“solar energy”

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

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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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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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HOK’s Net Zero “Battery Park” for San Francisco Has an Algae Facade

HOK’s Net Zero “Battery Park” for San Francisco Has an Algae Facade

HOK’s San Francisco office received a jury recognition award for their net-zero “Battery Park” design, which features a remarkable algae facade. A combination of load reduction, waste

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Japanese Homes and Business Sold 2,150 Gigawatt-Hours of Solar Energy Back to the Grid in 2011

Japanese Homes and Business Sold 2,150 Gigawatt-Hours of Solar Energy Back to the Grid in 2011

Small businesses and homeowners in Japan sold an amazing 2,150 gigawatt hours of solar energy back to utilities last year - a figure that shows a fifty percent increase since 2010. The surge in solar is

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Gorgeous Apartment Building Above the Polar Circle Uses Zero External Heating

Gorgeous Apartment Building Above the Polar Circle Uses Zero External Heating

The passive apartments in the Storelva neighborhood overlook a magnificent fjord and mountains that are also indicative of extreme weather conditions. The solar collector is south-facing, which ensures

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MIT Scientists Find Way to Maximize Concentrated Solar Plant Efficacy by Emulating a Sunflower’s Pattern

MIT Scientists Find Way to Maximize Concentrated Solar Plant Efficacy by Emulating a Sunflower’s Pattern

Scientists at MIT and RWTH Aachen University may have revolutionized the effectiveness of concentrated solar plants - by emulating the pattern found on a sunflower, otherwise known in science as Fermat's

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The World’s 6 Coolest Solar Powered Projects

The World’s 6 Coolest Solar Powered Projects

Sanyo's Solar Ark It is amazing what can be constructed from material that was to be thrown away. That is what occured with Sanyo who aimed to make the largest PV system in the world, a 3.4 MW

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Onyx Unveils All-In-One 330 Watt Plug and Play Solar Panels

Onyx Unveils All-In-One 330 Watt Plug and Play Solar Panels

Onyx just announced that they have installed their first 330-Watt “Plug-N-Play” solar panels at their demonstration site in Orlando, Florida. The two all-in-one solar panels have an incorporated micro

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India Announces Plans to Produce 33.4 Gigawatts of Solar Energy by 2022

India Announces Plans to Produce 33.4 Gigawatts of Solar Energy by 2022

As the world's second-most populous country and a growing global power, India would do well to think about its energy future, and it seems to be doing just that - according to a report by Bridge to

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Pvilion Unveils an All New Kind of Battery Powered Car Charging Station in Texas

Pvilion Unveils an All New Kind of Battery Powered Car Charging Station in Texas

Pvilion has been very busy lately developing flexible energy-harnessing materials for a number of uses including solar powered pavilions and architectural applications. Their latest innovation is a

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Geothermally-Heated Thomas Eco House in Washington State is Also Wired for Solar

Geothermally-Heated Thomas Eco House in Washington State is Also Wired for Solar

Located on an 11 acre site in Stanwood, Washington with views of the iconic Mt. Rainier, this striking family home has achieved the ultimate in energy efficiency with high and low technology, and good old

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BP Drops Its Solar Power Division After 40 Years

BP Drops Its Solar Power Division After 40 Years

After 40 years, BP just announced plans to drop its solar power division. The giant oil company has declared their commitment to spending $8 billion on renewable power by 2015, but it will now fill that

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US Solar Industry Grows More in Third Quarter of 2011 Than in All of 2009

US Solar Industry Grows More in Third Quarter of 2011 Than in All of 2009

A report released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research shows that solar power installations in the United States grew more in the third quarter of 2011 than in all of 2009.

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The Ridge: Net-Zero Energy Mixed-Use Passive House Project Gets Thumbs Up In Philadelphia

The Ridge: Net-Zero Energy Mixed-Use Passive House Project Gets Thumbs Up In Philadelphia

Philadelphia just gave the go-ahead for a large mixed-use multi-family housing project that is urban friendly and energy frugal. Conceived by design/build group Onion Flats, The Ridge' will be the

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Apple Reveals Building Plan for Amazing Cupertino Campus with over 5MW Solar Roof

Apple Reveals Building Plan for Amazing Cupertino Campus with over 5MW Solar Roof

When renderings of the new Apple campus in Cupertino, California appeared on the scene in June we were stunned by its innovative shape, now we've learned that the new circular spaceship building, designed

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EcoVillage at Ithaca Offers Sustainable Living in a Community Setting

EcoVillage at Ithaca Offers Sustainable Living in a Community Setting

Joan Bokaer and Liz Walker were the founding co-directors of EcoVillage Ithaca. Inspired by co-housing projects that appeared in Denmark in the 1960s, the two were drawn to the balance of having a rich

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New Mars Curiosity Science Laboratory Will be Nuclear Powered Instead of Solar

New Mars Curiosity Science Laboratory Will be Nuclear Powered Instead of Solar

Heading off on a long journey to Mars on Saturday is NASA's new Curiosity Mars Science Laboratory which, once it lands on the Red Planet, will be powered by nuclear energy. Unlike previous Mars rovers --

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Leading Scientists Predict Giant Orbiting Power Plants Could Power the Earth by 2041

Leading Scientists Predict Giant Orbiting Power Plants Could Power the Earth by 2041

Solar power has been studied and tested for nearly 40 years, but only within the last few years have we seen innovations truly make leaps and bounds. Looking towards the future, scientists are now saying

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Cogenra to Install Solar Array on Facebook’s 10,000 Square Foot Fitness Center

Cogenra to Install Solar Array on Facebook’s 10,000 Square Foot Fitness Center

Facebook recently announced its plans to install a solar array on its 10,000 square foot fitness center. The system will be designed and implemented by Cogenra Solar and will use the sun’s energy to

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Sanyo’s Shimmering Kasai Green Energy Park is Quite Possibly the Most Solar-Paneled-Out Compound in the World

Sanyo’s Shimmering Kasai Green Energy Park is Quite Possibly the Most Solar-Paneled-Out Compound in the World

Kasai Green Energy Park's administration building is quite possibly the most solar-paneled out building ever with double-facade panels (these are able to absorb solar rays from both their backs and

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