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Ibasei’s Cappa provides hydroelectricity on a small scale

Ibasei’s Cappa provides hydroelectricity on a small scale

Despite being the most widely used form of renewable energy worldwide, hydroelectricity is generally reserved for large-scale commercial installations built around massive dams. Japanese company Ibasei has shrunk things down and removed the need to build a dam with its Cappa compact hydropower generator – a system that’s designed to…

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Hybrid self-charging power cell by-passes batteries

Hybrid self-charging power cell by-passes batteries

Systems that convert kinetic energy into electric energy have made great strides in recent times, from mobile phone charging bicycle dynamos to tiles that turn footsteps into electrical energy. Recently researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have come up with what they believe is a more efficient approach. They have…

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The streets of Vancouver are paved with … recycled plastic

The streets of Vancouver are paved with … recycled plastic

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s latest Global Liveability Report, the beautiful city of Vancouver in Canada is a pretty decent place to live, ranking third in the world. Its environmental footprint is currently unsustainable, though, prompting officials to hatch an ambitious plan to have Vancouver crowned the greenest city…

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Kite power getting off the ground in Germany

Kite power getting off the ground in Germany

Despite offering numerous advantages over its rotating brethren, most notably the ability to reach the high-speed winds found at higher altitudes, kite-based energy systems are yet to really get off the ground in a meaningful way. But things are looking up. Earlier this year, NASA revealed it is investigating ways…

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