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A Solar-Powered Hydroponic Food Belt Could Green the Entire Arabian Peninsula

A Solar-Powered Hydroponic Food Belt Could Green the Entire Arabian Peninsula

OAXIS is designed to incorporate a prefabricated modular structures with recycled steel. Several passive strategies would control the building’s environment while roof-mounted photovoltaic panels would

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INFOGRAPHIC: 2014′s Most Promising Alternative Energy Trends

INFOGRAPHIC: 2014′s Most Promising Alternative Energy Trends

Households, businesses, and cities around the world are turning to renewable energy to reduce their environmental impact - but which clean technologies are leading the pack in 2014? This new infographic

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Germany Smashes Three Solar Energy Records in Just Two Weeks!

Germany Smashes Three Solar Energy Records in Just Two Weeks!

In just two weeks Germany has managed to break three solar energy records! First the Fraunhofer ISE solar energy research institute that monitors solar output in the country noticed a rise to a record

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Eco-Power and Energy Efficiency

GREEN BUILDING 101: Eco-Power and Energy Efficiency

Most of us underestimate or ignore our incredible dependence on electricity, but there's nothing like a blackout caused by overzealous summertime air conditioner use to remind us of the importance of

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Net Zero Georgina Residence Blurs the Indoor-Outdoor Boundary in Santa Monica

Net Zero Georgina Residence Blurs the Indoor-Outdoor Boundary in Santa Monica

Yudell and Beebe used to have a larger house on the ocean in Malibu, but they grew tired of their commute into Santa Monica where they both work at Moore Ruble Yudell. To be closer to work, friends and

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Affordable Solar-Powered 28th Street Apartments Revive Historic 1926 Building in Los Angeles

Affordable Solar-Powered 28th Street Apartments Revive Historic 1926 Building in Los Angeles

The 28th Street YMCA was listed as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 2006 and was acquired by nonprofit developer Clifford Beers Housing (CBH) in 2009. Commissioned to revive the structure and

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Deimel Oelschläger Architekten Unveil Daylit Zero-Emission Apartment Building in Berlin

Deimel Oelschläger Architekten Unveil Daylit Zero-Emission Apartment Building in Berlin

The 7-story building features triple-glazed windows, a high level of insulation, and it's practically airtight. The photovoltaics mounted on the roof produce energy primarily for the building, although

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3,280 Sq Ft Rooftop Garden Tops Impressive Solar-Powered Syd Energi HQ in Denmark

3,280 Sq Ft Rooftop Garden Tops Impressive Solar-Powered Syd Energi HQ in Denmark

The building’s innovative treatment of acoustic insulation and its economic energy consumption are coupled with a stunning design that creates a great working environment for the company’s employees.

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Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort Installs Six Wind Turbines on its Hotel Rooftop

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort Installs Six Wind Turbines on its Hotel Rooftop

The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort recently installed six 4kW wind turbines on its rooftop, which are expected to produce 10 percent of the hotel’s electricity. Manufactured by Urban Green Energy

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Nomade Architects’ Active Maison Air et Lumière Completely Opens to the Sky in France

Nomade Architects’ Active Maison Air et Lumière Completely Opens to the Sky in France

In designing this private home in Verrières-le-Buisson, France, Nomade Architects first adapted the home to its environment by orientating it to the light, views and natural slope. Modular in concept,

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Giant Solar Energy-Generating e-QBO Cube Lands in the Streets of Italy

Giant Solar Energy-Generating e-QBO Cube Lands in the Streets of Italy

The e-QBO cube is an architectural chameleon that can be transformed to fit different programs. Although e-QBO is autonomous and off-grid, it can still be integrated into the urban context. At the Milan

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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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A Palace For Nature: Sanzpont Arquitectura Unveils Plans for a Self-Sustaining Botanical Oasis in Qatar

A Palace For Nature: Sanzpont Arquitectura Unveils Plans for a Self-Sustaining Botanical Oasis in Qatar

Sanzpont Arquitectura was invited to submit a proposal for an international restricted competition to create an innovative, ecological palace in Qatar. Their "A Palace For Nature" proposal balanced

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KieranTimberlake Breaks Ground on LEED and BREEAM-Seeking US Embassy in London

KieranTimberlake Breaks Ground on LEED and BREEAM-Seeking US Embassy in London

Construction on the new US Embassy in London designed by Philadelphia-based architecture firm KieranTimberlake broke ground this week. Slated to be completed by 2017 and located at a former industrial

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Apple Brings Manufacturing Back to America with New Solar-Powered Plant in Arizona

Apple Brings Manufacturing Back to America with New Solar-Powered Plant in Arizona

Photo of solar panels in Arizona via Shutterstock Apple has faced a lot criticism for failing to monitor its manufacturing partners' questionable work safety standards, but it looks like the company is

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Next-Gen SolarVolt Generator Uses Lighthouse Glass to Capture the Power of 20 Suns

Next-Gen SolarVolt Generator Uses Lighthouse Glass to Capture the Power of 20 Suns

Fresnel lens photo from Shutterstock You might not expect it, but lighthouses are leading the way to more powerful solar panels in outer space and here on earth. The key is Fresnel lenses, which

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German-French Team Unveils World’s Most Efficient Solar Cell!

German-French Team Unveils World’s Most Efficient Solar Cell!

A team comprised of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Soitec, CEA-Leti and the Helmholtz Center, Berlin has just unveiled the world's most efficient solar cell! Boasting an efficiency of

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Ontario’s ECHO Net-Zero Prefab Home Combines Passivhaus and Solar for Flexible Green Living

Ontario’s ECHO Net-Zero Prefab Home Combines Passivhaus and Solar for Flexible Green Living

The house can generate as much power as it consumes over the course of a year, thanks to 30 photovoltaic modules mounted on its roof. The modules feature high quality mono-crystalline cells which can

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Brooks + Scarpa Complete Saw-Toothed Metalsa Center for Innovation in Mexico

Brooks + Scarpa Complete Saw-Toothed Metalsa Center for Innovation in Mexico

Metalsa SA and Brooks + Scarpa unveiled the plans for the dramatic industrial building back in 2012 and we're thrilled to see it completed and in operation. The project is located in a new Research and

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SOAK Pop-Up Shipping Container Spa Promotes Health & Sustainability in San Francisco

SOAK Pop-Up Shipping Container Spa Promotes Health & Sustainability in San Francisco

Spas are a luxurious place to relax and heal, but that doesn't mean they need to be wasteful power hogs flushing water down the drain. San Francisco startup SOAK wants to bring healthy and sustainable

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Researchers Build Nano Solar Cells 1,000 Times More Powerful than Conventional PVs

Researchers Build Nano Solar Cells 1,000 Times More Powerful than Conventional PVs

As global warming and climate change escalate, the push to develop better, more efficient solar energy technology has never been more urgent, and now researchers at MIT have developed ultra-thin and

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Zaid Bin Talib Unveils Plans for Solar-Powered Rainwater-Harvesting Embassy of Iraq in Oslo

Zaid Bin Talib Unveils Plans for Solar-Powered Rainwater-Harvesting Embassy of Iraq in Oslo

The intersecting swirls of Zaid Bin Talib's Embassy of Iraq in Oslo create an interesting play of animated forms. The skin provides gradual and discrete connections between different parts of the

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Sunseeker Duo: World’s Fastest Solar-Powered Two-Seater Plane Completes First Test Flight

Sunseeker Duo: World’s Fastest Solar-Powered Two-Seater Plane Completes First Test Flight

The fuel-free lightweight Sunseeker Duo aircraft is now airborne! After it was unveiled at the AERO Global Show for General Aviation in Friedrichshafen, Germany in April, the world’s fastest two-seater

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Swallows Nest: Vincent Callebaut Unveils Glittering Zero-Carbon Mobius Strip Cultural Center for Taiwan

Swallows Nest: Vincent Callebaut Unveils Glittering Zero-Carbon Mobius Strip Cultural Center for Taiwan

The Swallows Nest cultural center has a system of moats in the basement level between the floors and walls that stabilizes the building in case of earthquakes. Glass overhangs provide further protection

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Peter Ruge Archtiekten Unveils Plans for Green Health City in China

Peter Ruge Archtiekten Unveils Plans for Green Health City in China

The Green Health City, designed by Berlin-based Peter Ruge Archtiekten, is a master plan spread across five island districts located in China’s Hainan Province. The city, with a design system based on

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Solar Impulse Pilots Hosting Reddit Ask Me Anything TODAY at 1PM EST

Solar Impulse Pilots Hosting Reddit Ask Me Anything TODAY at 1PM EST

This amazing Solar Impulse airplane recently completed the second leg of its sun-powered journey across the United States, and today co-founders and pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are

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Sunseeker Duo: World’s Fastest Solar-Powered Two-Seater Plane Unveiled at AERO Friedrichshafen

Sunseeker Duo: World’s Fastest Solar-Powered Two-Seater Plane Unveiled at AERO Friedrichshafen

Solar Flight has just unveiled the world's fastest two-seater solar-powered plane at the AERO Global Show for General Aviation in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The Sunseeker Duo continues the company's

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San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters Boasts Solar Panels and Built-in Wind Turbines

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters Boasts Solar Panels and Built-in Wind Turbines

The SFPUC Headquarters are located in downtown San Francisco in a neighborhood dominated by civic buildings and just a block away from City Hall. KMD Architects was tasked with designing the greenest

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William Duff Architects Use the Fibonnaci Sequence to Create Beautiful, Efficient Wheeler Home

William Duff Architects Use the Fibonnaci Sequence to Create Beautiful, Efficient Wheeler Home

As William Duff Architects explain, they “developed a project that blends elegant, innovative architecture with green building strategies to create inspiring spaces carefully crafted for everyday

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Solar-Powered ZCB is the First Zero Carbon Building in Hong Kong

Solar-Powered ZCB is the First Zero Carbon Building in Hong Kong

The ZCB (Zero Carbon Building) is Hong Kong's first net-zero energy building and it was developed to promote low-carbon living and showcase low/zero carbon design and technologies. The building and its

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