This App Puts 12,000 Wind Farms at Your Fingertips

For the wind-curious and the renewable energy enthusiast, a new app puts over 12,000 wind farms at your fingertips, displaying specs, stats, and even pictures of the wind turbines. Wind farms, as an effective source for clean renewable power, are a key component in the move toward a more sustainable energy infrastructure, and can be a very visible example of the new energy paradigm. Whether you’re a wind power consumer, a wind developer, an energy policy wonk, or just enjoy…

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Hawaiian Contractor Builds Portable Solar Generator to Power Equipment

To replace the dirty and expensive diesel generators often used to power the tools and equipment in his contracting business, a Hawaiian contractor built a portable solar generator to provide clean, quiet power on the jobsite, and his solar-on-wheels system is not just a functional tool, but is a great introduction to solar energy for his fellow contractors. Tony Vidana, a contractor on the Big Island of Hawaii, originally designed and built his Ready2Go portable solar generator for his own…

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Is This the World’s Fastest Solar Charger?

It’s really exciting to see the advancements being made in solar power over the last few years, especially in the small scale and personal solar charger industry, as they seem to keep getting smaller, more efficient, and more affordable. But how small can solar chargers go, while still being powerful enough to handle our mobile device charging needs? I’m no stranger to solar chargers, as I own and use several of them regularly, from the tiny Waka Waka solar light…

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Duke Energy Tries to Kill Rooftop Solar

The dirty little tricks that big energy companies use to maintain their stranglehold over their customers, while continuing to pollute the very regions the serve, have now taken on a new twist. Duke Energy, whose operations were responsible for spilling 82,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River, is now trying to run a misinformation campaign that attacks rooftop solar energy across the company’s service territories in Southern states. Duke Energy, which is the largest electricity in the United…

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New Method Converts Manure to Biogas at Half the Cost

One of the key pieces in building systems that are more sustainable is the idea of using waste as a resource, especially those waste products that aren’t avoidable. It’s one thing to reduce the amount of waste that gets produced from processes, but if there really isn’t a way to reduce that waste, which is the case when it comes to animal manure, then being able to convert it into clean energy is the next best thing. Biogas isn’t a…

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Algae Biofuel Process by Algenol Yields 8000 Gallons per Acre at $1.27 per Gallon

The future of domestic renewable fuel production could be a bright one, if the work of Algenol is scaled up to commercial levels, because the company can already produce continuous yields of 8000 gallons of algae biofuels per acre per year, without using any arable land that would be better suited to food production. Biofuels are a controversial topic for some environmentalists, because for certain feedstock crops, such as corn, the benefits of producing ethanol biofuel on arable land may…

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Researchers Harvest Renewable Energy from Flushing Toilets

Finding new and different methods of harvesting renewable energy is a key component of building a more sustainable future, and while solar power, wind power, and ocean energy are often the focus of large-scale renewables research, it turns out that something that we take for granted, our toilets, could be used to also generate electricity. Researchers in South Korea have developed a method of harvesting electricity from the motion of water, which could be from anything from drops of rain…

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This DIY Wind Turbine Can be Built for $30

The two renewable energy sources that are easiest to take advantage of for the average person are solar and wind power, and while they might both seem to be complex in nature, the fact of the matter is that the sun and the wind can be harvested for home energy use without a huge investment. Sure, the cost of solar panels can be rather off-putting when considering a system that can handle all of the electrical demand from home, and…

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New Tablet-Sized Solar Charger is a Crowdfunding Hit

Solar power for mobile devices is the wave of the future, but many of the small portable solar chargers on the market aren’t big enough to efficiently power tablets and other gadgets that have a larger battery capacity, and they don’t often include an onboard battery pack for charging devices after the sun goes down. However, a new entry to the portable solar charger market aims to fix that, by offering a small yet powerful system to both harvest and…

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