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Low Loss Sunlight to Energy Conversion


Currently available solar panel arrays still have the drawback of loosing lots of heat in the sunlight to energy conversion process, because of the thermodynamic inefficiencies of the process of converting the incoming energy to power. This could soon be a thing of the past though, since a team of scientists at the University of Bayreuth have created a super-efficient light-energy transport conduit. Read more »

Shipping Container Used to Build a Skyscraper


The international firm Ganti and Associates Design has proposed a skyscraper to be built out of repurposed shipping containers. This skyscraper would be erected in the Dharavi slum in Mumbai, India. While building large structure such as this out of used shipping containers is certainly very sustainable, there is always the question of how to make them structurally sound and how to prevent excessive heat gain to consider.

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Convertible Apartment That’s Spacious and Cozy


Apartment space is at an all time premium in urban areas, so living in tiny shoebox apartments has become the norm. Often this means sacrificing comfort, so it’s always nice to see small apartment designs, which take this problem on and create cozy and comfortable living solutions. Read more »

New Masonry Building Method Cuts Carbon Emissions


The Russian design studio Zaarchitects have come up with a concept they call “smart masonry” techniques, which would involve using parametric tools and robot arms in the construction of concrete buildings. This method would require the use of less concrete for the construction of more lightweight, precise, efficient and less bulky buildings. Read more »

Flatpack Emergency Shelters Can be Assembled in Mere Hours


With the number of refugees displaced by war or natural disasters increasing it’s always nice to see temporary housing solutions, which can offer them safe and more comfortable living conditions, as well as restore some dignity. The Hush2 shelter recently developed by Extremis Technology is lightweight, affordable and can be assembled very quickly. Read more »

Using Google to Calculate Solar Power Harvesting Potential


Needless to say, a lot more people would likely choose to install solar panels on their roofs, if they had viable information as to how much power they can realistically expect to get from them. Solar panels are expensive after all. Now, Google is starting a new venture called Project Sunroof, which will go a long way towards remedying this problem.

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