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Elithis Tower: The World’s First Energy Positive Office Building

Elithis Tower: The World’s First Energy Positive Office Building

The tower, which was originally a theoretical challenge initiated by Thierry Bievre, General Director of Elithis Engineering, is made of wood and recycled insulation. Elithis Tower also houses 330 rooftop

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SolarCity Brings Solar-Powered EV Charging Stations to the Masses

SolarCity Brings Solar-Powered EV Charging Stations to the Masses

Hundreds of thousands of electric cars are expected to be on the road in the next five years. Charging these vehicles has proven to be a challenge, mostly because of the lack of infrastructure -- but now

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2,200MPG Celeritas Solar Car Wins Shell Eco-Marathon

2,200MPG Celeritas Solar Car Wins Shell Eco-Marathon

Solar cars are rapidly becoming more and more efficient, but they're going to have to step up their game in order to beat the Celeritas, a 275 lb vehicle that can travel 2,200 miles per gallon. The car,

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Highview’s CryoEnergy System Efficiently Stores Energy With Liquified Air

Highview’s CryoEnergy System Efficiently Stores Energy With Liquified Air

One of the major issues with renewable energy technologies like solar and wind power is that energy generation tends to be intermittent -- i.e. the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always

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Marc Boutin’s Modern Frame House Showcases Passive Solar Design

Marc Boutin’s Modern Frame House Showcases Passive Solar Design

The single-minded design sensibility works hand-in-glove with passive solar building strategies to reduce and often eliminate the need for supplemental heat and light. Huge 18 foot glass doors open out to

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Solar Machine Mimics Plants to Transform CO2 Into Fuel

Solar Machine Mimics Plants to Transform CO2 Into Fuel

Plants have long harnessed sunlight to create 'food' for themselves, and now a joint American and Swiss team have created a device that can duplicate the process! The team recently unveiled their

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Laser-Powered Helicopter Breaks World Record

Laser-Powered Helicopter Breaks World Record

A remote-controlled quadrocopter recently set a new world record by staying aloft for 12 hours using energy beamed up to it by lasers. Developed by LaserMotive, the quadrocopter has photovoltaic panels

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Clif Bar HQ to Get Largest Smart Solar Array in North America

Clif Bar HQ to Get Largest Smart Solar Array in North America

Your next Clif Bar may be produced by the sun now that the food manufacturer is installing the biggest smart solar array in North America. The 530 kilowatt array, which is currently under construction at

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Josh Hadar’s Electric E-Trike Chopper Can Hit 45MPH

Josh Hadar’s Electric E-Trike Chopper Can Hit 45MPH

New York-based artist Josh Hadar has developed an electric three-wheeler dubbed the E-Trike that not only runs on renewable energy, but it has enough power to hold its own on city streets. Built around a

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Worlds Largest Solar Plant Now In Ontario, Canada

Worlds Largest Solar Plant Now In Ontario, Canada

Canada may not be the first place you would guess to have the world's largest photovoltaic facility. In fact, if this writer was asked he'd have opted for somewhere notoriously sunny such as Saudi Arabia

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2 Nest Village is a Cluster of Shaded Prefab Homes for El Paso

2 Nest Village is a Cluster of Shaded Prefab Homes for El Paso

To make construction faster, more sustainable and more affordable, all of the rectangular units will be prefabricated and have common dimensions. Going along the same thought process, the other

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Are Low-E Windows Melting Your Neighbor’s House?

Are Low-E Windows Melting Your Neighbor’s House?

Architects Newspaper recently shared some surprising news suggesting that new low-E windows could be responsible for melting the vinyl siding on neighboring homes. Reflections from the windows are

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Micro-Kitty: The World’s First Solar-Powered Vibrator

Micro-Kitty: The World’s First Solar-Powered Vibrator

It's common for green-minded gadget-lovers to rely on solar power to charge up cell phones, music players, and other electronics. But the latest solar-powered gadget is nothing if not unusual. Micro-Kitty

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Our 7 Favorite Solar-Powered Gadgets!

Our 7 Favorite Solar-Powered Gadgets!

Even if you don't consider yourself a full-fledged greenie, solar power is worth looking into when it comes to gadgetry. Solar powered gadgets are super-convenient - allowing you access to a renewable

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Zephyr Solar Plane Completes Longest Unmanned Flight Ever

Zephyr Solar Plane Completes Longest Unmanned Flight Ever

As expected, the Zephyr solar plane has officially broken the endurance record for an unmanned aircraft by flying for a whopping two weeks above an Arizona army range. The photovoltaic-powered Zephyr,

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EnergyFlex House: Green Building Eco-Laboratory in Denmark

EnergyFlex House: Green Building Eco-Laboratory in Denmark

Two eco-houses in Taastrup, Denmark have been built by the Danish Technological Institute in cooperation with Henning Larsen Architects to serve as a high-tech laboratory intended to guide the future of

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Sun Catching Solarflora Sculpture Holds Solar Panels in its Leaves

Sun Catching Solarflora Sculpture Holds Solar Panels in its Leaves

We’ve seen plenty of creative solar panel designs — some more attractive than others. The latest to come down the pipeline is Solarflora, a sleek sculpture that holds three solar panels (one

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Stunning FabLab Passive House Unveiled at Europe’s Solar Decathlon

Stunning FabLab Passive House Unveiled at Europe’s Solar Decathlon

The European Solar Decathlon kicked off this past Friday, and Inhabitat was on the scene to bring you the world's most stunning sun-powered homes as they go head-to-head in this year's competition. One of

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Obama Visits Solar Panel Factory to Push for Green Energy

Obama Visits Solar Panel Factory to Push for Green Energy

Yesterday President Obama visited a Solyndra solar panel factory in Fremont, California that -- with help from the stimulus -- was able to expand and create green collar jobs for the bay area community.

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HP Working On Solar-Powered “Dick Tracy” Watch for the Military

HP Working On Solar-Powered “Dick Tracy” Watch for the Military

Ever fantasize about owning an ultra high-tech wristwatch? You'll love the so-called Dick Tracy watch being developed by HP for the US military. The watch features flexible solar panels designed by

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Giant SolPix LED Wall is an Energy Generating Solar Shield

Giant SolPix LED Wall is an Energy Generating Solar Shield

This brilliant SolPix LED wall combines three of our favorite things: energy efficient lighting, solar power, and bling. The giant media wall is embedded with LED lights and a photovoltaic array, plus it

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MIT Unveils First Solar Cells Printed on Paper

MIT Unveils First Solar Cells Printed on Paper

Photo by Martin LaMonica at CNET What if you could simply staple solar panels to your house rather than hiring a professional installation team? That's not as far-fetched as it sounds -- MIT

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Ripe Radish Solar Lamp Grows Garden Greens

Ripe Radish Solar Lamp Grows Garden Greens

Looking for an unobtrusive way to light up your garden or front lawn? Check out Arthur Xin's Ripe Radish, a solar lamp that gathers power during the day, glows red at night, and features a built-in

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San Francisco Launching Largest Green Loan Program in U.S.

San Francisco Launching Largest Green Loan Program in U.S.

Good news for San Francisco-based property owners: the city has officially announced that GreenFinanceSF, the country's largest green loan program, will launch on April 12. The program allows property

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Tiny Solar Pebble Can Replace Kerosene Lamps in Rural Africa

Tiny Solar Pebble Can Replace Kerosene Lamps in Rural Africa

In the poorest regions of the world, exposure to kerosene kills one person every 20 seconds. That's why we're really impressed with the folks over at Plus Minus Solar who've designed their Solar Pebble to

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Chevron Embraces Solar Technology With Project Brightfield

Chevron Embraces Solar Technology With Project Brightfield

Sign #1 that interest in solar power is exploding: even the oil companies are getting in on the act. Earlier this week, Chevron unveiled Project Brightfield, a solar plant featuring 7,700 solar panels on

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IBM Releases Cheaper, 40% More Efficient Thin-Film Solar Cell

IBM Releases Cheaper, 40% More Efficient Thin-Film Solar Cell

IBM has announced the development of a thin film solar cell with an efficiency of 9.6% - a whopping 40% increase from its previous prototypes. An efficiency of 9.6% isn't terribly impressive compared to

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San Francisco to Offer $150 Million in Loans for Green Retrofits

San Francisco to Offer $150 Million in Loans for Green Retrofits

Are you a San Francisco resident looking to add a solar hot water heater, photovoltaic panels, or other renewable energy measure to your home? Soon the city might help you pay for it through the new

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Sculptural Sound Chamber Sings When the Wind Blows

Sculptural Sound Chamber Sings When the Wind Blows

Here at Inhabitat we love the wind -- it's one of our favorite natural resources. That explains our excitement when we heard about Luke Jerram's new artistic venture, an acoustic pavilion that sings when

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Solar Powered iPods & iPhones on the Horizon

Solar Powered iPods & iPhones on the Horizon

Apple may soon be rolling out iPods and other Apple products with thin film solar cells integrated right into the body of the device! Apple recently filed a fresh patent for solar powered portable

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