Trump’s DOE invests $62 million in concentrated solar power

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President Donald Trump doesn’t usually mention solar power, unless it’s talk of covering his beloved border wall in solar panels. But his Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced a huge investment in concentrated solar power (CSP). They claim the solar industry has reached the 2020 SunShot Initiative utility-scale solar cost goal, so they’re looking into new priorities.

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Revolutionary glass building blocks generate their own solar energy

There’s a new building block in town, and it generates its own clean energy. Researchers from Exeter University developed revolutionary new glass blocks that are embedded with small solar cells. Not only do the blocks generate energy, but they also provide thermal insulation and allow natural light to enter buildings.

Called Solar Squared, the blocks are embedded with an array of optical elements that focus sunlight on tiny solar cells – during the manufacture process. The design ensures… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Score one of 4 Voltaic Converter solar backpacks in Inhabitats Back to School Contest

With summer coming to a close, it’s back-to-school time for many students and their parents. But it doesn’t have to be a drag. We’ve teamed up with Voltaic to give four lucky readers the chance to win a special backpack as compensation for returning to the studious life. Their brand new solar-powered Converter backpack can charge your laptop and your phone using either solar power or electricity from the grid. It doesn’t matter if you’re an Apple person or prefer Samsung, this backpack has got you… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This Danish school is completely covered with over 12,000 sea green solar panels

The days of unsightly bulky solar arrays are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Now, buildings like the International School Nordhavn in Copenhagen, designed by C.F. Møller, are using putting their solar panels on double duty – producing clean energy, and adding a stunning aesthetic to the design.

Related: Solar-powered Colorado school houses a sun-soaked learning environment

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IKEA is now selling solar panels and home batteries in the UK

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Tesla’s new Solar Roof is actually cheaper than a normal roof

Good news for those who have been eyeing Tesla’s new Solar Roof since it was announced less than six months ago. Recently, the company revealed the cost of the eco-friendly solar tiles, and they have a price tag of just $21.85 per square foot. That’s nearly 20 percent less than a normal roof — even without factoring in the energy savings.

The sought-after Tesla Solar Roof tiles are made of glass layered over a photovoltaic substrate as a replacement for traditional roofing materials…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New solar panels with built-in batteries make off-grid living easy

Solar might be the future, but few people and businesses can afford to invest in the technology. This is why SolPad’s latest innovation is so newsworthy. The new SolPad Mobile is the first personal, portable solar energy generator capable of providing power anywhere. Developed to “democratize” renewable energy for all consumers, the 25-pound invention has built-in battery storage and output power that exceed any other portable solar device in its class. Additionally, it is capable of providing… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Evovelo unveils cute little solar car you can pedal like a bicycle

Today Evovelo unveiled a tiny solar-powered vehicle that combines the advantages of a car — such as safety, weather protection and stability — with the ease of a bicycle and the low energy consumption and space utilization of a light electric vehicle. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Australian company lands $12M to print batteries on solar panels

Because solar energy benefits the environment and reduces electricity costs, many consumers are already keen to invest in the technology. The issue is, the cost of installing solar panels remains high — even if prices for the technology are plummeting in the Middle East. This issue may no longer persist in the future, as the Australian company Printed Energy is on a mission to print out ultra-thin, flexible screen-printed batteries, which can then be applied on top of super-thin flexible screen-printed… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

MoMA PS1 unveils futuristic solar canopy that reacts to heat, sunlight, and movement

MoMA PS1 just completed one of its most experimental and coolest installations to date. The Long Island City-based contemporary art museum wrapped up construction on Lumen, an immersive and interactive installation made with solar-active canopies that glow at night. Designed by Jenny Sabin Studio, Lumen reacts like a living entity to light, heat, and movement, creating different engaging environments from day to night.

Set to open to the public Thursday, June 29, Lumen will be on view… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building