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US and UK Announce Floating Wind Turbine Collaboration

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New tech looks to harness consistently powerful winds above deep water

At this week's multilateral clean energy meeting in London, the British government announced it will collaborate with the US to develop floating wind turbines that harness the higher wind speeds available over deeper water. The UK's offshore wind potential big; it is estimated to account for about one-third of Europe's overall offshore wind potential. But in order to exploit it, new technology......read more

Offshore Wind Gains Momentum

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More and more countries are tapping powerful ocean winds for electricity

Wind power may be the leading source of renewable electricity (apart from hydro), but we haven't even scratched the surface of its true potential. Of the 238,000 megawatts of wind capacity installed at the start of 2012, just 4,600 megawatts came from offshore wind farms. On a planet that's two-thirds water, that leaves plenty of room for improvement. But, according to a new Earth......read more

A Floating Wind Tower Goes to Sea

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America's first offshore wind installation launches in Maine

Offshore wind farms have taken off throughout much of the world, but they've yet to catch on in the US. With cheaper (and dirtier) forms of energy available, the steep cost of erecting an offshore wind tower has hindered development off of our coasts. But researchers from the University of Maine tried a new approach last week by launching a floating wind machine--the first offshore wind......read more

World's Biggest Offshore Wind Farm Launched in UK

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The 175-turbine London Array project produces enough energy for half a million homes

Britain solidified its position as global leader in offshore wind power by announcing the launch of the London Array, a 630MW project near the mouth of the Thames River. The 1.5 billion pound ($2.3 billion) wind farm has 175 Siemens 3.6MW turbines, enough to power half a million homes. The project is owned by Denmark's Dong Energy, Germany's E.On and Masdar, of Abu Dhabi. Its official launch......read more

Uncharted Waters

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In the chaotic aftermath of the Gulf oil disaster, one thing is clear: we need to start tapping the clean energy potential of our oceans.

At present, upwards of 200,000 gallons of oil are pouring into the Gulf of Mexico daily. President Obama is rushing to assign responsibility, which BP CEO Tony Hayward readily accepted before shifting the blame to the drilling contractor. The left-wing is trying to contain damage to the environment as the right-wing does the same with its political agenda. But, for all the commotion, precious few......read more

OfficePOD

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Tan Lun Cheak's dual purpose table lamp/food cooker.

More and more people are working from home, and that trend doesn't look like it's going to reverse anytime soon. Which is great. We welcome a shift that blurs conventional lines between life and work. And the most eco-friendly commute is no commute at all. But between the fridge, the TV, and the stereo, it can be hard to stay focused on work. Trust us. Inhabitat hips us to a UK design......read more

Shipping Container Office Building

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Permanent, multistory structure erected in Providence, R.I.

In Providence, R.I., a new office building has lifted the challenging task of shipping container construction to new heights. The first permanent, multistory structure in the U.S. made entirely from shipping containers cost owner Peter Case $1.8 million to build, about half of what he would have paid for a conventional structure. Divided into two sets of offices, the three-story complex has an......read more

IT House: An Off-Grid Desert Retreat

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LA firm Taalman Koch creates a sustainable oasis in California's Yucca Valley

The IT House is a pre-fab design system developed by LA-based architects Taalman Koch. Delivering optimum control of construction waste, labor, and quality of finished product, the firm has several of its IT Homes built. This particular one is located off-the-grid in Pioneertown, California, near Joshua Tree National Park. Conceived as a small house with glass walls and an open floor plan, the......read more

Off-Grid Modernism in Rural Ontario

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The House on Limekiln Line, designed by Lisa Moffitt, is a self-sustaining country home

It's always a challenge to apply the principles of modernism to architecture in rural places. In urban neighborhoods, clean lines and square angles sit harmoniously with the street grid, but out in the country they can come off as rigid and unnatural. Architect Lisa Moffitt manages to avoid these pitfalls with the House on Limekiln Line, an off-grid home in Ontario’s rural Huron......read more

An Off-Grid Gem on Chile's Coast

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Clifftop home features sustainable strategies galore.

Claudia Schneider's weekend home sits on an 180-foot cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, 90 minutes from Santiago and many miles from the electrical grid. But a variety of sustainable strategies make the home's remoteness a non-issue. Dubbed the "Casa Cuatro," the house was designed by Foster Bernal Architects, who fitted it with solar panels, a wind turbine, and a......read more

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