renewable energy

NREL Study Finds 32 Acres of Solar Can Power 1,000 Homes

NREL Study Finds 32 Acres of Solar Can Power 1,000 Homes

When comparing the advantages and disadvantages of fossil fuels and renewable energy sources, how much real estate each requires to generate electricity is a key factor. While power plants that use coal

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6 Ways to Convert Poo into Power

6 Ways to Convert Poo into Power

Power-Generating Toilet Scientists at the Nanyang Technological University have invented a way to harness poop power at home- with a convenient toilet system. Their No-Mix Vacuum toilet uses suction to

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Researchers to Mimic Photosynthesis to Produce Zero Carbon Liquid Fuel

Researchers to Mimic Photosynthesis to Produce Zero Carbon Liquid Fuel

Image via Shutterstock Plants convert sunlight into energy every day - and researchers have long studied ways to replicate the process to develop renewable sources of fuel. Nate Lewis is a Chemistry

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Ralf Sander’s World Saving Machine Uses Solar Energy to Create Ice!

Ralf Sander’s World Saving Machine Uses Solar Energy to Create Ice!

The World Saving Machine III is an incredible sculpture that transforms solar energy into ice – literally, as well as (on a larger scale) metaphorically. The project was installed at the Seoul Museum of

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Goal Zero’s New Katabatic 2 Solar Tent Will Keep Your Gadgets Charged in the Wilderness

Goal Zero’s New Katabatic 2 Solar Tent Will Keep Your Gadgets Charged in the Wilderness

If there's one place technophiles fear, it's the great outdoors. But with these new charging gizmos by Eddie Bauer and Goal Zero, gadget geeks will be able to charge their devices even in the depths of a

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Stanford Researchers Develop Record-Breaking Thinner Solar Cells That Absorb More Light

Stanford Researchers Develop Record-Breaking Thinner Solar Cells That Absorb More Light

Solar power research is a big deal. Scientists have been searching for a way to improve photovoltaic efficacy for years by developing new technologies - from giant solar concentrator

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Europe’s Largest Battery to Store Renewable Energy in Groundbreaking UK Trial

Europe’s Largest Battery to Store Renewable Energy in Groundbreaking UK Trial

Image via Shutterstock Three companies plan to install Europe's largest battery at a UK substation in order to test improved renewable energy storage. Solar and wind are excellent, clean sources of

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Self-Sufficient Bharathi Antarctic Research Station is Made From 134 Shipping Containers

Self-Sufficient Bharathi Antarctic Research Station is Made From 134 Shipping Containers

Easy to transport and erect, the shipping containers used to construct the research station in Northeast Antarctica are also easy to disassemble. This and self-sufficiency are key aspects of the design

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City of Palo Alto, California to Switch to 100% Renewable Energy Sources

City of Palo Alto, California to Switch to 100% Renewable Energy Sources

Photo via Shutterstock This week the city council in Palo Alto, California voted in favor of sourcing all the town's energy needs from clean, renewable sources. Effective immediately, the city will

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Bielefeld University Students Produce Batteries Powered by E.Coli Bacteria

Bielefeld University Students Produce Batteries Powered by E.Coli Bacteria

Image via iGEM team 2013 A team of ten students at Bielefeld University, Germany have come up with a new source of electricity – the infection-causing bacteria Escherichia coli. Their

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Michael Jantzen’s Solar Eco-Aquaponic House is a Self-Sustaining Urban Farm

Michael Jantzen’s Solar Eco-Aquaponic House is a Self-Sustaining Urban Farm

Michael Jantzen’s Eco-Aquaponic House is a cylindrical steel structure that creates a self-sustaining environment for growing fish and plants - waste generated by the fish is used to fertilize the

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CalTech Researcher John Dabiri Uses Biomimicry to Design Cheaper, More Efficient Vertical Axis Wind Farms Inspired by Schools of Fish

CalTech Researcher John Dabiri Uses Biomimicry to Design Cheaper, More Efficient Vertical Axis Wind Farms Inspired by Schools of Fish

Wind turbine designs have improved significantly in recent years, but wind farms are still pretty inefficient. That's because traditional wind turbines -- the ones with three huge blades -- interfere with

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Interactive Infographic Reveals How Green Your State is

Interactive Infographic Reveals How Green Your State is

MPHonline.com recently created a new infographic entitled “How Green is My State” that reveals the use of mass transit, renewable energy, recycling, water quality, air quality, gas, and Co2 across the

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Giant Energy-Generating Kites Could Serve as an Alternative to Wind Turbines

Giant Energy-Generating Kites Could Serve as an Alternative to Wind Turbines

In the Netherlands, scientists from the aerospace engineering department of the Technology University in Delft are testing the ability of giant kites to harvest energy from high speed, high altitude

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Germany’s Solar Industry is in Peril as Big Companies File for Insolvency

Germany’s Solar Industry is in Peril as Big Companies File for Insolvency

It seems that almost every other month, Germany sets a new solar power record. However, despite the sunny outlook for the current state of power generation, the solar panel industry has been showing signs

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House Budget for NASA Calls for Half-Trillion Dollar Mars Colony, Cuts Renewable Energy Research

House Budget for NASA Calls for Half-Trillion Dollar Mars Colony, Cuts Renewable Energy Research

Interplanetary exploration is certainly a noble endeavor, but when it comes to caring for a planet, politicians should begin by rooting for the home team. A recently introduced bill in the House of

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15-Year-Old Develops Flashlight Powered by Body Heat

15-Year-Old Develops Flashlight Powered by Body Heat

From a sleeping bag that charges your gadgets to entire buildings heated 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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Researchers Build Nano Solar Cells 1,000 Times More Powerful than Conventional PVs

Researchers Build Nano Solar Cells 1,000 Times More Powerful than Conventional PVs

As global warming and climate change escalate, the push to develop better, more efficient solar energy technology has never been more urgent, and now researchers at MIT have developed ultra-thin and

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World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens in Thames Estuary

World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens in Thames Estuary

As the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Great Britain was once completely reliant on fossil fuels, but that is rapidly changing. On Thursday, the world's largest wind farm was opened in the Thames

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Apple Announces Plans to Build 20MW Solar Farm to Power Reno Data Center

Apple Announces Plans to Build 20MW Solar Farm to Power Reno Data Center

Earlier this spring, environmentalists cheered when Apple announced that it would power its largest data center in Maiden, North Carolina entirely with renewable energy. Now, Apple is following that up

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Retired Couple to Travel Around the Wold on Solar Powered Electric Tricycle

Retired Couple to Travel Around the Wold on Solar Powered Electric Tricycle

Building an electric tricycle from scratch is one thing - but driving it through 100 countries around the world in 5 years is another thing entirely. Li Linxiang, 66, and his wife Zhao Yafan, 64, are a

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Chinese Wind Turbine Manufacturer Sinovel Accused of Stealing Trade Secrets From US Clean Energy Company

Chinese Wind Turbine Manufacturer Sinovel Accused of Stealing Trade Secrets From US Clean Energy Company

US-based American Superconductor (AMSC) recently accused Sinovel Wind Group - one of China's biggest wind turbine manufacturers - of stealing trade secrets. AMSC claims the stolen software was used in

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Sunstash Solar Charger Provides Off-Grid Energy During Emergencies

Sunstash Solar Charger Provides Off-Grid Energy During Emergencies

SunStash is a newly launched Kickstarter project that seeks to provide an innovative solar powered solution to frequent interruptions in the power grid. Created by Don Cayelli, SunStash combines a

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One Quarter of World’s Energy to be Renewable by 2018, IEA Reports

One Quarter of World’s Energy to be Renewable by 2018, IEA Reports

Image via Shutterstock One quarter of all the world's energy generation will be renewable by 2018, the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced on Wednesday. The news comes just days after President

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Design Inspiration from Nature – Biomimicry for a Better Planet

Design Inspiration from Nature – Biomimicry for a Better Planet

People have been turning to nature for inspiration to help them solve problems for millions of years. From buildings and bridges to materials and medicine - examining the design of nature has aided in the

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MIT’s Mapdwell Project Tracks Sustainable Development Around the World

MIT’s Mapdwell Project Tracks Sustainable Development Around the World

The Mapdwell Project is a collaborative effort by researchers, academics, and professionals at MIT to develop a community resource of research-driven and tested information on sustainable practices. The

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Vodafone Unveils Smartphone-Charging Shorts Just in Time for Festival Season

Vodafone Unveils Smartphone-Charging Shorts Just in Time for Festival Season

British telecommunications company Vodafone wants people to be able to use their phones, even when they're away from a power source for days on end at music festivals, for example. So this week, the

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Product Review: The BioLite Campstove Charges Your Gadgets as You Cook a Meal

Product Review: The BioLite Campstove Charges Your Gadgets as You Cook a Meal

Photo by Mark Andrew Boyer For starters, the BioLite Campstove is remarkably easy to use. I've used several types of gas and wood-burning stoves before, and the BioLite is about as user-friendly as

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Vodafone’s New Energy-Generating Sleeping Bag Charges Your Phone as You Sleep

Vodafone’s New Energy-Generating Sleeping Bag Charges Your Phone as You Sleep

Last summer, British telecommunications company Vodafone deployed a recharging truck to music festivals to enable festival-goers to charge their gadgets. Now, the company is rolling out a new piece of

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Grand Cancun Eco Island Cleans Up the Ocean While Generating Renewable Energy

Grand Cancun Eco Island Cleans Up the Ocean While Generating Renewable Energy

The entire surface of the offshore platform will be covered in solar panels that will provide energy for both Grand Cancun and the main city's national grid. Vertical wind turbines and underwater tidal

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