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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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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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Ohio State’s Solar Decathlon House Makes a Cozy Home Out of a Tiny Space

Ohio State’s Solar Decathlon House Makes a Cozy Home Out of a Tiny Space

The most cost-effective feature of the home are the thin film photovoltaics that sit atop the roof. Locally manufactured in Ohio, the thin panels cost nearly 70% less than typical solar arrays. Triple

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Google Invests in the Power of Pig Poop

Google Invests in the Power of Pig Poop

Google just announced that it has been carbon neutral since 2007, and the internet giant also recently unveiled plans to invest in pig poop as a form of renewable energy. Working in collaboration with

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SolarCity’s SolarStrong Project Will Double the Number of Residential Solar Panels in the U.S.

SolarCity’s SolarStrong Project Will Double the Number of Residential Solar Panels in the U.S.

From solar backpacks to solar tents, the U.S. military has been implementing solar power (and other renewable energy sources) in innovative ways for quite some time. So it's really no surprise that the

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Silverback Builds Urban Bikes with USB Chargers for Your Gadgets

Silverback Builds Urban Bikes with USB Chargers for Your Gadgets

At long last our dreams are coming true. Now thanks to Silverback, we can charge our gadgets while we ride around town on our favorite two-wheeled mode of transportation. The Starke 1 and Starke 2

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Beehive-Inspired Vertical Farm is a Self-Sufficient Mini Ecosystem for London

Beehive-Inspired Vertical Farm is a Self-Sufficient Mini Ecosystem for London

Xome Arquitectos began their design based on the premise that by 2050 more than 70% of the world's population will live in an urban environment. If this comes to fruition as expected, vertical farming

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Harry Reid Announces the World’s First Hybrid Solar-Geothermal Power Plant

Harry Reid Announces the World’s First Hybrid Solar-Geothermal Power Plant

Nevada Senator Harry Reid began his time as host of the fourth National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas yesterday by announcing the world's first hybrid solar-geothermal power plant -- to be built in his

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Shutting Down America’s Dirtiest Coal Plants Will Not Affect Our Power Supply

Shutting Down America’s Dirtiest Coal Plants Will Not Affect Our Power Supply

When the EPA announced its new regulations for coal plants back in July, the right wing media had a field day saying that the new rules, which will force the nation's dirtiest plants offline, would result

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Solar OLED Tiles Transform Skyscrapers Into Zero-Energy Displays

Solar OLED Tiles Transform Skyscrapers Into Zero-Energy Displays

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nhgzW1qBHc&feature The tile concept was developed by industrial designer Meidad Marzan for his graduation project at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. The

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UK Designers Display 7 Innovative Everyday Uses for Biophotovoltaic Panels Powered by Algae

UK Designers Display 7 Innovative Everyday Uses for Biophotovoltaic Panels Powered by Algae

This collaborative BPV research at Cambridge University funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) could send serious ripples through the renewable energy sector if it

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U.S. Solar Product Exports Increased by 100% Since 2010!

U.S. Solar Product Exports Increased by 100% Since 2010!

Need more proof that renewable energy products boost the US economy and create jobs? This past year saw an incredible surge in the export of solar products from the United States. While we previously

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Shell-Inspired Fairground Building at Rossi Sud Complex Harnesses Energy From the Earth

Shell-Inspired Fairground Building at Rossi Sud Complex Harnesses Energy From the Earth

The Rossi Sud complex is a former industrial area in Latina, Italy that is undergoing upgrades, part of which include a new mixed-use fairground building. DRA&U's proposal is a white, shell-like

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