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Cambridge Scientists are Brewing ‘Green Gasoline’ from Air, Water and Sunlight

Cambridge Scientists are Brewing ‘Green Gasoline’ from Air, Water and Sunlight

A team from the University of Cambridge is attempting to mimic a natural process perfected over billions of years to create 'green transport fuel'. The team is capturing solar energy through artificial

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Rotor Exhibits Tales from the World’s Sustainable Design Archives at the Oslo Architecture Triennale

Rotor Exhibits Tales from the World’s Sustainable Design Archives at the Oslo Architecture Triennale

The digital renderings, material samples, mock ups and quotes in Rotor's 'Behind the Green Door' exhibit focus on urban and rural designs, large-scale plans, subtle small-scale projects and surprising

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UW Madison Researchers Developing Cheap, Ultra-Lightweight Dye-Based Solar Cells

UW Madison Researchers Developing Cheap, Ultra-Lightweight Dye-Based Solar Cells

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers are working on next-generation solar cells that are made from organic dyes instead of silicon. The dye solar cells could drive down costs and spread solar

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Kaal Masten Unveils the World’s First Solar Lamp Post

Kaal Masten Unveils the World’s First Solar Lamp Post

Take a look at the world's first stand-alone solar lamp post! The new solar-powered Spiritlighting column can harvest electricity during the day to light up the streets at night. The studio behind the

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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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Stanford’s Start.Home is Built Around a Next-Gen Prefab Core at the Solar Decathlon 2013

Stanford’s Start.Home is Built Around a Next-Gen Prefab Core at the Solar Decathlon 2013

2013 is the first time Stanford has competed in the Solar Decathlon - and they brought an impressive entry to the net-zero home competition. Based on the typical climate for the Palo Alto region, 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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Japan Plans to Harvest Solar Power from Space by 2030

Japan Plans to Harvest Solar Power from Space by 2030

One of the big downsides of solar power is how dependent it is on local weather conditions. If it's rainy or overcast, you can't harvest much energy during the day. During winter, the shortened hours of

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New LEED-Hopeful NPR Headquarters Boasts State-of-the-Art Environmental Graphics in Washington D.C.

New LEED-Hopeful NPR Headquarters Boasts State-of-the-Art Environmental Graphics in Washington D.C.

The 440,000-square-foot building, located in Washington’s business district NOMA, comprises a four story renovated warehouse from the 1920’s and a seven story extension. The entire development will

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Tour the PARKROYAL Hotel Singapore’s Surreal Sky Gardens and Greenery-Wrapped Towers (PHOTOS)

Tour the PARKROYAL Hotel Singapore’s Surreal Sky Gardens and Greenery-Wrapped Towers (PHOTOS)

It's obvious that PARKROYAL on Pickering is a feast for the eyes with its vegetation-wrapped glass reinforced concrete layers, but it's not just a pretty facade. The building was awarded Green Mark

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Ontario’s ECHO Net-Zero Prefab Home Combines Passivhaus and Solar for Flexible Green Living

Ontario’s ECHO Net-Zero Prefab Home Combines Passivhaus and Solar for Flexible Green Living

The house can generate as much power as it consumes over the course of a year, thanks to 30 photovoltaic modules mounted on its roof. The modules feature high quality mono-crystalline cells which can

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HARVEST: A Solar-Powered Prefab that Replenishes Nature’s Gifts

HARVEST: A Solar-Powered Prefab that Replenishes Nature’s Gifts

The net-zero home designed by Team Capitol D.C. has so many wonderful features that not only make the home itself self-sustainable, but also sustains its occupants. A rooftop photovoltaic array provides

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INFOGRAPHIC: 19 Brilliant Student Teams Headed to the 2013 Solar Decathlon

INFOGRAPHIC: 19 Brilliant Student Teams Headed to the 2013 Solar Decathlon

In just two weeks 19 teams of brilliant students from across the states and around the world will compete to build the most efficient solar-powered house in the 2013 Solar Decathlon! So far we've featured

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Israeli Parliament to Install Rooftop Solar in 2014

Israeli Parliament to Install Rooftop Solar in 2014

Knesset image via Shutterstock Israeli financial daily Globes recently reported that the Middle Eastern nation's parliament is planning to install solar energy panels on the roof of its legislative

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New Connection Between Stacked Solar Cells Can Withstand the Energy of 70,000 Suns

New Connection Between Stacked Solar Cells Can Withstand the Energy of 70,000 Suns

Image © Mike Baker North Carolina State University researchers have developed a new way of connecting stacked solar cells that is strong enough to handle the energy of 70,000 suns. The innovation will

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Cozy Daylit Home in the Netherlands Stands on Locally Sourced Wood Stilts

Cozy Daylit Home in the Netherlands Stands on Locally Sourced Wood Stilts

The small cozy home is positioned to prevent intrusive looks but still capture stunning views of the river and the surrounding countryside. Its glass facades let the sunlight in and optimize the home’s

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D.IS.H’s Seismic Harvest Re-Imagines Earthquake Simulators as Harvesting Systems for Urban Farming

D.IS.H’s Seismic Harvest Re-Imagines Earthquake Simulators as Harvesting Systems for Urban Farming

Seismic Harvest is a proposed energy-efficient green belt above a freeway near San Francisco that combines wind, solar energy and train vibration to generate enough energy required for farming. It

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions With Liz Rooks of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions With Liz Rooks of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park

Inhabitat: What did the Research Triangle Foundation hope to achieve when it set out to develop the new RTP master plan? Liz Rooks: Our board recognized that, after fifty years, the way we were doing

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NASA Wants to Beam Microwave Energy to Earth with a Solar Power Plant in Space

NASA Wants to Beam Microwave Energy to Earth with a Solar Power Plant in Space

When we first heard about the Solar Power Satellite via Arbitrarily Large Phased Array (SPS-ALPHA) - a proposed flower shaped solar power energy collector that beams down concentrated microwave energy

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Khi Solar One: Abengoa Installs South Africa’s First Concentrating Solar Power Tower

Khi Solar One: Abengoa Installs South Africa’s First Concentrating Solar Power Tower

Seville CSP Tower via Shutterstock As South Africa works to generate 17,800 MW of renewable energy by 2030, Spanish firm Abengoa is installing two concentrating solar power plants in the Northern Cape

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Germany Shatters Monthly Solar Generation Record With 5.1 Terawatt Hours of Clean Energy

Germany Shatters Monthly Solar Generation Record With 5.1 Terawatt Hours of Clean Energy

Image © Tim Fuller Germany just broke its monthly solar generation record by clocking over 5.1 terawatt hours (TWh) in July, according to data from the EEX Transparency Platform. The accomplishment

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MIT’s Breakthrough Rechargeable Flow Battery Could Lower US Electric Bill and Carbon Footprint

MIT’s Breakthrough Rechargeable Flow Battery Could Lower US Electric Bill and Carbon Footprint

Researchers at MIT have engineered a new kind of rechargeable flow battery that could lead to a greater switch to renewable energy, such as wind and solar. Despite widespread support for renewable

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Self-Healing Solar Cells Mimic Plant Leaves to Repair Themselves

Self-Healing Solar Cells Mimic Plant Leaves to Repair Themselves

Photo via Shutterstock Plant leaves are the ideal model for a lot of solar technology, so it only makes sense that developers of manmade solar panels would look to Mother Nature to improve the

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Solar-Powered Air Conditioning Coming Soon to Trains in India

Solar-Powered Air Conditioning Coming Soon to Trains in India

Trains are an interesting and environmentally-friendly way to travel. In hot and crowded countries like India, however, comfort might be a poor adjective to describe the experience of the average train

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Solar-Powered Sol Laptop Can Run for 10 Hours on a Single Charge

Solar-Powered Sol Laptop Can Run for 10 Hours on a Single Charge

WeWi Telecommunications Inc. just unveiled a new solar-powered laptop that can run for 10 hours straight on a single charge! The Sol laptop features built-in foldable solar panels, so it can be used in

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NREL Uses Corning’s Flexible Willow Glass to Develop Cheap, Efficient Solar Shingles

NREL Uses Corning’s Flexible Willow Glass to Develop Cheap, Efficient Solar Shingles

The US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently announced that it is using Corning's thin, flexible Willow Glass to develop thin-film cadmium telluride photovoltaic

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KKA Unveils Solar-Powered EV Charging Stations Made From Locally Sourced Wood for Sweden

KKA Unveils Solar-Powered EV Charging Stations Made From Locally Sourced Wood for Sweden

+ Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture's charging stations are designed to be fabricated entirely from FSC-certified, locally sourced wood. Cars are separated from bikes and scooters via an elevated ramp

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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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ARPA-E Launches $30M Initiative to Develop Solar Power That Works at Night

ARPA-E Launches $30M Initiative to Develop Solar Power That Works at Night

The Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) just announced that it is spending up to $30 million on a new program that will develop a cost-effective way to harness solar

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