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Wave Glider SV3: Liquid Robotics Unveils Faster, More Powerful Wave and Solar-Powered Robot

Wave Glider SV3: Liquid Robotics Unveils Faster, More Powerful Wave and Solar-Powered Robot

We’ve been following Liquid Robotics’ solar and wave-powered robot here at Inhabitat for some time as it's gone from tracking great white sharks and hurricanes to making a record-breaking trip across

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Solar Energy Reaches Grid Parity in India and Italy

Solar Energy Reaches Grid Parity in India and Italy

Renewable energy just hit a new landmark in India and Italy, as Deutsche Bank reports that solar power is finally available at the same cost as traditional electricity in the two countries. The bank's

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Folding Lotus Mobile Solar Array Provides Pop-Up Power Generation

Folding Lotus Mobile Solar Array Provides Pop-Up Power Generation

Arizona-based Monarch Power has unveiled a folding, flower-shaped solar array that creator Joseph Hui hopes will take solar power from being “strapped down” to being “light, personal and

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Scientists Set 18.7% Efficiency Record for Black Silicon Solar Cells

Scientists Set 18.7% Efficiency Record for Black Silicon Solar Cells

Researchers are racing to develop black silicon solar cells with higher and higher efficiencies - and Aalto University and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) just took the lead

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Former Solar Decathlon Entries Form an Experimental Off-the-Grid Village in Missouri

Former Solar Decathlon Entries Form an Experimental Off-the-Grid Village in Missouri

The Missouri University of Science and Technology is putting its old entries to the Solar Decathlon to good use by making a model Solar Village. Four solar homes from past competitions are being reused in

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World’s Largest Solar Boat Announces Trans-Atlantic Trip to Conduct Climate Change Experiments

World’s Largest Solar Boat Announces Trans-Atlantic Trip to Conduct Climate Change Experiments

In 2010, PlanetSolar’s Tûranor solar-powered boat completed a 19-month voyage around the world. Now the eco-vessel is set to set sail again over the Atlantic Ocean in order to conduct experiments

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The Solar Photovoltaic Industry is Finally Set to Become a Net Energy Producer

The Solar Photovoltaic Industry is Finally Set to Become a Net Energy Producer

Solar Panel photo from Shutterstock Solar panels offer a clean source of alternative energy - but ironically, the solar industry has a significant carbon footprint due to its reliance on coal and

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Gorgeous Solar-Powered Blue Empire Cottage Filters Equatorial Light in Kenya

Gorgeous Solar-Powered Blue Empire Cottage Filters Equatorial Light in Kenya

We traveled to the house by boat and were surprised to find it concealed from the shoreline, hidden as it is by a large acacia tree left intact by the designer. This complete adoration of nature is

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Solar-Powered Floating Bar Hops Around Kenya’s Beautiful Green Islands

Solar-Powered Floating Bar Hops Around Kenya’s Beautiful Green Islands

Fully licensed by all of the relevant authorities, the floating bar has a remarkable capacity of roughly 250 people. This is made possible by the drums, which are virtually impossible to sink. All of the

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Scientists Develop Solar-Powered Wind Turbine for Ultimate Energy Generation

Scientists Develop Solar-Powered Wind Turbine for Ultimate Energy Generation

Why settle for one form of renewable energy when you can produce power with two? That's exactly what scientists from the University of Liverpool have done by upgrading an everyday wind turbine with a new

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Solar Impulse Airplane to Launch First Sun-Powered Flight Across America!

Solar Impulse Airplane to Launch First Sun-Powered Flight Across America!

The Solar Impulse is the world's first airplane to fly both day and night without fuel. There's a lot of engineering behind this incredible feat - the plane's wingspan is the size of an Airbus A340 (208

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Researchers Create Efficient, Recyclable Solar Cells from Trees

Researchers Create Efficient, Recyclable Solar Cells from Trees

Researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology's Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE), in collaboration with Purdue University have unveiled a new efficient, recyclable organic solar cell

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MIT Scientists Create a More Efficient Solar Cell by Using Quantum Dots and Nanowires

MIT Scientists Create a More Efficient Solar Cell by Using Quantum Dots and Nanowires

Photo via Shutterstock A team of researchers at MIT have developed a more efficient photovoltaic solar cell using particles known as quantum dots. The benefit of using quantum dots is that they can be

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Apple’s Largest Data Center is Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

Apple’s Largest Data Center is Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

Apple has announced that its newest—and largest—data center is powered entirely by renewable energy. Solar panels and fuel cells incorporated within the Maiden, North Carolina facility generate enough

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Sun And Cloud: Hand-Cranked Solar Camera Can be Charged Anytime, Anywhere

Sun And Cloud: Hand-Cranked Solar Camera Can be Charged Anytime, Anywhere

Digital cameras are a part of many of our lives these days - they're in our phones and computers, and film-loaded cameras are rapidly becoming obsolete. Unfortunately, digital cameras need to be

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World’s Largest Solar Panel Manufacturer Suntech Declares Bankruptcy in China

World’s Largest Solar Panel Manufacturer Suntech Declares Bankruptcy in China

Suntech was once the world's largest manufacturer of solar panels - but the company was just pushed into bankruptcy after defaulting on $541 million in bond payments. The company was a powerful force in

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Elementary School Students Crowd-Source Solar Panels to Take Their Classroom Off the Grid

Elementary School Students Crowd-Source Solar Panels to Take Their Classroom Off the Grid

In elementary school, we are taught to work together, share, and dream big. Students from a fourth grade class in Durham, North Carolina took these lessons to heart when they decided to make their

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6 Ways Copenhagen Plans to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2025

6 Ways Copenhagen Plans to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2025

Image via Shutterstock 1. Install More Renewable Energy In an interview with Huffington Post, Mayor Jensen briefly outlined his vision for achieving carbon neutrality in Copenhagen by 2025. Not

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World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant Switches On in Abu Dhabi

World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant Switches On in Abu Dhabi

It might seem ironic that the oil-rich Middle East also holds nearly half of the world’s renewable energy potential - but yesterday the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al

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World’s Largest Solar Tower Power Plant to Be Built in California

World’s Largest Solar Tower Power Plant to Be Built in California

Concentrating solar power companies Abengoa and BrightSource Energy will soon team up to build the world's largest solar tower facility in Southern California. The new solar development will be located

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Polar Umbrella: Ice Sheet Regenerating Skyscraper Wins the 2013 eVolo Skyscraper Competition!

Polar Umbrella: Ice Sheet Regenerating Skyscraper Wins the 2013 eVolo Skyscraper Competition!

Research shows that the polar ice caps have melted faster in last 20 years than in the last 10,000. Polar regions have experienced dramatic melting trends which are responsible for a fifth of the global

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Man Transforms Old TV Screen into 2000 Degree Fahrenheit Solar Death Ray That Can Melt Pennies

Man Transforms Old TV Screen into 2000 Degree Fahrenheit Solar Death Ray That Can Melt Pennies

DIY expert Grant Thompson has a use for those heavy old rear-projection televisions that have been collecting dust in your basement—he transforms them into solar-powered death rays! Thompson takes

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Coastal Solar-Powered Villa F Prefab Soaks Up the Sun in Greece

Coastal Solar-Powered Villa F Prefab Soaks Up the Sun in Greece

The seaside site is framed by an existing natural stone wall that was incorporated into the design. The entryway ducks just under the house through a cutout in the wall and large skylights in the roof

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Secretary Salazar Approves 900 MW of New Solar Energy Developments in California

Secretary Salazar Approves 900 MW of New Solar Energy Developments in California

Photo via Shutterstock California is already leading the way in the US in terms of solar power, with over 1 gigawatt of solar energy generation already at work in the state. Now, California has

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New Bio-Solar Panels Are Made from Cotton and Castor Beans

New Bio-Solar Panels Are Made from Cotton and Castor Beans

A new type of solar panel component, developed by California-based solar company BioSolar, is made from a material derived from cotton and castor beans. Called BioSolar Backsheets, these products are

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Australian Solar Power Production Expected to Reach 10 GW by 2017

Australian Solar Power Production Expected to Reach 10 GW by 2017

Australia is surging ahead on photovoltaic installations and is projected to hit a whopping 10,000 MW of solar power capacity in a few years. A new report by market analysts Sunwiz and Solar Business

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University of Michigan Announces 4-Wheeled Sun-Powered Car for the 2013 World Solar Challenge!

University of Michigan Announces 4-Wheeled Sun-Powered Car for the 2013 World Solar Challenge!

The University of Michigan just announced that its 2013 World Solar Challenge vehicle will look more like a regular car than any of its past cars. Called “Generation,” the new vehicle will buck the

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Reflective Predator-Like Armor Clads the Cairns Botanical Gardens Visitor Center in Australia

Reflective Predator-Like Armor Clads the Cairns Botanical Gardens Visitor Center in Australia

The visitor center is clad in a series of flat panels that are each placed at different angles, warping the reflecting landscape in interesting ways. Likewise the building itself bends to accommodate

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Former TEPCO Executive Builds a Solar-Agriculture Park Near Fukushima

Former TEPCO Executive Builds a Solar-Agriculture Park Near Fukushima

Former Tepco executive Eiju Hangai, who quit the company a few months before the 2011 devastating tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, has built a solar agricultural park near the power plant. The

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Mumbai’s Namaste Tower Resembles Two Henna-Covered Hands Clasped Together

Mumbai’s Namaste Tower Resembles Two Henna-Covered Hands Clasped Together

Last we heard from WS Atkins, the international design firm had designed a massive skyscraper for Dubai with a large windmill built into it (the proposed building was later cancelled). The 62-story

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