“solar energy”

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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Design 99′s Power House is Both an Art Installation and Renewable Energy Source!

Design 99′s Power House is Both an Art Installation and Renewable Energy Source!

Power House is a symbol of innovation, enlivening a community with artistic ideas, education, and an introduction to the potential of green and renewable energy. The project also brings international

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Kyocera Announces Plan for Japan’s Largest Solar Farm

Kyocera Announces Plan for Japan’s Largest Solar Farm

Kyocera announced today that it will partner with two other companies to build Japan’s largest solar farm. Located on the southwestern island of Kyushu, the 70-megawatt solar power plant is the start of

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Groundbreaking Zero-Energy zHomes Are Topped with a Massive Solar Array

Groundbreaking Zero-Energy zHomes Are Topped with a Massive Solar Array

David Vandervort was keen to create a happy marriage between the relative urbanity of Issaquah and a sense of privacy for the residents living at zHome. The entire complex is organized around a central

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New Solar Satellite Could Harvest the Sun’s Rays 24/7 From Outer Space

New Solar Satellite Could Harvest the Sun’s Rays 24/7 From Outer Space

Since the early 1970s, scientists have been toying with the idea of collecting solar power in space, where solar collection rates are stronger than on the surface of the Earth. But because of the costs

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Alain Gilles’ Portable Nomad Solar Lamp Is a Safe Lighting Solution for Developing Countries

Alain Gilles’ Portable Nomad Solar Lamp Is a Safe Lighting Solution for Developing Countries

Kerosene lamps have been known to cause serious accidents in developing countries, but this new design by Alain Gilles provides a safe lighting alternative that relies simply on the energy of the sun to

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How the Media Dropped the Ball on the Solar Trust of America Story

How the Media Dropped the Ball on the Solar Trust of America Story

When news broke earlier this week that Solar Trust of America (a big solar company backed by the US Department of Energy) had filed for bankruptcy, conservatives predictably took to the airwaves to

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Los Angeles Approves Pilot Plan to Buy Solar Power from Local Property Owners

Los Angeles Approves Pilot Plan to Buy Solar Power from Local Property Owners

Why do cloudy European countries produce so much more solar energy than the United States? Because countries like Germany, for example, have programs that require local utility companies to buy solar

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Solar Impulse Sun-Powered Plane Will Attempt to Fly from Switzerland to Morocco

Solar Impulse Sun-Powered Plane Will Attempt to Fly from Switzerland to Morocco

For the first time ever, a solar plane will attempt to fly from Switzerland to Morocco. Back in 2011 Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg flew their Solar Impulse plane from Paris to Brussels, however

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XD Design’s Solar Phone Charger Sticks to Windows For Better Efficiency

XD Design’s Solar Phone Charger Sticks to Windows For Better Efficiency

Charging your phone just got a whole lot easier and more energy-efficient with XD Design's brilliant solar charger, which sticks to windows to maximize its exposure to the sun's rays. Instead of having to

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Solar Cooker Could Provide for Hot Water and Food In Disaster Zones

Solar Cooker Could Provide for Hot Water and Food In Disaster Zones

In disaster zones, emergency rescue services need reliable appliances to help provide the basics to victims who may suddenly be without provisions. As a quick-response to emergency

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Solar Installations in the US More Than Doubled in 2011

Solar Installations in the US More Than Doubled in 2011

The US solar industry is gaining some serious ground, according to a new industry report charting a recent spike in solar installations. While big bankruptcies -- such as government-backed

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Scientists Discover That Tiny Fractal Trees Could Hold Key to More Efficient Solar Cells

Scientists Discover That Tiny Fractal Trees Could Hold Key to More Efficient Solar Cells

A team of chemists at the University of California, Davis believe that the future of solar technology may lie in cells made from a film of tiny silver nitrate fractal trees. The research team, led by

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Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun is an Affordable Solar-Powered LED Lamp

Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun is an Affordable Solar-Powered LED Lamp

These fantastic solar-powered LED lights by LittleSun are designed by German Artist Olafur Eliasson and innovator Frederick Ottesen to provide a practical, safe, and efficient source of artificial light

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The Power365 Concept is a Solar Powered Portable Power Supply

The Power365 Concept is a Solar Powered Portable Power Supply

Power 365 is a concept for a next generation smart power supply that uses a simplistic arrangement of solar cells and light emitting technology. Designed by Phil Pauley, the portable device aims to

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Panasonic To Fund Solar Power Installation on Conrad N. Hilton Campus in California

Panasonic To Fund Solar Power Installation on Conrad N. Hilton Campus in California

Panasonic prides itself on providing "ideas for life", and it seems like the company is living up to that promise with news that the Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company will work with Renewable Social

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The Sahara Forest Project Signs Agreement to Build a Pilot Plant in Qatar

The Sahara Forest Project Signs Agreement to Build a Pilot Plant in Qatar

We've written about the Sahara Forest Project before, so we're excited to report that the organization behind this ambitious endeavor has signed an agreement to build its first pilot plant in Doha, Qatar.

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MIT Researchers Find a Way To Make Solar Panels from Grass Clippings

MIT Researchers Find a Way To Make Solar Panels from Grass Clippings

  What if generating solar energy at home required little more than mixing some grass clippings with inexpensive chemicals? That's exactly what MIT researcher Andreas Mershin has found to be

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Solar Power Heavyweight Sunpower Sues SolarCity Over Stolen Data

Solar Power Heavyweight Sunpower Sues SolarCity Over Stolen Data

Two solar power giants in the US are embroiled in a legal face off which has industrial espionage and intrigue written all over it. Commercial solar supplier Sunpower is hitting solar

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Airlight Concentrating Solar Power Troughs Combine Concrete With Super Light Pneumatic Mirrors

Airlight Concentrating Solar Power Troughs Combine Concrete With Super Light Pneumatic Mirrors

Airlight Energy began developing its concentrating solar power troughs back in 2007 and has also been working on concentrating photovoltaics, which they recently finished testing. Both their CSP and CPV

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Solar-Powered Sunplugged Rubbish Bins are Roving Music and Business Kiosks (VIDEO)

Solar-Powered Sunplugged Rubbish Bins are Roving Music and Business Kiosks (VIDEO)

Sunplugged solar-powered bins are mobile, relatively lightweight, and easily adapted to different functions. The completed prototype featured in this post has a solar panel fitted to the lid of the heavy

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AROA’s Second Solar Tulip Power Plant Springs Up in Spain

AROA’s Second Solar Tulip Power Plant Springs Up in Spain

AROA's Solar Tulip is firstly a unique, if not elegant looking concentrated solar power tower which was very much designed to look less jarring in the landscape. The Israel-based company's lead design

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Leger Wanaselja’s McGee House is Made From Over 100 Salvaged Car Roofs

Leger Wanaselja’s McGee House is Made From Over 100 Salvaged Car Roofs

Recent data suggests that we send more than 14 million cars to the scrap yard each year, so it’s refreshing to see some of those abandoned automobiles put to good use in sustainable, eco-friendly style.

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