New inexpensive spray-on solar cells turn (almost) any surface into a power plant

December 30, 2014 by  
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Researchers at the University of Toronto have unveiled a cheap, fast spray-on solar cell process that could enable the creation of solar arrays using the most modest of manufacturing methods. Even better, with the cells ‘printed’ onto flexible material, they could turn anything from airplane wings to your patio furniture into a solar power plant. Read the rest of New inexpensive spray-on solar cells turn (almost) any surface into a power plant Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cqd , flexible solar , green energy , renewable energy , solar breakthrough , Solar cells , solar efficiency , Solar Power , spracyld , spray on solar , University of Toronto

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Sukkarboard is a temporary, lightweight shelter made from recycled cardboard and newspaper

December 30, 2014 by  
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Italian architecture firm Pelizzi Architettura designed the Sukkarboard, a temporary, lightweight shelter made from cardboard boxes and newspaper. Constructed using paper mache techniques for the weeklong Jewish festival of Sukkot, the blocky structure explores the ever-changing relationships between light and shadow; material and void; and presence and absence. The design placed first in the 2014 SukkahPDX , an outside design competition hosted by the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education in Portland, Oregon. + Pelizzi Architettura The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Gianluca Pelizzi , paper mache , Pelizzi Architettura , Portland , reader submitted content , Sukkah , SukkahPDX , SukkahPDX2014 , Sukkarboard , Sukkot , temporary architecture

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Scientists Find Fukushima Radioactivity in Tuna Along the Pacific Northwest Coast

May 2, 2014 by  
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Sushi lovers might want to think twice before ordering up that next spicy tuna roll after scientists found Fukushima radioactivity in tuna that has migrated between Japan and the Pacific Northwest. Although the actual amount of radioactivity is insignificant for human health, researchers say that this discovery allows them to have a better understanding of how the meltdown continues to impact the ocean environment in the wake of the disaster. Read the rest of Scientists Find Fukushima Radioactivity in Tuna Along the Pacific Northwest Coast Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Fukushima disaster , fukushima nuclear power plant , Fukushima ocean impact , Fukushima power plant disaster , Fukushima radioactive fish , Fukushima radioactivity , nuclear disaster , nuclear disaster environmental impact , nuclear power , nuclear power plants , radioactivity , radioactivity environment , radioactivity in fish , radioactivity in the ocean , radioactivity in tuna

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German Fossil-Fuel Utilities Push Back Against Renewable Energy Initiatives

August 20, 2013 by  
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Germany’s largest gas, electric, and water utility has threatened to relocate to Turkey if the government continues to push for renewable energy. E.ON reports that its coal and gas-fired plants are currently operating and the situation (for them) only promises to get worse. In the wake of the Fukushima disaster , Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed to phase out nuclear power in Germany within a decade — another main source of revenue for E.ON. Read the rest of German Fossil-Fuel Utilities Push Back Against Renewable Energy Initiatives Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: coal power , electric utilities , fossil fuels , gas power , german power companies , germany , nuclear power , renewable energy        

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London’s Battersea Power Station Reinvented with a Wraparound Rollercoaster and High-Flying Walkway

March 15, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of London’s Battersea Power Station Reinvented with a Wraparound Rollercoaster and High-Flying Walkway Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adaptive reuse , adaptive reuse architecture , architecture london , Atelier Zündel Cristea , battersea power plant , building preservation , famous buildings london , historic buildings london , historic preservation , london battersea , london battersea station , london historic landmarks , pink floyd animals

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5 Curtains that help to save and generate renewable energy

September 20, 2011 by  
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Pallavi Gupta: Energy saving and generating curtains curtains that help to save and generate renewable energy The concept of renewable energy is fast catching up. People are no more afraid of investing in these sources due to practical reasons. Manufacturers are also devising newer ways of keeping abreast with green technologies. The solar energy harnessing curtains are the new one on the block. Though it’s a high cost technology but it serves a great purpose by providing for the power consumption of the house with no extra space required for it. The ever increasing prices and erratic supply of electricity will see a solution with the solar curtains concept. Here is a list of a few of them. 1. Solar curtains new energy saving concept Solar curtains concept Solar curtains concept a new energy saving concept These solar curtains can be used for converting the sunlight into electricity throughout the day. The electricity stored can be used to charge the mobile phones, ipods etc. in the night. It is a great concept. The availability of a power plant in your home with no costs to pay for it ever. It has an inbuilt sockets wherein the electricals and batteries can be charged. It also has a battery indicator which gives an idea of its level of storehouse of energy. 2. Concept curtains woven with photovoltaic panels Concept curtains woven Concept curtains woven to generate renewable energy Astrid Krogh has designed a concept in which the curtains are woven with solar cells. This not only completely blocks the heat from sun but also convert into power, thereby generating free power for the users. It is called Sun Tiles and it also helps in keeping the interiors heated while it is cold outside. It is a great utility in cold seasons. It saves the power required for running heater and at the same time provides extra power for lighting or other purposes. 3. Solar modules bring a curtain of sustainable lighting to your home Solar modules curtain Solar modules curtain to generate renewable energy The researchers at Integral Studio Vinaccia created a concept in which the ceramic tiles are inculcated with solar cells. It is a great concept for solar lighting as there is no more fuss about keeping the lights outside only for charging. Now it is possible to enjoy solar lighting in the comforts of your house. These tiles can be weaved into beautiful curtains. They give a ornamental and a very sleek look. 4. Energy Curtain stops daylight to illuminate interiors after dark Energy Curtain Energy Curtain that help to save and generate renewable energy The designers Anders Ernevi, Margot Jacobs, Ramia Mazé, Carolin Müller, Johan Redström and Linda Worbin have created a spectacular concept of curtains which can be used for generating solar energy during day and provides glowing lighting at night. The lighting at night will work only for as many hours as the curtains were charged for. It is a great utility item. 5. Solar Harvesting curtain Energize ‘Soft House’ Solar Harvesting curtain Solar Harvesting curtain that help to save and generate renewable energy Sheila Kennedy, an architect, has devised a wonderful concept under which the curtains are integrated with electricity producing system through sunlight. A Softhouse has been designed by her team in which the curtains can produce 16,000 watt- hours of power. The concept may take a long time to become a reality. The amount of energy predicted to be produced by this concept is huge and it can lead to a major revolution in the field of solar power generation within the house. The solar panels used in this concept are produced from organic photovoltaic cells. They are deemed to be less efficient than the silicon based cells but there is way through which they can be modified without going over the whole process again.

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Quince Robot Can Explore Fukushima Nuclear Site Controlled from Over a Mile Away

April 8, 2011 by  
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In order to protect workers from radiation exposure at the Fukishima Daichi Plant, Japan has now developed another rescue robot, called “Quince,” so assist in the cleanup. Authorities have already deployed the Monirobo robot , to monitor radiation levels and collect samples

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Right Livelihood Award Winners Demand Nuclear Power & Nuclear Weapons Phase Out

March 31, 2011 by  
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As the nuclear power disaster at Japan’s Fukushima power plant continues, with the endgame still out of sight, a further piece of support for the no nuclear side of the debate: A group of fifty awardees of the Right Livelihood Award (often called the Alternative Nobel Prize) and members of the World Future Council have issued a letter demanding a global phase out of nuclear power.

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"Sweet Avenger" on Animal Planet Celebrates Vegan Baker-Superhero

March 31, 2011 by  
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Image: screenshot via vegantreats.com Any vegan who has been to or lives in NYC or Pennsylvania or anywhere else within Danielle Konya’s distribution area probably knows her work: Vegan Treats baked goods. The (amazing) peanut butter bomb is probably her signature treat, but there are plenty of others to choose from. Danielle Konya and her celebrated ..

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Obama Drops In on Kids’ Science Fair at the American Museum of Natural History

March 31, 2011 by  
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Image: NYCSEF President Obama took another step in encouraging kids concentrating in science subjects earlier this week, only this time it was a surprise. At the New York City Science and Engineering Fair at the Museum of Natural History on Tuesday, the day was winding down, but people inside the fair were told to keep waiting—and a half hour later, in walked Obama and Mayor Bloomberg.

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