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December 16, 2010

Clean Energy, One Kilowatt at a Time

Centerbrook Architects offices from across the Mill Pond, photo by Derek Hayn

By Chad Floyd*

I would like to be able to state that I became an architect to save the planet from wasteful, polluting buildings – the built world accounts for some 40 percent of the greenhouse gases we produce – but the truth is my fondest desire was to become a thespian.  As the theater is an iffy business and my best stage feature, a lively head of hair, was rapidly waning, I turned to a more sensible alternative: architecture school.

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December 14, 2010

Energy-Efficient Wood Stoves by Morsø

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Whether you're looking to replace a drafty fireplace or utilize zone heating during the cold winter, perhaps an energy-efficient stove from Morsø should be considered and researched for your application.  The company offers several models -- small, large, traditional, or contemporary -- that are built in a low-impact manner with recycled materials. 

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December 10, 2010

Tracking the Sun with the Wattsun

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Let's say you can't put solar on your roof.  One option to tap into solar power would be to purchase a share of community solar.  Another option, depending on your land situation, would be a pole-mounted setup with system that tracks the sun.  Wattsun, the residential arm of manufacturer Array Technologies, offers a few such PV systems worth checking out. 

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November 17, 2010

Cogenra Mixes Solar PV and Hot Water

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Khosla Ventures-backed Cogenra Solar made big news this month when it celebrated the unveiling of an impressive 272-kW solar cogeneration installation at Sonoma Wine Company in Graton, California.  Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair attended the event to flip the switch on 15 Cogenra SunBase modules that generate both electricity and hot water for the winery. 

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October 20, 2010

Glass Tile Roof Solar by SolTech Energy

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Just when you thought you've seen it all, a new company comes along with a different approach.  SolTech Energy makes an innovative roof tile -- similar but distinguishable from this thin-film solar tile offered by SRS Energy -- that harvests solar energy with a traditional looking glass tile.  Currently offered in Spain and Sweden, the SolTech System can be installed to work in conjunction with most commmon heating solutions on the market. 

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October 15, 2010

Peel and Stick PowerPly Solar by Lumeta

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This summer, Lumeta, Inc., received UL certification for the company's innovative PowerPly solar product.  PowerPly doesn't need a rack or mounting structure.  It's backed with an adhesive and applies directly to the roof, making installation a cinch. 

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October 14, 2010

GE Readies New Thin-Film Solar Panels

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GE just announced that it is readying a new solar thin-film panel, system, and inverter product with a goal to provide the lowest cost of electricity in the market.  The multinational corporation is backing a cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin-film product and recently topped 15% efficiencies on commercial glass, according to a press release.

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October 13, 2010

SolarFlora: Sleek Beautiful Green Power

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This solar flower -- slightly more literal that these solar sunflowers in Austin -- has been getting more and more attention these days.  SolarFlora, designed by Nectar Design, is now on tour at events and locations in California.  The 13-foot flower is made with aircraft aluminum, weighs 300 pounds, and is large enough to hold up to four solar panels.  Depending on conditions, SolarFlora can generate up to 600 watt-hours per day. 

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October 12, 2010

18Broadway Exhibits New Green Tech

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There's a plot of land on 18th Street and Broadway Boulevard in Kansas City.  In time, the owner intends to use it for something commercial or residential, but, in the mean time, 360 Architecture helped transform the land with an interim solution.  18Broadway is now a demonstration of storm water management, urban agriculture, and energy independence on one city block. 

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September 17, 2010

An Insulated BIPV Roof from Metl-Span

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Earlier this year, Metl-Span introduced CFR Insul-Solar, which is a roof-integrated photovoltaic system that combines the company's CFR insulated standing seam roof panel with UNI-Solar thin film solar laminates.

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