photovoltaics

Coachella’s Giant Origami Solar-Powered Crane Installation

Coachella’s Giant Origami Solar-Powered Crane Installation

You know what this year's Coachella music festival could really use- a giant origami crane at the entrance. Oh wait! They already have one, and it's lit up with LEDs and powered by a solar system. Built

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New Canary Islands Concert Hall Has a Semi-Intelligent Shading Facade

New Canary Islands Concert Hall Has a Semi-Intelligent Shading Facade

The shores of Arrecife on the island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands will soon be graced by a beautiful new concert hall. Dutch architecture firm, Henning Larsen, took first place in a competition in

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Solar-Powered Personal Urban Transit System of the Future

Solar-Powered Personal Urban Transit System of the Future

Michigan-based designer Dave Owsen, has conceived of a futuristic transportation solution that provides for private urban transportation via a system of rails and transport cells. In his design, private

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Plant-Based Molecules Could Create More Efficient Photovoltaic Devices

Plant-Based Molecules Could Create More Efficient Photovoltaic Devices

Plants are excellent at harnessing solar power, so it only makes sense that scientists would eventually study them for hints on how to develop more efficient photovoltaic devices. Chemists at the

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Shanghai’s International Cruise Terminal to be Cooled By The River

Shanghai’s International Cruise Terminal to be Cooled By The River

In preparation for the Shanghai 2010 World Expo Sparch Architects has designed this master plan for the International Cruise Terminal. The Terminal includes a cruise welcome center, office space,

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Beautiful Green Roofed Affordable Housing In the UK

PREFAB FRIDAY: Beautiful Green Roofed Affordable Housing In the UK

Designed by Acanthus LW Architects and built by Paradigm Housing in partnership with Hillingdon, Birchway is made up of 24 one and two bedroom units. Five buildings with curved sedum covered green roofs

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Largest Solar Plant in Europe Set to Open in Italy

Largest Solar Plant in Europe Set to Open in Italy

SunEdison announced yesterday that it will be opening up the largest solar plant in Italy later this year. The American company is building the plant in Rovigo (near Venice) on an area as massive as 120

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Start-Up Makes Solar Cells Cheap Enough to Compete with Fossil Fuels

Start-Up Makes Solar Cells Cheap Enough to Compete with Fossil Fuels

The most efficient solar tech on the market today is the silicon solar cell. There's just one drawback--implementing the tech costs up to $4 per watt, almost four times the cost of fossil fuel-derived

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Implantable, Solar-Powered Chip Monitors Blood Sugar Levels

Implantable, Solar-Powered Chip Monitors Blood Sugar Levels

Diabetics rejoice: a new rice-sized, implantable glucose sensor could eliminate the need to use conventional finger-prick monitors. The solar-powered device, dubbed Glucowizzard, is implanted under a

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Largest Green Energy Plant in the World Planned for India

Largest Green Energy Plant in the World Planned for India

Both China and Africa have incredibly ambitious plans for massive energy projects sourced from the sun or wind, but India may beat them to the punch with the colossal project they have in the works. A

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Solar Building Skin Turns Sydney’s Ugliest Tower into an Eco-marvel

Solar Building Skin Turns Sydney’s Ugliest Tower into an Eco-marvel

Sydney's ugliest building may soon be getting a new lease on life through to a plan to 'reskin' the entire tower with a high-performance photovoltaic skin. Architecture firm Laboratory for Visionary

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Stunning Solar Roof Rises Over Perugia, Italy

Stunning Solar Roof Rises Over Perugia, Italy

At first glance it may look like a cyber-robotic monster is eating the historical district of this lovely Italian city, but in reality it's the roof of a new energy-generating walkway in Perugia, Italy.

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Blue Volcano is a Solar Cloud-Topped Eco-Stadium for Zagreb, Croatia

Blue Volcano is a Solar Cloud-Topped Eco-Stadium for Zagreb, Croatia

With a lightweight skin, recycled materials, solar power, and a somewhat crazy-lookin' volcano-esque shape, this "cloud-covered" stadium in Zagreb has tons of eco-promise. Designed by Croatia-based

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M&Ms Factory Goes Green with New Solar Garden

M&Ms Factory Goes Green with New Solar Garden

Yesterday in Hackettstown, New Jersey, Mars Chocolate flipped the switch of their shiny new 2 MW photovoltaic system. This pic may depict the popular candies catching some rays next to the new solar

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Beautiful Atherton Residence Sustainably Connects With Nature

Beautiful Atherton Residence Sustainably Connects With Nature

It's always a pleasure to see a stunning home with sustainable features, but isn't pretentious about it. This beautiful residence in Atherton in the Bay Area is such a house - gorgeous, with an obvious

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Colored Solar Panels Don’t Need Direct Sunlight

Colored Solar Panels Don’t Need Direct Sunlight

With normal solar cells, you need direct sunlight for them to generate power, and if the panels are at all shaded the efficiency drops significantly. A new type of solar cell, being developed in

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Blue Crystal: A Sustainable Iceberg Lodge in Dubai?

Blue Crystal: A Sustainable Iceberg Lodge in Dubai?

Temporary ice hotels materialize each winter in frigid northern towns from Russia to Canada. As temperatures rise in the spring the structures melt back into the earth. Now Dubai is poised to get its

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Steven Holl’s Stunning Solar Copenhagen Bridge

Steven Holl’s Stunning Solar Copenhagen Bridge

A welcoming beacon before a shining expanse of sea, Steven Holl Architects' LM project will update Copenhagen's waterfront with two eye-catching photovoltaic-sheathed skyscrapers and a sky bridge studded

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Madagascar’s Rural Clinics Powered by Solar Panels

Madagascar’s Rural Clinics Powered by Solar Panels

Solar panels are unique among sources of clean and renewable energy for their ability to generate electricity practically anywhere in the world. Recently Madagascar joined with the Development

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World’s Largest Solar Power Plant Coming To CA Mojave Desert

World’s Largest Solar Power Plant Coming To CA Mojave Desert

With California utilities expanding rapidly into renewables, the Mojave Desert is one of the hottest spots for solar energy. Last year, plans for the world's largest solar array got underway in this ideal

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SOLAR BALLOONS: CoolEarth gets $21 Million in Funding

SOLAR BALLOONS: CoolEarth gets $21 Million in Funding

It's easy to mistake these buoyant solar panels from CoolEarth for a child's balloons caught in a power line, but these shiny floating photovoltaic panels are scientist's latest attempt at getting the

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SOLAR ARK: World’s Most Stunning Solar Building

SOLAR ARK: World’s Most Stunning Solar Building

Sanyo has built an ark for the solar century – an impressive 630 kW solar-collecting building that boasts over 5,000 solar panels and kicks off over 500,000 kWh of energy per year. Even more outstanding

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SOLAR DECATHLON STARTS TOMORROW!

SOLAR DECATHLON STARTS TOMORROW!

This year's Solar Decathlon is just hours away- the festivities start TOMORROW in Washington DC with 20 college teams from around the globe competing to design, build, and operate the coolest, greenest

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CORNELL ZERO-ENERGY SOLAR DECATHLON HOME

CORNELL ZERO-ENERGY SOLAR DECATHLON HOME

When Cornell students David Wax, Emile Chin-Dickey, Stephanie Horowitz, Benjamin Uyeda, and Jordan Goldman set out trying to create an off-the-grid solar-powered home for the biennial Solar Decathlon

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SOLAR DECATHLON KICKS OFF THIS FRIDAY!

SOLAR DECATHLON KICKS OFF THIS FRIDAY!

We've been anxiously awaiting this year's Solar Decathlon event, and this Friday, October 12th, the festivities start in Washington DC with 20 college teams from around the globe competing to design,

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ZEPHYR SOLAR PLANE FLIES FOR 54 HOURS STRAIGHT!

ZEPHYR SOLAR PLANE FLIES FOR 54 HOURS STRAIGHT!

While you don't usually see military-related stories here at Inhabitat, here's an eco-worthy exception: the Zephyr is an unmanned aerial vehicle, which is powered entirely by solar power. The

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SOLAR POWERED MOUSE – The Sole Mio

SOLAR POWERED MOUSE – The Sole Mio

In the future, everything will be powered by photovoltaics. The latest gadget to be turned into a solar powered device is the PC Mouse, thanks to the Researchers at the Delft University of Technology.

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SEVILLE’S SOLAR POWER TOWER

SEVILLE’S SOLAR POWER TOWER

Rising out of the Andalusian countryside like a gigantic obelisk, a 40 story concrete tower surrounded by fields of photovoltaic panels is is the first stage of Europe's first commercial solar power

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BREAKTHROUGH IN CHEAP SOLAR POWER!

BREAKTHROUGH IN CHEAP SOLAR POWER!

New Zealand is a land of wonderful landscapes, beautiful scenery, and lots of sheep - and soon it will be known as the land of cheap solar power, thanks to the work of Dr. Wayne Campbell at the

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