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Carbon-Eating Algae Tested in Germany

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Scientists hope to turn coal plant CO2 emissions into clean air.

Algae is being studied globally for its potential in various commercial and environmental applications, from biofuels to animal feed to industrial grease. In Senftenberg, Germany, the "Green Mission" project is studying the organism for a new, different purpose. Scientists from European energy giant Vattenfall are looking to algae as a way to reduce emissions at Germany's abundant......read more

Fridge Igloo

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Ralf Schmerberg's refrigerator igloo makes a statement on energy use and climate change.

Berlin-based artist Ralf Schmerberg has built an igloo made of 322 old fridges in a public square in Hamburg, Germany. The 11-meter wide sculpture includes a massive electricity meter that shows the crazy amount of energy the fridges are using. The piece, called "Wastefulness Is the Biggest Source of Energy," also contains a plaque listing all the materials used that went into the......read more

Green Climate Fund HQ by LAVA

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Proposed 'ecological model project' would meet the highest standards of sustainability

If Germany's bid to host the Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund is whawt the future of sustainable architecture looks like, sign us up. Designed by the Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA), the proposed building is certainly worthy of the firm's name, with sweeping, curvilinear forms inspired by the rolling Rhine valley landscape around Bonn. The proposed building meets the highest......read more

Nick Frank: Munich Subway

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Behold the eerie, modernist beauty of these photos of deserted German subway stations

Urban design fanatics can rejoice in these pictures from German photographer Nick Frank, who stalked Munich's subway stations after hours to capture the eerie, modernist beauty of underground architecture in his hometown. Frank, who works as a creative director at an ad agency by day, has an eye for bold, basic shapes and bright colors. "I really have a graphical and minimalistic eye......read more

The Renewable Shift

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Led by Germany, clean power is transforming the global energy landscape

Justin Gillis for The New York Times: HELIGOLAND, Germany — Of all the developed nations, few have pushed harder than Germany to find a solution to global warming. And towering symbols of that drive are appearing in the middle of the North Sea. They are wind turbines, standing as far as 60 miles from the mainland, stretching as high as 60-story buildings and costing up to $30 million......read more

A Secluded Treehouse Hotel Built By Peter Becker

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Guests Can Completely Unplug From The Outside World

Nestled within a forest in Hesse, Germany is Robin’s Nest Treehouse Hotels, a destination spot for those wanting a unique and rustic getaway. The gorgeous and scenic locale offers a host of housing options, with the most striking being its elevated structures. There, visitors can sleep among the treetops and leafy branches, admiring uninterrupted views of nature. Robin’s Nest is the......read more

Massive Rooftop Solar Array Completed in Germany

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Holy scheizer! The new solar plant measures 27 acres--making it one of the biggest in the world

Germany is adding to its reputation as the world's solar energy leader with the completion of a 27-acre rooftop project near Mannheim. The system, built by Wirsol on the Pfenning Logistics distribution center in Haddesheim, has an installed capacity of 8.1 megawatts, enough to power 1,846 homes. It is Germany’s largest rooftop solar plant and one of the biggest in the world. “We are......read more

Old Coal Mines to Become Wind Power Storage

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Germany looks to make dirty tech turn green

In a symbolic gesture, German energy authorities are looking to repurpose old coal mines into wind power storage facilities. The concept involves placing hydroelectric pumps inside decommissioned mines, which would access wind power captured by turbines outside, giving new life to old mining communities and creating a sustainable storage system for the new wave of renewable energy. During......read more

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