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NASA Sustainability Base Showcases High-Tech, Eco Friendly Design

by Benjamin Roman •

NASA’s space expertise means it’s virtually unmatched when it comes to creating efficient and sustainable environments for humans to live and work, and the innovative new office facility at their Ames Research Center near San Francisco is a showcase of intelligent and environmentally friendly design.  Designed by William McDonough + Partners, the Sustainability Base draws on the latest in green …

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Renault’s Solar Roofs Will Power The Equivalent of 15,000 Homes

by Benjamin Roman •

Massive rooftop solar arrays seem to be popping up at an accelerating rate, thanks in part to cheaper, more efficient solar panel technologies and financial incentives in the form of rebates and stabilized energy costs.  Renault’s solar energy system at its French production facilities will dwarf most of the competition when it goes online next year.

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Wind Turbines May Offer Green Energy In NYC

by Benjamin Roman •

At a glance, New York City might not seem like a particularly “green” town, given all its traffic and densely built-up neighborhoods.  But on a per-capita basis, it consistently ranks as one of the most eco-friendly cities, thanks in large part to its unparalleled mass transit system and the small size of most homes and apartments.  And the city may …

Can Nuclear Energy Be Green? Thorium And Traveling Wave Reactors Give It A Shot

by Tracy McGill •

The recent events in Japan have sparked renewed debate over the risks of nuclear energy. Nuclear energy advocates defend uranium as a sustainable source of energy that is relatively safe, that is until something goes wrong. Opponents have long maintained the health and environmental risks associated with uranium mining and nuclear waste alongside the threat of nuclear power plant accidents …

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World’s First Hybrid Solar Energy Plant Powers Florida Homes

by Tracy McGill •

The newest hybrid model isn’t a car, but the world’s first hybrid solar energy plant that went on the grid last week in Martin County Florida. The Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center is Florida Power and Light’s (FPL) latest innovation to launch Florida as the clean energy state. Working in conjunction with an existing natural gas power plant, the …

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Princeton’s Ivy Halls To Be Powered By Solar Energy

by Tracy McGill •

Princeton University will soon be home to the largest solar field on a U.S. college campus. Scheduled for completion by summer 2012, the 5.3 megawatt system will be comprised of 16,500 photovoltaic solar panels, estimated to generate 5.5 % of electrical power to reduce campus energy costs by 8 %. The solar field will cover 27 acres on the university’s …

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Hyundai Sending Fuel-Efficient Hydrogen Vehicles To Northern Europe

by Benjamin Roman •

Fuel efficient hydrogen-powered Hyundai vehicles will soon be cruising Scandanavian streets, thanks to a pilot program which aims to introduce them to the European market.  Government employees in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Iceland will operate the test fleets of the FCEVs (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles) under the program announced this week.

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Amazing Dutch Bike Path Embedded With Solar Panels

by Tracy McGill •

What could make bike riding even more efficient? How about a bike path embedded with solar panels to produce clean energy while encouraging people to get on their bikes? The town of Krommenie in the Netherlands, just north of Amsterdam, will be receiving the SolaRoad bike path, scheduled to open in 2012.

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World’s Largest Solar Roof To Power High Speed Rail Station in China

by Tracy McGill •

Efficiency abounds in China as the world’s largest building integrated photovoltaic project prepares to power the railway station where some of the world’s fastest high speed trains pass through. China Sunergy, a solar cell and module manufacturer based in Nanjing, China, has recently signed a deal with CEEG (Nanjing) Solar Energy Research Institute to supply the 7MW solar modules for …

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Wind Power Gains Speed: Efficient, Clean, Endless Energy Source

by Benjamin Roman •

Wind power produces no pollutants like carbon dioxide, and it requires no input of water or fuel resources, making wind one of the planet’s cleanest and most abundant sources of renewable energy.  And it’s been front-page news in recent weeks:  the Thanet Offshore Wind Farm in England officially began operations in September, becoming the largest such project in the world.  …