Tesla Begins Solar Roof Sales

There are now two types of Tesla Solar Roof panels available for pre-order: smooth or textured glass tiles (both made from durable tempered glass). In the next six or so months, the other two proposed varieties, Tuscan and French Slate, should also become available for purchase. US deliveries are expected this year, and UK next. Though, the Tesla site says the panels will be available …

Researchers Find a Way to Make Wood Translucent

Researchers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm have developed a translucent wood paneling called Optically Transparent Wood (TW) that could transform the way we incorporate sunlight into architecture. It’s created by removing the chemical lignin from the wood veneer and then impregnating it with a transparent polymer. Lars Berglund, a professor at KTH, believes the new material could be used in anything from …

Voltaic Systems’ Shine Solar

A durable, energy-efficient lamp that doubles as a phone charger

Voltaic Systems made their debut in solar technologies over a decade ago when they introduced the first Solar Backpack—a bag we were impressed with, we announced it before there were any actually in stock. Fortunately, our eagerness allowed them to secure enough pre-orders to fund the first iteration of bags (an impressive feat of internet symbiosis in the pre-Kickstarter era). Since then, they’ve expanded their …