renewable energy

Renzo Piano’s Dragonfly-Inspired Turbine Can Harvest Energy from the Slowest Winds

Renzo Piano’s Dragonfly-Inspired Turbine Can Harvest Energy from the Slowest Winds

As we shift away from fossil fuels, many utilities have focused on building the biggest and most powerful wind turbines possible to meet growing energy needs. Architect Renzo Piano has taken a different

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Scientists Turn Deep Sea Hydrothermal Vents Into Gigantic Batteries for Ocean Exploration

Scientists Turn Deep Sea Hydrothermal Vents Into Gigantic Batteries for Ocean Exploration

Did you know that humans have only explored 5 percent of the world's oceans? That means we know almost nothing about the plants, animals, and other forms of life that exist below the waves. Exploring the

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Post-Fukushima Japan Constructs First of 140 Offshore Floating Windmills

Post-Fukushima Japan Constructs First of 140 Offshore Floating Windmills

Photo via Shutterstock Japan has nearly completed construction on the first of 140 floating windmills that will eventually provide a safer alternative to its nuclear energy infrastructure. When

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Super Efficient Transparent Solar Cells Could Turn Windows into Clean Energy Generators

Super Efficient Transparent Solar Cells Could Turn Windows into Clean Energy Generators

Imagine windows powering homes, office buildings, and even airplanes. That fantasy might not be far from reality thanks to the latest breakthroughs in solar cell technology. Researchers from the Institute

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Spain Inaugurates its First Offshore Wind Turbine

Spain Inaugurates its First Offshore Wind Turbine

Spain just launched its first offshore wind turbine on Monday! The 505-foot-tall turbine with 205-foot-long blades is expected to meet the annual energy needs of 7,500 homes on the archipelago. Installed

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German Scientists Believe Straw Could be Used to Power Millions of Homes

German Scientists Believe Straw Could be Used to Power Millions of Homes

Scientists from the Thueringian Regional Institute for Agriculture, the German Biomass Research Center, and the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research have concluded that common straw could be used

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Britain Breaks Ground On First New Nuclear Power Plant Since Fukushima Disaster

Britain Breaks Ground On First New Nuclear Power Plant Since Fukushima Disaster

The Fukushima nuclear power plant remains a toxic disaster more than two years after an earthquake and tsunami struck coastal Japan. While damages to local residents and the environment are still being

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Solar Means Business Infographic Shows the Top 10 Brands that Went Solar in 2013

Solar Means Business Infographic Shows the Top 10 Brands that Went Solar in 2013

This week the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Vote Solar released their second annual Solar Means Business report, which ranks the top brands in the U.S. based on their installation of

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Biolite Infographic Shows the 3 Ps of Preparedness for Emergency Situations

Biolite Infographic Shows the 3 Ps of Preparedness for Emergency Situations

BioLite knows a thing or two about emergency preparedness. The Brooklyn-based company was on the front lines during Hurricane Sandy, and its USB-charging CampStoves made national news for their role in

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Infographic: Futuristic Technologies Coming Soon to a City Near You

Infographic: Futuristic Technologies Coming Soon to a City Near You

What will the smart city of tomorrow look like? Sagentia just launched a new infographic that details some of the cutting-edge technologies that will make cities more efficient, healthy, and enjoyable

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Energy Experts Say Coal Will Overtake Oil in 2020

Energy Experts Say Coal Will Overtake Oil in 2020

World coal usage is skyrocketing because of rising demand in China and India. At the World Energy Congress yesterday, energy consulting firm Wood Mackenzie stated that coal would surpass oil as the key

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World’s First Sun-Powered Family Car Takes Prize at World Solar Challenge

World’s First Sun-Powered Family Car Takes Prize at World Solar Challenge

The votes are in for the most practical solar-powered vehicle to compete in this year's 3000-km World Solar Challenge, and the winner is the Stella, a four-seat family vehicle created by the Dutch Solar

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Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson Talks With David Letterman About Renewable Energy

Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson Talks With David Letterman About Renewable Energy

David Letterman took a break from chatting up celebrities and movie stars to talk about something serious and imperative for our country - renewable energy. Mark Jacobson, Professor of Civil and

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Nuon Sun-Powered Car Wins World Solar Challenge 2013 in Just 33 Hours

Nuon Sun-Powered Car Wins World Solar Challenge 2013 in Just 33 Hours

This week the some of the world's most efficient sun-powered cars blazed across the Australian outback for the World Solar Challenge - and the competition just announced a winner! The 3000km race across

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Stepped Arrowtown House in New Zealand Uses Geothermal Power and Passive Heating and Cooling

Stepped Arrowtown House in New Zealand Uses Geothermal Power and Passive Heating and Cooling

With an area of 1,400 square feet, the modest Arrowtown House is a compact, high quality home sited on a slope near the city center. It faces the north to make the most out of natural light while keeping

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First 24 Hour Solar Farm Solana Launches in the United States

First 24 Hour Solar Farm Solana Launches in the United States

The Solana solar farm located 70 miles southwest of Phoenix, Arizona is the first in the United States to use molten storage technology. It still uses hundreds of parabolic-shaped mirrors to focus the

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Metal-Clad Radiant House Boasts Clay Walls and a Whole Lot of Bamboo at the Solar Decathlon

Metal-Clad Radiant House Boasts Clay Walls and a Whole Lot of Bamboo at the Solar Decathlon

Like all of the Solar Decathlon homes, the Radiant House takes its energy from the ubiquitous California sun vis–à–vis a 7.14kW solar array attached to an innovative rooftop racking system. That

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Melting Ice Cools Team ASUNM’s Desert-Adapted SHADE House at the Solar Decathlon

Melting Ice Cools Team ASUNM’s Desert-Adapted SHADE House at the Solar Decathlon

In the desert, sun can be both a blessing and a curse - especially in urban environments beset with a host of other problems such as the heat island effect and pollution. A smart home, like the SHADE

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California Company Launches a Car Fuel Made from Landfill Methane

California Company Launches a Car Fuel Made from Landfill Methane

Image via Shutterstock There's no denying that fracking is bad, really bad. But what about natural gas from other sources? California's Clean Energy Fuels has just announced that they have begun the

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Solar PV Cell Cost Has Decreased an Incredible 99% Since 1977

Solar PV Cell Cost Has Decreased an Incredible 99% Since 1977

Photo via Shutterstock In June 1979 President Jimmy Carter made a huge investment by installing 32 solar panels on the White House roof. At the time, the price of photovoltaic cells hovered close to

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Solar-Powered SOL Dome Lights Up in Response to Atmospheric Carbon Levels in Michigan

Solar-Powered SOL Dome Lights Up in Response to Atmospheric Carbon Levels in Michigan

The incredibly light structure forms an ever-changing landscape which is affected by environmental conditions. The dome is eight meters in diameter, four meters high and weighs less than one hundred

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C.F. Møller’s Prefab Switchgear Station Routes Renewable Energy Through Denmark

C.F. Møller’s Prefab Switchgear Station Routes Renewable Energy Through Denmark

Denmark is currently upgrading its electric grid to accommodate an increase in demand. This involves adding new power plants and improving reliability, and Energinet wants to improve the look of some of

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Calculator Shows How Many Potatoes it Would Take to Power Your House

Calculator Shows How Many Potatoes it Would Take to Power Your House

You've probably heard of cars that run on used cooking oil - but what about an entire house powered by potatoes? Apparently it's possible - and Movoto just launched an online calculator that shows exactly

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Super High-Tech Cars Take Off in World Solar Challenge

Super High-Tech Cars Take Off in World Solar Challenge

The world's most eco-friendly car race is now underway in Australia: the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. On Sunday morning, 38 solar-powered cars took to the highway to begin a 1,864 mile journey from

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Study Discovers Fracking Wastewater Irradiated and Polluted a Pennsylvania River

Study Discovers Fracking Wastewater Irradiated and Polluted a Pennsylvania River

Photo: Adam Gregor / Shutterstock Fracking for shale gas doesn't exactly have the best track record for safety or positive environmental impact. Well, go ahead add another unfortunate environmental

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UK Breaks Renewable Energy Generation Record for Second Time This Year

UK Breaks Renewable Energy Generation Record for Second Time This Year

A new government report by the UK's Department of Energy And Climate Change shows that the country has reached a record high in the amount of energy it derives from renewable sources. In the second

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Infographic: The Technology Behind Elon Musk’s 700 MPH Hyperloop Train

Infographic: The Technology Behind Elon Musk’s 700 MPH Hyperloop Train

Elon Musk's Hyperloop is one of the most talked about transportation developments of 2013 - and now that two top engineers have signed up to work on the project, it looks like it could actually see the

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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Nominee Ron Binz Struggles With Coal

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Nominee Ron Binz Struggles With Coal

President Obama's nominee to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Ron Binz, is in jeopardy after failing to win key supporters at a confirmation hearing this month and misleading the Senate

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World’s Largest Solar Thermal Energy Plant Opens in California

World’s Largest Solar Thermal Energy Plant Opens in California

The much-anticipated Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System just kicked into action in California's Mojave Desert. The 3,500 acre facility is the world's largest solar thermal energy plant, and it has

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One Million Euro Dutch Wind Turbine Crowd-funded in Just 13 Hours

One Million Euro Dutch Wind Turbine Crowd-funded in Just 13 Hours

Could crowdfunding be the future of renewable energy? Windcentrale, a Dutch clean energy company that helps ordinary people invest in wind turbines, thinks it just might be. In only 13 hours, the company

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