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This monster wind turbine just set a new record for energy output

A new offshore wind turbine has produced more energy over a 24-hour period than any other commercially available turbine, generating close to almost 216,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) in a single day. That’s enough to power around 7,200 homes in the US … Continue reading

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First farm to grow veg in a desert using only sun and seawater

Sunshine and seawater. That’s all a new, futuristic-looking greenhouse needs to produce 17,000 tonnes of tomatoes per year in the South Australian desert. It’s the first agricultural system of its kind in the world and uses no soil, pesticides, fossil … Continue reading

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India establishes world’s first 100 percent solar-powered airport

In a move that’s expected to save 300,000 tonnes of carbon emissions over the next 25 years, the state of Cochin on the southwest coast of India has transitioned its airport to 100 percent solar power. As of May 2016, the … Continue reading

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This lamp runs on a glass of water and two teaspoons of salt

An engineering start-up called SALt has invented a lamp that burns for eight hours at a time, running on nothing but a glass of water and two teaspoons of salt. Named the SALt (Sustainable Alternative Lighting) lamp, the device will also … Continue reading

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Scientists figure out how to make solar cells produce fuel AND electricity

A new type of solar cell can convert liquid water into clean hydrogen fuel 10 times more effectively than any other technology, and uses 10,000 times less precious material in the process. Invented by researchers in the Netherlands, the secret to … Continue reading

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James Cameron has created giant solar flowers that track the Sun

Avatar director James Cameron is no stranger to taking on big projects. Not only has he recreated an extraterrestrial world and a 1912 cruise ship for his films, he’s also IRL pioneered deep-sea exploration and advised NASA. And now Cameron has … Continue reading

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World’s first underground urban farm opens for business in London

The world’s first underground urban farm has started trading in London, making use of old World War II tunnels underneath the city to host an eco-friendly, sustainable farming business. ‘Growing Underground’ (love the name!) uses hydroponics systems and LED lighting … Continue reading

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Rooftop solar is now cheaper than grid electricity in 6 US cities

For people living in six major US cities, the cost of installing and running rooftop solar panels is now the same price or cheaper than buying electricity from the grid, according to a new report – even without the help … Continue reading

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Global warming pause ‘no longer valid’

US researchers say new evidence casts doubt on the idea that global warming has “slowed” in recent years. A US government laboratory says the much talked about “pause” is an illusion caused by inaccurate data. Updated observations show temperatures did … Continue reading

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How Do Greenhouse Gases Actually Work?

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Solar cells that work on cloudy days just hit a record-breaking 22.1% efficiency

There’s been plenty of good news about solar power lately – not only are governments around the world using it more and more, we’re now able to harvest the Sun’s energy more cheaply and efficiently than ever before. But there’s … Continue reading

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Spanish researchers are developing bladeless wind turbines

A Spanish company called Vortex Bladeless has come up with bladeless wind turbine technology that seeks to provide more energy for less, and address the criticisms aimed at traditional wind farms – particularly where wildlife is concerned. With blades that … Continue reading

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The world’s most efficient solar electricity system uses Stirling Engine

A new efficiency world record of 34 percent has been set. A Swedish technology company has installed a new solar electricity generation system in South Africa’s sun-soaked Kalahari desert, saying it’s not only the most efficient system of its kind … Continue reading

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New project plans to plant one billion trees a year using drone technology

US-based organisation, BioCarbon Engineering, has announced that it will begin planting one billion trees per year using drone technology, in an effort to combat the massive levels of deforestation that have affected many of the world’s jungles, bushlands, and forests. … Continue reading

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Did Tesla Just Kill Nuclear Power?

It would be almost three hours until Tesla’s big announcement, but inside a Northwestern University classroom near Chicago Thursday night, the famed nuclear critic Arnie Gundersen had the inside scoop: Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk was about to announce an … Continue reading

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Audi have successfully made diesel fuel from carbon dioxide and water

German car manufacturer Audi has reportedly invented a carbon-neutral diesel fuel, made solely from water, carbon dioxide and renewable energy sources. And the crystal clear ‘e-diesel’ is already being used to power the Audi A8 owned by the country’s Federal … Continue reading

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Australia could have zero emissions and 100% renewable energy by 2050

Australia can make deep cuts to its carbon emissions and become entirely powered by renewable energy by mid-century, all for a relatively low cost, a new study has found. The report, which was released this week, was prepared by researchers … Continue reading

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China’s wind farms produce more energy than America’s nuclear plants

China loves nuclear power. It’s currently building more nuclear reactors than any other planet on Earth, with plans to triple its nuclear power production by 2020. But at the same time, it’s getting 100 percent behind the potential of wind … Continue reading

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World’s first lagoon power plants unveiled in UK

Plans to generate electricity from the world’s first series of tidal lagoons have been unveiled in the UK. The six lagoons – four in Wales and one each in Somerset and Cumbria – will capture incoming and outgoing tides behind … Continue reading

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