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 building. The panels — which line the structure’s facade and rooftop — have a total capacity of 650 kilowatts, and the building also generates another 100 kilowatts using fuel cells. Custom designed for the university’s Environment and Energy Innovation Building in Tokyo’s Meguro area, this innovative idea makes great use of the sun’s abundant rays.

+ Tokyo Institute of Technology

Via Asahi Shimbun via Gizmodo