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VIDEO: Olafur Eliasson’s Solar “Little Sun” LED Lamp Lights Up Lives Around the World

VIDEO: Olafur Eliasson’s Solar “Little Sun” LED Lamp Lights Up Lives Around the World

Artist Olafur Eliasson explores the importance of turning artistic potential into environmental action in this inspiring new video created by VICE for The Creators Project. Eliasson discusses his Little

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Solar-Powered 3D Printer Turns Desert Sand Into Glass Bowls and Sculptures

Solar-Powered 3D Printer Turns Desert Sand Into Glass Bowls and Sculptures

The Solar Sinter is made up of seven stations: a photovoltaic panel, the focal point for drawing the sun’s rays, a sun tracker, fresnel lens (for magnifying the rays), a battery, controlling

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Uruguayan Surfer-Girl Builds Charming Off-Grid Accommodation Powered by Nature

Uruguayan Surfer-Girl Builds Charming Off-Grid Accommodation Powered by Nature

Originally from Montevideo, Victoria Gonzales migrates every year between Punta del Diablo and the shores of L.A. She leads a healthy lifestyle full of surfing, yoga and raw food, a philosophy that is

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Solar Powered Sol-Char Toilet Zaps Poop into Fertilizer Bricks

Solar Powered Sol-Char Toilet Zaps Poop into Fertilizer Bricks

Researchers at the University of Colorado designed a new toilet called the Sol-Char that zaps poop into biochar using nothing but the sun. Led by Karl Linden, the team installed fiber-optic cables that

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Michael Jantzen’s California Food and Agriculture Pavilion Produces Crops and Green Energy

Michael Jantzen’s California Food and Agriculture Pavilion Produces Crops and Green Energy

Michael Jantzen's pavilion proposal is designed as a tourist attraction for the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Its design is intended to sustainably celebrate the great diversity, and the

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Now You Can Buy Solar Panels at 60 Best Buy Stores Across the United States

Now You Can Buy Solar Panels at 60 Best Buy Stores Across the United States

Consumers heading down to their local Best Buy for a new laptop or microwave will now be able to pick up solar panels as well. Best Buy and SolarCity have announced a new partnership to sell off-the-shelf

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Live Lib Plug-in Capsule Homes Offer Affordable and Energy-Efficient Urban Housing in Paris

Live Lib Plug-in Capsule Homes Offer Affordable and Energy-Efficient Urban Housing in Paris

At this year's Solar Decathlon event, Team Paris will unveil an innovative new urban living concept: plug-in housing. Live Lib is a community of plug-in capsule homes that share energy provided and

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Giant Green Roofs Top MenoMenoPiu’s Wind-Powered Taichung City Cultural Center

Giant Green Roofs Top MenoMenoPiu’s Wind-Powered Taichung City Cultural Center

Although Japanese architecture firm SANAA snapped up the winning bid, we felt that MenoMenoPiu Architects and Atelier Castro Denissof's inspiring proposal was too good not to share. Located next to the

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Ambitious Eiffel Tower Renovation Turns the Aging Icon’s 1st Floor into a Green Energy Powerhouse

Ambitious Eiffel Tower Renovation Turns the Aging Icon’s 1st Floor into a Green Energy Powerhouse

The $34.6 million dollar project includes demolition and reconstruction of the first floor Eiffel and Ferrié pavilions, which house the welcoming center, shops and a restaurant. Upon completion, the

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Ghana is Adding a Whopping 600 Megawatts of Solar to its National Power Grid

Ghana is Adding a Whopping 600 Megawatts of Solar to its National Power Grid

Image of solar panels / Shutterstock Ghana just made a major investment in solar energy with plans to build over 600 megawatts worth of photovoltaic power parks. Better still, the companies working

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Dutch Students Design Revolutionary Solar Power ‘Skins’ for Historic Homes in the Netherlands

Dutch Students Design Revolutionary Solar Power ‘Skins’ for Historic Homes in the Netherlands

According to Delft University, approximately 60 percent of Dutch citizens live in row houses and 25 percent of those homes are from the post war period. Although beloved by the city's population, these

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Unmanned Solar-Powered Drone Could Survey Alien Worlds for an Entire Year

Unmanned Solar-Powered Drone Could Survey Alien Worlds for an Entire Year

Global aerospace and defense technology company Northrop Grumman is confident that it already has the technology to build an unmanned inflatable aircraft that could explore other worlds. The company

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Solar-Powered Floating Island is an Off-Shore Green Retreat

Solar-Powered Floating Island is an Off-Shore Green Retreat

OK, we've seen concepts like this for years now - round floating retreats complete with a transparent room in the belly to see all the fish swim by. The idea is certainly appealing considering the fact

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Latin America’s Biggest Solar Farm Will Replace a Dirty Fossil Fuel Plant in Mexico

Latin America’s Biggest Solar Farm Will Replace a Dirty Fossil Fuel Plant in Mexico

Just a few weeks ago the world's largest solar thermal power plant switched online in Nevada, and now the largest solar plant in Latin America is underway just south of the border. Aura Solar I — a

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Could Solar-powered Desalination Solve California’s Water Supply Problem?

Could Solar-powered Desalination Solve California’s Water Supply Problem?

California is suffering through its worst drought in decades, and it has gotten so bad that officials announced that 17 communities across the state are in danger of running out of water within 60 to 120

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Solar-Powered Alpine Hut Boasts Spectacular Mountain Views in Switzerland

Solar-Powered Alpine Hut Boasts Spectacular Mountain Views in Switzerland

Located at the popular starting point for the ascents of Bishorn, Weisshorn, and Les Diablons, the new Tracuit Hut is situated along a ridge caught between a cliff and a glacier. Due to its location, the

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Gorgeous Solar Geodesic Dome Crowns Cob House in the Arctic Circle

Gorgeous Solar Geodesic Dome Crowns Cob House in the Arctic Circle

The SOLARDOME® PRO single-glazed geodesic dome was finished in just three weeks in August 2012 to provide shelter to the Hjertefolgers as they built their cob home out of sand, clay, water and other

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Multi-Angled Facade Protects La Pischuca House from the Strong Salvadoran Sun

Multi-Angled Facade Protects La Pischuca House from the Strong Salvadoran Sun

Sited high on a hilltop, the home has a series of decks organized around a central patio for entertainment and optimal viewing of the expansive views of San Salvador, the surrounding mountains and the

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The Via Verde B&B is an Off-Grid Eco Paradise Built by a Journalist Couple in Uruguay

The Via Verde B&B is an Off-Grid Eco Paradise Built by a Journalist Couple in Uruguay

Via Verde rise above the acacia and pine trees at a small fishing village called Punta del Diablo in northern Uruguay. Located near the village's center, this green B&B stands right where the luscious

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The World’s Largest Solar Plant is Frying Birds

The World’s Largest Solar Plant is Frying Birds

The world’s largest solar power plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, officially opened for business a few days ago, but not all environmentalists are happy about it. The plant consists

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Man Builds Cozy Tin Can Cabin out of Shipping Containers in Northern Wisconsin

Man Builds Cozy Tin Can Cabin out of Shipping Containers in Northern Wisconsin

With Steve doing the majority of the work on the home, the recently-finished Tin Can Cabin took almost four years to complete. With little building experience, he first consulted with an engineer in order

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Ivanpah: The World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Just Switched Online for the First Time

Ivanpah: The World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Just Switched Online for the First Time

Jointly created between NRG Energy, Inc., Google, and BrightSource Energy, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is the largest solar project of its kind and accounts for nearly a third of all

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Eco-Friendly Tinbeerwah House Rises on Steel Stilts in the Australian Bush

Eco-Friendly Tinbeerwah House Rises on Steel Stilts in the Australian Bush

Though the Tinbeerwah House may be small in size, the three-bedroom abode more than makes up for it with its beautiful natural environment rich with the sounds of Kookaburras and the nearby creek. Large

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Build Your Own Flat-Pack Micro Nomad Home for Less than $30,000

Build Your Own Flat-Pack Micro Nomad Home for Less than $30,000

The easily assembled tiny Nomad home comes in a flat-pack box that slashes shipping costs. It includes a kitchen, living room, bathroom, and sleeping area, all of which are somehow tucked into every inch

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Author Builds Tiny Solar-Powered Off Grid Cabin for Under $2,000!

Author Builds Tiny Solar-Powered Off Grid Cabin for Under $2,000!

Alexander's two-floor cabin measures 14x14 with space for a full loft, kitchen, bathroom, dining, living and office space. The space-efficient home can even sleep up to six people comfortably. In addition

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Why PV Solar is Better than Thermal Energy for Precious Water Supplies

Why PV Solar is Better than Thermal Energy for Precious Water Supplies

Lack of water is a huge problem in vast portions of the United States, where there is hardly enough to go around after the farms, ranches and cities have gotten their fill. So it really makes no sense

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Rawlemon’s New Spherical Beta.ey Solar Generator Can Charge Your Cell Phone

Rawlemon’s New Spherical Beta.ey Solar Generator Can Charge Your Cell Phone

For the past year or so, Rawlemon has been blowing our minds with their innovative concepts for concentrated solar power generation. Back in 2012 Inhabitat first reported on the Barcelona-based

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SolBooth: A Transparent Solar-Powered Phone Booth That Blends Into City Streets

SolBooth: A Transparent Solar-Powered Phone Booth That Blends Into City Streets

Hakan Gürsu of Designnobis developed the Solbooth - a beautiful solar-powered phone booth that we'd love to see on city streets. The transparent shelter blends into the urban environment with its

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PHOTOS: Walk Atop the Treetops at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

PHOTOS: Walk Atop the Treetops at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

Designed by Grant Associates and Gustafson Porter, Gardens by the Bay is a public park built on 101 hectares of reclaimed land in Singapore. The gardens are located at 18 Marina Gardens Drive adjacent

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World’s Largest Solar Bridge Complete in London

World’s Largest Solar Bridge Complete in London

At long last, the world’s largest solar bridge at London’s Blackfriars station is finally complete. Solarcentury and England’s Network Rail partnered to cover the bridge with 4,400 photovoltaic

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