Fossil Fuels Just Lost The War Against Renewable Energy

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Solar and wind and hydro power win! The world is changing for the better, and renewable energy has come out on top and ahead of fossil fuels. This is no small triumph. Since the beginning of the industrial age oil has been the king of the hill. Now the tables have turned, oil and natural gas are obsolete, and coal is just plain not a viable option for fuel anymore when compared to the long term benefits (and profits) from solar and wind power systems. Big energy is now renewable. And that is … [Read more...]

Tesla to Unveil Home Battery on April 30 that Could Take You Off The Grid

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Well, it's official now. Kind of. Tesla has set the date of April 30th to unveil the new home battery everyone has been talking about. There is a lot of hype over this battery system but there's also hope that it will deliver. If it's anything like Musk's other technologies and products, it will be a game changer for sure. "It’s finally official, almost. Two months ago Tesla told the world they had developed a battery to take your house completely off-grid, and just a couple of weeks ago … [Read more...]

Off Grid World Outdoors: Hiking Camping & Adventure Off The Grid

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Welcome to Off Grid World Outdoors. All about disconnecting, getting off the grid and back to nature. As off-gridders we're also nature lovers. We love hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, exploring and adventuring all over the world. It's in our nature as independent people.   When you're in the wilderness in the middle-of-nowhere there's a sense of peace. It's quiet. You can let go of your everyday problems and relax for a change and recharge your battery. Before we get … [Read more...]

112,780 Solar Panels: France’s Largest Solar Energy Farm

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France's largest solar array. The rolling hills countryside in southern France is covered in solar panels. The solar energy farm covers approximately 200 hectares (494 acres) total. With a capacity to produce 100 MW of electricity, enough to power 12,000 houses. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier A general view shows solar panels to produce renewable energy at the photovoltaic park in Les Mees, in the department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, southern France March 31, 2015. The solar farm of the … [Read more...]

World’s First 3D Printed Solar Powered Stirling Engine

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This is the world's first solar powered 3D printed Stirling engine. Let me repeat. A 3D solar powered Stirling engine! Now that is cool off grid tech. This little ingenious device isn't going to power your home just yet, but it is a proof of concept, and it works. The mirrors reflect the Sun's energy onto the central area which heats up causing expansion and as the air cools it contracts. This 3d printed concept was created by German aeronautical engineer Andreas … [Read more...]

Amish Barn Raising: Watch Amish Craftsman Build This Barn in 10 Hours!

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Amish Barn Raising: Watch Amish Craftsman Build This Barn in 10 Hours! I've never seen anything like it. Truly inspiring work. Not just because of the sheer size of this barn, or the professional craftsmanship and talent that went into building it, but also the cooperation and community nature of this kind of build project. Now THIS is how it's done! Scott Miller, shot this video with a Canon 60d Camera using a Pixel TW-282/E3 Wireless remote timer set at 20 second intervals. He shot 1600 … [Read more...]

101 Reasons To Live Off Grid

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101 Reasons to Live Off The Grid - People go off grid for all kinds of reasons, the biggest one I think is that people seem to think life will be easier, less stressful and perhaps even make them happier. Well, it's WORK, and work is a four letter word. It's not easy, it's not luxury and it takes time and effort and determination. Having said that, these are some of the more uplifting and positive aspects of living off the grid. This list touches on the basic and fundamental reasons why we do … [Read more...]

Vancouver Announces It Will Go 100 Percent Renewable by 2035

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OFF GRID NEWS: Good news. Vancouver has announced the it will use 100% renewable energy by 2030 to 2035. Right now the city runs on about 32% renewable energy. The announcement comes in the wake of a fuel spill in Vancouver's English Bay. Perhaps the realization of environmental problems, and the pressure from the world for cities to be more environmentally responsible has spurred on the announcement of these changes. Welcome changes. Good changes. We'd like to say it's about time. Vancouver, … [Read more...]

Off Grid & Open Source Straw Bale Village Designed for Sustainability

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Talk about a master planned community. One Community Global is developing plans for a sustainable community based on straw-bale construction. As an Open Source project, all these designs and ideas are being released to the public without patents or copyrights. One Community Global describes the Straw Bale Village as: The Straw Bale Village consists of fifty-six 250-300 square foot (23-28 sq meters) studio-style rooms, each with an attached bathroom. They are arranged in groups of 4 that can … [Read more...]

New More Efficient Graphene Lightbulb Lights The Way To Sustainability

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A new and better light bulb. One that is more efficient (uses 10% less energy) than LED lights, and is made from cutting edge innovative material called graphene. Graphene is 100 times stronger than steel, highly conductive with both heat and electricity, and almost transparent. It's a fantastically advanced material which has many promising characteristics in the sustainable living and renewable energy sectors. Manchester Evening News University of … [Read more...]