The summer sun shined a light on several breakthrough solar technologies this week at Inhabitat as Semprius unveiled a powerful micro photovoltaic cell
that can fit on a pinhead, and MIT developed a solar power system
that can produce energy without sunlight. We also spotted plans for a shape-shifting solar home
with a perforated facade, a series of luminous photovoltaic trees
that grow real plants, and Nuon unveiled its super aerodynamic Nuna6
Speaking of green transportation, this week President Obama set a goal of 54.5 MPG
for all US automakers, BMW unveiled its breakthrough i3 and i8 electric vehicles
, and Toyota unveiled a mind-reading Prius bike
that can shift gears with just a thought. We also showcased several incredible examples of vehicular architecture - including a prefab house made from recycled Hummers
and a shipping container pool
set on a barge that purifies water as it floats through france.
As temperatures continued to soar this week we brought you seven solar-powered wearables
guaranteed to give you a charge, and we saw Japanese citizens turn to air-conditioned clothing
to beat the heat during power shortages. We were also relieved to hear a Swiss study announce that cell phone use
is not linked to brain tumors in kids, and we showed you the dizzying view from the world's tallest tennis court
, which is set atop the Burj al Arab in Dubai.