renewable energy

Self-Storage Facilities Choose to Embrace Green Energy Practices

Self-Storage Facilities Choose to Embrace Green Energy Practices

While sexy new sustainable buildings and automobiles often make the eco-headlines, the self-storage facility industry has seen a steady uptick towards embracing green energy practices too (they just

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Hawaii’s Largest Wind Farm Starts Construction on Oahu’s North Shore

Hawaii’s Largest Wind Farm Starts Construction on Oahu’s North Shore

Last Friday, politicians in Hawaii helped to break ground at what will soon become Hawaii's largest wind farm. The Kawailoa Wind Farm, which is being built on Oahu's north shore will be the source of 68

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Systemateks Unveils Solar Powered Modular Eco Bar With Built-in Planters

Systemateks Unveils Solar Powered Modular Eco Bar With Built-in Planters

Canada-based SYSTEMATEKS is a brand based on the idea that the future of design lies in creating systems that allow people to personalize and co-create designs for themselves. The company recently built a

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The Sahara Forest Project Signs Agreement to Build a Pilot Plant in Qatar

The Sahara Forest Project Signs Agreement to Build a Pilot Plant in Qatar

We've written about the Sahara Forest Project before, so we're excited to report that the organization behind this ambitious endeavor has signed an agreement to build its first pilot plant in Doha, Qatar.

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Gas Prices Climb For 20th Day in a Row, GOP Still Calling to Drill, Drill, Drill

Gas Prices Climb For 20th Day in a Row, GOP Still Calling to Drill, Drill, Drill

Those of us who rely on gasoline to get us around have been feeling the pinch as gas prices have risen for 20 days straight nationwide. As per gallon costs continue to climb toward a wallet cringing $4,

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President Obama Shuns Oil and Notes $5.6 Billion Saved by American Businesses Through Energy Efficiency

President Obama Shuns Oil and Notes $5.6 Billion Saved by American Businesses Through Energy Efficiency

President Obama stepped to the stage at The University of Miami yesterday to deliver an impressive speech on energy policy. Though the President made mention of his efforts to expand oil and gas drilling

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Lego Invests $500 Million in German Offshore Wind Farm

Lego Invests $500 Million in German Offshore Wind Farm

It's no surprise we are big LEGO fans here at Inhabitat - the iconic building blocks can be used to create everything from cameras and furniture to apartments and massive cathedrals. Now the toy maker is

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Solar and Wind-Powered Triton Buoy Lights Up to Provide Ships With Safe Passage

Solar and Wind-Powered Triton Buoy Lights Up to Provide Ships With Safe Passage

Triton is an alternative warning and guidance buoy designed for use at sea. Conceived by Dr.Hakan Gürsu from Design Nobis, the system harnesses the sun and the wind to generate renewable energy for its

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Apple Announces Plans to Build America’s Largest End User–Owned Onsite Solar Array

Apple Announces Plans to Build America’s Largest End User–Owned Onsite Solar Array

As Apple's social record undergoes continued scrutiny the company just released its 2012 environmental report, which unveils plans to build America's largest end user-owned onsite solar array at its

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MIT Researchers Find a Way To Make Solar Panels from Grass Clippings

MIT Researchers Find a Way To Make Solar Panels from Grass Clippings

  What if generating solar energy at home required little more than mixing some grass clippings with inexpensive chemicals? That's exactly what MIT researcher Andreas Mershin has found to be

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Aquamarine Power To Connect Wave Energy Generator To UK National Grid

Aquamarine Power To Connect Wave Energy Generator To UK National Grid

Scotland may be a small country, but its stake in the future renewable energy is about to get serious as Aquamarine Power’s Oyster 800 Wave energy device will soon be installed and connected to the UK

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Biolite’s Brilliant Camp Stove Converts Waste Heat Into Electricity for USB Gadgets

Biolite’s Brilliant Camp Stove Converts Waste Heat Into Electricity for USB Gadgets

If thoughts of a gorgeous summer evening spent around a campfire are keeping you warm this winter, you'll be glad to hear that Biolite is working to make camping a little bit greener. The company just

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Keystone XL Pipeline Could Add as Few as 20, Yes Just 20, Jobs Once Built

Keystone XL Pipeline Could Add as Few as 20, Yes Just 20, Jobs Once Built

In Reports delivered to Congress by the U.S. State Department and several universities, and in statements by TransCanada's Vice President, it has come to light that the number of permanent jobs created by

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Solar Power Heavyweight Sunpower Sues SolarCity Over Stolen Data

Solar Power Heavyweight Sunpower Sues SolarCity Over Stolen Data

Two solar power giants in the US are embroiled in a legal face off which has industrial espionage and intrigue written all over it. Commercial solar supplier Sunpower is hitting solar

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New Study Finds That Electric Cars in China Using Fossil Fuels Have a Higher Carbon Footprint Than Gasoline Gars

New Study Finds That Electric Cars in China Using Fossil Fuels Have a Higher Carbon Footprint Than Gasoline Gars

If you read Inhabitat, you probably know that we're big fans of green transportation, but we do think it's important to see the bigger picture when it comes to electric cars. A new finding from the

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Airlight Concentrating Solar Power Troughs Combine Concrete With Super Light Pneumatic Mirrors

Airlight Concentrating Solar Power Troughs Combine Concrete With Super Light Pneumatic Mirrors

Airlight Energy began developing its concentrating solar power troughs back in 2007 and has also been working on concentrating photovoltaics, which they recently finished testing. Both their CSP and CPV

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Herzog and de Meuron Unveil Plans for Brilliant Naturally Ventilated Mãe Luiza Gymnasium

Herzog and de Meuron Unveil Plans for Brilliant Naturally Ventilated Mãe Luiza Gymnasium

Before Herzog & de Meuron stepped in, Mãe Luiza's local recreation center was a fully exposed concrete platform framed with columns and trusses. Plans for the new gymnasium expand upon this

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Radiation Leak at San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant Forces Shut Down

Radiation Leak at San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant Forces Shut Down

On Tuesday afternoon, operators detected a leak in a tube housed in the building next to one of the reactors at the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant in Southern California. Crews are reported to have

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New Generation of Radioactive Waste-Consuming Nuclear Reactors Could Power UK for 500 Years

New Generation of Radioactive Waste-Consuming Nuclear Reactors Could Power UK for 500 Years

Nations around the world are abandoning nuclear energy in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear crisis, however the UK is considering plans to launch a new generation of reactors by GE Hitachi that recycle

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Cocoon_FS: Pohl Architects Unveils Prefab Plankton-Inspired Pod Building in Germany

Cocoon_FS: Pohl Architects Unveils Prefab Plankton-Inspired Pod Building in Germany

The illustrious Cocoon_FS pavilion was constructed from leaf-like panels of fiber-reinforced polymer. Fifteen original base modules were designed and a total of 220 modules were

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Georgetown Station is a Model for Low-Impact Mass Transit Outside Austin, Texas

Georgetown Station is a Model for Low-Impact Mass Transit Outside Austin, Texas

Georgetown Station by Jackson McElhaney is one of 5 transit stations outside of Austin, Texas as part of CARTS. This Rural Transit District was formed through an interlocal agreement by nine county

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Advisors in Japan Say Post-Disaster Nuclear Checks are “Insufficient”

Advisors in Japan Say Post-Disaster Nuclear Checks are “Insufficient”

Despite the rush to get reactors back online and convince the public that Japan’s nuclear power generation facilities are safe, an advisor says the current checks of nuclear reactors in the country

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New Energy-Efficient Battery Charging Standards in California Will Save 1 Million Tons of Carbon Emissions

New Energy-Efficient Battery Charging Standards in California Will Save 1 Million Tons of Carbon Emissions

We have all heard the phrases “phantom power” and “vampire energy” about a million times, and yet the problem still exists – many people forget to unplug battery chargers and

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President Obama’s Latest Speech Touts American-Made Energy but Gets Stuck on Oil and Gas

President Obama’s Latest Speech Touts American-Made Energy but Gets Stuck on Oil and Gas

Listening to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday night we cheered for his green ambitions as he laid out a plan to energize the American economy with the manufacturing of clean

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Google Earth Reveals Glowing Green Sea Near Scottish Nuclear Power Plant 

Google Earth Reveals Glowing Green Sea Near Scottish Nuclear Power Plant 

2011 was not a good year for nuclear power - we saw Japan shaken by the Fukushima disaster, solar power became cheaper for the first time, and three-eyed fish were found near a nuclear plant in Argentina.

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Barcelona to Build the World’s First Carbon-Neutral Indoor Ski Slope

Barcelona to Build the World’s First Carbon-Neutral Indoor Ski Slope

The designers behind Ski Dubai's artificial ski slope, Snow World and B01 Arquitectos, have teamed up to improve on their original design with the world's very first carbon-neutral indoor ski slope in

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2011 Was the 11th Hottest Year on Record

2011 Was the 11th Hottest Year on Record

An average global temperature of 57.9 degrees Fahrenheit marked 2011 as the 11th hottest year on record. At a full 0.9 degrees warmer than the 20th century average, this past year was hotter than

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Dulas Delivers National Trust’s Largest Solar Installation in Wales

Dulas Delivers National Trust’s Largest Solar Installation in Wales

Dulas recently delivered the National Trust’s largest solar PV array in the UK at their grade I listed Llanerchaeron property in Wales. At just under 40 kWp (37.5kWp) and combined with the existing 7.5

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Radioactive Concrete From Fukushima Found In New Japanese Building

Radioactive Concrete From Fukushima Found In New Japanese Building

Following last year's nuclear disaster in Fukushima, there has been a great deal of public concern over the contamination of local food sources and water and now, newly constructed buildings can be added

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Scientists Pour Water Into Oregon Volcano to Generate Energy

Scientists Pour Water Into Oregon Volcano to Generate Energy

A team of scientists from Seattle-based AltaRock Energy, Inc. and Davenport Newberry Holdings LLC has announced plans to harness one of Mother Nature's most powerful energy sources by pumping 24

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