A company called MW-Line in Switzerland has been busy creating solar catamarans for tourism operations, where quietness and clean fuels are major pluses. Their Sun21, a 46 foot catamaran, was the first boat to cross the Atlantic on solar power alone. The Sun21 is actually a commercially available solar Aquabus C60, which holds 60 passengers.
I found a nice collection of intriguing green roofs by an Australian green roof group.
Honda has begun selling new thin-film solar cells in Japan. The solar cells are made with a compound of copper, indium, gallium and selenium (CIGS), rather than the conventional silicon. The cells are said to be “greener” because there is less carbon dioxide generated during their production. Some pundits believe that CIGS cells may become […]
Woah, plans are afoot to build this tower above the skyline of Khanty Mansiysk in Siberia. Set high on a hill in a densely wooded area, the tower rises above two podium buildings each faceted like a cut diamond, reflecting and refracting natural light to illuminate the interior. It will be a mixed-use building, providing […]
As the Small House Society points out, compact homes are efficient in many ways: they require less power, they require less maintenance, they require less materials to build, and they have smaller environmental footprint. Another advantage is that you can invest in land, rather than spend money building a huge home.