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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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NREL Study Finds 32 Acres of Solar Can Power 1,000 Homes

NREL Study Finds 32 Acres of Solar Can Power 1,000 Homes

When comparing the advantages and disadvantages of fossil fuels and renewable energy sources, how much real estate each requires to generate electricity is a key factor. While power plants that use coal

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Sustainable Montrottier Primary School Revives a Medieval Town in France

Sustainable Montrottier Primary School Revives a Medieval Town in France

The decision to place the new primary school in the heart of the town was made by the whole community. A plot of land was available with a close proximity to the cultural center, town library and cinema,

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Report Finds Renewable Energy is Cheaper Than Gas and Coal in Australia

Report Finds Renewable Energy is Cheaper Than Gas and Coal in Australia

In the wake of soaring temperatures that made it impossible for some residents in the Australian outback to pump gas, good news is finally coming to the energy market Down Under. A report by Bloomberg New

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Study Shows Photovoltaics Beat Biofuels at Converting Solar Energy Into Miles Driven

Study Shows Photovoltaics Beat Biofuels at Converting Solar Energy Into Miles Driven

Solar Panel photo from Shutterstock When it comes to transforming the sun's energy into commuter miles, it looks like photovoltaics beat out our best biofuels. A recent study published in the journal

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LEED-Seeking Greenland Residence Boasts an EV-Ready Garage and Other Eco Goodness

LEED-Seeking Greenland Residence Boasts an EV-Ready Garage and Other Eco Goodness

How is it possible to ensure that a home this large has a gentle environmental impact? Studio One shows us how with the charming Greenland Residence. Reached by a long private drive and carefully oriented

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Gorgeous Coastlands House Gets 80% of its Power From the California Sun

Gorgeous Coastlands House Gets 80% of its Power From the California Sun

Remarkably well-connected to the wild seaside landscape, Coastlands House features a magnificent palette of natural materials - including the stone base which connects the home to the uphill slope.

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Ghana’s New 155 MW Photovoltaic Plant Will be the Largest Solar Array in Africa

Ghana’s New 155 MW Photovoltaic Plant Will be the Largest Solar Array in Africa

The UK-based renewable energy firm Blue Energy has unveiled plans to build a 155 MW solar power plant in Ghana - and analysts say that it will be the largest on the continent. The $400 million Nzema

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Gigantic Energy-Generating Waterfall Skyscraper Could Power the 2016 Rio Olympics

Gigantic Energy-Generating Waterfall Skyscraper Could Power the 2016 Rio Olympics

The self-sustaining tower for the 2016 Olympic Games is designed to create renewable energy for use in the Olympic Village as well as the city of Rio. A large solar power plant generates energy during the

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LAVA’s Green-Roofed Prefab is the Ultimate Classroom of the Future

LAVA’s Green-Roofed Prefab is the Ultimate Classroom of the Future

LAVA significantly reduces the classroom of the future's material load by prefabricating it and then assembling the program on site. This is easily achieved with lightweight materials as well as floor and

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Energy Harvesting Eco-leaf Shade Doubles as a Light Source at Night

Energy Harvesting Eco-leaf Shade Doubles as a Light Source at Night

The Eco-leaf is a solar shade concept that will lower your carbon footprint and brighten your living room. Eco-leaf's unique energy harvesting design integrates proven-technologies like solar, E ink, and

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World’s Largest Solar Bridge Crosses The River Thames in London

World’s Largest Solar Bridge Crosses The River Thames in London

Over 100 bridges, 20 tunnels, and six public ferries cross the River Thames, but only Blackfriars will shine in photovoltaic glory. Solarcentury is working in conjunction with other public transportation

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NASA Announces Plans to Launch the Largest Solar Sail Ever Created

NASA Announces Plans to Launch the Largest Solar Sail Ever Created

Solar activity sometimes causes disturbances through massive flares, but the energy can also be used to increase in-space propulsion capability - harnessing solar power with solar sails could expand

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SolarCity’s SolarStrong Project Will Double the Number of Residential Solar Panels in the U.S.

SolarCity’s SolarStrong Project Will Double the Number of Residential Solar Panels in the U.S.

From solar backpacks to solar tents, the U.S. military has been implementing solar power (and other renewable energy sources) in innovative ways for quite some time. So it's really no surprise that the

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Shell-Inspired Fairground Building at Rossi Sud Complex Harnesses Energy From the Earth

Shell-Inspired Fairground Building at Rossi Sud Complex Harnesses Energy From the Earth

The Rossi Sud complex is a former industrial area in Latina, Italy that is undergoing upgrades, part of which include a new mixed-use fairground building. DRA&U's proposal is a white, shell-like

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Next-Gen Electronics Charge Themselves With Energy-Harvesting LCD Screens

Next-Gen Electronics Charge Themselves With Energy-Harvesting LCD Screens

Engineers at UCLA have developed technology that allows energy gobbling gadgets like smartphones and laptops to convert sunlight, ambient light, and their own backlight into energy. Equipping LCD-enhanced

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OFIS Unveils Prismatic Carbon Neutral Solar Powered Offices for Slovenia

OFIS Unveils Prismatic Carbon Neutral Solar Powered Offices for Slovenia

Rather than just one building, OFIS conceived the offices as a campus or miniature city. While the structures will be formed by concrete shells, they will also be lined with lightweight, aluminum panels

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Italy Getting First Solar-Powered Highway

Italy Getting First Solar-Powered Highway

Spain and Germany may be the renewable energy darlings of Europe, but Italy is set to become the first country with a solar-powered highway. The A18 Catania-Siracusa highway, a 30 km addition to

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URBAN TREE: Floating Solar Mega Cubes in the Sky

URBAN TREE: Floating Solar Mega Cubes in the Sky

Aside from looking cool, the main purpose of using cubes in the building's design was so that each unit could be modular and flexible. Cubes can be varied in size and function in order to maximize views

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Montara House Maximizes Sunlight on Foggy California Coast

Montara House Maximizes Sunlight on Foggy California Coast

The foggy Northern California coastline can sometimes put a damper on your spirit, but given the a chance to inhabit a house like the Montara House, you'd be sure to find a pick-me-up no matter what the

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Sun-Powered Armadillo Box House Closes in on Solar Decathlon Prize

Sun-Powered Armadillo Box House Closes in on Solar Decathlon Prize

The Armadillo Box was inspired by its namesake, a sturdy desert creature whose unique outer shell and slow metabolism helps it keep cool in the desert heat. The team from France utilized the same concept

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Greendix Develops First Leaf-Shaped Crystalline Silicon Solar Panels

Greendix Develops First Leaf-Shaped Crystalline Silicon Solar Panels

We all know that solar panels are at the forefront of green energy technology, but they aren't the most aesthetically pleasing to look at. Aiming to solve that issue, Greendix, a custom solar panel

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Giant SolPix LED Wall is an Energy Generating Solar Shield

Giant SolPix LED Wall is an Energy Generating Solar Shield

This brilliant SolPix LED wall combines three of our favorite things: energy efficient lighting, solar power, and bling. The giant media wall is embedded with LED lights and a photovoltaic array, plus it

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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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Illinois Gable House Takes 2nd Prize in Solar Decathlon

Illinois Gable House Takes 2nd Prize in Solar Decathlon

This morning the University of Illinois took second place in the Solar Decathlon with its gorgeous solar powered Gable House. The unique farmhouse-inspired home made an excellent showing at this year's

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Sleek Solar and Wind Powered Hybrid Street Lamps

Sleek Solar and Wind Powered Hybrid Street Lamps

As designers strive to create a more sustainable future, we're thrilled to see designs that integrate a variety of renewable energy technologies into objects we encounter in everyday life. This innovative

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