Archinect - News 2014-10-24T12:19:51-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/106481015/the-city-that-made-solar-power-illegal The City That Made Solar Power Illegal Alexander Walter 2014-08-13T14:09:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T20:31:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7c/7cdd28b8e5ff7235ee0f381a708079f1.jpg" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The rainy season coincides with summer in Dakar, which means it&rsquo;s the power-cut days. The heat goes up, A/Cs kick into gear and the power utility, Senelec, cannot cope. [...] Enter solar. This potential renewable savior is a latecomer to Dakar because until recently solar power was banned in cities, as it was considered what the French pointedly call &ldquo;comp&eacute;tition d&eacute;loyale&rdquo; &ndash; unfair competition. But under pressure from Dakar&rsquo;s own citizens, the ban was lifted under the last government [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/94365163/saving-face-pr-t-loger-designs-solar-powered-skin-to-preserve-dutch-row-houses Saving face: Prêt-à-Loger designs solar-powered skin to preserve Dutch row houses Justine Testado 2014-02-26T18:13:00-05:00 >2014-02-26T18:13:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lz/lzegc9cwees7wgbp.jpg" width="514" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How do you transform over 2 million Dutch terraced houses into more spacious, neutral-energy homes while they're still being inhabited? According to a team of <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/343/delft-university-of-technology" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TU Delft</a> students, a solution to that is Pr&ecirc;t-&agrave;-Loger.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s9/s9cpou3d2lkbn1v3.jpg"><br><br>Translated to "ready to be lived in," the <a href="http://www.pretaloger.nl/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pr&ecirc;t-&agrave;-Loger</a> model was developed to preserve the historic Dutch row house, which was mass-produced for the middle class during the post-war period. The row house remains as the most common house typology in The Netherlands and is a cultural icon for many Dutch residents.</p><p>Trying to preserve and sustainably enhance the houses to modern-day standards, the Pr&ecirc;t-&agrave;-Loger team designed an adaptable "skin" made of solar panels and smart technology that can be applied to the house's facade. The skin can be customized to the various shapes and sizes of the homes.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7i/7i2n927nvdmsughj.jpg"><br><br>The team recently celebrated the official kick-off of Pr&ecirc;t-&agrave;-Loger. With the support of partner organizations, they plan to implement the concept to a local neighborhood in Honselersdi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84703571/world-s-first-solar-sidewalk-installed-at-george-washington-university World's first "solar sidewalk" installed at George Washington University Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-21T21:14:00-04:00 >2013-10-22T14:15:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y7/y7dpaen7vsk1lm9d.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We typically see photovoltaic panels up on roofs, as they're broad, open surfaces that receive a lot of sunlight. You know what else spends a lot of time in the scorching sun, though? Sidewalks. With that in mind, a team at Washington DC's The George Washington University has created what is claimed to be "the first walkable solar-paneled pathway in the world."</p></em><br /><br /><p> But can my car drive on it? Built by <a href="http://www.studio39.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio39 Landscape Architecture</a>, the solar-sidewalk is installed on GWU's Virginia Science and Technology Campus.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/83055295/ikea-to-begin-selling-solar-panels Ikea to begin selling solar panels Archinect 2013-09-30T11:39:00-04:00 >2013-10-04T11:19:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yu/yu8ue0blcee406ig.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ikea is to sell solar panels at its British stores for the first time in an attempt to tap growth in the heavily subsidised green energy market. The world's biggest furniture retailer, best known for cheap basics such as its Billy bookcases and Ektorp sofas, plans to offer solar panel packages at all of its 17 British stores within the next 10 months.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/79524095/team-uow-australia-wins-2013-solar-decathlon-china Team UOW Australia Wins 2013 Solar Decathlon China Justine Testado 2013-08-15T12:57:00-04:00 >2013-08-19T19:33:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bd/bd7638d9f931b8960d13ed7151ea0bd8.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Aug. 11, the Illawarra Flame House of Team UOW Australia (University of Wollongong and TAFE Illawarra Institute) won the 2013 Solar Decathlon China. Co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Energy Administration China, the competition challenged university teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are affordable, energy-efficient, and stylish. Participants included 22 teams from 35 universities, with students of over 35 nationalities in 13 countries.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/79322115/l-a-to-s-f-in-30-minutes-tesla-s-hyperloop-would-make-ca-s-high-speed-rail-blush L.A. to S.F. in 30 Minutes: Tesla's Hyperloop Would Make CA's High-Speed Rail Blush Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-13T12:43:00-04:00 >2013-08-20T12:40:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jx/jxnri9f66stjd5v0.jpg" width="514" height="177" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hyperloop is a new mode of transport that seeks to change this [transit] paradigm by being both fast and inexpensive for people and goods. Hyperloop is also unique in that it is an open design concept, similar to Linux. Feedback is desired from the community that can help advance the Hyperloop design and bring it from concept to reality.</p></em><br /><br /><p> CEO of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, posted on the Tesla blog his proposal for an alternative to the <a href="http://www.hsr.ca.gov/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California High-Speed Rai</a>l plan, the Hyperloop. The solar-powered transportation system is proposed to function somewhat like a pneumatic tube, where capsules of up to 28 passengers on air-bearings are transported between Los Angeles and San Francisco in about 30 minutes.&nbsp;</p> <p> Read Musk's entire proposal <a href="http://www.teslamotors.com/sites/default/files/blog_images/hyperloop-alpha.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p> Feedback and contributions to the Hyperloop design should be directed to:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:hyperloop@spacex.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hyperloop@spacex.com</a> or <a href="mailto:hyperloop@teslamotors.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hyperloop@teslamotors.com</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/70191912/world-s-largest-solar-towers-take-to-the-sun World’s Largest Solar Towers Take to the Sun Anna Johnson 2013-03-27T20:38:00-04:00 >2013-03-27T20:59:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wm/wmukqpw7x5ybjlpu.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>California will soon be home to the world&rsquo;s two largest solar towers through an ambitious project known as The Palen Solar Electrical Generating System. The announcement was made shortly after the US Department of Interior announced the country was to add 1.1 gigawatts to its clean energy capacity. California has also committed to have a third of their power must be derived from renewable sources by the year 2030.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/69735976/flush-with-oil-abu-dhabi-opens-world-s-largest-solar-plant Flush With Oil, Abu Dhabi Opens World's Largest Solar Plant Alexander Walter 2013-03-19T16:45:00-04:00 >2013-03-20T14:01:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/93/931cc444f9248cf80429ab6f32089f7b.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Abu Dhabi, the most oil-rich of the United Arab Emirates, is now home to the world's single-largest concentrated solar power plant. The 100-megawatt Shams 1 plant cost an estimated $750 million and is expected to provide electricity to 20,000 homes, according to the BBC. Why, you might ask? Bloomberg says the less oil Abu Dhabi uses for local consumption, the more it can export.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/39227990/abandoned-stable-becomes-off-grid-luxurious-family-dream-home Abandoned stable becomes off-grid, luxurious family dream home Archinect 2012-02-24T18:02:00-05:00 >2012-02-26T14:24:17-05:00 <em><p>Without access to the grid, the Alonsos added photovoltaics and hydro power and worked to ensure the home wouldn't use much energy. The original position of the stable worked to their favor. The southern exposure allows for the sun to be the main source of heat during the winter. The Alonsos also added large wooden shutters that slide closed like a second skin, covering the large windows at night to trap in most of the home's daily solar heat gain.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/25046964/stanford-and-cornell-offer-novel-environmental-plans-for-n-y-c-campus Stanford and Cornell Offer Novel Environmental Plans for N.Y.C. Campus Archinect 2011-10-24T19:05:00-04:00 >2012-10-02T17:04:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bd/bd68d27272845a1ab06d0f3065d7a228.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If Cornell University were to win the city&rsquo;s competition to build a new science graduate school, it would install on Roosevelt Island almost four acres of solar panels, 500 geothermal wells, and buildings with the rare distinction of generating as much power as they use.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/22738940/foster-partners-unveil-plans-for-solar-powered-leed-gold-kuwait-international-airport Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for Solar-Powered LEED Gold Kuwait International Airport molly.cotter 2011-10-04T16:27:26-04:00 >2011-10-07T12:28:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qv/qvma8y9xckyixk5x.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Foster + Partners just announced they will be designing the new Kuwait International Airport - and they're aiming to make it the world's first LEED gold certified passenger terminal! The stunning design is sure to be an eye-catcher from both the ground and the sky, and it will raise the environmental bar for airports everywhere with a smart set of green features that will reduce the building's energy use and keep it cool in one of the hottest places on earth.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/21234670/7-amazing-sun-powered-homes-in-the-2011-solar-decathlon 7 Amazing Sun-Powered Homes in the 2011 Solar Decathlon DianePham 2011-09-21T16:27:20-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ys/yswistot4r6ir4wq.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From super efficient solar energy systems, to high-tech whole-house monitoring, rainwater collection, vegetable gardens and beautiful architecture, we're amazed the innovation at work in this year's Solar Decathlon entries. Although we're excited to see all 20 of the Solar Decathlon houses starting today in DC, we've got our eyes on several shining contenders - read on for a first look at our top 7 teams!</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/14640737/njit-rutgers-students-push-boundaries-of-sustainable-building-with-innovative-green-house NJIT, Rutgers students push boundaries of sustainable building with innovative green house Archinect 2011-07-25T18:16:14-04:00 >2011-07-25T18:16:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9c/9c84bc512f1d5b0a4ad538ea77fdad19.jpg" width="380" height="211" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Team NJ" &mdash; as the group of architecture, planning and engineering students from the two universities is called &mdash; has built a futuristic-looking, one-story house that challenges traditional building techniques and sets a model for innovative, green housing.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/4265454/maldives-plans-18-hole-floating-golf-course Maldives plans 18-hole floating golf course Paul Petrunia 2011-04-26T15:56:35-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8p/8pg9sx27v8fd247j.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Troon Golf, Waterstudio.NL and Dutch Docklands have announced plans to build a floating golf course in the Maldives islands, in the Indian Ocean, with holes connected by underwater tunnels.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Wired tells us about plans to build a zero-footprint, super-ambitious, golf course project. At least we'll have golf when the sea levels rise.</p>