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Lumos Solar’s New Solarscape Structures Provide Shade and Renewable Energy

May 23rd, 2013 No comments

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Lumos Solar just unveiled their newest product: a modular and customizable photovoltaic structure called the SolarScape. Perfect for patio covers, pool awnings, carports, walkways, bus stops and commercial overhead applications, Lumos SolarScapes provide an aesthetic and architectural solution for providing shade and renewable energy. The structures are based around the award-winning LSX Frameless Module System, and their versatile design allows renewable energy to be integrated into everyday life in entirely new ways.

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Andrea Ponsi’s Sprawling House on the Bay is Powered Entirely by Renewable Energy

May 23rd, 2013 No comments

Renewable Energy Could Be Stored in Facilities Deep Underground

May 23rd, 2013 No comments

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A new study by the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Bonneville Power Administration finds that two underground sites in the Pacific Northwest are ideal for storing energy produced by the wind. Compressed air energy storage plants could capture the wind during times when breezes are more abundant at night and demand for electricity is low for use during peak hours. Able to switch between power storage and generation in a matter of minutes, the method could be an important means to assist states reach their Renewable Portfolio Standards.

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Spain Produced 54 Percent of its Electricity from Renewable Sources in April

May 8th, 2013 No comments

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Renewable energy is gaining major momentum in Spain. In April, the country set a new record with renewable energy accounting for 54 percent of the electricity generated in Spain. April’s figure just outpaced March’s record of 51.8 percent of electricity generated by renewables. And those numbers should continue to grow, as wind and solar development continues in the Mediterranean country.

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Germany Quadruples Energy Surplus Over the Last Two Years

April 9th, 2013 No comments

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For a country phasing out its nuclear plants, you might expect a downturn in energy production. But Germany has actually seen its power output quadruple between 2011 and 2012. Europe’s leading economy has been pushing for a green revolution, becoming one of the largest markets for solar voltaics and where support for renewables is subsidized by taxpayers. The country’s Federal Statistics Office reported a surplus of 22.8 billion kilowatt hours over the last two years. The government has set a goal to source 80 percent of its electricity from green technology by 2050, leaving the old fossil fuel-based utilities behind. Holland, Austria and Switzerland were the country’s main customers for the extra energy.

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Denmark Now 25 Percent Powered by Offshore Wind, Aims to Double Capacity by 2020

April 2nd, 2013 No comments

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Denmark has an impressive track record when it comes to the adoption of renewable energy, and the nation has been working quickly to develop its substantial offshore wind potential. Last month, with the installation of their 36th 3.6 megawatt (MW) Siemens wind turbine, the nation reached an impressive 1 GW wind-power capacity – enough to power 25 percent of the nation. Moreover, they aim to be 50 percent powered by wind farms within the next eight years, not simply through the installation of renewable energy infrastructure, but through a holistic adoption of energy-efficient policies and technologies.

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Apple’s Largest Data Center is Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

March 22nd, 2013 No comments

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Apple has announced that its newest—and largest—data center is powered entirely by renewable energy. Solar panels and fuel cells incorporated within the Maiden, North Carolina facility generate enough on–site energy to power up to 17,600 homes for an entire year. The project is part a larger push by Apple to switch to renewable energy sources, an effort which has resulted in 75% of Apple’s offices worldwide being powered by clean energy.

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VolcanElectric Mask: Skyscraper Protects Cities from Eruptions and Generates Electricity from Lava

March 14th, 2013 No comments

123DV’s Self-Sufficient Bridge House Sits Serenely on Its Grassy Plot in The Netherlands

February 25th, 2013 No comments

Four Nigerian Girls Create Pee-Powered Energy Generator

February 21st, 2013 No comments

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Four Nigerian teen girls have wowed visitors to Maker Faire Africa by creating a generator that is powered with pee. Using a resource that everyone has, the girls developed a generator that produces six hour of power for one liter of urine. At only 14 and 15 years old, the students are an inspiration for renewable energy developers everywhere and one can only imagine how useful a pee-powered energy generator would be in natural disasters or emergency situations.

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