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Reciprocity House is Worth Watching

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Maison Reciprocity, or Reciprocity House, is one of the entrants in this year’s Solar Decathlon Europe competition. In a nutshell, it is an energy-efficient, highly sustainable modular home, which aims to set the standard of low cost, and low impact building in the future. It is a joint effort between Appalachian State University and the French Université d’Angers, and one of only two entries into the competition by US teams this year.
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Top 5 Luxury Homes Made from Shipping Containers

A single, standard-sized shipping container works out great for a tiny living space, but might feel a little cramped. And therein lies the beauty of constructing a house out of shipping containers. You can easily stack them up, or line them side by side to create a larger dwelling. Below you will find five of the most ingenious luxury homes made from shipping containers, which are still quite sustainable, despite their larger size.

1. Beach Box

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Fuel Cells to Heat and Power Homes

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When looking into off-the-grid heating and power sources for the home, those interested might soon be getting a new option. The Dresden, Germany-based Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS) has joined forces with the heater manufacturer Vaillant and together they have come up with a domestic fuel cell system, which uses natural gas to produce both heat and electricity.
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More Environmentally Friendly Solar Cells

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Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a new solar cell that uses tin instead of lead perovskite as a collector of solar energy. This cheap and environmentally-friendly solar cell can therefore be made without any high-tech equipment or hazardous materials.
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Shipping Container Artist Retreat

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Cove Park is a cluster of buildings that can be used as retreats by artists of all media. It is located on the west coast of Scotland and was built out of recycled shipping containers. The complex stretches over 50 acres of beautiful, natural terrain, and all the shipping container units with a layer of grass to provide insulation and make them seem as one with the surrounding countryside.
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Is Wireless Transmission of Power Finally a Real Possibility?

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Two Russian scientists, Leonid and Sergey Plekhanov, both of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) are trying to crowdfund the building of a prototype of Nikola Tesla’s Wardenclyffe tower, which could allow for wireless transmission of power. Should they succeed, it is conceivable that the entire planet could be powered by renewable energy sources with very little energy loss during transmission.
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