renewable energy

British Firm Produces Liquid Fuel From Water and Thin Air

British Firm Produces Liquid Fuel From Water and Thin Air

Air Fuel Synthesis (AFS), a small firm in Stockton-on-Tees, UK, has succeedin in synthesizing gasoline from water and carbon dioxide (CO2) extracted from air. The Independent reported on Friday that the

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Saudi Arabia Plans to Go 100% Renewable in Coming Decades

Saudi Arabia Plans to Go 100% Renewable in Coming Decades

Medina Mosque photo from Shutterstock The Guardian reports that a top spokesman for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced plans to transition the nation to 100 percent renewable energy in coming

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Rustic GREENville House in North Carolina is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy

Rustic GREENville House in North Carolina is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy

The GREENville house was carefully oriented on a site in North Carolina to maximize the amount of energy an array of photovoltaic panels can collect. This system combined with geothermal HVAC system

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ETH Zurich Students Create Portable Hybrid Generator that Provides Power and Clean Water

ETH Zurich Students Create Portable Hybrid Generator that Provides Power and Clean Water

Nearly a fifth of the people on the planet live without access to electricity, and while generators can be used to provide power to these areas, most are too expensive or not portable enough to offer a

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Re-Nuble Wants to Repurpose Your Organic Waste Into Renewable Energy and Green Fertilizer

Re-Nuble Wants to Repurpose Your Organic Waste Into Renewable Energy and Green Fertilizer

Re-Nuble has just launched a crowdfunding campaign to finance its mission of greening the planet one community at a time. The DC-based company specializes in recycling organic waste to produce green

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World’s Largest Biogas Fuel Cell Power Plant Launches at California Sewage Treatment Facility

World’s Largest Biogas Fuel Cell Power Plant Launches at California Sewage Treatment Facility

Today FuelCell Energy, Inc. announced the dedication and operation of the world's largest carbon neutral fuel cell power plant - a 2.8 megawatt DFC3000 stationary fuel cell power plant installation at a

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Malaysia’s Stunning Green Diamond Building Wins Southeast Asia Energy Prize

Malaysia’s Stunning Green Diamond Building Wins Southeast Asia Energy Prize

The Diamond Building (Bangunan Berlian in Malay), so named for its unique shape, is topped with photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, which generate about 10 percent of the building's energy. Rainwater

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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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Scientists Create Gorgeous Nanoflowers for Next-Gen Solar Cells and Ultra High-Density Energy Storage

Scientists Create Gorgeous Nanoflowers for Next-Gen Solar Cells and Ultra High-Density Energy Storage

When it comes to capturing the energy of the sun, what better model is there than photosynthetic plants? Researchers at North Carolina State University have cultivated a beautiful crop of germanium

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Windstrument Wind Turbine Provides Renewable Energy With its Orchid-like Design

Windstrument Wind Turbine Provides Renewable Energy With its Orchid-like Design

Asahi Kasei Plastics N.A. is working with Unified Energies International to develop the Windstrument, a wind turbine that aims to bring affordable renewable energy to the world. The Windstrument is

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UTC Power Infographic Shows Everyday Uses for Fuel Cell Technology

UTC Power Infographic Shows Everyday Uses for Fuel Cell Technology

UTC Power has created an infographic that illustrates the real world applications of fuel cells. Fuel cells are an expensive and often complicated technology, which sometimes leads consumers and

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Dual Purpose Bicycle Provides Transportation and Pedal Power!

Dual Purpose Bicycle Provides Transportation and Pedal Power!

A dual purpose bicycle (DPB) is a bicycle which can be used for both transportation and for power production. The modification consists of a free wheel, a bottom bracket and a “V” pulley. The

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Scientists Warn That Arundo Donax ‘Giant Reed’ Biofuel Crop Could Become an Invasive Species

Scientists Warn That Arundo Donax ‘Giant Reed’ Biofuel Crop Could Become an Invasive Species

Arundo photo from Shutterstock The Biofuels Center of North Carolina, a state-funded non-profit organization working to develop a large-scale biofuels industry in the state, lists the plant Arundo

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V3Solar’s Spinning Cone-Shaped Solar Cells Generate 20 Times More Electricity Than Flat Photovoltaics

V3Solar’s Spinning Cone-Shaped Solar Cells Generate 20 Times More Electricity Than Flat Photovoltaics

If there's one constant among the vast majority of solar panel designs, it's flatness; while solar panels can be equipped to tilt to follow the sun's path through the course of the day, there are still

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Japanese Scientists Developing Sugar Batteries That Store 20% More Energy Than Lithium Ion Cells

Japanese Scientists Developing Sugar Batteries That Store 20% More Energy Than Lithium Ion Cells

We've all heard that sugar is bad for our bodies, but in the near future, it may just be good for your smart phone. Scientists in Japan have developed a way to create batteries using sugar. A group at

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Sharp Unveils See-Through Transparent Solar Panels Perfect For Balconies And Windows!

Sharp Unveils See-Through Transparent Solar Panels Perfect For Balconies And Windows!

Rooftop solar installations are great for homeowners, or those with eco-conscious landlords - but what about the rest of us? Sharp recently announced a break-through in home solar technology that could

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New Study Shows 23 Nuclear Power Plants Around the World at High Risk from Tsunamis

New Study Shows 23 Nuclear Power Plants Around the World at High Risk from Tsunamis

A new study has found that 23 nuclear power plants with 74 reactors in various parts of the world are at high risk from tsunamis like the one that struck the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan in March

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Swooping Astonyshine Solar Decathlon House Boasts a Bold Combination of Stone and Wood

Swooping Astonyshine Solar Decathlon House Boasts a Bold Combination of Stone and Wood

The Solar Decathlon competition is designed to foster creativity and innovation, not winners. As a result, we admire the teams who have risked their chance of winning in order to experiment with new

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Japanese Government Backs Down on Commitment to End Nuclear Power by 2030

Japanese Government Backs Down on Commitment to End Nuclear Power by 2030

Nuclear Power Plant photo from Shutterstock Just a few days after Japanese officials issued a statement that the country plans to end nuclear power usage by 2030, the government has suggested that such

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Team Japan’s Omotenashi Solar Decathlon House Bridges the Gap Between Tradition and Modernity

Team Japan’s Omotenashi Solar Decathlon House Bridges the Gap Between Tradition and Modernity

The simple but elegant design of the exterior is mirrored inside, providing a comfortable and airy living area. The upgraded tatami mats (seen above) double as seating and bedding if required. As

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Rawlemon’s Spherical Solar Energy-Generating Globes Can Even Harvest Energy from Moonlight

Rawlemon’s Spherical Solar Energy-Generating Globes Can Even Harvest Energy from Moonlight

The solar energy designers at Rawlemon have created a spherical, sun-tracking glass globe that is able to concentrate sunlight (and moonlight) up to 10,000 times. The company claims that its ß.torics

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Japan Announces Plans to Completely Abandon Nuclear Power by 2030

Japan Announces Plans to Completely Abandon Nuclear Power by 2030

Today the government of Japan announced plans to completely abolish nuclear power by as soon as 2030.  The declaration was spurred by last year’s Fukushima disaster, which caused officials to

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The Otarky Rocking Chair is an Elegant Electricity-Generating Seat

The Otarky Rocking Chair is an Elegant Electricity-Generating Seat

The Otarky was recently on display at an annual design exhibition at Isreal’s Shenkar College, where Gitelstain studied Industrial Design. The chair stands out not because of its sleek and elegant

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Gaza’s First Electric Vehicle Built from Recycled Materials For $1,000

Gaza’s First Electric Vehicle Built from Recycled Materials For $1,000

A 32-year-old taxi driver has created Gaza's first electric vehicle in the face of a major fuel crisis. Munther al-Qassas decided that investing in an electric taxi would be cheaper and less time

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UK’s New Environment Secretary Appointment Raises Cause for Concern Among Green Groups

UK’s New Environment Secretary Appointment Raises Cause for Concern Among Green Groups

Yesterday UK Prime Minister David Cameron reshuffled his cabinet in the first major restructuring since the coalition Conservative-Lib Dem government came to power in 2010. One of the major cabinet

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89-Year-Old Man Develops Bladeless Bird-Friendly Wind Turbine!

89-Year-Old Man Develops Bladeless Bird-Friendly Wind Turbine!

Wind turbines transform moving air currents into clean energy; there isn't much to hate about that, especially when compared to the toxic emissions and high cost of fossil fuels. But wildlife conservation

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Phillips 66 and Solarmer Develop World’s Most Efficient Polymer-Based Organic Solar Cell

Phillips 66 and Solarmer Develop World’s Most Efficient Polymer-Based Organic Solar Cell

A two-year partnership between Houston-based Phillips 66, California-based Solarmer Energy and the South China University of Technology (SCUT) has resulted in the most efficient polymer-based organic

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The Oklo Reactor: The World’s Only Natural Nuclear Reactor

The Oklo Reactor: The World’s Only Natural Nuclear Reactor

Nuclear power is often perceived as a technology that defies the natural order - but simply head to Africa and you'll find the world's first and only natural nuclear reactor. Located in the Oklo region of

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China Surpasses US to Become Number One in Wind Power

China Surpasses US to Become Number One in Wind Power

Photo via Shutterstock The United States isn't top dog anymore -- not when it comes to installed wind power generating capacity, at least. This year, China surpassed the US, growing from 2,000

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Four UK Wave and Tidal Companies Compete For Scotland’s £10m Saltire Prize

Four UK Wave and Tidal Companies Compete For Scotland’s £10m Saltire Prize

With some of the strongest tidal currents and most powerful waves in the world just off the coast, it is no wonder that Scotland is looking to develop wave and tidal power. As such, two tidal energy and

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