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AIRE Mask Uses the Power of Human Breath To Charge Gadgets

AIRE Mask Uses the Power of Human Breath To Charge Gadgets

Ever wish you could charge your iPhone while looking like a complete weirdo? Now you can, with the AIRE mask, a wind-powered device that captures the power of respiration and converts it to electricity

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Lego Invests $500 Million in German Offshore Wind Farm

Lego Invests $500 Million in German Offshore Wind Farm

It's no surprise we are big LEGO fans here at Inhabitat - the iconic building blocks can be used to create everything from cameras and furniture to apartments and massive cathedrals. Now the toy maker is

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Donald Trump Picks a Mean Fight with Scotland Over Offshore Wind

Donald Trump Picks a Mean Fight with Scotland Over Offshore Wind

Donald Trump may be a real estate mogul with an estimated worth of who knows how many billions -- we think it might be seven -- and a penchant for trying to derail presidential campaigns but that's not

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HOK’s Net Zero “Battery Park” for San Francisco Has an Algae Facade

HOK’s Net Zero “Battery Park” for San Francisco Has an Algae Facade

HOK’s San Francisco office received a jury recognition award for their net-zero “Battery Park” design, which features a remarkable algae facade. A combination of load reduction, waste

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A Room for London: Living Architecture’s Wind Energy-Generating Boat Sits Atop a UK Roof

A Room for London: Living Architecture’s Wind Energy-Generating Boat Sits Atop a UK Roof

This one bedroom installation has been designed to last. Modeled after the famed Roi des Belges boat that carried Joseph Conrad through the heart of colonial Congo's darkness, A Room for London features

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Envision Energy’s Flowing Wind Turbine Headquarters is Inspired by Wind Energy

Envision Energy’s Flowing Wind Turbine Headquarters is Inspired by Wind Energy

Located in Jiangyin, China, the new 3-storey 3,000 sq meters headquarters is sited directly adjacent to the assembly facility that fabricates the rotor component of Envision's wind turbine system. The

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Scotland to Build Two-Blade Offshore Wind Turbine with Helicopter Landing Pad

Scotland to Build Two-Blade Offshore Wind Turbine with Helicopter Landing Pad

A unique, two-blade wind turbine that features a helicopter landing pad will soon be rising off the eastern coast of Scotland. Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing announced this week that the Scottish

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GE To Provide Turbines for $100 Million Mongolian Wind Farm

GE To Provide Turbines for $100 Million Mongolian Wind Farm

There have been a lot of articles about how many Asian countries, namely China, are starting to dominate the solar energy sector. However, General Electric Co. has decided to enter the Asian alternative

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House of Vestas Will Be Europe’s First LEED Platinum Certified Building

House of Vestas Will Be Europe’s First LEED Platinum Certified Building

The 22,500 sq meter complex is the new headquarters for the global wind turbine company and is an explicit example of the company's commitment to sustainability. Long, low and stealthy, the dark exterior

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Horst Glasker Transforms Drab Wind Turbines Into Inspiring Works of Art

Horst Glasker Transforms Drab Wind Turbines Into Inspiring Works of Art

The use of wind power is increasing worldwide. Despite their incredible production of renewable energy, windmills have often been viewed as a bit of an eyesore along an otherwise untouched landscape.

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Norway’s Inspiria Science Center Promotes Clean Energy, the Environment, and Health

Norway’s Inspiria Science Center Promotes Clean Energy, the Environment, and Health

The 6,500 square meter center is composed of three wings that radiate out from a central double-height atrium. Designed with school children, families, and tourists in mind, the center inspires and

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Takes a Peek Inside the Panasonic Eco Ideas House in Tokyo, Japan

PHOTOS: Inhabitat Takes a Peek Inside the Panasonic Eco Ideas House in Tokyo, Japan

Panasonic created the Eco Ideas House to show the world how a symphony of their every-saving products working in concert can help consumers realize a zero CO2-emissions home, and live a more enriched

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Stadium du Littoral is a Spectacular Net Zero Sports Complex in France

Stadium du Littoral is a Spectacular Net Zero Sports Complex in France

Located in Grande Synthe in the north of France, the Stadium du Littoral is a tour de force when it comes to sports. The 12 hectare site has three rugby fields, two football fields, an archery round,

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UK Proposes MOX Power Plants to Reuse Stockpile of Separated Plutonium

UK Proposes MOX Power Plants to Reuse Stockpile of Separated Plutonium

Since Japan's Fukushima disaster, countries around the world have been assessing their individual futures with nuclear energy. Japan and Germany are both planning phase-outs, but many other governments

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Vincent Callebaut’s Zero Carbon Biotic-Arch is a Self-Sufficient Skyscraper

Vincent Callebaut’s Zero Carbon Biotic-Arch is a Self-Sufficient Skyscraper

In fact, the Biotic Arch will release zero emissions and help Taichung's City Government achieve their overall reduction policies. The new building was designed to build a bridge between Taichung's

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Wind Turbines Might Not Stand Up to Hurricane Irene

Wind Turbines Might Not Stand Up to Hurricane Irene

As Hurricane Irene careens towards the east coast of the United States and residents rush to batten down the hatches we must not forget to take care of our renewable energy generators -- especially wind

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UK Opens Free Solar-Powered Highway EV Charging Network from Ecotricity

UK Opens Free Solar-Powered Highway EV Charging Network from Ecotricity

The first three of many free EV charging points have just opened in the UK in Hertfordshire, Reading, and Gloucestershire. The Ecotricity charging points will be part of a network of free, 100% green

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Germany To Construct 2,800 Miles Of Transmission Lines as it Abandons Nuclear Power for Renewable Energy

Germany To Construct 2,800 Miles Of Transmission Lines as it Abandons Nuclear Power for Renewable Energy

Germany has decided to turn its back on nuclear energy following Japan's recent disaster, but what will the nation do now? As part of the country's new national energy plan, it will be building more than

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German Parliament Approves Plans for Nuclear Exit by 2022

German Parliament Approves Plans for Nuclear Exit by 2022

The aftermath of the Fukishima disaster saw people all over the world ponder the potential effects of nuclear power. German citizens have been particularly vocal in their criticism, and now after

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Report Reveals America Now Receives More Power From Renewable Sources Than Nuclear

Report Reveals America Now Receives More Power From Renewable Sources Than Nuclear

A recent report published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration reveals that America now receives more of its energy from renewable sources than it does from nuclear generation plants. In the

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Eco-Mosque In Northern Germany Will Harness Wind Power Via Minarets

Eco-Mosque In Northern Germany Will Harness Wind Power Via Minarets

Normally minarets are used by the muezzin to call the faithful to prayer, but a new mosque slated for northern Germany is planning to use the tower to also harness the power of the wind. The eco friendly

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Rapper Pharrell Williams & Oppenheim Architecture To Build An Eco Treehouse For Youth Empowerment

Rapper Pharrell Williams & Oppenheim Architecture To Build An Eco Treehouse For Youth Empowerment

When rapper and designer Pharrell Williams had a chance meeting with architect Chad Oppenheim, they discovered that they shared a similar vision of helping make the world a better place. And so began

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New Renewable Energy Generator Grabs Electricity from Rain as Well as Sun and Wind

New Renewable Energy Generator Grabs Electricity from Rain as Well as Sun and Wind

Researchers at the University of Bolton in the UK have developed a device capable of capturing energy from not only the sun and wind but rain, as well. The innovative generator is comprised of ribbons

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The UK’s Offshore Turbines Could Run Out of Wind

The UK’s Offshore Turbines Could Run Out of Wind

The changing Atlantic jetstream is slowing down the United Kingdom's wind, raising questions about the efficacy of ambitious offshore wind farm programs. Wind speeds have reduced by 20% since 2008,

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Nau Architects Unveil Self-Sustaining “Living Roof” Pod Home Concept

Nau Architects Unveil Self-Sustaining “Living Roof” Pod Home Concept

The Living Roof pod home captures the sun's energy using a series of photovoltaic panels and stores it in battery cells. Tiny wind turbines at each end ventilate the interior while generating electricity,

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Utopian Permaculture Farms Look Like Fantastical Floating Islands

Utopian Permaculture Farms Look Like Fantastical Floating Islands

Floating Permaculture offers a solution to the inevitable depletion of fossil fuels and its effect on food.  “Normal” farming as we know it puts a strain on fossil fuels, as produce is often trucked

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36 Megawatt Energy Storage System to be Built at Notrees Wind Farm

36 Megawatt Energy Storage System to be Built at Notrees Wind Farm

The world’s largest wind energy storage system is set to be built in oil country, deep in the heart of Texas. North Carolina-based company Duke Energy has hired Xtreme Power to build a giant storage

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Vestas Announces Launch of the World’s Most Efficient Wind Turbine

Vestas Announces Launch of the World’s Most Efficient Wind Turbine

Danish wind power manufacturer Vestas has announced the launch of the world's most efficient wind turbine, the V163-7.0MW. This huge windmill boasts a 7 megawatt (MW) capacity and a rotor diameter of 164

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Clever Devices Turn Trees into Natural Wind Turbines Bases

Clever Devices Turn Trees into Natural Wind Turbines Bases

We all know wind turbines are a great way to harness emissions free energy, but some people just carry a distaste for their huge pylons, rotors and the way they look in juxtaposition to the landscape. But

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