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Honda Smart House US Ready For Testing

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The Honda Smart House US has recently been constructed on campus at the University of California (UC), Davis. The house will serve as a test for an off-the-grid living space of the future. Homes and cars are responsible for about 44% of all the greenhouse gases emitted in the US, and in constructing the house, the designers of The Honda Smart House aimed to try and find a way to neutralize these emissions. The house also generates enough solar energy to power both car and home, with a little left over to feed back into the grid.
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3D Printed Homes Made in China

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The company WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co recently printed several 3D houses in Shanghai, China. The houses were printed using concrete and a huge 3D printer. Each of the houses they printed measures 200 square meters and costs only about $4800.
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Philips Introduces OneSpace Ceiling Lighting

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Philips has recently introduced OneSpace, which is basically a luminous ceiling that can be used to replace other lighting fixtures. According to the company, one of the main aims of designing OneSpace was to create a lighting fixture that could become a design element for architects to work with. In other words, using OneSpace lights need no longer be add ons, but an actual part of the house.
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Reinventing the Toilet for the Benefit of All

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Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, recently developed a new and highly efficient composting toilet called Blue Diversion. Human waste has significant value, since it can provide fertilizer and phosphorus and the Blue Diversion toilet is able to successfully harvest both. These byproducts can also be sold at a profit, so this toilet does more than just provide water efficiency or off-the-grid-living.
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A Table That Can Charge Your Gadgets

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Dutch designer Marjan van Aubel has developed a table that is able to transform sunlight into enough energy to charge your gadgets. The Current Table, as it is called, is capable of performing in this way due to a special process that is very similar to photosynthesis in plants. More specifically, the table is covered by glass panels that contain a dye-synthesized solar cell, which utilizes color properties to generate an electrical current, in much the same way that plants use green chlorophyll to transform sunlight into energy.
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Energy Harnessed From Waves Could be on the Horizon

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A team of researchers at UC Berkeley is developing a hydraulic seafloor ‘carpet’ that could be used to harvest the energy of ocean waves and convert it to usable clean energy. Since waves are constant, as opposed to sun and wind, this could prove a viable source of carbon-free energy for coastal regions. Wave energy is considered a huge potential source of renewable energy, but the systems for harnessing it are still very underdeveloped. Since there has been a rise in population in coastal cities this form of energy harvesting could prove a great, and, more importantly, clean source of renewable energy.
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