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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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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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