“solar energy”

Utopian Permaculture Farms Look Like Fantastical Floating Islands

Utopian Permaculture Farms Look Like Fantastical Floating Islands

Floating Permaculture offers a solution to the inevitable depletion of fossil fuels and its effect on food.  “Normal” farming as we know it puts a strain on fossil fuels, as produce is often trucked

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EcoTech Builds Breathtaking Shipping Container Home in the Heart of the Mojave Desert

EcoTech Builds Breathtaking Shipping Container Home in the Heart of the Mojave Desert

The spacious two-story hybrid home was adapted to fit the media client’s needs with a separate photo studio and a large storage building on either end of the main structure. Ecotech built the residence

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Pakistan to Build First On-Grid Electrical System Powered by Solar

Pakistan to Build First On-Grid Electrical System Powered by Solar

Despite the hot climate, Pakistan has never really embraced solar power, instead always opting to invest heavily in nuclear technology. However it seems that all that is about to change on the heels of

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Solaleya’s Shell-Shaped Solar “Pearl” House is a Breezy Green Retreat

Solaleya’s Shell-Shaped Solar “Pearl” House is a Breezy Green Retreat

Over the past few years we've seen many architects move away from traditional architecture in an attempt to make their designs more sustainable. One of the great things about this trend is that it gives

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3M Awarded $4 Million to Develop Low Cost Solar Film

3M Awarded $4 Million to Develop Low Cost Solar Film

3M, the company behind Scotch Tape, is moving into alternative energy thanks to a $4.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The company plans to use the money to develop and commercialize its

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Henning Larsen’s Stunning Solar Panel Factory in Greece is Powered by the Sun

Henning Larsen’s Stunning Solar Panel Factory in Greece is Powered by the Sun

Henning Larsen Architects take the ugly grind out of industry with this handsome solar panel factory in Greece. Commissioned for Kilkis, an industrial area north of Thessaloniki, the factory's dual

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Mobile And Retractable OS Solar Power System Is Ideal For Emergency Situations

Mobile And Retractable OS Solar Power System Is Ideal For Emergency Situations

OS recently exhibited their amazing retractable solar power system at the recent PV Expo 2011 in Japan. The GSR 110B delivers 40 watts on the spot with a combined solar and battery backup system.

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Emergent Architecture Unveils Crystalline, Solar-Powered Sports Center for China

Emergent Architecture Unveils Crystalline, Solar-Powered Sports Center for China

The complex will make extensive use of solar power through the installation of photovoltaic panels on all of its roof surfaces. In addition, Wiscombe has designed a gorgeous transparent window system

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Panasonic Unveils Solar Power Table That Wirelessly Charges Your Gadgets

Panasonic Unveils Solar Power Table That Wirelessly Charges Your Gadgets

According to Akihabara News, Panasonic recently unveiled a solar table at Tokyo's Security Show that harnesses QI technology to wirelessly charge your gadgets whenever you place them on the countertop!

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Florida Launches the World’s First Hybrid Solar Energy Plant

Florida Launches the World’s First Hybrid Solar Energy Plant

The Sunshine State is embracing solar energy with the launch of the world's first hybrid solar energy plant -- the Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center. Situated in Martin County, the plant utilizes

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Philadelphia’s Crane Arts Building Now Home to Area’s Largest Solar Power Array

Philadelphia’s Crane Arts Building Now Home to Area’s Largest Solar Power Array

Philadelphia’s Crane Arts Building is now home to the area’s largest photovoltaic solar array. Installed by Solar States, the array will provide a clean source of renewable energy to the arts and

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EcoZa Launches South Africa’s First Carbon Neutral Green Estate

EcoZa Launches South Africa’s First Carbon Neutral Green Estate

The name 360º refers not only to the zen surroundings, but also to nature's never-ending cycles: the seasons, the planetary movements and their trajectory within the universe, and our cyclical

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AquaSun Floating Solar Panels To Be Deployed In France

AquaSun Floating Solar Panels To Be Deployed In France

Solar panels take up a lot of space, but Israeli company Solaris Synergy (working with French EDF Group) have found a solution: placing floating solar panels on inland bodies of water. The project, called

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Eco Marine Power Developing Solar Sails to Power Ships

Eco Marine Power Developing Solar Sails to Power Ships

Traditionally wind power has enabled man to travel the seas, but in recent years, fossil fuels and nuclear power have taken over. However, Japanese company Eco Marine Power are harking back to days of

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Spanish Elderly Care Center Wrapped in a Pixelated Green Facade

Spanish Elderly Care Center Wrapped in a Pixelated Green Facade

This new elderly care center near Zamora, Spain rises from the landscape with a gently sloping profile set amid rows of crops. The project sits on a narrow lot, so to make the most of available space CSO

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New Solar Panel Array Doubles the Energy and Halves the Cost of Traditional Solar

New Solar Panel Array Doubles the Energy and Halves the Cost of Traditional Solar

NREL just announced a huge breakthrough in making solar electricity competitive with fossil fuels as they unveiled the Amonix 7700 Concentrated Photovoltaic or CPV Generator. We cover a lot of solar

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Raymond Smith’s Cool Modern Barnhouses Spurn Ailing South African Grid

Raymond Smith’s Cool Modern Barnhouses Spurn Ailing South African Grid

An intermediate mezzanine floor provides for more space, but keep the houses compact and comfortable. Large north-facing windows with sliding aluminum louvers make optimum use of the Western Cape’s

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SCIArc & CalTech Solar Decathlon Team Forging On Despite Unknown Competition Location

SCIArc & CalTech Solar Decathlon Team Forging On Despite Unknown Competition Location

While the basic concept of the home remains intact from their first design incarnation, CH:IP has evolved into a more sophisticated net zero project. The home is designed for residents who live in the

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TREEPODS: Carbon-Scrubbing Artificial Trees for Boston City Streets

TREEPODS: Carbon-Scrubbing Artificial Trees for Boston City Streets

Trees naturally filter and clean our air, but in today’s heavily polluted world, it's just too huge of a task to expect Mother Nature to take care of herself. Taking this into account, designers Mario

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Spider-Legged Templestowe Sporting Pavilion Built With Recycled Brick From Old Stadium

Spider-Legged Templestowe Sporting Pavilion Built With Recycled Brick From Old Stadium

Located outside of Melbourne, Templestowe's football and cricket club's new home is made from brick and represented by different jumpers & crests in the form and facade of the building. Built from the

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Wind Turbine Bridge Transforms Italian Viaduct Into Public Space

Wind Turbine Bridge Transforms Italian Viaduct Into Public Space

A bridge that repurposes abandoned viaducts, produces energy AND looks futuristically sleek? Yes, it can be true, and it is Italy’s proposed Wind Turbine Viaduct called “Solar Wind.”

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You Have Less Than 24 Hours to Enter the Wild Energy Competition!

You Have Less Than 24 Hours to Enter the Wild Energy Competition!

Hey green design super heroes! Want to make a positive green design difference to one of the last, great untouched and natural places of the world? The Wild Energy Competition is giving you twenty four

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Study Reveals Renewable Energy Could Support All of Civilization by 2030

Study Reveals Renewable Energy Could Support All of Civilization by 2030

If you don't believe that we can kick our dependency on fossil fuels to the curb, think again. A newly released study says we can do it by 2030. Authored by Mark Delucchi and Mark Jacobsona, the

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NREL’s New Optical Furnace ‘Bakes’ More Efficient Solar Cells Using 50% Less Energy

NREL’s New Optical Furnace ‘Bakes’ More Efficient Solar Cells Using 50% Less Energy

There are many new technologies being developed to create cheaper, more efficient solar panels - however researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory just announced that they have found a

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World’s Largest Parabolic Trough Solar Plant Gets $1.5 Billion DOE Loan

World’s Largest Parabolic Trough Solar Plant Gets $1.5 Billion DOE Loan

The US Department of Energy just finalized a $1.45 billion loan guarantee to Abengoa Solar Inc.'s Solana project in Arizona which, when completed, will be the world's largest parabolic trough

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The United States’ Largest Photovoltaic Plant Opens In Nevada

The United States’ Largest Photovoltaic Plant Opens In Nevada

While it is nowhere as large as Canada's 80MW Sarnia Solar Project (which is the world's largest PV plant), the US has just opened the country's largest PV plant in Nevada. The 48MW Copper Mountain Solar

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Sahara Solar Breeder Project Will Turn Desert Into Energy Source

Sahara Solar Breeder Project Will Turn Desert Into Energy Source

The Sahara Solar Breeder Project is currently being developed by scientists from leading universities in Japan, and will use the world's biggest desert as its main energy source. The idea behind the

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Frigo Uses Growing Plants and Dirt to Keeps Your Veggies Chilled

Frigo Uses Growing Plants and Dirt to Keeps Your Veggies Chilled

The Frigo, by GPOD (Gonçalo Prudêncio Office for Design) is a design experiment geared towards developing an outdoor fridge. Using the the sun as its only energy source, and dirt and plants as its

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Olson Kundig Designs Office Made From Wind Turbine Parts

Olson Kundig Designs Office Made From Wind Turbine Parts

Olson Kundig Architects' 1,700 square-foot office addition was inspired by wind turbines -- they deconstructed the turbine down to its main parts, which include sections of the tower and the blades. Two

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Thermo-Chemical Solar Energy is Efficient and Indefinitely Storable

Thermo-Chemical Solar Energy is Efficient and Indefinitely Storable

While we've figured out ways to capture light and heat from the sun, solar technology is still far from perfected. Photovoltaic cells and solar-thermal systems are a good start, but researchers at MIT are

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