Solar Power

Robert Augustine’s Phoenix House is an Off-Grid Eco Outpost

Robert Augustine’s Phoenix House is an Off-Grid Eco Outpost

The Phoenix House is a solar home designed to be an outpost for living off the grid. Designed by architect Robert Augustine, the Phoenix House is set in the intensely hot, dry climate of the desert

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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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V3Solar’s Spinning Cone-Shaped Solar Cells Generate 20 Times More Electricity Than Flat Photovoltaics

V3Solar’s Spinning Cone-Shaped Solar Cells Generate 20 Times More Electricity Than Flat Photovoltaics

If there's one constant among the vast majority of solar panel designs, it's flatness; while solar panels can be equipped to tilt to follow the sun's path through the course of the day, there are still

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Networking Nature: Studiomobile’s Living Ecosystem Produces Fresh Water for a Future World of Rising Oceans

Networking Nature: Studiomobile’s Living Ecosystem Produces Fresh Water for a Future World of Rising Oceans

Despite conservative attempts to stem sea level rise, the fact remains that unchecked climate change will result in a marked increase in ocean levels. This sea level rise puts millions of lives and homes

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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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Kymera’s Solar-Powered Jetboard Looks Like a Surfboard But Cruises Like a Boat!

Kymera’s Solar-Powered Jetboard Looks Like a Surfboard But Cruises Like a Boat!

Do you dream of flying through the ocean waves, sun in your hair and the spray of the surf in your face? Too bad boats are big, expensive, and require dirty fossil fuels. Surfing is an off-grid way to

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Tsai Design Imagines Soaring High Line Park for Cape Town’s Unfinished Highway

Tsai Design Imagines Soaring High Line Park for Cape Town’s Unfinished Highway

One of South Africa's most celebrated architecture studios has designed a High Line Park for Cape Town. Winning the Re-Imagine Cape Town design competition with this bold proposal, Tsai Design envisions

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CiclaLabs’ Pedal-Powered Mobile Entertainment System On Show at the European Solar Decathlon

CiclaLabs’ Pedal-Powered Mobile Entertainment System On Show at the European Solar Decathlon

Utilizing the combined power of a couple of efficient photovoltaic panels and bicycles employed as dynamos, the Ciclalab team provided the crowds with music and entertainment all weekend. Both the panels

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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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Solar-Powered Georges-Freche School of Hotel Management has a Recyclable Anodized Aluminum Skin

Solar-Powered Georges-Freche School of Hotel Management has a Recyclable Anodized Aluminum Skin

Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas originally won the rights to design France's newest public building through the 2007 Région Languedoc-Roussillon architecture design competition. Their awe-inspiring

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Switzerland’s Solar-Powered Islas Office is an Energy-Storing Battery Building

Switzerland’s Solar-Powered Islas Office is an Energy-Storing Battery Building

The Islas Office Building is located in Samedan between the Inn River and Kantonal Road. Mierta & Kurt Lazzarini Architekten took inspiration for the building's facade from the nearby riverbed and the

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National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Net-Zero Energy Test House is Inhabited by a Virtual Family

National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Net-Zero Energy Test House is Inhabited by a Virtual Family

Researchers will use the house to test energy-efficiency technologies and alternative energy systems. NIST Director Patrick Gallagher believes that the facility will “allow development of new design

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6 Out of This World Space-Based Solar Power Designs

6 Out of This World Space-Based Solar Power Designs

SPS-ALPHA This margarita glass-shaped space setup is nicknamed, SPS-ALPHA - which is short for Solar Power Satellite via Arbitrarily Large PHased Array. It consists of a large array of thin-film

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6 Amazing Sun-Powered Homes Competing in the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe!

6 Amazing Sun-Powered Homes Competing in the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe!

Designed by the Technical University of Denmark, the Plus Energy FOLD House is a versatile modular home that can be configured in a variety of different ways depending on how its site is laid

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Rawlemon’s Spherical Solar Energy-Generating Globes Can Even Harvest Energy from Moonlight

Rawlemon’s Spherical Solar Energy-Generating Globes Can Even Harvest Energy from Moonlight

The solar energy designers at Rawlemon have created a spherical, sun-tracking glass globe that is able to concentrate sunlight (and moonlight) up to 10,000 times. The company claims that its ß.torics

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The European Solar Decathlon Starts Today!

The European Solar Decathlon Starts Today!

Team Inhabitat is currently on-scene in Madrid to bring you coverage of all 19 Solar Decathlon Europe Teams as their sun-powered projects compete to be the world's most efficient solar home. Stay tuned

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Elektra One Solar Plane Now Comes With its Own Photovoltaic Charging Trailer

Elektra One Solar Plane Now Comes With its Own Photovoltaic Charging Trailer

SolarWorld and PC-Aero's Elektra One Solar Plane harnesses energy from the sun to help it fly with zero-emissions. We covered the maiden flight of the solar plane in the past, and Elektra One just debuted

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British 19-Year-Old Takes Incredible Satellite Pictures Using a £30 Camera and a Helium Balloon.

British 19-Year-Old Takes Incredible Satellite Pictures Using a £30 Camera and a Helium Balloon.

It seems that taking amazing pictures of Earth from space is no longer a task solely for NASA and astronauts on board the International Space Station. A 19-year old teenager in the UK has managed to take

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Spain’s Solar-Powered Ekihouse to Simplify a Sustainable Lifestyle at the Solar Decathlon Europe

Spain’s Solar-Powered Ekihouse to Simplify a Sustainable Lifestyle at the Solar Decathlon Europe

The rooftop PV array will provide the house with all anticipated electrical energy requirements. Half of these panels are positioned on four sliding plinths. This is intended for use on hot days, so the

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UGE’s New Hybrid Sanya Streetlight Goes Off-Grid For Big Savings

UGE’s New Hybrid Sanya Streetlight Goes Off-Grid For Big Savings

Urban Green Energy (UGE) today announced their newest alternative to power hungry outdoor lighting: the Sanya Streetlamp [pdf] is a standalone, off-grid street light that uses solar power, wind energy, or

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Japan’s Omotenashi House to Promote a Self-Sufficient Lifestyle at 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe

Japan’s Omotenashi House to Promote a Self-Sufficient Lifestyle at 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe

The one story, 60 square-meter house draws a lot of inspiration from traditional Japanese tea houses, but attempts to overcome past efficiency problems by using vacuum insulated wall, ceiling and window

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Powerscape Solar Canopy Provides Power and Shelter in the Desert

Powerscape Solar Canopy Provides Power and Shelter in the Desert

The world's deserts receive a tremendous amount of solar exposure - in fact, it's estimated that if just 0.3% of the Saharan Desert was used for a concentrating solar plant, it would produce enough energy

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Four Andalusian Universities Collaborate to Create Versatile, Prefab Housing for Solar Decathlon Europe

Four Andalusian Universities Collaborate to Create Versatile, Prefab Housing for Solar Decathlon Europe

The final design submitted to competition will link four different modules to the central patio which is enclosed in glass and a faux-vine effect. This is designed to give a natural feel while creating

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Vanderbilt University Students Create Green Spinach Solar Cells

Vanderbilt University Students Create Green Spinach Solar Cells

Everyone knows that Popeye got his strength from spinach, but a team of researchers at Vanderbilt University believe we harness certain properties from spinach in order to generate electricity. The team

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Solar-Powered Wave Glider Robot Used To Collect Hurricane Issac Data

Solar-Powered Wave Glider Robot Used To Collect Hurricane Issac Data

A few days ago, we reported how the Wave Glider—a self-propelled, solar and wave-powered robot designed by Liquid Robotics—had been deployed to track great white sharks in the Pacific Ocean. Now word

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London Metropolitan University Unveils “Heliomet SunBloc” House for Solar Decathlon Europe

London Metropolitan University Unveils “Heliomet SunBloc” House for Solar Decathlon Europe

The primary material consists of relatively low-cost and lightweight EPS foam that allows unique interior and exterior designs to be created. The blocks are pre-cut prior to arrival at the construction

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IAAC’s Stunning Solar-Powered Endesa Pavilion Soaks Up the Sun in Barcelona

IAAC’s Stunning Solar-Powered Endesa Pavilion Soaks Up the Sun in Barcelona

The triangular sections optimize the efficiency of the solar panels, which vary in size and can be adjusted depending on the direction of the sun. Through this strategic system Iaac ensured that the

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Phillips 66 and Solarmer Develop World’s Most Efficient Polymer-Based Organic Solar Cell

Phillips 66 and Solarmer Develop World’s Most Efficient Polymer-Based Organic Solar Cell

A two-year partnership between Houston-based Phillips 66, California-based Solarmer Energy and the South China University of Technology (SCUT) has resulted in the most efficient polymer-based organic

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American University of Cairo’s Solar Slide-s House is a Matchbox Solution for Desert Living

American University of Cairo’s Solar Slide-s House is a Matchbox Solution for Desert Living

The latticework outer body interlocks using designs based on ancient stonework found in Egypts classical structures and slides apart in a matchbox fashion. The main building material used is a reinforced

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Twin Cities IKEA Powers Up Minnesota’s Largest Solar Array

Twin Cities IKEA Powers Up Minnesota’s Largest Solar Array

As part of IKEA's Solar Panel Initiative, the world’s largest furniture retailer has powered up an enormous photovoltaic array on their Twin Cities store in Bloomington, Minnesota. The array is the

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