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MIT researchers developing portable solar-powered desalination system

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments16 October 2010

mit-water-desalination-1Although systems that remove salt from saltwater (desalination systems) have existed for decades, they are typically large-scale installations that require lots of energy to operate.  A team of researchers from MIT has designed a solar-powered desalination system that could be rapidly deployed in remote areas, such as desert locations or farms and small villages in… »

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Solar powered toothbrushes require no toothpaste

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments20 August 2010

solar-powered-toothbrushToothpaste could become a thing of the past since a team of scientists develops a solar-powered toothbrush which doesn’t require toothpaste. University of Saskatchewan dentistry professor emeritus Dr. Kunio Komiyama and his colleague, Dr. Gerry Uswak, are recruiting 120 teens willing to brush with the metallic invention and sit in a dentist’s chair for a… »

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Student team develops $20 solar lamp for remote parts of India

By Damir Beciri
4 Comments24 May 2010

kerosene-lampA week ago, during the all-day Saturday session, ten student teams demonstrated projects they had been working on for three months. Their assignment had been to design a new product with no more than 10 parts and build a prototype. It also had to relate to one of this year’s class themes: green living, global… »

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Green architecture – Salmon Creek Falls Environmental Center

By Damir Beciri
One Comment2 May 2010

salmon-creek-falls-environmental-center-1Environmental Center, part of the Harmony Union School District which will serve grades K-8, became the first public elementary school building in California that reached LEED Platinum certificate. The building design was done by Persinger Architects and Symbios Design – part of the global “green” design and architecture movement. The goal for the building is… »

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Green architecture – Hillside House, Marin County, California

By Damir Beciri
4 Comments18 April 2010

hillside-house-1Placed in the hills of Mill Valley, California, this custom home is the first LEED for Homes certified house in Marin County, and the second LEED Platinum house in Northern California. This home is a statement of what is possible when high design and high sustainability are combined. The house constructed at the 131 Hillside… »

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Kyosemi Sphelar – spherical micro solar cell

By Damir Beciri
4 Comments2 April 2010

kyosemi-sphelar-solar-technologyDeveloped by Kyosemi Corporation, Sphelar solar cell takes on a spherical shape, which makes it capable of power generation with greater efficiency and flexible applications. These spherical cells were shown at the recent PV Expo 2010 in Tokyo, where they demonstrated how the windows in buildings might be used to collect solar power in the… »

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Solé Power Tiles – roofing tiles generating electricity

By Damir Beciri
6 Comments24 August 2009

sole-power-tilesBesides building green surfaces on our roofs we need solar energy harnessing. Shouldn’t our roof tiles accomplish that? Guys from SRS Energy surely think so. Solar energy is a renewable alternative to power plants that burn fossil fuels, finite resources that contribute to pollution, global warming, as well as the reliance on imports for our energy… »

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Biomimicry of butterfly wings for more powerful solar cells

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments6 August 2009

biomimicry-of-butterfly-wings2The discovery that butterfly wings have scales that act as tiny solar collectors has led scientists in China and Japan to design a more efficient solar cell that could be used for powering homes, businesses, and other applications in the future. The researchers turned to the microscopic solar scales on butterfly wings in their search… »