Solar Power

Adjustable Shutters Allow for Optimal Daylighting in Portugal’s Miramar House

Adjustable Shutters Allow for Optimal Daylighting in Portugal’s Miramar House

The L-shaped balcony made out of thermally insulating pine shutters are foldable panels which allow for natural light and ventilation on the interior, as well as heat retention in the winter months. The

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Sand Babel: Solar-Powered Twisting Skyscrapers 3D-Printed with Desert Sands

Sand Babel: Solar-Powered Twisting Skyscrapers 3D-Printed with Desert Sands

Conceived by Chinese designers Qiu Song, Kang Pengfei, Bai Ying, Ren Nuoya, Guo Shen, the project envisions an intelligent network of skyscrapers distributed across a desert landscape. The towers would be

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Beautiful Electree Mini is a Bonsai Tree-Shaped Solar Charger for Your Smartphone

Beautiful Electree Mini is a Bonsai Tree-Shaped Solar Charger for Your Smartphone

Electree Mini uses the same technology as its predecessor. It captures light through flexible mini solar panels held by the branches, mimicking the process of photosynthesis. The completely autonomous

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Individuals in Spain Turn to Community Collectives for Renewable Energy

Individuals in Spain Turn to Community Collectives for Renewable Energy

Most of the time we rely on governments or large companies to help us make the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy, but one community in Spain took matters into its own hands and created a

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White House Solar Panels Fire Up for the First Time Since Jimmy Carter Left

White House Solar Panels Fire Up for the First Time Since Jimmy Carter Left

As President Obama makes his way to California to preach the gospel of solar power, his words have become action back home in Washington D.C. After years of waiting, the White House solar array is now

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Solar Cell Breakthrough Replaces Harmful Lead With Less Expensive Tin

Solar Cell Breakthrough Replaces Harmful Lead With Less Expensive Tin

Researchers at Northwestern University just unveiled a new solar cell that can be manufactured for less money using fewer harmful elements. Inorganic chemist Mercouri G. Kanatzidis and Robert P. H. Chang

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Massive Solar Wind Energy Tower Proposed for the U.S.-Mexico Border

Massive Solar Wind Energy Tower Proposed for the U.S.-Mexico Border

A Maryland-based energy company plans to build a gigantic tower that could tap solar and wind resources to generate 500 megawatts of energy. The Solar Wind Energy Tower is planned for a location on the

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The World’s Largest Fully-Operational Solar Plant Opens in Arizona

The World’s Largest Fully-Operational Solar Plant Opens in Arizona

Somewhere between Yuma and Phoenix, Arizona on a desolate stretch of 2,400 acres of land, construction was just completed on the world's largest fully-operational solar-power plant. Known as Agua

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Tiny Floating SAFE+ Tsunami Shelters Double as Karaoke Booths in Non-Emergencies

Tiny Floating SAFE+ Tsunami Shelters Double as Karaoke Booths in Non-Emergencies

SAFE+ weights only 1,300 kg (2,866 lbs) and is 6.2 m long, 2.3 m wide and 2.3 m high (20.2 x 7.6 x 7.56 ft). These spacious shelters are roughly the size of a large SUV and come in two models with

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Solar Roadways Unveils Super Strong Solar Panels for Roads in Prototypical Parking Lot

Solar Roadways Unveils Super Strong Solar Panels for Roads in Prototypical Parking Lot

Not only does the parking lot harvest energy, it also incorporates overhead utilities and repositions underground utilities for more efficient use. Power and data cables line a cable corridor alongside

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Google Invests $100 Million to Make Solar Panels More Affordable for American Homeowners

Google Invests $100 Million to Make Solar Panels More Affordable for American Homeowners

Google recently announced its biggest renewable energy purchase to date (and that's saying something: the company has already invested $5 million in a German solar power plant and bought enough wind

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Solar Power is Now as Cheap as Buying From the Grid – in Europe

Solar Power is Now as Cheap as Buying From the Grid – in Europe

Although solar power's return on investment has been debated endlessly, it now looks like the renewable energy source has finally become as cheap as buying off the grid - at least in some European

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Brad Pitt’s “Make It Right” Transforms Historic School into LEED Platinum Affordable Housing

Brad Pitt’s “Make It Right” Transforms Historic School into LEED Platinum Affordable Housing

Founded in 2007, the Make It Right Foundation was created to rebuild safe, energy-efficient and affordable housing for Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward. Using the Cradle-to-Cradle

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The Port Solar Charger Turns Any Window into a Power Outlet for Your Mobile Gadgets

The Port Solar Charger Turns Any Window into a Power Outlet for Your Mobile Gadgets

Whenever I arrive at a coffee shop or coworking space, the first thing I do is scope out the power outlets. Between a smartphone, laptop, and occasionally a tablet too, keeping my mobile office up and

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LEGOLAND Florida Becomes Nation’s First Theme Park to be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy on Earth Day

LEGOLAND Florida Becomes Nation’s First Theme Park to be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy on Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, LEGOLAND Florida just become the first theme park in the U.S. to be completely powered by renewable solar energy. The 150-acre theme park teamed up with Tampa Electric to go off the

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Skylab Architecture’s Radial Green-Roofed Columbia Building Tracks the Portland Sun

Skylab Architecture’s Radial Green-Roofed Columbia Building Tracks the Portland Sun

The Columbia Building is an educational demonstration of sustainable building techniques. Designed in a radial fashion to track the sun, this single-story concrete building folds seven cast-in-place

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Austria’s Blob-Shaped Kunsthaus Graz Art Museum Generates its Own Solar Power

Austria’s Blob-Shaped Kunsthaus Graz Art Museum Generates its Own Solar Power

Located on the west bank of the River Mur in the his­toric center, the Graz Art Museum opened its doors back in 2003. Created as part of the European Capital of Culture celebrations, the

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An American Home or Business Goes Solar Every Four Minutes!

An American Home or Business Goes Solar Every Four Minutes!

Buried at the very bottom of a fact sheet released at yesterday's White House Solar Summit is a striking statistic: "Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar, supporting workers

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Google Buys Solar-Powered Drone Manufacturer Titan Aerospace to Boost Internet Access in Third World Countries

Google Buys Solar-Powered Drone Manufacturer Titan Aerospace to Boost Internet Access in Third World Countries

3D printing may be all the rage in design, but for Big Tech, drones are where the money is. On Monday, web giant Google beat out Facebook in a race to acquire Titan Aerospace, a solar-powered drone

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Mongolia’s Nomads Modernize Traditional Tent Homes with Solar Panels

Mongolia’s Nomads Modernize Traditional Tent Homes with Solar Panels

With 250 days of sunshine a year, Mongolia's potential for solar energy is vast but mostly underutilized. That's beginning to change though - a new government sponsored initiative aims to equip

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Marjan van Aubel’s Solar-Powered Current Table Uses Photosynthesis to Charge Your Gadgets

Marjan van Aubel’s Solar-Powered Current Table Uses Photosynthesis to Charge Your Gadgets

The table’s clear orange glass work surface rests on triangular wooden legs. Inside the glass panel is a dye-synthesized solar cell that creates energy using the same mechanism as plants-photosynthesis.

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Meet the Solar Impulse 2: The First Airplane to Attempt a Round-The-World Solar-Powered Flight!

Meet the Solar Impulse 2: The First Airplane to Attempt a Round-The-World Solar-Powered Flight!

After the Solar Impulse prototype broke 8 world records for solar-powered flight, creators Borschberg and Piccard knew it was time to tackle the next big challenge: a trip around the entire planet. In

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Cheap Solar PV Powers Substantial Global Renewable Energy Growth in 2013

Cheap Solar PV Powers Substantial Global Renewable Energy Growth in 2013

The falling price of solar photovoltaic systems was the main driver of an increase in global renewable energy generation in 2013, according to a new report produced by the Frankfurt School-UNEP

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Amazing Solar-Powered Machine Creates News from Social Media at Milan Design Week

Amazing Solar-Powered Machine Creates News from Social Media at Milan Design Week

Dezeen and Space Caviar, which is led by former Domus editor Joseph Grima, created a publication specially designed for those who suffer from the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO). Created for this year's Milan

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Rustic Off-Grid Pump House is a Solar-Powered Weekend Getaway in Australia

Rustic Off-Grid Pump House is a Solar-Powered Weekend Getaway in Australia

Clad in black panels of corrugated iron, the Pump House is a small and quiet lakeside retreat that blends a rustic aesthetic with elegant simplicity. The architects and client used a simple materials

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Tiny English Village Blocks Giant Fracking Operation, Announces Plans to Build Community-Owned Solar Power Plants

Tiny English Village Blocks Giant Fracking Operation, Announces Plans to Build Community-Owned Solar Power Plants

Normally, the village of Balcombe, West Sussex is just another picturesque spot in a valley where nothing really happens. But when Cuadrilla Resources--the UK's fracking pioneer--announced plans to do

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Breakthrough Discovery Uses Sunlight to Create Materials for Solar Devices

Breakthrough Discovery Uses Sunlight to Create Materials for Solar Devices

Researchers at Oregon State University just made an energy breakthrough that could cut the cost of solar energy while also drastically reducing the carbon footprint of manufacturing solar materials. OSU

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NASA Launches Giant Magnifying Glass into Space to Collect Solar Energy

NASA Launches Giant Magnifying Glass into Space to Collect Solar Energy

Early this morning NASA kicked off Operation LENS, an ambitious plan to concentrate and collect solar power using a giant magnifying glass in outer space. Long speculated to be a rumor, the 7,000,000 ft.

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Israel Debuts the World’s First Self-Cleaning Solar Farm

Israel Debuts the World’s First Self-Cleaning Solar Farm

One of the challenges with solar power is keeping the panels clean, since dust and dirt drastically reduce the efficiency of photovoltaics. That’s particularly challenging for large solar parks, and

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Incredible Solar-Powered ‘Cumulus’ Parasol Opens Automatically When the Sun Starts Shining!

Incredible Solar-Powered ‘Cumulus’ Parasol Opens Automatically When the Sun Starts Shining!

The Cumulus parasol is a solar powered parasol that inflates itself when the sun starts shining. This artificial cumulus protects you from the sun. Whenever the sun comes out, the parasol inflates

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