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SoBi: Social Bicycle Sharing System Makes it Easy to Find and Rent Bikes

SoBi: Social Bicycle Sharing System Makes it Easy to Find and Rent Bikes

SoBi, created and founded by Ryan Rzepecki, is an affordable bike sharing system that makes it easy to rent a bike when you need it and doesn't require dedicated docking stations or other infrastructure.

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Bridge Studio is a Solar-Powered Minimalist Artist Retreat on Fogo Island

Bridge Studio is a Solar-Powered Minimalist Artist Retreat on Fogo Island

Todd Saunders was commissioned to design a series of six artists’ studios at various Fogo Island locations. The goal of the Shorefast Foundation and the Fogo Island Arts Corporation is to preserve the

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Eole Water’s Wind Turbine Generates Fresh, Clean Drinking Water from Condensation

Eole Water’s Wind Turbine Generates Fresh, Clean Drinking Water from Condensation

Wind Turbine Image from Shutterstock In remote areas without access to fresh drinking water, there is often the dual concern of a lack of electricity — which is what makes French company Eole

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AirHotel: 6 High-Flying Hotel Rooms Made of Recycled Materials in Belgium

AirHotel: 6 High-Flying Hotel Rooms Made of Recycled Materials in Belgium

Sterreschijter This hanging metal structure looks like an oversized bucket or carriage. It is attached to a tree trunk by clamping and tensioning and has a translucent roof opening. Suspended a full six

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Breezy Casa Mecano Adapts to its Tropical Environment in Costa Rica

Breezy Casa Mecano Adapts to its Tropical Environment in Costa Rica

Casa Mecano is the most recent project of Juan Robles of Robles Arquitectos and is a striking example of modern tropical architecture. Located on the Osa Peninsula, the home sits in close proximity to the

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6 Cool Camper and Tent Designs for a Summer Adventure

6 Cool Camper and Tent Designs for a Summer Adventure

Moby-1 XTR Expedition Trailer Moby1‘s XTR puts a modern spin on the classic pull-along teardrop trailer. While the look of this camper may be retro, this compact beauty actually comes packed with

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Tesla and SolarCity Team Up to Create New Off-the-Grid Solar Power Storage System

Tesla and SolarCity Team Up to Create New Off-the-Grid Solar Power Storage System

Tesla may be best known for exceptionally good-looking electric sports cars, but their role in the automotive industry has honed their skills in battery-making too. Now, the company is teaming up with

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Solar-Powered Restaurant Aan Zee Rests Lightly in the Dunes in the Netherlands

Solar-Powered Restaurant Aan Zee Rests Lightly in the Dunes in the Netherlands

Completed in 2011, Restaurant Aan Zee provides an outpost for beach-goers, kite-surfers and mountain bikers to the Oostvoorne area. The building also displays information about the Dutch countryside and

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Squish Studio is a Tiny Minimalist Home That Sits Lightly on Canada’s Fogo Island

Squish Studio is a Tiny Minimalist Home That Sits Lightly on Canada’s Fogo Island

From a distance, the 130 square meter studio is swallowed up by rock, water and sky, but close up, several interventions have given the almost celestial space great expanse. The pitched southern entry

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Condo Owners Fight Homeowner Associations For Their Right to Install Solar Power

Condo Owners Fight Homeowner Associations For Their Right to Install Solar Power

Do you think homeowners should have the right to install solar panels on their own condos? Many homeowner associations (HOAs) in the United States don't think so. Even as solar energy becomes

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Henning Larsen Unveils Plans for LEED Platinum Nordea Bank With Scandinavia’s Largest Trading Floor

Henning Larsen Unveils Plans for LEED Platinum Nordea Bank With Scandinavia’s Largest Trading Floor

The winning design adds to Henning Larsen Architects' recent string of successful bids - the eminent Danish firm also won a competition to design a new theater and zoo entrance in Emmen. Their concept for

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Moby1 is a Modern and Mobile Micro-Home for Living in the Wild

Moby1 is a Modern and Mobile Micro-Home for Living in the Wild

Moby1's stylin' XTR is a modern spin on the classic 50s Teardrop Trailer, incorporating new technologies and an array of cushy amenities. Lightweight, small, and quite comfortable, these camping trailers

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Inhabitat Tries Out Ikea’s Solar-Powered Sunnan Lamp

PRODUCT REVIEW: Inhabitat Tries Out Ikea’s Solar-Powered Sunnan Lamp

When Ikea came out with its SUNNAN solar-powered desk lamp, we were immediately enamored with the elegant, minimal design, but were curious about how much light the product could actually deliver when

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Plaza Diane in Wyoming is a LEED Gold Art Center Converted from a Former Gas Station

Plaza Diane in Wyoming is a LEED Gold Art Center Converted from a Former Gas Station

Driving through town, the bright and airy Plaza Diane jumps out amongst the older buildings. The original plaza is named after a prominent civic leader Diane E. Bonner who was instrumental in developing a

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Adele’s New Solar-Powered Seaside Home Will Be Rolling In The Green

Adele’s New Solar-Powered Seaside Home Will Be Rolling In The Green

Leading British singer Adele isn't just rolling in the deep - she's also rolling in the green! We found out this morning that the chanteuse will be giving her new seaside home in Brighton a solar-powered

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Tokyo Institute of Technology Unveils New Facade Decked Out in 4,500 Solar Panels!

Tokyo Institute of Technology Unveils New Facade Decked Out in 4,500 Solar Panels!

Photo: Eiji Hori for Asahi Shimbun The Tokyo Institute of Technology recently unveiled a shiny new shell made of 4,500 solar panels that allow it to use half of the energy of a similarly-sized

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New Elektra One Solar Plane Flies Twice as Far as the Original

New Elektra One Solar Plane Flies Twice as Far as the Original

Following the maiden flight of their Elektra One electric plane, SolarWorld and PC-Aero have unveiled a new solar-powered version that gives the small plane twice the range of the electric version. The

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United States Pulls Ahead of China in Clean Energy Race

United States Pulls Ahead of China in Clean Energy Race

According to a Pew Charitable Trusts survey, the United States has reclaimed the top spot in clean energy investment, toppling China from its number one global ranking. Meanwhile, investment in renewables

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“Blackest” Solar Cell Ever Designed Absorbs 99.7 Percent of All Light

“Blackest” Solar Cell Ever Designed Absorbs 99.7 Percent of All Light

Natcore Technology scientists have created a black silicon solar cell with an average reflectance of 0.3%, making it the “blackest” solar cell ever designed. Compared to the most efficient solar cells

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Areva Announces Plans to Build Largest Solar Installation in Asia

Areva Announces Plans to Build Largest Solar Installation in Asia

The French nuclear engineering company Areva was awarded a contract this week by Indian power company Reliance Power Ltd. to build the largest concentrated solar power installation in Asia, which

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Help All 4 Paws Animal Shelter Green Its New Space!

Help All 4 Paws Animal Shelter Green Its New Space!

It's pretty clear that we're animal lovers here at Inhabitat, so when we got an email from All 4 Paws, a progressive animal rescue in South Carolina, asking for help we knew we couldn't say no. The

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Walmart’s 100th Solar Power Installation Gets Switched On in Colorado

Walmart’s 100th Solar Power Installation Gets Switched On in Colorado

Yesterday Walmart announced the installation of six more solar projects in Denver, Colorado, bringing the total number of Walmart’s solar power installations to 100. The rooftop solar installations,

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Obama Administration Announces New Clean-Energy Initiatives for the Military

Obama Administration Announces New Clean-Energy Initiatives for the Military

The US military spends up to $20 billion on oil every year, and as oil prices climb that amount is steadily increasing. But oil doesn't just cost the Pentagon in the form of tax dollars -- it presents

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Kyocera Announces Plan for Japan’s Largest Solar Farm

Kyocera Announces Plan for Japan’s Largest Solar Farm

Kyocera announced today that it will partner with two other companies to build Japan’s largest solar farm. Located on the southwestern island of Kyushu, the 70-megawatt solar power plant is the start of

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Urban-Think Tank Awarded Silver Holcim Award For Colorful Community Center in São Paulo

Urban-Think Tank Awarded Silver Holcim Award For Colorful Community Center in São Paulo

Although Grotão is located in the center of the city, only one road connects it to the larger circulation systems of Sao Paulo, which limits the residents access to essential amenities. The goal of

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New Solar Satellite Could Harvest the Sun’s Rays 24/7 From Outer Space

New Solar Satellite Could Harvest the Sun’s Rays 24/7 From Outer Space

Since the early 1970s, scientists have been toying with the idea of collecting solar power in space, where solar collection rates are stronger than on the surface of the Earth. But because of the costs

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Israel’s Hula Visitor Center Offers Breathtaking Vantage Points for Birdwatching

Israel’s Hula Visitor Center Offers Breathtaking Vantage Points for Birdwatching

The Hula Visitor’s Center is almost not discernable amongst the region’s mountains and valleys. The building’s viewing tower is the only element of the structure that purposely juts out of the

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How the Media Dropped the Ball on the Solar Trust of America Story

How the Media Dropped the Ball on the Solar Trust of America Story

When news broke earlier this week that Solar Trust of America (a big solar company backed by the US Department of Energy) had filed for bankruptcy, conservatives predictably took to the airwaves to

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Los Angeles Approves Pilot Plan to Buy Solar Power from Local Property Owners

Los Angeles Approves Pilot Plan to Buy Solar Power from Local Property Owners

Why do cloudy European countries produce so much more solar energy than the United States? Because countries like Germany, for example, have programs that require local utility companies to buy solar

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Chinese Researchers Unlock Secret of Butterfly Wings to Make Efficient Solar Power

Chinese Researchers Unlock Secret of Butterfly Wings to Make Efficient Solar Power

Chinese material scientists have been studying the design of butterfly wings to unlock ways to make solar electricity more efficient. Inspired by the way that butterflies use their wings to collect solar

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