Illustration: Michael Kirkham Solar windows: Glass windows covered with an electricity-generating coating remain transparent, resulting in the world’s smallest functional solar cells (1 square millimeter for a single cell). They measure less than one-fourth the size of a grain of rice. Currently, the coating is able to produce a solar conversion efficiency close to 1 percent, but researchers are hoping that it will reach efficiencies above 5 percent when fully optimized.

Solar Power: net-zero energy is cheaper than ever…

Harvesting the sun’s power to create net-zero (or even net-positive) energy is cheaper than ever now. So why aren’t more architects doing it? By Katherine Flynn for AIA Architect It probably comes as no surprise that solar power is currently the least-used energy source in the...
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This Week in Tech: Otis Flips the On Switch for Its First Solar Farm

Plus, Elon Musk’s Boring Co. gets the green light to start digging in D.C., ARCHITECT’s 12th Annual R+D Awards is now open for submissions, and more design-tech news from this week. By Selin Ashaboglu Yesterday, the Otis Elevator Co. announced the opening of a new...
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What the first Tesla solar roofs look like in the wild. Tesla

Green design in 2017: More solar, wind, and algae

All the top news and trends By Jenny Xie In 2017, sustainability is often the thread that connects many of the topics we cover here at Curbed, from architecture and product design to transportation and infrastructure. Browse our “Green Design” group and you’ll find that this year...
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This Week in Tech: A Two-In-One Window and Solar Panel

Plus, Tesla installs the world’s largest energy storage facility in under 100 days, Autodesk to cut nearly 1,200 jobs, and more design-tech news from this week. By ARCHITECT Staff Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have...
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Tech Companies Respond to Puerto Rico | Architect Magazine

Tesla, Sunnova, and Sonnen provide relief by sending energy storage products to the island, which has been without power since Hurricane Maria. By Ashleigh Popera Puerto Rico’s power grid has been down since Hurricane Maria devastated the island on Sept. 20. With reports that the...
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This Week in Tech: Launching Fabrication into Space | Architect Magazine

Plus, GE considers selling its consumer-lighting business, and more design-tech news from this week. By Selin Ashaboglu After an experiment in the Gulf of Mexico last summer proved that the absence of gravity was pivotal to the successful 3D printing process of a human heart,...
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Solar Mapping Tools Continue to Grow Their Domain | Architect Magazine

Mapdwell and Google meet in San Francisco, plus a new book on how graphic design helped build public support for the 20th century’s major technological innovations. By ARCHITECT staff Last month Google announced a digital tool for determining the energy-cost savings of...
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Busta, Hallie A Web-based platform, Google's Project Sunroof is rolling out in three U.S. cities and regions.

Google Knows Your Roof’s Solar Potential: A new tool calculates the energy-cost savings of adding photovoltaics to buildings. | Architect Magazine

A new tool calculates the energy-cost savings of adding photovoltaics to buildings. By Hallie Busta Adding to the growing list of things Google knows about us is whether our homes and businesses could benefit from the addition of solar panels. Announced yesterday, the...
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