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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 »

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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Water Purifying Sculpture


For a few years now, the MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program has been using art installations to help raise awareness about pressing environmental issues. This year, they are showcasing COSMO, a giant sculpture that also purifies water. It was designed by NYC and Madrid-based Spanish architect Andrés Jaque and aims to raise awareness about growing water shortage and the need for healthy water systems.

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Shower That Heats and Recycles Water


Space technology has brought us many living improvements, and the latest is the so-called Shower of the Future, which was designed by the company Orbital Systems. This shower is capable of recycling water used for showering, while also heating it in the process. It is a leap forward from other water and heat saving showers, and worth a look.

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SunPort Brings Solar Energy to Everyone


Switching to solar energy to power homes is getting cheaper, but it’s still not accessible to everyone. Nor is it the go to choice for most people. However, going solar does not necessarily require a big investment or having a suitable rooftop in a sunny area. A new type of solar energy acquisition device is in the works, called a SunPort. Read more »

Salt Water Powered Lamp


In developed parts of the world, lighting is something we take for granted, but there are many who still live without this luxury. Aisa Mijeno, an engineering professor and Greenpeace volunteer recently came up with a simple design for a lamp, which is capable of running for eight hours on a single glass of salt water.

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