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Re-Barn: Autotroph Converts Iconic Tobacco Barns into Green Solar-Powered Homes

Re-Barn: Autotroph Converts Iconic Tobacco Barns into Green Solar-Powered Homes

Autotroph proposes to transform the skin of the existing barn to make it more structurally-sound and insert a new, energy-efficient single-family home inside. A new engineered frame would stabilize the

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UCLA Develops Electricity-Generating, Transparent Solar Cell Windows

UCLA Develops Electricity-Generating, Transparent Solar Cell Windows

A team from UCLA has developed a new transparent solar cell that has the ability to generate electricity while still allowing people to see outside. In short, they’ve created a solar

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Portland Community College’s Newberg Center is the First Net Zero Higher Education Building in Oregon

Portland Community College’s Newberg Center is the First Net Zero Higher Education Building in Oregon

Portland Community College opened a new campus in Newberg, a small town in the Willamette Valley, to meet the educational needs of the community. Hennebery Eddy Architects designed the master plan for the

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Energy-Generating Mushrooms Provide Power, Water, and Shelter in the Sci-Fi City of “New Mumbai”

Energy-Generating Mushrooms Provide Power, Water, and Shelter in the Sci-Fi City of “New Mumbai”

Tobias Revell's faux documentary shows how the mushrooms grow quickly and begin to harvest the sun, creating energy that provides heat and lighting, like an organic solar panel. They can even be

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Elon Musk’s ‘Hyperloop’ Train Could Travel From Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 Minutes Flat

Elon Musk’s ‘Hyperloop’ Train Could Travel From Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 Minutes Flat

Tesla Motor’s CEO Elon Musk recently revealed his plans for a new green vehicle, dubbed the “Hyperloop” that could transport people from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes flat.

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Solar and Wind-Powered Living Aleutian Home Resembles a Lobster Tail

Solar and Wind-Powered Living Aleutian Home Resembles a Lobster Tail

The 1,365 square foot design sits atop a concrete footing that is half that size. This has numerous functions for a project intended for the cold and icy north. First, it allows small integrated wind

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Solar-Powered Ice Cream Cart Keeps Frozen Treats Cool In The Summertime

Solar-Powered Ice Cream Cart Keeps Frozen Treats Cool In The Summertime

Dutch design company Springtime has produced an awesome solar-powered ice cream cart that keeps frozen treats chilled withough in the summertime without generating any CFCs or emissions. The device uses

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Yale University’s LEED-Platinum Kroon Hall is a Model of Sustainable Architecture

Yale University’s LEED-Platinum Kroon Hall is a Model of Sustainable Architecture

The building uses a very interesting technique to provide the heating and cooling: The lowest floor is set into a hillside with only its south side exposed, providing thermal insulation and minimizing

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Michigan-Based IKEA Now Has The State’s Largest Solar Array

Michigan-Based IKEA Now Has The State’s Largest Solar Array

IKEA has developed some innovative green designs over the years, but now the home furnishings retailer has the distinction of having the largest photovoltaic array in the state of Michigan. The

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The Firefly is a 100% Solar-Powered Boat That Only Costs $2900!

The Firefly is a 100% Solar-Powered Boat That Only Costs $2900!

This awesome boat, dubbed Firefly, is a six-person boat that is powered entirely by the sun. The first Firefly was built in 2010 by Dan Baker who decided to construct his own pontoon to cruise around

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bSolar’s Double-Sided Photovoltaic Cells Produce Up to 50% More Energy

bSolar’s Double-Sided Photovoltaic Cells Produce Up to 50% More Energy

Standard photovoltaic cells only harvest energy from a single surface - the side facing the sun. Israeli startup bSolar has found a way to improve upon this unidirectional design with a double-sided solar

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Eton’s Rukus Solar Boombox Keeps the Music Pumping All Day Long

Eton’s Rukus Solar Boombox Keeps the Music Pumping All Day Long

Summer is the perfect time for picnics and pool parties, but don’t count on the mediocre built-in speakers of your smartphone or laptop to kick things off. Eton’s Rukus Solar boombox is a portable,

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Construction of The World’s Largest Solar Bridge Reaches Halfway Point in London

Construction of The World’s Largest Solar Bridge Reaches Halfway Point in London

London’s super-solar Blackfriars Station is halfway to becoming home to the world’s largest solar bridge. Solarcentury began construction on the ambitious project last fall, fitting the bridge with a

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Rice University’s Carbon Nanotube Paint Turns Any Surface Into A Solar Battery

Rice University’s Carbon Nanotube Paint Turns Any Surface Into A Solar Battery

Carbon nanotubes have been used in everything from energy-free lights to oil spill clean-up technology, and now a team from Rice University has used them to develop a paint that transforms any surface

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The Mini House by Jonas Wagell is a Modern Prefab That Pops Up in Two Days!

The Mini House by Jonas Wagell is a Modern Prefab That Pops Up in Two Days!

The Mini Home's exterior materials are comprised of an Iverit façade and a bitumen roof while the floor is laid with hardwood panels. All of the prefabricated modules and add ons, including a compact

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Sail Away in Style on Your Own Solar-Powered Orsos Floating Island Home

Sail Away in Style on Your Own Solar-Powered Orsos Floating Island Home

Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to simply raise an anchor and move your home to a new country? Well, if you live on a luxury Orsos Island, you can do just that. The floating home resorts are

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Gensler’s Shore Hotel is a LEED Gold Beach Retreat in Santa Monica

Gensler’s Shore Hotel is a LEED Gold Beach Retreat in Santa Monica

Owned by the Farzam family, the Shore Hotel opened last fall and offers up a bright green alternative to chain hotels and a hum drum overnight experience. The spot was previously occupied by the Pacific

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Michael Jantzen’s Solar Science Center is Powered by Towering Photovoltaic Antenna

Michael Jantzen’s Solar Science Center is Powered by Towering Photovoltaic Antenna

The center is also designed to incorporate passive solar heating and cooling and collect rainwater through its roof. The central spire feature an observation deck, and it's ringed by a green roof

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MIT Team Develops All-Carbon Solar Cell That Generates Energy from Infra-Red Light!

MIT Team Develops All-Carbon Solar Cell That Generates Energy from Infra-Red Light!

Currently 40% of the solar energy that reaches Earth lies in the near-infra-red region of the spectrum, and while most photovoltaic devices are unable to harness this energy, a team at MIT has created an

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Discusses the RIO+20 Conference with Thani Al Zayoudi, Directorate of Energy and Climate Change at UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Discusses the RIO+20 Conference with Thani Al Zayoudi, Directorate of Energy and Climate Change at UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

INHABITAT: The start of the Rio+20 conference is upon us now. What is the UAE hoping to achieve whilst there? Thani Al-Zeyoudi: The UAE’s ultimate goal in Rio is to ensure the success of the summit. We

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US Navy Develops Underwater Solar Panels to Power Sensor Systems

US Navy Develops Underwater Solar Panels to Power Sensor Systems

Scientists at the US Naval Research Laboratory, Electronics Science and Technology Division recently announced that they have developed a new breed of underwater solar panels that are able to power

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The Solar-Powered Groundhouse in Brittany is a Designer Earth-Rammed Home

The Solar-Powered Groundhouse in Brittany is a Designer Earth-Rammed Home

The Living Building Challenge promotes the most sustainable development possible and we would venture a guess that the Groundhouse would at least come really close to meeting their requirements. Yes, that

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MIT Develops ‘Inverted Nanopyramid’ Solar Surface That Cuts Silicon Use by 90% in Photovoltaic Cells

MIT Develops ‘Inverted Nanopyramid’ Solar Surface That Cuts Silicon Use by 90% in Photovoltaic Cells

A team of researchers at MIT has developed a new type of textured solar surface that could bring down the cost of photovoltaic technology by reducing the thickness of silicon used by more than 90% while

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Monash University Student Housing Promotes Collegiality and Sustainability

Monash University Student Housing Promotes Collegiality and Sustainability

When BVN Architecture was designing the new dormitories for Monash University, they focused on the residents' experience rather than just ensuring they met the spatial requirements. The project consists

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Honda’s Thin-Film Solar Panels Provide Power for Penguins at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Honda’s Thin-Film Solar Panels Provide Power for Penguins at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Honda has announced that its new thin-film solar cell technology is now being used at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. As the founding sponsor of the Aquarium, Honda is providing the

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Former School Bus Converted Into a Thriving Mobile Urban Garden

Former School Bus Converted Into a Thriving Mobile Urban Garden

Here at Inhabitat we love finding urban gardens flourishing in the most unlikely places, like this brilliant school bus turned mobile greenhouse! The Green Urban Lunch Box is a 35-foot bus in Salt Lake

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Solar Impulse Completes World’s First Solar-Powered Intercontinental Flight!

Solar Impulse Completes World’s First Solar-Powered Intercontinental Flight!

Late last night the Solar Impulse successfully completed the world's first solar-powered intercontinental flight! After taking off from Spain, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg piloted their Solar

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Solar Impulse Airplane to Attempt World’s First Solar-Powered Intercontinental Flight Today!

Solar Impulse Airplane to Attempt World’s First Solar-Powered Intercontinental Flight Today!

The Solar Impulse solar-powered plane will take off from Madrid-Barajas airport (Spain) at 11:30PM (ESDT) and will ascend to an altitude of 12,000 feet in the direction of Seville. The plane will then

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Fertile House is a Renovated Green Haven in Tours, France

Fertile House is a Renovated Green Haven in Tours, France

  The couple who owned the farm house are getting on in years and wanted to update their residence to provide more space for visitors and create a connection with the outdoors. They also

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Sharp Breaks Solar Record With 43.5% Efficient Photovoltaic Cell!

Sharp Breaks Solar Record With 43.5% Efficient Photovoltaic Cell!

Sharp just signaled a bright future for renewable energy as it achieved a new solar cell efficiency record of 43.5%, eclipsing its previous record of 36.9% set in November. Sharp shattered the efficiency

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