Solar Power

Innovative energy solutions bring light and warmth to a remote Thai village

Innovative energy solutions bring light and warmth to a remote Thai village

Solar power and biogas solutions are helping residents of a remote Thai village to create their own grid. Those who live in Pa Deng in Kaeng Krachan, Phetchaburi, have homes that seem to have remained

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Sweden’s greenest City Hall is topped by solar panels and a green roof in Lund

Sweden’s greenest City Hall is topped by solar panels and a green roof in Lund

Equipped with solar panels and earth water cooling, Lund City Hall only uses a fraction of the energy normally consumed by typical government buildings. Its dynamic, W-shaped facade was key in reducing

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3D-printed Solar Bytes Pavilion pushes the boundaries of architectural innovation

3D-printed Solar Bytes Pavilion pushes the boundaries of architectural innovation

DesignLabWorkshop 3D-printed the Solar Bytes Pavilion’s 94 modules using a 6-axis robot arm in the Robotic Fabrication Lab at Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

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Ireland’s first shipping container home was built in just three days

Ireland’s first shipping container home was built in just three days

The house was built from a single shipping container measuring 40 feet long by 10 feet wide. Ceardean Architects designed the home, which they envisioned as a working prototype for alternative, DIY

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This mobile smart flower pot chases sunlight to help your plants grow

This mobile smart flower pot chases sunlight to help your plants grow

http://vimeo.com/113915779 What if instead of moving your plants during the day or depending on the season, they moved themselves to find the optimal position in your flat? That situation could soon be

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A new solar system is installed every 2.5 minutes in the U.S.

A new solar system is installed every 2.5 minutes in the U.S.

2014 was a record-breaking year for the solar power industry around the world, and here in the U.S. we were installing new solar systems at a faster rate than ever before. New data from GTM Research shows

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You can buy one of Wheelys’ new bicycle cafés on Indiegogo!

You can buy one of Wheelys’ new bicycle cafés on Indiegogo!

The team behind Wheelys, the world’s smallest and arguably most eco-friendly café, just launched a new coffee shop on wheels and an Indiegogo campaign to allow entrepreneurs around the world join their

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New study revisits old news: keep fossil fuels in the ground

New study revisits old news: keep fossil fuels in the ground

If Nature publishes it, will people finally listen? That may be what researchers from the University of London are hoping, because the international science journal has published a new study telling us

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Korean researchers develop most efficient solar cell to date

Korean researchers develop most efficient solar cell to date

A Korean research team has achieved record level efficiency in solar cells, using a new formula for mixing perovskite structures. Perovskite is an inexpensive, abundant mineral, and the researchers have

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La Paz, Mexico to be 100 percent solar powered by the end of 2015

La Paz, Mexico to be 100 percent solar powered by the end of 2015

When a new solar power plant goes online later in 2015, the city of La Paz, Mexico will be entirely powered by solar energy. Aura Solar I, the largest solar power plant in Latin America, went online in La

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Margot Krasojevic’s Fresnel Hydrofoil Trimaran is a solar-powered perpetual-motion vehicle

Margot Krasojevic’s Fresnel Hydrofoil Trimaran is a solar-powered perpetual-motion vehicle

The hydrofoils, which are similar to airfoils used by airplanes, lift the boat's hull out of the water to decrease drag and allow for greater speeds. The combination of the Fresnel lens and holographic

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This solar-powered device keeps fruits and veggies fresh without a fridge

This solar-powered device keeps fruits and veggies fresh without a fridge

If you’re in the produce business, getting your goods to the market while they're still fresh is imperative. In some countries where the climate is fairly warm, that can be a daunting, if not almost

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Solar and wind power are now cheaper than coal or natural gas in some markets

Solar and wind power are now cheaper than coal or natural gas in some markets

While renewable energy has been getting more affordable for residential installations, that has not always been the case on a commercial scale. For years, the solar and wind industries were unable to

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Cinch! is a solar-powered and spacious pop-up tent that sets up in seconds

Cinch! is a solar-powered and spacious pop-up tent that sets up in seconds

The camping tent is one of the most essential pieces of equipment for the great outdoors, but it can also be one of the most aggravating because of poor assembly practices and build quality. Camping

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Man quits job to convert old van into a cozy solar-powered mobile cabin

Man quits job to convert old van into a cozy solar-powered mobile cabin

Formerly a systems engineer, Hudson quit his job after months of daydreaming about living and traveling out of a DIY camper van. He took the leap in October 2013, and despite not having any prior building

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New inexpensive spray-on solar cells turn (almost) any surface into a power plant

New inexpensive spray-on solar cells turn (almost) any surface into a power plant

Researchers at the University of Toronto have unveiled a cheap, fast spray-on solar cell process that could enable the creation of solar arrays using the most modest of manufacturing methods. Even better,

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Torchia is a portable emergency flashlight powered by solar energy

Torchia is a portable emergency flashlight powered by solar energy

Going off the grid comes with many risks, but you can make the adventure a bit easier and safer with clever alternative-energy gadgets like the Torchia, a solar-powered emergency flashlight. Developed by

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Solar Power Generator!

DIY: How to Make Your Own Solar Power Generator!

Solar power is a clean, renewable energy source that can help limit climate change by liberating us from fossil fuels - but do you know what actually makes the technology tick? It's not as complex as it

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The US could power itself with solar 100-times over

The US could power itself with solar 100-times over

There’s a lot of debate about whether or not solar power could feasibly power the entire country. A new report by Environment America and a breakdown by Treehugger’s Micheal Graham Richard is putting

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The UK’s largest solar farm just switched online for the first time

The UK’s largest solar farm just switched online for the first time

The United Kingdom's largest solar farm is now fully operational and working to power homes throughout the nation. The 46-megawatt solar farm in Landmead was connected to the national grid in Oxfordshire

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Kyocera is building the world’s largest floating solar plant

Kyocera is building the world’s largest floating solar plant

Kyocera Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation recently announced plans to build the world’s largest floating solar installation. The massive 13.4 megawatt plant will be located in the Chiba

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Austin to get 55% of its power from renewables by 2025

Austin to get 55% of its power from renewables by 2025

Texas is not widely known for its eco-friendly nature - but Austin has long stood apart from the rest of the oil-rich, frack-friendly state as a bastion of sustainability. Keeping with that trend, the

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Desolenator uses sunlight to purify water for less than the cost of a big screen TV

Desolenator uses sunlight to purify water for less than the cost of a big screen TV

Imagine a device the size of large, flat-screen TV that uses sunlight to produce fresh drinking water. Then imagine what you could do with that device. Would you reduce your own dependence on the grid?

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Solar-powered Heijmans ONE is a portable and affordable rental home for millennials

Solar-powered Heijmans ONE is a portable and affordable rental home for millennials

Heijmans ONE's target demographic comprise the well-educated and single millennials between the ages of 25 and 35, who make too much to qualify for the Netherlands' social housing, but not enough to

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Zaha Hadid’s LEED Platinum-seeking Bee’ah headquarters will be 100% powered by renewable energy

Zaha Hadid’s LEED Platinum-seeking Bee’ah headquarters will be 100% powered by renewable energy

Surrounded by desert, the curvaceous 75,350-square-foot building was inspired by the shape of sand dunes and oriented to optimize the prevailing Shamal winds and limit exposure to the harsh sun. Hadid

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Glumac’s pioneering net-zero Shanghai office paves the way to greener buildings in China

Glumac’s pioneering net-zero Shanghai office paves the way to greener buildings in China

The 6,000-square-foot project's LEED v4 Platinum and projected full-petal LBC certifications are impressive, but the arguably more outstanding accomplishment is how the cross-cultural and geographic team

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One in five houses in Australia is using solar energy

One in five houses in Australia is using solar energy

An astonishing one out of every five households in Australia is now relying on solar energy, a new report from the Australian Bureau of Statistic (ABS) reveals. Just 3 years ago only 5 percent of homes

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How solar friendly is your state? The Freeing the Grid report finds out

How solar friendly is your state? The Freeing the Grid report finds out

It's one thing to make the decision to go solar, but depending on where in the U.S. you live, the ease with which one connects a household rooftop array to the grid—i.e., actually gets it up and

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Top 6 cabins for a green retreat this winter

Top 6 cabins for a green retreat this winter

Intrinsik Architecture's Montana Modern Prefab Cabin This 800-square-foot prefabricated cabin, located 8,600 feet above Paradise Valley, Montana is a smart, efficient, and sustainable retreat for any

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Eagle Energy is helping the Navajo Nation become energy independent

Eagle Energy is helping the Navajo Nation become energy independent

The Navajo people are the oldest ethnic group in the US and the Navajo Nation reservation is the largest in the country, spreading across Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. But about 38 percent of all homes in

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