Solar Power

Sculptural Solar Trees Spring Up at Charlotte’s Discovery Place Museum

Sculptural Solar Trees Spring Up at Charlotte’s Discovery Place Museum

Charlotte, NC recently showed its commitment to clean energy with the installation of two beautiful bright red solar power installations shaped like trees! Situated at the Discovery Place science museum,

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Sharp Breaks Solar Record With 43.5% Efficient Photovoltaic Cell!

Sharp Breaks Solar Record With 43.5% Efficient Photovoltaic Cell!

Sharp just signaled a bright future for renewable energy as it achieved a new solar cell efficiency record of 43.5%, eclipsing its previous record of 36.9% set in November. Sharp shattered the efficiency

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Solar-Powered Swiss Clockwork Embassy in Cameroon Will Have a Green Roof

Solar-Powered Swiss Clockwork Embassy in Cameroon Will Have a Green Roof

The Swiss embassy complex has been designed to have three main functions: the Chancellery, the Ambassador's residence and staff quarters. Private and public functions have been separated, and the

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Olympicene: New Molecule Shaped Like the Olympic Rings Could Revolutionize Solar Technology

Olympicene: New Molecule Shaped Like the Olympic Rings Could Revolutionize Solar Technology

Scientists from IBM Research Zurich just created a tiny 5-ringed molecule called olympicene that is only 1.2 nanometers wide— about 100,000 times thinner than a human hair. The new graphite molecule is

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Saudi Arabia Promises $109 Billion in Solar Power Investment

Saudi Arabia Promises $109 Billion in Solar Power Investment

Saudi Arabia has long been a wealthy country because of its enormous oil reserves. But the kingdom also is rich in sunlight, and it now promises to invest over $100 billion to develop 41 gigawatts of

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Ackroyd and Harvey’s Twist Sculpture in Bristol is Powered by the Sun and the Wind

Ackroyd and Harvey’s Twist Sculpture in Bristol is Powered by the Sun and the Wind

When driving along a sprawling motorway towards the UK city of Bristol at night, a massive glowing helicoidal tower welcomes visitors and locals. Installed in 2008, the tower, called Twist, was designed

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Solar Parasols Charge Laptops, Phones and Tablets While Providing Shade at Milan Design Week

Solar Parasols Charge Laptops, Phones and Tablets While Providing Shade at Milan Design Week

Ombrellone Solare recently unveiled two solar parasols at Fabbrica Del Vapore during this year’s Milan Design Week. Dubbed Eclipse and Kosmos, the designs saw great success, not only because of the

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USC Researchers Develop Liquid Nanocrystal Solar Cells that Can Be Printed Onto Plastic

USC Researchers Develop Liquid Nanocrystal Solar Cells that Can Be Printed Onto Plastic

Imagine a solar cell that comes in a jar instead of a big, clunky panel, and that could be painted on a piece of plastic. It might be closer than you think - scientists at the University of Southern

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USDA Researchers Want Airports To Double as Renewable Energy Farms

USDA Researchers Want Airports To Double as Renewable Energy Farms

At airports, the usable space is limited to a few areas: runways, terminals and storage facilities. Much of the rest of the land is left fallow, requiring maintenance from airport operators (mowing the

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Power in a Box: Princeton’s Disaster Relief Solar and Wind Generator Fits in a Shipping Container

Power in a Box: Princeton’s Disaster Relief Solar and Wind Generator Fits in a Shipping Container

A prototype for a solar and wind power station that fits within a shipping container has placed a group of students from Princeton University among the winners of a national EPA-sponsored sustainable

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Poznan Is a Sunny Outdoor Bench That’s Also a Sleek Solar Charging Station

Poznan Is a Sunny Outdoor Bench That’s Also a Sleek Solar Charging Station

Wouldn't it be great if you could charge your gadgets while waiting for the bus or relaxing on a bench? Magdalena Czapiewska, Karol Murlak and Zuzanna Lemieszek of Design lab, have taken this thought

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Solar-Powered Painters Hall is a Net-Zero Community Center in Salem, Oregon

Solar-Powered Painters Hall is a Net-Zero Community Center in Salem, Oregon

Painters Hall is a 100 percent solar-powered building nestled in the beautiful surroundings of quiet Pringle Creek community, in Salem, Oregon. The 80-year-old Painters Hall recently earned

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Tesla and SolarCity Team Up to Create New Off-the-Grid Solar Power Storage System

Tesla and SolarCity Team Up to Create New Off-the-Grid Solar Power Storage System

Tesla may be best known for exceptionally good-looking electric sports cars, but their role in the automotive industry has honed their skills in battery-making too. Now, the company is teaming up with

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Condo Owners Fight Homeowner Associations For Their Right to Install Solar Power

Condo Owners Fight Homeowner Associations For Their Right to Install Solar Power

Do you think homeowners should have the right to install solar panels on their own condos? Many homeowner associations (HOAs) in the United States don't think so. Even as solar energy becomes

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7 Weird and Wonderful Uses For LED Lighting Technology

7 Weird and Wonderful Uses For LED Lighting Technology

It's amazing to think that just a few years ago, many people thought of LEDs as nothing more than the tiny red lights in our laser pointers but my, how the times have changed! With more and more people

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‘Perspectives’ by Belgium is Design Offers a Refreshing Take on Sustainability in Milan

‘Perspectives’ by Belgium is Design Offers a Refreshing Take on Sustainability in Milan

For us, the highlight of this exhibition the Nomad Portable Solar Lamp by Alain Gilles. The lamp provides a safe and eco-friendly substitute to the dangerous kerosene lamp that is often used in

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World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Opens in Saudi Arabia

World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Opens in Saudi Arabia

The world’s largest solar thermal plant recently opened in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The new plant is almost double the size of what was previously the largest solar thermal facility (located in Denmark),

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Moby1 is a Modern and Mobile Micro-Home for Living in the Wild

Moby1 is a Modern and Mobile Micro-Home for Living in the Wild

Moby1's stylin' XTR is a modern spin on the classic 50s Teardrop Trailer, incorporating new technologies and an array of cushy amenities. Lightweight, small, and quite comfortable, these camping trailers

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Inhabitat Tries Out Ikea’s Solar-Powered Sunnan Lamp

PRODUCT REVIEW: Inhabitat Tries Out Ikea’s Solar-Powered Sunnan Lamp

When Ikea came out with its SUNNAN solar-powered desk lamp, we were immediately enamored with the elegant, minimal design, but were curious about how much light the product could actually deliver when

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Solar-Powered Spiral Garden Pavilion is a Sustainable and Adaptable Retreat

Solar-Powered Spiral Garden Pavilion is a Sustainable and Adaptable Retreat

Designed as an interactive retreat, the Spiral Garden Pavilion is a peaceful solar-powered space for visitors to sit back, relax and enjoy their surroundings. The airy pavilion by Michael Jantzen would

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Adele’s New Solar-Powered Seaside Home Will Be Rolling In The Green

Adele’s New Solar-Powered Seaside Home Will Be Rolling In The Green

Leading British singer Adele isn't just rolling in the deep - she's also rolling in the green! We found out this morning that the chanteuse will be giving her new seaside home in Brighton a solar-powered

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Tokyo Institute of Technology Unveils New Facade Decked Out in 4,500 Solar Panels!

Tokyo Institute of Technology Unveils New Facade Decked Out in 4,500 Solar Panels!

Photo: Eiji Hori for Asahi Shimbun The Tokyo Institute of Technology recently unveiled a shiny new shell made of 4,500 solar panels that allow it to use half of the energy of a similarly-sized

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United States Pulls Ahead of China in Clean Energy Race

United States Pulls Ahead of China in Clean Energy Race

According to a Pew Charitable Trusts survey, the United States has reclaimed the top spot in clean energy investment, toppling China from its number one global ranking. Meanwhile, investment in renewables

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“Blackest” Solar Cell Ever Designed Absorbs 99.7 Percent of All Light

“Blackest” Solar Cell Ever Designed Absorbs 99.7 Percent of All Light

Natcore Technology scientists have created a black silicon solar cell with an average reflectance of 0.3%, making it the “blackest” solar cell ever designed. Compared to the most efficient solar cells

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Areva Announces Plans to Build Largest Solar Installation in Asia

Areva Announces Plans to Build Largest Solar Installation in Asia

The French nuclear engineering company Areva was awarded a contract this week by Indian power company Reliance Power Ltd. to build the largest concentrated solar power installation in Asia, which

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Walmart’s 100th Solar Power Installation Gets Switched On in Colorado

Walmart’s 100th Solar Power Installation Gets Switched On in Colorado

Yesterday Walmart announced the installation of six more solar projects in Denver, Colorado, bringing the total number of Walmart’s solar power installations to 100. The rooftop solar installations,

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Design 99′s Power House is Both an Art Installation and Renewable Energy Source!

Design 99′s Power House is Both an Art Installation and Renewable Energy Source!

Power House is a symbol of innovation, enlivening a community with artistic ideas, education, and an introduction to the potential of green and renewable energy. The project also brings international

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Kyocera Announces Plan for Japan’s Largest Solar Farm

Kyocera Announces Plan for Japan’s Largest Solar Farm

Kyocera announced today that it will partner with two other companies to build Japan’s largest solar farm. Located on the southwestern island of Kyushu, the 70-megawatt solar power plant is the start of

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Groundbreaking Zero-Energy zHomes Are Topped with a Massive Solar Array

Groundbreaking Zero-Energy zHomes Are Topped with a Massive Solar Array

David Vandervort was keen to create a happy marriage between the relative urbanity of Issaquah and a sense of privacy for the residents living at zHome. The entire complex is organized around a central

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