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Researchers Create First Solar Cells With Quantum Efficiency of 114%

Researchers Create First Solar Cells With Quantum Efficiency of 114%

This morning saw a solar breakthrough at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), where researchers created a quantum dot solar device that has a higher energized particle percentage output than

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Geotectura Breaks Ground on Israel’s First LEED Platinum Building

Geotectura Breaks Ground on Israel’s First LEED Platinum Building

Geotectura together with Axelrod-Grobman Architects and Chen Architects just broke ground on a futuristic new building for the Porter School of Environmental Studies that will be Israel's first LEED

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Facebook Teams Up with Greenpeace to Kick Coal Power to the Curb

Facebook Teams Up with Greenpeace to Kick Coal Power to the Curb

Facebook announced today that it's formed a collaboration with Greenpeace that will lead the company to a clean energy future. The social media giant was targeted two years ago by Greenpeace's "Unfriend

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Luxury MIG 675 Yacht Harvests Energy from the Water it Floats on

Luxury MIG 675 Yacht Harvests Energy from the Water it Floats on

Quimperié's Luxury MIG 675 is a hydrogen-powered boat that grabs energy directly from the water beneath it as it zips across the waves. The high-tech 22-foot-long boat has seats for three and it tops out

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The Jungle Lodge in Bandipur, India is an Eco-Escape Set in the Valley

The Jungle Lodge in Bandipur, India is an Eco-Escape Set in the Valley

Designed by architect Nagesh H D, the Jungle Lodge in Bandipur, Karnataka, India, is a spectacular collection of eco-spaces set in the valley facing the Nilgiris Mountains. The

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Wind Turbine in Scotland Bursts Into Flames During Hurricane Force Winds

Wind Turbine in Scotland Bursts Into Flames During Hurricane Force Winds

Powerful winds have been howling through the UK for the past couple days, and one $3 million wind turbine was an unexpected casualty of the storm. A 328-foot tall turbine in Ardrossan, North Ayrshire,

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World’s Smallest Working Heat Engine is the Size of a Hair Follicle!

World’s Smallest Working Heat Engine is the Size of a Hair Follicle!

German physicists have just announced the creation of the world's smallest heat engine! Research teams from the University of Stuttgart and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems have joined

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Mario Cucinella’s 20 Bright Green Schools in Gaza Will Educate up to 16,000 Children

Mario Cucinella’s 20 Bright Green Schools in Gaza Will Educate up to 16,000 Children

Mario Cucinella has designed a gorgeous prototype for the first of twenty green schools that will soon pop up throughout the Gaza Strip at a price of $2 million a pop. Combining contemporary sustainable

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gmp Architekten Breaks Ground on New Solar Eco-Park in Qingdao, China

gmp Architekten Breaks Ground on New Solar Eco-Park in Qingdao, China

The new urban quarter will be about 10 sq. km in size - roughly the same as the Berlin Mitte district. Inspired by the surrounding landscape, the park's buildings will mirror the rock formations and green

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earthCell Batteries Provide Exceptional Power with Zero Waste

earthCell Batteries Provide Exceptional Power with Zero Waste

Each year consumers in the US throw away about 3 billion batteries. If you were to string 3 billion batteries end to end, they would wrap around the entire earth 4 times! Battery waste has also been

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President Obama Announces $4 Billion in Energy Upgrades to Existing Buildings

President Obama Announces $4 Billion in Energy Upgrades to Existing Buildings

Yesterday, President Obama and former president Bill Clinton announced a combined $4 billion commitment in public and private funding for energy upgrades to existing buildings. The cash is pledged as part

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Beautiful Modern Home Keeps Cool Buried Beneath the Chihuahuan Desert

Beautiful Modern Home Keeps Cool Buried Beneath the Chihuahuan Desert

Located in the northern part of Mexico, the 'House in Chihuahua' is a white concrete and glass sloping roof building boasting rooftop views to the city. Since the dwelling is within a traditional

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Researchers Developing Cyborg Insects that Draw Energy From Their Own Wings

Researchers Developing Cyborg Insects that Draw Energy From Their Own Wings

Researchers at the University of Michigan are currently working on a line of cyborg insects that would use the energy generated from their own wing motion to power sensors installed in tiny insect

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Eco Island: Isle of Wight Developing England’s Largest Sustainable Community

Eco Island: Isle of Wight Developing England’s Largest Sustainable Community

Off of England’s southern coast, the Isle of Wight is developing the largest sustainability project in the country. By 2020, “Eco Island” will become a net exporter of energy, and residents will see

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Scotland to Build Two-Blade Offshore Wind Turbine with Helicopter Landing Pad

Scotland to Build Two-Blade Offshore Wind Turbine with Helicopter Landing Pad

A unique, two-blade wind turbine that features a helicopter landing pad will soon be rising off the eastern coast of Scotland. Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing announced this week that the Scottish

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Energy Harvesting Eco-leaf Shade Doubles as a Light Source at Night

Energy Harvesting Eco-leaf Shade Doubles as a Light Source at Night

The Eco-leaf is a solar shade concept that will lower your carbon footprint and brighten your living room. Eco-leaf's unique energy harvesting design integrates proven-technologies like solar, E ink, and

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University of California Riverside Gets an Olympic Pool-Sized Battery to Power Its Engineering Building

University of California Riverside Gets an Olympic Pool-Sized Battery to Power Its Engineering Building

The University of California Riverside has one very dedicated alum who puts our measly $50 annual donations to our alma maters to shame. Winston Chung, founder and CEO of Chinese energy heavyweight

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World’s Largest Tidal Energy Farm to Open in France in 2012

World’s Largest Tidal Energy Farm to Open in France in 2012

The $55 million project was conceived in 2004, with construction starting in 2008, and is set to be complete early next year. OpenHydro has similar projects in North America and the United Kingdom, but

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Irreversible Climate Change Will Occur in 5 Years if Major Infrastructure is Not Changed

Irreversible Climate Change Will Occur in 5 Years if Major Infrastructure is Not Changed

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the world is currently backing itself into a corner where irreversible climate change will most likely occur in just five years. The Agency -- an

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Horst Glasker Transforms Drab Wind Turbines Into Inspiring Works of Art

Horst Glasker Transforms Drab Wind Turbines Into Inspiring Works of Art

The use of wind power is increasing worldwide. Despite their incredible production of renewable energy, windmills have often been viewed as a bit of an eyesore along an otherwise untouched landscape.

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Norway’s Inspiria Science Center Promotes Clean Energy, the Environment, and Health

Norway’s Inspiria Science Center Promotes Clean Energy, the Environment, and Health

The 6,500 square meter center is composed of three wings that radiate out from a central double-height atrium. Designed with school children, families, and tourists in mind, the center inspires and

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Foster + Partners Unveil Thames Hub Plan To Update Britain’s Energy & Transport Infrastructure

Foster + Partners Unveil Thames Hub Plan To Update Britain’s Energy & Transport Infrastructure

Foster + Partners begins with the premise that Britain is operating with inadequate and aged infrastructure, which is hindering the country's ability for trade and weakening the economy. To move forward

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New Silent ‘Eco Whisper’ Wind Turbine is More Efficient Than Three Blade Models

New Silent ‘Eco Whisper’ Wind Turbine is More Efficient Than Three Blade Models

The Eco Whisper wind turbine stands 70 feet tall and has a diameter of 21 feet, it can withstand winds of up to 118 miles per hour and has the capability of generating 18,000 to 32, 000 kilowatt hours in

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Apple to Build Solar Farm to Power North Carolina Data Center

Apple to Build Solar Farm to Power North Carolina Data Center

Apple just applied for permits to build a solar farm on 171 acres of land near their Maiden, North Carolina data center. Though the company isn't releasing any official information about the project, the

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Win a Free $600 Value Energy Audit from Sierra Club Green Home – 25 Available!

Win a Free $600 Value Energy Audit from Sierra Club Green Home – 25 Available!

The weather's getting colder - is your home ready for the winter? Soon, the wind will be blowing and the rain will be falling, and we'll all be seeing a major spike on our monthly energy bills. Wouldn't

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Stadium du Littoral is a Spectacular Net Zero Sports Complex in France

Stadium du Littoral is a Spectacular Net Zero Sports Complex in France

Located in Grande Synthe in the north of France, the Stadium du Littoral is a tour de force when it comes to sports. The 12 hectare site has three rugby fields, two football fields, an archery round,

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Google-Funded Study Finds US Geothermal Power Capacity is Ten Times the Current Coal Power Supply

Google-Funded Study Finds US Geothermal Power Capacity is Ten Times the Current Coal Power Supply

A new study shows that the United States has a geothermal power capacity that is ten times greater than the amount of energy produced by our current working coal-fired power plants. The study was funded

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Floating Marine Solar Cells Harvest Energy from the Sun and Waves

Floating Marine Solar Cells Harvest Energy from the Sun and Waves

Marine Solar Cells (MSC) by Phil Pauley are conceptual hybrid solar and wave energy generators designed to generate renewable energy off shore. The solar wave unit captures wave energy through natural

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Amazing Quantum Levitation Technology Could Open the Door to Floating Vehicles!

Amazing Quantum Levitation Technology Could Open the Door to Floating Vehicles!

Levitation isn't just for Houdini anymore. A team of researchers at Tel-Aviv University has discovered a way to make objects float in mid-air using a process called quantum levitation, and they think the

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Groundbreaking Elastec Oil Skimmer Awarded $1 Million in Oil Cleanup X Challenge

Groundbreaking Elastec Oil Skimmer Awarded $1 Million in Oil Cleanup X Challenge

When BP's Deepwater Horizon well started gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, it soon became clear that neither BP nor the US government were equipped to deal with such a disaster. Next time

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