Solar Power

World’s Largest Solar Bridge Complete in London

World’s Largest Solar Bridge Complete in London

At long last, the world’s largest solar bridge at London’s Blackfriars station is finally complete. Solarcentury and England’s Network Rail partnered to cover the bridge with 4,400 photovoltaic

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Next-Generation Wood Fiber Solar Cells Could Dwarf Current Efficiency Levels

Next-Generation Wood Fiber Solar Cells Could Dwarf Current Efficiency Levels

There are two key factors that affect solar cell performance: high optical transparency for good light transmission, and high optical haze for increased scattering, and therefore absorption.

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Bone-White Geometric Facade Wraps Around Contemporary House in Israel

Bone-White Geometric Facade Wraps Around Contemporary House in Israel

To counteract the cramped urban environment, the architects swathed the house in shades of white to create the feeling of airy lightness and spaciousness. Large glass windows and reflective porcelain

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Green Mountain College’s Tiny Pod-Shaped House is Designed for the 21st Century Nomad

Green Mountain College’s Tiny Pod-Shaped House is Designed for the 21st Century Nomad

Green Mountain College students are redefining the American dream with a tiny “living system” home that offers a mobile lifestyle with a reduced environmental footprint. Created as part of professor

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SolTech’s Beautiful Glass Roof Tiles Heat Your Home With Solar Energy

SolTech’s Beautiful Glass Roof Tiles Heat Your Home With Solar Energy

SolTech Energy, a Swedish company selling solutions for clean solar power, has developed a unique home heating system contained within roofing tiles made out of ordinary transparent glass. The attractive

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Lush Green Roof Terrace Crowns LEED Platinum-Seeking Office in Silicon Valley

Lush Green Roof Terrace Crowns LEED Platinum-Seeking Office in Silicon Valley

The tech giants of Silicon Valley are no strangers to sustainable design, and brick's recently completed office building bears no exception. Designed as the future home of Nuance Communications, the

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Foster + Partners Unveil Massive Sand Dune-Inspired UAE Pavilion at 2015 Milan Expo

Foster + Partners Unveil Massive Sand Dune-Inspired UAE Pavilion at 2015 Milan Expo

Located near the center of the Expo, the UAE pavilion will be accessed via a curvaceous, canyon-like entryway with 40 foot tall sand dune-inspired walls. To capture the desert character, the architects

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Solar Trees Now Power the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” Sign

Solar Trees Now Power the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” Sign

While the bulk of the energy usage may be happening just a few blocks north, Las Vegas is going a little bit greener by powering the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” with three solar trees. For

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New Software Allows Developers to Create Super Efficient Solar Parks

New Software Allows Developers to Create Super Efficient Solar Parks

In 2012, Siemens developed a software that allowed them to design ultra-efficient solar parks in just a few seconds, but at that time only Siemens had access to the tool. Now Siemens has announced that

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Ford Showcases Sun-Powered C-Max Solar Energi Car at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Ford Showcases Sun-Powered C-Max Solar Energi Car at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Ford's C-MAX Solar Energi Concept marks the first time a major automaker has unveiled a car that can harness enough energy from the sun to power its electric motor. The vehicle was developed in

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Massive 579MW Solar Star Power Plant Goes Online in California

Massive 579MW Solar Star Power Plant Goes Online in California

Photo via Shutterstock MidAmerican Solar and SunPower have announced that the first portion of one of the largest solar power plants in the United States is now feeding into the California independent

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Croatian Schools Plan To Use Renewable Energy To Fund Better Education

Croatian Schools Plan To Use Renewable Energy To Fund Better Education

Education funding always seems to be last on the list for politicians (even though it should be the first). Schools in Croatia face the same problem, which has spurred one enterprising elementary school

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California Doubles Solar Capacity in Just One Year

California Doubles Solar Capacity in Just One Year

Last year, California residents installed more rooftop solar capacity in one year than in the previous thirty combined! In 2013 alone, the state added a whopping 1,000 megawatts of solar capacity to their

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High-Tech Farm Aims to Reclaim Fukushima’s Contaminated Soil for Crops

High-Tech Farm Aims to Reclaim Fukushima’s Contaminated Soil for Crops

 Image © Shutterstock Construction has just begun on a futuristic farming project in Japan’s Fukushima prefecture. A combination farm and solar park, the Renewable Energy Village will contain 120

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Cut Out the Darkness: Panasonic Launches Online Contest to Bring Light to Off-Grid Areas

Cut Out the Darkness: Panasonic Launches Online Contest to Bring Light to Off-Grid Areas

Panasonic recently launched “Cut Out the Darkness”, a contest designed to help people living in regions without electricity. The contest challenges entrants to design affordable cut-out lantern

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Ford’s First Solar-Powered Car to Debut at the 2014 International CES Show in Vegas

Ford’s First Solar-Powered Car to Debut at the 2014 International CES Show in Vegas

Ford has unveiled plans to debut their first solar-powered car next week at the 2014 International CES show in Las Vegas. The new C-MAX Solar Energi concept is based on the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid,

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Heliotrope: The World’s First Energy Positive Solar Home

Heliotrope: The World’s First Energy Positive Solar Home

Look, up in the sky — it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the Heliotrope! The brainchild of Architect Ralph Disch, this rotating solar home was the seed for the extraordinary Sonnenschiff Solar

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Rawlemon’s New Betaray Crystal Ball Harvests Light From The Sun, Moon and Clouds!

Rawlemon’s New Betaray Crystal Ball Harvests Light From The Sun, Moon and Clouds!

In 2012, Inhabitat featured an invention that promised to turn the world of solar power generation upside down. Rawlemon's spherical solar energy-generating globe looked a lot like a giant glass marble on

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WakaWaka Provides Portable Solar Power to Syrian Refugees

WakaWaka Provides Portable Solar Power to Syrian Refugees

An estimated 6.8 million Syrians have been forced to flee their homes due to the ongoing civil war, which has claimed over 100,000 lives since 2011. With many refugees struggling to find access to

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IKEA’s Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters Approved for Syrian Refugee Housing

IKEA’s Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters Approved for Syrian Refugee Housing

Earlier this year, Scandinavian flat pack furniture masters IKEA unveiled an easily deployable solar-powered shelter that can provide sturdy, safe housing in an emergency. Designed in collaboration with

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INFOGRAPHIC: The World’s Top 10 Solar Countries

INFOGRAPHIC: The World’s Top 10 Solar Countries

In 2003 the world generated 2 terawatt-hours (TWh) of solar electricity. By 2012 that figure jumped to 93 TWh! In the graphic above you can see the explosive growth of solar energy around the globe.

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Groundbreaking Solspaces Solar Thermal System Stores a Boat Load of Heat Energy

Groundbreaking Solspaces Solar Thermal System Stores a Boat Load of Heat Energy

After a three year project to develop a solar heating system capable of long-term storage, researchers at the University of Stuttgart are finally ready to test its Solspaces system. The groundbreaking new

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Crazy ‘Luna Ring’ Moon Solar Plant Could Beam Constant Green Energy to Earth

Crazy ‘Luna Ring’ Moon Solar Plant Could Beam Constant Green Energy to Earth

The moon affects the tides on Earth, helps brightens the night sky, and soon it might also provide us with even more solar power. Tokyo-based Shimizu Corporation wants to install a belt of solar panels

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Solar-Powered Sun Shade to Cover Dubai’s Winning Expo 2020 Pavilion

Solar-Powered Sun Shade to Cover Dubai’s Winning Expo 2020 Pavilion

Dubai has won a bid to host the 2020 Expo. This will be the first time the international celebration of innovation and business will be held in the Middle East, and Dubai’s aim is to generate 50 percent

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Voltac Launches BOGO Solar Charger Campaign to Help the Philippines

Voltac Launches BOGO Solar Charger Campaign to Help the Philippines

Voltaic Systems, manufacturer of solar chargers for smartphones, laptops and other electronic equipment, just launched a BOGO (Buy One Give One) campaign to help residents of Philippines whose lives were

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The Amazing Metaphone Concert Hall is the World’s First Interactive Musical Building

The Amazing Metaphone Concert Hall is the World’s First Interactive Musical Building

To create the sound-related and instrumental features of the building, the architects consulted musician and sound designer Louis Dandrel. The majority of the Metaphone building (the technical spaces and

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Enèji Pwòp Program Sends Life-Changing Hanging Solar Lights to Impoverished Haitians

Enèji Pwòp Program Sends Life-Changing Hanging Solar Lights to Impoverished Haitians

Clean energy company Enèji Pwòp is on the mission to transform Haiti with renewable energy. The firm hopes to enhance quality of life within the country's borders through a program that allows immigrant

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Spectrolab Breaks Own Solar Cell Efficiency Record

Spectrolab Breaks Own Solar Cell Efficiency Record

Space solar cell and panel manufacturer Spectrolab has broken its own solar cell efficiency world record. The Boeing subsidiary achieved an efficiency of 38.8 percent for a ground-based multi-junction

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Solar-Powered ConnecTable Charges Devices in Outdoor Public Places

Solar-Powered ConnecTable Charges Devices in Outdoor Public Places

Have you been reading an e-book at the park when suddenly your device's battery starts gasping its last? The sun may be shining bright, but there you are, stranded without an outlet. CarrierClass, a

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Have We All Been Installing Solar Panels the Wrong Way?

Have We All Been Installing Solar Panels the Wrong Way?

Image of residential solar panels / Shutterstock Installing solar panels seems pretty straightforward - just aim them south so they get lots of sun all day. But researchers are finding that we may have

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