Irrespective of what we speak about – the endeavors put forth by today’s avant garde automobiles or the ‘light’ features that are encouraged by today’s high-end gadgets, the exigency of ‘go green’ is rightly reflected by both of them. In a similar objective to ensure environmental sustainability, Scotland has now officially opened its first ‘Solar Meadow’ to decrease carbon emissions by 300,000 kg per year.
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It may sound avant-garde but amalgamating the benefits of photovoltaic solar systems and thermal power systems into one form factor seems more of a possibility now. Pretty interestingly, researchers in Switzerland have started developing a highly efficient parabolic solar dish which will not only generate electricity power, but will also desalinate water for good.
Designed by Michael Jantzen, the Home-Scape is a design study for a prefabricated, modular, building system, which can be increased or decreased in size, and the shape can be changed to accommodate changing needs. The material of choice for its construction is a lightweight pre-insulated concrete composite panel. The shapes of the structures are intended to create an organic landscape of buildings when they are clustered together. A few basic components can be joined together in many different ways to sculpt a great variety of forms.
The Entangled Pavilion by eco-conscious architect and designer Michael Jantzen is one in a series of design studies that explore new ways in which architecture can be reinvented in order to become more responsive to the people who use it. This is a design study for a new kind of interactive architecture.
Any natural disaster that takes down the grid, reveals the importance of a mobile power source that can provide a burst of clean energy whenever required. The need for the same was realized after the Fukushima disaster and even after hurricane Sandy left people starving for even milliwatts of power to charge cellphones. Monarch Power, an Arizona-based company, seems to have taken up the challenge to come up with a lightweight solar charging system by unveiling the Lotus Mobile – a foldable solar charging system that includes 18 solar panels, which can be unfolded to resemble a flower.
With the start of the 2013 Shell Eco-Marathon just a couple of weeks away, Purdue Solar Racing team has unveiled its next-gen solar-powered vehicle – Navitas, which will be competing with hundreds of other vehicles registered to participate in the event. The racing event, which is a lot different than conventional car racing we all are accustomed to, will rate cars for the best energy efficiency.
While there is no dearth of innovative digital cameras on the market featuring tens of megapixels sensors, there are still a few individuals who love those retro handheld cameras, which we so adored back in the 1980s. Superheadz Japan has come up with an innovative camera, dubbed the Sun & Cloud, which is they claim is the world’s first “self-generation” digital camera capable of shooting both videos and still images.
The last time we studied about photovoltaic solar panels we learned that their efficiency reduces as the panel surface heats up. However, while considering the fact that solar heat also can be used to produce renewable energy, it was just a matter a time unless someone figured out a way to develop a device that can harvest solar heat along with sunlight. A team of researchers over at Stanford have done just that and have come up with a revolutionary solar cell that they claim can be 100 times more efficient than standard photovoltaic cells.
As the solar power is a rage nowadays, Brad Sherman, the owner of the Costal Solar Power Company in Savannah, Georgia hires Anne Mason who collaborated with her classes at SCAD to develop a Solar Pod. Created with the intent to bring attention to the solar power, the Solar Pod is imagined with variety of usage ranging from disaster relief to various events as well as construction.