Solar Power

Scientists Discover Methods of Harvesting Electricity from Plants

Scientists Discover Methods of Harvesting Electricity from Plants

Photo via Shutterstock When it comes to capturing solar energy, plants are first in their class. Able to function at nearly 100 percent quantum efficiency, they can produce an equal number of electrons

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NRG Energy’s New Solar Canopy Offers a Grid-Free Alternative to Rooftop Solar

NRG Energy’s New Solar Canopy Offers a Grid-Free Alternative to Rooftop Solar

The 10ft tall Solar Canopy measures 14 x 15 ft and has eight solar panels on its roof. This can generate 2.4 kilowatts of energy, or enough to cover half of a standard home's energy usage. NRG will offer

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Solar Impulse Launches Solar-Powered Flight from San Francisco to New York

Solar Impulse Launches Solar-Powered Flight from San Francisco to New York

The Solar Impulse plane is an entirely sun-powered, single-seat airplane that is capable of flying for 36 hours consecutively. In late March we got our first glimpse of the Solar Impulse, and last week it

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Passive PEAK House Preserves Energy the Appalachian Way

Passive PEAK House Preserves Energy the Appalachian Way

A modern home kitted out with all of the latest technology, including a vast solar array that provides all of its power, the PEAK House nonetheless maintains the comforting ambience of a rustic cabin in

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Solar and Wind-Powered Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station Wins International Competition

Solar and Wind-Powered Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station Wins International Competition

A symbol of Brazil's contribution to science and design, Estudio 41's concept proposal was carefully constructed to ensure a protective shell that would preserve not only the fragile humans living in this

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Verizon Announces $100 Million Green Energy Project to Power 19 US Facilities

Verizon Announces $100 Million Green Energy Project to Power 19 US Facilities

Inhabitat is reporting live from the Fortune Brainstorm Green conference today, where Verizon just announced a massive $100 million solar and fuel cell energy project that will provide power to 19 of its

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Park Royal Tower: WOHA’s Stunning Vertical Garden Tower Opens in Singapore

Park Royal Tower: WOHA’s Stunning Vertical Garden Tower Opens in Singapore

The Park Royal on Pickering occupies a long and narrow plot in the west part of city’s central business district and connects the historic shophouse district with the Singapore River and park. The

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Sunseeker Duo: World’s Fastest Solar-Powered Two-Seater Plane Unveiled at AERO Friedrichshafen

Sunseeker Duo: World’s Fastest Solar-Powered Two-Seater Plane Unveiled at AERO Friedrichshafen

Solar Flight has just unveiled the world's fastest two-seater solar-powered plane at the AERO Global Show for General Aviation in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The Sunseeker Duo continues the company's

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Occidental College and Lettuce Office Create an Electrifying Urban Hillside Solar Array in Los Angeles

Occidental College and Lettuce Office Create an Electrifying Urban Hillside Solar Array in Los Angeles

Occidental College recently powered up an urban hillside solar array that combines science, engineering, urban design and art. Occidental faculty collaborated with the environment design and research

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6 Fun, Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Earth Day!

6 Fun, Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Earth Day!

1. Don't Drive I know, I know. At face value, this doesn't sound like much fun at all. But that's only because you've forgotten how awesome the alternatives can be. Give your car the day off this Earth

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Michael Jantzen’s Seed-Sowing Machines Plant Flowers in Response to Environmental Destruction

Michael Jantzen’s Seed-Sowing Machines Plant Flowers in Response to Environmental Destruction

Artist Michael Jantzen has released designs for a solar-powered seed-sowing machine that would plant flowers in response to evidence of environmental destruction. Placed in various locations around the

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TWITT: Duo-Gard Unveils Nature-Inspired, Solar-Powered Winner of Its EV Charging Station Contest

TWITT: Duo-Gard Unveils Nature-Inspired, Solar-Powered Winner of Its EV Charging Station Contest

Greek architect Anestis Papaemanouil won the Duo-Gard Charging Station Design Contest with his solar-powered, nature-inspired “TWITT” concept. Duo-Gard challenged designers to create a one-car

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San Francisco’s Exploratorium Reopens as the Country’s Biggest Net-Zero Energy Museum

San Francisco’s Exploratorium Reopens as the Country’s Biggest Net-Zero Energy Museum

When the Exploratorium opened in 1969, it pioneered a new type of interactive science museum that has come to be the norm at museums around the country and the world. Now, the Exploratorium is forging new

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Panasonic to Donate 100,000 Solar Lanterns to Nations Without Electricity

Panasonic to Donate 100,000 Solar Lanterns to Nations Without Electricity

Panasonic will celebrate its 100th anniversary by donating 100,000 solar lanterns to help some of the one billion people without access to electricity in developing countries across Asia and Africa by

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Solar Power Comprised 100% of Utility Electricity Added to US Grid in March

Solar Power Comprised 100% of Utility Electricity Added to US Grid in March

Photo via Shutterstock March marked a historic month for renewable energy, as for first time ever 100% of new utility electricity generation added to the US grid came from solar power. According to a

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Energetic Energies: Panasonic and Akihisa Hirata Unveil Solar-Powered Cityscape at Milan Design Week

Energetic Energies: Panasonic and Akihisa Hirata Unveil Solar-Powered Cityscape at Milan Design Week

The "Energetic Energies" installation continues to reexamine the way solar panels are deployed, drawing from last year's "Photosynthesis" exhibit, also designed in collaboration between Panasonic and

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US Utilities Fear Obsolescence as Off-Grid Solar Power Rises

US Utilities Fear Obsolescence as Off-Grid Solar Power Rises

Photo via Shutterstock There's a common belief that even as solar power takes off, utility companies will retain their hold on energy markets as the need for standard electrical grids remain. But a

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Folding Lotus Mobile Solar Array Provides Pop-Up Power Generation

Folding Lotus Mobile Solar Array Provides Pop-Up Power Generation

Arizona-based Monarch Power has unveiled a folding, flower-shaped solar array that creator Joseph Hui hopes will take solar power from being “strapped down” to being “light, personal and

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Habitat World: Seven Sustainable Habitat for Humanity Projects

Habitat World: Seven Sustainable Habitat for Humanity Projects

Empowerhouse Habitat for Humanity Washington, D.C. The first Passive House in the District of Columbia, the Empowerhouse won first place in the affordability category of the U.S. Department of

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World’s Largest Solar Boat Announces Trans-Atlantic Trip to Conduct Climate Change Experiments

World’s Largest Solar Boat Announces Trans-Atlantic Trip to Conduct Climate Change Experiments

In 2010, PlanetSolar’s Tûranor solar-powered boat completed a 19-month voyage around the world. Now the eco-vessel is set to set sail again over the Atlantic Ocean in order to conduct experiments

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Gorgeous Solar-Powered Blue Empire Cottage Filters Equatorial Light in Kenya

Gorgeous Solar-Powered Blue Empire Cottage Filters Equatorial Light in Kenya

We traveled to the house by boat and were surprised to find it concealed from the shoreline, hidden as it is by a large acacia tree left intact by the designer. This complete adoration of nature is

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Solar-Powered Floating Bar Hops Around Kenya’s Beautiful Green Islands

Solar-Powered Floating Bar Hops Around Kenya’s Beautiful Green Islands

Fully licensed by all of the relevant authorities, the floating bar has a remarkable capacity of roughly 250 people. This is made possible by the drums, which are virtually impossible to sink. All of the

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Scientists Develop Solar-Powered Wind Turbine for Ultimate Energy Generation

Scientists Develop Solar-Powered Wind Turbine for Ultimate Energy Generation

Why settle for one form of renewable energy when you can produce power with two? That's exactly what scientists from the University of Liverpool have done by upgrading an everyday wind turbine with a new

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Solar Impulse Airplane to Launch First Sun-Powered Flight Across America!

Solar Impulse Airplane to Launch First Sun-Powered Flight Across America!

The Solar Impulse is the world's first airplane to fly both day and night without fuel. There's a lot of engineering behind this incredible feat - the plane's wingspan is the size of an Airbus A340 (208

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MIT Scientists Create a More Efficient Solar Cell by Using Quantum Dots and Nanowires

MIT Scientists Create a More Efficient Solar Cell by Using Quantum Dots and Nanowires

Photo via Shutterstock A team of researchers at MIT have developed a more efficient photovoltaic solar cell using particles known as quantum dots. The benefit of using quantum dots is that they can be

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Apple’s Largest Data Center is Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

Apple’s Largest Data Center is Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

Apple has announced that its newest—and largest—data center is powered entirely by renewable energy. Solar panels and fuel cells incorporated within the Maiden, North Carolina facility generate enough

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Sun And Cloud: Hand-Cranked Solar Camera Can be Charged Anytime, Anywhere

Sun And Cloud: Hand-Cranked Solar Camera Can be Charged Anytime, Anywhere

Digital cameras are a part of many of our lives these days - they're in our phones and computers, and film-loaded cameras are rapidly becoming obsolete. Unfortunately, digital cameras need to be

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Low-Impact Tanderra House is Tucked into the Landscape of Victoria, Australia

Low-Impact Tanderra House is Tucked into the Landscape of Victoria, Australia

Located on a 40 ha site with distant views of the ocean to the west, the home is also exposed to a powerful prevailing wind from the north. To maximize on views, and minimize the effect of both the hot

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World’s Largest Solar Panel Manufacturer Suntech Declares Bankruptcy in China

World’s Largest Solar Panel Manufacturer Suntech Declares Bankruptcy in China

Suntech was once the world's largest manufacturer of solar panels - but the company was just pushed into bankruptcy after defaulting on $541 million in bond payments. The company was a powerful force in

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World’s Largest Solar Tower Power Plant to Be Built in California

World’s Largest Solar Tower Power Plant to Be Built in California

Concentrating solar power companies Abengoa and BrightSource Energy will soon team up to build the world's largest solar tower facility in Southern California. The new solar development will be located

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