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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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Solar-Powered OnBeat Headphones Charge Your Phone as You Listen to Music

Solar-Powered OnBeat Headphones Charge Your Phone as You Listen to Music

Listening to music can be a drain on your smartphone or iPod battery, and stopping to charge up restricts your mobility. But with the OnBeat solar headphones, you can listen to music and watch videos on

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Germany Sets 23.9 GW Solar Power Generation Record!

Germany Sets 23.9 GW Solar Power Generation Record!

Despite the long and dark winter, solar panels keep lining Germany's residential rooftops. According to SMA Solar Technology, the country has just set another world record in solar energy

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Zero Carbon Green Orchard Home Boasts Operable Aluminum-Clad Wall Panels

Zero Carbon Green Orchard Home Boasts Operable Aluminum-Clad Wall Panels

Sustainable design has taken off in so many exciting directions and Paul Archer Design showcases the latest: Green Orchard features a super-insulated envelope of operable, full-height panels that allow

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Solar Impulse Lands in New York, Completing Cross-Country Flight

Solar Impulse Lands in New York, Completing Cross-Country Flight

It's been an epic journey for the Solar Impuse airplane and pilots Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard. Two months ago, Piccard departed from the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA, and

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Stella is the World’s First Solar-Powered Family Car!

Stella is the World’s First Solar-Powered Family Car!

The Netherlands' Solar Team Eindhoven just unveiled Stella, the world's first solar-powered family car! The team comprises a group of 22 students who want to show the world that a family car that runs on

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Dan Corson’s Solar-Powered Sculptures in Portland, Oregon are Inspired by Quirky Tropical Plants

Dan Corson’s Solar-Powered Sculptures in Portland, Oregon are Inspired by Quirky Tropical Plants

The name of the pieces, Nepenthes, is also a Greek word for a magical potion that makes one forget all the pain and sorrow. Like the legendary medicine, the colorful LED sculptures are meant to provide a

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Apple Announces Plans to Build 20MW Solar Farm to Power Reno Data Center

Apple Announces Plans to Build 20MW Solar Farm to Power Reno Data Center

Earlier this spring, environmentalists cheered when Apple announced that it would power its largest data center in Maiden, North Carolina entirely with renewable energy. Now, Apple is following that up

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Retired Couple to Travel Around the Wold on Solar Powered Electric Tricycle

Retired Couple to Travel Around the Wold on Solar Powered Electric Tricycle

Building an electric tricycle from scratch is one thing - but driving it through 100 countries around the world in 5 years is another thing entirely. Li Linxiang, 66, and his wife Zhao Yafan, 64, are a

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Stafier Holland’s Ultra Thin Solar Tiles Seamlessly Integrate Into Rooftops

Stafier Holland’s Ultra Thin Solar Tiles Seamlessly Integrate Into Rooftops

If you look around at the rooftop solar installations, you'll notice that the solar panels aren't actually part of the roof -- instead, they're set on structures resting on top of the roof. That seems

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Sunstash Solar Charger Provides Off-Grid Energy During Emergencies

Sunstash Solar Charger Provides Off-Grid Energy During Emergencies

SunStash is a newly launched Kickstarter project that seeks to provide an innovative solar powered solution to frequent interruptions in the power grid. Created by Don Cayelli, SunStash combines a

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Zaid Bin Talib Unveils Plans for Solar-Powered Rainwater-Harvesting Embassy of Iraq in Oslo

Zaid Bin Talib Unveils Plans for Solar-Powered Rainwater-Harvesting Embassy of Iraq in Oslo

The intersecting swirls of Zaid Bin Talib's Embassy of Iraq in Oslo create an interesting play of animated forms. The skin provides gradual and discrete connections between different parts of the

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RMJM Unveils Proposal for Cloud-Shaped Cultural Center in Taichung, Taiwan

RMJM Unveils Proposal for Cloud-Shaped Cultural Center in Taichung, Taiwan

The city of Taichung in western Taiwan recently held an international design competition to build a new library and cultural center in the city center. The competition has brought out some seriously

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Solar-Powered SunnyBot Directs 7000 Lumens of Daylight Into Your Home

Solar-Powered SunnyBot Directs 7000 Lumens of Daylight Into Your Home

What if you could have sunlight in every room in your home, regardless of its orientation? Solenica, a manufacturer of heliostats, made the SunnyBot robot to focus the sun’s rays and redirect them

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Solar Powered Patrol Vessel Launches Next Year to Protect The Great Barrier Reef

Solar Powered Patrol Vessel Launches Next Year to Protect The Great Barrier Reef

Incat Crowther and Marine Engineering Consultants (MEC) recently announced plans to construct a 24 meter long-range Catamaran Patrol Vessel that will be used to protect the Great Barrier Reef World

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Western Michigan University Completes Sangren Hall, a New Eco Education Powerhouse

Western Michigan University Completes Sangren Hall, a New Eco Education Powerhouse

WMU chose to construct a new building rather than renovate in order to create the new space needed for more classrooms. In addition, they also determined that a new building would be far more energy

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