Printing Solar cell on a sheet of Paper

Solar power is a great alternative energy source, but it’s unfortunately a rather expensive one. However, researchers at MIT are working on a new and less-expensive way to make solar cells which involves printing them directly on to fabric or paper.

We’re not talking about any fancy paper or fabrics. The MIT researchers discovered the printing process works on just about any paper, from regular printer paper, to tissue paper, and even to already-printed newspaper. However, printing the cells is not as simple. It must be done in a vacuum-tight room where the special “ink” is deposited on the paper. According to an article by MIT’s David L. Chandler, the process is almost as cheap and as easy as printing a photo on your inkjet.

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Hydrogen powered E-bone concept bus

Here is a peep into the technology of the future – the E-Bone concept bus. Unlike conventional buses, the E-bone bus will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells. This greatly eliminate the pollution hazards created by a large number of buses plying in big cities, running on conventional diesl fuel, emitting carbon.

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Sky Garden House

I think one of the reasons that many are skeptical about environmental design is because they think its terribly complex and costly. It does take a bit more effort on the front end, but it’s definitely not rocket science. This architecture by Guz Architectsis a wonderfully developed minimalistic design with a curvilinear flare that really brings out the organic coverings. I’m most impressed with how design facilitates the needs of the plants and shrubs located throughout the house.

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Solar Forest (Amazing Concept)


Designer Neville Mars has designed a charging station that keeps your car both cool and charged.

Called the Solar Forest, the panels actually follow the sun throughout the day for maximum efficiency. And that canopy provides some much needed shade for the cars below, hopefully while keeping the overlap to a minimum.

The tree trunks are like a giant power strips for electric vehicles. Cars can just plug in and cool off.

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A yacht – Designed to save energy

Feadship comes up trumps with a new concept superyacht every year, and this year’s Breathe design doesn’t fail on the sleek good looks the Dutch company has become known for. Supposedly inspired by zebras, it may be lacking in black and white stripes but it’s the cooling system which has made it from beast to machine. The hulls are lighter, with funnels darker, to flow the air through the decks, cooling passengers down.

 

 

Glass shells also act as insulation, cooling the insides while generating energy from the sun at the same time.

“Straddling” bus–a cheaper, greener and faster alternative to commute

A big concern on top of urban transportation planner’s mind is how to speed up the traffic: putting more buses on the road will jam the roads even worse and deteriorate the air; building more subway is costly and time consuming. Well, here is an cheaper, greener and fast alternative to lighten their mind up a bit: the straddling bus, first exhibited on the 13th Beijing International High-tech Expo in May this year. In the near future, the model is to be put into pilot use in Beijing’s Mentougou District (bjnews). (The official site of the high-tech expo put it as 3D fast bus)

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World’s First Molten Salt Solar Plant Produces Power at Night

Sicily has just announced the opening of the world’s first concentrated solar power (CSP) facility that uses molten salt as a heat collection medium. Since molten salt is able to reach very high temperatures (over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit) and can hold more heat than the synthetic oil used in other CSP plants, the plant is able to continue to produce electricity even after the sun has gone down.

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