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Transport. Ele, le vélo électrique qui marche à l’énergie solaire. This solar-powered, glow-in-the-dark, Van Gogh-inspired bike path will blow your mind. People.

This solar-powered, glow-in-the-dark, Van Gogh-inspired bike path will blow your mind

There’s something in the water in the Netherlands (and no, it’s NOT what you’re thinking). The Dutch just can’t stop putting in solar bike paths. It’s like some sort of virus, only, instead of phlegm, it produces cutting-edge engineering that cuts carbon emissions, encourages people to get out of their cars, and harvests energy for the public. As if this wasn’t enough, the newest path, located in the town of Nuenen, actually glows in the dark. The path, which first lit up on Wednesday night, is named after Vincent Van Gogh, who once painted in Nuenen.

The path is coated in photoluminescent paint that’s also embedded with small LEDs powered by nearby solar panels. It’s kind of like those glow-in-the-dark stars you used to (OK, still do!) You gotta hand it the Dutch: They’re on a roll when it comes to saving the planet with alternative energy — and now they’re making it mind-blowingly beautiful. Bartender, we’ll have some of whatever the Netherlands is drinking. Spherical glass solar energy generator by rawlemon. Aug 25, 2012 spherical glass solar energy generator by rawlemon spherical glass solar energy generator by andre rawlemon german born, barcelona-based architect andré broessel has sent us images of his latest development of a spherical glass solar energy generator. the project uses the advantageous strategy of implementing a ball lens and specific geometrical structure to improve energy efficiency by 35%. in contrast to its traditional photo-voltaic ‘dual-axis’ counterparts, the device incorporates a fully rotational weatherproof natural optical tracking device that is adequate for functioning on inclined surfaces and curtain walls, empowering any building surface. the new solar generating concept has capabilities that concentrate diffused daylight or moonlight for a more effective site context application. left: second prototype showing light transmission through 3 ball lenses right: second prototype showing performance in different light diffusion situations rodrigo caula I designboom.

spherical glass solar energy generator by rawlemon

A Crystal Ball Captures Solar Energy. Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 - by The Suit Staff Imagine a giant crystal ball capable of concentrating sunlight and moonlight, harnessing them and increasing solar cell energy efficiency by up to 10,000 times.

A Crystal Ball Captures Solar Energy

For many years scientists have been researching ways of obtaining more power from solar energy cells. Andre Broessel, a German-born architect based in Barcelona, Spain – who has loved playing with light since he was a child – made exciting new breakthroughs in solar energy, developing a spherical glass energy generator that’s said to improve solar panel cell efficiency by more than 35% in building integration. The spherical glass orb, when filled with water, acts as a regular lens -but has unique features- concentrating diffusing daylight and moonlight – with the help of an optical tracking mechanism – into a solar cell from which electricity can be harvested. While he studied the airy disk center and transmissions he chose the full moon as a diaphragm to reduce the intensity of light. 3D solar panels can produce 20 times more energy than flat panels. We see the trend in 3D technology everywhere: Movie theaters, home theaters, game consoles, 3D printers.

3D solar panels can produce 20 times more energy than flat panels

But researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently discovered that creating a 3D-inspired solar panel not only help to keep up with the trends, it could draw in 20 times more energy than flat panel designs. How To Build a 400 Square Foot Solar Powered Off-Grid Cabin for $2,000. Everybody talks about want to create a more simple, stress-free lifestyle for themselves.

How To Build a 400 Square Foot Solar Powered Off-Grid Cabin for $2,000

Well how does no debt, no mortgage, hardly any maintenance, a pocket full of cash, and a closer relationship with nature sound? Check this out. Solar powered housing, a garden that produces your fruits and vegetables, and a stress-free lifestyle are not something that takes years of planning and research. One man did it himself, and gave us instructions so that we can do it ourselves. How to build a nice small cabin powered by solar panels: Lamar Alexander built this cute little 400 square foot cabin for approximately $2000, and powers it with a 570 watt solar and wind power system. “This cabin is 14×14 with a full loft and approximately 400 square feet of living space.

Here is an instructional video outlining how he built this cabin: Here is another couple that built themselves a house: Des nanofils d'argent pour produire en masse des films solaires souples. Le Groupe Armor, spécialiste de la chimie des encres et des technologies d'impression, et Cambrios Technologies Corporation, leader des solutions à base de nanofils d'argent pour le marché des conducteurs transparents ont annoncé une étape majeure dans l'industrialisation de films photovoltaïques souples organiques (OPV).

Des nanofils d'argent pour produire en masse des films solaires souples

Panneau Solaire - Panneau de chauffage solaire fait en canettes. Il est en réalité incroyablement simple et économique de construire un chauffage solaire d'appoint pour sa maison.

Panneau Solaire - Panneau de chauffage solaire fait en canettes

Le plus intéressant est que le système d'accumulation de la chaleur est construit a partir de canettes en aluminium vides! Plusieurs facteurs font qu'entre les énergies renouvelables (et écologiques), et les énergies conventionnelles (non renouvelables et non écologiques), le choix qui s'impose est d'abord celui de l'énergie conventionnelle avec pour argument principal le prix. Par exemple, les gigantesques profits générés par les monopoles sur les réserves stratégiques de pétrole. Lisez ce document pour voir qu'une simple personne peut faire la différence en construisant un panneau solaire à l'aide de pièces recyclées.

Donc vive le recyclage!