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Dropping Costs in Renewable Energy spurs rapid shift to Clean Energy

Posted by Blue Designs - Architectural Designers on Saturday, April 8, 2017, In : Renewable Energy 

Welcome to the clean energy revolution – with or without Trump. A new report from the United Nations Environment Programme, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), and Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance reveals plunging costs in renewable technology have generated a whole new world of power. Unsubsidized renewables in more countries are now the cheapest new form of energy.
Renewable energy detractors love to claim it’s too expensive, but th...

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Science meets Architecture in a robotically woven, solar active structure.

Posted by Blue Designs - Architectural Designers on Thursday, March 2, 2017, In : Renewable Energy 
New York's MoMA PS1 will feature a shelter installation that uses robotically-knitted solar fabrics that absorb and release light. Winner of the art institution's Young Architects Program competition, the canopy from Jenny Sabin Studio is photo-luminescent by night and cooling by day, with a misting system that delivers a cooling spray when someone comes near.
The installation includes long fabric tubes that hang from the canopy stalactite style, and make up part of the site's multi-sensory e...

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New Silicon Nanoparticles could finally make Solar windows commercially viable.

Posted by Blue Designs - Architectural Designers on Monday, February 27, 2017, In : Renewable Energy 

The trend toward integrating solar into homes and buildings seems to be taking off. First Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled his rooftop solar shingles that are invisible when viewed from the street. Now, researchers at the University of Minnesota and University of Milano-Bicocca have developed technology that could usher in a future with photovoltaic windows harvesting renewable energy from the sun. The research, published Tuesday in the journal Nature Photonics, demonstrates that high-tech silico...

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Students build Solar Devices for Rural Hospital in Africa.

Posted by Blue Designs - Architectural Designers on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, In : Renewable Energy 

 A group of graduate students at Grand Valley State University recently created devices that provide solar power when electricity fails at a rural hospital in Malawi. They then made the 22-hour trip to southeastern Africa to deliver and install the devices, according to a press release.  
Embangweni Mission Hospital is in an area where electricity is often disconnected, and the results can be fatal.
Martha Sommers, an American physician currently working in Madagascar, frequently experienced th...

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NEXT Solar Window Coating Generates Free Electricity From Sunlight

Posted by Blue Designs - Architectural Designers on Monday, January 16, 2017, In : Renewable Energy 
NEXT Solar Window Coating Generates Free Electricity From Sunlight - they have developed a scalable solar window coating that allows commercial glass products to produce clean energy from the sun. The product pays for itself in a year and provides clean energy for up to 30 years.http://greenbuildingelements.com/2016/06/29/next-solar-window-coating-generates-free-electricity-sunlight/Close


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New recycled plastic sidewalk harvests energy from the sun

Posted by Blue Designs - Architectural Designers on Saturday, December 17, 2016, In : Renewable Energy 
New recycled plastic sidewalk harvests energy from the sun -Imagine a colorful modular paving system that snaps together “like LEGO bricks” replacing dull pavements currently populating today’s concrete jungles. Hungarian startup Platio designed that paving system to make our sidewalks do more for us. Their paving system, made with recycled plastic, offers firm ground while harvesting clean energy from the sun.
Platio’s paving system harvests power from the sun via monocrystalline sili...

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Google says it will run entirely on renewable energy by next year

Posted by Blue Designs - Architectural Designers on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, In : Renewable Energy 
Google just announced that it will be fully powered by renewables before the end of 2017. The tech giant has been growing its solar and wind investments over the years, and is now making a final push to achieve 100 percent renewable energy through additional purchases. Google initially announced its 100-percent goal in 2012, and this week’s announcement confirms the company will hit the target next year. http://inhabitat.com/google-says-it-will-run-entirely-on-renewable-energy-by-next-year/

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Elon Musk says Tesla’s solar roof will be cheaper than ordinary roofs

Posted by Blue Designs - Architectural Designers on Monday, November 28, 2016, In : Renewable Energy 
Elon Musk says Tesla’s solar roof will be cheaper than ordinary roofs. He also says the energy-generating roofs will last longer than typical roofs, so, said the real-life Iron Man, “Why would you get anything else?”

At first Tesla solar roofs will be a premium product, according to Bloomberg, as the company’s slate and terra cotta tiles are 20 times more expensive than asphalt singles. But that factor could become irrelevant because of reduced shipping costs. It’s expensive to ship ...

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SolarWindow Window Coating – Versatile Solar Power Generation

Posted by Blue Designs - Architectural Designers on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, In : Renewable Energy 
http://greenbuildingelements.com/2016/08/15/solarwindow-window-coating-solar-power-generation/

SolarWindow™ window coating generates electricity from light, both from the sun, and artificial light, as well. It is extremely versatile, able to be printed onto glass, plastic, or even paper, making it easy to install this wonder material in many places.



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1000 year old UK Cathedral now the oldest to go Solar

Posted by Blue Designs - Architectural Designers on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, In : Renewable Energy 
http://inhabitat.com/1000-year-old-uk-cathedral-is-now-likely-worlds-oldest-cathedral-to-go-solar/


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Green Power Installations beat Fossil Fuel for the First Time

Posted by Blue Designs - Architectural Designers on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, In : Renewable Energy 
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-25/record-green-power-installations-beat-fossil-fuel-for-first-time

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Climate Change & Renewable Energy Myths - Greenpeace

Posted by Blue Designs - Architectural Designers on Saturday, August 13, 2016, In : Renewable Energy 
http://www.greenpeace.org/africa/en/campaigns/Climate-change/renewable-energy-myths/

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