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USDA Researchers Want Airports To Double as Renewable Energy Farms

USDA Researchers Want Airports To Double as Renewable Energy Farms

At airports, the usable space is limited to a few areas: runways, terminals and storage facilities. Much of the rest of the land is left fallow, requiring maintenance from airport operators (mowing the

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Is The UK Church Trying To Profit From Building Wind Turbines?

Is The UK Church Trying To Profit From Building Wind Turbines?

We've reported in the past about how the Christian church is embracing renewable energy with the Vatican installing solar panels, but now it looks like they are taking it a step further and trying to

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Sorry, FOX News – Wind Farms Are Not Causing Global Warming

Sorry, FOX News – Wind Farms Are Not Causing Global Warming

The web is buzzing today over a new research study that looks at the effect that large Texas wind farms have on surface temperatures in their immediate surroundings. "New Research Shows Wind Farms Cause

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Study Suggests Wind Farms are Warming Local Climates

Study Suggests Wind Farms are Warming Local Climates

Are wind farms contributing to global warming? The answer is no - but they could cause the temperature to rise in localized areas on a really hot day or night. Researchers suggested in the journal Nature

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US and UK Will Team Up To Develop Floating Offshore Wind Turbines

US and UK Will Team Up To Develop Floating Offshore Wind Turbines

US Energy Secretary Steven Chu and his British counterpart Edward Davey are set to announce a major collaboration between the two nations to develop new floating wind turbine technology. Traditional

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Obama Administration Announces New Clean-Energy Initiatives for the Military

Obama Administration Announces New Clean-Energy Initiatives for the Military

The US military spends up to $20 billion on oil every year, and as oil prices climb that amount is steadily increasing. But oil doesn't just cost the Pentagon in the form of tax dollars -- it presents

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Altaeros Energies’ Floating Wind Turbines Tap Into Strong High Altitude Winds

Altaeros Energies’ Floating Wind Turbines Tap Into Strong High Altitude Winds

In an effort to harness strong high-altitude winds, the company Altaeros Energies has developed a floating wind turbine that's a cross between a traditional windmill and a blimp. After some successful

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First Offshore Wind Energy Turbine Project Approved in Virginia

First Offshore Wind Energy Turbine Project Approved in Virginia

Yesterday Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced that a 479-foot-tall five-megawatt wind turbine generator prototype has been approved for construction in the lower Chesapeake Bay. The project will be

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World’s Most Powerful Wind Turbine To Be Installed Off Belgian Coast

World’s Most Powerful Wind Turbine To Be Installed Off Belgian Coast

Wind turbine efficiency is increasing year on year, and now German energy company RWE Innogy is set to break an industry record by installing a wind turbine capable of generating 6 MW off the Belgian

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Bioclimatic House is a Green-Roofed Island Paradise Set Next to Wind Farm on Tenerife

Bioclimatic House is a Green-Roofed Island Paradise Set Next to Wind Farm on Tenerife

The Bioclimatic House by Ruiz Larrea and Associates has a wind farm right in its back yard, so when it came to the design, high winds had to be accounted for. Located next the to wind park of Granadilla

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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 heat recovery, and

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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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Self Sufficient Academy for Haiti is a Geometric Grid of Greenery Topped Plateaus

Self Sufficient Academy for Haiti is a Geometric Grid of Greenery Topped Plateaus

Set on a rural site in Lafiteau, Haiti to the north of Port au Prince, the FPM GAP Academy is a distributed energy-networked campus that is a "model of offset power production independent from a central

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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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