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Kite Gen: The Future Of Wind Power?

by Benjamin Roman •

Wind power holds great promise as a clean energy source, but current windmill generators aren’t appropriate for all locations.  Italian firm Kite Gen hopes to change that with its innovative new generator designs, which use “kites” to capture strong high-altitude winds.

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Delta Airliners Integrating Wheeltug Hybrid Motor Technology

by Benjamin Roman •

Hybrid vehicles keep getting bigger: first there were tiny experimental cars, then hybrid SUVs began to appear on the road. And now some of Delta’s next-generation Boeing 737 aircraft (like the one pictured above) will be equipped with Wheeltug hybrid motors for taxiing on the ground. These motors will improve efficiency and safety while planes maneuver around the tarmac, reducing …

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Airship Wind Turbine Tested

by Justin Thomas •

Magenn Power has been testing its airship-based wind turbines— the company hopes to prove that its “air rotor system” will work. The Canadian startup has named the system MARS. It consists of a blimp that is tethered to the ground, and rotates horizontally in the wind, generating electricity. According to Greentech Media, the blimp is designed to float between 600 …

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Chinese Design Winner: High-Rise With Vertical Hydroponics

by Justin Thomas •

This apartment high-rise concept won a sustainable housing award recently in China. It integrates a vertical greenhouse into the high-rise. Designed by Knafo Klimor Architects, the “agro-housing” concept allows the residents to produce their own food, reducing commuting needs and providing a green neighbourhood. The greenhouse is a multi-floor structure for cultivation of crops such as vegetables, fruits, flowers and …

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Amazing Green Building: The ACROS Fukuoka

by Justin Thomas •

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In Fukuoka City in Japan, they have an amazing building called “ACROS Fukuoka” with two very distinct sides: one side looks like a conventional office building with glass walls, but on the other side there is a huge terraced roof that merges with a park. The garden terraces, which reach up to about 60 meters above the ground, contain some …

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Major Solar Power Plants Opens In Portugal

by Justin Thomas •

One of the world’s largest solar energy plants, covering the hills of a valley dotted with olive groves in southern Portugal, started delivering electricity to about 8,000 homes on Wednesday. The solar panels, which are raised around 2 meters off the ground, cover an area of 60 hectares (150 acres) and produce 11 megawatts of electricity in one of Europe’s …

Nau: Eco-Effective Outdoor Clothing

by Justin Thomas •

Good news: Nau just opened their online store. Nau is a company that uses only eco-effective materials to construct their clothing, including a number of materials that they developed themselves from the ground up. Nau also closely monitors the production process of the clothing, to ensure good labor practices and environmental standards. Via Groovy Green

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Flare Innovation: PowerFlare with LEDs

by Justin Thomas •

Invented by a police officer, PowerFlares are LED replacements for convetional flares. They have the advantage of not emitting toxic fumes or polluting the the ground. They also tend to cause fires, such as the one seen here. PowerFlares emit light in all directions, and can be seen for miles at night. Each unit is about the size of a …

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Using Eggshells To Build Walls In Japan

by Justin Thomas •

In Japan, there’s a product called “Shell Walls” which allows walls to be plastered with a paste made out of waste eggshells. Making full use of the eggshell’s porous structure, Green Techno 21 created Shell Walls which withstand humidity. The eggshell plaster is hazard-free and fireproof as it is made from natural calcium carbonate. After having their inner film peeled …

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The Emissions Neutral Vehicle (ENV)

by Justin Thomas •

These bikes were designed by the British team Intelligent Energy. The ENV bike is fully-functional and is based around their Core Fuel Cell from the ground up. The Core, which is completely detachable from the bike, is a compact fuel cell, capable of powering anything from a motorboat to a small domestic property.