KOGAA creates an energy self-sufficient City Cell in response to climate change

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Galvanized by the growing debate on climate change, Brno-based KOGAA Architectural Studio and NEXT Institute Research Platform have teamed up to create the City Cell Prototype (CCP), a pop-up installation that serves as a testing ground for ways cities can combat climate extremes. Completed this year, the temporary pavilion of nearly 300 square feet is presently located at Malinovsky Square in Brno, Czech Republic’s second largest city. Built of timber and powered by solar energy, the City Cell… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



New 2D perovskite cell could slash the cost of solar

 

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have come up with a new perovskite technology that could dramatically increase the efficiency and decrease the cost of solar cells, along with other electronic devices. Using thin films of Ruddleston-Popper, the scientist have created 2D-layered perovskites that are affordable to make and have a high conversion efficiency relative to the price. The technology uses a layered compound concept, made up of nanometer-thick 2D layers of perovskite… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New Swiss solar cell doubles the efficiency of residential systems

As if to prove the sheer speed at which solar cell technology is evolving, a new startup called Insolight claims to have beaten the efficiency record set just over a week ago by a joint team from MIT and Masdar Institute. The new device was invented by a team while working in the innovation incubator at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), and it reportedly has a solar energy conversion rate of 36.4 percent, one percent more than the Masdar/MIT innovation. That efficiency… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building