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Architect Designs Incredible House Out Of Shipping Containers, And The Interior Is As Good As The Exterior

Living in a shipping container in the middle of the desert might not sound like everybody’s idea of fun, but wait until you see this stunning …

Living Rooms

A Long Overdue Solar Cell Competitor Just Smashed a Critical Record

This could be how we reach 30% efficiency.<p>Silicon-based solar cells might soon have had their day in the sun, as researchers find a way to make an …

Water evaporation could be a promising source of renewable energy

There’s a lot of water to work with<p>Solar and wind power get all the attention, but harvesting energy from evaporation could go a long way toward solving our power problems — at least in theory.<p>This method of harvesting energy is in very early stages. Unlike solar and wind power, evaporation …

Indian Designers Built A Genius Air Conditioner That Works Without Electricity, And It Can Save Lives

Air conditioners may be contributing to global warming, but in blazing hot countries like India, they’re simply a necessity during the summer. Ant …

Domestic Technology

These Prefab Passive Houses Can Reduce Energy Use by 90 Percent

An architecture firm and a construction firm team up to provide affordable eco-friendly pre-made homes.<p>It seems like everywhere you look these days you see homes covered with solar panels. If Tesla's recent announcement about solar roof tiles is any indicator, this trend is here to stay. While …

Prefab Homes

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A tiny solar-powered device creates water from thin air

Scientists at MIT and the University of Berkeley have created a solar-powered water harvester that can use air humidity to produce drinking water.<p>The device is still a prototype but it’s yielded promising results. It can produce water in extremely dry areas and is incredibly energy efficient, plus …

Australia lays claim to the biggest solar farm in the world

Australia is probably one of the most obvious countries in the world to build a large scale adoption of solar energy. The endless burning hot sun is just waiting to be harnessed.<p>We’ve seen innovative energy systems from Australia before, but this time Australia impresses with size. A massive solar …

New Japanese solar cell is closest to reaching maximum efficiency

Solar energy is the hottest thing in eco-living, and everybody wants in on it. People are installing solar panels in their homes, governments are creating smart grids and companies like Google want to run completely on renewable energy and help people do the same.<p>However, the more we start to …

German coal mine set to become "giant battery" for storing renewable energy

A German coal mine is about to become a massive battery for storing electricity from renewable energy sources. The Prosper-Haniel hard coal mine in …

Tesla built a huge solar energy plant on the island of Kauai

Tesla is selling clean power to the island’s electric company<p>Islands in the Pacific Ocean are some of the most practical places to install solar panels. Since there’s no natural gas pipeline or rail line to haul in coal, islands like Kauai in Hawaii have traditionally generated electricity by …

The world’s smartest solar solution | smartflower

SmartFlower<p>A fully integrated solar system that powers your world with clean energy.<p>learn more<p>SmartFlower plus<p>Clean energy whenever you need it. …

Clean Energy

Battery cells are now in production at Tesla’s Gigafactory

Thirty months after the first shovel hit the Nevada dirt, Tesla’s massive Nevada Gigafactory is churning out batteries, the company said in a blog post. The carmaker, along with its main battery production partner Panasonic, are building custom-developed “2170” battery cells (named after the …

Tesla powers a whole island with solar to show off its energy chops

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Tesla unveils residential ‘solar roof’ with updated battery storage system

Tesla will build and sell its own line of solar panels to combine with its battery storage system, the company announced at a press event at Universal Studios in LA, today. The system will allow residential homeowners to replace their entire roof with solar panels connected to an updated Powerwall …

SanDisk Unveils the World’s First 1TB SDXC Card

It has finally happened: an SD card has now broken the 1 terabyte threshold. SanDisk and its parent company Western Digital today unveiled a new 1 …

Tono - City Of Japanese Folklore, Iwate-ken

Tono preserves traditional culture and rural atmosphere, and it is famous for the Tales of Tono, a book written by Kunio Yanagida in 1910. There are …

The roof is always greener: How Amazon is capturing water atop its new buildings

Amazon wants its new downtown Seattle campus to be green and sustainable, and one part of that is capturing and retaining one of the more abundant …

Green Roofs

Seagate debuts absolutely massive 60TB SSD

While the intended audience for this product are businesses who need to move and store lots of data quickly, we could imagine that really hardcore …

House of Calm / Satoru Hirota Architects

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> This house is built on a very long site from north to south.<br>The house is located in the center of …

Architecture

India Planted 50 Million Trees in Just 24 Hours Last Week

Congratulations to the 800,000 volunteers involved!<p>Last week hundreds of thousands of people hit the streets of the Uttar Pradesh state in India to …

Uttar Pradesh

Open plan: Echlin debut Kenure House, a home centred on greenery

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New Concentrating Solar Tower Is Worth Its Salt with 24/7 Power

Deep in the Nevada desert, halfway between Las Vegas and Reno, a lone white tower stands 195 meters tall, gleaming like a beacon. It is surrounded by …

Clean Energy

Incredible net-zero energy Brock Environmental Center turns rainwater into drinking water

An incredible new building in Virginia is raising the bar for sustainable architecture worldwide. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental …

Japanese Researchers Use Sputtering Method to form GaN LEDs on Glass Substrate

A team of researchers in Japan have developed a new technology for creating GaN LEDs on glass substrate, according to Japanese media source Nikkei …

A Lighthouse for Your House

Taking inspiration in both form and function from lighthouses, Lumir C serves as a beacon of light for the home! What sets it apart is a truly unique …

GE To Phase Out CFL Bulbs In Favor Of LED

Both retailers and consumers are increasingly choosing higher-efficiency LED lights over incandescent and compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs, and …

Home Automation

Put a Bird On It!

Meet, JinGoo… a artistic craft piece that takes the form of a feathered friend to bring together the features of an ambient light and a bluetooth …