Solar Power

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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Dramatic Solar-Powered Boathouse Charges Electric Boats in The Netherlands

Dramatic Solar-Powered Boathouse Charges Electric Boats in The Netherlands

The Electric Boathouse is a warehouse with an extensive range of machinery to build electric boats, as well as an indoor exhibition space where boats can float in the water. Its dramatic form is composed

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Mitt Romney’s Extraordinary Flip-Flop on Clean Energy and Cheap Oil

Mitt Romney’s Extraordinary Flip-Flop on Clean Energy and Cheap Oil

Mitt Romney is certainly no stranger to the art of the flip-flop, so perhaps it should be no great surprise that before he pandered to the Republican vote by suggesting that the government’s

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Alain Gilles’ Nomad Solar-Powered Portable Lamp is Much Safer Than Kerosene

Alain Gilles’ Nomad Solar-Powered Portable Lamp is Much Safer Than Kerosene

Addressing a string of deadly kerosene lamp accidents in slums that have killed hundreds of people and left even more homeless, designer Alain Gilles created a safer alternative called the Nomad solar

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EXCLUSIVE PICS: Sunshower SSIP is a Pre-Fab, Hurricane-Resistant Home in New Orleans

EXCLUSIVE PICS: Sunshower SSIP is a Pre-Fab, Hurricane-Resistant Home in New Orleans

Situated on a residential street in the Lakeview neighborhood of New Orleans, the innovative two bedroom, two bath, 1,100 square foot model home stands out from the surrounding traditional New Orleans

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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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Canada’s Gorgeous Green-Roofed VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre Now Open to the Public

Canada’s Gorgeous Green-Roofed VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre Now Open to the Public

The design of Perkins+Will's VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre was inspired by the organic forms and natural systems of a native orchid. The 19,000-square-foot building is organized into undulating

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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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Wind and Solar Powered Cronos Yacht is Made of Bamboo Panels

Wind and Solar Powered Cronos Yacht is Made of Bamboo Panels

Compressed waste bamboo makes a beautiful panel that is so much healthier for the earth than the fiberglass typically used, and it is exceptionally renewable since it is one of the fastest growing plants

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LED Architecture’s LINK Solar Power Skyscraper Will Revitalize Polluted Areas of Venice

LED Architecture’s LINK Solar Power Skyscraper Will Revitalize Polluted Areas of Venice

The ingenious Link Solar Power Skyscraper is designed to serve a number of functions. While providing an administrative center for the Venice and Veneto areas, it will house a number of energy generating

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Solar-Powered SPACE Shipping Container Office Produces Twice as Much Energy as it Consumes

Solar-Powered SPACE Shipping Container Office Produces Twice as Much Energy as it Consumes

SPACE stands for Solar Powered Adaptive Containers for Everyone and that's exactly what they are. The 140 square foot off grid structure comes with 20 rooftop solar panels that provide up to 350 kWh of

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PHOTOS: Incredible Renovation of London’s Historic King’s Cross Station is Complete

PHOTOS: Incredible Renovation of London’s Historic King’s Cross Station is Complete

As the station was originally built in 1852 and listed as a Grade I facility, the facade had to remain fully intact. The renovation had to carefully and creatively restore and keep this intact while

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Arup Unveils Stunning Solar-Powered ‘Showcase’ Arena for 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Arup Unveils Stunning Solar-Powered ‘Showcase’ Arena for 2022 World Cup in Qatar

With the enormous footprint that the world's largest sporting event inevitably creates, host nations are often careful to address environmental concerns while showcasing groundbreaking design in their

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6 Brilliant Solar-Powered Art Projects to Brighten Your Day

6 Brilliant Solar-Powered Art Projects to Brighten Your Day

Dang'cing Flowers by Alexandre Dang Brussels-based Alexandre Dang equips small flowers with a tiny solar panel that makes the flowers dance when they hit the sun. In this case he has created dandelions,

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Solar-Powered Prefab Skyville Complex Commences Construction in Singapore

Solar-Powered Prefab Skyville Complex Commences Construction in Singapore

Prefab construction has become so widely used that it's now possible to precast a building as large as WOHA's 960-unit Skyville @ Dawson housing complex in Singapore! The massive solar-powered city

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Net-Zero Yin Yang House Soaks up the Sun’s Rays in Venice Beach, California

Net-Zero Yin Yang House Soaks up the Sun’s Rays in Venice Beach, California

The net zero Yin Yang House was created by Brooks + Scarpa for a growing family who wanted a calm, relaxed and organized environment that emphasizes family space. The private bedrooms are kept small on

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Salewa’s Outdoor Sportswear Headquarters Boasts Italy’s Largest Climbing Wall

Salewa’s Outdoor Sportswear Headquarters Boasts Italy’s Largest Climbing Wall

Salewa's headquarters is located next to the mountains in Bolzano, Italy. As the company designs and manufacturers equipment and sportswear dedicated to the outdoors, Salewa was also committed to having a

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Plug + Play: A Solar-Powered EV Charging Station Shaped Like a Cooling Tower

Plug + Play: A Solar-Powered EV Charging Station Shaped Like a Cooling Tower

HMMY's Plug + Play proposal for an electric vehicle charging station serves as an urban battery and renewable energy generating system. Oriented so the maximum surface area is facing the south, the

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Beautiful Snow-Capped Mountain House is Buried into a Dutch Hillside

Beautiful Snow-Capped Mountain House is Buried into a Dutch Hillside

The Dutch House was an experiment in what Denieuwegeneratie refers to as both sustainable hardware and software. Sustainable hardware consists of locally-sourced lark timber used to frame the ample facade

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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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Austria Solar’s Gorgeous “Sun Powered” Annual Report Appears When Exposed to Sunlight

Austria Solar’s Gorgeous “Sun Powered” Annual Report Appears When Exposed to Sunlight

Austria Solar teamed up with design group ServicePlan to create a beautiful and uniquely apt presentation of their annual report - it's printed with special ink that only materializes when exposed to the

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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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Self-Storage Facilities Choose to Embrace Green Energy Practices

Self-Storage Facilities Choose to Embrace Green Energy Practices

While sexy new sustainable buildings and automobiles often make the eco-headlines, the self-storage facility industry has seen a steady uptick towards embracing green energy practices too (they just

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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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Solar and Wind-Powered Triton Buoy Lights Up to Provide Ships With Safe Passage

Solar and Wind-Powered Triton Buoy Lights Up to Provide Ships With Safe Passage

Triton is an alternative warning and guidance buoy designed for use at sea. Conceived by Dr.Hakan Gürsu from Design Nobis, the system harnesses the sun and the wind to generate renewable energy for its

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Solar-Powered DomoLab in France is a Candy Cane-Colored Paragon of Sustainability

Solar-Powered DomoLab in France is a Candy Cane-Colored Paragon of Sustainability

The DomoLab's roof is covered with SG solar tiles designed specifically for large installations. It is a freestanding system that is also completely waterproof. This takes care of renewable generation,

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Apple Announces Plans to Build America’s Largest End User–Owned Onsite Solar Array

Apple Announces Plans to Build America’s Largest End User–Owned Onsite Solar Array

As Apple's social record undergoes continued scrutiny the company just released its 2012 environmental report, which unveils plans to build America's largest end user-owned onsite solar array at its

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Tenna, Switzerland Unveils World’s First Solar Wing-Powered Ski Lift

Tenna, Switzerland Unveils World’s First Solar Wing-Powered Ski Lift

The tiny Swiss ski town of Tenna recently put itself on the map with the world’s first solar wing-powered chair lift! While solar-powered lifts are popping up in ski resorts all over the world, this

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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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EXCLUSIVE PICS: Leafy Mutual Tower is Namibia’s Tallest, Greenest Building

EXCLUSIVE PICS: Leafy Mutual Tower is Namibia’s Tallest, Greenest Building

Mutual Tower was included in a recent benchmarking study into the energy efficiency of buildings in Namibia, as part of the UNDP funded NEEP project (Namibian Energy Efficiency Programme), according to a

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