Flexible Lightweight Solar by SoloPower


Today SoloPower announced the launch of its inaugural thin-film, CIGS-based solar product called SFX1-i.  The company says SFX1-i is lightweight and flexible, while other outlets, such as Greentech Media, report that the modules have an efficiency of 10.5 to 11 percent. 


By |July 12th, 2010|Gadgets, Solar|3 Comments

Solar Trees Grow on Parking Structures


A couple years ago we mentioned that the University of California San Diego was in the process of installing rows of Solar Trees on top of the Hopkins and Gilman Parking Structures.  These parking lots, and the company that makes them, Envision Solar, received a mention by the NY Times recently.  That's because Envision Solar has a novel approach — putting solar and shade in otherwise unused and unshaded parking lots. 


By |July 7th, 2010|Gadgets, Solar|1 Comment

Wavy Solar Integrated Studio House


Lamboo, Inc., a maker of architectural bamboo products out of Illinois, has this concept studio featured on their website.  Lamboo Studio is made with several different Lamboo products, including bamboo interior paneling, custom bamboo furniture, bamboo content in windows and doors, and laminated structural bamboo in the roof and floor.  Illustrating several uses for these bamboo products, the 304 square-foot tiny home has a wavy aluminum roof with integrated Uni-Solar panels and a composting toilet for off-grid living. 


By |July 5th, 2010|Materials, Single Family, Solar|5 Comments

New Portable Solar Powered Carports


Seems like a rare situation when a person will need both a carport and solar panels on top of the carport — as opposed to on the house or somewhere else.  But assuming the stars align and you're in the market, Phat Energy wants to be there to help you out.  The company just unveiled their prototype PHATport 350 in the outdoor section of Dwell on Design 2010.


By |July 1st, 2010|Gadgets, Solar|5 Comments

Green Solar Lumenhaus Wins in Europe!


The team from Virginia Tech just took the top prize at Solar Decathlon Europe with their house pavilion, Lumenhaus, which was inspired by the Farnsworth House.  The deep green home was on display in the Solar Village in Madrid and viewed by more than 190,000 visitors.


By |June 28th, 2010|Modern architecture, Single Family, Solar|4 Comments

Re:Focus House Dazzles the Internet!


With the European counterpart to the Solar Decathlon now complete, the team from University of Florida walks away as winner of the Internet Award based on online voting open during the competition.  Their home, Project RE:FOCUS, blends three elements from historic Florida houses — a covered open porch, a breezeway oriented to prevailing winds, and a porous breathable skin — in a striking way.


By |June 27th, 2010|Modern architecture, Single Family, Solar|3 Comments