energy efficiency

Sharp Unveils the World’s Most Efficient Solar Cell!

Sharp Unveils the World’s Most Efficient Solar Cell!

About a year ago, Sharp achieved a new solar cell efficiency record of 43.5% by using a lens-based system to focus sunlight directly onto the cells in order to generate electricity. Now, Sharp has done

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Clip-Air: Modular Transportation Capsules Carry Passengers by Land, Sea, or Air

Clip-Air: Modular Transportation Capsules Carry Passengers by Land, Sea, or Air

The layout of a train is a lot like an airplane or a bus in terms of packing a lot of people into a tube to move them somewhere else. So why not just load people into a train and then slap some wings on

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Cameron Scott Renovates a World War II Airbase into a Sustainable Single Family Farmhouse in England

Cameron Scott Renovates a World War II Airbase into a Sustainable Single Family Farmhouse in England

The owners of this property commissioned Scott to transform the existing airfield after seeing him at a timber construction conference. The farmland surrounding these Nissen huts had been without a

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The INLET Wall Socket Conserves Energy While Increasing Child Safety

The INLET Wall Socket Conserves Energy While Increasing Child Safety

Since its invention, the standard electrical outlet has changed little in function or appearance. The INLET by LivingPlug seeks to not only change the aesthetics of the standard wall socket, but to

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All-Solid Lithium Sulfur Battery Stores Four Times as Much Energy as Lithium Ion Batteries

All-Solid Lithium Sulfur Battery Stores Four Times as Much Energy as Lithium Ion Batteries

Researchers at the DoE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a lithium sulfur battery that is not only cheaper and safer than lithium ion batteries, but it can store four times as much

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S1 Solar LED Lamp by d.light Aims to Provide a Brighter Future for Rural Areas in Asia and Africa

S1 Solar LED Lamp by d.light Aims to Provide a Brighter Future for Rural Areas in Asia and Africa

With hopes of replacing hazardous kerosene wick lamps, d.light has created a series of affordable solar LED Lamps for areas without a reliable source of electricity. The lamp has an integrated solar

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Patrice Bideau’s Bioclimatic House in France Balances Beautiful Views With Energy Efficiency

Patrice Bideau’s Bioclimatic House in France Balances Beautiful Views With Energy Efficiency

The owners began their journey by purchasing a house in 2010 that was built in the 1970s. After an analysis of the home, the owners found that a retrofit would not bring the building up to 2005 French

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David Spurgeon’s Passive Solar Houseboat Conserves Energy in Sausalito

David Spurgeon’s Passive Solar Houseboat Conserves Energy in Sausalito

The history of Sausalito's houseboat community dates back to the late 19th century, when wealthy San Franciscans would keep floating holiday homes in Marin County. But after the devastating 1906

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Group-Two Design’s LED Chandelier is a Futuristic Interpretation of a Classic Light Fixture

Group-Two Design’s LED Chandelier is a Futuristic Interpretation of a Classic Light Fixture

Long gone are the old-fashioned chandeliers outfitted with incandescent light bulbs and enough ornament to put a Christmas tree to shame. Group-Two Design recently brought their ultra-modern LED

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Light Up Your Walls with Mestyle’s LED-Embedded Wallpaper

Light Up Your Walls with Mestyle’s LED-Embedded Wallpaper

If your walls are looking a bit bland, how about lighting them up with this glamorous LED wallpaper by Mestyle? Spotted at ICFF at during New York Design Week, this innovative application of

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Structures Showcases Its Snakelike S7 LED Lamp at New York Design Week

Structures Showcases Its Snakelike S7 LED Lamp at New York Design Week

A floor lamp, bedside lamp and reading lamp all in one, S7 is a versatile new lighting design by Structures. Founded by sailor turned designer Nicolas Pichelin, Structures developed the fascinating

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Solar Impulse Departs for Dallas on Second Leg of Sun-Powered Flight Across America

Solar Impulse Departs for Dallas on Second Leg of Sun-Powered Flight Across America

This morning the Solar Impulse airplane embarked upon the next leg of its sun-powered journey across the United States. The solar-powered giant has already traveled from the San Francisco Bay Area to

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Tûranor PlanetSolar: World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Sets Transatlantic Speed Record

Tûranor PlanetSolar: World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Sets Transatlantic Speed Record

MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, the world’s largest solar boat, set a new record for the fastest transatlantic crossing by a vessel powered entirely by solar energy, smashing its own 2010 record by four days.

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Energy-Generating Bikes Made From Trash Power Film Festival in France

Energy-Generating Bikes Made From Trash Power Film Festival in France

The initiative was launched in 2012 by students determined to study the electricity production of pedaling. First drawings and design study for the project were made by BP design agency. Two of the five

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Alaksan Home Awarded Title of World’s Tightest Residential Building

Alaksan Home Awarded Title of World’s Tightest Residential Building

Marsik and Donalson are not house builders, but they decided to build their own home in Dillingham, AK. Most homes are heated using heating fuel, but the couple decided to cut out this costly energy

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Eighteen-Year-Old Invents Device That Can Charge Your Cell Phone in 20 Seconds

Eighteen-Year-Old Invents Device That Can Charge Your Cell Phone in 20 Seconds

It's hard enough being tied to your cell phone without having to worry about getting the "Low Battery Icon of Death" right in the middle of an important task - and charging up via wall outlets takes

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Study Finds Conservatives Less Likely to Buy Light Bulbs Labeled as Good for the Environment

Study Finds Conservatives Less Likely to Buy Light Bulbs Labeled as Good for the Environment

New research suggests that people with right wing views are less likely to buy light bulbs that are labeled as "pro-environment" due to the politicized nature of the carbon debate in the United States. In

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Hiroshima’s Optical Glass House Hides a Secret Garden Behind its Glazed Façade

Hiroshima’s Optical Glass House Hides a Secret Garden Behind its Glazed Façade

The Optical Glass House sits among tall buildings in downtown Hiroshima. Its glazed façade was hand-made made from 6,000 high-transparency glass blocks that are from borosilicate, a raw material

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Amtrak Unveils New High-Efficiency Electric Trains for Northeast Corridor

Amtrak Unveils New High-Efficiency Electric Trains for Northeast Corridor

After three decades of hard work, Amtrak trains in the Northeast Corridor and Pennsylvania get to retire. They will be replaced by 70 high-efficiency electric Amtrak Cities Sprinters (ACS-64) built by

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Jolan Van Der Wiel’s Psychedelic Tray Tables Are Created Using Centrifugal Forces

Jolan Van Der Wiel’s Psychedelic Tray Tables Are Created Using Centrifugal Forces

Dutch designer Jolan Van Der Wiel created a public workshop where visitors could make their own colorful trays using natural forces. The designer, famous for creating strange, spiky objects with the

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13 Things We Learned from Some of the World’s Smartest People at Fortune Brainstorm Green 2013

13 Things We Learned from Some of the World’s Smartest People at Fortune Brainstorm Green 2013

For those who think that environmentalism is just for hippies, actor Harrison Ford and Peter Seligman, Chairman and CEO of Conservation International, kicked off the conference with a discussion that

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Apelle: Boat-Like Home Stays Warm With Geothermal Energy During the Finnish Winters

Apelle: Boat-Like Home Stays Warm With Geothermal Energy During the Finnish Winters

Apelle is a long and lean building that opens up to the surrounding nature. The interiors are open plan and multi-functional, a common tradition in Finnish architecture dubbed “tupa” or “pirtti”.

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8 Ways You Can Harness the Power of Technology to Green Your Home

8 Ways You Can Harness the Power of Technology to Green Your Home

Energy Saving Light Bulbs Energy saving light bulbs are small, so it might seem like they can't possibly save you that much money. The reverse is true, however. There are a variety of energy-efficient

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Brilliant Energy-Generating JF-Kit House is Powered by People!

Brilliant Energy-Generating JF-Kit House is Powered by People!

JF-Kit is part pop-up gym, part self-sufficient off-grid home. The interior features a line of ‘domestic fitness furniture’ that enables residents to produce energy by pedaling a bike, doing sit

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How Does Your Electricity Use Compare to the Rest of the World?

How Does Your Electricity Use Compare to the Rest of the World?

The United States has been doing a good job of cutting carbon in recent years. Emissions are down 12% in the last 5 years, and half of those cuts have come in the power sector where natural gas, wind and

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Green Renters Offers Tips, Tutorials, and Workshops For Greening Your Rental

Green Renters Offers Tips, Tutorials, and Workshops For Greening Your Rental

Green Renters is a not-for-profit organization based in Australia that provides sustainability advice specifically for those living in rental accommodations. Over 30% of Australians live in rentals, and

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Modern Green Roofed Casa MM Makes the Most of Brazil’s Spectacular Landscape

Modern Green Roofed Casa MM Makes the Most of Brazil’s Spectacular Landscape

Designed by Studio MK27’s Marcio Kogan, Casa MM boasts a luscious grass green roof that acts as insulation and also a continuation of the landscape. Due to the extreme sunny weather, the walls are

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Molo Unveils Beautiful LED Softlight Lamps Featuring Eco-Friendly Tyvek Shades

Molo Unveils Beautiful LED Softlight Lamps Featuring Eco-Friendly Tyvek Shades

Inhabitat favorite, Molo, will be unveiling a brand new series of sustainable lamps in just a few weeks at this year's ICFF in New York City. Founders and designers Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen

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Rugged Prefab Patagonia Lodge Adapts to Rough Climate Conditions in Chile

Rugged Prefab Patagonia Lodge Adapts to Rough Climate Conditions in Chile

The Robinson Crusoe Deep Patagonia Lodge is located in the Aysén Region of Southern Chile at the end of the Austral Way. This lodge is set at the departure point for the main access route to the

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Solar and Wind-Powered Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station Wins International Competition

Solar and Wind-Powered Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station Wins International Competition

A symbol of Brazil's contribution to science and design, Estudio 41's concept proposal was carefully constructed to ensure a protective shell that would preserve not only the fragile humans living in this

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