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The Voltmaker Charges Your Gadgets Off-Grid With Kinetic Energy

The Voltmaker Charges Your Gadgets Off-Grid With Kinetic Energy

Sick of your batteries dying at the very moment you need to make a call, flick on a flashlight, or find your position on a GPS when you are lost in the outdoors? Introducing the Voltmaker - an innovative

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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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The Cultured Landscape Sets Out a Strategy for Sustainable Transformation of an Australian Brownfield

The Cultured Landscape Sets Out a Strategy for Sustainable Transformation of an Australian Brownfield

Rather than simply let the Latrobe Valley revert to a supposed “natural” state, NAAU proposes a new urban design that retains and adaptively reuses “the significant industrial infrastructure as a

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New Report Finds that Solar Power Could Serve All of the World’s Energy Needs

New Report Finds that Solar Power Could Serve All of the World’s Energy Needs

Photo via Shutterstock Critics of renewable energy often argue that wind and solar power are "boutique" energy sources that could never satisfy the world's energy needs, but one new report has found

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The World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant Soaks Up the Sun in Abu Dhabi: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

The World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant Soaks Up the Sun in Abu Dhabi: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

The parabolic trough collectors track the sun from morning to night and concentrate sunlight onto embedded tubes carrying a heat transfer fluid. This fluid, which consists of synthetic oil mostly, hits

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Panasonic’s New Ene-Farm is the World’s Most Efficient Home Fuel Cell

Panasonic’s New Ene-Farm is the World’s Most Efficient Home Fuel Cell

Last summer, electronics giant Panasonic announced plans to completely reinvent itself and become the top green innovation company in the electronics industry. Now, the company is backing up its talk

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PHOTOS: HWKN Debuts Spiky Blue Wendy Pavilion Abroad in Abu Dhabi

PHOTOS: HWKN Debuts Spiky Blue Wendy Pavilion Abroad in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is one of the world's biggest oil exporters and also has one of the highest per capita emissions rates. But the Emirate's leadership is also keenly concerned to reduce their energy consumption

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Up to 50 Percent of All Food Produced is Thrown Away

Up to 50 Percent of All Food Produced is Thrown Away

Vegetables photo from Shutterstock Researchers at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME) recently found that between 30 to 50 percent of all food produced - or up to two billion tons - is thrown

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Yeti 150: Goal Zero Unveils A Plug-And-Play Solar Generator For Emergencies Or Off-Grid Adventures at CES 2013

Yeti 150: Goal Zero Unveils A Plug-And-Play Solar Generator For Emergencies Or Off-Grid Adventures at CES 2013

Sustainable gadgets are making waves again at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Last year, Goal Zero wowed CES attendees with its Yeti 1250, a solar energy generator that's robust enough

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Enormous Wind Turbines With Blades as Long as Two Olympic Pools Get Financial Boost From Oil Companies

Enormous Wind Turbines With Blades as Long as Two Olympic Pools Get Financial Boost From Oil Companies

Stock image of wind turbine blades, Shutterstock A public private partnership between UK government and oil companies has pledged £15.5 million to develop enormous wind turbines with blades that are

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MPowered’s Elegant Luci Solar Lantern Maintains a Single Charge for Three Months!

MPowered’s Elegant Luci Solar Lantern Maintains a Single Charge for Three Months!

The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show kicked off in Las Vegas this week, and once again, gadgets that make use of renewable energy are making headlines around the world. MPowered's Luci solar lantern is a

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Nicaragua Aims To Be 94% Powered By Renewable Sources By 2017

Nicaragua Aims To Be 94% Powered By Renewable Sources By 2017

Photo via Shutterstock The Central American country of Nicaragua has never been as fortunate as its neighbors when it comes to energy reserves. In fact, most commercial electricity is generated by

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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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Alta Devices Unveils the World’s Lightest, Most Efficient Solar Power Chargers

Alta Devices Unveils the World’s Lightest, Most Efficient Solar Power Chargers

Alta Devices are known for their innovative solar power solutions - and they've broken new ground once again with their new line of photovoltaics, which are touted as the lightest and most efficient

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Blueseed About Their Floating “Googleplex of the Sea” Island

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Blueseed About Their Floating “Googleplex of the Sea” Island

INHABITAT: Can you briefly tell us what you have in mind for your floating city off the coast of San Francisco? Max Marty: Many entrepreneurs from all parts of the globe want to come to Silicon Valley to

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Utilities Rush to Complete Turbines as Wind Energy Tax Incentive Expires at Midnight

Utilities Rush to Complete Turbines as Wind Energy Tax Incentive Expires at Midnight

Wind turbine photo from Shutterstock United States energy companies are clamoring to install last minute wind turbines before the federal tax credit incentive expires at the stroke of midnight tonight.

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Teton County Children’s Learning Center Brings Sustainable Design to Jackson, Wyoming

Teton County Children’s Learning Center Brings Sustainable Design to Jackson, Wyoming

Creatively named “The Ranch,” the Rafter J Childcare facility was designed by the team of architects to achieve three objectives: to fit into the ranch-like neighborhood, experientially stimulate the

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University of Texas Fracking Study Discredited Over Researcher’s Financial Interests in Natural Gas

University of Texas Fracking Study Discredited Over Researcher’s Financial Interests in Natural Gas

The University of Texas (UT) at Austin has withdrawn a prominent study of the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” the controversial process used for extraction of natural gas

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Inhabitat’s Top Clean Energy Stories of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Inhabitat’s Top Clean Energy Stories of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

2012 was a banner year for renewable energy that saw scientists and engineers pushing the envelope towards ever more efficient and sustainable ways of producing power. Entire nations reaped the benefits

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Amazing Energy Belt Turns Excess Body Fat Into Electricity

Amazing Energy Belt Turns Excess Body Fat Into Electricity

Are you worried about those extra pounds gained over Christmas? Here is a conceptual eco-design that could deal with that dilemma by converting excess body fat into energy. Dutch designer Emmy van

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Apple Files Patent for Wind Turbine That Can Produce Energy Even When There’s No Wind

Apple Files Patent for Wind Turbine That Can Produce Energy Even When There’s No Wind

Critics of wind power all like to point out the same problem with turbine technology: "What happens when the wind doesn't blow"? Apple, usually a maker of products that consume energy, recently filed for

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Amazing Glitter-Sized Photovoltaic Cells Look Like Golden Snowflakes

Amazing Glitter-Sized Photovoltaic Cells Look Like Golden Snowflakes

As snowstorms sweep the country, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are warming up our winter blues with the creation of these gorgeous snowflake-shaped photovoltaic cells. The glitter-sized

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Gorgeous Coastlands House Gets 80% of its Power From the California Sun

Gorgeous Coastlands House Gets 80% of its Power From the California Sun

Remarkably well-connected to the wild seaside landscape, Coastlands House features a magnificent palette of natural materials - including the stone base which connects the home to the uphill slope.

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Atmospheric Vortex Engine Harnesses the Power of Tornadoes to Create Clean Energy

Atmospheric Vortex Engine Harnesses the Power of Tornadoes to Create Clean Energy

Photo via Shutterstock A tornado is rarely something to be seen in a positive light, but the creators of the Atmospheric Vortex Engine (AVE) hope to harness properties of the extreme weather phenomenon

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Dominion and FuelCell Energy to Build North America’s Largest Fuel Cell Power Plant in Connecticut

Dominion and FuelCell Energy to Build North America’s Largest Fuel Cell Power Plant in Connecticut

Dominion, a large energy company based in Virginia, and FuelCell Energy Inc. (FCE), a Connecticut manufacturer of fuel cell power plants, have announced that they will be developing the largest fuel cell

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Mini Hydropower Generator Creates Clean Energy Without The Need for Giant Dams

Mini Hydropower Generator Creates Clean Energy Without The Need for Giant Dams

Japanese company Ibasei recently devised a tiny underwater turbine that can be placed along a riverbank or canal to generate electricity without harming the environment. Hydroelectricity, produced by

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GravityLight Is a Cheap, Green Weight-Powered Alternative to Solar Lamps

GravityLight Is a Cheap, Green Weight-Powered Alternative to Solar Lamps

London-based designers Martin Riddiford and Jim Reeves — from Therefore.com – spent four years developing a light that would provide a viable alternative to kerosene and sun-powered lamps for

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Fracking for Shale Gas Receives UK Government Approval

Fracking for Shale Gas Receives UK Government Approval

Just days after the UN climate change conference closed in Qatar, Energy and Climate Secretary Ed Davey has given government approval to fracking for natural gas in the UK. A ban prohibiting the company

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Offshore Tiree Wind Farm Paused to Protect Birds and Marine Life in Scotland

Offshore Tiree Wind Farm Paused to Protect Birds and Marine Life in Scotland

ScottishPower Renewables has announced plans to temporarily halt progress on the Tiree Wind Farm off the coast of Scotland. Designed as a 361 square kilometer site 5km off the coast of the most westerly

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Americans Installed a Record Number of Rooftop Solar Panels This Year

Americans Installed a Record Number of Rooftop Solar Panels This Year

Americans installed a record number of rooftop solar panels in 2012, according to a recent Solar Energy Industries Association report. The group expects a total national installation of 3.2 gigawatts this

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