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New Solar Module Uses Holographic Foil to Create Cheaper, More Efficient Panels

New Solar Module Uses Holographic Foil to Create Cheaper, More Efficient Panels

A new silicon-based solar panel which utilizes holographic foil is reported to be nearly twice as efficient as standard panels. Referred to as a "game-changing technology," the panels were developed by

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V3Solar’s Spin Cell Cones Could Produce Electricity for the Insanely Low Cost of Eight Cents per kWh

V3Solar’s Spin Cell Cones Could Produce Electricity for the Insanely Low Cost of Eight Cents per kWh

When V3Solar released information about their Spin Cell photovoltaic cones last year, the details already looked remarkably impressive; they have a smaller physical footprint than flat photovoltaic cells

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New Report Finds that Solar Power Could Serve All of the World’s Energy Needs

New Report Finds that Solar Power Could Serve All of the World’s Energy Needs

Photo via Shutterstock Critics of renewable energy often argue that wind and solar power are "boutique" energy sources that could never satisfy the world's energy needs, but one new report has found

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Scientists Attempt to Artificially Recreate Photosynthesis in Order to Develop Efficient Renewable Energy

Scientists Attempt to Artificially Recreate Photosynthesis in Order to Develop Efficient Renewable Energy

When it comes to harnessing the power of the sun, nothing can quite compare to leaves. Using chlorophyll to convert light into usable chemical energy, photosynthesis has long been a source of inspiration

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2013 Bonnaroo Music Festival Will be Powered by 196 New Solar Panels

2013 Bonnaroo Music Festival Will be Powered by 196 New Solar Panels

When you pay for a music festival ticket, there are some fees that are simply annoying. (Twenty bucks for a processing fee? Are the tickets being hand-delivered by the Pony Express?!) But for this year's

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Lorcan O’Herlihy Greens Up a Historic Home Renovation in Dublin

Lorcan O’Herlihy Greens Up a Historic Home Renovation in Dublin

Located in the heart of Dublin, the existing Georgian Manor was combined with a converted coach house and an additional 160 square meters of living space to create a modern home with a historic flare. The

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HUB 01 Features Mobile Student Housing Covered in Plants or Solar Panels in Belgium

HUB 01 Features Mobile Student Housing Covered in Plants or Solar Panels in Belgium

Katho Catholic Academy appears to be on a mission to make education fun, ecological and private with their intriguing modular student housing experiment. Each bedroom and toilet unit plugs in to a central

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Nanomaterials That Split Sunlight into Separate Colors Could Double Solar Cell Efficiency

Nanomaterials That Split Sunlight into Separate Colors Could Double Solar Cell Efficiency

Solar technologies are constantly evolving towards higher efficiencies thanks to the development of materials capable of absorbing more of the sun's visible energy. A new DARPA-funded project explores

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Irony Abounds: Big Pit Coal Mining Museum in the UK Installs Solar Panels to Save Cash

Irony Abounds: Big Pit Coal Mining Museum in the UK Installs Solar Panels to Save Cash

It seems that irony is a dish best served coal. The Wales National Coal Mining Museum located in Big Pit, Blaenavon, Nr Abergavenny in south Wales has just installed a huge solar panel array to save

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Americans Installed a Record Number of Rooftop Solar Panels This Year

Americans Installed a Record Number of Rooftop Solar Panels This Year

Americans installed a record number of rooftop solar panels in 2012, according to a recent Solar Energy Industries Association report. The group expects a total national installation of 3.2 gigawatts this

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Sunportal Uses Pipes to Deliver Daylighting Anywhere Within a Building

Sunportal Uses Pipes to Deliver Daylighting Anywhere Within a Building

The Sunportal system tracks the sun and collects light throughout the day with an "Active Sunlight Collector" - and it's able to do so even on cloudy days. The collector redirects the light into an "Ultra

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Honda’s New Micro Commuter is Small, Efficient, and Features a Swappable Body

Honda’s New Micro Commuter is Small, Efficient, and Features a Swappable Body

Honda's Micro Commuter is a compact, fuel-efficient vehicle with an innovative design that enables its body to be swapped out to suit different purposes. Close to being production-ready, the lightweight

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14 UGE Wind Turbines Turn Philadelphia Eagles’ Home Field Into the NFL’s Greenest Stadium!

14 UGE Wind Turbines Turn Philadelphia Eagles’ Home Field Into the NFL’s Greenest Stadium!

Despite a challenging football season, the Philadelphia Eagles are clearly winning in the alternative energy game. The team recently called upon New York-based Urban Green Energy (UGE) to install

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British Cooperative Launches World’s Largest Community-Owned Solar Park

British Cooperative Launches World’s Largest Community-Owned Solar Park

The Westmill Solar Cooperative announced Nov. 1 the launch of the world's largest community-owned solar project in the south of England near Oxford. The 5 MW 30-acre Westmill solar park consists of 20,260

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Scientist Develops Water-Resistant Solar Panel Coatings Inspired by Iridescent Butterfly Wings

Scientist Develops Water-Resistant Solar Panel Coatings Inspired by Iridescent Butterfly Wings

Butterflies are beautiful, delicate marvels of nature. While their lovely appearance may be inspiring, there's nothing a butterfly can teach us about renewable energy - or is there? An ambitious

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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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Top 6 Green Gadgets for Fall Camping

Top 6 Green Gadgets for Fall Camping

Go Pop Up Tent Camper Trailer SylvanSport was shooting for versatility when they thought up the Go Pop Up Tent Camper Trailer. This amazing piece of compact engineering functions as a trailer to pack up

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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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Rock-Sette is a Sustainable Disaster Prevention and Education Center for Istanbul

Rock-Sette is a Sustainable Disaster Prevention and Education Center for Istanbul

Designed by Dinkoff Architects and Engineers, Rock-Sette is a self-sufficient and non-polluting disaster prevention and education center for Istanbul, Turkey. The project draws in water from the creek on

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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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DIY Solar Pocket Factory Machine Can Print a Solar Panel Every 15 Seconds!

DIY Solar Pocket Factory Machine Can Print a Solar Panel Every 15 Seconds!

Image by NPR Science Friday Inventors Shawn Frayne and Alex Hornstein are looking to revolutionize the business of small-scale solar panels with The Solar Pocket Factory, a backyard photovoltaic panel

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V3Solar’s Spinning Cone-Shaped Solar Cells Generate 20 Times More Electricity Than Flat Photovoltaics

V3Solar’s Spinning Cone-Shaped Solar Cells Generate 20 Times More Electricity Than Flat Photovoltaics

If there's one constant among the vast majority of solar panel designs, it's flatness; while solar panels can be equipped to tilt to follow the sun's path through the course of the day, there are still

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San Francisco Exploratorium Announces Move to New Net-Zero Energy Facility at Pier 15

San Francisco Exploratorium Announces Move to New Net-Zero Energy Facility at Pier 15

The Exploratorium is a museum of “science, art and human perception" that features hands-on, interactive exhibits. It was the first of its kind when it opened in 1969, and it has had a wide-ranging

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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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Bellomo Architects’ Tiny House Arc Prefab Home is Now Available for Order

Bellomo Architects’ Tiny House Arc Prefab Home is Now Available for Order

Inspired by the architects’ Bike Arc design (a modular bike parking system) the House Arc was conceived as a modular housing system for communities in need but is also suited for people interested in

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Iloilo City Hall is the Visayas Islands’ First Green Building

Iloilo City Hall is the Visayas Islands’ First Green Building

Photo by Judy Rose Sayson The Visayas Islands in the Philippines are gradually embracing renewable energy, and the capital city has just inaugurated its first green building - Iloilo City Hall. The

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Turn Hot Patios Into Hot Water Using Hidden Temperature Converting Therma-HEXX Panels

Turn Hot Patios Into Hot Water Using Hidden Temperature Converting Therma-HEXX Panels

Outdoor living and recreation spaces are popular for a number of reasons: they provide more urban green space, they promote better human health, and they offer cost savings. Yes, that's right, you can

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Lernort Natur: A Living, Growing Garden Center Springs Up at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport

Lernort Natur: A Living, Growing Garden Center Springs Up at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport

Lernort Natur offers a variety of outdoor activities, but if the weather's too cold or rainy, a repurposed shipping containers and glass pavilion -- topped by a solar-panels roof -- will kindly shelter

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Sainsbury’s Is Now the UK and Europe’s Largest Rooftop Solar PV Operator

Sainsbury’s Is Now the UK and Europe’s Largest Rooftop Solar PV Operator

Sainsbury’s has claimed the title of the largest rooftop PV operator in the UK and Europe with an impressive total output of 16MW. Across 169 of its UK stores, Sainsbury’s has secured 69,500 PV solar

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