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How to Build a DIY Solar Air Heater from Old Soda Cans

Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2018 by

Peter Rowan left his job as a self-described “corporate weenie”, and instead took up teaching, writing and converting a shed into a reclaimed writer’s studio.  Because the studio was off-grid, electric space heating was not an option. So he set up a simple soda can space heater, using fans running off his solar panels to […]

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Striking, solar-powered LA roundabout manages stormwater runoff with art

Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 by

Public art and stormwater management go hand-in-hand in the Riverside Roundabout, an intersection that’s far more functional and eye-catching than your average traffic circle. Designed by local art studio Greenmeme, the Riverside Roundabout is the “first modern roundabout in Los Angeles” that doubles as a stormwater detention landscape vegetated with native, water-wise plants that also […]

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“Cheesy” solar charger kit empowers students in East Africa

Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 by

Playful in its design and highly functional, SunMade Cheese features a charger for flashlights, lighters, radios and even cellphones powered by mere sunlight. The device was developed by YOLK, the solar company applauded for its Kickstarter project ‘Solar Paper’ in 2015 that has sold millions of […]

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An urban farm and restaurant flourishes in Utrecht’s “circular” pavilion

Posted on Thursday, September 13th, 2018 by

A new restaurant celebrating sustainability has opened in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Designed by Dutch architecture firm cezeped, The Green House is a “circular” pavilion that houses a restaurant, urban farm and meeting center. Created as part of an initiative by Strukton Ballast Nedam and Albron, the experimental and temporary venue follows eco-friendly principles and features […]

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Solar-powered POP-UP Park takes over underused Budapest square

Posted on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 by

Hungarian design studio Hello Wood has teamed up with the Municipality of Budapest City yet again to revive a forgotten public space with a dazzling summer haven that’s free and open to everyone, 24 hours a day. Located beside City Hall Park, the temporary, solar-powered park is […]

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100% Solar-Powered Quadcopter Flies Without Batteries

Posted on Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 by

A team of student engineers from the National University of Singapore has built a quadcopter drone powered entirely by sunlight. The prototype has flown above 10 meters (about 33 feet) in test flights with no onboard battery or any […]

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How cheap loans can unlock solar development in India

Posted on Friday, August 24th, 2018 by

Innovative and low-cost financing is essential to boost investment in India’s rooftop solar sector, finds a report from the Climate Investment Funds and PwC Solar panels in Uttarakhand, India (Pic: Barefoot Solar Engineers) By CIF Action Amid a growing population and endowed with more than 300 days of sunshine a year, India has […]

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Scientists pioneer pavement that generates solar power

Posted on Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 by

Dr Azmy Gowaid of Glasgow Caledonian University has developed a solar tile that could see pavements generate electricity. Solar power could move from rooftops to pavements thanks to a team of scientists at a Scottish university. Researchers have come up with […]

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Jharkhand gets first solar-powered Law University in India

Posted on Friday, August 10th, 2018 by

RANCHI: The National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi has become first Law University in the Country to utilize solar energy extensively for illuminating the campus spread over 63 acres of land. Chief Minister Raghubar Das inaugurated the ‘100 Kilo Watt’ solar power plant on Wednesday in presence of Acting […]

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These Windows Can Generate Electricity And Provide Insulation

Posted on Friday, August 10th, 2018 by

The windows of many cars and buildings often are tinted with a film that shuts out unnecessary sunlight, an energy efficiency measure that helps lower heating and cooling costs. Other types of environmentally friendly windows feature a coating of see-through solar cells that transform the windows into mini generators of electricity. But you probably […]

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