Sopogy Shrinks CSP For Efficient, On-site Use

It seems like there’s a new, cutting-edge technology in the limelight everyday and today is no exception.  You’ve heard of CSP — concentrated solar power, right?  Well Sopogy has been in R&D for several years perfecting their MicroCSP technology.  They developed the above pictured application for commercial, industrial, and small utility uses.  MicroCSP takes traditional, large scale, open faced, desert, parabolic trough CSP panels and shrinks them down to 25% of the size.  The trough is between 12 and 18 feet long and is meant for distributed energy solutions from 200 kW to 20 MW.  It can be used on-site, too, whether on a roof or adjacent to a building. 

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By |July 15th, 2008|Categories: Gadgets, Solar|Tags: |0 Comments

5ive Home Secures LEED Platinum

A little over a year ago, we featured Shelter Architecture’s 5ive and later placed it on our Top Five Super Green Modern Homes list.  In a year, a lot has happened.  The home is now complete.  It’s going to be honored with a 2008 AIA-MN Rave Award.  And now, the USGBC has officially certified it as a LEED Platinum home.  Congratulations on the noteworthy accomplishments!

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By |July 15th, 2008|Categories: LEED, Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: |5 Comments

Dubai's Xeritown Has Eco-City Aspirations, Too

The task of building an entire city from scratch isn’t novel in Dubai — it seems there’s a new city announcement every half year or so.  Xeritown is one of the latest that I’ve learned about and it’s planned for Dubailand.  The idea behind the 60-acre city is that it will be designed to accommodate the elements of the desert rather than overcome them.  The form of the city follows a north-south axis to take advantage of the cool breeze coming in from the sea.  The buildings, rather than artificial and water intense landscaping, provide shading and structure. 

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By |July 14th, 2008|Categories: Land Use|Tags: , |0 Comments

Covalent Solar to Commercialize Low-Cost Organic Solar Concentrators

The innovators of this new technology, if they get it into production, may just be the green building revolutionaries of tomorrow.  At the end of the week, MIT engineers published research of new technology showing that the sun’s energy could be harvested from a large area, such as a window, and concentrated at the edges by solar cells.  With this so-called luminescent solar concentrator, the potential for low-cost electricity seems almost within reach.  Technically, here’s how it works: 

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By |July 13th, 2008|Categories: Gadgets, Solar|Tags: |13 Comments

Future Wonders, Green Olympics, Greenwashing, Stylish Sustainability, + CEOs on Sustainability [WIR]

15 Future Wonders of Green Technology. Green architecture’s new goal: stylish sustainability. Green Olympics yield mixed record on green building. How bad is greenwashing, really? Higher education takes the […]

By |July 12th, 2008|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

[Video] GM Installing $78 M World's Largest Solar Roof

Earlier this week, GM announced that they were adding the world’s largest, rooftop, solar photovoltaic power installation to its car assembly plant located in Zaragoza, Spain (a factory that manufactures Opel vehicles for sale in Europe).   When the project is completed in the fall of 2008, the solar installation will have 85,000 solar panels covering about 2,000,000 sf of roof space.   Bloomberg further reports that the $78.5 million installation will avoid about 7k tons of emissions per year.

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By |July 11th, 2008|Categories: Corporate, News, Solar|Tags: |5 Comments
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