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The University of Texas (UT) at Austin has withdrawn a prominent study of the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” the controversial process used for extraction of natural gas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

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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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University of East Anglia in England Unveils Plans for Greenest Low-Carbon Building in the UK

University of East Anglia in England Unveils Plans for Greenest Low-Carbon Building in the UK

The University of East Anglia in Norwich, England will soon be home to one of the greenest buildings ever created in the United Kingdom. The new £8M Norwich Research Park (NRP) Enterprise Centre will

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German Entrepreneur Brings Solar Ovens To the Mexican Countryside To Produce Emissions-Free Tortillas

German Entrepreneur Brings Solar Ovens To the Mexican Countryside To Produce Emissions-Free Tortillas

Image © Olivier Daniélo German entrepreneur Gregor Schaper has installed a series of large circular solar panels in the small town of El Sauz, near Mexico City, and uses solar energy for all his

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Wave-Powered Robot Completes Record-Setting 9,000-Mile Journey Across the Ocean

Wave-Powered Robot Completes Record-Setting 9,000-Mile Journey Across the Ocean

Liquid Robotics, a Silicon Valley startup behind the surfboard-sized robots known as Wave Gliders, announced today that the Papa Mau robot completed a record-breaking 9,000 mile trip across the Pacific

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B House is an Awesome Prefabricated Off-Grid Home in Kumamoto, Japan

B House is an Awesome Prefabricated Off-Grid Home in Kumamoto, Japan

The initial shell cost $154,000, which is said to be on the low end of local home prices, and was constructed off site before it was assembled on its present lot in 2009. All of the basics of sustainable

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Ghana’s New 155 MW Photovoltaic Plant Will be the Largest Solar Array in Africa

Ghana’s New 155 MW Photovoltaic Plant Will be the Largest Solar Array in Africa

The UK-based renewable energy firm Blue Energy has unveiled plans to build a 155 MW solar power plant in Ghana - and analysts say that it will be the largest on the continent. The $400 million Nzema

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Wind Farms Near Airports Made Possible: New Holographic Radar Can Tell Planes and Wind Turbines Apart

Wind Farms Near Airports Made Possible: New Holographic Radar Can Tell Planes and Wind Turbines Apart

Photo via Shutterstock The new Holographic Radar system, developed by UK tech firm Aveillant, can differentiate between the spinning blades of aircraft and those of wind turbines. The new radar can

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Rare Earth Elements Infographic Shows the Impact of Resource Depletion on Green Technology

Rare Earth Elements Infographic Shows the Impact of Resource Depletion on Green Technology

Today people around the world depend on devices like smartphones, tvs, and laptops to learn, work, and communicate with those we love. However the production of these devices has resulted in a major

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CUER Unveils Streamlined Sun-Powered Car for the 2013 World Solar Challenge!

CUER Unveils Streamlined Sun-Powered Car for the 2013 World Solar Challenge!

Cambridge University Eco Racing just unveiled its revolutionary new solar car, which will be competing in the 2013 World Solar Challenge! The team blended aerodynamic and solar performance to create an

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Ghana to Utilize Poo Power in Quest to Boost Renewable Energy Use to 10% by 2020

Ghana to Utilize Poo Power in Quest to Boost Renewable Energy Use to 10% by 2020

Photo from Shutterstock Ghana’s parliament recently set a mandate to derive 10% of the nation's energy from alternative sources by 2020 - and the country is turning to poo power to meet the quota!

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Nepalese Teen Invents Cheap Solar Panel Using Human Hair

Nepalese Teen Invents Cheap Solar Panel Using Human Hair

Did you know that melanin, the pigment in hair, is light sensitive and can be used as a conductor? Well, that's what an 18 year old in Nepal recently discovered, and is now using human hair to replace

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Caleb Charland Takes Incredible Photograph of an Orange-Powered Battery

Caleb Charland Takes Incredible Photograph of an Orange-Powered Battery

Nobody makes renewable energy look as beautiful or curious as Caleb Charland. A professional photographer whose work is displayed in collections throughout the globe, Charland has been working on a series

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