Archinect - News 2017-08-22T21:01:58-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150022622/tesla-s-tiny-house-goes-on-roadshow-to-promote-its-solar-tech Tesla's 'Tiny House' goes on roadshow to promote its solar tech Alexander Walter 2017-08-14T14:19:00-04:00 >2017-08-14T14:22:26-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/bc/bcbed1725ba4c7885cfc311b5b4106fc.jpg" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tesla revealed today that it created what it calls the &lsquo;Tesla Tiny House&rsquo; to feature its energy products, like solar panels and Powerwall. The company is bringing the house on tour using a Model X &ldquo;to educate the public on how to generate, store and use renewable energy for their home.&rdquo; The tiny house contains a Tesla mobile design studio and configurator to help home owners configure a solar plus energy storage system for their home.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Needless to add that the <a href="https://www.tesla.com/teslatinyhouse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tesla Tiny House</a> itself gains all its electricity via a solar installation on the tiny roof.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/6c/6ctu2i3pr1jxwrlo.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/6c/6ctu2i3pr1jxwrlo.jpg"></a></p></figure><p>The exhibition tour is limited to four major Australian cities for now, but the economic gain could be far from tiny &mdash;&nbsp;as the world's leader in capita penetration of rooftop solar installations (15% of households / 1.5 million households), Australia is a highly lucrative market for Tesla even though it hasn't started selling solar panels there.<br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150020937/ikea-starts-selling-home-battery-storage-with-its-solar-panels IKEA starts selling home battery storage with its solar panels Alexander Walter 2017-08-03T14:18:00-04:00 >2017-08-03T14:19:39-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/v1/v1f8mfgjtp0cegx8.jpg" width="650" height="395" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ikea is now offering solar panels and home batteries to its customers in the UK. The Scandinavian furniture chain is partnering with solar firm Solarcentury for the venture, with prices for solar battery storage starting at &pound;3,000 (about $3,970 USD). The home batteries are designed to work with existing solar panels, or as part of a new combined home solar panel / battery storage system that Ikea is selling.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Swedish furniture retail giant first starting solar panels in the UK <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/83055295/ikea-to-begin-selling-solar-panels" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">back in 2013</a> to grow on a (then) heavily subsidized green energy market but ceased sales in 2015 when the British government announced its plans of cutting solar subsidies by up to 90%. Just a few months later, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/67774/ikea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IKEA</a> returned with a new lineup of home solar panels, this time partnering up with the firm SolarCentury.</p> <p>"An average solar home in the UK will typically consume around 40% of all the solar electricity generated, or even less if they are regularly out during the day," IKEA explains in a new statement. "The remaining 60% of unused solar electricity is sent back to the National Grid, at a loss compared to its value. This means that homeowners currently lose out on making further cost savings. By adding Solar Battery Storage, unused solar electricity can be stored and used at a later time, meaning the amount of solar electricity an average home can use doubles to 80%."</p> <p>With the launch of its&nbsp;Solar Battery S...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150005948/just-add-a-cabin-gapahuk-a-readymade-cabin-from-sn-hetta-is-designed-to-fit-in-almost-anywhere Just add a cabin: Gapahuk, a readymade cabin from Snøhetta, is designed to fit in almost anywhere Julia Ingalls 2017-05-04T13:10:00-04:00 >2017-05-04T13:16:22-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/8q/8qhvr277szqk9lk2.jpg" width="650" height="455" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While the gapahuk (which in Norwegian means "a simple wooden structure with two or three walls and a roof") is not new, Snohetta's conceptualization of it as a multi-terrain, potentially solar-panelled off-the-grid insta-cabin is.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9m/9mjqdyho41sgihjn.jpg"></p><p>The gapahuk has a purposefully tight layout to make it easy to heat and large windows to make it easy to gawk at any available scenery, and also features three bedrooms and an adaptable exterior patio to make it easy to socialize.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7w/7wmi3wt1m1j0i4y5.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bv/bvraqyyg1buhhr42.jpg"></p><p>The twisted roof bears up equally well under punishing winds and sun, while the design calls for low maintenance materials that can usually be locally sourced. As entries in the sustainably chic category go, this rates highly (provided you have some extra land lying around on which to place it).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y0/y09yw5yrdmbyp4gh.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yb/ybzwdmsmhphn5t8y.jpg"></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149993737/mit-startup-creates-camouflage-solar-panels MIT startup creates camouflage solar panels Alexander Walter 2017-02-24T14:17:00-05:00 >2017-02-28T19:56:06-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/wt/wtooo7ftze3tzmkh.jpg" width="650" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Founded at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Sistine creates custom solar panels designed to mimic home facades and other environments, with aims of enticing more homeowners to install photovoltaic systems. Sistine&rsquo;s novel technology, SolarSkin, is a layer that can be imprinted with any image and embedded into a solar panel without interfering with the panel&rsquo;s efficacy. Homeowners can match their rooftop or a grassy lawn.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The product caters to the growing "aesthetic solar" market which tries to attract homeowners that are considering going solar but fear the aesthetic impact of the traditional, bleak-looking dark solar panels on their home's appearance. Just last fall, Tesla CEO Elon Musk <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975987/say-goodbye-to-clunky-solar-panels-and-hello-to-tesla-s-sleek-new-glass-solar-roof-tiles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">revealed</a> a line of glass, photovoltaic cell-embedded roof tiles that mimic (currently) four common roof covering styles.</p><p>Here a few more examples of Sistine's SolarSkin technology that allows&mdash;so the company claims&mdash;the panels to either completely blend in with the existing roof or display any desired image, like business logos or advertisements.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xi/xiishtv1bckqwces.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2m/2m8meg82y815270x.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ty/tyyb8jo3p27ha47m.jpg"></p><p><em>All images via&nbsp;Sistine Solar's <a href="http://www.sistinesolar.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>.</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149975987/say-goodbye-to-clunky-solar-panels-and-hello-to-tesla-s-sleek-new-glass-solar-roof-tiles Say goodbye to clunky solar panels, and hello to Tesla's sleek new glass solar roof tiles Nicholas Korody 2016-10-31T15:09:00-04:00 >2016-11-04T12:42:12-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/x6/x61fnubbb53pegaz.jpg" width="650" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While solar panels have been subsidized in many cities for a while now, the blocky, rectangular panels aren&rsquo;t heavily implemented in part because they tend to appear as, well, an addition, rather than a constitutive element of home design. That's about to change, as Tesla has announced a (potentially) revolutionary new intervention in the development of self-powered homes.</p><p>At a press event at Universal Studios, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed a line of glass, photovoltaic cell-embedded <a href="https://www.tesla.com/solar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">roof tiles</a>. And they look strikingly like old-fashioned roof tiles, coming in a four distinct styles: &ldquo;Textured Glass Tile&rdquo;, &ldquo;Tuscan Glass Tile&rdquo;, &ldquo;Smooth Glass Tile&rdquo; and &ldquo;Slate Glass Tile&rdquo;. From above, the glass is transparent to the sun. From street-level, the solar cells aren&rsquo;t visible.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ww/ww7ceuyo7b4fde1d.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vp/vpq84k5i757g0prz.jpg"></p><p>Tesla states that the tiles will cost less than traditional roofing when energy savings are factored in. Manufactured out of durable, long-lasting tempered glass, the roof tiles will &ldquo;last longer than the house&rdquo;, Musk ass...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149962456/mad-reveals-renderings-of-highly-sustainable-xinhee-design-center MAD reveals renderings of highly sustainable Xinhee Design Center Julia Ingalls 2016-08-10T18:00:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T01:10:18-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/uj/uj0ijtsy0wx65xb0.jpg" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Pretty much every element of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1276712/mad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD's</a> design for the Xinhee Design Center factors in sustainability: water features, full-blown gardens and offices commingle on the six star-shaped floors that sprout from the central atrium, while an envelope of PTFE provides ventilation and shade.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/li/li8ax51oyxp1c7ub.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g3/g38q408gcc3hnbcs.jpg"></p><p>Solar panels occupy the roof, while the footbridge in the atrium provides both air circulation and the opportunity for impromptu fashion modeling. The use of natural light throughout the building is aided in part by the facade's translucent coating, which allows light transmittance of up to 40%.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/br/brk8nfi7kvze1f8v.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3l/3l69oreajbuyf5ce.jpg">&nbsp;</p><p>However, the concept behind the building is meant to reflect the business of the client, an international fashion group. As MAD founding principal Ma Yansong explains, &ldquo;We envision it as a building with skin-and-bones. The correspondence of clothing and architecture is they both explore the relationship between the interior and the exterior.&rdquo;</p><p>For more on MAD:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143531682/photos-of-mad-s-harbin-opera-house-released" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photos of MAD's Harbin Opera House released</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940487/mad-slips-through-borders-with-salone-del-mobile-installation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD slips through ...</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149941589/san-francisco-to-mandate-solar-panels-for-new-constructions San Francisco to mandate solar panels for new constructions Nicholas Korody 2016-04-20T13:44:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:03:17-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/y4/y4hukyf2aotz4aj4.jpg" width="650" height="464" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The solar power industry is about to get a big boost in San Francisco. On April 19, the city&rsquo;s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to become the first major US metropolitan area requiring that new buildings install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on their roofs. California already mandates that new buildings with 10 floors or less designate at least 15% of their rooftop area (pdf, p8) as being ready for solar panel installation.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The city of San Francisco now requires that builders actually install solar panels in these areas (at a minimum) starting in 2017. Larger buildings are exempt for now."</em></p><p>Curious about other efforts to make American cities reduce their carbon footprint through harvesting solar energy? Check out these articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149512391/us-government-agency-develops-new-batteries-that-could-revolutionize-energy-infrastructure" target="_blank">US government agency develops new batteries that could revolutionize energy infrastructure</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144964221/turn-the-2-into-housing-or-a-park-or-a-solar-array-christopher-hawthorne-s-pitch-for-one-of-la-s-most-awkward-freeways" target="_blank">Turn the 2 into housing (or a park or a solar array): Christopher Hawthorne's pitch for one of LA's most awkward freeways</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145501201/mit-researchers-have-created-a-new-material-that-stores-and-releases-solar-energy" target="_blank">MIT researchers have created a new material that stores and releases solar energy</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139121978/students-endure-the-final-home-stretch-at-the-u-s-solar-decathlon-2015" target="_blank">Students endure the final home stretch at the U.S. Solar Decathlon 2015</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149606391/how-this-new-gigafactory-may-popularize-residential-solar-power-technology How this new gigafactory may popularize residential solar power technology Justine Testado 2016-03-04T21:24:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T21:56:02-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/ig/igykjwhfve1g09px.jpg" width="650" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When production begins, SolarCity, already the leading installer of residential solar panels in the [U.S.] will become a vertically integrated manufacturer and provider...At a time when conventional silicon-based solar panels from China have never been cheaper, investing in a new type of solar technology is a risky undertaking. However, the potential benefits are huge. The new factory...could transform both SolarCity&rsquo;s business...and the economics of residential solar power.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The MIT Technology Review profiles the upcoming Buffalo-based SolarCity factory and their ambitious plans that could potentially make solar power technology more widely available to consumers.</p><p>More news about alternative energy:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145746231/cloud-harvesting-skyscraper-renderings-of-proposed-new-sustainable-tokyo-development" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cloud-harvesting skyscraper: renderings of proposed new sustainable Tokyo development</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139550126/michigan-state-university-researchers-develop-completely-transparent-solar-panels" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michigan State University researchers develop completely transparent solar panels</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135189464/could-quantum-dots-be-the-key-to-turning-windows-into-photovoltaics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Could 'quantum dots' be the key to turning windows into photovoltaics?</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132487606/turning-japan-s-golfing-greens-into-solar-farms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turning Japan's golfing greens into solar farms</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/139550126/michigan-state-university-researchers-develop-completely-transparent-solar-panels Michigan State University researchers develop completely transparent solar panels Paul Petrunia 2015-10-22T19:57:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T18:38:11-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/a9/a9zfod3q6z1d5157.jpg" width="650" height="414" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... transparent photovoltaic cells are fundamentally inconceivable, considering that solar panels can develop energy power through a transformation of absorbed protons into electrons [...] light would have to flow unrestrained to the eye, meaning that those protons would have to go wholly through the substance. Therefore what the Michigan State team developed [...] a device that utilize organic salts to take in wavelengths of light that are imperceptible to the human eye.</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> https://archinect.com/news/article/128025752/france-mandates-green-roofs-for-all-new-buildings France Mandates "Green Roofs" for all new buildings Nicholas Korody 2015-05-25T16:51:00-04:00 >2015-06-01T22:02:13-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/ns/nszec7ijj2dpo469.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that&nbsp;are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels. Green roofs, as they are called, have an isolating effect which helps to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building during the winter or&nbsp;cool it in the summer. They are capable&nbsp;of retaining rainwater and reducing problems with runoff,&nbsp;and also&nbsp;offer&nbsp;birds a place to call home in the urban jungle.</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> https://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="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/yu/yu8ue0blcee406ig.jpg" width="640" height="360" 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> https://archinect.com/news/article/73374169/prishtina-central-mosque-entry-by-team-venturella-balducci-ponsi-gaeta Prishtina Central Mosque Entry by Team Venturella/Balducci/Ponsi/Gaeta Alexander Walter 2013-05-17T17:42:00-04:00 >2015-03-30T15:13:05-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/gp/gp7xju32y5ffor84.jpg" width="650" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A team of collaborating Italian architects is sharing with us their rather unusual spin on mosque design. The solar panel-covered "Wall-Dome" concept was the group's entry to the highly debated architecture competition to design the Central Mosque of Prishtina, Kosovo [...]. The team includes the architects Paolo Venturella, Angelo Balducci, Luca Ponsi, and Paolo Gaeta.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71485644/no-clear-winner-yet-in-kosovo-s-central-mosque-of-prishtina-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No Clear Winner (yet) in Kosovo&rsquo;s Central Mosque of Prishtina Competition</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/65165261/peel-and-stick-solar-panels-a-world-first Peel-and-Stick Solar Panels: A World First Anna Johnson 2013-01-09T19:31:00-05:00 >2013-01-14T20:19:04-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/g0/g0lp1dkmdui5esuk.jpg" width="550" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Researchers at the Stanford School of Engineering have succeeded in developing the world&rsquo;s first peel-and-stick thin-film solar cells. The idea will allow the cells to be applied to almost any surface, with successful tests having been conducted on paper, plastic and window glass. This opens up significant opportunities for alternative applications for solar technology, previously limited by traditional solar cells, which must be mounted on stiff, often heavy, fixed panels.</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>