GE just announced that it is readying a new solar thin-film panel, system, and inverter product with a goal to provide the lowest cost of electricity in the market. The multinational corporation is backing a cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin-film product and recently topped 15% efficiencies on commercial glass, according to a press release.
This solar flower — slightly more literal that these solar sunflowers in Austin — has been getting more and more attention these days. SolarFlora, designed by Nectar Design, is now on tour at events and locations in California. The 13-foot flower is made with aircraft aluminum, weighs 300 pounds, and is large enough to hold up to four solar panels. Depending on conditions, SolarFlora can generate up to 600 watt-hours per day.
There’s a plot of land on 18th Street and Broadway Boulevard in Kansas City. In time, the owner intends to use it for something commercial or residential, but, in the mean time, 360 Architecture helped transform the land with an interim solution. 18Broadway is now a demonstration of storm water management, urban agriculture, and energy independence on one city block.
Mey and Boaz Kahn, Studio Kahn, submitted this ecooler screen for iida 2010 and took home third prize. Ecooler is a concept hollow tile that connects with other tiles, creating a wall of water-filled ceramics. It's intended to provide an alternative option for cooling internal spaces by seepage and evaporation during the day, according to DesignBoom.
This summer, KB Home unveiled a prototype home in Lancaster, California, outfitted with solar panels, energy storage, LED lighting, and an electric vehicle outlet, among other technologies. The prototype also included a roof tile called Auranox by MonierLifetile. The claim to fame with this roof tile is that it's a smog-eater — that it neutralizes nitrogen oxides (NOx) in the air.