Could Tofu be the Answer to Greener Solar Cells?

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Dr. Jon Major, a researcher at Liverpool University has recently made the discovery that the chemical used to make tofu, and bath salts, could also be used to replace one of the most toxic substances, namely cadmium chloride, that are used to manufacture solar cells. Using salts to replace cadmium chloride in solar cell production would also make them much cheaper. His study was published in the journal Nature.
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A Gorgeous Shipping Container-Like Beach House

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The so-called Coromandel Bach beach home was designed by Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects, who drew inspiration from shipping container architecture. The home, which was built like a container, is located in the picturesque region of Coromandel, New Zealand. In building the home the architects wanted to stay true to the traditional New Zealand building methods by designing a structure that was both raw and unique, when it comes to cladding, lining and joinery.
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PostGreen Homes Are Using Cork as Cladding and Insulation

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PostGreen Homes are using cork as cladding in their newest project in Fishtown, Philadelphia. They are working in collaboration with Orange Concept on this project, and the finished home will be simple and minimalistic, which will make it fit right in with the other buildings in the area.
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Shipping Containers Outfitted to Become Temporary Housing for Canada’s Workers

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A British Columbia-based modular home company, BigSteelBox, has unveiled a series of temporary living quarters for workers made out of shipping containers. The housing was built to house Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) workers in a work camp and is designed to offer them all the comforts of home, while LNG carries out the new liquid natural gas projects in Northern B.C.
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The first net-zero home under construction from Deltec Homes

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The first net-zero home from Deltec Homes’ Renew Collection is under construction months after the line launched. The home was prefabricated at their manufacturing facility in Asheville, NC and shipped to Virginia. It will feature passive solar design, solar panels with battery backup, a double stud wall and mineral wool insulation.
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A Stackable Hotel Made of Recycled Shipping Containers

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The Hong Kong-based architecture firm OVA Studio recently unveiled their plans for a so-called Hive-Inn, which is a hotel build from shipping containers. Their plans call for a structure, which can be added to or removed from by simply adding or removing the shipping container units at need, and in relation to current demand. Apart from serving as a hotel, the project would also have other applications, such as emergency relief housing or medical care units. In other words, the shipping container rooms can be shipped to any location and used for a variety of purposes.
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