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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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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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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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