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Jun 16, 2019

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Wind Industry Finds Solutions for Protecting Vulnerable Wildlife

Jun 15, 2019: Interest in and use of wind power has been increasing rapidly, and it's easy to see why this resource is gaining in popularity. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, it’s “electricity generated without fuel, water, air or water pollution, or planet-warming carbon dioxide.” However, the use of wind power also comes with some drawbacks. For example, wind turbines..

We’re hitting program savings goals, now what?

Jun 15, 2019: Many states across the country jumped on the energy efficiency bandwagon about five or ten years ago, and the results since have been impressive.  For example, in 2006, Illinois and Michigan ranked 26th and 33rd respectively in ACEEE’s energy efficiency scorecard. In the latest scorecard, Illinois and Michigan have moved up to 10th and 14th, an impressive..

Program Manager Workshop at our Annual Conference - San Antonio 2019

Jun 15, 2019: John Hargrove and Julie Blackwell discuss our Program Manager Workshop that will occur at our Annual Conference in San Antonio January 24, 2019. Learn what it's about and how it can benefit your company. …

Cheap renewables, high carbon prices a major threat for European coal generators - Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis

Jun 15, 2019: U.S. coal is the only place the industry is under fire.  Cheaper renewables are choking coal in the European energy markets as well.  By 2030 Germany looks to be the only major market in Northern, Western and Southern Europe that will still be burning coal, said Peter Osbaldstone, research director for Europe at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. Across most of Europe..

For Blades, Bigger is Better

Jun 15, 2019: New developments in design will help the wind power industry meet the growing demand for longer wind blades. Manufacturing company, Covestro has a new polyurethane infusion resin that features superior mechanical properties and anti-fatigue performance.  The resin has advantages in costs and process.  Zilu Liang, deputy chief engineer for wind power products at TMT..

Integrated Demand-Side Management - The Journey Continues

Jun 15, 2019: Join Us For a PLMA & AESP Joint Webinar: Integrated Demand-Side Management - The Journey Continues with Denise Kuehn, Austin Energy; Jennifer Potter, Hawaii PUC; and George Beatty, Xcel Energy Thursday, June 27, 2019 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern Traditionally, utilities have separated their energy efficiency (EE) and demand response (DR) portfolios into distinct, and isolated..

PREPA Tries Again

Jun 15, 2019: The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA)’s newest integrated resource plan (IRP) is out. The first one, released in March, was sent back because state regulators found it too scant on models and rigorous analysis, etc. Similar to the utility’s first IRP, this revised one suggests breaking the region into eight big micro-grids (excuse the oxymoron, it’s been a long..

US Businesses Increasingly See Clean Energy, Climate Change Action as a Win-Win; Households Show Some Hesitation: Deloitte

Jun 15, 2019: US businesses are stepping up their clean energy and sustainability investments, but consumer action is waning amid questions and concerns regarding cost-effectiveness and the widening diversity of technology available, according to international management consultants Deloitte.Thanks to ongoing declines in costs and ongoing efforts to identify and implement solutions, businesses increasingly..

Who Is Watching You

Jun 15, 2019: What's going on in this picture? What's the little guy doing? That's right, he's watching his dad. Why is he watching his dad? Because he wants to grow up and be just like Dad. He wants to eat cereal like Dad, learn to read and write like Dad, work like Dad, do sports like Dad, and hunt and fish just like Dad. Leaders Like FathersThat's exactly what it's like when..

Hacking group targeting U.S. electric utilities: report

Jun 15, 2019: Obviously, this is of concern to all utilities and is indicative of the troubling times we face today. If utilities didn't have incentive to always be improving their security and preparations against cyberattack, this is all the evidence you need.

German court rules mass killing of male chicks legal

Jun 14, 2019: This month, the Federal Administrative Court in Germany ruled to uphold the common practice of killing male chicks considered in efficient for meat production. The ruling is meant to be temporary, until an alternative and scalable solution is available, despite outcry by animal rights advocates. The hearing is in response to a ban of the practice from 2013 within a state in Germany. Following the ban, two major hatcheries challenged the decision, claiming that the practice was necessary for food...

LEED Gold eco hotel in the Wine Country was built using reclaimed wood

Jun 14, 2019: This 39-room inn in the popular Wine Country town of Healdsburg boasts sustainable, natural materials and an eco-friendly design that earned it a LEED Gold certification.

Electron (or 'hole') pairs may survive effort to kill superconductivity

Jun 14, 2019: The emergence of unusual metallic state supports the role of 'charge stripes' in the formation of charge-carrier pairs essential to resistance-free flow of electrical current.

Britain promises net-zero emissions by 2050

Jun 14, 2019: Britain recently upped the ante on its commitment to fight climate change, promising to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

Studio NAB wants to boost urban biodiversity with an insect hotel at a bus stop

Jun 14, 2019: Waiting for the bus is usually a drag, but what if the experience could instead become an opportunity to be closer to nature?

11 unique edible plants for your garden

Jun 14, 2019: Part of the joy of gardening is falling in love with the plants you choose to nurture, especially those with a tasty reward. While the traditional carrots and raspberries certainly have their place, you can create a yard full of unique, yummy, and eye-catching produce when you select plants that are a little less traditional. The produce department at your local supermarket might have a few dozen choices, there are actually hundreds of fruits and vegetables that you may have never even heard...

Upcycled plastic bottles are used to create this durable emergency shelter

Jun 14, 2019: The Recycled BottleHouse is a pyramid-shaped shelter that was constructed from a bamboo frame covered in discarded plastic bottles.

Vegan and lab-grown meats predicted to take over meat market in 20 years

Jun 13, 2019: A new report claims that artificial but sustainable meats will take over the meat market by 2040.

TREDJE NATUR proposes angled timber housing that meets UNs sustainability goals

Jun 13, 2019: Copenhagen-based architectural firm TREDJE NATUR has unveiled an urban housing proposal that ticks all the right boxes for beautiful and sustainable design.

Free at last: Canada passes Act to prohibit dolphin and whale captivity

Jun 13, 2019: This week, Canada’s parliament passed a long awaited Act that will prohibits whales, dolphins and porpoises from being bred or contained in captivity. Originally proposed in 2015 by then Senator Wilfred Moore from Nova Scotia, the legislation received broad support from the public and considerable pressure from animal rights groups. “Nothing fantastic ever happens in a hurry. But today we celebrate that we have ended the captivity and breeding of whales and dolphins. This is news to splash...

Architects envision a sustainable future for a Finnish island at risk of rising sea levels

Jun 13, 2019: Named “Emerald Envisioning for Luonnonmaa 2070,” the futuristic vision calls for a utopian scheme where people and nature live in harmony within a sustainable community tapping into renewable energy sources, eco-tourism and reforestation.

Bee Vectoring (TSXV: BEE) (OTCQB: BEVVF) Provides Corporate Update

Jun 13, 2019: Mississauga, Ontario - June 13, 2019 (Newsfile Corp.) ( Newswire) Bee Vectoring Technologies International Inc. (TSXV: BEE) (OTCQB: BEVVF) (the "Company" or "BVT") today provided a corporate update and review of current business activities.

11 Million People Employed in Renewable Energy Worldwide in 2018

Jun 13, 2019: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - June 13, 2019 ( Newswire) Eleven million people were employed in renewable energy worldwide in 2018 according to the latest analysis by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Ending animal exploitation in tourism with World Animal Protection

Jun 13, 2019: World Animal Protection works internationally to end the suffering of animals and urge all people to do more to protect our furred, feathered and scaly neighbors. World Animal Protection (formerly World Society for the Protection of Animals) works on many fronts, including wild animals, farmed animals and those suddenly displaced by disasters. Ontario-based campaign director Melissa Matlow talked to Inhabitat about World Animal Protection’s work to end the exploitation of animals in the name of...

Global solar PV inverters market to decline at CAGR of 13.2% by 2023, says GlobalData

Jun 13, 2019: June 13, 2019 ( Newswire) The global solar photovoltaic (PV) inverters market is set to decline at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.2% and reach US$3.04bn in 2023, primarily due to a sharp drop in inverter prices and slowdown in solar PV installations…

Oceanfront View On The Wave Industry

Jun 13, 2019: by Debra Fiakas, CFA Renewable energy developer Eco Wave Power Ltd. is reportedly planning a public offering of its common stock in Sweden.  From its base in Israel, the company has developed proprietary technology to capture the energy in ocean waves and turn it into electricity.  Eco Wave has systems in place in Gibralar and the Jaffa Port of […] The post Oceanfront View On The Wave Industry appeared first on Alternative Energy Stocks.

Innovative window solar charger is designed for apartment dwellers

Jun 13, 2019: Now, even apartment dwellers can enjoy the benefits of solar power with this innovative solar charger that hangs in a window.

Radiohead dodges ransom request by releasing unheard tracks to benefit Extinction Rebellion

Jun 12, 2019: After an unknown music hacker stole unreleased music from Grammy-winners, Radiohead, the band published 18 hours of private soundtracks on Bandcamp, with the proceeds directly benefiting the Extinction Rebellion. The recordings were never intended for the public’s ear, however the band was left with little choice other than allowing the hacker to profit from their stolen recordings. The hacker as asking for $150,000 for the full 18 hours. Instead, the band acted quickly to ensure that the profits...

Desmond Tutu Clinic welcomes HIV patients with a striking sawtooth roof

Jun 12, 2019: In the Cape Town township of Masiphumelele, approximately 30 percent of the residents are infected with HIV. To help the low-income community, South African architectural practice theMAAK partnered with the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) to build a striking new public building to serve the area.

Semi-liquid metal anode for next-generation batteries

Jun 12, 2019: Researchers have developed a semiliquid lithium metal-based anode that represents a new paradigm in battery design. Lithium batteries made using this new electrode type could have a higher capacity and be much safer than typical lithium metal-based batteries that use lithium foil as anode.

Hybrid nanostructure steps up light-harvesting efficiency

Jun 12, 2019: Energy is transferred through the structure in a way that boosts its response to light, showing promise for solar cell applications.

Study reveals mass plant extinction rate since Industrial Revolution

Jun 12, 2019: According to new research, at least 571 plants have become extinct since 1750, which should be a “frightening” concern to anyone who eats or breathes.

An eco-friendly gift guide for Fathers Day

Jun 12, 2019: This Father’s Day, give your dad a gift he will not only love, but one that also won’t hurt the planet nor gather dust on his shelf: quality time together!

Mysterious Black Villa is to be tucked in the lush forests just outside of Moscow

Jun 12, 2019: The Black Villa in the Forest, designed by Russian architectural firm Archslon, has a certain air of mystery to it that is enhanced by its off-grid location just outside of bustling Moscow.

Bacteria such as E. coli detected in minutes by new tech

Jun 12, 2019: Scientists have discovered that healthy bacteria cells and cells inhibited by antibiotics or UV light show completely different electric reactions. These findings could lead to the development of medical devices which can rapidly detect live bacterial cells, evaluate the effects of antibiotics on bacteria colonies, or reveal antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Twisting brick facade fronts an innovative courtyard house near Chicago

Jun 12, 2019: In a Chicago suburb full of traditional gabled rooflines, California-based architectural firm Brooks + Scarpa has inserted a modern dwelling that puts a sculptural twist on a humble and overlooked building material: Chicago “Common” brick.

Canada to ban single-use plastics by 2021

Jun 11, 2019: Canada is the latest country to follow the European Union’s ambitious ban of single-use plastics, which will go into effect by 2021.

Old ruins are transformed into a cozy, off-grid guesthouse in France

Jun 11, 2019: From afar, this quaint guesthouse seems like a pile of rubble — but take a closer look and you’ll find a tiny and cozy getaway with interiors of Douglas fir.

Electric vehicles would be a breath of fresh air for Houston

Jun 11, 2019: Researchers are expressing hope for the future of Houston's breathable air, despite the city's poor rankings in the American Lung Association's 2019 'State of the Air' report. The report, released in April, ranked Houston ninth nationally for worst ozone pollution and 17th for particle pollution. Researchers say replacing at least 35 percent of Houston's gasoline cars and diesel trucks with electric vehicles by 2040 will reduce pollution and improve air quality by 50 percent.

Tracking major sources of energy loss in compact fusion facilities

Jun 11, 2019: Analysis of energy loss in low-aspect ratio tokamaks opens a new chapter in the development of predictions of transport in such facilities.

Eiffel Tower site to become a pedestrian-friendly garden

Jun 11, 2019: Paris’ famed Eiffel Tower will get a major garden renovation that is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2024 Olympics.

Seven commandments of Leave-No-Trace Camping

Jun 11, 2019: Spending time outside can have invaluable benefits for your mental, physical and spiritual health, but unless you’re practicing responsible environmental stewardship, you might be reaping the benefits while harming nature itself. Around the world, outdoor enthusiasts follow these seven simple codes to make sure that nature is clean and healthy not only for the future generation, but for the person coming behind you on the trail. 1. Plan ahead and prepare This is arguable the most important...

New Queen's University research to tackle plastics, one of mankind's greatest threats to existence

Jun 11, 2019: June 11, 2019 ( Newswire) Researchers from the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen's University Belfast are set to investigate the damage that nano plastics and microplastics can have on the human body.

Solar-powered prefab cabins keep naturally cool in Portugal

Jun 11, 2019: When a client approached Lisbon-based architectural practice Studio 3A for a small residential project in the seaside village of Comporta, the architects knew that a major challenge would be keeping the house naturally cool during the oppressively hot summers. In keeping with their commitment to sustainable architecture, the architects used passive solar strategies and efficient insulation to mitigate solar heat gain. The firm also teamed up with design studio Mima Housing to prefabricate the buildings,...

Have your plastic and eat it, too average American ingests 50,000 microplastic particles a year

Jun 10, 2019: The first-ever study to calculate how much plastic Americans are eating every year has some unsavory findings.

Ingenhoven breaks ground on a hedge-wrapped green heart in Dsseldorf

Jun 10, 2019: Earlier this month, German architectural firm Ingenhoven Architects broke ground on Kö-Bogen II, a sustainable mixed-use development envisioned as the “new green heart” of Düsseldorf, Germany. Designed to visually extend the adjoining Hofgarten park into the inner city, Kö-Bogen II wraps the sloping facades of its two buildings with hornbeam hedges that total nearly five miles in length. The hedges and turfed rooftop spaces will also help purify the air and combat the city’s heat island...

Graphene stock news - Elcora Advanced Materials (TSXV: ERA) (FSE: ELM) (OTC: ECORF) Signs Research and Development Agreement with Solargise Canada Inc.

Jun 10, 2019: Halifax, Nova Scotia - June 10, 2019 (Newsfile Corp.) ( Newswire) ELCORA ADVANCED MATERIALS CORP. (TSXV: ERA) (FSE: ELM) (OTC: ECORF), (the "Company" or "Elcora"), is pleased to announce it has entered into a research and development agreement with Solargise Canada Inc.

Wild bees are building nests with plastic

Jun 10, 2019: While plastic use is going out of vogue with more enlightened humans, it’s catching on with Argentinian bees. Scientists don’t know why Argentina’s solitary bees are now constructing nests out of plastic packaging left on crop fields. Unlike the large hive model with queens and workers, wild bees lay larvae in individual nests. Researchers at Argentina's National Agricultural Technology Institute constructed 63 wooden nests for wild bees from 2017 to 2018. They later found that three nests...

Celebrate inclusivity and sustainability with these outdoor Pride activities

Jun 10, 2019: LGBTQ+-focused outdoor activities and safe spaces are increasing in number and visibility, and though there are more this month than ever, they are all part of a movement to promote inclusivity and representation among those who love the outdoors.