This Living Light is powered by a houseplant

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The lamp works using photosynthesis. As organic compounds are released in the soil, bacteria generates electrons and protons. Those in turn are used as a battery to power the light. The healthier your plant is, the more photosynthesis takes place and the more energy you generate, which is a pretty cool way to gauge how happy your plant lamp is.

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Living solar panel wallpaper harvests energy thanks to photosynthesis

Researchers printed circuitry and cyanobacteria on paper, creating a wallpaper that harvests power. The cyanobacteria lived through the printing process, and then performed photosynthesis to harvest energy. Imperial College London described the product as a two-in-one solar bio-battery and solar panel, and said an iPad-sized piece of the wallpaper could energize a digital clock or LED light bulb. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This Living Vehicle can take you completely off grid for a month

Combining a glossy aluminum cladding with eco-friendly materials and self-sustaining features, HofArc’s new Living Vehicle trailer may just be the future of stylish, off-grid living. The stunningly sophisticated home on wheels was built with low-impact materials meant to last a lifetime and can be equipped to go off grid for weeks of a time.

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9 incredible pod homes to help you win at off-grid living

If your #lifegoals include living off the grid somewhere, surrounded by nature, then check this out. We’ve rounded up the best off-grid living pods that are not only affordable, but can be moved almost anywhere.

Pod Space pre-fab pop-up pods
Pod Space’s award winning pre-fab pods can be installed just about anywhere you can dream of. The modular pods are customizable, so you can use them as a backyard office, an extra room, or even a fully-equipped tiny home. The best part is the floor-to-ceiling… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New solar panels with built-in batteries make off-grid living easy

Solar might be the future, but few people and businesses can afford to invest in the technology. This is why SolPad’s latest innovation is so newsworthy. The new SolPad Mobile is the first personal, portable solar energy generator capable of providing power anywhere. Developed to “democratize” renewable energy for all consumers, the 25-pound invention has built-in battery storage and output power that exceed any other portable solar device in its class. Additionally, it is capable of providing… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Norway’s Fleinvaer cabins offer the ultimate in off-grid living on a remote island

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This incredible urban oasis cafe is filled with living trees and vintage cars

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The world’s largest artificial sun could fry any living thing in an instant

German scientists are hoping to shine new light on ways to generate environmentally friendly fuel. At the German Aerospace Center (DLR)’s Institute for Solar Research, scientists have flipped on a system called Synlight, which they describe as the biggest artificial sun on the planet. Synlight is comprised of 149 huge spotlights, pouring out 10,000 times the solar radiation that naturally hits Earth from the real sun. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The Living Table is a verdant indoor garden hidden in your table

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This train station which doubles as city hall in Sweden will function as an “urban living room”

The new station and city hall in the southern Swedish city of Växjö is an urban living room that gathers several functions under one striking, prismatic roof. White Arkitekter’s winning proposal for an anonymous competition, the building combines an expressive form with accessibility and provides a series of public spaces for citizens, visitors and employees.

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