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Solar Impulse Plane soaring to new heights

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We are on the way to reaching new heights of innovation with solar energy technology. Solar Impulse, a program based out of Switzerland aims to fly around the world in a solar plane. Their next big step is an international flight from Payerne Switzerland to Brussels Belgium, a 500 km soar.

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Artificial Leaf Could Power Home on 1 Gallon of Water a Day

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Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created the first feasible artificial leaf. While the leaf doesn’t look anything like its plant inspiration, it works in a similar way. The leaf is a solar cell the size of a poker card, and it mimics the process of photosynthesis by using water and sunlight converting it into energy. In this case the energy is electricity.

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KPV Electric Scooter Uses Solar Power, Fits in Suitcase

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It's not exactly practical to bring along your Vespa when you happen to be flying across the country. What if you could still have a scooter to take with you, though? What if it fit inside a suitcase for ease of transport? And what if it was almost entirely green too?

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Lasers May Be the Future of Solar Cell Production

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Researchers at Purdue University have successfully implemented their ultrafast laser scribing technique for thin-film solar cells, a promising innovation that may bring down production costs and boost efficiency of photovoltaics.

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CO2 Scrubbing Fake Trees Might Roll In To Boston

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The treepods will work by utilizing an eco-friendly, alkaline resin which reacts with the air around it and strips the air of carbon dioxide. The clean air will float away happily. The treepods will be made entirely of recycled plastic from drink bottles.

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BMW: Could your clothes replace your car?

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BMW asked students at the European Institute of Design in Barcelona to come up with some wearable alternatives to cars that can be used to zoom around European city centres.

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Breakthrough solar technology a step towards cheap full-spectrum panels

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The solar age is now a day closer thanks to Wladek Walukiewicz and Kin Man Yu at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, who have developed a new full-spectrum solar cell that uses common production methods.

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International Space Station to get a bouncy-castle addition

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Inflatable furniture may have gone out of style after the 70s, but NASA isn't looking to Boeing or Bechtel to build an addition to the International Space Station; they're looking to Bigelow Aerospace to design and manufacture a 330 cubic metre inflatable expansion

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Teen genius’ solar-powered death ray vaporises anything (evil not included)

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The result is somewhat of an environmentally-friendly inverted disco ball of doom, designed to focus the sun’s rays to a single point capable of almost instantly vaporising metal

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Solar Vox solar USB charger concept tilts to face the sun

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Even if your local power provider uses a greener technology like hydro power, it's still not completely green. I'm not saying that the Solar Vox is completely green either, but it could help you be a little nicer to mother earth.

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Sony brings back flower power with solar windows

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Unveiled at the Eco Products 2010 exhibition in Tokyo last weekend, the "dye-sensitized solar cell" windows can be screen-printed with custom designs, allowing future consumers to make their homes more artsy while lowering their electricity bills.

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Casio watch face with solar panel shown at ECO fair

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This comes by way of the Eco Product 2010 event where Casio is showing off its popular G-Shock and Oceanus series watches. More specifically, they're offering an "exploded view" of a G-Shock watch, showing each of the individual components and how they work with one another.

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Voltaic’s new standalone mobile solar chargers generate 4 watts

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Voltaic has just released the Amp, Fuse and Switch, standalone chargers with solar panels that can produce up to 4 Watts of Power. With 4-5 hours of sun, or a day at the beach, their Lithium Polymer batteries can be fully powered and then used at anytime to charge a handheld device.

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Solar-powered camera strap charges in the sun

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I’m not particularly keen on the flashy white strap of this solar harness, but the idea is fantastic and anything leaning towards sustainability gets a thumbs up in my books. The Solar Camera Strap is a concept developed by designer Weng Jie. It capitalizes on the need for a sturdy camera strap for photographers, while trickling you power as well.

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If the Hulk was Going to Buy a Watch

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Who says being green is for hippies anymore! Casio is the latest company to jump on the money train and "green-wash" its products with the introduction of the Pathfinder PRG110C-3.In addition to telling you how late you are for work, the watch sports an altimeter, barometer, thermometer and digital compass if you should ever find yourself flying an airplane and all the instruments suddenly fail.

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