renewable energy

Solar Electric Light Fund Shines a Ray of Hope on Haiti

Solar Electric Light Fund Shines a Ray of Hope on Haiti

The Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) has installed 100 solar-powered street lamps in Haitian refugee camps Pétionville and Caradeux. Almost two years after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti taking

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German Trains Will Run on 100% Renewable Energy by 2050!

German Trains Will Run on 100% Renewable Energy by 2050!

Germany has made many remarkable strides towards sustainability in the past few years - they were the first nation to announce the abolition of nuclear power, the entire country already runs on 20%

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Magnificent Revolution’s Pop-Up Cycle-In Cinema Runs on Pedal Power

Magnificent Revolution’s Pop-Up Cycle-In Cinema Runs on Pedal Power

Magnificent Revolution started in 2007 and is a not-for-profit education project based in London dedicated to guiding people towards positive solutions and low carbon lifestyles. They use bicycle power

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Beautiful Solar-Powered Y-House Perches on Stilts Overlooking the Chilean Coast

Beautiful Solar-Powered Y-House Perches on Stilts Overlooking the Chilean Coast

While the sun isn't great for keeping a beach-home cool, it is a superb source of renewable energy. Plus Arquitectura played to the site's strengths by incorporating solar panels onto the Y-shaped roof,

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House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Chair Says US Can’t Compete With China on Green Jobs

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Chair Says US Can’t Compete With China on Green Jobs

Cliff Stearns (R-FL) is the Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations – and he believes we’re just not going to make it in this clean energy race.

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Team Belgium’s E-Cube 2011 Solar Decathlon House is a DIY Modular Kit-Home

Team Belgium’s E-Cube 2011 Solar Decathlon House is a DIY Modular Kit-Home

Through their various decisions, the 40-member team from Ghent University constantly stressed affordability and efficiency. The house begins with a starter unit that, and according to the buyer’s time

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Team Massachusetts’ 4D Solar Decathlon Home is a 21st-Century Take on the Gable House

Team Massachusetts’ 4D Solar Decathlon Home is a 21st-Century Take on the Gable House

The 4D Home beautifully blends traditional architecture with modern building techniques to create an exceptionally efficient off-grid home that can produce more energy than it consumes. The heart of the

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Middlebury College’s Self-Reliance Solar Decathlon House Wins Communications Contest!

Middlebury College’s Self-Reliance Solar Decathlon House Wins Communications Contest!

The familiar shape of Middlebury's home was inspired by New England farmhouses that are ubiquitous throughout the school's home state of Vermont. The gable shape looks decidedly traditional, but the

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MIT Unveils Artificial Leaf That Creates Hydrogen Fuel from Sunlight

MIT Unveils Artificial Leaf That Creates Hydrogen Fuel from Sunlight

MIT researchers just officially unveiled a device that uses sunlight to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The device builds upon a breakthrough hydrogen producing technology developed in 2008, and

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PHOTOS: Ohio State University’s Solar Decathlon enCORE House Does More with Less in a 900 Sq Foot Space

PHOTOS: Ohio State University’s Solar Decathlon enCORE House Does More with Less in a 900 Sq Foot Space

The name "enCORE" refers to their house's central core, which is what the foundation that the other components are layered around. Because all of the mechanical systems of the home are condensed into this

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Team Canada’s TRTL Solar Decathlon House is a Modern Take on a Native American Home

Team Canada’s TRTL Solar Decathlon House is a Modern Take on a Native American Home

Building on the importance of family and community gathering, the open plan TRTL house features a flexible dining and living area that fosters family relationships. The two bedroom home can be assembled

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NASA Announces Plans to Launch the Largest Solar Sail Ever Created

NASA Announces Plans to Launch the Largest Solar Sail Ever Created

Solar activity sometimes causes disturbances through massive flares, but the energy can also be used to increase in-space propulsion capability - harnessing solar power with solar sails could expand

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SeaTwirl Turbine Could be the Most Cost-Effective Wind Energy Generator Yet

SeaTwirl Turbine Could be the Most Cost-Effective Wind Energy Generator Yet

Swedish eco-designers, Ehrnberg Solutions AB, have just completed their most successful prototype of the floating SeaTwirl vertical wind turbine. The device captures and harvests offshore wind, without

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Team New Zealand’s First Light House Wins the Engineering Contest at the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Team New Zealand’s First Light House Wins the Engineering Contest at the 2011 Solar Decathlon

We've been sitting on the edges of our seats all day, anxiously awaiting today's Engineering Contest results at the 2011 Solar Decathlon. The results were just announced, and we're happy to report that

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Abandoned German Open-Pit Mine Turned Into World’s Largest Solar Park

Abandoned German Open-Pit Mine Turned Into World’s Largest Solar Park

Germany just staked a massive claim in solar energy by building the world’s largest photovoltaic solar park with Unlimited Energy and the Saferay company. Constructed in eastern Germany near the city of

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University of Maryland’s WaterShed Solar Decathlon House Takes First Place In Architecture!

University of Maryland’s WaterShed Solar Decathlon House Takes First Place In Architecture!

Before one even enters the Watershed house the lush green native landscaping and natural siding stand out. The University of Maryland architecture students made a conscious effort to source local plants

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Kinetic Energy Generating Pavegen Floor Tiles Will Harvest Footsteps to Light UK Shopping Center

Kinetic Energy Generating Pavegen Floor Tiles Will Harvest Footsteps to Light UK Shopping Center

With nearly 30 million shoppers a year, the Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre has plenty of foot traffic. The mall plans to install a grid of Pavegens in a main crossing outdoors between the

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Tidewater Virginia’s Unit 6 Unplugged Solar Decathlon House Embraces History and Tradition

Tidewater Virginia’s Unit 6 Unplugged Solar Decathlon House Embraces History and Tradition

The furniture in the Unit 6 Unplugged house reflects the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement, which originated in England in the late 19th century and was spread worldwide by architects and

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Skipark 360°: C.F. Møller’s Slope-Shaped Indoor Ski Resort Will Be Powered By Green Energy

Skipark 360°: C.F. Møller’s Slope-Shaped Indoor Ski Resort Will Be Powered By Green Energy

At a height of 135 meters, the man-made skill hill would be one of Sweden's tallest buildings. The resort would be located in Balsta, about 45 minutes outside Stockholm, and close to a regional airport

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10 Solar-Powered Designs to Charge Your Life

10 Solar-Powered Designs to Charge Your Life

From smartphones and e-readers to laptops and tablet computers, today's high-tech devices put a wealth of information and utility at our fingertips - however it can be a real challenge to keep these

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Whittier Organic Food Center is a Self-Sustaining Vertical Farm for Los Angeles

Whittier Organic Food Center is a Self-Sustaining Vertical Farm for Los Angeles

The Whittier Organic Food Center is a state-of-the-art food production testing and learning facility that recently took top honors in the Cavin Family Travel Fellowship. The project creates opportunities

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New Zealand’s First Light Solar Decathlon House Puts an Innovative Twist on the Basics

New Zealand’s First Light Solar Decathlon House Puts an Innovative Twist on the Basics

Several unique features set the house apart from the rest. Inspired by the traditional New Zealand holiday home, the “Kiwi bach”, socializing and a relationship with nature were of prime importance in

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Futuristic Cities Feature Fog Harvesting and Urban Fish Farms

Futuristic Cities Feature Fog Harvesting and Urban Fish Farms

IwamotoScott and van Bergen Kolpa are featured in the “Architecture of Consequence" exhibit currently at AIA San Francisco – an ongoing global project demonstrating the impact that designers and

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Welios Science Center Teaches About Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy in Austria

Welios Science Center Teaches About Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy in Austria

The Welios Science Center is located in the Wels’ Volksgarten park, where it bridges the gap between the historic city center and the expo center. Conceived as a giant X, the project offers flexible

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SOLARCROSS: Brilliant Electric Bike is Boosted by the Sun’s Rays

SOLARCROSS: Brilliant Electric Bike is Boosted by the Sun’s Rays

Inventor Terry Hope has created the Solarcross - a sun-powered electric bike outfitted with three photovoltaic panels, a 24-volt electric motor, and three 5,000 mAh lithium-ion batteries. The brilliant

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Antillean Gothic is a Modern and Energy Efficient Take on the Shotgun House

Antillean Gothic is a Modern and Energy Efficient Take on the Shotgun House

The Antillean Gothic is a concept house by Amonle Studio Workshop that proposes a green and tropical way of life rooted in Caribbean style architecture. The new home is an eco concept that finds its

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Pylon of the Future: 6 Designs for an Advanced Electrical Grid

Pylon of the Future: 6 Designs for an Advanced Electrical Grid

Silhouette by Ian Ritchie Architects This design doesn't look like much, but that's the point. The slender pole can appear as a tall black lance or as a thin sliver from a different angle. With a convex

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E-MiLi: New Idle Technology Could Make Smartphones 44% More Energy Efficient

E-MiLi: New Idle Technology Could Make Smartphones 44% More Energy Efficient

Researchers at the University of Michigan have found a clever way to make our smartphones up to 44% more energy efficient without changing how we interact with them. They found that when your smartphone

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MIT’s Tiny Kinetic Generator Produces 100 Times More Power from Small Vibrations

MIT’s Tiny Kinetic Generator Produces 100 Times More Power from Small Vibrations

The labs at MIT are shaking things up - literally - as they just unveiled a tiny device that harvests energy from everyday, low-frequency vibrations. The breakthrough gizmo generates 100 times more power

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Intel Unveils Solar Laptop Chipset That Can be Powered by a Desk Lamp

Intel Unveils Solar Laptop Chipset That Can be Powered by a Desk Lamp

In the wake of Intel announcing the world's first 3-D transistor that uses 35% less energy than its counterparts, the company has now decided to kick their own energy record into oblivion. The processor

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