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Pretty Solar Panels and Harvesting Energy From Interior Lights

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Finding and using alternative energy sources is quickly becoming a must and one obstacle to overcome is how to make solar panels easier to incorporate into building projects. This, of course, involves making them look pretty. VTT Technical Centre of Finland has gone a step further in this. They have come up with a method that allows for the printing of decorative graphics and functional components onto flexible organic solar panels.

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Prefab Home Suitable for Hurricane Prone Areas

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The prefab homebuilder Cubicco of Florida just released a new version of their flatpack homes, which the company claims are sturdy enough to withstand hurricane winds of up to 180 mph. Prefab flatpack homes are great since they can easily be transported to anywhere on the back of a truck, while the Cubicco homes go one step further in that they can be fitted with a number of sustainable technologies so the owner can potentially take them off-the-grid.

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Plans for the Floating House Freely Available

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With all the flooding disasters in recent years, it might not be a bad idea to consider building a flood-proof home, especially if your new home is to be located in an area prone to flooding. Anyone interested in doing so will be happy to learn that the UK architecture firm Carl Turner Architects plans to release the blueprints for their Floating House, which they built a few months ago. They will make the plans available through the Paperhouses website, which offers many open source architecture plans.

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Solar Powered Wakati Keeps Veggies and Fruits From Spoiling

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Wakati is an innovative little machine, which is capable of providing sterilized storage for fruit and vegetables, keeping them from spoiling in hot climates. This product is aimed at farmers in developing countries who do not have regular access to electricity and therefore refrigerators, meaning that a large portion of the food they produce goes to waste. To fight this problem, the Wakati is capable of operating on solar power.

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Smart Shelter is Smart Indeed

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The sustainable homebuilder NOEM from Spain has just unveiled a prefabricated home named El Refugio Inteligente, which translates to The Smart Shelter. The home is solar-powered and built with energy efficiency and sustainability in mind, while most of its features can be monitored and controlled via a smartphone.

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Swiss Company Develops White Solar Cells

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A lot of effort has gone into developing transparent solar cells lately, since they could be attached to windows easily with no loss of light. But CSEM, a Swiss non-profit technology company, has now developed white solar cells, which can easily be integrated into a building’s walls.

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