renewable energy

The World’s Largest Solar Plant is Frying Birds

The World’s Largest Solar Plant is Frying Birds

The world’s largest solar power plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, officially opened for business a few days ago, but not all environmentalists are happy about it. The plant consists

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Build Your Own Flat-Pack Micro Nomad Home for Less than $30,000

Build Your Own Flat-Pack Micro Nomad Home for Less than $30,000

The easily assembled tiny Nomad home comes in a flat-pack box that slashes shipping costs. It includes a kitchen, living room, bathroom, and sleeping area, all of which are somehow tucked into every inch

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Panasonic Introduces World’s First Microwave-Controlled Ultra Compact Power Converter

Panasonic Introduces World’s First Microwave-Controlled Ultra Compact Power Converter

The age of giant AC power convertors (like those fat power bricks that covert 120v to 240v power) might fade into obscurity if Panasonic has anything to say about them. The Japanese electronics firm

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Juice Architects’ Oyster-Inspired Off-Shore Tidal Lagoon Visitors Center is a Pearl of a Green Design

Juice Architects’ Oyster-Inspired Off-Shore Tidal Lagoon Visitors Center is a Pearl of a Green Design

Pearl of a design: Iconic Tidal Lagoon Off-Shore Visitors Centre by Juice Architects by: Paul Newman, Principal, Juice Architects www.juicearchitects.com The 3,500 m2 Off-Shore Tidal Lagoon

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82,000 Tons of Toxic Coal Ash Spill Into North Carolina River

82,000 Tons of Toxic Coal Ash Spill Into North Carolina River

Coal ash photo by Brian Stansberry A retired Duke Energy coal plant in Eden, North Carolina recently leaked 82,000 tons of toxic coal ash into the nearby Dan River. The contaminated fluid traveled

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Amazing Interactive Map Shows Carbon Footprint of all 31,000 U.S. ZIP Codes

Amazing Interactive Map Shows Carbon Footprint of all 31,000 U.S. ZIP Codes

Amidst numerous discussions about reducing greenhouse gases stands a glaring question: what are the greatest sources of household emissions? To answer this, researchers at the University of California,

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Scotland Will Soon Be Home to the World’s First Self-Sufficient Island

Scotland Will Soon Be Home to the World’s First Self-Sufficient Island

Scotland’s Eigg Island might just be the world’s greenest island - and not only because of its pristine untouched landscape. The tiny isle off the country’s northwest coast boasts a broad array of

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SolBooth: A Transparent Solar-Powered Phone Booth That Blends Into City Streets

SolBooth: A Transparent Solar-Powered Phone Booth That Blends Into City Streets

Hakan Gürsu of Designnobis developed the Solbooth - a beautiful solar-powered phone booth that we'd love to see on city streets. The transparent shelter blends into the urban environment with its

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Shell to Stop Drilling for Alaskan Oil Due to Falling Profits

Shell to Stop Drilling for Alaskan Oil Due to Falling Profits

Alaska oil pipeline / Shutterstock Shell's incoming CEO Ben van Beurden recently announced that a court ruling has placed "significant obstacles" in the way of oil exploitation in Alaska. Europe's

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World’s First Magma-Enhanced Geothermal System Created in Iceland

World’s First Magma-Enhanced Geothermal System Created in Iceland

Magma photo from Shutterstock The Iceland Deep Drilling Project (IDDP) has been drilling wells in search of high temperature geothermal resources, and one of those wells - a borehole drilled at Krafla

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World’s Largest Solar Bridge Complete in London

World’s Largest Solar Bridge Complete in London

At long last, the world’s largest solar bridge at London’s Blackfriars station is finally complete. Solarcentury and England’s Network Rail partnered to cover the bridge with 4,400 photovoltaic

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Cheap, Biodegradable Sugar Batteries Could Power Gadgets Within Three Years

Cheap, Biodegradable Sugar Batteries Could Power Gadgets Within Three Years

A research team from Virginia Tech led by Y.H. Percival Zhang just developed a battery that runs on natural sugar that could replace conventional batteries within three years. The sugar battery is cheap,

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European Union to Cut Emissions 40%, Produce 27% of Energy from Renewables by 2030

European Union to Cut Emissions 40%, Produce 27% of Energy from Renewables by 2030

The European Union just reached a landmark climate deal that is world's toughest. The compromise agreement is the result of intense negotiations between member states that delayed the unveiling of the

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Wind Power was Spain’s Top Energy Source in 2013 for First Time Ever!

Wind Power was Spain’s Top Energy Source in 2013 for First Time Ever!

Zaragoza Wind Farm photo from Shutterstock Spain is going with the wind - last year wind power ranked as the nation's top electricity source for the first time! The Iberian Peninsula state generated

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Solar-Powered Monte Rosa Alpine Hut is 90% Energy Independent

Solar-Powered Monte Rosa Alpine Hut is 90% Energy Independent

The autonomous alpine shelter, which resides at 2,810 meters above sea level, was designed by the Department of Architecture at the Swiss Federal Technical University in Zurich (ETH). The four-story

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Teeny Tiny Windmills Could Power Future Smartphones

Teeny Tiny Windmills Could Power Future Smartphones

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington are working on the world’s tiniest wind farm that could fit on a grain of rice and charge your smartphone! The teeny tiny windmill is just 1.88mm

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Ford Showcases Sun-Powered C-Max Solar Energi Car at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Ford Showcases Sun-Powered C-Max Solar Energi Car at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Ford's C-MAX Solar Energi Concept marks the first time a major automaker has unveiled a car that can harness enough energy from the sun to power its electric motor. The vehicle was developed in

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Massive 579MW Solar Star Power Plant Goes Online in California

Massive 579MW Solar Star Power Plant Goes Online in California

Photo via Shutterstock MidAmerican Solar and SunPower have announced that the first portion of one of the largest solar power plants in the United States is now feeding into the California independent

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Audi Unveils Allroad Shooting Brake Hybrid at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Audi Unveils Allroad Shooting Brake Hybrid at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Audi's Allroad Shooting Brake Concept is designed to handle "light off-road conditions," and as such it features a slightly raised suspension and large 19-inch wheels made from lightweight carbon

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Inhabitat Reports LIVE From the 2014 Detroit Auto Show Today!

Inhabitat Reports LIVE From the 2014 Detroit Auto Show Today!

Heads up transportation fans - today Inhabitat is reporting LIVE from the floor of the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where we'll be bringing you a first look at this year's most

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Croatian Schools Plan To Use Renewable Energy To Fund Better Education

Croatian Schools Plan To Use Renewable Energy To Fund Better Education

Education funding always seems to be last on the list for politicians (even though it should be the first). Schools in Croatia face the same problem, which has spurred one enterprising elementary school

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California Doubles Solar Capacity in Just One Year

California Doubles Solar Capacity in Just One Year

Last year, California residents installed more rooftop solar capacity in one year than in the previous thirty combined! In 2013 alone, the state added a whopping 1,000 megawatts of solar capacity to their

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UK Shatters Wind Power Records in December 2013 by Generating 2.8 Million MWh

UK Shatters Wind Power Records in December 2013 by Generating 2.8 Million MWh

The UK broke a series of wind energy records in December 2013 - including the record for most wind power produced in a single month. In December, Britain generated a total of 2,841,080 megawatt hours

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MOS Architects’ Sustainable Nepal Orphanage is a Green Model For Other Communities

MOS Architects’ Sustainable Nepal Orphanage is a Green Model For Other Communities

The project grew from a partnership between MOS Architects and the Seeds of Change Foundation, which focuses on educational and environmental work in Nepal. The region where the orphanage will be located

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Registration for the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition Opens in Copenhagen

Registration for the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition Opens in Copenhagen

The 2014 edition of the Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition, which will take place in Copenhagen this year, is officially open for submissions. The international design competition seeks to

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Top 6 Green Innovations of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Top 6 Green Innovations of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Green technology advances by leaps and bounds - and in 2013 we saw no shortage of incredible innovations. From an ingenious ocean cleanup invention that could combat plastic pollution to a pedal-powered

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Inhabitat’s Top 7 News Stories of 2013 – Vote for the Most Important!

Inhabitat’s Top 7 News Stories of 2013 – Vote for the Most Important!

With 2014 just around the corner, we are taking a retrospective look at the biggest news stories of 2013, and we're seeing a healthy combination of both really disturbing, depressing news and positive

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Cape Wind Project Moves Forward With Siemens Wind Turbine Deal

Cape Wind Project Moves Forward With Siemens Wind Turbine Deal

The first offshore wind project in the United States moved a step closer to reality this week when Cape Wind Associates inked a deal with German wind turbine manufacturer Siemens to provide 3.5 megawatt

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Green is Your Campus?

INFOGRAPHIC: How Green is Your Campus?

Today's students are tomorrow's leaders, and we're happy to say that universities across the States are doing their part to protect the earth while fostering environmental education. Best College Reviews

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Scientists Convert Algae into Crude Oil in Less than One Hour

Scientists Convert Algae into Crude Oil in Less than One Hour

Department of Energy scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory say they’ve reduced nature's million year process of turning algae into crude oil to one than takes less than an hour. The

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