China has recently launched a gigantic airship into near space from Mongolia. The helium-filled airship has been positioned near the top of the Earth’s atmosphere. It took no fuel to ascend that high into near space. The sun powers it into position after an initial helium bounce with solar panels along the top surface of the [...]
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In late 2014, the government of the Netherlands, in collaboration with the private sector, opened a first-of-its-kind bike path that is able to generate electricity through solar power, aiming to use the country’s cycling culture to increase electricity generation from renewable energy sources. Now, six months after the pilot [...]
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Google will fly an 84-foot wind turbine next month as part of an ongoing experiment with wind energy. The turbines, or energy kites as they’re called by Google’s Makani division, are closer to planes than they are traditional turbines. Here’s the Verge’s Arielle Duhaime-Ross with the details: They’re more [...]
Since the start of the year Costa Rica has been powered entirely by renewable energy. State-owner power company Costa Rican Electricity Institute says the milestone is thanks in part to high seasonal rainfall, powering the countries hydroelectric facilities to great effect. The small nation of 4.8 million has gone to great lengths to [...]
Few people question the value of renewable energy sources, as our world continues on a rampage of consumption and environmental damage. The problem with renewable energy is its viability. Methods such as wind turbines create unique hazards to wildlife, and dams require a large amount of money to create with only a handful of suitable [...]
Between Earth Ships, the Small House Movement, and others, there’s a huge desire for off-the-grid alternatives to typical housing options. London’s EcoFloLife have been working on these alternatives for years, and, in partnership with Italian architect Giancarlo Zema, have annouced plans for a new kind of energy-efficient [...]
The Eiffel Tower, forever a symbol of French ingenuity and heritage, has added two new wind turbines to its modernist frame. The 17-foot turbines are a part of a massive renovation of the tower’s lower level. Specially designed for the tower, the turbines are unlike typical wind energy installations. They run silenty and produce no [...]
The alternative energy industry continues to surge in the global marketplace, and technological advancements promise rewards for both consumers and investors. These innovations are normally brought about through improved renewable energy system efficiency and increased popularity for these systems in high growth, regional markets. Here [...]
A common critique of wind energy is the unsightly design of the turbines required for power generation. But a group of companies in the Netherlands is planning to finally do away with that criticism through a new architectural wonder, a 570-foot Wind Wheel set in the heart of Rotterdam. Made of two massive rings and an underwater [...]