This solar-powered floating farm combines agriculture and dining under one roof

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As urban farming becomes increasingly popular, people are finding new, unexpected ways of incorporating it into urban environments. From rooftops and community gardens, urban farming has descended onto waterways and lakes, like in the case of this solar-powered floating structure, called Lotus, which will function as a restaurant and farm.

Lotus utilizes a vertical design to house its various hydroponic and greenhouse stations, along with indoor and outdoor dining areas where visitors can enjoy… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Solar-powered Noe Hill Smarthome is an eco-friendly dream in San Francisco

The LEED Platinum-certified Noe Hill Smart Ecohome marries state-of-the-art green technology and the indoor-outdoor lifestyle increasingly popular among urban dwellers. The house, designed by EAG Studio, offers beautiful views of the ever-changing skyline of San Francisco and creates a healthy living environment.

The house occupies a coveted site near the crest of the Collingwood hill in San Francisco. It spans three levels and comprises 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths (with 3 bedrooms ensuite on the upper… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

11 Solar-powered homes that show the future of architecture

What will the future of architecture look like? If the impressive solar structures at this year’s Solar Decathlon are any indication, they’ll be smarter, more energy efficient, and a joy to live, work, and play in. This month, a dozen of university-led teams designed, built, and presented their futuristic homes at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 in Denver, Colorado. In the lead up tomorrow’s unveiling of the winner, we’ve rounded up the 11 sustainable dwellings to give… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Off-grid camping just got so much better with these solar-powered teardrop trailers

Explorers could venture way off the grid thanks to the new collaboration between teardrop trailer maker Vistabule and solar power company Sunflare. Sunflare makes bendy solar panels a few micrometers thick that can be taped to any surface – so they’re the perfect solution to adorn the top of a teardrop trailer, conforming to the trailer’s unique shape. The lightweight solar panels add virtually no weight to the Vistabule trailer.

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Solar-powered Cottage in the Vineyard puts a modern spin on rural architecture

Ramón Esteve Estudio completed a minimalist mono-pitched dwelling that blends into its agricultural backdrop yet still catches the eye with its modern design. Located in the rural outskirts of Valencia, Spain, the Cottage in the Vineyard was designed to perfectly integrate into the landscape and features full-height glazing to blur the lines of indoor/outdoor living. The home also sits lightly on the landscape with its use of solar panels, natural insulation, energy-efficient lighting, and rainwater… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Solar-powered Tesla Tiny House hits the road in Australia

Tesla’s taking to the streets to demonstrate their clean technology. A Model X is pulling around a tiny house showcasing a solar system and Powerwall, giving the curious a way to check out the renewable tech in action. Their Tiny House is serving as a mobile design studio in major Australian cities.

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Sono Motors unveils the $18,000 SION solar-powered car

If you’ve love the idea of being able to commute to work in a solar powered car, your dream is now a reality. Sono Motors has unveiled the SION solar-powered electric car that can travel up to 18 miles using energy from the sun. The best part is that it only costs 16,000 Euros ($19,000). View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Kodasemas tiny solar-powered homes pop up in less than a day for 150K

Estonian design collective Kodasema just launched KODA, a line of tiny prefabricated homes with big goals for tackling the affordable housing crisis. Crafted with high-quality factory precision, these mobile modern homes pop up in as little as a day and come with highly energy-efficient features, from solar panels to built-in smart home systems. Already installed in the Netherlands and Estonia, the solar-powered KODA home popped up in the UK last month with a starting price of £150,000.

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Lightyear unveils solar-powered car with a 500-mile driving range

A little known Dutch start up called Lightyear has just unveiled plans for a solar-powered electric car that has a 500 mile driving range. The Lightyear One is also an electric four-wheel drive car that can handle rough terrain and thanks to its solar panels, it can drive for months without having to be charged.

“You can think of the Lightyear One as being as an electric car redesigned from the ground up to combine the best of solar cars and electric cars.”, says Lex Hoefsloot, CEO of Lightyear…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Zaha Hadid Architects completes first phase of Italys solar-powered high-speed rail hub

Italy is moving full steam ahead on the expansion of high-speed rail. The country recently celebrated inauguration for the first phase of the Napoli Afragola station, a solar-powered high-speed rail hub and major gateway to the south of Italy. Zaha Hadid Architects designed the eye-catching station, which doubles as a pedestrian bridge, and integrated energy-efficient systems such as solar panels and ground source heating and cooling.

Located 12 kilometers north of Naples, the Napoli Afragola… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building