renewable energy

Energy Justice Summer: Inhabitat Reports on the Fight Against Fracking in Northeast Pennsylvania

Energy Justice Summer: Inhabitat Reports on the Fight Against Fracking in Northeast Pennsylvania

On June 2nd, I left Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to join Energy Justice Summer; a joint project with the Energy Justice Network & SustainUS. Over the next ten weeks, I'll be a part of a project that

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15-Year-Old Develops Flashlight Powered by Body Heat, Wins Top Prize in Google Science Fair

15-Year-Old Develops Flashlight Powered by Body Heat, Wins Top Prize in Google Science Fair

From a sleeping bag that charges your gadgets to entire buildings warmed by body heat, scientists are harvesting the heat emitted by humans as a source of renewable energy. But the latest development in

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Appliances, Electronics, and Responsible Energy Use

GREEN BUILDING 101: Appliances, Electronics, and Responsible Energy Use

Here at Green Building 101, we’ve looked at many ways that you can design, build, and renovate your home with more attention to your health and the environment. Now that you've been thoroughly educated,

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INTERVIEW: GrabCAD Looks Under the Hood of the New Solar Impulse 2 Airplane

INTERVIEW: GrabCAD Looks Under the Hood of the New Solar Impulse 2 Airplane

Earlier this week Inhabitat reported that the Solar Impulse 2 launched its maiden flight in preparation for its record-breaking sun-powered trip around the world next year. The lightweight and

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Eco-Power and Energy Efficiency

GREEN BUILDING 101: Eco-Power and Energy Efficiency

Most of us underestimate or ignore our incredible dependence on electricity, but there's nothing like a blackout caused by overzealous summertime air conditioner use to remind us of the importance of

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Multijunction Solar Cells Break Efficiency Records by Harvesting the Full Spectrum of Light

Multijunction Solar Cells Break Efficiency Records by Harvesting the Full Spectrum of Light

Engineers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new type of solar cell that uses multiple junctions instead of single subcells to gather the full spectrum of light. The

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Ditching DVDs Would Result in Massive CO2 and Energy Savings, New Study Shows

Ditching DVDs Would Result in Massive CO2 and Energy Savings, New Study Shows

The days of DVD video have been numbered for years now as online streaming and instant video downloads have been taking over. Now a new study reveals that getting rid of DVDs altogether would result in

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OTE Corporation Harnesses Cold Seawater for Fossil Fuel-Free Air Conditioning

OTE Corporation Harnesses Cold Seawater for Fossil Fuel-Free Air Conditioning

Ocean Thermal Energy Corporation (OTE Corporation) is a breakthrough technology company that both contributes to the long-term health of the environment, and boosts the economy—locally and globally.

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Bombay Sapphire’s 18th Century Paper Mill Renovation Wins BREEAM Award for Industrial Design

Bombay Sapphire’s 18th Century Paper Mill Renovation Wins BREEAM Award for Industrial Design

Located in rural Hampshire, UK, the historic paper mill printed banknote paper for the Bank of England and British Empire for over 225 years and is currently registered as a Conservation Area and Site of

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Meet LIAM: A Mini Windmill Ideal for Any Home

Meet LIAM: A Mini Windmill Ideal for Any Home

Rotterdam company Archimedes has created a small windmill that can be installed on just about any roof, anywhere. Meet LIAM: a quiet, affordable wind energy source that's ideal for urban settings; it's

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Massive Multi-Family Apartment Complex Solar Installation Completed in California

Massive Multi-Family Apartment Complex Solar Installation Completed in California

One of the largest multi-family apartment complex solar thermal and solar photovoltaic projects of the decade was just completed in California. Los Angeles-based solar company ReGreen retrofitted 34

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Germany Was Powered by 74% Renewable Energy Last Weekend

Germany Was Powered by 74% Renewable Energy Last Weekend

In 2011, Germany made headlines when a small agricultural village in the state of Bavaria produced 321% more energy than it needed. Now, Germany is showing that it is still leading the world in

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6 Incredible Glamping Retreats for Experiencing the Great Outdoors (Without Roughing it)

6 Incredible Glamping Retreats for Experiencing the Great Outdoors (Without Roughing it)

EcoCamp in Chile EcoCamp is immersed in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park in the Chilean Patagonia. It offers guided treks, as well as luxury camping in solar-powered geodesic domes. Loch

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Ryue Nishiziwa’s Gorgeous Vertical Garden House Takes Root in Tokyo

Ryue Nishiziwa’s Gorgeous Vertical Garden House Takes Root in Tokyo

Instead of a true facade, full-height windows, curtains, benches, and planters separate rooms and amenities. A living room and kitchen occupy the ground floor. Ascending the painted steel staircase leads

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Individuals in Spain Turn to Community Collectives for Renewable Energy

Individuals in Spain Turn to Community Collectives for Renewable Energy

Most of the time we rely on governments or large companies to help us make the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy, but one community in Spain took matters into its own hands and created a

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White House Solar Panels Fire Up for the First Time Since Jimmy Carter Left

White House Solar Panels Fire Up for the First Time Since Jimmy Carter Left

As President Obama makes his way to California to preach the gospel of solar power, his words have become action back home in Washington D.C. After years of waiting, the White House solar array is now

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IRIS: Kinematic Sea Pods Generate Energy in the Shadow of Beirut’s High-rises

IRIS: Kinematic Sea Pods Generate Energy in the Shadow of Beirut’s High-rises

Najjar & Najjar developed the IRIS pods to create accessibility to the sea in a way that profoundly connects the viewer with their environment. The large, eye-shaped IRIS structures provide surrogate

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Spanish Island to be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

Spanish Island to be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

A tiny Spanish island with just 10,000 residents is about to do something amazing. El Hierro, the smallest of the Canary Islands, plans to completely sever ties with the traditional power grid and move

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Stanford Becomes First Major U.S. University to Divest from Coal Companies

Stanford Becomes First Major U.S. University to Divest from Coal Companies

This week Stanford University became the first major U.S. university to officially divest from coal companies. The Stanford Board of Trustees voted that the university's $18.7 billion endowment would not

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Solar Cell Breakthrough Replaces Harmful Lead With Less Expensive Tin

Solar Cell Breakthrough Replaces Harmful Lead With Less Expensive Tin

Researchers at Northwestern University just unveiled a new solar cell that can be manufactured for less money using fewer harmful elements. Inorganic chemist Mercouri G. Kanatzidis and Robert P. H. Chang

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Tubular GoSun Solar Cooker Heats up to a Sizzling 550° F in Mere Minutes

Tubular GoSun Solar Cooker Heats up to a Sizzling 550° F in Mere Minutes

Solar cooking just got even better thanks to the new fuss-free GoSun stove. This uber awesome tube stove can cook delicious meals without using a lick of fuel - in just 20 minutes. Baking, boiling or

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Massive Solar Wind Energy Tower Proposed for the U.S.-Mexico Border

Massive Solar Wind Energy Tower Proposed for the U.S.-Mexico Border

A Maryland-based energy company plans to build a gigantic tower that could tap solar and wind resources to generate 500 megawatts of energy. The Solar Wind Energy Tower is planned for a location on the

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United States Investing $10 Million in Wave Power Projects

United States Investing $10 Million in Wave Power Projects

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) just announced $10 million in funding to test two deep-water wave energy conversion (WEC) devices off the coast of the U.S. Navy's Marine Corps Hawaii Base in

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The World’s Largest Fully-Operational Solar Plant Opens in Arizona

The World’s Largest Fully-Operational Solar Plant Opens in Arizona

Somewhere between Yuma and Phoenix, Arizona on a desolate stretch of 2,400 acres of land, construction was just completed on the world's largest fully-operational solar-power plant. Known as Agua

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Tiny Wooden Pods by Cannatà & Fernandes Pop Up in Portugal

Tiny Wooden Pods by Cannatà & Fernandes Pop Up in Portugal

The Nautic Club's modern small units stand out within the Abrantas natural park and traditional Portuguese architecture. They have a privileged view of the Tagus River and nearby green mountains.

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Tesla Cuts the Ribbon on its 100th Supercharger Station

Tesla Cuts the Ribbon on its 100th Supercharger Station

When Tesla announced that it wanted to build a super charging network that would blanket the nation, it seemed like a lofty dream. But when Tesla cut the ribbon on its 100th Supercharger station in

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Sunseeker Duo Plane Inches Closer to World’s First Solar-Powered Passenger Flights

Sunseeker Duo Plane Inches Closer to World’s First Solar-Powered Passenger Flights

We've been tracking the progress of the world's first solar-powered two-seater airplane since the Sunseeker Duo made its initial public appearance in Friedrichshafen, Germany nearly one year ago. Since

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Murtada Alkaabi Develops a Brilliant Wind Harvesting Facade for Coastal Urban Buildings

Murtada Alkaabi Develops a Brilliant Wind Harvesting Facade for Coastal Urban Buildings

Wind turbines are rarely designed for cities-they are loud, affect views, and buildings tend to block the winds anyway. Eager to find an aesthetically-pleasing solution for harvesting wind energy in urban

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The Port Solar Charger Turns Any Window into a Power Outlet for Your Mobile Gadgets

The Port Solar Charger Turns Any Window into a Power Outlet for Your Mobile Gadgets

Whenever I arrive at a coffee shop or coworking space, the first thing I do is scope out the power outlets. Between a smartphone, laptop, and occasionally a tablet too, keeping my mobile office up and

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Pistachio Shells Could Power a Brand New City in Turkey

Pistachio Shells Could Power a Brand New City in Turkey

Turkey exported 6,800 tons of pistachio nuts last year, and now the country is floating plans to build a city powered by the leftover shells. The idea came from Burgeap, a French environmental

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