Solar Power

Studio RMA’s Hi’ilani EcoHouse is America’s First Carbon-Neutral Concrete Structure, and it’s Volcano-Adjacent!

Studio RMA’s Hi’ilani EcoHouse is America’s First Carbon-Neutral Concrete Structure, and it’s Volcano-Adjacent!

Hawaii is paradise, but building a home there takes an experienced hand and a strong working knowledge of its unique climate and geology. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the 4,000 sq. foot Hi’ilani

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Age Old Perovskite Mineral Offers Promise of Dirt Cheap Solar Power

Age Old Perovskite Mineral Offers Promise of Dirt Cheap Solar Power

Researchers have discovered that a mineral known to science for over a century has great potential for solar power applications. Perovskite, which is an abundant mineral first discovered in the Ural

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Self-Healing Solar Cells Mimic Plant Leaves to Repair Themselves

Self-Healing Solar Cells Mimic Plant Leaves to Repair Themselves

Photo via Shutterstock Plant leaves are the ideal model for a lot of solar technology, so it only makes sense that developers of manmade solar panels would look to Mother Nature to improve the

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Solar-Powered Air Conditioning Coming Soon to Trains in India

Solar-Powered Air Conditioning Coming Soon to Trains in India

Trains are an interesting and environmentally-friendly way to travel. In hot and crowded countries like India, however, comfort might be a poor adjective to describe the experience of the average train

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P-Mob Solar-Powered Electric Car Receives €2.8 Million in Funding

P-Mob Solar-Powered Electric Car Receives €2.8 Million in Funding

Currently solar-powered vehicles remain a distant dream for electric vehicle fans. One of the biggest hurdles is the fact that the current on-board solar panels don't produce enough power to supply the

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Sustainable Makokos Floating School in Nigeria is Finally Complete

Sustainable Makokos Floating School in Nigeria is Finally Complete

The floating locality of Makoko has around 100,000 habitants, a congregation of fishermen that settled in the area 200 years ago. Dubbed "Africa's Venice," it is situated on a lagoon at the edge of Lagos

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Solar-Powered Sol Laptop Can Run for 10 Hours on a Single Charge

Solar-Powered Sol Laptop Can Run for 10 Hours on a Single Charge

WeWi Telecommunications Inc. just unveiled a new solar-powered laptop that can run for 10 hours straight on a single charge! The Sol laptop features built-in foldable solar panels, so it can be used in

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KKA Unveils Solar-Powered EV Charging Stations Made From Locally Sourced Wood for Sweden

KKA Unveils Solar-Powered EV Charging Stations Made From Locally Sourced Wood for Sweden

+ Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture's charging stations are designed to be fabricated entirely from FSC-certified, locally sourced wood. Cars are separated from bikes and scooters via an elevated ramp

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ASAP Solar-Powered Jet Ski-Paddleboard is Designed to Save Lives at Sea

ASAP Solar-Powered Jet Ski-Paddleboard is Designed to Save Lives at Sea

ASAP of course stands for "As Soon As Possible," an apt name considering British designer Ross Kemp originally created it to be a rescue craft. According to an interview with CNN, the idea came to Kemp

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Folsom Powerhouse: A Mixed-Income Green Development for Center City, Philadelphia

Folsom Powerhouse: A Mixed-Income Green Development for Center City, Philadelphia

Postgreen Homes is teaming up with Equinox Management & Construction LLC to build a 31 unit, mixed-income green housing development near Center City in Philadelphia. Topped off with green roofs and

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ARPA-E Launches $30M Initiative to Develop Solar Power That Works at Night

ARPA-E Launches $30M Initiative to Develop Solar Power That Works at Night

The Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) just announced that it is spending up to $30 million on a new program that will develop a cost-effective way to harness solar

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First Ever Solar Decathlon China Design Competition Kicks Off Today

First Ever Solar Decathlon China Design Competition Kicks Off Today

The first ever Solar Decathlon China collegiate design competition officially kicked off today with 22 teams representing 35 universities and 13 countries gathered to show off their awesome solar-powered

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Global Solar Power Passes 100,000 Megawatt Milestone and Continues to Increase Rapidly

Global Solar Power Passes 100,000 Megawatt Milestone and Continues to Increase Rapidly

Image via Flickr The sun is shining on solar energy across the world. In 2012, a record 31,100 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) was installed, pushing the total global solar power capacity past

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Goal Zero’s New Katabatic 2 Solar Tent Will Keep Your Gadgets Charged in the Wilderness

Goal Zero’s New Katabatic 2 Solar Tent Will Keep Your Gadgets Charged in the Wilderness

If there's one place technophiles fear, it's the great outdoors. But with these new charging gizmos by Eddie Bauer and Goal Zero, gadget geeks will be able to charge their devices even in the depths of a

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Stanford Researchers Develop Record-Breaking Thinner Solar Cells That Absorb More Light

Stanford Researchers Develop Record-Breaking Thinner Solar Cells That Absorb More Light

Solar power research is a big deal. Scientists have been searching for a way to improve photovoltaic efficacy for years by developing new technologies - from giant solar concentrator

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MIT Creates World’s First ‘Perfect Mirror’ with Zero Distortion, Signaling Breakthrough for Solar Power

MIT Creates World’s First ‘Perfect Mirror’ with Zero Distortion, Signaling Breakthrough for Solar Power

Parabolic Solar Mirror photo from Shutterstock Scientists at MIT just announced that they have created the perfect mirror - and it could signal a breakthrough for solar power technology. The team's

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City of Palo Alto, California to Switch to 100% Renewable Energy Sources

City of Palo Alto, California to Switch to 100% Renewable Energy Sources

Photo via Shutterstock This week the city council in Palo Alto, California voted in favor of sourcing all the town's energy needs from clean, renewable sources. Effective immediately, the city will

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Israeli Company Sol Chip Developing World’s First Everlasting Solar Battery

Israeli Company Sol Chip Developing World’s First Everlasting Solar Battery

Researchers at Sol Chip are working on an ambitious project to create the world's first everlasting solar battery. It is hoped that the battery will be able to recharge even in low-light environments to

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Norwegian Town Creates ‘Artificial Sun’ to Light Up Dark Winter Days

Norwegian Town Creates ‘Artificial Sun’ to Light Up Dark Winter Days

The small Norwegian town of Rjukan is getting its own artificial sun this month. Engineers are completing The Mirror Project—a system of three 300 square foot heliostatic mirrors that redirect winter

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Mercedes Unveils Solar-Powered ‘Vision’ Golf Cart of the Future

Mercedes Unveils Solar-Powered ‘Vision’ Golf Cart of the Future

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the Vision, which the automaker is touting as the golf cart of the future. Today's golf carts rarely set hearts on fire with their slab sided minimalistic designs, but the

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Peru to Provide Free Solar Power to its 2 Million Poorest Citizens

Peru to Provide Free Solar Power to its 2 Million Poorest Citizens

The country of Peru is looking to provide free electricity to over 2 million of its poorest citizens by harvesting energy from the sun. Energy and Mining Minister Jorge Merino said that the National

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Artist Benjamin Jones About His Incredible Sustainable TreeHouse

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Artist Benjamin Jones About His Incredible Sustainable TreeHouse

Some of us were lucky enough to have moms or dads build treehouses for us - for the rest of us, there's Benjamin Jones. The artist recently brought his colorful TreeHouse made of sustainable materials to

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SOAK Pop-Up Shipping Container Spa Promotes Health & Sustainability in San Francisco

SOAK Pop-Up Shipping Container Spa Promotes Health & Sustainability in San Francisco

Spas are a luxurious place to relax and heal, but that doesn't mean they need to be wasteful power hogs flushing water down the drain. San Francisco startup SOAK wants to bring healthy and sustainable

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Michael Jantzen’s Solar Eco-Aquaponic House is a Self-Sustaining Urban Farm

Michael Jantzen’s Solar Eco-Aquaponic House is a Self-Sustaining Urban Farm

Michael Jantzen’s Eco-Aquaponic House is a cylindrical steel structure that creates a self-sustaining environment for growing fish and plants - waste generated by the fish is used to fertilize the

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WHIM Architects Designs Giant Monument to Honor Nelson Mandela’s 95th Birthday

WHIM Architects Designs Giant Monument to Honor Nelson Mandela’s 95th Birthday

The streets of South African cities are filled with singing and dancing people today, as the nation celebrates Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday. Dutch design firm WHIM Architecture decided to celebrate

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China Becomes World’s First Nation to Install 3 GW of Utility-Scale Solar Power!

China Becomes World’s First Nation to Install 3 GW of Utility-Scale Solar Power!

China just secured its position as the world leader in solar power by installing a record 3 gigawatts of utility-scale solar power. The nation has constructed 40 new solar plants (with over 1 GW of

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Gehry’s National Art Museum of China Design Sports a Rooftop Garden Gallery

Gehry’s National Art Museum of China Design Sports a Rooftop Garden Gallery

If constructed, NAMOC will be one of the world's largest art museums with enough room to circulate 38,400 visitors a day and 12 million a year. Gehry mitigates any potential mayhem with four entryways and

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California Increases Solar Power Installations by 26 Percent in 2012

California Increases Solar Power Installations by 26 Percent in 2012

Photo via Shutterstock California is pushing to increase its investment in solar power, setting a lofty goal of 3,000 megawatts of power by 2017. Last year, the state boosted its solar installations

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British Sun-Tracking Vehicle to Race 1800 Miles Across Australia Fueled by Solar Power

British Sun-Tracking Vehicle to Race 1800 Miles Across Australia Fueled by Solar Power

With their solar vehicle Resolution, a team of engineering students from Cambridge are set for a sun-tracking adventure which will take them all the way across Australia. Their solar car will travel 3,000

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NASA’s Solar-Powered Polar Explorer Passes Sub-Zero Field Tests in Greenland

NASA’s Solar-Powered Polar Explorer Passes Sub-Zero Field Tests in Greenland

NASA's autonomous polar rover, the GROVER, has completed its initial tests in Greenland, coping with some of the harshest environments on the planet. GROVER, which stands for both Greenland Rover and

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