A Thermophotovoltaic Cell That Can Generate Electricity Even in the Dark

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Claiming that a solar cell can produce energy even in the dark sounds a little like the beginning of a joke, but I assure you it is not so. A team of scientists from the Australian National University (ANU) and the University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley) have successfully made a prototype of a device, which can become a part of super-efficient thermophotovoltaic cells. Such a cell could generate electricity even if it is not placed in direct sunlight. This cell would absorb infrared radiation and convert it into an electric current, and this can happen even in the dark. (more…)

By |August 11th, 2016|Green Tech|0 Comments

Smart Windows Coming Soon

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Smart windows are the logical next step in the evolution of home design. Basically, the idea behind them is that instead of adding blinds or curtains to windows, so as to control the amount of heat or light entering the home (or for privacy) the windows would already have this function built in. Sounds futuristic, but a team of researchers at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have found a simple and quite affordable way to achieve it. (more…)

By |July 21st, 2016|Green Tech|1 Comment

Rooftop Cabins to Solve the Problem of Affordable Urban Living

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Finding an affordable place to live in most large cities across the world is becoming more of a problem everyday. Now a company from Germany has come up with an innovative solution. They would build prefab cabins, called Cabin Spacey (which is also the name of the firm), on top of existing buildings. These homes would be small, but functional and they wouldn’t break the bank. (more…)

By |July 19th, 2016|Prefab|0 Comments

Roses Inspire a More Efficient Solar Cell

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Breakthroughs big and small are important in the quest towards greater reliance on renewable power, of which solar power is at the top of the list. And one such breakthrough was recently achieved by a team of scientists from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) in Germany. Inspired by the rose’s ability to convert sunlight into energy they designed a film that greatly increases the efficiency of solar cells. (more…)

By |July 13th, 2016|Green Tech|0 Comments

Tiny Home Made Out of SIPs and Recycled Materials

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At first glance this home would be easy to confuse for a shipping container home, but it’s not. It was built using structural insulated panels (SIPs) by former boat builder and carpenter Jeff Hobbs of Room To Move. He was hired by owner Briar Hale, and Hobbs drew heavily on his experience as a boat builder when designing the home. (more…)

By |July 6th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments

Trailer Based Tiny Home

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A British Columbia-based homebuilder Nelson Tiny Houses recently completed this unique 380-square-foot house. They used a fifth-wheel utility trailer as the base for it and created a comfortable and spacious dwelling. The home is called V House and it features a comfortable sitting area, kitchen, a bedroom, and a bathroom. There is also a wide wooden deck that successfully extends the living area into the outdoors. (more…)

By |June 29th, 2016|Modern design|0 Comments