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Designing solar panel walls that can recycle & heat greywater

What if the walls of your house could recycle the wastewater from your sinks, showers, baths, and washing machine? Architect Maria Paz Gutierrez is working with environmental engineer Slav Hermanowicz and bioengineer ...

Solar and potential energy ‘swing thing’ mini machines

Made with pencils, a pen, a paper clip, rubber bands, spring clips, and a ball bearing, YouTuber rcbif spent his lunch at work creating a useless 'swing thing' invention, a concept that he saw online. (Take a close lo...

Can you push a spacecraft with light? – Physics Girl

In this episode from Physics Girl, Dianna Cowern explains how space ships can use sunlight to travel the stars in the same way that boats use wind to move across the seas. While solar sail spacecraft design is a more ...

Climate Change 101 with Bill Nye + solutions great and small

What is climate change, what causes it, and how do we mitigate its effects? Bill Nye summarizes Climate Change 101 in concert with National Geographic's Climate Change issue and COP21, the December 2015 Paris Climate ...

Stanford Solar Car Project: Racing on Sunshine, a documentary

In 2013, the Stanford Solar Car Project student-run team raced Luminos across the Australian outback, 1,864 miles (3,000 km) from Darwin to Adelaide, in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. The trailer above gives j...

Explore wastewater treatment with LeVar Burton & Reading Rainbow

How do we use technology to turn human waste into water that we can drink? This Reading Rainbow field trip is an excellent introduction to how we use bacteria, solar power, oxygen, gravity, chlorine, and more to reuse...

Fourth graders create a solar powered classroom

When Aaron Sebens started talking about renewable energy with his fourth grade class, they kept coming back to their excitement about solar power and making it a more hands-on learning experience. How might they move ...

Why aren’t we only using solar power?

Solar power is cleaner, more sustainable, and in many cases, less expensive than coal-fueled power plants, so why aren't we only using solar power? Beyond the business and infrastructural challenges, TED Ed outlines s...

The Solar Do-Nothing Machine by Charles and Ray Eames

Designed by husband and wife team Charles and Ray Eames, this is the Solar Do-Nothing Machine, a whimsy-maker of sorts, but also "one of the first devices to convert solar energy to electricity. The Eames office asked...

Mr. Trash Wheel, Baltimore’s Trash-Collecting Water Wheel

River cleanup in Baltimore has gotten easier (and more fun to watch) with the construction of the Healthy Harbor initiative's Water Wheel. Designed by John Kellett and Daniel Chase, the solar and water-powered trash c...

Cook food using the sun’s heat – How to build a solar oven

From a yard in Kampala, Uganda, Moses explains how to build a solar oven using a tire, some glass, newspaper, silver foil, tape, a black pot, and a few hours. If you’re cooking outside or don’t have an oven, solar ...

Solar Power – NOVA PBS

From NOVA PBS, Solar Power:  The amount of solar energy that strike the surface of the Earth in one hour is more than enough to supply every person on the planet with electricity for an entire year. However, there...

What is Energy?

From Nova PBS, “What is energy and why are we on a never ending search for new energy sources?

24/7 Concentrated Solar Thermal Power + Molten Salt Storage

Turning light into heat 24 hours a day, Concentrated Solar Power plus molten salt storage technology (CSP+) works like a typical steam turbine/electrical power generator system on the inside, but on the outside, it is...