Solar Power

HARVEST: A Solar-Powered Prefab that Replenishes Nature’s Gifts

HARVEST: A Solar-Powered Prefab that Replenishes Nature’s Gifts

The net-zero home designed by Team Capitol D.C. has so many wonderful features that not only make the home itself self-sustainable, but also sustains its occupants. A rooftop photovoltaic array provides

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INFOGRAPHIC: 19 Brilliant Student Teams Headed to the 2013 Solar Decathlon

INFOGRAPHIC: 19 Brilliant Student Teams Headed to the 2013 Solar Decathlon

In just two weeks 19 teams of brilliant students from across the states and around the world will compete to build the most efficient solar-powered house in the 2013 Solar Decathlon! So far we've featured

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Israeli Parliament to Install Rooftop Solar in 2014

Israeli Parliament to Install Rooftop Solar in 2014

Knesset image via Shutterstock Israeli financial daily Globes recently reported that the Middle Eastern nation's parliament is planning to install solar energy panels on the roof of its legislative

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New Connection Between Stacked Solar Cells Can Withstand the Energy of 70,000 Suns

New Connection Between Stacked Solar Cells Can Withstand the Energy of 70,000 Suns

Image © Mike Baker North Carolina State University researchers have developed a new way of connecting stacked solar cells that is strong enough to handle the energy of 70,000 suns. The innovation will

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South Australia Projected to Reach 50 Percent Renewable Energy Within the Next Decade

South Australia Projected to Reach 50 Percent Renewable Energy Within the Next Decade

One in five houses in South Australia already has a rooftop solar array, and 27 percent of the region's power is derived from wind energy. New figures released last week by the Australian Energy Market

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World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Lands in London, Completes Gulf Stream Environmental Study

World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Lands in London, Completes Gulf Stream Environmental Study

Earlier this June, the transatlantic speed record-holding solar catamaran was converted into a scientific platform to collect data between on the Gulf Stream between Oostende and London. The researchers

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NASA Wants to Beam Microwave Energy to Earth with a Solar Power Plant in Space

NASA Wants to Beam Microwave Energy to Earth with a Solar Power Plant in Space

When we first heard about the Solar Power Satellite via Arbitrarily Large Phased Array (SPS-ALPHA) - a proposed flower shaped solar power energy collector that beams down concentrated microwave energy

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Marco Casagrande’s Solar Powered Fishermen Attract Oysters in Taiwan

Marco Casagrande’s Solar Powered Fishermen Attract Oysters in Taiwan

Guarding the trail that appears at low tide outside of Great Kinmen, two fishermen line each side of the tidal road, welcoming visitors to walk to the island of Xiamen. Each of Casagrande's sculptures are

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Khi Solar One: Abengoa Installs South Africa’s First Concentrating Solar Power Tower

Khi Solar One: Abengoa Installs South Africa’s First Concentrating Solar Power Tower

Seville CSP Tower via Shutterstock As South Africa works to generate 17,800 MW of renewable energy by 2030, Spanish firm Abengoa is installing two concentrating solar power plants in the Northern Cape

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GDS Architects Unveils New Jinshui Science Park Concept with Zero Carbon Footprint

GDS Architects Unveils New Jinshui Science Park Concept with Zero Carbon Footprint

In order to reduce energy use the studio has a solution to prevent dependency on air conditioning: the towers will each have a double skin facade of Low-E glass and horizontal sunshades on the inside - to

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American Steel Studios Assembles a Living Wall to Green Up Industrial West Oakland Area

American Steel Studios Assembles a Living Wall to Green Up Industrial West Oakland Area

West Oakland is a sprawling industrial area that's probably better known as the birth place of so much of the pyrotechnic art seen at Burning Man. However, amidst the smell of burning butane and steel

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Students Transform Liquid Shipping Containers into Solar Lighting Cubes for Dominican Animal Shelter

Students Transform Liquid Shipping Containers into Solar Lighting Cubes for Dominican Animal Shelter

Ghetto2Garden had previously made a plea to the local community for materials to repurpose into comfortable kennels for the cats and dogs that were rescued. After tackling living quarters, the team turned

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Architecture for a Change’s Mamelodi Pod is a Self-Sustaining Solution to Shantytowns

Architecture for a Change’s Mamelodi Pod is a Self-Sustaining Solution to Shantytowns

A rapidly increasing portion of South Africa's population lives in shantytowns that lack access to water, electricity and basic plumbing. Mamelodi is one of the oldest townships in Pretoria that was set

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Australian and Japanese Researchers Team Up to Develop Non-Toxic Solar Panels

Australian and Japanese Researchers Team Up to Develop Non-Toxic Solar Panels

Photo via Shutterstock Solar panels provide one of the cleanest forms of green energy by converting sunlight into electricity, but the photovoltaic panels we use are made with toxic elements including

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250 MW Nevada Solar Farm To Be Built With Chinese Solar Panels

250 MW Nevada Solar Farm To Be Built With Chinese Solar Panels

Chinese company Trina Solar will supply 1.1 million 250-watt solar panels for a 250-megawatt (MW) solar farm in Nevada. When the project is completed, it will be one of the biggest solar photovoltaic

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VOLTAIC’s Converter Solar Backpack Powers Up Your Devices While You’re on the Go

VOLTAIC’s Converter Solar Backpack Powers Up Your Devices While You’re on the Go

Kids and adults can power-up their electronic devices en route to school or work with this awesome Voltaic Converter Solar Backpack. Big enough to carry all your books and papers for class, the backpack

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Germany Shatters Monthly Solar Generation Record With 5.1 Terawatt Hours of Clean Energy

Germany Shatters Monthly Solar Generation Record With 5.1 Terawatt Hours of Clean Energy

Image © Tim Fuller Germany just broke its monthly solar generation record by clocking over 5.1 terawatt hours (TWh) in July, according to data from the EEX Transparency Platform. The accomplishment

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German Fossil-Fuel Utilities Push Back Against Renewable Energy Initiatives

German Fossil-Fuel Utilities Push Back Against Renewable Energy Initiatives

Germany's largest gas, electric, and water utility has threatened to relocate to Turkey if the government continues to push for renewable energy. E.ON reports that its coal and gas-fired plants are

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EV ARC: World’s First Self-Contained Mobile Solar Charging Station for Electric Vehicles

EV ARC: World’s First Self-Contained Mobile Solar Charging Station for Electric Vehicles

Envision Solar isn't new to innovative solar design. They created the Solar Tree, an umbrella-like solar array that can be used in a parking lot to charge multiple vehicles. Now they have broken new

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Access:energy Aims to Bring Life-Changing Clean Energy to Kenya’s Slum Island

Access:energy Aims to Bring Life-Changing Clean Energy to Kenya’s Slum Island

Welcome to Kenya's "Slum Island," a place where overcrowded shantytowns fend for themselves on a forgotten island where infrastructure is all but non-existent. A barren pinprick of land on the

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Michael Jantzen’s Radius Transformation Pavilion Is a Futuristic Solar-Powered Structure On Wheels

Michael Jantzen’s Radius Transformation Pavilion Is a Futuristic Solar-Powered Structure On Wheels

Jantzen designed the building with the idea of absolute flexibility in mind. The structure is meant to meet the spatial needs and desires of different users. The rubber wheels allow visitors to reshape

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Earthship Biotecture to Build Green Community Center in Malawi from Earth and Recycled Materials

Earthship Biotecture to Build Green Community Center in Malawi from Earth and Recycled Materials

Earthship architecture not only incorporates natural materials to build off-grid homes and other structures, but also relies on waste materials such as plastic bottles, disused rubber tires, glass and a

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White House Begins Installation of First Family’s Rooftop Solar Array

White House Begins Installation of First Family’s Rooftop Solar Array

</aImage ©MCS@flickr President Obama just announced that the White House is finally undergoing an energy-efficient retrofit, beginning with the installation of a solar array on the iconic

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MIT’s Breakthrough Rechargeable Flow Battery Could Lower US Electric Bill and Carbon Footprint

MIT’s Breakthrough Rechargeable Flow Battery Could Lower US Electric Bill and Carbon Footprint

Researchers at MIT have engineered a new kind of rechargeable flow battery that could lead to a greater switch to renewable energy, such as wind and solar. Despite widespread support for renewable

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Age Old Perovskite Mineral Offers Promise of Dirt Cheap Solar Power

Age Old Perovskite Mineral Offers Promise of Dirt Cheap Solar Power

Researchers have discovered that a mineral known to science for over a century has great potential for solar power applications. Perovskite, which is an abundant mineral first discovered in the Ural

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Self-Healing Solar Cells Mimic Plant Leaves to Repair Themselves

Self-Healing Solar Cells Mimic Plant Leaves to Repair Themselves

Photo via Shutterstock Plant leaves are the ideal model for a lot of solar technology, so it only makes sense that developers of manmade solar panels would look to Mother Nature to improve the

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Solar-Powered Air Conditioning Coming Soon to Trains in India

Solar-Powered Air Conditioning Coming Soon to Trains in India

Trains are an interesting and environmentally-friendly way to travel. In hot and crowded countries like India, however, comfort might be a poor adjective to describe the experience of the average train

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P-Mob Solar-Powered Electric Car Receives €2.8 Million in Funding

P-Mob Solar-Powered Electric Car Receives €2.8 Million in Funding

Currently solar-powered vehicles remain a distant dream for electric vehicle fans. One of the biggest hurdles is the fact that the current on-board solar panels don't produce enough power to supply the

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Tomas Saraceno’s Solar Bell Sculpture Explores the Concept of Flying Buildings

Tomas Saraceno’s Solar Bell Sculpture Explores the Concept of Flying Buildings

The Solar Bell sculpture follows a series of work through which Saraceno explored the concept of levitating buildings and the interplay between wind and sound. His Cloud City project - a network of

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Photoflow Collector Harvests Rainwater and Solar Power for Developing Countries

Photoflow Collector Harvests Rainwater and Solar Power for Developing Countries

While our planet may be made up mostly of water, and electricity is used in every developed country, both of these resources are in tragically short supply in many places around the globe. Moreover, the

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