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Jul 23, 2016

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Smart space-saving design transforms a tiny apartment in Taipei into an upscale home

Jul 23, 2016: Skyrocketing housing prices in Taipei have forced young homeowners into increasingly smaller houses. Like most small apartments in the city, the property the client purchased already came with a space-saving loft setup, however, the existing design made the apartment feel cramped, limited on storage, and unsuitable for entertaining guests. To maximize space and reinvent the feel of the apartment, the architects gutted the interior and inserted a new materials palette and hidden storage for a clean...

Amazing Grove aquaponic ecosystem can grow you a salad every day

Jul 23, 2016: The Ecosystem uses a process called aquaponics, meaning that an aquarium of fish, plants and beneficial microbes work in symbiosis, and reliably provide the nutrients needed to grow herbs, small fruits and vegetables, including lettuces, peppers and tomatoes. Along with Grove’s own efficient LED lighting and leak-proof plumbing, the Ecosystem is paired with Grove OS, a web and mobile app that guides you through the process and allows you to monitor and control your system from your phone, among...

Adorable 'Grand Beedapest Hotel' creates an urban home for bees

Jul 23, 2016: Tea company Taylors of Harrogate teamed up with Kew Gardens + The Story of Bees Images via screenshot…

Taiwan builds gigantic Cinderella-inspired glass slipper to lure women to church

Jul 23, 2016: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ex2wpHS8LEw Located at Ocean View Park in the Budai Township, the “Cinderella High-Heel Church” is actually not a church at all. Despite its name, the glass slipper structure has no religious function. According to officials, the design was inspired by the tragic local story of a 24-year-old girl who suffered from Blackfoot disease and had to have both her legs amputated in the 1960s. She never wed and spent the rest of her life living at a church. Many other...

Lose yourself inside the Abyss Tables mesmerizing ocean depths

Jul 23, 2016: If the Abyss Table seems familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen Duffy’s previous take on the gorgeous conversation piece. Unlike the first version however, the new Abyss Table is set atop a dark, four-sided base, includes lighting, and features two deep hollows that are even more pronounced and dramatic than those in the predecessor. The Duffy London design team spent a year perfecting the table in their London studio. Related: Balloons appear to suspend this glass table in mid-air “Duffy...

Tesla, IBM, Stanford, & PNNL Lead Obama’s Battery500 EV Battery Initiative

Jul 23, 2016: As I’ve written many times, I think the #1 barrier to quicker electric car (and electric bus) adoption is simply lack of awareness / lack of experience. That said, despite the many technological, societal, and consumer benefits of electric cars, there are two remaining technological hurdles that can limit adoption for a significant number of people. [&hellip Tesla, IBM, Stanford, & PNNL Lead Obama’s Battery500 EV Battery Initiative was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Adorable VW bus-inspired childrens bed looks like a dream come true

Jul 23, 2016: You don’t have to go on a road trip to bring the magic of the iconic VW camper van into your life. Portuguese company Circu unveiled Bun Van, a magical and miniature VW bus-inspired children’s bed that’s stunning in its design and amenities. Lined with wood veneer, the sky-blue limited edition bus bed features a sleeping area, sofa, television, desk, and even a mini bar. READ MORE>…

Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week (140-Mile LEAF, BMW i, Solar System Costs…)

Jul 23, 2016: What got the most clicks this week on CleanTechnica? Have a look: 140-Mile Nissan LEAF (40 kWh) Coming For 2017 (Rumor) (89 comments) Why Did BMW Pull The Plug On Quick, Big Leadership On Electric Cars?, via EV Obsession (107 comments) Cost Of Solar Systems From SolarCity vs Sunrun & Vivint Solar, + Cost Per Watt Of Solar [&hellip Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week (140-Mile LEAF, BMW i, Solar System Costs…) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Several Nonpowered Dams Along the Ohio River to be Converted to Hydroelectric Dams in 2016

Jul 23, 2016: In 2016, nearly 300 megawatts (MW) of electricity generating capacity is expected to come online from dams that did not previously have electric generating units, commonly referred to as nonpowered dams (NPDs). NPD capacity additions make up 92% of the 320 MW of planned hydroelectric capacity for 2016. Expected capacity additions at NPDs in 2016 are large compared to recent NPD additions, which totaled 126 megawatts (MW) over 2006–15, but relatively small compared with total U.S. hydroelectric capacity of nearly 80,000 MW as of April.

How to Make Your Passion for Conservation into a Career

Jul 23, 2016: President Theodore Roosevelt once argued that a failure to conserve our land, animals, and natural resources would result in the undermining of our children's "very prosperity," which is a gift we should be handing down to them "amplified and developed.” If you have a passion for conservation, there are several ways you can turn that passion into a career.

Newly discovered material property may lead to high temp superconductivity

Jul 23, 2016: Researchers have discovered an unusual property of purple bronze that may point to new ways to achieve high temperature superconductivity.

Clean Transport & News Roundup (Solar Bus Shelter, Musk vs Utilities, Electric Railcar, Tesla Semi…)

Jul 22, 2016: In today’s clean energy and transport news roundup, used cars are moving at an electrifying pace, EV sales in the US follow the cool factor, don’t miss the solar bus (shelter), how Swede it is at this electric railcar competition, the NHTSA head won’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good for autonomous [&hellip Clean Transport & News Roundup (Solar Bus Shelter, Musk vs Utilities, Electric Railcar, Tesla Semi…) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

White House Targets 350 kW, 10-Minute EV Fast Charging

Jul 22, 2016: Aside from $4.5 billion for EV charging DOE loan guarantees, an Electric Vehicle Hackathon, publishing Guiding Principles to Promote Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure with 50 industry partners, launching the “FAST Act process” to identify and streamline development of EV charging corridors across the United States, a push for EV procurement at all levels of government, a “a guide to federal [&hellip White House Targets 350 kW, 10-Minute EV Fast Charging was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

New Report Finds Increased Cycling, Reduced Risk With More Protected Bike Lanes & Bike Share Systems

Jul 22, 2016: Originally published on Bikocity. How can cities get more people using bikes for transportation, while also reducing the risk of injuries or death? It turns out that it might not really be that complicated, and that by combining bike sharing systems with protected bike lanes, cities can boost bike transportation rates and increase bicycle safety, [&hellip New Report Finds Increased Cycling, Reduced Risk With More Protected Bike Lanes & Bike Share Systems was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Australian Price For Tesla Model X Revealed

Jul 22, 2016: Originally published on RenewEconomy. By Sophie Vorrath Tesla Motors has revealed the Australian price for the entry-level version of its much-hyped Model X SUV, billed by the EV-maker as “the safest, quickest and most capable sport utility vehicle in history,” no less. According to a company statement released on Tuesday, Tesla’s Model X 60D will [&hellip Australian Price For Tesla Model X Revealed was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

5 Ways The US Leads The World On Climate Change (Thanks, Obama)

Jul 22, 2016: Originally published on Climate Reality Project. Since President Obama took office, the US has made major strides in fighting climate change. Here are five ways. Over the last eight years, the US has had its fair share of ups and downs in fighting climate change. But despite setbacks like the Senate’s failure to take up [&hellip 5 Ways The US Leads The World On Climate Change (Thanks, Obama) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

7 gorgeous modern homes hidden inside stone ruins

Jul 22, 2016: House of Ruins by NRJA Latvian architects NRJA completed the House of Ruins, an award-winning contemporary home built inside the ruins of a 19th century Latvian stone barn. In addition to the beautiful contrast they provide, the stone and brick walls…

How corn sweat is making this weeks heat wave even worse

Jul 22, 2016: How ‘corn sweat’ is making this week’s heat wave even worse http://mashable.com/2016/07/21/corn-sweat-heat-wave-global-warming/ Right now, there is one burning question on your mind, and I know it’s “What the heck is corn sweat?” The week’s extreme heat wave is blistering the middle section of the United States, where excess moisture from corn fields will evaporate and add an unwanted boost of humidity (called ‘corn sweat’) to the already uncomfortable levels. With temperatures...

Australian couple builds a tiny home in three months for $320

Jul 22, 2016: over course of three months Liam Culbertson, Rachel Newby dumpsters by demolition sites, internet, got almost everything to build house for free Wanted to build a home with just hand tools, but ended up needing power drill 6 purchases: cement for foundations, steel bracing tape, screws for the roof, wood glue for the window frames, chains to hold windows open, hinges…

White House Announces Electric Vehicle Hackathon

Jul 22, 2016: The main story regarding the White House’s latest EV push was the $4.5 billion put into Department of Energy loan guarantees for EV charging infrastructure. But there were several additional stories that are worth highlighting, including the launch of an “Electric Vehicle Hackathon.” Before getting into the hackathon, though, I think it’s pretty awesome to look [&hellip White House Announces Electric Vehicle Hackathon was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Grow Box home clad in weathering steel harmonizes with a plot full of Japanese maple trees

Jul 22, 2016: The Grow Box residence occupies a perfect place to allow the surrounding Japanese maple trees to remain intact. MERGE architects designed the house for an MIT University professor, his wife, and their young son as a cozy, elegant home that blurs the line between interior and exterior. The 1,975-square-foot house is located in Lexiton, Massachusetts, on a lot populated by over 40 different varieties of Japanese maple trees carefully cultivated by the owners. Considering its surroundings, the house...

A new key to understanding molecular evolution in space

Jul 22, 2016: Scientists have revealed temperature-dependent energy conversion of molecular hydrogen on ice surfaces, suggesting the need for a reconsideration of molecular evolution theory.

San Francisco man singlehandedly revives a rare butterfly species in his own backyard

Jul 22, 2016: Related: Monarch butterfly populations are multiplying Via Vox Images via Wikimedia Commons and Tim Wong's Facebook…

Global Solar PV Installed Capacity Will Exceed 756 GW By 2025, According To GlobalData

Jul 22, 2016: The cumulative global installed capacity of solar PV is set to exceed 756 GW by 2025, according to new figures from research firm GlobalData. According to the research and consulting firm’s latest report, Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Market, Update 2016 – Global Market Size, Market Share, Average Price, Regulations and Key Country Analysis to 2025, the cumulative [&hellip Global Solar PV Installed Capacity Will Exceed 756 GW By 2025, According To GlobalData was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Bill Gates Again Dismisses Solar’s Value In Africa

Jul 22, 2016: Bill Gates, delivering the 14th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture on the eve of Mandela Day, has again dismissed the potential global role of solar, and in particular the value it could have in solving energy crises in Africa. “In the long run, what Africa needs is what the whole world needs: a breakthrough energy miracle [&hellip Bill Gates Again Dismisses Solar’s Value In Africa was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

The Donald Trump Coal Plan Vs. The Donald Trump Fracking Plan

Jul 22, 2016: Donald Trump is a huge fan of coal jobs and an even huger fan of natural gas fracking, one of them will lose and it probably won't be fracking The Donald Trump Coal Plan Vs. The Donald Trump Fracking Plan was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Facebook's solar-powered drone took its first flight last month

Jul 22, 2016: The long-awaited first flight of Facebook’s solar-powered, internet-beaming drone http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2016/07/aquilas-first-flight-a-big-milestone-toward-connecting-billions-of-people/ went off without a hitch just a few weeks ago. Yesterday, the social media giant finally shared a video of Aquila’s first flight, which took place on June 28. The flight lasted 96 minutes and came just one month after the plane’s initial test flights, as Facebook scrambles to make up some of the lost...

Google’s DeepMind AI Reduces Data Center Cooling Bill By 40%

Jul 22, 2016: Google’s 2014 acquisition of artificial intelligence company DeepMind has paid dividends, by helping to save the company 40% on its data center cooling electricity bills. Google acquired the London-based artificial intelligence company in early 2014 for more than $500 million. Since then, DeepMind’s machine learning has been used for only a few research and intelligence [&hellip Google’s DeepMind AI Reduces Data Center Cooling Bill By 40% was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

A hydrophobic membrane with nanopores for highly efficient energy storage

Jul 22, 2016: Storing fluctuating and delivering stable electric power supply are central issues when using energy from solar plants or wind power stations. Here, efficient and flexible energy storage systems need to accommodate for fluctuations in energy gain. Scientists have now significantly improved a key component for the development of new energy storage systems.

Earthquake-resistant Torre Reforma skyscraper is built to last 2,500 years

Jul 22, 2016: Arup collaborated with L. Benjamin Romano Arquitects (LBRA) to design Torre Reforma’s eye-catching triangular form that rises as the second tallest building in the city. The striking appearance was achieved with pre-tensioned double-V hangers that support the glazed facade. Concrete poured in 70-centimeter increments show off striations and variations in color. To make the most of Torre Reforma’s stunning panoramic views, the architects created a column-free interior with soaring ceiling...

Flash charging technology to charge Geneva e-buses in 15 seconds

Jul 22, 2016: Related: Sweden opens one of the world's first electric roads…

Handcrafted timber pavilion celebrates British and Japanese craft traditions

Jul 22, 2016: Completed as part of the Kingston University Degree Show 2016, the Seminar House Pavilion combines traditional craftsmanship found in British and Japanese culture. The students drew inspiration from their study abroad trip to Nagano and Tokyo, where they toured a variety of Japanese buildings, from a 16th century timber castle to a self-built concrete house. Fujimori also gave talks on the “Red School,” a term he coined to describe a group of Japanese architects recognized for the handmade aspects...

These LEGO-like recycled plastic bricks create sturdy homes for just $5,200

Jul 22, 2016: Related: Aussie surfer designs prefab recycled cyclone-resistant homes Via Forbes Images via Conceptos Plásticos Facebook…

Port of LA to Open World's First Off-Grid Terminal Powered Entirely by Renewables

Jul 22, 2016: The Port of Los Angeles—the nation's largest port by container volume and cargo value—is building the world's first marine terminal able to generate all of its energy needs from renewables.

2020 Electric BMW 3 Series To Compete With Tesla Model 3?

Jul 22, 2016: The new BMW 3 Series chassis with CLAR technology has been designed with the intention of allowing for the easy inclusion of an electric drivetrain, according to recent reports. In addition, reports published in Auto Express seem to suggest that the company is planning to release an all-electric version of the new 3 Series — featuring a [&hellip 2020 Electric BMW 3 Series To Compete With Tesla Model 3? was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

The End Of The Clean Energy “Malaise”

Jul 22, 2016: Originally published on Medium. By Griffin Hagle The United States is on the path to becoming a clean energy superpower. So why do we still talk about energy like it’s 1979? Last August, an essay in Fortune by Jigar Shah and Raj Pannu laid bare the basic problem of the green energy movement: its image [&hellip The End Of The Clean Energy “Malaise” was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

250-Mile Hyundai Electric Car In Development

Jul 22, 2016: The Korean auto manufacturer Hyundai is planning to release an all-electric vehicle with a single-charge range of 250 miles by the end of the decade, according to recent reports. The news originates with comments made by Hyundai executive Ahn Byung-ki in an interview with Automotive News, so is likely to be quite solid. Interestingly, the [&hellip 250-Mile Hyundai Electric Car In Development was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

TeslaMondo’s Thoughts On Tesla Master Plan 2

Jul 22, 2016: Editor’s Note: I think I always enjoy TeslaMondo’s posts, as they combine great humor (imho) with insight and originality. Especially since the author wrote his responses without reading any feedback first (just as I did as soon as I saw Tesla Master Plan 2 published), I thought his comments were worth reading. Points that stand out to [&hellip TeslaMondo’s Thoughts On Tesla Master Plan 2 was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

XC90 PHEV Owner Brings Class Action Lawsuit Against Volvo For Misleading Range Claims

Jul 22, 2016: Originally published on Gas2. Xavier Laurens bought a Volvo XC 90 T8 plug-in hybrid because he thought it would have enough all electric range for him to drive back and forth to work without using any gasoline. He expected his Volvo to have 25 miles of range. But out in the real world, Laurens found [&hellip XC90 PHEV Owner Brings Class Action Lawsuit Against Volvo For Misleading Range Claims was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Reducing Residential Solar’s Acquisition Costs

Jul 22, 2016: Originally published on the ECOreport. Colin Walsh was a marketing executive for Mosaic before he became the CEO of Wave Solar. Though the two companies are now partnering to work with Mosaic’s clients, he insists they are separate entities. Wave Solar is a highly successful DOE SunShot Initiative project, whose target is reducing residential solar’s acquisition costs. Reducing Residential [&hellip Reducing Residential Solar’s Acquisition Costs was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Net-zero Arc House shows how arches make tiny spaces feel bigger

Jul 22, 2016: The surprisingly spacious, net-zero Arc House demonstrates how arches can make a small space feel much larger. Designed in collaboration between Green Builder Media, Shelter Dynamics, Kitcheneering, and Align3D, the building combines the economy and simplicity of tiny house living with cutting edge building science. The Arc House comes in different sizes-from 400 to 500 square feet-and targets the next generation of home buyers who place great value on flexibility and affordability. It complies...

This 3,000 Mile Bike Greenway Will Reach From Maine To Florida

Jul 22, 2016: Originally published on Bikocity. Imagine being able to ride all the way from Maine to Florida on a trail system that links major cities on the east coast of the US, with large parts of the trail being traffic-free greenways. That would certainly be an improvement over the current hodge-podge of trails, roads, and pathways [&hellip This 3,000 Mile Bike Greenway Will Reach From Maine To Florida was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Volkswagen Will Build Electric Vehicles In North America

Jul 22, 2016: Originally published on Gas2. Mired in a self imposed malaise composed of equal parts diesel exhaust and corporate malfeasance, Volkswagen is trying desperately to reposition itself as an electric car company and put the stink of its emissions cheating scandal behind it. During an interview near the company’s factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee recently, Hinrich Woebcken, the [&hellip Volkswagen Will Build Electric Vehicles In North America was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Hairy house stays cool in So Paulo with an amazing palm fiber facade

Jul 22, 2016: This "hairy" house in Sao Paulo, designed by Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana, is covered in palm fiber that protect the interior from excessive sunlight. Built for Zunino and Solange Ricoy, the designers' long-term clients, the house references Brazil's indigenous architecture, where piassava palm fiber were used to regulate indoor temperatures and protect people from the tropical heat. The four-story house is located in Sao Paulo's Jardim Paulista neighborhood. According to...

Obama targets 1 gigawatt of solar for lower income homes by 2020

Jul 22, 2016: The Obama Administration just announced…

Only the Gold Standard for the Golden State When Targeting Methane Pollution

Jul 22, 2016: As a major producer and consumer of oil and gas, California can set the bar for reducing methane leaks. And today, the Golden State showed it’s up to the challenge, making a critical change in proposed rules aimed at cutting methane pollution from oil and gas wells, pipelines and equipment of the like – now putting California firmly on the path to adopt the nation’s strongest methane controls anywhere.

Designing Climate-Friendly Concrete, from the Nanoscale Up

Jul 22, 2016: An MIT-led team has defined the nanoscale forces that control how particles pack together during the formation of cement “paste,” the material that holds together concrete and causes that ubiquitous construction material to be a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. By controlling those forces, the researchers will now be able to modify the microstructure of the hardened cement paste, reducing pores and other sources of weakness to make concrete stronger, stiffer, more fracture-resistant, and longer-lasting.

Keynsham Civic Center is a vibrant new public space for Bristol

Jul 22, 2016: The new Keynsham Civic Center and One Stop Shop in Bristol replaces several 1960s buildings and gives the site back to the city through the creation of new public spaces and amenities. The Center, designed by AHR Architects, is punctured by two new pedestrian streets thanks to which the redevelopment becomes an integral part of the pedestrian public realm. The complex occupies a large sloping site located within the town center, and makes it accessible to pedestrians. In addition to office spaces...

Hooked! Our Addiction to Fossil Fuels Must Be Fought in the Way We Tackled Smoking and Drugs

Jul 22, 2016: Analysts such as those from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) see no signs of a determined move away from fossil fuels, writes energy expert and author Michael Klare. According to Klare, success in any global drive to avert climate catastrophe will involve tackling addictive behavior at its roots and promoting lasting changes in lifestyle. To do that, it will be necessary to learn from the anti-drug and anti-tobacco communities about best practices, and apply them to fossil fuels.

Electric Grid Operators Forecast Load Shapes to Plan Electricity Supply

Jul 22, 2016: In the electric power sector, load shapes refer to the varying amounts of electricity required over time. Daily load shapes vary by region, climate, and time (daily, monthly, seasonally). Each day, balancing authorities—the entities charged with balancing electric supply and demand—forecast hourly electricity demand on their system for the next day. Using these load forecasts, they can develop resource schedules, or plans for the use of available power plants to generate the power needed to meet demand.