renewable energy

Mexico’s House of Representatives Passes Landmark Climate Law

Mexico’s House of Representatives Passes Landmark Climate Law

Mexico is poised to become the second nation in the world (behind Great Britain) to pass sweeping climate change legislation that calls for dramatically reducing carbon emissions over the next four

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Tokyo Institute of Technology Unveils New Facade Decked Out in 4,500 Solar Panels!

Tokyo Institute of Technology Unveils New Facade Decked Out in 4,500 Solar Panels!

Photo: Eiji Hori for Asahi Shimbun The Tokyo Institute of Technology recently unveiled a shiny new shell made of 4,500 solar panels that allow it to use half of the energy of a similarly-sized

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United States Pulls Ahead of China in Clean Energy Race

United States Pulls Ahead of China in Clean Energy Race

According to a Pew Charitable Trusts survey, the United States has reclaimed the top spot in clean energy investment, toppling China from its number one global ranking. Meanwhile, investment in renewables

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Areva Announces Plans to Build Largest Solar Installation in Asia

Areva Announces Plans to Build Largest Solar Installation in Asia

The French nuclear engineering company Areva was awarded a contract this week by Indian power company Reliance Power Ltd. to build the largest concentrated solar power installation in Asia, which

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Eucalyptus House is a Low-Impact Brazilian Cabin on Stilts

Eucalyptus House is a Low-Impact Brazilian Cabin on Stilts

Eucalyptus House's big windows provide great views into the valley and make good use of natural light, while small windows on the side keep the heat inside in a passive way. Treated eucalyptus beams and

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Walmart’s 100th Solar Power Installation Gets Switched On in Colorado

Walmart’s 100th Solar Power Installation Gets Switched On in Colorado

Yesterday Walmart announced the installation of six more solar projects in Denver, Colorado, bringing the total number of Walmart’s solar power installations to 100. The rooftop solar installations,

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Obama Administration Announces New Clean-Energy Initiatives for the Military

Obama Administration Announces New Clean-Energy Initiatives for the Military

The US military spends up to $20 billion on oil every year, and as oil prices climb that amount is steadily increasing. But oil doesn't just cost the Pentagon in the form of tax dollars -- it presents

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New Solar Satellite Could Harvest the Sun’s Rays 24/7 From Outer Space

New Solar Satellite Could Harvest the Sun’s Rays 24/7 From Outer Space

Since the early 1970s, scientists have been toying with the idea of collecting solar power in space, where solar collection rates are stronger than on the surface of the Earth. But because of the costs

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Scientist Develops Self-Sustaining Solar Reactor That Produces Clean Hydrogen Fuel

Scientist Develops Self-Sustaining Solar Reactor That Produces Clean Hydrogen Fuel

Hydrogen is a fuel that has seemingly limitless potential, but scientists have only been able to produce it from fossil fuels, like natural gas. That is, until now. A doctoral student in mechanical

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How the Media Dropped the Ball on the Solar Trust of America Story

How the Media Dropped the Ball on the Solar Trust of America Story

When news broke earlier this week that Solar Trust of America (a big solar company backed by the US Department of Energy) had filed for bankruptcy, conservatives predictably took to the airwaves to

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Los Angeles Approves Pilot Plan to Buy Solar Power from Local Property Owners

Los Angeles Approves Pilot Plan to Buy Solar Power from Local Property Owners

Why do cloudy European countries produce so much more solar energy than the United States? Because countries like Germany, for example, have programs that require local utility companies to buy solar

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Capitol Building to Generate Clean Energy via Hot Air Turbines in House Chamber

Capitol Building to Generate Clean Energy via Hot Air Turbines in House Chamber

The United States Capitol building is one of the most impressive buildings in Washington D.C. It's also the meeting place of the United States Congress and the legislature of the federal

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Obama to Expedite Approval Process for Great Lakes Wind Farms

Obama to Expedite Approval Process for Great Lakes Wind Farms

Wind Turbine Farm photo from Shutterstock The Obama administration has signed an agreement to expedite approval for wind farms in the Great Lakes, an area with enormous potential for generating

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Altaeros Energies’ Floating Wind Turbines Tap Into Strong High Altitude Winds

Altaeros Energies’ Floating Wind Turbines Tap Into Strong High Altitude Winds

In an effort to harness strong high-altitude winds, the company Altaeros Energies has developed a floating wind turbine that's a cross between a traditional windmill and a blimp. After some successful

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“Brown Liqour” Could Replace Rare Metals in Batteries

“Brown Liqour” Could Replace Rare Metals in Batteries

For decades, paper mills have long used a thick sticky byproduct of the wood-pulping process—"Brown Liqour"— as a combustible fuel to keep the mills in motion. Now a collaborative research project by

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Denver Zoo Develops a Poo-Power System and Tests It Out On a Rickshaw!

Denver Zoo Develops a Poo-Power System and Tests It Out On a Rickshaw!

Denver Zoo acknowledged that they have a lot of poo on their hands, but rather than hauling their waste off to a landfill or compost, they developed their own on-site poo-power system! They've applied the

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Urban Algae Farms Could Heat Buildings While Treating Wastewater

Urban Algae Farms Could Heat Buildings While Treating Wastewater

Macro of Ulva Algae photo from Shutterstock Pardon the potty talk, but wouldn't it be great if every time you flushed the toilet you were actually generating heat for your home? That's exactly what a

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Free Smartphone Applications Can Consume 75% More Energy than Paid Versions

Free Smartphone Applications Can Consume 75% More Energy than Paid Versions

I think we can all agree that smartphones are incredibly useful, and their benefits are only compounded by the wide range of applications we can download. However, a study has revealed that free

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New Study Shows Natural Gas is a Bridge (Fuel) to Nowhere

New Study Shows Natural Gas is a Bridge (Fuel) to Nowhere

Natural gas has been widely billed as a "bridge fuel" - a low-carbon alternative to coal that will help us make the transition to cleaner energy - but a new study pokes some big holes in that argument.

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Wine Barrel-Inspired Downley House in England is Built from a Former House’s Ruins

Wine Barrel-Inspired Downley House in England is Built from a Former House’s Ruins

Set in an idyllic landscape of gorgeous national parks, Downley House was erected using the ruins of an old stoned-house. The client wanted a relaxing yet playful environment with good use of natural

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Institute for Local Self-Reliance Calls Walmart’s Sustainability Campaign Greenwashing

Institute for Local Self-Reliance Calls Walmart’s Sustainability Campaign Greenwashing

Walmart's Sustainability Campaign is now in its seventh year, and according to a new report by the Institute for Local Self Reliance, the retail giant's progress has been less than stellar: "At its

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NRDC Slams New Apple Campus Design as Car-Dependent Suburban Sprawl

NRDC Slams New Apple Campus Design as Car-Dependent Suburban Sprawl

While many of the conversations regarding Apple today will center around the launch of the iPad 3, the Natural Resources Defense Council has taken to its blog to attack the computer giant over its

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Wind and Solar Powered Cronos Yacht is Made of Bamboo Panels

Wind and Solar Powered Cronos Yacht is Made of Bamboo Panels

Compressed waste bamboo makes a beautiful panel that is so much healthier for the earth than the fiberglass typically used, and it is exceptionally renewable since it is one of the fastest growing plants

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LED Architecture’s LINK Solar Power Skyscraper Will Revitalize Polluted Areas of Venice

LED Architecture’s LINK Solar Power Skyscraper Will Revitalize Polluted Areas of Venice

The ingenious Link Solar Power Skyscraper is designed to serve a number of functions. While providing an administrative center for the Venice and Veneto areas, it will house a number of energy generating

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Coal Accounts for Less than 40% of U.S. Electricity Production in 2011, Lowest Level in Over 30 years

Coal Accounts for Less than 40% of U.S. Electricity Production in 2011, Lowest Level in Over 30 years

The Energy Information Administration has released data to show that in 2011, coal power made up less than 40% of all U.S. electricity. As coal-fueled electric dropped to 30 year lows last year, the

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Bioclimatic House is a Green-Roofed Island Paradise Set Next to Wind Farm on Tenerife

Bioclimatic House is a Green-Roofed Island Paradise Set Next to Wind Farm on Tenerife

The Bioclimatic House by Ruiz Larrea and Associates has a wind farm right in its back yard, so when it came to the design, high winds had to be accounted for. Located next the to wind park of Granadilla

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Lin Yu-Ta Designs Energy-Generating Towers of Trash to Power the Cities of Tomorrow

Lin Yu-Ta Designs Energy-Generating Towers of Trash to Power the Cities of Tomorrow

In Monument to Civilization, Lin Yu-Ta proposes a dark, staggering architectural solution to the massive problem of urban waste. With space for toxin-emitting landfill in decline, Lin suggests that we

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New Poo Power Device Could Help Sewage Plants Transform Wastewater Into Wattage

New Poo Power Device Could Help Sewage Plants Transform Wastewater Into Wattage

Poo-power, or the science of turning excrement into energy, has been gaining popularity over recent years, and now scientists at Penn State University have developed a device which they claim could allow

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AIRE Mask Uses the Power of Human Breath To Charge Gadgets

AIRE Mask Uses the Power of Human Breath To Charge Gadgets

Ever wish you could charge your iPhone while looking like a complete weirdo? Now you can, with the AIRE mask, a wind-powered device that captures the power of respiration and converts it to electricity

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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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