Roofus – Radio-controlled Robotic Snow Plow

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Roofus

Roofus is a radio-controlled snow plow designed to remove snow from roofs of buildings (thus, the name Roof-us) where it would be particularly risky for a human to do so.  Personally, I would like to employ it for my driveway during the winter and sit back with a warm coffee, directing it’s efforts. (Pics)

 

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WindCube: Rooftop Wind Turbine

WindCube: Rooftop Wind Turbine

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Generating power by free methods is the Holy Grail for the green power movement. For consumers it could one day mean that we get power for our homes and gadgets for free from the sun or the wind. Wind power is controversial because the massive wind turbines are ugly and make the area where they are installed look bad to some people.

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Green Space Rooftops Blossoming Around The World

Green Space Rooftops Bossoming Around The World

“All you have to do is climb a tall building in Germany, and you’re going to see green roofs all over the place.”

Many countries like Germany (pictured) and Switzerland are now mandating that all new buildings with flat roofs must plant a garden on them. What will cities look like when this practice becomes the norm? (Pics)

 

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Solar Cells Integrated Into Building Materials

Solar Cells Integrated Into Building Materials 

 The solar system shown here (darker panels) integrates thin-film solar modules directly into a metal roof.

In an effort to promote the adoption of solar technology, United Solar Ovonic of Auburn Hills, MI, has teamed with a major roofing company to create a metal roof system that generates electricity from sunlight. The partnership offers seven different prefabricated systems, ranging in capacity from 3 to 120 kilowatts. Tests show that the solar roof panels are rugged and can withstand winds in excess of 160 miles per hour.

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Solar-Powered Art Rainbow Party Tent

Solar-Powered Art Rainbow Party Tent 

Never mind renting a tent with faux Palladian-style arched windows for that chic outdoor soirée – make your guests think a UFO has landed in your yard with the solar-powered Art Rainbow. Providing shade and psychedelic colors akin to multi-hued sunglasses by day, this design concept’s solar panels are charging up its batteries all the while, ready to light up the night with its flexible LED matrix display panels when the sun goes down. (We suggest the designer specify flexible OLED solar panels.)

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