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Recycled Blu-ray Discs Can Help Boost Solar Cell Efficiency

Recycled Blu-ray Discs Can Help Boost Solar Cell Efficiency

It looks like Blu-ray discs are good for more than just entertainment, as a new study shows they can be recycled to improve the performance of solar cells. Research published by Northwestern University in

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Rayworks Design Unveils Solar & Wind Powered Walkway

Rayworks Design Unveils Solar & Wind Powered Walkway

Rayworks Design recent design submission of a regenerative walkway and public display system to the Taipei International Design Competition 2014 (TIDC 2014) has some serious potential. The walkway

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Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

We've seen many examples of how well green buildings can work in temperate and warm climates, but what about the harsher conditions that can lash homes in rural Quebec? Inhabitat recently had the

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8 Ultra-Low-Energy Passive Buildings Around the World

8 Ultra-Low-Energy Passive Buildings Around the World

  Kaisermuehlenstrasse Apartment Building This multi-family apartment complex designed by Treberspurg & Partner Architects was built in Vienna, Austria. The climate-neutral design is deal for dense

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INFOGRAPHIC: Could the Entire World Really Run on Solar Power?

INFOGRAPHIC: Could the Entire World Really Run on Solar Power?

It's pretty safe to say that we all know that we have to find an alternative to fossil fuels as soon as possible, and the most viable answer to the planet's energy needs is visible to us any time we look

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France Breaks Ground on Europe’s Largest Solar Plant

France Breaks Ground on Europe’s Largest Solar Plant

While Germany has spent the last few years stealing the headlines for its remarkable advances in renewable energy infrastructure, neighboring France has, up until now, remained relatively silent on the

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New Nanomaterial Could be a Major Breakthrough for Concentrated Solar Power

New Nanomaterial Could be a Major Breakthrough for Concentrated Solar Power

Concentrated solar power (CSP) is set to become much more efficient - a team of researchers at UC San Diego just developed a new nanomaterial that could enable CSP plants to absorb and convert more than

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Greenheart Project: The World’s First Open Source, Solar-Powered Ship

Greenheart Project: The World’s First Open Source, Solar-Powered Ship

Greenheart is a growing social enterprise with big ideas. Design is nearly complete on Greenheart’s first innovation: a new class of sustainable, low-cost, zero-emission sail/solar-powered ship

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Sologic Unveils the First Ever Life-Sized eTree Charging Station

Sologic Unveils the First Ever Life-Sized eTree Charging Station

As Gizmag notes, the eTree harks to the Green Sun Rising Solar Benches that offer shade and device charging, as well as Wi-Fi Cows that populated the Glastonbury Festival in England last year. Along with

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New Research Shows the Earth’s Water is Older Than the Sun

New Research Shows the Earth’s Water is Older Than the Sun

Hang on to your chair and prepare to have your mind blown. That water in the glass bottle on your desk is old, and I mean unfathomably ancient – even older than the Sun, according to new research.

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26 Years, 9 Tons of Limestone, and a Whole Lot of Love Went into this Magical Fairytale House

26 Years, 9 Tons of Limestone, and a Whole Lot of Love Went into this Magical Fairytale House

Bear in mind that Chris started working on his home back in the 1980s, which may seem like the dark ages to our younger readers, but puts into perspective the fact that he had access to a completely

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Super-Portable Solar Briefcase Lets You Carry Solar Power Everywhere You Go

Super-Portable Solar Briefcase Lets You Carry Solar Power Everywhere You Go

Grab the handle of this self-contained solar device and go! SolarBriefcase is an amazing portable generator designed and assembled by North Carolina-based company, LinorTek. One of the most portable

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Solar-Powered Tuk Tuk to Travel from India to England!

Solar-Powered Tuk Tuk to Travel from India to England!

Rabelli has invested two years and his life savings of $6,500 into converting the tuk tuk, although his remaining resources are indeed scant. By his estimates, he’ll need to raise a total of $43,000 to

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Crystal Clear Solar Panels Could Turn Your iPhone Into an Energy Generator

Crystal Clear Solar Panels Could Turn Your iPhone Into an Energy Generator

Today's smartphones are dominated by their screens - and researchers just unveiled a new type of 100% transparent solar panel that could turn displays, windows, and other transparent surfaces into clean

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MIT Researchers: 1 Old Car Battery Can Help Power 30 Homes

MIT Researchers: 1 Old Car Battery Can Help Power 30 Homes

Science recently scored a simultaneous victory over pollution for both recycling and renewable energy! A team of researchers at MIT has come up with plan to turn old car batteries into durable solar

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Global Clean Energy Q2 Investment Up 33% Over First Quarter, Tops $63 Billion

Global Clean Energy Q2 Investment Up 33% Over First Quarter, Tops $63 Billion

Global clean energy investment surged in the second quarter of 2014, driven by big wind and solar deals and installations of small-scale rooftop solar photovoltaics. Bloomberg New Energy Finance is

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6 Ways to Add Passive Solar Features to Your Home

6 Ways to Add Passive Solar Features to Your Home

  Sick of solar panels and wind turbines being expensive because of all those fossil fuel subsidies? Looking for a way to reduce that electric bill, lower your carbon footprint, and show off

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Solar-Powered OnTop House Can be Added to the Top of Almost Any Urban Home

Solar-Powered OnTop House Can be Added to the Top of Almost Any Urban Home

The team from University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt am Main took a unique approach to this year’s Solar Decathlon by trying to solve urban housing issues. OnTop is a modular unit that can be

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Solar-Powered Adaptive House Rises Above the Floods in Thailand

Solar-Powered Adaptive House Rises Above the Floods in Thailand

Designed to be ideally adapted to its environment, the Adaptive House responds to Thailand's tropical climate through passive environmental controls. Natural ventilation crosses through the home and up

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Scientists Create Ultra-Efficient Solar Powered Fuel Cells for Capturing and Converting Carbon

Scientists Create Ultra-Efficient Solar Powered Fuel Cells for Capturing and Converting Carbon

Clean technology researchers just killed two birds with one stone by coming up with a new way to capture carbon dioxide and turn it into useful chemical compound via solar energy. In collaboration with

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5 Ways to Avoid Burning Dinosaurs This Summer

5 Ways to Avoid Burning Dinosaurs This Summer

  It's been a long winter, people, but Jack Frost went packing to the North Pole and the summer sun is back in the lifeguard seat. Summer's always been the best time to be outside for

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Global Renewable Energy Capacity Has Nearly Doubled to 1,560 Gigawatts Since 2004

Global Renewable Energy Capacity Has Nearly Doubled to 1,560 Gigawatts Since 2004

In the past nine years, global renewable energy capacity has nearly doubled from 800 gigawatts to 1,560 gigawatts, with solar and wind showing the biggest gains. According to the Renewable Energy Policy

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New Solar Wind Downdraft Tower Could Revolutionize Wind Power Technology

New Solar Wind Downdraft Tower Could Revolutionize Wind Power Technology

A revolutionary new clean energy technology is getting set to change the way we think about wind power. The Solar Wind Downdraft Tower, created by Maryland-based Solar Wind Energy Inc. turns the

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Community Solar Gardens Bring Affordable Green Energy to the Masses

Community Solar Gardens Bring Affordable Green Energy to the Masses

A new trend is springing up across the country that’s making affordable solar energy increasingly available to the masses. Community solar gardens allow customers who aren’t able to establish their

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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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Cutting Coal Pollution by 20% is Just One Way Obama is Making Climate History

Cutting Coal Pollution by 20% is Just One Way Obama is Making Climate History

President Barack Obama on Monday will announce the most significant action to combat climate disruption his administration has taken and the boldest move to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in American

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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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Report: Solar Power Could be the World’s Top Energy Source by 2050

Report: Solar Power Could be the World’s Top Energy Source by 2050

A new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that solar energy could become the biggest generator of electricity worldwide by 2050 if the right policies are put in place. The paper,

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Energy & Atmosphere – Keeping Cool and Staying Warm

GREEN BUILDING 101: Energy & Atmosphere – Keeping Cool and Staying Warm

  The very root of what makes a home green is how effectively it responds to its surrounding environment. You could say that this has defined the primary material pursuit of mankind for all

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Oregon Institute of Technology Now Generating Its Own Energy On Campus

Oregon Institute of Technology Now Generating Its Own Energy On Campus

On April 18th, the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls celebrated the completion of two major renewable energy projects, making it the first university in North America to generate all of its

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