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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

Tidal Power Starts Flowing To The Grid

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Let American offshore power begin

It's official: America's first offshore turbine is feeding the grid. No, it's not a wind turbine, but it's no less notable. Less than a month after the feds approved America's first commercial wave power project, Forbes reports that Ocean Renewable Power Company's TidGen device has started providing power to a utility grid in Maine. The TidGen turbine sits in......read more

Matthew Picton: Paper Cities

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Aerial urban grids recreated in recycled paper

From cartographic collages to multimedia map works, we love us some map-related art around here. Oregon-based British artist Matthew Picton adds some more enthralling creations to our collection with these stunning paper sculptures of cities made of books and other textual materials. The works play on the idea of the city as living organism. Explains Picton in his artist's......read more

Storing Wind Energy In-House

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When supply outstrips demand, utilities look to consumers to help stabilize power grid

In the Pacific Northwest, wind power has become an important source of income in rural areas, where energy entrepreneurs are eagerly erecting turbines in windy zones like the Columbia River Gorge. But wind is a volatile beast, and all the new turbines have presented utilities with a problem: when it's storming, the turbines create more electricity than the grid can soak up. In the New York......read more

Are EVs the Energy Storage Solution of the Future?

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Electric vehicles could provide power to grid during peak demand, says new report

It's time to start thinking of electric vehicles as energy sinks on wheels, according to a new report published by National Grid and tech consultants Ricardo. The study says EV owners could make money by providing power to grid operators and utilities during times of peak demand.  There are two ways it can be done. The cheaper approach is simple: an EV owner just plugs......read more

Off The Grid, In The Middle Of The Atlantic

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Clean energy to power El Hierro in the Canary Islands

El Hierro, an island in the Canary Islands, will soon be powered entirely off renewable energy. With no more oil and fuel being imported from far away, this island can truly realize the concept of independence. The island will receive 80% of its energy needs from a wind farm and a hydroelectric plant, and get its remaining energy needs from solar thermal collectors and photovoltaic panels. Not......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

Maine Island Wilderness Retreat

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Off the grid, in style.

This 550 square-foot cabin sits on a tiny parcel of land on a remote Maine island. Designed by Alex Scott Porter, the getaway is entirely off-the-grid. In the architect's words: This three-season retreat house is situated on the outermost inhabited island in Maine. The island has no roads, stores, electricity, water service, year-round inhabitants or ferry service – no grid. The house ......read more

Wind Could Power 20% of Eastern Grid

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A photographic look at the connections and contradictions between life inside the city and out.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Wind energy could generate 20 percent of the electricity needed by households and businesses in the eastern half of the United States by 2024, but it would require up to $90 billion in investment, according to a government report released on Wednesday. For the 20 percent wind scenario to work, billions must be spent on installing wind towers on land and sea and about 22,000......read more

Europe Unites to Build Renewable Energy Supergrid

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North Sea countries plan $40 billion clean energy project that could offer weather-proof supply.

It would connect turbines off the wind-lashed north coast of Scotland with Germany's vast arrays of solar panels, and join the power of waves crashing on to the Belgian and Danish coasts with the hydro-electric dams nestled in Norway's fjords: Europe's first electricity grid dedicated to renewable power will become a political reality this month, as nine countries formally draw up......read more

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