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Apr 26, 2017

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Explosion of color takes over an abandoned Puerto Rican factory

Apr 26, 2017: An artist’s brilliance breathes new life into a desolate tobacco factory in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Bright sprays and colorful drips have seemingly exploded all over the factory’s formerly lifeless walls in local artist Sofia Maldonado’s eye-popping intervention, Kalaña. Created as part of Cromática: Caguas a Color, the community engagement piece transformed the building into a piece of art and new home to educational workshops, presentations, and other artistic events. Puerto Rican...

SunPower Oasis Platform Permits Faster, Less Expensive Solar Power Plant Installations

Apr 25, 2017: Based on its experience installing over 1,000 large scale solar power plants worldwide, SunPower has created a new business unit to provide customized, low cost solar systems for the utility industry. SunPower Oasis Platform Permits Faster, Less Expensive Solar Power Plant Installations was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

High Court Orders UK Government To Explain Delay In Implementing Clean Air Rules

Apr 25, 2017: The highest court in the UK has rejected a request from the government to delay revealing its plan to implement clean air rules in the country until after the next election. High Court Orders UK Government To Explain Delay In Implementing Clean Air Rules was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Uber Introduces “Uber Elevate” — Vertical Take-Off & Landing (VTOL) Aircraft Summit

Apr 25, 2017: It is confirmed — 2017 is the year of the vertical take-off and landing aircraft. This time, ridesharing media darling Uber readies its Uber Elevate VTOL aircraft summit in Dallas for an eventual service it is calling Uber Elevate. The event promises leading industry figures and what could be tomorrow's on-demand VTOL taxi stars Uber Introduces “Uber Elevate” — Vertical Take-Off & Landing (VTOL) Aircraft Summit was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

CleanTechnica Readers Vote With Tesla On Moral Right To Share Driver Data

Apr 25, 2017: People don't like to be the reason something bad happens. They lose even more interest if it's something really bad, perhaps even criminally bad. With that in mind, it's no surprise that some drivers have tried to blame their accidents on Tesla Autopilot. There were a couple of incidents (maybe more) where people seemed to accidentally hit "drive" instead of "reverse" or "brake," then took out part of a wall and crashed their Tesla as a result, and then blamed the whole thing on Autopilot CleanTechnica Readers Vote With Tesla On Moral Right To Share Driver Data was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

ABB Fast “Opportunity Chargers” Enable Nonstop Electric Bus Service In Harrogate (UK)

Apr 25, 2017: ABB has won the contract to provide fast chargers that will support the 8 fully electric Volvo buses being brought to the city of Harrogate in northern England ABB Fast “Opportunity Chargers” Enable Nonstop Electric Bus Service In Harrogate (UK) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Cameron Sinclair joins Airbnb to provide housing for 100,000 displaced people

Apr 25, 2017: Airbnb wants to provide temporary housing for 100,000 people, and to help reach that goal, the home-sharing service has put together a team lead by designer and Architecture for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair.

Juggling Live Hand Grenades

Apr 25, 2017: Maintaining a civilization is always a delicate balancing act that is sooner or later destined to fail. The post Juggling Live Hand Grenades appeared first on Resilience.

India's outsized coal plans would wipe out Paris climate goals

Apr 25, 2017: India will not be able to meet its Paris climate agreement commitments in the coming years if it carries through with plans to construct nearly 370 coal-fired power plants, according to researchers.

Chemical causes of battery 'capacity fade' identified

Apr 25, 2017: One of the major culprits in capacity fade of high-energy lithium-ion batteries has now been identified by a team of researchers.

A more than 100% quantum step toward producing hydrogen fuel

Apr 25, 2017: Efforts to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels are advancing on various significant fronts. Initiatives include research focused on more efficient production of gaseous hydrogen fuel by using solar energy to break water down into components of hydrogen and oxygen. Scientists have now reported a key breakthrough in the basic science essential for progress toward this goal.

Giant ski slope to top green-roofed civic center in Beijing

Apr 25, 2017: The next time you visit Beijing you may want to get your sled ready. China’s ever-evolving capital will soon be home to a stunning new civic center topped with an artificial snow-covered slope perfect for skiing and sledding. Designed by architect Andrew Bromberg of Aedas, the civic center, called the China World Trade Center Phase 3C, will merge energy efficient principles with mixed-use programming that accommodates the arts, outdoor recreation, and even organic farming. Set for completion...

Obama Revisits Chicago, Calls For More Activism By Younger Americans

Apr 25, 2017: President Obama gave an address to students at the University of Chicago on Monday in which he urged them to become more involved in the political process to combat climate change and income inequality. Obama Revisits Chicago, Calls For More Activism By Younger Americans was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Mercedes takes on the Tesla Powerwall with a new battery for buildings

Apr 25, 2017: Tesla's Powerwall has reigned supreme in home energy storage, but now they've got some competition from Mercedes-Benz. Last year Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz, started developing home energy storage units. Over the weekend they announced they are beginning to deliver the units to businesses and homes in Germany.

Modeling reveals how policy affects adoption of solar energy photovoltaics in California

Apr 25, 2017: Researchers inspired by efforts to promote green energy, are exploring the factors driving commercial customers in Southern California, both large and small, to purchase and install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. They built a model for commercial solar PV adoption to quantify the impact of government incentives and solar PV costs.

Artist builds incredible stained-glass cabin in the middle of the woods

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Disturbing photoshoot imagines our meals in a climate change-induced dystopia

Apr 25, 2017: If oodles of overwhelming studies doesn't prove that climate change is real, perhaps a stark look into our future food supply might just do the trick. Photographer Allie Wist has created a bleak photo series, Flooded, Related: Quebec food waste program to rescue 30.8 million pounds of food + Allie Wist Via Gizmodo Allie Wist, Flooded photography series, climate change effects, food shortage, global food shortage, climate change, dystopia, starvation, global climate effect...

MUJI to sell eagerly awaited $27k minimalist tiny homes this fall

Apr 25, 2017: Related: MUJI unveils trio of tiny prefab homes that can pop up almost anywhere + Muji Muji Hut, tiny house, tiny huts, prefab tiny homes, transportable huts, muji cabins,…

Adani’s Carmichael Mine Becoming A “Feckless” & “An Increasingly Precarious House Of Cards,” Says IEEFA

Apr 25, 2017: A proposal from struggling Indian multinational Adani Group to develop a new coal mine in Australia's north-east is becoming increasingly difficult to justify, not least because Adani is unlikely to be able to contribute much in the way of equity for the $5 billion project. Adani’s Carmichael Mine Becoming A “Feckless” & “An Increasingly Precarious House Of Cards,” Says IEEFA was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

UK Wind, Wave, & Tidal Companies Are Exporting Goods & Services Worldwide

Apr 25, 2017: A new report published this week by UK trade body RenewableUK shows that the country's wind, wave, and tidal energy sectors are exporting their goods and services to the world on a massive scale, highlighting the growing importance of these technologies and the potential windfalls for the UK if the Government bets heavily on these industries. UK Wind, Wave, & Tidal Companies Are Exporting Goods & Services Worldwide was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

GE Completes Acquisition Of Wind Blades Manufacturer LM Wind Power

Apr 25, 2017: GE, the world's leading Digital Industrial company, announced earlier this month that it had completed the acquisition of Denmark-based manufacturing company LM Wind Power for an agreed upon price of €1.5 billion ($1.65 billion) GE Completes Acquisition Of Wind Blades Manufacturer LM Wind Power was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

The sweet moment California got a record 50% of its electricity from solar

Apr 25, 2017: California is showing the awesome potential of scaled-up solar power to provide the United States and the world with clean, renewable electricity. For three hours on March 11 the state got 50 percent of its electricity from solar -- 40 percent from large-scale solar power pants and 10 percent from distributed solar installations on homes and businesses.

Don’t Look Back, Natural Gas: Sustainable Plastic Is Gaining On You

Apr 25, 2017: ExxonMobil is sitting pretty in the petrochemical market of the future, but a sustainable plastic developed with federal funding could disrupt those plans Don’t Look Back, Natural Gas: Sustainable Plastic Is Gaining On You was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Revolutionary method reveals impact of short circuits on battery safety

Apr 25, 2017: How lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries behave under short-circuit conditions can now be examined using a new approach to help improve reliability and safety.

Pathway for generating up to 10 terawatts of power from sunlight by 2030

Apr 25, 2017: The annual potential of solar energy far exceeds the world's energy consumption, but the goal of using the sun to provide a significant fraction of global electricity demand is far from being realized.

World’s First International Standard For Sustainable Purchasing

Apr 25, 2017: The International Organization for Standardization has published the world's first international standard for sustainable procurement in an effort to provide companies with a way to ensure their supply chains adhere to the same level of ethics as their shareholders have called for them to behave. World’s First International Standard For Sustainable Purchasing was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Saudi Arabia To Offer More Than 1 Gigawatt Of Solar & Wind In Second Tender Round

Apr 25, 2017: Saudi Arabia is set to offer more than 1 gigawatt of contracts to buy renewable electricity by the fourth quarter of this year, according to an official speaking this week. Saudi Arabia To Offer More Than 1 Gigawatt Of Solar & Wind In Second Tender Round was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Iowa's Alliant Energy Marshalltown Generating Station Receives EnvisionR Platinum Award

Apr 25, 2017: WASHINGTON, D.C. - April 25, 2017 (Investorideas.com Newswire) The Alliant Energy's Marshalltown Generating Station in Iowa is the recipient of the Envision Platinum award from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI).

UK tests cheaper, longer-lasting roads made with recycled plastic

Apr 25, 2017: Around 24.8 million miles of roads crisscross the surface of Earth. But the polluting industry draws on oil to lay the roads. Engineer Toby McCartney came up with a solution to those roads and the growing problem of plastic pollution: plastic roads. His company, MacRebur, lays roads that are as much as 60 percent stronger than asphalt roads and last around 10 times longer.

World's first mobile recycling plant turns trash into tiles

Apr 25, 2017: What to do with all the trash we generate is a pressing problem all over the world, but it's harder for isolated communities to recycle their trash. Taiwan-based architecture studio Miniwiz designed an environmentally friendly solution: TRASHPRESSO, an mobile recycling plant that can travel around the planet to bring recycling to far-flung communities.

Plastic-eating caterpillar could revolutionize waste treatment

Apr 25, 2017: Spanish researchers have discovered that the wax worm, a caterpillar known for munching on the wax within beehives, is able to devour and biodegrade polyethylene plastic, converting it into a form of alcohol found in antifreeze. Federica Bertocchini, a scientist at the Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria, first uncovered the worm’s unique abilities by chance, when she attempted to clean up a wax worm infestation in one of her home beehives. She placed the worms...

The funniest signs we spotted at the March for Science

Apr 25, 2017: Tens of thousands of people took to the streets for Saturday’s March for Science, a series of rallies and marches held on Earth Day. Held in over 500 places across the world, the “celebration of science” was organized and attended by individuals advocating the use of evidence-based policy making in all levels of government, with climate change a major issue of interest. President Donald Trump administration’s recent budget cuts to major environment-related programs and his perceived hostility...

Decrepit freight depot reborn as industrial-chic food lovers paradise in Malm

Apr 25, 2017: Swedish architects Wingårdh dramatically transformed a roofless freight depot into an industrial-chic market hall in Malmö, Sweden. The adaptive reuse and expansion project combines old bricks with Corten steel for a modern look that still pays homage to the 19th century building’s industrial roots. Located on Gibraltargatan, the 1,500-square-meter Malmö Market Hall caters to 20 stalls and cafes that celebrate the city’s melting-pot culture with its diversity of food. Clients Nina...

Appropriate Civilization versus New Despotism, month 3, 21st March – 20th April 2017

Apr 25, 2017: When it comes to climate and the global clean energy transition, there cannot be vacuums, there can only be drivers, and we are committed to driving this agenda forward. The post Appropriate Civilization versus New Despotism, month 3, 21st March – 20th April 2017 appeared first on Resilience.

Is the Duck Sinking?

Apr 25, 2017: This has been a spring of leaks. Most of you probably heard about the hole at the Oroville Dam. In my house, we’ve had leaks in both our skylight and our car. Yes, it’s great to be out of the drought, but like other Californians, we’re feeling a bit waterlogged. All this water means that […] The post Is the Duck Sinking? appeared first on The Energy Collective.

The Bullish Case For Oil Is Fading Fast

Apr 25, 2017: Oil prices took another dip on Monday, and with WTI down to $49 per barrel, crude oil has given up most of the gains that it had made so far this month, taking prices down to their lowest levels since late March. The post, The Bullish Case For Oil Is Fading Fast, was first published […] The post The Bullish Case For Oil Is Fading Fast appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Uberizing Energy

Apr 25, 2017: Next month marks six years since Uber began its national expansion. Given how quickly the ride-hailing service upended the taxi industry, Uber has become an archetype of disruption. Like Google, it has even earned status by becoming a verb. The phrase “Uberize energy” has been tossed around in customer meetings, at regulatory conferences, by industry watchers […] The post Uberizing Energy appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Fossil Fuel Industry Steps in to Help Save Paris Climate Deal for All the Wrong Reasons

Apr 25, 2017: In May of 2016, six months before the U.S. presidential election, then-candidate Donald Trump said that he would “cancel” the United States’ involvement in the Paris climate accord. Immediately following his election, however, Trump appeared to back-track slightly, saying he had “an open mind” about the agreement. And just this week, his administration canceled a […] The post Fossil Fuel Industry Steps in to Help Save Paris Climate Deal for All the Wrong Reasons appeared first on The Energy Collective.

For Eurelectric, It’s Incumbents First, Competitive Markets Second

Apr 25, 2017: Eurelectric, the association defending the interests of the European electricity industry, presents itself as a defender of the European consumer and the internal energy market. And yet many of its recommendations serve neither, argues Manon Dufour, head of the Brussels office of independent organisation E3G. Eurelectric officially supports key Energy Union goals such as competitive […] The post For Eurelectric, It’s Incumbents First, Competitive Markets Second appeared first on The Energy Collective.

New Breakthroughs in Solar’s Biggest Problem: Energy Storage

Apr 25, 2017: The greatest challenge that solar power faces is energy storage. Solar arrays can only generate power while the sun is out, so they can only be used as a sole source of electricity if they can produce and store enough excess power to cover the times when the sun is hidden. Traditional batteries have not […] The post New Breakthroughs in Solar’s Biggest Problem: Energy Storage appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Energy News: Microgrids, EV Charging, Battery-Gas Peaking Plant, and Net-Zero Salesforce – So What Else is New?

Apr 25, 2017: Sometimes the news isn’t exactly new. Faithful readers of Advanced Energy Perspectives will recognize much of what is in this week’s news: From Schneider Electric’s new microgrid system to GE’s first-ever storage-plus-natural-gas system to Salesforce making good on its advanced energy commitments, AEE members are, as always, leading the way to an energy system that […] The post Energy News: Microgrids, EV Charging, Battery-Gas Peaking Plant, and Net-Zero Salesforce – So What Else is New? appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Natural Gas Generators Make Up the Largest Share of Overall U.S. Generation Capacity

Apr 25, 2017: In 2016, natural gas-fired generators accounted for 42% of the operating electricity generating capacity in the United States. Natural gas provided 34% of total electricity generation in 2016, surpassing coal to become the leading generation source. The increase in natural gas generation since 2005 is primarily a result of the continued cost-competitiveness of natural gas […] The post Natural Gas Generators Make Up the Largest Share of Overall U.S. Generation Capacity appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Tesla Supercharger Network Doubling In 2017

Apr 24, 2017: As Tesla prepares to move into mass-market sales of its electric cars, some owners have expressed concerns that all of those new Model 3 owners will overwhelm the existing Tesla Supercharger network. Things are especially bad in California, where Ben Sullins of Teslanomics says there are already 105 Teslas for every Supercharger station. (The average worldwide is about a third of that number.) The problem is only going to get worse in the Golden State, since Tesla says it will build Model 3 sedans for its employees at the Fremont factory first Tesla Supercharger Network Doubling In 2017 was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

INTERVIEW: Architect David Benjamin on Building The World's First Mushroom Tower at PS1

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In-flight, on-demand hydrogen production could mean 'greener' aircraft

Apr 24, 2017: Technion researchers have a developed safe and efficient way to produce hydrogen on board a plane in flight. Using aluminum particles and (fresh or waste), the technology could one day help meet in-flight energy needs on commercial aircraft.

Hacienda San Jose Lavista is a fairytale retreat in San Miguel Allende

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Zaha Hadid Architects turn an old fire station into a sparkling port headquarters for Antwerp

Apr 24, 2017: The new Port House in Antwerp was created as a “sustainable and future-proof workplace” replacement for the former 1990s offices scattered around the city that had housed the port’s 500 staff. The need for expansion and consolidation came as no surprise—Antwerp is Europe’s second largest shipping port, transporting more than 200 million tonnes of goods via the ocean-going vessels and providing direct employment for over 60,000 people. The City and Port authorities selected a historic disused...

Peak Oil Review – 24 April 2017

Apr 24, 2017: “Global oil inventories are falling because of OPEC and non-OPEC production cuts, but the road to market balance will be long.” –Arthur Berman, Consulting Geologist The post Peak Oil Review – 24 April 2017 appeared first on Resilience.

Corvus Energy Wins 10-Year Contract For Hybrid Ferries In Scandinavia

Apr 24, 2017: In Scandinavia, ferries are an important part of the transportation system both internally and across international borders and most of those ferries are powered by diesel engines. But hybrid ferries are beginning to appear along ferry routes in the region Corvus Energy Wins 10-Year Contract For Hybrid Ferries In Scandinavia was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.