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United States Navy Unveils Plan to Beam Solar Power from Space to Earth

United States Navy Unveils Plan to Beam Solar Power from Space to Earth

The United States Navy Research Laboratory has unveiled two modules they are testing to capture solar energy from space and divert its power to earth. The two designs would use reflectors to concentrate

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Solar-Powered 3D Printer Turns Desert Sand Into Glass Bowls and Sculptures

Solar-Powered 3D Printer Turns Desert Sand Into Glass Bowls and Sculptures

The Solar Sinter is made up of seven stations: a photovoltaic panel, the focal point for drawing the sun’s rays, a sun tracker, fresnel lens (for magnifying the rays), a battery, controlling

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Solar Powered Sol-Char Toilet Zaps Poop into Fertilizer Bricks

Solar Powered Sol-Char Toilet Zaps Poop into Fertilizer Bricks

Researchers at the University of Colorado designed a new toilet called the Sol-Char that zaps poop into biochar using nothing but the sun. Led by Karl Linden, the team installed fiber-optic cables that

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Goldman Sachs Declares Solar Energy Will Soon Be Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels, and Elon Musk is a Genius

Goldman Sachs Declares Solar Energy Will Soon Be Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels, and Elon Musk is a Genius

They may be one of the greediest, most exploitative firms on Wall Street, but Goldman Sachs knows a profitable investment when they see one. The company recently released a report that states solar energy

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Now You Can Buy Solar Panels at 60 Best Buy Stores Across the United States

Now You Can Buy Solar Panels at 60 Best Buy Stores Across the United States

Consumers heading down to their local Best Buy for a new laptop or microwave will now be able to pick up solar panels as well. Best Buy and SolarCity have announced a new partnership to sell off-the-shelf

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“A Liter of Light” Aims to Illuminate 1 Million Homes With Plastic Solar Bottle Bulbs

“A Liter of Light” Aims to Illuminate 1 Million Homes With Plastic Solar Bottle Bulbs

Just one project under the My Shelter Foundation's good deeds, A Liter of Light uses simple technology originally conceived by Alfredo Moser from Brazil and modified by MIT students for the Philippines to

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Solar-Powered Bragg Hill Barn-Inspired Home Was Built to Last Several Generations in Rural Pennsylvania

Solar-Powered Bragg Hill Barn-Inspired Home Was Built to Last Several Generations in Rural Pennsylvania

When Barney and Nancy Leonard decided to move out of Philadelphia to Chester County and build a new home, they knew the home would be super sustainable. They hired Matthew Moger of Moger Mehrhof

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Facebook May Acquire Solar-Powered Drone Company to Bring Internet Access to Remote Areas

Facebook May Acquire Solar-Powered Drone Company to Bring Internet Access to Remote Areas

Internet access is what keeps companies like Facebook and Google in business. The more people who have internet connectivity, the more demand there is for their services. That's presumably why Google is

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Ghana is Adding a Whopping 600 Megawatts of Solar to its National Power Grid

Ghana is Adding a Whopping 600 Megawatts of Solar to its National Power Grid

Image of solar panels / Shutterstock Ghana just made a major investment in solar energy with plans to build over 600 megawatts worth of photovoltaic power parks. Better still, the companies working

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Dutch Students Design Revolutionary Solar Power ‘Skins’ for Historic Homes in the Netherlands

Dutch Students Design Revolutionary Solar Power ‘Skins’ for Historic Homes in the Netherlands

According to Delft University, approximately 60 percent of Dutch citizens live in row houses and 25 percent of those homes are from the post war period. Although beloved by the city's population, these

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Unmanned Solar-Powered Drone Could Survey Alien Worlds for an Entire Year

Unmanned Solar-Powered Drone Could Survey Alien Worlds for an Entire Year

Global aerospace and defense technology company Northrop Grumman is confident that it already has the technology to build an unmanned inflatable aircraft that could explore other worlds. The company

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Solar-Powered Floating Island is an Off-Shore Green Retreat

Solar-Powered Floating Island is an Off-Shore Green Retreat

OK, we've seen concepts like this for years now - round floating retreats complete with a transparent room in the belly to see all the fish swim by. The idea is certainly appealing considering the fact

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Latin America’s Biggest Solar Farm Will Replace a Dirty Fossil Fuel Plant in Mexico

Latin America’s Biggest Solar Farm Will Replace a Dirty Fossil Fuel Plant in Mexico

Just a few weeks ago the world's largest solar thermal power plant switched online in Nevada, and now the largest solar plant in Latin America is underway just south of the border. Aura Solar I — a

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Could Solar-powered Desalination Solve California’s Water Supply Problem?

Could Solar-powered Desalination Solve California’s Water Supply Problem?

California is suffering through its worst drought in decades, and it has gotten so bad that officials announced that 17 communities across the state are in danger of running out of water within 60 to 120

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Solar-Powered Alpine Hut Boasts Spectacular Mountain Views in Switzerland

Solar-Powered Alpine Hut Boasts Spectacular Mountain Views in Switzerland

Located at the popular starting point for the ascents of Bishorn, Weisshorn, and Les Diablons, the new Tracuit Hut is situated along a ridge caught between a cliff and a glacier. Due to its location, the

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Gorgeous Solar Geodesic Dome Crowns Cob House in the Arctic Circle

Gorgeous Solar Geodesic Dome Crowns Cob House in the Arctic Circle

The SOLARDOME® PRO single-glazed geodesic dome was finished in just three weeks in August 2012 to provide shelter to the Hjertefolgers as they built their cob home out of sand, clay, water and other

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Michael Jantzen’s Pavilion of the Rising Sun Gathers Solar Energy for Local Communities

Michael Jantzen’s Pavilion of the Rising Sun Gathers Solar Energy for Local Communities

Michael Jantzen designed the Pavilion of the Rising Sun, a proposal for a large public space that gathers energy from the sun and distributes it out into the local community. The gathered energy is also

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EMC Unveils Solar-Powered Spark Recharging Station for the Xkuty One Electric Bike

EMC Unveils Solar-Powered Spark Recharging Station for the Xkuty One Electric Bike

One year after Electric Mobility Company (EMC) unveiled the Xkuty One electric bike in Spain, the company has now developed a solar-powered recharging station for the bike. The Spark recharging station

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The World’s Largest Solar Plant is Frying Birds

The World’s Largest Solar Plant is Frying Birds

The world’s largest solar power plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, officially opened for business a few days ago, but not all environmentalists are happy about it. The plant consists

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Ivanpah: The World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Just Switched Online for the First Time

Ivanpah: The World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Just Switched Online for the First Time

Jointly created between NRG Energy, Inc., Google, and BrightSource Energy, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is the largest solar project of its kind and accounts for nearly a third of all

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Beautiful Foothills House Showcases Passive Solar Design in the New Zealand Countryside

Beautiful Foothills House Showcases Passive Solar Design in the New Zealand Countryside

The Foothills House was constructed using durable, mostly unfinished materials such as coated steel, zinc, stone and concrete masonry for a raw and natural look that blends in with the surrounding Waikato

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Giant Solar Energy-Generating e-QBO Cube Lands in the Streets of Italy

Giant Solar Energy-Generating e-QBO Cube Lands in the Streets of Italy

The e-QBO cube is an architectural chameleon that can be transformed to fit different programs. Although e-QBO is autonomous and off-grid, it can still be integrated into the urban context. At the Milan

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Author Builds Tiny Solar-Powered Off Grid Cabin for Under $2,000!

Author Builds Tiny Solar-Powered Off Grid Cabin for Under $2,000!

Alexander's two-floor cabin measures 14x14 with space for a full loft, kitchen, bathroom, dining, living and office space. The space-efficient home can even sleep up to six people comfortably. In addition

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Moss FM: World’s First Plant-Powered Radio Uses “Biological Solar Panels”

Moss FM: World’s First Plant-Powered Radio Uses “Biological Solar Panels”

Moss FM is the world's first plant-powered radio! The neatly arranged pots of moss form a Photo Microbial Fuel Cell that captures electrons generated during photosynthesis and converts them into

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Why PV Solar is Better than Thermal Energy for Precious Water Supplies

Why PV Solar is Better than Thermal Energy for Precious Water Supplies

Lack of water is a huge problem in vast portions of the United States, where there is hardly enough to go around after the farms, ranches and cities have gotten their fill. So it really makes no sense

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Rawlemon’s New Spherical Beta.ey Solar Generator Can Charge Your Cell Phone

Rawlemon’s New Spherical Beta.ey Solar Generator Can Charge Your Cell Phone

For the past year or so, Rawlemon has been blowing our minds with their innovative concepts for concentrated solar power generation. Back in 2012 Inhabitat first reported on the Barcelona-based

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IKEA Launches Program to Bring Solar-Powered Light to 10 Million Refugees

IKEA Launches Program to Bring Solar-Powered Light to 10 Million Refugees

There are nearly 10.5 million refugees around the world, and nearly half of them are children. When the sun sets, many of these people displaced by either environmental or political catastrophe live in

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Solar-Powered Electric Coral Reef Station Stimulates Coral Growth

Solar-Powered Electric Coral Reef Station Stimulates Coral Growth

The electric coral reef station floats between areas that require coral reefs to dissipate storms near coastlines. Complex geometry used in the solar-powered station, designed by Margot Krasojevic,

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SolBooth: A Transparent Solar-Powered Phone Booth That Blends Into City Streets

SolBooth: A Transparent Solar-Powered Phone Booth That Blends Into City Streets

Hakan Gürsu of Designnobis developed the Solbooth - a beautiful solar-powered phone booth that we'd love to see on city streets. The transparent shelter blends into the urban environment with its

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Solar-Powered Federation of Korean Industries Tower Boasts One of the World’s Most Efficient Facades

Solar-Powered Federation of Korean Industries Tower Boasts One of the World’s Most Efficient Facades

The solar-powered Federation of Korean Industries Tower is now complete in Seoul - and it has one of the world’s most efficient solar facades. Adrian Smith + Gordon Architecture (AS+GG) designed the 240

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