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Something on which we can all agree: Solar power is great

The future of energy has arrived in Pennsylvania and we ought to push it forward. This is an op-ed article by the founding directors of LAGI. It was originally published in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette on Sunday February 5, 2017. … Continue reading

Solar Powered Super Trees in Singapore

photo by Munshi Ahmed These incredible constructions at Singapore’s Gardens By the Bay have caught our attention. Designed by Grant Associates, these 25-50 meter tall super trees function as combined: vertical garden, PV panel, air venting tower, and rainwater collection … Continue reading

Airlight Energy’s Monuments to Concentrated Solar Power

The Precasted Fiber Reinforced Concrete Collector by Airlight Energy is a refreshingly different design for CSP technology. It employs flexible pneumatic mirrors below and ETFE foil above, both stretched within a rigid concrete frame to create a parabolic trough system … Continue reading

Nature Offers Another Lesson to the Solar Power Industry (go biomimicry!)

image from Torresol Energy We’ve written about Fibonacci Series before here on bLAGI. So it does not come as a great surprise to us that the layout of heliostats (solar-tracking mirrors) around a solar power tower could benefit from the … Continue reading

Surface Area Required to Replace Mountain Top Removal Coal Mining with Solar Power

click on the image for a larger version. Mountaintop removal mining (MTR) is a form of surface mining that involves the removal of a summit or ridge. Acres of wilderness habitat is deforested and the wood burned. Explosives are then … Continue reading

Modern Solar Power Towers by RAFAA

Some nice alternative designs for the BrightSource Energy Ivanpah solar thermal plant in California. From the article by Bridgette Meinhold at inhabitat: BrightSource is holding a competition to come up with designs for the solar towers and Zurich-based RAFAA Architectue … Continue reading

Small Town Switches 85% to Solar Power

Credit: Skyline Solar Nipton, California will soon be powered 85% by a new High Gain Solar (HGS) array in the Mojave desert. With just short of 1,000 residents, Nipton is a small railroad outpost town. But such small steps are … Continue reading

LIFE Magazine Online: History of Solar Power

Great historic shots of early solar power technology in this photo essay. Seems that if we hadn’t had been so “lucky” to have had “inexpensive” access during the 20th century to ready supplies of fossil fuels, we would have come … Continue reading

Solar Powered Camels Carry Medicines to Remote Desert Areas

via inhabitat What a great idea for medicines and vaccines that require refrigeration. According to the article, the number of people that this could help is in the range of 300,000.

The state of solar power technology

There have been some detractors to the idea that we can fuel the world entirely with solar energy by 2030. It seems to me from the numbers that this is possible and it’s important that we all recognize that it … Continue reading

Solar-Powered Sun Lanterns Light Up The Night in Scottsdale

A new solar-powered public artwork is lighting up the night in Scottsdale, Arizona. Designed by Tempe-based artist Eli Richard, Sun Lanterns is a temporary exhibit comprised of 23 multicolor solar-powered lamps made with plexiglass and steel. Scottsdale Public Art commissioned … Continue reading

Sun Stomp solar art could power a Baltimore home for one year

It’s been a big week for us with the announcement that Rio Iluminado won the LAGI Willimantic design competition in Connecticut. We’re floored by the community’s will to transform their town into an exciting new destination for people from all walks of life, and look forward to … Continue reading

Rio Iluminado: Solar-powered arch wins LAGI Willimantic design competition

Rio Iluminado by Pirie Associates, Lindsay Suter, and Gar Waterman.   The winning team of the most recent LAGI design competition was presented with their award today at Connecticut Arts Day. The artwork, called Rio Iluminado, has won the design … Continue reading

Surface Area Required to Power Bitcoin with Solar

Click on the information graphic above to see a high resolution version. Or click here to download a PDF version Have you heard that the electricity used by Bitcoin will exceed 33 terrawatt-hours (TWh) in 2017? That is a lot … Continue reading

Solar Flower Power

click image for source Haim Dotan Architects helped to design this concentrated solar power flower by Aora, inspired by the shape of a tulip. The first one pictured above was constructed on 0.5acre (2,000sq.m.) of land at Kibbutz Samar. They … Continue reading

Area Required to Power the UAE with Solar

The above image is a comparison of concentrated solar power with the recently awarded nuclear power contract for the UAE. Admittedly, there are far more variables at play than are shown in this simplified graphic. But it is interesting to … Continue reading

Poster Size Version of The Area Required to Power the World with Solar

click to enlarge We have been delighted at the popularity of the graphic that we posted a month ago. Now it is available in a poster size pdf for download! Click here, or on the thumbnails to the right to … Continue reading

How dye-sensitized cells revolutionized the solar industry

Professor Michael Grätzel’s future flashed before his eyes in 1973 when OPEC stopped supplying the United States and Western Europe with oil. Foreseeing a time when fossil fuels would be depleted, and freshly armed with a PhD from the Technical … Continue reading

7 Public Art Designs Powered By Algae

Algae is awesome. There’s no other way to put it. Ranging from single-celled to complex multicellular organisms, algae has existed for at least three billion years, according to the Smithsonian. Today, its potential to disrupt modern life is increasingly coming into focus. On the one hand, … Continue reading

Powering Places

Powering Places is the beautiful hardcover book that catalogs the LAGI 2016 design competition for Santa Monica. It is available at many bookstores, museums, and online at the usual outlets. Here is a good list. The book contains engaging essays … Continue reading