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World's Largest Solar Project Would Generate Electricity 24 Hours a Day, Power 1 Million U.S. Homes

The race to build the world's largest solar power plant is heating up. California-based energy company SolarReserve announced plans for a massive …

Blockchain’s pre-emptive response to the next financial crisis

Yesterday I attended a conference at which the keynote speech was given by a senior economist at a global financial institution (because he spoke in …

Building Efficiency Case Study: Morgan Creek Ventures

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Solar Shingles — Looking Back & Looking To The Future Of Rooftop Solar Power

Elon Musk promises a new type of solar energy product - the integrated roof that combines weather protection with the ability to make electricity. …

27 DIY Home Repair Tips I Wish I Knew Sooner

27 DIY Home Repair Tips<p>Listen up all of you homeowners (apartment dwellers) because we have some important things to discuss. What? Okay, we will …

Man-made “wind trees” will finally make it possible to power homes using turbines

Picture a steady breeze blowing through the leaves of a tree. Now imagine these leaves could do more than simply churn in the current of air—what if they could capture the wind and transform it into renewable energy?<p>Energy from wind is the fastest-growing source of electricity in the world, …

Renewable Energy

Elon Musk Wants To End Housework With These Self-Training Robots

Humankind has been dreaming of ways to nix its domestic duties since time immemorial, but aside from Roombas and robotic baristas, mechanical servants have mostly stayed in science fiction. Luckily for us, the mega-entrepreneur and possible super-villain Elon Musk makes it his business to fund …

This $150 DIY micro-trailer has a kitchen, bed, and skylight

Camping with a tent so overdone. Why not be more adventurous and bring a handmade micro-trailer on your next trip into the wilderness?<p>If you follow inventor Paul Elkins' tutorial, you can build your own tiny trailer and pull it by bike. Called the "Nomad Bicycle Camper," it features a kitchen, foam …

Stop wasting food with these 9 easy tips

As much as 40 percent of food is wasted in the US every year, and limiting food waste can be a major money saver when it comes to healthy eating. Extend the life of your foods with these simple tips. Not only will you save money, you'll also maintain optimal taste and flavor.<p><b>1. Prevent wilting</b> …

Cooking Hacks Every At-Home Chef Should Know

What do you do if you are baking and realize at the last minute that you’re out of buttermilk? Or, baking powder? It simply won’t work without these key ingredients. One answer, of course, is to run to the store and get them. But we know another solution (that doesn’t involve a pesky last-minute …

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Testing the Multiverse: Beyond the Limits of Science? (Op-Ed)

<i>Robert Lawrence Kuhn is the creator, writer and host of "Closer to Truth," a public television series and online resource that features the world's</i> …

China proposes $50tn global renewable energy network

Beijing’s network will be the world’s biggest infrastructure project, if given the green light. The State Grid has already signed a memorandum of …

University Of Calgary Students Invent 'WindChill' Fridge That Requires No Electricity

Four University of Calgary students have invented a fridge that doesn't require electricity to run.<p>Their project won an international competition …

The business guide to green power: 12 ways to invest in renewable energy

<i>Our GreenBiz Evergreen column brings to light GreenBiz stories from the past that remain relevant today. If you scratch your chin over RECs and PPAs,</i> …

How Walmart Became A Green Energy Giant, Using Other People's Money

<i>Wal-Mart, long a bogeyman of the left, is making one of their long-held dreams a reality: affordable green energy deployed on an industrial scale.</i><p>The roof of the Wal-Mart in Mountain View, Calif. is covered with solar panels. Depending on the time of day they provide 15% of the power needed to run …

Scotland gives green light to world’s largest floating wind farm

Scottish Government grants marine licence for UK’s first floating wind farm off Peterhead coast

Tesla's Powerwall home battery is coming to Australia in 2015

The Powerwall, a rechargeable lithium ion home battery from the makers of the Tesla Model S car, will be on sale in Australia by the end of the …

More Energy Efficient Skyscrapers are Being Built Than Ever Before. But There's a Catch.

There was a time not so long ago when getting a LEED certification on a new building was a big deal, a relatively rare badge of architectural pride. …

Is China Really Going Green?

To most people, myself included, this week’s agreement between the United States and China on tackling climate change came as a big surprise. For more than a decade, the Chinese government has resisted international calls for it to place a cap on carbon emissions, arguing, with some justification, …

25 Devastating Effects Of Climate Change

The world is getting warmer and that's already causing disasters that will devastate lives and cost hundreds of billions of dollars.<p>Those problems are only getting worse, as shown by recent reports from the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) and the White House, among …

Sony's tiny high-resolution audio player might be the next big thing

Sony's latest reboot of the Walkman -- the NWZ-A17 high-resolution music player -- brings back memories of the original Walkman analog cassette players that were all the rage in the 1980s. Sony went on to sell boatloads of CD, video, radio, network, and even MP3 Walkmans, but the NWZ-A17 is the …

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How Being Entrepreneur-In-Residence Helped This Man Build His Fourth Startup After Selling His Third One For $500 Million

The basic idea is to have a serial entrepreneur come in to work and join the company's meetings, working on different projects until that person comes up with a new startup idea.<p>Although there's no written rule, the company that hires the EIR often gets the first call to invest in that new startup …

A Nokia Lumia 1020 powers this automated 3D-printed telescope

There are many, many people who've always wanted a powerful space telescope in their backyards but can't exactly afford one. For avid makers and DIY enthusiasts, at least, that's not such an absurd dream anymore -- not when someone has designed an automated 3D-printed telescope that's powered by a …

US Government publishes ‘Biogas Opportunities Roadmap’

Earlier this month the US Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Energy and Environmental Protection Agency published the <i>Biogas Opportunities Roadmap</i>. …

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Giant Floating Duck Proposed to Bring Green Energy to Copenhagen

Here’s an idea for energy sustainability that’s not mere quackery: A team of British designers and artists have proposed a floating tourist …

What if we could turn wastewater and algae into carbon-negative fuels and clean water?

These guys are doing it<p>First generation biofuels, like corn ethanol, haven't fulfilled their promise of displacing fossil fuels in a green, carbon …

Wastewater

An Ethics Meter Next to the Odometer? Not a Good Idea For Robot Cars.

What if robot cars came equipped with an adjustable dial to control the robot navigator's ethics level? Would that shift liability away from …

Automotive Industry

From 'Front-Lines of Climate Crisis,' Gathering Calls for New Economy

"Power without pollution. Communities united for a just transition."<p>That is the theme of an international gathering that kicked off Wednesday in …

Germany Added A Lot Of Wind And Solar Power, And Its Electric Grid Became More Reliable

To hear its critics tell it, Germany’s ambitious push to switch over to renewable energy has delivered an electrical grid that’s capricious, …