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Scientists Are Searching For Gigantic Alien Solar Power Stations

Scientists Are Searching For Gigantic Alien Solar Power Stations

Scientists at organizations such as S.E.T.I (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) have traditionally looked for alien life by searching for radio signals. However according to Treehugger and The

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Amonix Achieves Highest-Ever Recorded Solar Power Efficiency with Concentrated Photovoltaics

Amonix Achieves Highest-Ever Recorded Solar Power Efficiency with Concentrated Photovoltaics

Solar panel manufacturer Amonix has announced that its concentrated photovoltaic technology has set a new efficiency record; their module achieved a conversion rate of 33.5%, which meets a long-standing

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British Cooperative Launches World’s Largest Community-Owned Solar Park

British Cooperative Launches World’s Largest Community-Owned Solar Park

The Westmill Solar Cooperative announced Nov. 1 the launch of the world's largest community-owned solar project in the south of England near Oxford. The 5 MW 30-acre Westmill solar park consists of 20,260

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South Africa Approves $5.4 Billion in Renewable Energy Projects to Provide 1,400MW by 2016

South Africa Approves $5.4 Billion in Renewable Energy Projects to Provide 1,400MW by 2016

Photo via Shutterstock South Africa, a historically coal-dependent nation, has approved an incredible $5.4 billion investment in renewable energy projects, which are predicted to be capable of

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Solar- and Geothermal-Powered Guthrie Green Park Replaces an Old Truck Loading Facility in Tulsa

Solar- and Geothermal-Powered Guthrie Green Park Replaces an Old Truck Loading Facility in Tulsa

The site of the new Guthrie Green Park was once a 2.7-acre truck loading facility - essentially a concrete jungle. Now it's a green oasis and community gathering space offering gardens, interactive

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The Cantilever House in Utah is a Solar-Powered Home for Burning Man Regulars

The Cantilever House in Utah is a Solar-Powered Home for Burning Man Regulars

Burning Man has 10 principles which attendees embrace wholeheartedly, many of which lie at the heart of sustainability. The Cantilever House by Imbue Design was created for a family Black Rock City

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Sunseeker Duo: Construction on the World’s First Solar-Powered Two-Seater Plane is Nearly Complete

Sunseeker Duo: Construction on the World’s First Solar-Powered Two-Seater Plane is Nearly Complete

Solar-powered commercial flight may be a long way off, but the Sunseeker Duo—a solar-powered two-person plane built by Solar Flight, Inc—might bring us a little closer. Until now, solar planes have

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IKEA Announces Plan to Become 100% Energy-Neutral by 2020

IKEA Announces Plan to Become 100% Energy-Neutral by 2020

Ikea has long been recognized for its adoption of sustainable practices, from investment in renewable energy to their participation in the American Forests plant-a-tree program, and today the company has

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Massachusetts’ John W Olver Transit Center is the Nation’s First Net Zero Bus Station

Massachusetts’ John W Olver Transit Center is the Nation’s First Net Zero Bus Station

John W. Olver Transit Center by Charles Rose Architects serves as the new central bus station for the city of Greenfield in Massachusetts. The 24,000 sq ft, two-story building also features government

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Saudi Arabia Plans to Go 100% Renewable in Coming Decades

Saudi Arabia Plans to Go 100% Renewable in Coming Decades

Medina Mosque photo from Shutterstock The Guardian reports that a top spokesman for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced plans to transition the nation to 100 percent renewable energy in coming

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Rustic GREENville House in North Carolina is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy

Rustic GREENville House in North Carolina is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy

The GREENville house was carefully oriented on a site in North Carolina to maximize the amount of energy an array of photovoltaic panels can collect. This system combined with geothermal HVAC system

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ETH Zurich Students Create Portable Hybrid Generator that Provides Power and Clean Water

ETH Zurich Students Create Portable Hybrid Generator that Provides Power and Clean Water

Nearly a fifth of the people on the planet live without access to electricity, and while generators can be used to provide power to these areas, most are too expensive or not portable enough to offer a

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Malaysia’s Stunning Green Diamond Building Wins Southeast Asia Energy Prize

Malaysia’s Stunning Green Diamond Building Wins Southeast Asia Energy Prize

The Diamond Building (Bangunan Berlian in Malay), so named for its unique shape, is topped with photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, which generate about 10 percent of the building's energy. Rainwater

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2012 RIBA Stirling Prize Awarded to BREEAM Excellent Sainsbury Laboratory at Cambridge!

2012 RIBA Stirling Prize Awarded to BREEAM Excellent Sainsbury Laboratory at Cambridge!

The 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize was just awarded to Stanton Williams' BREEAM Excellent Sainsbury Laboratory at the University of Cambridge! The winning project was a surprising choice - it's neither the fan

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Top 6 Green Gadgets for Fall Camping

Top 6 Green Gadgets for Fall Camping

Go Pop Up Tent Camper Trailer SylvanSport was shooting for versatility when they thought up the Go Pop Up Tent Camper Trailer. This amazing piece of compact engineering functions as a trailer to pack up

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US To Place Higher Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels

US To Place Higher Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels

The US Commerce Department ruled in favor of imposing tariffs on some Chinese solar panels on Wednesday. The department found that Chinese solar-panel makers were receiving unfair government subsidies,

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Earth City: JM Schivo & Associati’s Futuristic 21st Century City is 100% Powered by Clean Energy

Earth City: JM Schivo & Associati’s Futuristic 21st Century City is 100% Powered by Clean Energy

With offices in both Paris and Rome, the architects are keen to create sustainable urban environments that do not act contrary to nature. But this doesn't mean all the homes and buildings are tucked into

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LaunchPad Shipping Container Computer Labs Let South African Students Connect With Mentors

LaunchPad Shipping Container Computer Labs Let South African Students Connect With Mentors

The LaunchPad learning laboratories were designed pro bono by Perkins+Will to serve as a computer lab for students in South Africa to connect with mentors around the world as part of an Infinite Family

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Basket Apartments: OFIS Unveils Healthy & Sustainable Student Housing Project in Paris

Basket Apartments: OFIS Unveils Healthy & Sustainable Student Housing Project in Paris

The Basket Apartments student housing was designed by OFIS as part of a larger urban development designed by Reichen & Robert Architects in Paris' 19th district. Located on a long narrow lot the edge

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Craig Henritzy’s SunHawk House in Mendocino County is an Off-Grid, Solar-Powered Home

Craig Henritzy’s SunHawk House in Mendocino County is an Off-Grid, Solar-Powered Home

In 1978, Schaeffer founded Real Goods Solar in Hopland, California, one of the nation's first solar energy companies, and his solar panels power the home. A large array of solar photovoltaic panels line

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Solar-Powered La Muna House Renovated with a Rich Palette of Reclaimed Materials in Colorado

Solar-Powered La Muna House Renovated with a Rich Palette of Reclaimed Materials in Colorado

The design pays homage to the Japanese spirit of Wabi Sabi in its sophisticated but luxurious simplicity, at the same time that it completely ingratiates itself to the high altitude mountain setting.

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Nikken Sekkei’s Evaporative Cooling Bioskin Building Wins Energy Award at World Architecture Festival

Nikken Sekkei’s Evaporative Cooling Bioskin Building Wins Energy Award at World Architecture Festival

Nikken Sekkei's bioskin system is a groundbreaking attempt to reduce operations costs and energy use through natural processes. The idea was inspired by the traditional Japanese techniques of cooling the

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Lorin Symington Uses Solar Power To Cook Food and Generate Energy for the Developing World

Lorin Symington Uses Solar Power To Cook Food and Generate Energy for the Developing World

Solar thermal devices with complex and beautiful designs like this one are cooking food, drying coffee and generating electricity in developing countries. To avoid the cost of large parabolic mirrors,

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Villa Sera is an Airy Solar-Powered Greenhouse Home

Villa Sera is an Airy Solar-Powered Greenhouse Home

Villa Sera is a futuristic, self-sustained structure that harnesses its power from solar panels, collects rainwater and uses graywater for plants. Designed by Design Nobis, the home features steel and

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French Student Team Rhône-Alpes Wins the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe With Canopea House!

French Student Team Rhône-Alpes Wins the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe With Canopea House!

The top six homes in the final results of the 2012 European Solar Decathlon are: 1. Canopea House by Team Rhône-Alpes 2. Patio 2.12 by Team Andalucia 3. MED in Italy by Team Italy 4. ECOLAR by Team

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The SunCarrier Omega Building is India’s First Net-Zero Energy Commercial Building

The SunCarrier Omega Building is India’s First Net-Zero Energy Commercial Building

Located in the city of Bhopal, the SunCarrier Omega Building is the first net-zero energy building in India. The building features sun-tracking solar photovoltaic generators integrated with large

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Team Andalucian’s Patio 2.12 House Places First in Energy Efficiency and Innovation at the Solar Decathlon Europe

Team Andalucian’s Patio 2.12 House Places First in Energy Efficiency and Innovation at the Solar Decathlon Europe

Four Andalucian Universities used their combined talents to design and construct the Patio 2.12 entry for the European Solar Decathlon. The delightful courtyard at its center creates a very relaxing and

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Oxygen Villa Brings Fresh Air into Classic Arabic Architecture

Oxygen Villa Brings Fresh Air into Classic Arabic Architecture

Oxygen Villa is very much about light and air, and the name more than implies the homes breathing new life into a classic Arabic form of architecture -- the mashrabiya. Developed centuries ago, the

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Tesla Unveils Six FREE Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Chargers in California

Tesla Unveils Six FREE Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Chargers in California

Electric vehicle company Tesla has unveiled six solar-powered rapid Superchargers in California that will provide Model S owners with a free charge! As reported by Katie Fehrenbacher at GigaOm, Tesla CEO

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