Dominik Tasiemski

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How plastic bottles could solve Africa's lighting issues

Despite all the advances in technology, the problem of lighting up rural Africa after darkness falls is still very real. It was this thought that …

Why wave power has lagged far behind as an energy source

It’s not difficult to imagine what wind energy looks like — by this point we have all seen the towering turbines dotting the landscape. The same goes for solar power and the panels that are spreading across rooftops worldwide. But there is another form of renewable energy, available in huge …

Japan wants to build a space-based solar energy farm

A new proposal from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) lays out a plan that would solve the country’s energy woes for decades to come.<p>The power source? A series of platforms launched into orbit around the planet to collect solar energy. Yeah, that’s right — a space-based solar energy …

The First Energy Self-Sufficient Island

A tiny burst of green off the West African coast, El Hierro has long been considered a backward outpost of Spanish rule. But the smallest of the Canary Islands is about to make history—and a windfall—on its own terms.<p>When five wind turbines at the volcanic island's northeastern tip begin operation …

Heliotrope: The World's First Energy Positive Solar Home

Look, up in the sky — it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the Heliotrope! The brainchild of Architect Ralph Disch, this rotating solar home was the seed …

Solar Thermal

German-French Team Unveils World's Most Efficient Solar Cell!

A team comprised of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Soitec, CEA-Leti and the Helmholtz Center, Berlin has just unveiled the …

Clean Energy

Honeycomb 'Wind Lens' Turbines Could Boost Energy Generation 3X

Forget about traditional tri-blade wind turbines — the ultra-efficient turbine of the future might look completely different if Kyushu University …

Green apps and gadgets: Solar Condor DAB and FM radio

I’m not giving up on solar power. I’ve decided any gadget that uses it is either a marvel or a prototype.<p>The problem with solar energy is we’re not great at harnessing it yet. But it’s clearly a brilliant solution to our energy problems – just as we look back at the polluting, billowing smog of the …

Plant-e Develops Electricity-Generating Plants to Bring Clean Energy to Off-Grid Locations

A Dutch start-up called Plant-e has developed a way to use living plants as a continuous source of clean energy – all that’s needed is a light …

Breakthrough Discovery Uses Sunlight to Create Materials for Solar Devices

Researchers at Oregon State University just made an energy breakthrough that could cut the cost of solar energy while also drastically reducing the …

Report: Solar Power Could be the World's Top Energy Source by 2050

A new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that solar energy could become the biggest generator of electricity worldwide by …

Renewable Energy

Pumpmakers' DIY Solar-Powered Water Pump Empowers Developing Nations

To help bring clean drinking water to the 780 million people who still go without, Pumpmakers developed the NSP Solar Pump, an inexpensive, …

Water

Meet the Solar Impulse 2: The First Airplane to Attempt a Round-The-World Solar-Powered Flight!

Inhabitat has followed the inspiring adventure of the Solar Impulse sun-powered airplane for years - from the news of its first night flight in 2010 …

Sunstash Solar Charger Provides Off-Grid Energy During Emergencies

SunStash is a newly launched Kickstarter project that seeks to provide an innovative solar powered solution to frequent interruptions in the power …