Solar Power

New artificial leaf technology could revolutionize renewable energy production

New artificial leaf technology could revolutionize renewable energy production

The big challenges standing in the way of a full frontal assault on petroleum by the clean energy industry are the cost of production and a dearth of ways to store the energy after its produced. But

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Solar-powered Josey Pavilion beats wicked hot Texas summers without air-conditioning

Solar-powered Josey Pavilion beats wicked hot Texas summers without air-conditioning

One of Texas’ most eco-friendly structures is nestled in an unassuming native prairie landscape near Decatur. Named the Betty and Clint Josey Pavilion, the self-sufficient building promotes sustainable

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First Nation builds spirited solar project in the heart of Canada’s oil sands

First Nation builds spirited solar project in the heart of Canada’s oil sands

One of Alberta’s biggest solar installations has been built in one of the most unlikely places—the heart of Canada’s Peace River oil sands. The Lubicon Lake Band aboriginal community launched the

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INFOGRAPHIC: Solar power on the large and small scale

INFOGRAPHIC: Solar power on the large and small scale

The sun has become one of the leading sources of clean and renewable energy in the US. More specifically, during the third quarter of 2014, panels that generate 1,354 MW of solar were installed in various

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Austrian scientists create a cheap, flexible solar cell just 3 micrometers thick

Austrian scientists create a cheap, flexible solar cell just 3 micrometers thick

For several years, the age old mineral perovskite has been something of a holy grail of solar cell efficiency; the mineral is abundant, cheap, lightweight, and highly efficient when it comes to absorbing

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Sweet ECOmbo camper offers 95-square-feet of exhilarating solar-powered adventure

Sweet ECOmbo camper offers 95-square-feet of exhilarating solar-powered adventure

Are you itching to leave city life behind for an off-grid adventure? The solar-powered ECOmbo camper trailer lets you tackle that trail less traveled—without roughing it. The cozy and comfortable New

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This solar and wind-powered autonomous vehicle is out to unlock the secrets of the Celtic Sea

This solar and wind-powered autonomous vehicle is out to unlock the secrets of the Celtic Sea

The Celtic Sea, located off the south coast of Ireland, is a curious place; home to common dolphins, harbor porpoises, fin whales and a surprising number of marine predators, it has yet to be designated a

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A new kind of glass could create next-gen OLEDs and solar cells

A new kind of glass could create next-gen OLEDs and solar cells

For a long time, one of the key defining factors of glasses has been their molecular randomness; but when a team at the University of Chicago, led by Professor Juan de Pablo, were analyzing a glass that

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VIDEO: How to install Voltaic solar panels on your car

VIDEO: How to install Voltaic solar panels on your car

In the old days, if you wanted a solar panel, you had to buy one of those giant clunky things that were not only pricey, but also a real pain in the you-know-what to install. But times have changed,

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Universities will now have access to mobile solar generators for free

Universities will now have access to mobile solar generators for free

DC Solar Freedom in cooperation with DC Solar Distribution is making millions of dollars worth of solar equipment available to colleges and universities across the nation at no cost. The program will

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South Africans revolutionize small-scale concentrated solar that’s cheaper than diesel

South Africans revolutionize small-scale concentrated solar that’s cheaper than diesel

Concentrated solar power, or CSP, is a pretty extraordinary technology; it uses an array of mirrors to focus the sun's energy onto a central tower, where the heat is then turned into electricity. There

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India just unveiled the world’s first 100% solar-powered airport

India just unveiled the world’s first 100% solar-powered airport

Renewable energy has been taken to new heights, as the Cochin International Airport in India has become the world’s first solar-powered airport. Being able to claim the title “absolutely power

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Revolutionary new solar windows could generate 50 times more power than conventional photovoltaics

Revolutionary new solar windows could generate 50 times more power than conventional photovoltaics

We’ve seen several transparent solar cell concepts on Inhabitat, but perhaps none with such ambitious claims as those made by SolarWindow Technologies. In a webinar today, the Maryland-based startup

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This jaw-dropping luxury resort is 100% solar-powered

This jaw-dropping luxury resort is 100% solar-powered

The world's first 5-star resort to be completely powered by solar proves that luxury does not have to be sacrificed in the name of sustainability. Finolhu Villas, a jaw-dropping over-water resort on Kaafu

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Solar-powered Suite GO prefab was constructed in just 10 weeks

Solar-powered Suite GO prefab was constructed in just 10 weeks

Barcelona-based NOEM architecture studio designed and built a modern solar-powered timber home that took just a day-and-a-half to pop up on-site. Named Studio GO, the beautiful prefab was built in just 10

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This ‘artificial leaf’ could be the cleanest, most efficient source of renewable energy on Earth

This ‘artificial leaf’ could be the cleanest, most efficient source of renewable energy on Earth

When we think of solar power, we usually think of solar panels but we should really be thinking about plants. After all, plants are the original solar power generators, turning the sun’s rays into

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Microwave-powered rockets could be a game changer for space travel

Microwave-powered rockets could be a game changer for space travel

Escape Dynamics, a space start-up in Colorado, recently tested a prototype of their new rocket engine - but instead of launching a rocket powered with rocket fuel, they beamed power at it from a microwave

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Unmanned solar-powered Mayflower research ship will cross the Atlantic in 2020

Unmanned solar-powered Mayflower research ship will cross the Atlantic in 2020

There won’t be any pilgrims aboard the Mayflower when it sails across the Atlantic in 2020. There actually won’t be anyone aboard the ship, as this research vessel will be entirely unmanned. The wind-

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Can this SOL bag really purify water with the power of the sun?

Can this SOL bag really purify water with the power of the sun?

SOL Water is a curious new product by Tortoise Gear, a California-based designer of survival gear. It’s a hydration bag that the company claims doubles as a water-purifying device, harnessing the power

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Google’s Project Sunroof shows your home’s solar potential for free

Google’s Project Sunroof shows your home’s solar potential for free

Google is a company long focused on recognizing opportunities and seizing them. In its latest venture, Project Sunroof, the mega tech giant is taking that notion a step further by helping homeowners see

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The Immortus electric sports car can drive all day using just the power of the sun

The Immortus electric sports car can drive all day using just the power of the sun

Even with a driving range of 400 miles, there will be a time when you'll have to plug in the Tesla Roadster, but could there be a new electric sports car on the market soon that will never need to be

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Brad Pitt’s Make it Right to unveil their first tiny house in New Orleans

Brad Pitt’s Make it Right to unveil their first tiny house in New Orleans

Make it Right, the non-profit founded by Brad Pitt to provide sustainable housing in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward in the wake of Hurricane Katrina has just announced that they are building their very first

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Solar-powered Sustainer Homes give you the freedom to live anywhere

Solar-powered Sustainer Homes give you the freedom to live anywhere

Sustainer Homes was conceived as a solution to the housing crisis faced by younger generations, which struggle with rising rents and exorbitant housing prices. “Independence and sustainability define

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Groundbreaking Solar Classroom in a Box to be deployed in every single county in Kenya

Groundbreaking Solar Classroom in a Box to be deployed in every single county in Kenya

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s69yJFg0Aw0 Aleutia’s solar classroom isn’t the first, but its design shows major improvements over previous models used by other companies. The UK company figured

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Solar-powered ShelteR3 is an off-the-grid home built to withstand tornadoes

Solar-powered ShelteR3 is an off-the-grid home built to withstand tornadoes

Students at Crowder College and Drury University teamed up to design and build an off-the-grid, solar-powered house which could counter storms and tornados. ShelteR3 is based on three terms-respond,

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World’s first off-grid Ecocapsule home to hit the market this year, shipping in 2016

World’s first off-grid Ecocapsule home to hit the market this year, shipping in 2016

What is the Ecocapsule? It is a smart house powered by solar and wind energy which allows people to extend their off-grid stay almost to a whole year. The Ecocapsule can serve as a micro-house, cottage,

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Zero-energy Casa Rosset boasts fantastic views of the Italian Alps

Zero-energy Casa Rosset boasts fantastic views of the Italian Alps

De Carlo Gualla Architects had two main goals in designing Casa Rosset. The first was to develop a spatial organization that responded to the needs of the clients, instead of merely copying the

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20 kids transform a rough Pittsburgh neighborhood with solar art & charging station

20 kids transform a rough Pittsburgh neighborhood with solar art & charging station

When Jordan Blackwell and DaVontae Garner hit the studio to polish their latest rap composition, the Homewood teenagers were faced with the challenge of trying to rhyme “kilowatt-hour.” The duo

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Can solar power pull Greece out of debt?

Can solar power pull Greece out of debt?

There are little signs for relief for Greece, as their government agrees to yet more harsh austerity terms in exchange for another bailout international creditors. The debt crisis began in 2009, and as

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Lucy is a robotic sunlight reflector that brings light into every dark corner of your house

Lucy is a robotic sunlight reflector that brings light into every dark corner of your house

Every home has a corner that is so far from the sunlight, it practically feels like perpetual night. But this brilliant little device - dubbed Lucy - is about to bring the sun into every space in your

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