Solar Power

British Sun-Tracking Vehicle to Race 1800 Miles Across Australia Fueled by Solar Power

British Sun-Tracking Vehicle to Race 1800 Miles Across Australia Fueled by Solar Power

With their solar vehicle Resolution, a team of engineering students from Cambridge are set for a sun-tracking adventure which will take them all the way across Australia. Their solar car will travel 3,000

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NASA’s Solar-Powered Polar Explorer Passes Sub-Zero Field Tests in Greenland

NASA’s Solar-Powered Polar Explorer Passes Sub-Zero Field Tests in Greenland

NASA's autonomous polar rover, the GROVER, has completed its initial tests in Greenland, coping with some of the harshest environments on the planet. GROVER, which stands for both Greenland Rover and

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Solar-Powered OnBeat Headphones Charge Your Phone as You Listen to Music

Solar-Powered OnBeat Headphones Charge Your Phone as You Listen to Music

Listening to music can be a drain on your smartphone or iPod battery, and stopping to charge up restricts your mobility. But with the OnBeat solar headphones, you can listen to music and watch videos on

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Germany Sets 23.9 GW Solar Power Generation Record!

Germany Sets 23.9 GW Solar Power Generation Record!

Despite the long and dark winter, solar panels keep lining Germany's residential rooftops. According to SMA Solar Technology, the country has just set another world record in solar energy

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Zero Carbon Green Orchard Home Boasts Operable Aluminum-Clad Wall Panels

Zero Carbon Green Orchard Home Boasts Operable Aluminum-Clad Wall Panels

Sustainable design has taken off in so many exciting directions and Paul Archer Design showcases the latest: Green Orchard features a super-insulated envelope of operable, full-height panels that allow

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Solar Impulse Lands in New York, Completing Cross-Country Flight

Solar Impulse Lands in New York, Completing Cross-Country Flight

It's been an epic journey for the Solar Impuse airplane and pilots Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard. Two months ago, Piccard departed from the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA, and

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Stella is the World’s First Solar-Powered Family Car!

Stella is the World’s First Solar-Powered Family Car!

The Netherlands' Solar Team Eindhoven just unveiled Stella, the world's first solar-powered family car! The team comprises a group of 22 students who want to show the world that a family car that runs on

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Dan Corson’s Solar-Powered Sculptures in Portland, Oregon are Inspired by Quirky Tropical Plants

Dan Corson’s Solar-Powered Sculptures in Portland, Oregon are Inspired by Quirky Tropical Plants

The name of the pieces, Nepenthes, is also a Greek word for a magical potion that makes one forget all the pain and sorrow. Like the legendary medicine, the colorful LED sculptures are meant to provide a

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Apple Announces Plans to Build 20MW Solar Farm to Power Reno Data Center

Apple Announces Plans to Build 20MW Solar Farm to Power Reno Data Center

Earlier this spring, environmentalists cheered when Apple announced that it would power its largest data center in Maiden, North Carolina entirely with renewable energy. Now, Apple is following that up

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Retired Couple to Travel Around the Wold on Solar Powered Electric Tricycle

Retired Couple to Travel Around the Wold on Solar Powered Electric Tricycle

Building an electric tricycle from scratch is one thing - but driving it through 100 countries around the world in 5 years is another thing entirely. Li Linxiang, 66, and his wife Zhao Yafan, 64, are a

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Stafier Holland’s Ultra Thin Solar Tiles Seamlessly Integrate Into Rooftops

Stafier Holland’s Ultra Thin Solar Tiles Seamlessly Integrate Into Rooftops

If you look around at the rooftop solar installations, you'll notice that the solar panels aren't actually part of the roof -- instead, they're set on structures resting on top of the roof. That seems

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Sunstash Solar Charger Provides Off-Grid Energy During Emergencies

Sunstash Solar Charger Provides Off-Grid Energy During Emergencies

SunStash is a newly launched Kickstarter project that seeks to provide an innovative solar powered solution to frequent interruptions in the power grid. Created by Don Cayelli, SunStash combines a

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Zaid Bin Talib Unveils Plans for Solar-Powered Rainwater-Harvesting Embassy of Iraq in Oslo

Zaid Bin Talib Unveils Plans for Solar-Powered Rainwater-Harvesting Embassy of Iraq in Oslo

The intersecting swirls of Zaid Bin Talib's Embassy of Iraq in Oslo create an interesting play of animated forms. The skin provides gradual and discrete connections between different parts of the

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RMJM Unveils Proposal for Cloud-Shaped Cultural Center in Taichung, Taiwan

RMJM Unveils Proposal for Cloud-Shaped Cultural Center in Taichung, Taiwan

The city of Taichung in western Taiwan recently held an international design competition to build a new library and cultural center in the city center. The competition has brought out some seriously

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Solar-Powered SunnyBot Directs 7000 Lumens of Daylight Into Your Home

Solar-Powered SunnyBot Directs 7000 Lumens of Daylight Into Your Home

What if you could have sunlight in every room in your home, regardless of its orientation? Solenica, a manufacturer of heliostats, made the SunnyBot robot to focus the sun’s rays and redirect them

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Solar Powered Patrol Vessel Launches Next Year to Protect The Great Barrier Reef

Solar Powered Patrol Vessel Launches Next Year to Protect The Great Barrier Reef

Incat Crowther and Marine Engineering Consultants (MEC) recently announced plans to construct a 24 meter long-range Catamaran Patrol Vessel that will be used to protect the Great Barrier Reef World

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Western Michigan University Completes Sangren Hall, a New Eco Education Powerhouse

Western Michigan University Completes Sangren Hall, a New Eco Education Powerhouse

WMU chose to construct a new building rather than renovate in order to create the new space needed for more classrooms. In addition, they also determined that a new building would be far more energy

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Sunseeker Duo: World’s Fastest Solar-Powered Two-Seater Plane Completes First Test Flight

Sunseeker Duo: World’s Fastest Solar-Powered Two-Seater Plane Completes First Test Flight

The fuel-free lightweight Sunseeker Duo aircraft is now airborne! After it was unveiled at the AERO Global Show for General Aviation in Friedrichshafen, Germany in April, the world’s fastest two-seater

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Radioactive Strontium-90 Found in Fukushima Groundwater

Radioactive Strontium-90 Found in Fukushima Groundwater

It has been over two years since the catastrophic meltdown at the Fukusima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and the bad news keeps on rolling in. On the heels of an announcement by Tepco that the water at the

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France’s Metaphone is a Solar-Powered Pixelated Music Hall That Vibrates with Music

France’s Metaphone is a Solar-Powered Pixelated Music Hall That Vibrates with Music

The Metaphone consists of an open concert hall with capacity for 500 seats and 800 standing. The massive structure also boasts a bar, restaurant, a high-tech stage, and a facility for outdoor concerts.

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AT&T Unveils Solar-Powered Street Charge Phone Charging Stations in NYC

AT&T Unveils Solar-Powered Street Charge Phone Charging Stations in NYC

Yesterday, AT&T, Goal Zero and Pensa unveiled Street Charge, a new way for New Yorkers to charge their phones on-the-go using solar power. The new tree-like modules will be placed around the five boroughs

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National Space Society Launches International Initiative to Develop Space Solar Power

National Space Society Launches International Initiative to Develop Space Solar Power

It has long been theorized that the best way to harness the sun's energy is to launch solar power systems into orbit. This week, the National Space Society (NSS) announced a new international initiative

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MS PlanetSolar Turanor: World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Docks in NYC

MS PlanetSolar Turanor: World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Docks in NYC

Inhabitat is getting our sea legs this morning aboard the world's largest solar-powered boat, which docked today at the North Cove Marina in downtown Manhattan. NYC is the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar's second

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Japan Undergoes Solar Boom With Over 7.4 GW Already Installed

Japan Undergoes Solar Boom With Over 7.4 GW Already Installed

As the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant continues to leak radiation, Japan is turning its sights away from atomic power and towards solar energy. At the end of 2012, the country had installed solar

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Renzo Piano’s Tiny Diogene Hut is an Off-Grid Shelter for One Person

Renzo Piano’s Tiny Diogene Hut is an Off-Grid Shelter for One Person

About a decade ago, Piano started developing plans for a minimalist home. He had been interested in the concept since his student days, and he began doing the work on spec, without a specific client. That

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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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David Adjaye Unveils Striking Carbon Negative Building For Silk Weavers in Varanasi, India

David Adjaye Unveils Striking Carbon Negative Building For Silk Weavers in Varanasi, India

Architect David Adjaye recently unveiled plans for a new solar-powered building for silk weavers in Varanasi, India. Clothing brand Maiyet partnered with non-profit organization Nest to commission the

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McCamley’s Solar Wind Turbine Generates Energy From the Wind and Sun

McCamley’s Solar Wind Turbine Generates Energy From the Wind and Sun

Like peanut butter and jelly or chips and dip, some things were just meant to go together. A team from the University of Bath in collaboration with SME McCamley Middle East Ltd has developed a new wind

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Rainforest Connection Tackles Illegal Deforestation With Solar-Powered Smartphones

Rainforest Connection Tackles Illegal Deforestation With Solar-Powered Smartphones

Photo via Shutterstock Rainforest Connection is an online system that was developed to inform park rangers protecting rainforests of illegal deforestation activities. The platform fits discarded

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Swallows Nest: Vincent Callebaut Unveils Glittering Zero-Carbon Mobius Strip Cultural Center for Taiwan

Swallows Nest: Vincent Callebaut Unveils Glittering Zero-Carbon Mobius Strip Cultural Center for Taiwan

The Swallows Nest cultural center has a system of moats in the basement level between the floors and walls that stabilizes the building in case of earthquakes. Glass overhangs provide further protection

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