renewable energy

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 are

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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 other electronics when they

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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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US’s Largest Net Zero School Welcomes Students in Irving, Texas

US’s Largest Net Zero School Welcomes Students in Irving, Texas

Lady Bird Johnson Middle School's green features are apparent from the moment one approaches the school, as 12 wind turbines rise 45  feet into the air alongside the building. While visually impressive,

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Solar Panels & Heated Socks Aid First Adaptive Athlete To Ski To the South Pole

Solar Panels & Heated Socks Aid First Adaptive Athlete To Ski To the South Pole

As you read this, a team of adventurers is cross-country skiing their way to the bottom of the world. But this is no ordinary Antarctic expedition - this is the first attempt made by an adaptive athlete

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Sweden Announces Plans for Massive 700 Megawatt Wind Farm in The Baltic Sea

Sweden Announces Plans for Massive 700 Megawatt Wind Farm in The Baltic Sea

Eon Nordic just announced plans to construct a massive 700 megawatt wind farm in the Baltic Sea that will take advantage of the region's high localized winds. Once it is finished, the wind farm located in

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Jung Inyoung’s Sleek Rolling Suitcase Charges Your Devices Kinetically

Jung Inyoung’s Sleek Rolling Suitcase Charges Your Devices Kinetically

Frequent travelers rejoice! The more you lug your suitcase from place to place, the more power you can produce for your gadgets. Jung Inyoung’s rolling luggage not only stores your gadgets and

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Onyx Unveils All-In-One 330 Watt Plug and Play Solar Panels

Onyx Unveils All-In-One 330 Watt Plug and Play Solar Panels

Onyx just announced that they have installed their first 330-Watt “Plug-N-Play” solar panels at their demonstration site in Orlando, Florida. The two all-in-one solar panels have an incorporated micro

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Apogee Stadium: US’ First LEED Platinum Stadium Uses Wind Turbines to Power its Games

Apogee Stadium: US’ First LEED Platinum Stadium Uses Wind Turbines to Power its Games

Located in Denton, Texas, Apogee Stadium is the US's first LEED Platinum collegiate football stadium and the first one to be powered with wind turbines. UNT was awarded a $2 million grant by the State

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Pvilion Unveils an All New Kind of Battery Powered Car Charging Station in Texas

Pvilion Unveils an All New Kind of Battery Powered Car Charging Station in Texas

Pvilion has been very busy lately developing flexible energy-harnessing materials for a number of uses including solar powered pavilions and architectural applications. Their latest innovation is a

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VIDEO: Solar Powered Chariot Robot Brings Ancient Rome and Green Technology Together

VIDEO: Solar Powered Chariot Robot Brings Ancient Rome and Green Technology Together

The Maker Faire is a place where weird and wacky inventions are welcomed and championed, which is surely why Bob Schneeveis and Grant Grundler decided to debut their crazy solar powered electric chariot

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Inhabitat’s Top 6 Green Science and Technology Stories of 2011 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Inhabitat’s Top 6 Green Science and Technology Stories of 2011 – Vote for Your Favorite!

2011 was an exciting year for green technology as researchers and innovators around the world broke ground on high-tech gadgets and systems that will help combat global warming, preserve the environment,

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The WindFlip Barge Concept Installs Offshore Wind Turbines Inexpensively and With Ease

The WindFlip Barge Concept Installs Offshore Wind Turbines Inexpensively and With Ease

The WindFlip barge concept was designed to simplify the installation of offshore wind turbines and in the process has managed to be a solution that also cuts cost. Installing offshore wind turbines can be

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PHOTOS: Life at Aconcagua’s Confluencia, a Sustainable Geodesic Base Camp in the Argentine Andes

PHOTOS: Life at Aconcagua’s Confluencia, a Sustainable Geodesic Base Camp in the Argentine Andes

A four-hour bus journey west of Mendoza will leave you at the stone-entrance of the Aconcagua National Park. After a four-hour trekking through small paths up the mountain along Rio Horcones, you will

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Top 6 Green Energy Stories of 2011 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Top 6 Green Energy Stories of 2011 – Vote for Your Favorite!

2011 was an incredible year for green energy as the impending challenges of climate change, energy security, and peak oil spurred the development of clean power sources that will propel us towards a more

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Düsseldorf Airport Installs One of The Largest Solar Arrays in Germany

Düsseldorf Airport Installs One of The Largest Solar Arrays in Germany

The Düsseldorf International Airport is about to flip the switch on one of the largest solar arrays in Germany. The 8,400 panel, 2 megawatt solar array spans the space of six soccer fields, and it was

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Yaniv Pardo Unveils Twisting Geothermal-Powered Tower for Netanya, Israel

Yaniv Pardo Unveils Twisting Geothermal-Powered Tower for Netanya, Israel

The new Netanya City Hall is modeled after a weather vane and designed to be dynamic, efficient, vibrant. In addition to functioning as a municipal building, it will serve as a gathering space for city

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Telaithrion Will Be Greece’s First Ever Eco-Community

Telaithrion Will Be Greece’s First Ever Eco-Community

Even those of us who aren't so savvy about economics know that Greece is in big trouble - but the country’s very first eco-community, which is currently under construction, offers a green glimmer of

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Envision Energy’s Flowing Wind Turbine Headquarters is Inspired by Wind Energy

Envision Energy’s Flowing Wind Turbine Headquarters is Inspired by Wind Energy

Located in Jiangyin, China, the new 3-storey 3,000 sq meters headquarters is sited directly adjacent to the assembly facility that fabricates the rotor component of Envision's wind turbine system. The

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Stunning Origami Solarcell Lamps Are Made From Folded Photovoltaic Panels!

Stunning Origami Solarcell Lamps Are Made From Folded Photovoltaic Panels!

Korea-born, Eindhoven-based Joon & Jung's Origami Solarcell is a polygonal low-energy LED lamp that is completely powered by the sun's energy. The pendant lights are made from a flexible photovoltaic

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BP Drops Its Solar Power Division After 40 Years

BP Drops Its Solar Power Division After 40 Years

After 40 years, BP just announced plans to drop its solar power division. The giant oil company has declared their commitment to spending $8 billion on renewable power by 2015, but it will now fill that

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