 32, 000 kilowatt hours in

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New Wind Farm In West Virginia Uses Batteries to Improve Performance

New Wind Farm In West Virginia Uses Batteries to Improve Performance

A wind farm which opened in this week in West Virginia marks an important milestone in wind energy -- the farm is using a battery system to store energy and improve performance. Laurel Mountain wind

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Power Pipe Saves Energy by Warming Incoming Water With Waste Heat

Power Pipe Saves Energy by Warming Incoming Water With Waste Heat

Power Pipe is a brilliant, easy-to-install heat exchanger that can save a bundle on home energy costs by using hot drain water to heat incoming cold water. Statistics from the U.S. Environmental

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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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Iowa Now Receives 20% of Its Power from Wind

Iowa Now Receives 20% of Its Power from Wind

If you thought that middle America was the last to be concerned about their carbon footprint, think again. Iowa now ranks as the top state to receive the greatest percentage of its power from wind.

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