Solar energy will very likely be the main source of power as the world continues to strive toward greater sustainability. But it wonâ€™t be just the large panels that get the job done. In fact, Iâ€™m willing to bet that ultra thin and flexible solar cells that can be attached to virtually any surface will be the future. Which is why breakthroughs in this area are so important. And now a team of South Korea scientists has successfully created a super thin solar cell, which is so flexible it can be wrapped around a pencil without causing damage or too much strain to it. […]
Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has a so-called X division, which works on highly experimental projects. But a lot of these projects could prove very beneficial in solving some of the worldâ€™s biggest problems. This division created Google’s self-driving car, as well as Project Loon, which involves high altitude balloons carrying Wi-Fi. And now it is looking for more efficient and effective ways of high-density energy storage. […]
The Japanese architect Shigeru Ban recently completed a very interesting and innovative theater building in Paris, France. Shigeru Ban is well known for pushing the envelope when it comes to architectural design, as well as for his humanitarian design work, and this theatre is no exception. It features a wall of solar panels, which is movable so that it can follow the sun all day.
The firm Miller Kendrick Architects of London, UK recently completed a unique pop-up cabin in the Welsh Countryside. Itâ€™s called Arthur’s Cave and was the winning entry in a recent Walesâ€™s Year of Legends festival, which invited designers to come up with proposals for mini-hostels to be built in Wales. Arthurâ€™s Cave draws inspiration from the legend of King Arthur who according to folklore once took refuge in a cave in the area.
A team of researchers at Cornell University has discovered a process of turning leftover food into energy much faster than already existing methods. It is a two-step process and is very efficient, since it captures virtually all the available energy. […]
The firm Escape has been making tiny homes for a while now, and their latest offering, the so-called Escape One, is just as well built as all the others. It features a charred wood faÃ§ade and an interior layout that maximizes the available space in the most thoughtful way possible.