6 solar roads shaking up infrastructure around the world

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Roads aren’t just for walking or driving on anymore. Solar road or pathway projects around the world reveal roads can provide firm footing and generate clean energy. Inhabitat rounded up six projects in places as diverse as China and rural Georgia to highlight potentially game-changing technologies in the solar road sphere. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



New 3 in 1 Roof solar tiles power your house for half the price of a Tesla roof

Tesla is getting all the focus when it comes to solar roofing, but there are some competitors out there who are innovating in ways that even Elon Musk hasn’t thought of. 3 in 1 Roof system, for instance, marries insulation, extreme wind protection and solar power, all in one. The solar roof system comes in a huge range of finishes, has a lighter load than traditional slate tiles, and is the first to introduce zero heat transference into the attic – so it reduces your heating and cooling costs all… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

World’s largest solar energy project will be 100 times bigger than any other on the planet

200 gigawatts of solar power. $200 billion. 100,000 jobs. Those are the numbers attached to what could be the biggest solar energy project in the world, under a deal signed by Saudi Arabia and Japanese conglomerate company SoftBank, Bloomberg and Reuters reported. The move could help Saudi Arabia, the largest oil exporter in the world, progress from oil to renewables.

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Dutch villa smartly taps into solar energy and optimal site conditions

EVA Architecten took the long view when designing Villa IJsselzig, a modern home optimized for energy efficiency and durability. Set next to the river Hollandse Ijssel, the villa respects the neighboring buildings by adapting a similar form but also quietly stands out with its distinctly contemporary design. Renewable energy including solar and a heat pumps power the home while the carefully positioned openings reduce unwanted solar gain.

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Hanergy’s thin solar panels break multiple world records for efficiency

The international energy corporation Hanergy was recently lauded for its US-based subsidiary Alta Devices’ newest,  solar production module, the highest efficiency single-junction solar module ever. With a 25.1% conversion efficiency, the module is capable of powering drones, electric vehicles, and sensors that were once out of reach for solar power. Solar modules from Hanergy’s subsidiaries Solibro, and MiaSole have also broken efficiency records - double glass CIGS solar modules at 18.72 percent… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Tesla is selling its solar products in Home Depot stores starting in July

If getting your hands on a Tesla powerwall seems a little more challenging than just running to the local hardware store, get ready. Tesla is going to start selling its solar products at Home Depot. Solar panels? Check. Powerwalls? You bet. Even solar roofs? You got it. It’s all happening in 800 stores by July of this year. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Nissan to start selling rooftop solar panels and batteries

Tesla’s model of selling electric cars and solar panels seems to appeal to other automakers too – now Nissan is getting in on the game with Nissan Energy Solar. They recently launched the service to sell rooftop panels along with their xStorageHome battery storage products. Their press release says United Kingdom residents equipped with their products could save as much as 66 percent on their power bills.

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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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YouTuber designs a DIY solar device to help power Puerto Rico

Swaths of Puerto Rico still lack electricity. Jehu Garcia, film-making equipment company owner and YouTuber, wondered how he could help. He’s known for building his own do-it-yourself version of a Powerwall, and tackled the Puerto Rico power issue with his technical know-how by building a solar generator, and providing information for others to also build the DIY generators.

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New 1 km solar road opens in Jinan, China

China is getting in on the solar road-building action. Qilu Transportation Development Group developed a one-kilometer, or around 0.6-mile, stretch of solar road near Jinan, the capital city of China’s Shandong Province. Quartz said three layers comprise the expressway: the solar panels rest in the middle with insulation below and transparent concrete on top.

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