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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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Olafur Eliasson Combines Art and Solar Technology to Shed Light On the 1.6 Billion People Who Live Without Electricity

Olafur Eliasson Combines Art and Solar Technology to Shed Light On the 1.6 Billion People Who Live Without Electricity

The ability to switch on a light is something that many of us take for granted, but more than 20% of the world is left in the dark when night falls. With 1.6 billion people lacking access to electricity,

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The Voltaic Fuse 10W Solar Laptop Charger Buckles Onto Any Backpack

The Voltaic Fuse 10W Solar Laptop Charger Buckles Onto Any Backpack

Portable solar chargers are an amazing creation, and now you can have one that latches onto almost anything you carry! Voltaic systems' Fuse 10W Solar Laptop Charger can attach to any technical backpack,

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Conergy Completes Massive 1.8 MW Solar Power Farm for Aqua Pennsylvania

Conergy Completes Massive 1.8 MW Solar Power Farm for Aqua Pennsylvania

In April, Aqua Pennsylvania Inc opened the Aqua Pickering Solar Farm at the company' s Pickering water treatment facility. The Conergy-installed 1.8 MW solar electric energy system is the 8th largest

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Sainsbury’s Is Now the UK and Europe’s Largest Rooftop Solar PV Operator

Sainsbury’s Is Now the UK and Europe’s Largest Rooftop Solar PV Operator

Sainsbury’s has claimed the title of the largest rooftop PV operator in the UK and Europe with an impressive total output of 16MW. Across 169 of its UK stores, Sainsbury’s has secured 69,500 PV solar

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NREL Report Shows Existing Solar Technology Could Power the Entire US!

NREL Report Shows Existing Solar Technology Could Power the Entire US!

A new study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) states that the US has the technology and the solar capacity to power every home across the states with energy from the sun! Researchers

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World’s First Solar Kiosk Now Open For Business in Ethiopia

World’s First Solar Kiosk Now Open For Business in Ethiopia

Demand for electricity in developing countries is on the rise, but without a reliable electric grid or even access to power, other solutions have to be developed. Luckily, developing countries can now

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Solar3D Unveils Groundbreaking Three-Dimensional Solar Cell Prototype

Solar3D Unveils Groundbreaking Three-Dimensional Solar Cell Prototype

Solar3D just unveiled the first prototype of a new three-dimensional photovoltaic cell that it claims can achieve a groundbreaking internal efficiency of 25.47%. Traditional solar cells on today's market

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How The Nokero SunRay Pro Power Solar Charger Saved My Skin & My Sanity During Hurricane Sandy

How The Nokero SunRay Pro Power Solar Charger Saved My Skin & My Sanity During Hurricane Sandy

This article was originally published in November 2012 When Hurricane Sandy hit last week and the power in my lower Manhattan apartment went out, my first thought, as I dug around for candles and LED

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Charge Your Electronics With a Solar ReadySet and Help Power the Developing World

Charge Your Electronics With a Solar ReadySet and Help Power the Developing World

The ReadySet is a versatile renewable energy charger that can power any gadget that plugs into a standard vehicle or usb port. The ReadySet’s intelligent battery means that it can be charged from a

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Oman Plans Construction Of Massive 200 MW Desert Solar Farm

Oman Plans Construction Of Massive 200 MW Desert Solar Farm

Oman, which boasts the one of the highest solar energy densities in the world, is currently investigating the development of a 200MW solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) project. If

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Berlin’s Effizienzhaus Plus Home Generates More Energy than it Consumes and Doubles as an EV Charging Station

Berlin’s Effizienzhaus Plus Home Generates More Energy than it Consumes and Doubles as an EV Charging Station

Germany has built a home that produces so much clean energy it can charge the family cars as well. Efficiency House Plus with Electric Mobility designed by a collaborative team lead by Professor Werner

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UK Domestic Solar Installations Halve After Government Cuts Incentive Scheme

UK Domestic Solar Installations Halve After Government Cuts Incentive Scheme

On April 1st, the UK government halved the subsidy given to UK homeowners that wished to install solar panels on their property. Unsurprisingly, since then the weekly domestic solar panel installation

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Michael Jantzen’s Solar Eclipse Pavilion is a Public Sculpture that Doubles as a Renewable Energy Source

Michael Jantzen’s Solar Eclipse Pavilion is a Public Sculpture that Doubles as a Renewable Energy Source

Michael Jantzen's Solar Eclipse Pavilion is a sprawling steel sculpture designed to create a shady public meeting space. But instead of serving just one function the artistic installation is capped with a

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South Pacific Island of Tokelau To Become The World’s First Solar-Powered Nation

South Pacific Island of Tokelau To Become The World’s First Solar-Powered Nation

The South Pacific nation of Tokelau is aiming to ditch its diesel dependency and transform itself into the world’s first solar-powered country. With the help of New Zealand engineering company

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Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun Solar Lamp Provides 5 Hours of Continuous Light

Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun Solar Lamp Provides 5 Hours of Continuous Light

While the Tate Modern may be a far cry from the Little Sun lamps eventual destination, it is in some respects a natural location for Olafur Eliasson to launch and promote the innovative endeavor. In 2003,

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Solar Impulse Airplane Returns Home After World’s First Solar-Powered Intercontinental Flight

Solar Impulse Airplane Returns Home After World’s First Solar-Powered Intercontinental Flight

Following the completion of the world’s first solar-powered intercontinental flight, the Solar Impulse airplane has returned home to Switzerland. After flying for 6,700 miles over four countries and two

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Re-Barn: Autotroph Converts Iconic Tobacco Barns into Green Solar-Powered Homes

Re-Barn: Autotroph Converts Iconic Tobacco Barns into Green Solar-Powered Homes

Autotroph proposes to transform the skin of the existing barn to make it more structurally-sound and insert a new, energy-efficient single-family home inside. A new engineered frame would stabilize the

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UCLA Develops Electricity-Generating, Transparent Solar Cell Windows

UCLA Develops Electricity-Generating, Transparent Solar Cell Windows

A team from UCLA has developed a new transparent solar cell that has the ability to generate electricity while still allowing people to see outside. In short, they've created a solar power-generating

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The Biggest Solar Farm in the UK Opens in Southampton!

The Biggest Solar Farm in the UK Opens in Southampton!

Anesco CEO Adrian pike England just got a burst of sunshine with the unveiling of the UK's largest solar farm! With enough energy to power 1,000 homes, the project is composed of 1,800 solar PV panels

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Harmony House Cat Shelter is Chicago’s First Net-Zero Commercial Building

Harmony House Cat Shelter is Chicago’s First Net-Zero Commercial Building

Designed by Farr Associates and dbHMS, Harmony House for Cats' brand new shelter is Chicago's first net-zero commercial building, and is pursuing LEED-NC Platinum certification. Adorned with a striking

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Living Light Solar Decathlon House Soaks Up the Summer Sun at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Living Light Solar Decathlon House Soaks Up the Summer Sun at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The completely self-sustaining home uses passive building techniques and automatic controls to produce its energy needs. As the sun rises, shades are automatically raised to let daylight into the space.

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Brad Pitt Recruits Frank Gehry to Design Sustainable, Two-Family Home For Make It Right in New Orleans

Brad Pitt Recruits Frank Gehry to Design Sustainable, Two-Family Home For Make It Right in New Orleans

© Chad Chenier Photography / Make It Right In 2007, Brad Pitt founded the Make it Right Foundation with an ambitious plan to construct 150 new, green homes for returning residents in New Orleans'

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