“solar energy”

Denmark Hits 200 Megawatt Solar Capacity Goal 8 Years Ahead of Schedule

Denmark Hits 200 Megawatt Solar Capacity Goal 8 Years Ahead of Schedule

Lets face it - its rare we see a government goal reached on time, let alone early. Not too long ago, the Danish Government announced an ambitious goal to reach 200 megawatts of solar capacity by 2020,

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US To Place Higher Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels

US To Place Higher Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels

The US Commerce Department ruled in favor of imposing tariffs on some Chinese solar panels on Wednesday. The department found that Chinese solar-panel makers were receiving unfair government subsidies,

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Craig Henritzy’s SunHawk House in Mendocino County is an Off-Grid, Solar-Powered Home

Craig Henritzy’s SunHawk House in Mendocino County is an Off-Grid, Solar-Powered Home

In 1978, Schaeffer founded Real Goods Solar in Hopland, California, one of the nation's first solar energy companies, and his solar panels power the home. A large array of solar photovoltaic panels line

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Solar-Powered La Muna House Renovated with a Rich Palette of Reclaimed Materials in Colorado

Solar-Powered La Muna House Renovated with a Rich Palette of Reclaimed Materials in Colorado

The design pays homage to the Japanese spirit of Wabi Sabi in its sophisticated but luxurious simplicity, at the same time that it completely ingratiates itself to the high altitude mountain setting.

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Nikken Sekkei’s Evaporative Cooling Bioskin Building Wins Energy Award at World Architecture Festival

Nikken Sekkei’s Evaporative Cooling Bioskin Building Wins Energy Award at World Architecture Festival

Nikken Sekkei's bioskin system is a groundbreaking attempt to reduce operations costs and energy use through natural processes. The idea was inspired by the traditional Japanese techniques of cooling the

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Lorin Symington Uses Solar Power To Cook Food and Generate Energy for the Developing World

Lorin Symington Uses Solar Power To Cook Food and Generate Energy for the Developing World

Solar thermal devices with complex and beautiful designs like this one are cooking food, drying coffee and generating electricity in developing countries. To avoid the cost of large parabolic mirrors,

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Carl Turner’s London Slip House Showcases Seductively Sustainable Design

Carl Turner’s London Slip House Showcases Seductively Sustainable Design

Positioned delicately among a row of traditional Victorian houses, Turner's "Slip House" is both understated and bold. The first thing one notices about the three-story residence is its staggered upper

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Tsai Design Imagines Soaring High Line Park for Cape Town’s Unfinished Highway

Tsai Design Imagines Soaring High Line Park for Cape Town’s Unfinished Highway

One of South Africa's most celebrated architecture studios has designed a High Line Park for Cape Town. Winning the Re-Imagine Cape Town design competition with this bold proposal, Tsai Design envisions

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Germany’s Hemp-insulated ECOLAR House Scoops the Solar Decathlon Engineering Prize!

Germany’s Hemp-insulated ECOLAR House Scoops the Solar Decathlon Engineering Prize!

ECOLAR's basic construction, comprised of beams and columns, essentially stays the same but can be configured differently based on the homeowner's preferences. In keeping with the mandates of genuine

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Swooping Astonyshine Solar Decathlon House Boasts a Bold Combination of Stone and Wood

Swooping Astonyshine Solar Decathlon House Boasts a Bold Combination of Stone and Wood

The Solar Decathlon competition is designed to foster creativity and innovation, not winners. As a result, we admire the teams who have risked their chance of winning in order to experiment with new

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Hungary’s ODOO Solar Decathlon House is Wrapped in Photovoltaic Panels

Hungary’s ODOO Solar Decathlon House is Wrapped in Photovoltaic Panels

Hungarians don't enjoy a lot of great weather, but when they do, the ODOO house terrace will ensure they can make the most of it. The day-lit interior is comfortable too, heated as it is by insulated

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Slender FOLD Solar Decathlon House Boasts an Extra-Thin Rooftop Solar System

Slender FOLD Solar Decathlon House Boasts an Extra-Thin Rooftop Solar System

Only 86 mm thick, the rooftop RAcell PVT system developed specifically for FOLD also covers a hot water system placed directly beneath it. The overall framing is thin too, but that doesn't mean it isn't

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National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Net-Zero Energy Test House is Inhabited by a Virtual Family

National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Net-Zero Energy Test House is Inhabited by a Virtual Family

Researchers will use the house to test energy-efficiency technologies and alternative energy systems. NIST Director Patrick Gallagher believes that the facility will “allow development of new design

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Sanitov Unveils Eco-Lux Floating Home at This Year’s London Design Festival

Sanitov Unveils Eco-Lux Floating Home at This Year’s London Design Festival

Moored within St. Katharine Docks, just minutes away from the iconic Tower Bridge, INACHUS was being built in Kent at this time last year. Featuring two floors, this house accommodates three bedrooms,

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Morocco Plans to Produce 14% of its Energy From Solar Power by 2020

Morocco Plans to Produce 14% of its Energy From Solar Power by 2020

Many countries in the Middle East and North Africa are embracing solar power to take advantage of the copious amount of sunlight they receive. Recently the Moroccan Agency For Solar Energy (MASEN)

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The Solar Kanz Field Power Desk Lets You Work Off-Grid Anywhere!

The Solar Kanz Field Power Desk Lets You Work Off-Grid Anywhere!

Escape the office and break free from the grid with the Kanz Field Power Desk - a compact, mobile, free-standing solar-powered desk that lets you work anywhere you like! The unit comes complete with

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Gaza’s First Electric Vehicle Built from Recycled Materials For $1,000

Gaza’s First Electric Vehicle Built from Recycled Materials For $1,000

A 32-year-old taxi driver has created Gaza's first electric vehicle in the face of a major fuel crisis. Munther al-Qassas decided that investing in an electric taxi would be cheaper and less time

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Elektra One Solar Plane Now Comes With its Own Photovoltaic Charging Trailer

Elektra One Solar Plane Now Comes With its Own Photovoltaic Charging Trailer

SolarWorld and PC-Aero's Elektra One Solar Plane harnesses energy from the sun to help it fly with zero-emissions. We covered the maiden flight of the solar plane in the past, and Elektra One just debuted

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Powerscape Solar Canopy Provides Power and Shelter in the Desert

Powerscape Solar Canopy Provides Power and Shelter in the Desert

The world's deserts receive a tremendous amount of solar exposure - in fact, it's estimated that if just 0.3% of the Saharan Desert was used for a concentrating solar plant, it would produce enough energy

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Pope Benedict XVI Receives Exclusive All-Electric Popemobile From Renault

Pope Benedict XVI Receives Exclusive All-Electric Popemobile From Renault

Pope Benedict XVI has been dubbed “the green pope” for implementing solar power at the Vatican and making it the "greenest state in the world", supporting environment causes and riding in the first

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Astronauts Fix the International Space Station With a Modified Common Toothbrush

Astronauts Fix the International Space Station With a Modified Common Toothbrush

Toothbrush photo from Shutterstock When it comes to sheer ingenuity, you can't beat the geniuses at NASA. After all, these are the people that put the Curiosity Rover on Mars, men on the moon and

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East Meets West in Tongji University’s Para Eco-House Design for the European Solar Decathlon

East Meets West in Tongji University’s Para Eco-House Design for the European Solar Decathlon

The lattice work on the outer shell is created from bamboo, a traditional Chinese material that is more sustainable than timber due to its rapid regrowth. By using mortise and tendon joints it adds to the

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Vanderbilt University Students Create Green Spinach Solar Cells

Vanderbilt University Students Create Green Spinach Solar Cells

Everyone knows that Popeye got his strength from spinach, but a team of researchers at Vanderbilt University believe we harness certain properties from spinach in order to generate electricity. The team

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Solar-Powered Wave Glider Robot Used To Collect Hurricane Issac Data

Solar-Powered Wave Glider Robot Used To Collect Hurricane Issac Data

A few days ago, we reported how the Wave Glider—a self-propelled, solar and wave-powered robot designed by Liquid Robotics—had been deployed to track great white sharks in the Pacific Ocean. Now word

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Twin Cities IKEA Powers Up Minnesota’s Largest Solar Array

Twin Cities IKEA Powers Up Minnesota’s Largest Solar Array

As part of IKEA's Solar Panel Initiative, the world’s largest furniture retailer has powered up an enormous photovoltaic array on their Twin Cities store in Bloomington, Minnesota. The array is the

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Romania’s Prefab PRISPA Solar Decathlon House Produces 20% More Energy Than it Uses

Romania’s Prefab PRISPA Solar Decathlon House Produces 20% More Energy Than it Uses

This is the first time that Romania will compete in the Solar Decathlon competition, so it's exciting that they were bold enough to go for a low-impact approach. Their building materials consist of

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Canopea Home is a Solar-Powered Urban Habitat with a Vertical Farm by Rhône-Alpes for the European Solar Decathlon

Canopea Home is a Solar-Powered Urban Habitat with a Vertical Farm by Rhône-Alpes for the European Solar Decathlon

Taking inspiration from tree canopies that absorb 95% of the forest's overall solar energy and capture 30% of the rainfall, the nanotowers are less than 10 stories high and each floor is its own home. The

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Building-Integrated Photovoltaics Market Projected to Quadruple to $2.4 billion By 2017

Building-Integrated Photovoltaics Market Projected to Quadruple to $2.4 billion By 2017

Building Integrated Photovoltaics photo from Shutterstock The solar energy sector has had some ups and downs lately, but it looks like the future is bright for building-integrated photovoltaics

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Solar-Powered Wave Glider Robot Deployed to Track Great White Sharks in the Pacific Ocean

Solar-Powered Wave Glider Robot Deployed to Track Great White Sharks in the Pacific Ocean

The Wave Glider—a self-propelled, solar and wave-powered robot designed by Liquid Robotics—has been deployed to track great white sharks in the Pacific Ocean. Stanford University scientists are hoping

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University of Wisconsin-Madison Develops Solar System Inspired by Sunflowers

University of Wisconsin-Madison Develops Solar System Inspired by Sunflowers

In January, Inhabitat reported that scientists at MIT and RWTH Aachen University were revolutionizing the effectiveness of concentrated solar plants by emulating the pattern found on a sunflower known in

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