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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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University of Wisconsin-Madison Develops Solar System Inspired by Sunflowers

University of Wisconsin-Madison Develops Solar System Inspired by Sunflowers

In January, Inhabitat reported that scientists at MIT and RWTH Aachen University were revolutionizing the effectiveness of concentrated solar plants by emulating the pattern found on a sunflower known in

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Bill Gates Awards $100,000 Prize to Caltech for Energy-Generating Solar-Powered Toilet

Bill Gates Awards $100,000 Prize to Caltech for Energy-Generating Solar-Powered Toilet

Bill Gates helped to invent the personal computer and now, through his philanthropic foundation, he plans to help reinvent the toilet. On Tuesday, the billionaire awarded the California Institute of

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MIT’s All-in-One Solar ORC to Provide Heat, Electricity, and Hot Water For African Communities

MIT’s All-in-One Solar ORC to Provide Heat, Electricity, and Hot Water For African Communities

MIT-based nonprofit STG International is looking to make isolated African clinics and schools much more self-sufficient with a new hybrid power and heat solar system. The unique system combines

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Checks Out the World’s Largest Solar Bridge at Blackfriars

PHOTOS: Inhabitat Checks Out the World’s Largest Solar Bridge at Blackfriars

Blackfriars tube station is still fully functioning, ferrying Londoners and tourists from the popular South Bank promenade to areas all over the city. Yet construction is still underway across the

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Solar-Powered ‘Stone Spray’ 3D Printer Robot Creates Entire Buildings From Sand!

Solar-Powered ‘Stone Spray’ 3D Printer Robot Creates Entire Buildings From Sand!

3D printers are one of the most exciting emerging technologies in the field of design - so far we've showcased printers that can create everything from furniture to food and even robotic exoskeletons. Now

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Portugal’s Casa em Movimento Solar Decathlon Home is Completely Wrapped in Photovoltaic Panels

Portugal’s Casa em Movimento Solar Decathlon Home is Completely Wrapped in Photovoltaic Panels

CEM provides a wonderful solution for the 21st century's energy crisis in an attractive, compact design. In addition to being modular and therefore easily adapted as the family grows, it is completely

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Labor 13′s Rustic Czech House is Made Entirely out of Recycled Materials

Labor 13′s Rustic Czech House is Made Entirely out of Recycled Materials

The brief for the Conceptual Object in Vernerice called for an inexpensive and energy-efficient house with a small environmental footprint. It was built on the site of an existing barn, which was recycled

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Voltaic’s Spark Tablet Case Charges iPads with the Power of the Sun

Voltaic’s Spark Tablet Case Charges iPads with the Power of the Sun

iPads and other tablets have revolutionized the world of portable computing, but it's a real drag when your device runs out of juice halfway through your novel or while browsing the net. To solve the

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Alex Vermeulen’s Floating Solar Panel Installation in Eindhoven is Designed To Lift a Levitating Buddha

Alex Vermeulen’s Floating Solar Panel Installation in Eindhoven is Designed To Lift a Levitating Buddha

Situated in a 6,000-square-foot pond at Eindhoven's University of Technology, Vermeulen's eggs generate solar power that is converted into a magnetic field. The magnetic field makes a Buddha figure,

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