‘We were blown away’ – researchers eliminate obstacle to fusion energy

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Fusion powers the sun, and if we could harness it here on Earth, we could obtain unlimited clean energy. Scientists have been working on that aim for years, and now researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Texas A&M University just made a huge leap forwards – by figuring out what to do with a byproduct of the process, helium, which weakens the materials comprising a fusion reactor. In nanocomposite solids, helium doesn’t form into destructive… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Living solar panel wallpaper harvests energy thanks to photosynthesis

Researchers printed circuitry and cyanobacteria on paper, creating a wallpaper that harvests power. The cyanobacteria lived through the printing process, and then performed photosynthesis to harvest energy. Imperial College London described the product as a two-in-one solar bio-battery and solar panel, and said an iPad-sized piece of the wallpaper could energize a digital clock or LED light bulb. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New Japanese turbines harvest wave energy and protect coastlines from erosion

Surf’s up! Researchers from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology in Japan are working on a project with the goal of creating turbines that both harvest the renewable energy of tidal movement while simultaneously protecting coastlines from erosion. To accomplish this, turbines would be placed atop tetrapods, star-shaped concrete structures anchored to the sea floor with mooring cables, View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Florida residents prohibited from using solar energy after Hurricane Irma

Millions of Florida residents lost power after Hurricane Irma. But homeowners with solar energy installations couldn’t use them – or they’d be breaking the law. Florida’s electricity board made it illegal for people to power their houses with solar panels.

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World’s first electric dump truck stores as much energy as 8 Tesla Model S cars

Even the construction industry can “go green.” A collection of Swiss companies is proving this to be true by developing the world’s largest electric vehicle and in record time. The E-Dumper weighs in at a whopping 45 tons and has 700 kWh of storage capacity. That’s as much as eight Tesla Model S vehicles! To ensure it is as environmentally-friendly as possible, the E-Dumper’s base is a used Komatsu HD 605-7 dumper truck. The original has had its diesel engine removed, however; in its… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Midwest greenhouse heated with geothermal energy produces citrus year-round for $1 per day

Those who live in the Midwest understand how difficult it can be to eat local during the wintertime. For Russ Finch and his local community, the task isn’t too difficult as the former mailman designed a geothermal greenhouse in the state of Nebraska that produces lemons, grapefruit-sized oranges, green figs, and grapes — and all for just $1 a day.

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Finch calls the structure the Greenhouse in the Snow. The original, which he constructed more than 20 years… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Revolutionary glass building blocks generate their own solar energy

There’s a new building block in town, and it generates its own clean energy. Researchers from Exeter University developed revolutionary new glass blocks that are embedded with small solar cells. Not only do the blocks generate energy, but they also provide thermal insulation and allow natural light to enter buildings.

Called Solar Squared, the blocks are embedded with an array of optical elements that focus sunlight on tiny solar cells – during the manufacture process. The design ensures… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Elon Musk has a simple plan to power the US entirely on renewable energy

With all the talk in the US about bringing back more coal and opening more oil reserves, it can be discouraging for those of us dreaming of a sustainable energy future. But Elon Musk, who is always looking at what we can do, rather than what we can’t, has laid out a feasible plan for moving the US entirely onto renewable energy. Speaking at the National Governors Association meeting this week, Musk talked about powering the entire country with just 100 square miles of solar panels.

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Siemens and AES start new energy storage company to rival Tesla

Tesla’s no longer the only big company in the energy storage game. Back in April Mercedes-Benz started to deliver home energy storage units in Germany, and now electrification giants Siemens and AES are creating a new energy storage technology company, Fluence. The venture could reach consumers in more than 160 countries.

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Chinese province runs entirely on renewable energy for 7 days

A province in China just showed it is indeed possible to source all of our power from renewable energy. Qinghai Province ran solely on solar, wind, and hydropower for a week. The province, which is home to over five million people, used up the amount of electricity that 535,000 tons of coal could have generated in those seven days – without all the air-polluting carbon emissions. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building