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Michael Jantzen’s Solar Eclipse Pavilion is a Public Sculpture that Doubles as a Renewable Energy Source

Michael Jantzen’s Solar Eclipse Pavilion is a Public Sculpture that Doubles as a Renewable Energy Source

Michael Jantzen's Solar Eclipse Pavilion is a sprawling steel sculpture designed to create a shady public meeting space. But instead of serving just one function the artistic installation is capped with a

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UCLA Develops Electricity-Generating, Transparent Solar Cell Windows

UCLA Develops Electricity-Generating, Transparent Solar Cell Windows

A team from UCLA has developed a new transparent solar cell that has the ability to generate electricity while still allowing people to see outside. In short, they've created a solar power-generating

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Clean-Powered Le Cinq Office Tower in Paris Will Green the City Skyline

Clean-Powered Le Cinq Office Tower in Paris Will Green the City Skyline

Spaces between the separate volumes create a sense of community in each block and also promote natural ventilation. This layout also disguises the fact that there are 300 apartments in total, a

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Dutch Energy Company Eneco’s New Rotterdam Headquarters is a Gleaming, Sustainable Office Building

Dutch Energy Company Eneco’s New Rotterdam Headquarters is a Gleaming, Sustainable Office Building

The first thing workers encounter when they arrive at the new 270,000-square-foot office building is the soaring atrium, which fills the core of the building with natural light. The bright white space

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Solar-Powered Ice Cream Cart Keeps Frozen Treats Cool In The Summertime

Solar-Powered Ice Cream Cart Keeps Frozen Treats Cool In The Summertime

Dutch design company Springtime has produced an awesome solar-powered ice cream cart that keeps frozen treats chilled withough in the summertime without generating any CFCs or emissions. The device uses

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Michigan-Based IKEA Now Has The State’s Largest Solar Array

Michigan-Based IKEA Now Has The State’s Largest Solar Array

IKEA has developed some innovative green designs over the years, but now the home furnishings retailer has the distinction of having the largest photovoltaic array in the state of Michigan. The

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Sail Away in Style on Your Own Solar-Powered Orsos Floating Island Home

Sail Away in Style on Your Own Solar-Powered Orsos Floating Island Home

Wouldn't it be amazing to be able to simply raise an anchor and move your home to a new country? Well, if you live on a luxury Orsos Island, you can do just that. The floating home resorts are designed to

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Msheireb in Downtown Doha, Qatar Will Be the World’s Largest LEED-Certified Community When Completed

Msheireb in Downtown Doha, Qatar Will Be the World’s Largest LEED-Certified Community When Completed

Phase One of Msheireb is currently underway. A historic neighborhood that has fallen into disrepair, the site includes historic homes up to 100 years old that will be preserved and incorporated into the

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Green-Roofed Hydro-Nuclear Headquarters Emerges From Historic Gyeongju in South Korea

Green-Roofed Hydro-Nuclear Headquarters Emerges From Historic Gyeongju in South Korea

The base of the building is dedicated to welfare programs while the offices stack vertically, creating a spiraling mass without a tower. Podiums branch out from this central program and contain fitness

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MIT Team Develops All-Carbon Solar Cell That Generates Energy from Infra-Red Light!

MIT Team Develops All-Carbon Solar Cell That Generates Energy from Infra-Red Light!

Currently 40% of the solar energy that reaches Earth lies in the near-infra-red region of the spectrum, and while most photovoltaic devices are unable to harness this energy, a team at MIT has created an

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Discusses the RIO+20 Conference with Thani Al Zayoudi, Directorate of Energy and Climate Change at UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Discusses the RIO+20 Conference with Thani Al Zayoudi, Directorate of Energy and Climate Change at UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

INHABITAT: The start of the Rio+20 conference is upon us now. What is the UAE hoping to achieve whilst there? Thani Al-Zeyoudi: The UAE’s ultimate goal in Rio is to ensure the success of the summit. We

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US Navy Develops Underwater Solar Panels to Power Sensor Systems

US Navy Develops Underwater Solar Panels to Power Sensor Systems

Scientists at the US Naval Research Laboratory, Electronics Science and Technology Division recently announced that they have developed a new breed of underwater solar panels that are able to power

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Spaceships With Solar-Powered Lasers Could Deflect World-Ending Asteroids

Spaceships With Solar-Powered Lasers Could Deflect World-Ending Asteroids

Solar technology has taken off and literally shot into orbit over the last few years with satellites and the USAF's top-secret shuttle being powered by photovoltaic panels. Now a team from Scotland's

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Charming Post-Carbon Homestead is Built From Recycled Tires and Shipping Pallets

Charming Post-Carbon Homestead is Built From Recycled Tires and Shipping Pallets

The site and design optimize daylighting and solar gain during the cold winter months while the windows were placed strategically to capture the prevailing breeze and allow hot air to escape during

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MIT Develops ‘Inverted Nanopyramid’ Solar Surface That Cuts Silicon Use by 90% in Photovoltaic Cells

MIT Develops ‘Inverted Nanopyramid’ Solar Surface That Cuts Silicon Use by 90% in Photovoltaic Cells

A team of researchers at MIT has developed a new type of textured solar surface that could bring down the cost of photovoltaic technology by reducing the thickness of silicon used by more than 90% while

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Sharp Breaks Solar Record With 43.5% Efficient Photovoltaic Cell!

Sharp Breaks Solar Record With 43.5% Efficient Photovoltaic Cell!

Sharp just signaled a bright future for renewable energy as it achieved a new solar cell efficiency record of 43.5%, eclipsing its previous record of 36.9% set in November. Sharp shattered the efficiency

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The USAF’s Secret X-37B Space Plane is Powered by a Deployable Solar Panel

The USAF’s Secret X-37B Space Plane is Powered by a Deployable Solar Panel

The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) - the US Air Force's top-secret automated space plane - is finally set to return to Earth after a year in space. Although not much is known about the spacecraft, we do

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Germany Sets New Solar Record By Meeting Nearly Half of Country’s Weekend Power Demand

Germany Sets New Solar Record By Meeting Nearly Half of Country’s Weekend Power Demand

Germany fed a whopping 22 gigawatts of solar power per hour into the national grid last weekend, setting a new record by meeting nearly half of the country's weekend power demand. After the Fukushima

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Solar Energy Generation Costs to Compete with Fossil Fuels by 2017

Solar Energy Generation Costs to Compete with Fossil Fuels by 2017

Despite recent clashes between the US and Chinese solar industries, it seems that the entire solar power sector is prospering. As stated in a new report from GlobalData, with the ever-increasing number

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Could Solar Satellites Be the Key to Infinite Energy?

Could Solar Satellites Be the Key to Infinite Energy?

While solar energy has long been touted as the key to solving the planet's energy demands, the problem of efficiency has always hampered it. However, a team of engineers from the University of

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Saudi Arabia Promises $109 Billion in Solar Power Investment

Saudi Arabia Promises $109 Billion in Solar Power Investment

Saudi Arabia has long been a wealthy country because of its enormous oil reserves. But the kingdom also is rich in sunlight, and it now promises to invest over $100 billion to develop 41 gigawatts of

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Solar Parasols Charge Laptops, Phones and Tablets While Providing Shade at Milan Design Week

Solar Parasols Charge Laptops, Phones and Tablets While Providing Shade at Milan Design Week

Ombrellone Solare recently unveiled two solar parasols at Fabbrica Del Vapore during this year’s Milan Design Week. Dubbed Eclipse and Kosmos, the designs saw great success, not only because of the

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USC Researchers Develop Liquid Nanocrystal Solar Cells that Can Be Printed Onto Plastic

USC Researchers Develop Liquid Nanocrystal Solar Cells that Can Be Printed Onto Plastic

Imagine a solar cell that comes in a jar instead of a big, clunky panel, and that could be painted on a piece of plastic. It might be closer than you think - scientists at the University of Southern

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Solar-Powered Painters Hall is a Net-Zero Community Center in Salem, Oregon

Solar-Powered Painters Hall is a Net-Zero Community Center in Salem, Oregon

Painters Hall is a 100 percent solar-powered building nestled in the beautiful surroundings of quiet Pringle Creek community, in Salem, Oregon. The 80-year-old Painters Hall recently earned

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Goodesign by BestUp Creates a Go-To for Sustainable Design and Food at the Milan Furniture Fair

Goodesign by BestUp Creates a Go-To for Sustainable Design and Food at the Milan Furniture Fair

3.0 is a stool developed by nuup. The piece employs a life cycle assessment, and features only three wood components for a smart structure that makes no waste during production. The stool can be

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RCA Students Look Towards Sustainability to Design a Green ‘Paradise’ at the Milan Furniture Fair

RCA Students Look Towards Sustainability to Design a Green ‘Paradise’ at the Milan Furniture Fair

Time Shop by Livia Lima is a pop up art and design store where you buy objects with time rather than money. The installation raises "pertinent questions regarding the urgent redesign of our current

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Condo Owners Fight Homeowner Associations For Their Right to Install Solar Power

Condo Owners Fight Homeowner Associations For Their Right to Install Solar Power

Do you think homeowners should have the right to install solar panels on their own condos? Many homeowner associations (HOAs) in the United States don't think so. Even as solar energy becomes

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United States Pulls Ahead of China in Clean Energy Race

United States Pulls Ahead of China in Clean Energy Race

According to a Pew Charitable Trusts survey, the United States has reclaimed the top spot in clean energy investment, toppling China from its number one global ranking. Meanwhile, investment in renewables

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Areva Announces Plans to Build Largest Solar Installation in Asia

Areva Announces Plans to Build Largest Solar Installation in Asia

The French nuclear engineering company Areva was awarded a contract this week by Indian power company Reliance Power Ltd. to build the largest concentrated solar power installation in Asia, which

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Obama Administration Announces New Clean-Energy Initiatives for the Military

Obama Administration Announces New Clean-Energy Initiatives for the Military

The US military spends up to $20 billion on oil every year, and as oil prices climb that amount is steadily increasing. But oil doesn't just cost the Pentagon in the form of tax dollars -- it presents

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