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A solar-powered egg-shaped urban home by Dai Haifei -a 24-year-old architect from Beijing China. His off-the-grid, urban-nomadic home relies on solar power for energy. (I want one)

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A Nightlight That Teaches Kids To Love Solar Power

lamp by Victor Vetterlein that teaches children about the importance and power of solar energy

PROXIMITY HOTEL Greensboro, NC. First LEED© Platinum Hotel in USA. America's first installation of the regenerative drive for Otis' Gen2 elevator, which reduces net energy usage by capturing the system’s energy and feeds it back into the building’s internal electrical grid. In addition, 100 solar panels on the roof generate energy to heat water.

SOLVINDEN Solar-powered, bird The solar panel converts sunlight to energy. Easy to use. No cables or plugs are needed.

The Solar Sunflower collects energy via the solar panel and applies this to generate durable power for your mobile devices.

To fully understand the energy issue, we have to understand how America gets its energy, and how it uses it. When you see the full picture, the problems (we waste a lot of energy) and the potential solutions (we have just barely cracked into renewable energy) become more clear. Here from solar to coal, is how much of our energy comes from each potential source, and where those sources go.

The annual report was created by Munich-based agency Serviceplan for solar energy supplier Austria Solar. The pages were printed in light sensitive ink so that the content becomes visible under sunlight.

Designer Michele Puzzolante introduced us her latest concept: a Solar Flaoting Resort that would be entirely self-powering thanks to the dye-sensitized solar cells which would be integrated into the vessel’s walls. Convinced that solar energy is the solution to global warming and environment issues. I would so love to go there!

The Freeplay Companion Radio is a radio, a flashlight, and a cellphone charger. It has a solar panel and a crank so you'll never run out of power, and you'll never have to buy disposable batteries.

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MIT Scientists Create Artificial Solar Leaf That Can Power Homes

Scientist Dr. David Nocera has finally perfected a low-cost, artificial leaf-like device, that like a real leaf, mimics the process of photosynthesis. Nocera announced the creation of a miniature solar cell at the 241st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society last week. Nocera hopes to use his “leaf” to help make individual homes capable of becoming their own self-sufficient power stations.

Using coal and kerosene to fuel a stove is both costly and hazardous. Social entrepreneur Crosby Menzies hopes it will become a thing of the past in Africa. He rolled out his solar cooker, a satellite-dish shaped oven that uses sunlight to cook meals, in the Johannesburg township of Soweto.

Repurpose recycled schoolbags, manufactured by Rethaka Pty Ltd. from Rustenburg South Africa, include a small solar panel that charges while in sunlight. At night, when fitted to a Consol solar jar, this provides up to 12 hours of light for reading and homework.

Rethaka (South Africa) recycles plastic shopping bags to make durable and desirable Repurpose Schoolbags. The bags are distributed to under-resourced schools where many kids don't have proper book bags. To help motorists see children walking to and from school, the bags have a reflective strip. They also feature a solar panel that provides light at night, a huge help in homes that don't have or can't afford electricity.

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From the Swiss style, an amazing Table of Contents design. This design utilizes rich, vibrant colors paired with an excellent and interesting use of negative space. Clever typography is also in action here, from the use of a clean sans serif font, to the imaginative juxtaposition of elements co-mingled on the page. All of these elements embody great design.