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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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IBM Sets New World Record For Photovoltaic Cell Efficiency

IBM Sets New World Record For Photovoltaic Cell Efficiency

Working together with Solar Frontier, Tokyo Ohka Kogyo (TOK) and DelSolar, IBM's Materials Science team has developed an efficient and affordable PV cell made of abundant natural materials—and they have

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Building-Integrated Photovoltaics Market Projected to Quadruple to $2.4 billion By 2017

Building-Integrated Photovoltaics Market Projected to Quadruple to $2.4 billion By 2017

Building Integrated Photovoltaics photo from Shutterstock The solar energy sector has had some ups and downs lately, but it looks like the future is bright for building-integrated photovoltaics

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Green Square Parking Deck is a Solar-Powered Garage to Leave Your Car in Raleigh

Green Square Parking Deck is a Solar-Powered Garage to Leave Your Car in Raleigh

The Green Square Parking Deck is a nine-story parking garage that provides 900 parking spaces for visitors and employees of the State of North Carolina. Raleigh-based Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee designed

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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority Headquarters To Be Emirates’ First Green Building

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority Headquarters To Be Emirates’ First Green Building

Dubai Waterfront Photo by Shutterstock The government of Dubai has green-lit the Emirates' first sustainable building and construction is now well underway. The building, which is dedicated to the

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SunVolt Power Station Can Charge Gadgets as Fast as a Wall Outlet

SunVolt Power Station Can Charge Gadgets as Fast as a Wall Outlet

It's easy to get worked up about portable solar chargers. Yes, it's awesome to make your own clean energy, and it's wonderful not to be tethered to an outlet every time your phone needs a boost of juice.

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Solar-Powered Wave Glider Robot Deployed to Track Great White Sharks in the Pacific Ocean

Solar-Powered Wave Glider Robot Deployed to Track Great White Sharks in the Pacific Ocean

The Wave Glider—a self-propelled, solar and wave-powered robot designed by Liquid Robotics—has been deployed to track great white sharks in the Pacific Ocean. Stanford University scientists are hoping

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University of Arizona’s Breakthrough Telescope Solar Panel Doubles Efficiency

University of Arizona’s Breakthrough Telescope Solar Panel Doubles Efficiency

Inspired by old telescope technology and high-efficiency solar panels used in space, a small research team at the University of Arizona (UA) has developed a new “telescope solar panel” that doubles

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DIY: How To Turn a Playing Card Into a Solar-Powered Battery Charger

DIY: How To Turn a Playing Card Into a Solar-Powered Battery Charger

A few weeks ago we shared Instructable's handy DIY guide to building your own solar-powered USB charger. Now, the website has provided a guide to creating a solar-powered charger for rechargeable NiMH AA

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Prefabricated BF House Floats Above the Landscape of Castellón Province in Spain

Prefabricated BF House Floats Above the Landscape of Castellón Province in Spain

The house is organized around a central courtyard. With part of it buried into the slope and supported by an existing stone terrace, the rest is left hovering over the steep terrain. The landscape

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