Solar Power

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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New Solar Satellite Could Harvest the Sun’s Rays 24/7 From Outer Space

New Solar Satellite Could Harvest the Sun’s Rays 24/7 From Outer Space

Since the early 1970s, scientists have been toying with the idea of collecting solar power in space, where solar collection rates are stronger than on the surface of the Earth. But because of the costs

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Israel’s Hula Visitor Center Offers Breathtaking Vantage Points for Birdwatching

Israel’s Hula Visitor Center Offers Breathtaking Vantage Points for Birdwatching

The Hula Visitor’s Center is almost not discernable amongst the region’s mountains and valleys. The building’s viewing tower is the only element of the structure that purposely juts out of the

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Scientist Develops Self-Sustaining Solar Reactor That Produces Clean Hydrogen Fuel

Scientist Develops Self-Sustaining Solar Reactor That Produces Clean Hydrogen Fuel

Hydrogen is a fuel that has seemingly limitless potential, but scientists have only been able to produce it from fossil fuels, like natural gas. That is, until now. A doctoral student in mechanical

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How the Media Dropped the Ball on the Solar Trust of America Story

How the Media Dropped the Ball on the Solar Trust of America Story

When news broke earlier this week that Solar Trust of America (a big solar company backed by the US Department of Energy) had filed for bankruptcy, conservatives predictably took to the airwaves to

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Scientists Create Ultra-Thin Solar Cells Narrower Than Spider Silk!

Scientists Create Ultra-Thin Solar Cells Narrower Than Spider Silk!

Scientists from Austria and Japan just announced that they have created micro-thin solar cells that are thinner than a human hair and even narrower than spider silk. These sheer solar cells are ten times

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Los Angeles Approves Pilot Plan to Buy Solar Power from Local Property Owners

Los Angeles Approves Pilot Plan to Buy Solar Power from Local Property Owners

Why do cloudy European countries produce so much more solar energy than the United States? Because countries like Germany, for example, have programs that require local utility companies to buy solar

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Aquarius Eco Ship Harnesses Wind And Solar Power For More Efficient Shipping

Aquarius Eco Ship Harnesses Wind And Solar Power For More Efficient Shipping

Commercial shipping is a crucial part of the world’s infrastructure - ships carry everything from high-tech electronics to basic foodstuffs. The industry accounts for 3 percent of all annual global

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Chinese Researchers Unlock Secret of Butterfly Wings to Make Efficient Solar Power

Chinese Researchers Unlock Secret of Butterfly Wings to Make Efficient Solar Power

Chinese material scientists have been studying the design of butterfly wings to unlock ways to make solar electricity more efficient. Inspired by the way that butterflies use their wings to collect solar

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