renewable energy

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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Ocean Power Technologies Receives Federal Approval for the First Commercial Wave Farm in the US

Ocean Power Technologies Receives Federal Approval for the First Commercial Wave Farm in the US

Ocean Power Technologies has received Federal approval to begin work on the first commercial wave farm in the US. By tapping into the incredible power of the sea, over 1,000 homes in Oregon could receive

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Scotland to Build World’s First Community-Owned Tidal Turbine

Scotland to Build World’s First Community-Owned Tidal Turbine

As a country, Scotland has some of the most aggressive renewable energy targets in the world - the entire nation is working to be completely independent of fossil fuels in the next decade, and has

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Turn Hot Patios Into Hot Water Using Hidden Temperature Converting Therma-HEXX Panels

Turn Hot Patios Into Hot Water Using Hidden Temperature Converting Therma-HEXX Panels

Outdoor living and recreation spaces are popular for a number of reasons: they provide more urban green space, they promote better human health, and they offer cost savings. Yes, that's right, you can

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MIT Study Shows Geothermal Could Produce 100,000 Megawatts of Energy in the US Within 50 Years

MIT Study Shows Geothermal Could Produce 100,000 Megawatts of Energy in the US Within 50 Years

Geothermal Power photo from Shutterstock So far, Humans have harnessed the strength of the sun, water, and wind to generate clean electricity. Now, it may be time to take advantage of the earth's

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University of Arizona’s Breakthrough Telescope Solar Panel Doubles Efficiency

University of Arizona’s Breakthrough Telescope Solar Panel Doubles Efficiency

Inspired by old telescope technology and high-efficiency solar panels used in space, a small research team at the University of Arizona (UA) has developed a new “telescope solar panel” that doubles

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Scientists Developing Wood-Powered Batteries Made From Paper Waste!

Scientists Developing Wood-Powered Batteries Made From Paper Waste!

Researchers from the Poznan University of Technology in Poland and the Linkoping University in Sweden have been whittling away at the possibilities of creating energy from wood waste. The key ingredient

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Alex Vermeulen’s Floating Solar Panel Installation in Eindhoven is Designed To Lift a Levitating Buddha

Alex Vermeulen’s Floating Solar Panel Installation in Eindhoven is Designed To Lift a Levitating Buddha

Situated in a 6,000-square-foot pond at Eindhoven's University of Technology, Vermeulen's eggs generate solar power that is converted into a magnetic field. The magnetic field makes a Buddha figure,

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World’s First Solar Kiosk Now Open For Business in Ethiopia

World’s First Solar Kiosk Now Open For Business in Ethiopia

Demand for electricity in developing countries is on the rise, but without a reliable electric grid or even access to power, other solutions have to be developed. Luckily, developing countries can now

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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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Berlin’s GSW Headquarters Saves Energy with a Thermal Flue Passive Ventilation System

Berlin’s GSW Headquarters Saves Energy with a Thermal Flue Passive Ventilation System

Located in Berlin's Kreuzberg neighborhood, the GSW Headquarters consists of an ensemble of five distinct architectural volumes. The building also houses Checkpoint Energy, which is the city's spot for

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Gigantic Energy-Generating Waterfall Skyscraper Could Power the 2016 Rio Olympics

Gigantic Energy-Generating Waterfall Skyscraper Could Power the 2016 Rio Olympics

The self-sustaining tower for the 2016 Olympic Games is designed to create renewable energy for use in the Olympic Village as well as the city of Rio. A large solar power plant generates energy during the

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Charge Your Electronics With a Solar ReadySet and Help Power the Developing World

Charge Your Electronics With a Solar ReadySet and Help Power the Developing World

The ReadySet is a versatile renewable energy charger that can power any gadget that plugs into a standard vehicle or usb port. The ReadySet’s intelligent battery means that it can be charged from a

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McCamley’s New Vertical Axis Wind Turbines Could Make Urban Wind Farms a Reality

McCamley’s New Vertical Axis Wind Turbines Could Make Urban Wind Farms a Reality

Urban wind turbines face an up-hill battle, as many people feel they are too big, too expensive, and potential eyesores. However McCamley just unveiled a prototype for a new vertical-axis turbine with a

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Dave Hakkens’ Wind Oil Machine Produces Oil From Nuts and Seeds With Every Passing Breeze

Dave Hakkens’ Wind Oil Machine Produces Oil From Nuts and Seeds With Every Passing Breeze

The Netherlands is the perfect place to harvest wind power due to its flat landscape and strong breezes. To take advantage of this resource, Dutch Design Academy of Eindhoven student Dave Hakkens created

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Scientists Fire World’s Most Powerful Laser and Move Closer to Developing Fusion Energy

Scientists Fire World’s Most Powerful Laser and Move Closer to Developing Fusion Energy

Scientists in California fired up 192 laser beams simultaneously onto a single, tiny, two-millimeter target, producing and unbelievable 500 trillion watts of energy. To put it into context, that's

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Minnesota Town to Tap into its Own Sewers for Geothermal Energy

Minnesota Town to Tap into its Own Sewers for Geothermal Energy

Cities and companies around the world tap into geothermal energy -- the thermal energy below the Earth's surface -- but there's another type of man-made energy coursing through sewer pipes beneath cities

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IEA Predicts 40 Percent World-Wide Increase of Renewable Energy Usage by 2017

IEA Predicts 40 Percent World-Wide Increase of Renewable Energy Usage by 2017

The International Energy Agency (IEA) just published an optimistic prediction for the future of renewable energy, suggesting that world-wide green energy usage will increase by forty percent or more by

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MIT’s New Battery-Free Chip Captures Energy From Light, Heat And Vibrations at the Same Time

MIT’s New Battery-Free Chip Captures Energy From Light, Heat And Vibrations at the Same Time

MIT scientists have developed a new electronic chip that could mark a critical first step towards battery-free systems. The potent chip is able to operate on extremely low levels of power, and it can

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An Ordinary Cotton T-Shirt Could Someday Charge Your Cellphone

An Ordinary Cotton T-Shirt Could Someday Charge Your Cellphone

Photo by Shutterstock Researchers at the University of South Carolina have developed a technique to turn an ordinary cotton t-shirt into a supercapacitor. The team, led by Xiaodong Li, a professor

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bSolar’s Double-Sided Photovoltaic Cells Produce Up to 50% More Energy

bSolar’s Double-Sided Photovoltaic Cells Produce Up to 50% More Energy

Standard photovoltaic cells only harvest energy from a single surface - the side facing the sun. Israeli startup bSolar has found a way to improve upon this unidirectional design with a double-sided solar

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Three Gorges Complete: China Finishes Construction on the World’s Largest Hydropower Dam

Three Gorges Complete: China Finishes Construction on the World’s Largest Hydropower Dam

The final turbine has now been installed on China's massive and controversial Three Gorges Dam, making it the biggest hydroelectric dam in the world. Work on the dam, which is located in the middle of

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Thai Beehive-Style Apartment Lives Off the Waste of Existing Buildings

Thai Beehive-Style Apartment Lives Off the Waste of Existing Buildings

Thai architects Achawin Laohavichairat, Montakan Manosong, and Peerapon Karunwiwat have conceptualized a fascinating beehive-style apartment that lives off the waste of existing buildings. Instead of

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UK Government to Scrap Subsidies For Onshore Wind Farms By 2020

UK Government to Scrap Subsidies For Onshore Wind Farms By 2020

Onshore wind farms have had their share of controversy in the UK like they have in many other countries. However the UK government has now decided to side with those that object to the renewable energy

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The Holonic Streetlamp is an Off-Grid Streetlight that’s Powered by the Sun and Wind

The Holonic Streetlamp is an Off-Grid Streetlight that’s Powered by the Sun and Wind

Streetlights are fixture of cities and towns across the world -- they literally guide us through the night. But even new LED streetlights require a large amount of energy, because they run all night long,

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100% Solar-Powered Great Barrier House Fuses Modern Technology With Island Life

100% Solar-Powered Great Barrier House Fuses Modern Technology With Island Life

Elevated to protect against floods and constructed of sustainably-sourced timber that references the island's rich biodiversity, the Great Barrier House is comfortable in both summer and winter. Despite

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Seaside Barcelona Biomedical Research Park is Wrapped in Wood Louvers

Seaside Barcelona Biomedical Research Park is Wrapped in Wood Louvers

Surrounded by Barcelona's seaside buildings -- including Frank Gehry's 'Fish' -- the Biomedical Research Park seems to be floating just above the ground. The building spans a whopping 600,000 square foot

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Takeshi Hosaka’s Gorgeous Daylight House Soaks Up the Sun in Yokohama City, Japan

Takeshi Hosaka’s Gorgeous Daylight House Soaks Up the Sun in Yokohama City, Japan

The Daylight House is a family home in the center of Yokohama, Japan that manages to soak up an abundance of natural light despite its location next to tall nearby buildings. Immersed within the city's

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Sculptural Solar Trees Spring Up at Charlotte’s Discovery Place Museum

Sculptural Solar Trees Spring Up at Charlotte’s Discovery Place Museum

Charlotte, NC recently showed its commitment to clean energy with the installation of two beautiful bright red solar power installations shaped like trees! Situated at the Discovery Place science museum,

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