renewable energy

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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Scientists Find a Bacterial Strain That Recycles Newspapers Into Biofuel!

Scientists Find a Bacterial Strain That Recycles Newspapers Into Biofuel!

With more and more people getting their news from the internet and the rising popularity of e-readers, some people think that newspapers may soon be obsolete. But scientists at Tulane University have

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Energy Efficient Silverland Middle School Comes With its Own Outdoor Movie Screen

Energy Efficient Silverland Middle School Comes With its Own Outdoor Movie Screen

The school utilizes traditional planning patterns found throughout the American Southwest and is organized around a central courtyard. The core contains the common areas, a cafeteria, gym, media center

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SCHOTT Solar Company Breaks Record for Screen-Printed Solar Cell Efficiency

SCHOTT Solar Company Breaks Record for Screen-Printed Solar Cell Efficiency

Over the years, new solar technology has broken a few records including solar energy concentration and solar vehicular speed. However this week, SCHOTT Solar announced that they had broken the record for

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i-Go eBike Concept Powers You Through the City and Charges Your Smartphone

i-Go eBike Concept Powers You Through the City and Charges Your Smartphone

i-Go is an electric bike concept loaded with futuristic rider-friendly features such as regenerative wireless brakes, internal gears, smartphone charging ability, mobile app and GPS all integrated into a

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Poop-Fueled Batteries May Be Available for Home Use in 5 Years

Poop-Fueled Batteries May Be Available for Home Use in 5 Years

Raw sewage stinks, but did you know it is actually a hot commodity? Gaseous wastewater has the potential to be converted into energy-packed biofuel, powering city facilities worldwide. Soon, that noxious

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Beaming Modular Power Towers Unveiled for BrightSource’s Mojave Solar Plant

Beaming Modular Power Towers Unveiled for BrightSource’s Mojave Solar Plant

We're pretty happy that a 392 MW solar concentrating plant is currently under construction in the Mojave Desert to supply enough juice to power 140,000 homes by 2013. But we're even more excited to learn

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Chinese Researchers Plan to Use a Solar Sail to Save Earth from Asteroid Collision

Chinese Researchers Plan to Use a Solar Sail to Save Earth from Asteroid Collision

Chinese researchers plan to build a solar sail-powered spacecraft that will launch into space in the near future on a suicide mission to save planet Earth. Now, stay on your toes, this gets tricky. There

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Next-Gen Electronics Charge Themselves With Energy-Harvesting LCD Screens

Next-Gen Electronics Charge Themselves With Energy-Harvesting LCD Screens

Engineers at UCLA have developed technology that allows energy gobbling gadgets like smartphones and laptops to convert sunlight, ambient light, and their own backlight into energy. Equipping LCD-enhanced

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Japanese Bill Calling for Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Gains Steam

Japanese Bill Calling for Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Gains Steam

Earlier this year, the Japanese government considered a bill that would require renewable energy to be integrated into the consumer energy grid. Initially proposed to lower greenhouse gas emissions, the

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Checkerboard Solar-Clad Housing Project Pops Up in Paris

Checkerboard Solar-Clad Housing Project Pops Up in Paris

The building provides spacious apartments for low-income needs. The checkerboard-style façade faces Rue La Chapelle, and each front-facing unit has a private balcony with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors

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Net Zero Savannah iHouse Opens For Tours At Green Bridge Farm

Net Zero Savannah iHouse Opens For Tours At Green Bridge Farm

So far, Clayton Homes has built 9 iHomes around the country with their i-House 1.0 concept. These homes are all prefabricated and come with bamboo floors, Energy Star appliances, no VOC paint, CFL

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PlanetSolar: The World’s Largest Solar Powered Boat Docks in Hong Kong

PlanetSolar: The World’s Largest Solar Powered Boat Docks in Hong Kong

The deck of the catamaran TÛRANOR is lined with over 5,380 square feet of solar paneling that extends over each side of the ship. Measuring around 101 feet long and 49 feet wide, PlanetSolar can

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Scientists Discover Deep-Sea Mussels That Can Convert Hydrogen into Energy

Scientists Discover Deep-Sea Mussels That Can Convert Hydrogen into Energy

According to scientists, there are mussels at the bottom of the ocean that are efficiently converting hydrogen into energy in their very own, nature-made hydrogen fuel cells. The mussels, discovered by

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Wind Cube: A Clever Design for a Personal Wind Farm Right on Your Own Home

Wind Cube: A Clever Design for a Personal Wind Farm Right on Your Own Home

Chen Liao Hsun has been envisioning a future of renewable energy that individuals can use right at home. His concept, the Wind Cube, would allow each homeowner to install personal wind turbine

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IKEA UK Pledges to Use 100% Renewable Energy

IKEA UK Pledges to Use 100% Renewable Energy

When it comes to big box stores, you can't really get any greener than IKEA. From banning the sale incandescent bulbs to pledging to use only sustainable cotton, the Swedish furniture giant is leading the

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Jordan’s $1.5 Billion Star Trek Theme Park to be Powered by Alternative Energy

Jordan’s $1.5 Billion Star Trek Theme Park to be Powered by Alternative Energy

There are a lot of famous Star Trek fans out there -- Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis and yours truly -- but none of us are as rich as King Abdullah of Jordan. The Middle Eastern monarch, who was once an extra

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Ford to Offer SunPower Solar Arrays with Their New Focus Electric

Ford to Offer SunPower Solar Arrays with Their New Focus Electric

Ford has teamed up with SunPower to offer Ford Focus Electric buyers a solar array that will generate enough energy to power their vehicle for 1,000 miles a month. The two companies announced the

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