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Scientists Create Ultra-Efficient Solar Powered Fuel Cells for Capturing and Converting Carbon

Scientists Create Ultra-Efficient Solar Powered Fuel Cells for Capturing and Converting Carbon

Clean technology researchers just killed two birds with one stone by coming up with a new way to capture carbon dioxide and turn it into useful chemical compound via solar energy. In collaboration with

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Living Microalgae Lamp Absorbs CO2 from the Air

Living Microalgae Lamp Absorbs CO2 from the Air

French biochemist Pierre Calleja has designed a fascinating eco-friendly lamp that could light up streets and parking garages while cutting CO2 emissions. It runs completely free of electricity, powered

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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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Bionic Plants use Nanotech for Supercharged Photosynthesis

Bionic Plants use Nanotech for Supercharged Photosynthesis

Most people already understand what makes plants such an important part of the environment -- by absorbing light and carbon, they’re able to photosynthesize, releasing fresh oxygen into the atmosphere

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Moss FM: World’s First Plant-Powered Radio Uses “Biological Solar Panels”

Moss FM: World’s First Plant-Powered Radio Uses “Biological Solar Panels”

Moss FM is the world's first plant-powered radio! The neatly arranged pots of moss form a Photo Microbial Fuel Cell that captures electrons generated during photosynthesis and converts them into

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Scientists Discover Methods of Harvesting Electricity from Plants

Scientists Discover Methods of Harvesting Electricity from Plants

Photo via Shutterstock When it comes to capturing solar energy, plants are first in their class. Able to function at nearly 100 percent quantum efficiency, they can produce an equal number of electrons

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Streams Polluted by Pharmaceuticals Show Signs of Stress

Streams Polluted by Pharmaceuticals Show Signs of Stress

Photo via Shutterstock Much of the world's human population has some sort of pharmaceutical running through their veins, and as it turns out, so does the planet's streams and rivers. According to a

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Study Shows Photovoltaics Beat Biofuels at Converting Solar Energy Into Miles Driven

Study Shows Photovoltaics Beat Biofuels at Converting Solar Energy Into Miles Driven

Solar Panel photo from Shutterstock When it comes to transforming the sun's energy into commuter miles, it looks like photovoltaics beat out our best biofuels. A recent study published in the journal

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Scientists Attempt to Artificially Recreate Photosynthesis in Order to Develop Efficient Renewable Energy

Scientists Attempt to Artificially Recreate Photosynthesis in Order to Develop Efficient Renewable Energy

When it comes to harnessing the power of the sun, nothing can quite compare to leaves. Using chlorophyll to convert light into usable chemical energy, photosynthesis has long been a source of inspiration

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Atoms Split And Reassembled To Replicate Photosynthesis In Computers

Atoms Split And Reassembled To Replicate Photosynthesis In Computers

A team of researchers from the University of Bonn have split, seperated and reassembled an atom using quantum mechanics in order to simulate plant photosynthesis in next-generation computers. The

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X SEA TY is a Carbon-Absorbing, Algae-Producing Floating City

X SEA TY is a Carbon-Absorbing, Algae-Producing Floating City

X SEA TY is a proposed floating city that works to clean up the cities by transforming them from carbon dioxide-polluting environments by exploiting biochemical energy algae. The buildings are made with

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Akihisa Hirata to Unveil “Photosynthesis” Solar Ecosystem at Milan Design Week 2012

Akihisa Hirata to Unveil “Photosynthesis” Solar Ecosystem at Milan Design Week 2012

Milan Design Week is still more than a month away, but we’re already excited about one eco design set to be unveiled at this year’s show – Panasonic’s dynamic

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MIT Unveils Artificial Leaf That Creates Hydrogen Fuel from Sunlight

MIT Unveils Artificial Leaf That Creates Hydrogen Fuel from Sunlight

MIT researchers just officially unveiled a device that uses sunlight to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The device builds upon a breakthrough hydrogen producing technology developed in 2008, and

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UK Designers Display 7 Innovative Everyday Uses for Biophotovoltaic Panels Powered by Algae

UK Designers Display 7 Innovative Everyday Uses for Biophotovoltaic Panels Powered by Algae

This collaborative BPV research at Cambridge University funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) could send serious ripples through the renewable energy sector if it

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MIT Scientists Create Artificial Solar Leaf That Can Power Homes

MIT Scientists Create Artificial Solar Leaf That Can Power Homes

Scientist Dr. David Nocera has finally perfected a low-cost, artificial leaf-like device, that like a real leaf, mimics the process of photosynthesis. Nocera announced the creation of a miniature solar

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Artificial Photosynthesis Research Gets $122 Million DOE Funding

Artificial Photosynthesis Research Gets $122 Million DOE Funding

The US Department of Energy recently announced a five-year, $122 million grant to establish a new research facility in California with the goal of developing artificial photosynthesis. The Joint Center

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Plant-Based Molecules Could Create More Efficient Photovoltaic Devices

Plant-Based Molecules Could Create More Efficient Photovoltaic Devices

Plants are excellent at harnessing solar power, so it only makes sense that scientists would eventually study them for hints on how to develop more efficient photovoltaic devices. Chemists at the

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Engineers Develop Carbon-Capturing Photosynthetic Frog Foam

Engineers Develop Carbon-Capturing Photosynthetic Frog Foam

It may seem too good to be true, but engineers from the University of Cincinnati have devised a way to capture and remove CO2 out of the air and then convert it into biofuel building blocks. The engineers

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Solar Plant Charges Your Gadgets With the Sun’s Rays

Solar Plant Charges Your Gadgets With the Sun’s Rays

Inhabitat reader Raven tells us about the Solar Plant - a flowerpot-shaped charger that uses the sun's rays to charge all of your portable electronic gadgets. This clever design from Ku Bon-Seop of South

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Does Pollution Actually Fight Global Warming?

Does Pollution Actually Fight Global Warming?

At first listen, it sounds like something that would go against the core beliefs of any eco-expert, but recent research shows that air polluted skies are helping plants to reduce global warming. A study

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