Solar Power

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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Organograph: Giant Kinetic Flower Sculpture is Powered by the Sun

Organograph: Giant Kinetic Flower Sculpture is Powered by the Sun

Bill Washabaugh, Chico MacMurtie, and Geo Homsy developed the climate clock with these fundamental elements in mind: the Clock, the Observatory, the Carbon Cycle Simulation, the Incubator Dome, the Time

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Solar Impulse Sun-Powered Plane Will Attempt to Fly from Switzerland to Morocco

Solar Impulse Sun-Powered Plane Will Attempt to Fly from Switzerland to Morocco

For the first time ever, a solar plane will attempt to fly from Switzerland to Morocco. Back in 2011 Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg flew their Solar Impulse plane from Paris to Brussels, however

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E+ is a Verdant South Korean Home Blanketed in Greenery and Solar Panels

E+ is a Verdant South Korean Home Blanketed in Greenery and Solar Panels

Blanketed in vegetation and energy-harvesting PV panels, the E+ Green Home doesn't just get an E for effort - it deserves to be on the honor roll of sustainable design. Seen in Dwell Magazine's April

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Dramatic Solar-Powered Boathouse Charges Electric Boats in The Netherlands

Dramatic Solar-Powered Boathouse Charges Electric Boats in The Netherlands

The Electric Boathouse is a warehouse with an extensive range of machinery to build electric boats, as well as an indoor exhibition space where boats can float in the water. Its dramatic form is composed

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Ortner + Ortner Pavilion in Germany is Wrapped in Thin-Film Solar Panels

Ortner + Ortner Pavilion in Germany is Wrapped in Thin-Film Solar Panels

A pavilion on the campus of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Germany provides shelter behind a wall of solar panels. The visually striking design by Austrian architecture firm Ortner + Ortner

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MIT Unveils 3D Solar Arrays That Produce Up to 20 Times More Energy

MIT Unveils 3D Solar Arrays That Produce Up to 20 Times More Energy

MIT researchers just unveiled a new three-dimensional solar array that can produce up to 20 times more energy per square foot than traditional flat arrays - and it's potentially more efficient than

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Solar Cooker Could Provide for Hot Water and Food In Disaster Zones

Solar Cooker Could Provide for Hot Water and Food In Disaster Zones

In disaster zones, emergency rescue services need reliable appliances to help provide the basics to victims who may suddenly be without provisions. As a quick-response to emergency

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MenoMenoPiu Architects’ Bauhaus Museum is Topped with Solar Panels

MenoMenoPiu Architects’ Bauhaus Museum is Topped with Solar Panels

The competition for the Bauhaus Museum in Weimar was not only conceived to find a permanent home for the museum, but also as a way to help redevelop the area. Seeking a flexible design, the Klassik

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Solar Installations in the US More Than Doubled in 2011

Solar Installations in the US More Than Doubled in 2011

The US solar industry is gaining some serious ground, according to a new industry report charting a recent spike in solar installations. While big bankruptcies -- such as government-backed

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Arup Unveils Stunning Solar-Powered ‘Showcase’ Arena for 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Arup Unveils Stunning Solar-Powered ‘Showcase’ Arena for 2022 World Cup in Qatar

With the enormous footprint that the world's largest sporting event inevitably creates, host nations are often careful to address environmental concerns while showcasing groundbreaking design in their

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U.S. Solar Power Industry Growth Hits New Records

U.S. Solar Power Industry Growth Hits New Records

The United States is demanding green energy and the proof is in the pudding. A new report shows that 2011 saw more than double the solar panels installed from the previous year, and 2012 has already

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Net-Zero Yin Yang House Soaks up the Sun’s Rays in Venice Beach, California

Net-Zero Yin Yang House Soaks up the Sun’s Rays in Venice Beach, California

The net zero Yin Yang House was created by Brooks + Scarpa for a growing family who wanted a calm, relaxed and organized environment that emphasizes family space. The private bedrooms are kept small on

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Akihisa Hirata to Unveil “Photosynthesis” Solar Ecosystem at Milan Design Week 2012

Akihisa Hirata to Unveil “Photosynthesis” Solar Ecosystem at Milan Design Week 2012

Milan Design Week is still more than a month away, but we're already excited about one eco design set to be unveiled at this year's show - Panasonic's dynamic  "Photosynthesis" courtyard

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Scientists Discover That Tiny Fractal Trees Could Hold Key to More Efficient Solar Cells

Scientists Discover That Tiny Fractal Trees Could Hold Key to More Efficient Solar Cells

A team of chemists at the University of California, Davis believe that the future of solar technology may lie in cells made from a film of tiny silver nitrate fractal trees. The research team, led by

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West Aiming for Net-Zero Energy

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West Aiming for Net-Zero Energy

Frank Lloyd Wright's reverence for the natural world is well documented - the famed architect coined the term "organic architecture," a style of building that blends in seamlessly with the natural world.

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Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun is an Affordable Solar-Powered LED Lamp

Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun is an Affordable Solar-Powered LED Lamp

These fantastic solar-powered LED lights by LittleSun are designed by German Artist Olafur Eliasson and innovator Frederick Ottesen to provide a practical, safe, and efficient source of artificial light

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Beautiful Snow-Capped Mountain House is Buried into a Dutch Hillside

Beautiful Snow-Capped Mountain House is Buried into a Dutch Hillside

The Dutch House was an experiment in what Denieuwegeneratie refers to as both sustainable hardware and software. Sustainable hardware consists of locally-sourced lark timber used to frame the ample facade

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