The Innovations Making Africa a Leader in Off-Grid Solar

In Africa, roughly 600 million people live without electricity. This glaring lack in gridded power has attracted the attention of various outside companies, many of which to look to the continent to test cutting-edge technical innovations. Now, some African countries have flexible, renewable electricity infrastructures that are unseen anywhere else in the world, making Africa the leading continent in off-grid solar power. Read more on …

Live Off the Grid in an Ecocapsule

A new pod-like dwelling from Slovakia-based design firm Nice Architects makes disconnecting from the world easier than ever. Dubbed the Ecocapsule, the portable egg-shaped room allows inhabitants to live completely off the grid for up to a full year by making use of solar- and wind-generated energy. The Ecocapsule comes complete with a rainwater collection and filtration system, a kitchenette, a flushable toilet, a shower, …

Charged: Solaire Generation

The New York firm transforms parking structures into solar power plants

Depending on where you live, parking lots can either feel like a terrific waste of space or woefully inadequate for city needs. Still, they are everywhere, not to mention a critical component of urban planning. Since 2008, Solaire Generation has been busy reimagining parking structures in an innovative, powerful way. The firm, founded by architect Laurence Mackler, has developed a series of renewable energy products …