Groundbreaking new energy storage device charges up in just 20 seconds

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A new aqueous storage device can be fully charged in a mere 20 seconds. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and Kangwon National University scientists developed the device suited for portable electronics, and KAIST said in a statement it is safe and environmentally friendly.

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All-black solar panel achieves groundbreaking 19.4% efficiency

California-based Solaria doesn’t just offer a sleek, all-black solar panel. They manufacture their PowerXT-350R-PD with less space between the solar cells for better efficiency than conventional solar panels, which tend to hit 15 to 17 percent efficiency, according to the company. In contrast, their black solar panel boasts an efficiency of up to 19.4 percent.

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Tesla’s groundbreaking solar roof just hit the market

Get your credit card ready, because Elon Musk just announced that Tesla’s Solar Roof tiles are available to order starting today. The innovative roof tiles look like traditional slate, Tuscan or shingle roofing, but they collect sun to power your home with clean, renewable solar. Musk said that the smooth black and textured will be available “this afternoon.”

Musk made the announcement today, as he so often does, on Twitter, adding that Tuscan and French Slate will be available in 6 months,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Watch this groundbreaking new solar device open and move like a flower

Smartflower is a solar panel that can’t stay still. Inspired by the sun-tracking behavior of certain blooms, the portable all-in-one unit rotates its solar-module “petals” throughout the day for maximum exposure. This format, claims Smartflower Energy Technology, the Austrian firm behind the Smartflower, allows the system to be 40 to 50 percent more efficient than traditional photovoltaic arrays.

The Smartflower’s day starts at sunrise when it deploys its panels, which are backed… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

10 groundbreaking designs by Shigeru Ban that changed our ideas about architecture

Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand

Shigeru Ban designed, pro-bono, this stunning temporary Cardboard Cathedral for Christchurch following a devastating earthquake in 2011. Built with his signature paper-tubes, the transitional church can hold View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

American fern inspires groundbreaking new solar storage solution

One of the obstacles to widespread adoption of solar energy is storage. Scientists at RMIT University in Australia developed an electrode based on the patterns in the western swordfern that could drastically change how we store solar energy. Their electrode could boost the capacity of storage technologies by a staggering 3,000 percent. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Tesla, Solar City launch groundbreaking new solar roof product

In August, Tesla and SolarCity agreed to a 2.6 billion dollar merger. Tesla and SolarCity might seem like companies with pretty disparate goals – one makes cars and the other manages home energy. But they both have a long-term vision of moving the planet away from fossil fuels. So it makes sense that they would unite under one umbrella. Musk said, “That [Telsa and SolarCity] are separate at all, despite similar origins and pursuit of the same overarching goal of sustainable energy, is largely… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Sono Motors crowdfunds groundbreaking solar-powered car

 

A German startup has successfully raised over $200,000 to crowdfund an innovative self-charging electric vehicle that uses integrated solar panels to supply power throughout the day. The funds for Sono Motors’ Scion car will be used to produce prototypes for trial runs and crash testing, with the first deliveries of the finished vehicle expected in 2018.

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The vehicle will come in two models: a $13,000… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

8 groundbreaking Buckminster Fuller semifinalist designs that are changing the world

The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) recently announced their 19 2016 semifinalists. The semifinalists fit into categories as diverse as human rights, the environment, and food production, and represent “individuals and teams employing a whole systems approach to problem solving,” according to BFI. Some projects previously covered by Inhabitat – such as the Urban Death Project and PITCHAfrica – made the list. Here are eight of our favorite semifinalists who are working to bring about meaningful… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building