Solar energy

China to Achieve 500 GW of Renewable Power by 2020

December 7, 2010 / No Comments

China is all set to hit a total of 500 Gigawatts of renewable energy on the grid by 2020. Estimated increment in the sector of wind power is 150 GW in the place of current 25 GW, electric power would come from adding 100 GW to make 300 GW of hydro power, adding 125 GW to have 150 GW of ...

Ecomo Prefab Home: Make It As You Like It

December 6, 2010 / No Comments

A prefabricated home that can serve several purposes and can be assembled according to the owner’s needs – is not a fantasy anymore. The Ecomo Modular Home comes as square modular units which can be used as living spaces, play areas or as sleeping quarters, depending on the requirement of the owner. What’s most appealing is that the layout can be ...

Foster + Partners’ Wing-Shaped Zayed National Museum is a Green Marvel

November 30, 2010 / No Comments

Foster + Partners’ latest green architectural marvel is a wing-shaped museum in Abu Dhabi. This new design for the Zayed National Museum at saadiyat island cultural district features five feather-like or wing shaped solar towers that are energy-saving. The massive structure will be exemplary in showcasing the history and culture of the country. It combines contemporary form with elements ...

Cogenra Solar Arrays at California Winery Generate Electricity & Hot Water

November 16, 2010 / 1 Comment

Cogenra Solar’s recently installed solar arrays at a northern California winery not only generate electricity but also heats water. The arrays combine conventional photovoltaic solar cells with a system for collecting waste heat. Several parabolic dishes, each 10 meters long and three meters wide and lined with mirrors have been installed at the winery.

GlaxoSmithKline to Build World’s Largest Solar Array

November 9, 2010 / 4 Comments

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world, has plans to incorporate eco-friendly energy to meet their power needs. The company is focusing on building a solar rooftop array at their distribution center in York, a city in the State of Pennsylvania, and construction is expected to be complete by December 2010.

Solar Energy: Would You Love to Store It?

November 1, 2010 / No Comments

Harnessing the sun’s energy for our energy needs is becoming a common concept, but have you ever thought of how, if at all, this energy could be stored? This thought is uppermost in the minds of a team of researchers at MIT, who have been trying to figure out a way of storing solar energy indefinitely. The process they are ...

Federation of Korean Industries Tower Features Efficient Solar Electric Facades

October 29, 2010 / No Comments

The recently built Korean green skyscraper designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture features one of the most efficient solar electric facades in the world.

American Solar Industry Shows Incredible Growth

October 15, 2010 / 1 Comment

The American solar industry has recorded substantial growth, generating more job opportunities in the sector. This is noticeable in the backdrop of the dismal performance of the US economy. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) along with GTM Research released a report indicates that the solar installations in 2010 are more as compared to its previous year.

Abu Dhabi to be Home to Crystalline Honeycomb Twin Towers

September 16, 2010 / 1 Comment

The upcoming Abu Dhabi Investment Council Headquarters Towers is designed to be a set of twin buildings that feature a crystalline honeycomb shell. This outfitted arrangement will help in protecting the building from sun and may resemble a honeycomb shell. It is likely to decrease the cooling expenditure by 25 %.

Solar Impulse HB-SIA to Make 3 flights Across Switzerland

September 8, 2010 / No Comments

The Solar Impulse HB-SIA which uses no fuel, which had its first successful 24-hour flight in early July, will make three test flights across Switzerland - from Payerne to Geneva, from Geneva to Zurich and then back to Payerne.