Architecture student builds a tiny solar-powered cabin from recycled materials

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“Aurora Cabin” is a small forest hideout perfect for those looking for a mini-adventure. Designed and built by a local architecture student, the tiny cozy cabin was created as a contemplative retreat in the aurora forest of Northern Norway. The cabin was crafted from recycled materials supplemented with local timber, and features a solar panel strong enough to power a laptop and lighting. The interior is configurable and can be adapted to facilitate different needs and can be rented for a weekend getaway in AirBnb at just $11 per night. + Aurora Cabin 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!

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Semtive’s Wind Turbines are Ideal Home-Scale Energy Generators

November 27, 2014 by  
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Argentine startup Semtive , a designer of wind turbines for urban and suburban areas, presents a sustainable energy generator for domestic use and humanitarian aid. Thanks to a vertical axis, low speed wind turbine, and a solar panel, this portable device can store up to 2500W of renewable energy ; enough to power a refrigerator for 24 hours, or several appliances simultaneously for 8 hours on a single charge. The generator weighs less than 75 kilograms (165 pounds), and produces no smoke or noise. Since it doesn’t require any kind of fuel and it is portable enough to fit in a car’s trunk, it’s a perfect alternative to bring energy to areas affected by natural disasters. These products are made of high quality materials, are easy to assemble and install, and are 95 percent recyclable. + Semtive Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment 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: “sustainable energy” , Argentina , Argentine , Electricity , emergency , emergency electricity , energy generators , green energy , home energy , humanitarian aid , Semtive , turbines , wind turbines

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New Mercedes Benz Concept Car is Powered by its Paint

November 6, 2014 by  
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There have been vehicles in the past that use a solar panel on the roof to give the car an extra boost of power, but the gorgeous Mercedes Benz  Vision G-Code takes power generation to a whole new level. The secret is the car’s paint, which is designed to generate power for the vehicle as an alternative fuel source. The Sports Utility Coupe is just a concept right now, but even if the vehicle doesn’t make it into production, the clever technology could be used to power cars in the future. Read the rest of New Mercedes Benz Concept Car is Powered by its Paint Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: clean energy car , mercedes benz concept car , Mercedes Benz G-Code , Mercedes Benz Paint powered car , Mercedes Benz Sports Utility Coupe , Mercedes SUC , Mercedes-Benz , paint powered car , renewable energy car , solar energy car , Sports Utility Coupe , wind energy car

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Greener Solar Panels with Bio-Based Backsheets

October 30, 2011 by  
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Solar panels can be even greener with the use of the BioSolar backsheet , which recently obtained provisional UL certification which allows for its sale to the general market. This backsheet is made from materials derived from castor beans instead of polyester and Tedlar films. The backsheet of a solar panel is the the structure that carries the other materials. It also serves as an electrical insulator and a weathertight enclosure on the back side of the panel. Not only does the bio-based backsheet replace the need for petroleum products, but the thermal performance of the BioSolar material is better than currently used materials, allowing for faster heat dissipation and lower operating temperatures, which improves solar panel performance. ” This new tough bio-based material will be able to offer the durability and environmental characteristics of conventional petroleum-based plastics, such as electromagnetic properties, mechanical strength, dimensional stability, and weatherability required by PV solar applications. ” With petroleum prices rising, the use of bio-based materials offers lower cost and greater price stability. Furthermore, production of the new backsheet material does not require new, proprietary equipment for manufacture, so the technology can be readily adopted without businesses incurring additional capital costs related to choosing to use the new material. via: Solar Thermal Magazine

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Tesla to Bring Back Roadster in 2014

October 27, 2011 by  
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We were saddened when we had to report that the Tesla Roadster would soon be out of production , but today brought the good news that Tesla will be bringing back their beautiful all-electric sports car in 2014. The current Roadster uses a Lotus body that was converted into an electric car.  The partnership with Lotus was only set for 2,500 cars, so Tesla decided to retire the car when it hits that number. Reports now indicate that Tesla isn’t completely giving up on the beloved Roadster, just the Lotus version of it.  The carmaker is bringing back the sports car but in an original design based on the Model S that would be even better suited for the electric vehicle technology and for mass-market production. I, for one, can’t wait. via Earth2Tech

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5 Reasons why you should install solar panels for your home

September 15, 2011 by  
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Avni Mehrotra: introductory image introductory image While we all are adequately blessed with electric energy throughout the year, chances of that being the same in the near future look very bleak. Moreover with the way electricity prices are rising, it is getting increasingly unaffordable for many people. It is certain that you can run out of oil without a backup but solar energy is available in plenty. You can solve these problems, if you opt for a powerful solar panel to meet your energy requirements. Yes the installation charges are definitely high, but you would not go wrong with the way it will cut down on your electricity bills. Lets have a look at why you should have a solar energy panel in your house. 1. No More Relying on Energy Companies With a solar energy panel, electricity will be generated in your own house, so you would not have to worry about being dependent on any energy supplying company to provide energy for your household. You can either have panels on your roof, if you want to generate electricity for the whole house or can supplement a part of it by having a solar water heater. This way you can completely get rid of all the monthly paper work, standing in queues to pay bills, etc. 2. Solar Energy, Available in Plenty As said earlier, your oil may run out, but sunlight is available in plenty! So as long as the sun exists, you will have energy for your place. Unlike fuel or power houses which might run out of energy in the coming years, sunlight is here to stay for a long long time, making solar energy the wisest choice to opt for. 3. Make Electricity and Save Money After an initial installation, the solar panel installed in your home will produce energy for up to 20-30 years and that so absolutely free. If you happen to reside in an area where there is plenty of sunlight, this could even be an investment opportunity for you. The amount of money you will save will be any day better than the interests on your savings account. Moreover, many states in US are offering rewards and incentives for people who put up solar panels in the form of great tax rebates. 4. Make Money with Solar Energy You can even create money with the power you create by installing a solar energy panel. If your solar energy panel makes more energy than what is needed for your household, chances are that your local utility supplier may want to buy that energy from you. You will hence be paid a generous amount of money by selling the power created by your solar panels. And even if you are not able to generate extra solar energy to sell it, you will definitely save up a lot of money on your monthly electricity bills. 5. Install a Solar Panel, do You Bit for the Environment We all know the condition of fossils and fuels right now, and how quickly are they exhausting. While the whole world out there wants to save the planet we live in, all of us can do our bit by opting for unconventional sources of energy. Installing a solar panel is not just pocket friendly but rather makes you feel good about yourself as you are among one of those who gave up oil, gasoline and fuel to opt for natural means to produce electricity. So having a solar panel is a great way to save the depleting resources and opting for greener means to save the earth.

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Five stunning solar powered iPod docks churning green tunes

September 5, 2011 by  
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Payal Chatterjee: Intro gear 4 solar speakers Imagine you are traveling or may be outdoors, and all of a sudden your iPod runs out of power. Or maybe you are trekking or maybe in a jungle or just in a place where there is scarcity of electricity and your iPod or iPhone is low on charge. What do you do in these situations? The solar-powered iPod chargers come to your rescue in these situations. Since they are solar powered, they are also eco friendly. Following is a list of some of the popular solar-powered iPod docks. 1. Soulra solar powered dock from Eton Soulra solar powered iPhone dock from Eton Soulra is a solar-powered iPhone dock from Eton. It has a rubber-made exterior body that protects it from the unpredictable weather. On folding out the solar panel under the sun, it can keep playing music while simultaneously charging the docked device. Soulra requires almost 10 hrs of direct sunlight to fully charge itself and then it can playback for 4hrs with simultaneous charging of an iPod or iPhone. 2. Regen Reverb solar-powered iPod dock Regen Reverb solar powered iPod dock Regen’s Reverb solar-powered iPod dock is capable of playbacking for more than 12 hrs on a full charge. It takes around 20 hrs of direct outdoor sunlight for it to get fully charged and doubles the time if placed in indirect sunlight. It features a backlit LCD display, a 35 inches stylish iPod tower and an inbuilt photoelectric panel. 3. ReNu solar-powered gadget charger dock Regen ReNu personal power generation and storage system at i-stage The ReNu system from Regen is a solar-powered charger and also a storage system. It comes with features like a ReNu panel, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, a power panel containing solar cells and a user interface. It claims to be able to charge an iPhone two times if it is fully charged. 4. Solar-powered Eton Soulra XL Eton Soulra XL solar powered speaker Soulra XL from Eton, is a solar-powered iPhone or iPod speaker dock. It features a solar panel which converts the solar energy into electricity and stores it in the rechargeable 2,000mAh lithium-ion battery. Soulra XL is the successor of the first version of Soulra. Like it’s predecessor, it too contains a foldable solar panel which needs to be folded out when placed under direct sunlight for it to get charged. 5. ReNu iPod dock ReNu iPod dock The ReNu solar-powered iPod dock enhances the sound performance of your iPod or iPhone. It can generate power from either the inbuilt solar panels or from the power outlet. It measures 0.8×8.8×8.8 inches in dimensions and weighs only 1.8 pounds.

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Best concept cellphones that get powered by solar energy

August 30, 2011 by  
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Payal Chatterjee: LG 3D mobile 3D solar powered concept cell phone An electrical device which directly converts the light energy into electricity through the photovoltaic effect is known as a solar cell or photovoltaic cell. Assemblies of cells known as solar panels are used for making solar modules which capture the solar energy from the sunlight and then generate the solar power. This is an example of solar energy. Aeolus phone concept recharges with solar energy Aeolus solar powered concept phone Cyrene Quiamco has created the Aeolus Phone which can be charged at any place and time. An inbuilt power generating fan captures even the slightest of breeze and produces energy and when there is lack of wind, the on board solar panels helps to recharge. The phone comes in one simple color with a LCD screen, which is energy efficient and can be built from renewable materials. It is accompanied by a special tripod with which it can be attached to a cycle or on a car’s window in order to enable the fan to generate more energy. 2. Nokia E10, a foldable phone with MeeGo and solar batteries Nokia E10 solar powered foldable concept cellphone Chris Wang has designed this folding Nokia E10. Unlike other solar powered phones, Nokia E10 is supported by 3 solar powered batteries along with a Lithium battery, for stronger and steady power supply. 3. Solar powered cell phone concept with a transparent OLED display concept solar phone solar powered OLED concept cellphone This is a recent development in the field of concept phones: a combination of the transparent OLED and solar technology. The phone has a futuristic design with a concealed keyboard and screen, running on 80 percent solar energy. This sleek phone has a solar panel attached at its back which makes it both fashionable and ecofriendly at the same time. 4. LG 3D mobile phone with photovoltaic cells and expandable touch display LG 3D mobile 3D solar powered concept cell phone Petr Kubik designed this futuristic 3D mobile phone for LG. The phone has solar cells at the back of each slide panel and with the help of the 3D glasses and an interactive stylus, the user can enjoy the total 3D experience anywhere and at any time. 5. Concept solar powered cellphone Solar powered concept solar powered cellphone Yana Moskalenko has designed this concept solar powered cellphone. It runs on solar solar energy with the help of the sun battery attached to its back and also gives a detailed description on the kind of specs to be found inside. 6. Siemens Gigaset Eco Visions concept designs, as environmentally friendly as it gets Siemens Gigaset Ecovisions concept cell phone The Siemens Gigaset Eco Visions series have been developed by the Formwelt design studio and it claims to be the greenest phone ever. The solar energy is supplied by the solar cells placed all over the phone. The Gigaset Solar phone is made of ecofriendly materials that are separable and features the OLED technology with a transparent display. 7. Eclipse intuit cell phone concept with solar panel Eclipse Intuit Solar powered concept cell phone The Eclipse Intuit concept phone is a futuristic sliding phone, not only sleek and stylish, but also energy efficient at the same time. The chemical based solar panels placed on the front and rear of the phone, automatically charges the phone when exposed to sunlight. 8. Eclipse phone concept Eclipse Cellphone concept This is a solar powered concept phone and thus the name Eclipse. It is a sleek and the best looking basic phone in the market. 9. LG Eco Solar Power cellphone uses a photovoltaic cell, ecofriendly technologies LG Eco solar powered concept cellphone This LG concept phone has been designed by Aaron Martinez. It is a solar powered cell phone that gets charged with the help of the fluorescent incandescent lights and the solar cell, when exposed to direct or indirect sunlight.

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Makeka Design Lab proposes a sustainable new center for IITA Research Hub

August 9, 2011 by  
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Ritu Mathur: IITA Research Hub Designed by Makeka Design Lab Makeka Design Lab has proposed a sustainable solution for the expansion of the IITA Research hub in Dar es Salaam. The new center will be an important new home to those who are working to increase food security in Africa. The new structure, with an open and naturally illuminated hall, fosters leaerning and information sharing through a careful calibration of th open and flexible work environments with enclosed private space. Picture Gallery IITA Research Hub IITA Research Hub Designed by Makeka Design Lab What takes the proposed building to the next level, besides its quality research in the field of agriculture is the fact that energy efficiency has been given utmost importance during the building phase and hence is an integral part of the building. Active and passive – both kind of energy systems are given due place in the building. As a part of active energy system, a solar panel system has been at the core of the building. The roof of the building holds the solar panels at such an angle that it maximizes efficiency of solar cells. The footprints of the building are built in such a way that they minimize the solar load on the building and shield the building from extreme heat. Though solar power will be the primary source of electricity but a sound proof generator has been installed as a backup. For cooling the building, again energy efficiency has been kept at center stage. The ventilations are of two types: wind driven ones and stack ventilation. The louvers installed just below the roof line of the building make it possible for the cold air to pass through rooms as the hot air comes out. Besides passive energy systems are inbuilt throughout the building like natural day lighting, passive ventilation, etc., are integrated throughout the building. Rain water harvesting too has been integrated into the building through the ‘V’ shaped roof and is collected in a rain water collection tank at the base of the building. From there it gets filtered through various devices and then it is recycled throughout the building. The gray water from the building will also be recycled for reuse in the building and most possibly for irrigation purposes also. Via: MakekaDesign

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Panasonic Introduces Solar Table Concept with wireless power transmission

March 12, 2011 by  
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Garima_goel: The Security Show is a huge exhibition held every year in Japan. As the name suggests, this exhibition includes all the products of the security and safety industry.

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