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Solar Powered Schools in California Will Save the State $1.5 Billion

Solar Powered Schools in California Will Save the State $1.5 Billion

Cash-strapped California is in the midst of a Solar Schools initiative that will help the state save over $1.5 billion in energy costs over the next 30 years. In partnership with SunPower, the California

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New Nokero Solar Charger Lets Consumers Charge Cell Phones Off the Grid

New Nokero Solar Charger Lets Consumers Charge Cell Phones Off the Grid

Cell phones have made our lives incredibly convenient (can you remember not having one?), but when we are stuck  out and about with a dead battery, it can feel like the end of the world. Luckily, a new

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New Printable Cling-Film Solar Cells are Cheap and Easy to Produce

New Printable Cling-Film Solar Cells are Cheap and Easy to Produce

Researchers in the UK have discovered a new process that could create inexpensive, mass-produced solar devices by printing a thin layer of plastic polymer photovoltaic cells over a cling-like film. The

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Smart Solar International Develops Cost Efficient Sun-Chasing Solar Panels

Smart Solar International Develops Cost Efficient Sun-Chasing Solar Panels

Tokyo-based start-up Smart Solar International has developed a new solar panel comprised of aluminum mirror bars that turn to face the sun for optimal efficiency throughout the day. The system requires

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Solar-Powered Piezoelectric Sports Stadium Breaks Ground in India

Solar-Powered Piezoelectric Sports Stadium Breaks Ground in India

Each section, or ripple, contains a different sporting activity space. The “droplets” vary in size, design and purpose, but Studio Symbiosis unified each section by designing them to symbolize

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New Solar-Thermal Flat Panels Are Eight Times More Efficient than Existing Technology

New Solar-Thermal Flat Panels Are Eight Times More Efficient than Existing Technology

A team of researchers from Boston College and MIT have developed a hybrid flat panel that is capable of producing electricity from the sun's rays as well as hot water for thermal energy. The team's new

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New Nano Material Could Replace Rare Earth Minerals In Solar Cells and OLEDs

New Nano Material Could Replace Rare Earth Minerals In Solar Cells and OLEDs

Researchers in the Netherlands have created a synthetic replacement for indium, an extremely rare metal that has become a necessary ingredient in solar cells. The research team was led by Paul

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Sunengy Develops New Floating Liquid Solar Arrays to Maximize Energy Output of Hydro Plants

Sunengy Develops New Floating Liquid Solar Arrays to Maximize Energy Output of Hydro Plants

Sunengy has developed a new kind of floating solar array, called a Liquid Solar Array (LSA), which they believe could be attached to hydro-electric dams to increase their energy output. The LSA is a

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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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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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Water Droplet Resort Will Convert Air into Purified Water

Water Droplet Resort Will Convert Air into Purified Water

Architecturally and thematically designed in the shape of a drop of water, the Water Building Resort intends to become the first building ever to convert air into water with the help of solar power. What

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Photovoltaic Paving Tiles Coming Soon a Sidewalk Near You

Photovoltaic Paving Tiles Coming Soon a Sidewalk Near You

Onyx Solar recently teamed up with Butech to launch a new line of photovoltaic paving stones made from ceramic and glass. The streamlined solar stones are manufactured using a process that produces less

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Greenerator Lets Apartment Dwellers Collect Solar and Wind Power

Greenerator Lets Apartment Dwellers Collect Solar and Wind Power

People who live in private homes have the option to install solar panels and residential wind turbines on their roofs, but what about those of us who live in apartment buildings? Well, the Greenerator is

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A Solar Powered Metallic Cloud Museum for Xiamen China

A Solar Powered Metallic Cloud Museum for Xiamen China

While the museum looks pretty flat, it will actually have three levels since it will make use of the park below and the rooftop as well. The ground floor will have landscaped public space along with

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Lab Unveils First 3 Layered Solar Panel That Catches Full Solar Spectrum

Lab Unveils First 3 Layered Solar Panel That Catches Full Solar Spectrum

Solar panels are great, but they've got one huge problem. On average, they only catch about 15% of the sun's rays and scientists are scrambling to find a way to increase that efficiency -- using mirrors

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Sanyo Unveils World’s Most Efficient Solar Module HIT-N230

Sanyo Unveils World’s Most Efficient Solar Module HIT-N230

Electronics giant Sanyo recently announced the development of what they are claiming is the world's most efficient solar module. Called the HIT-N230, the new module has an impressive energy conversion

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Giant SolPix LED Wall is an Energy Generating Solar Shield

Giant SolPix LED Wall is an Energy Generating Solar Shield

This brilliant SolPix LED wall combines three of our favorite things: energy efficient lighting, solar power, and bling. The giant media wall is embedded with LED lights and a photovoltaic array, plus it

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Laser-Equipped Airplane Creates 3D Solar Map of New York City

Laser-Equipped Airplane Creates 3D Solar Map of New York City

Last month a low-flying airplane airplane equipped with a laser embarked upon two weeks of stealth missions over New York City. Not your average covert operation, these 9 six-hour flights were made in the

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World’s First Modern Solar Panel Still Works After 60 Years

World’s First Modern Solar Panel Still Works After 60 Years

Thinking about investing in a solar array but concerned about the lifespan of photovoltaic cells? Consider this: the world's oldest solar panel -- a 60 year-old crystal ball-like contraption -- still

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ReNu Modular iPhone Charger Makes Solar Power Sleek

ReNu Modular iPhone Charger Makes Solar Power Sleek

The problem with most built-in solar gadget chargers is that it just doesn't make sense to stick your pricey phone in the sun for the whole day while you wait for it to charge. But the Regen ReNu modular

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Beautiful Atherton Residence Sustainably Connects With Nature

Beautiful Atherton Residence Sustainably Connects With Nature

It's always a pleasure to see a stunning home with sustainable features, but isn't pretentious about it. This beautiful residence in Atherton in the Bay Area is such a house - gorgeous, with an obvious

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Paint on Solar Power!

Paint on Solar Power!

Installing solar panels on the roof of every new building in the world would go a long way towards solving our energy needs, but as we all know, solar panels are costly and often difficult to install. But

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MANCHESTER’S CIS TOWER’S Solar Face Lift

MANCHESTER’S CIS TOWER’S Solar Face Lift

What do you do when your 40 old building tower is in need of a facelift? This was the dilemma that the owners of the CIS tower in Manchester faced after the original facade of the building became in

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