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Oct 01, 2016

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Report: Solar PV Costs Continue to Fall in 2016

Oct 1, 2016: According to a new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, solar costs continued to drop in 2016. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com…

All Together Now! U.S. Department of Energy Sums Up Why We Should Be Optimistic About Clean Energy

Sep 30, 2016: Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Energy Released “6 Charts that Will Make You Optimistic About America’s Clean Energy Future” that track cost declines and rising use of some key... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com…

Mercedes-Benz unveils latest Tesla Model X rival - the Generation EQ

Sep 30, 2016: It's no secret that Mercedes-Benz is planning on expanding its electric car lineup beyond the current B-Class and Smart ForTwo. This week the automaker is giving the world a preview of its next-generation of electric cars with the debut of the Generation EQ concept. Just like BMW, Mercedes-Benz is going to create a sub-brand for its electric cars, which will be called "EQ," which stands for “Electric Intelligence." The Generation EQ concept previews an electric SUV that will go head-to-head...

MIT and Google design a temporary office meeting space that drops down from the ceiling

Sep 30, 2016: Finding it hard to have a private meeting in your open-plan office? This drop-down meeting cubicle conceived by MIT's Self-Assembly Lab and Google provides a temporary space to those who would like to discuss things in privacy, without constant interruption. MIT's Self-Assembly Lab and Google teamed up to design this innovative system called Transformable Meeting Spaces. The structure can be pulled down from the ceiling to enclose a 10-feet-wide and 8-feet-tall space that can fit up to eight people....

Here's what you need to know about tonight's black moon

Sep 30, 2016: You've heard of a blood moon or a harvest moon, maybe even a supermoon. But what about a black moon? Tonight in the Western Hemisphere part of the world will experience a black moon...but they won't be able to see much. Related:…

Flagship US Fusion Reactor Breaks Down

Sep 30, 2016: A design flaw introduced during a recent upgrade could keep the reactor offline for at least a year -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com…

Charred timber pavilion slides back and forth to expose rooms to the outdoors

Sep 30, 2016: Created as an “experimental shelter” to complement the firm’s existing workshop in nearby Heppeneert, the Hofer pavilion takes on the archetypical shape of a rural gabled home. The self-designed and self-built structure is elevated atop ten pillars and mounted on heavy-duty wheels and a rail. Three of building’s four walls are attached to the roof and can slide back and forth on the rail to open the studio up to the outdoors in summer, or enclose it during winter. Related: Carbon House’s...

Morgan Freeman converts his Mississippi ranch into a giant sanctuary for wild bees

Sep 30, 2016: Morgan Freeman has played so many roles during his long Hollywood career, it’s difficult to keep track but his latest role could prove to be his most important. The actor has turned his 124-acre Mississippi ranch into a sanctuary for wild bees, in an effort to help support population growth for the little pollinators. Freeman started beekeeping in 2014, eventually growing his buzzing babies to 26 hives, and he’s also explained that tons of bee-friendly plants have been planted on his property....

Solar-powered cylindrical treehouse in Mexico is made with sustainable bamboo

Sep 30, 2016: Related: 12 cocoon-shaped shelters connect visitors with nature in a Mexican biosphere reserve + Deture Culsign + Playa Viva Images via Playa Viva and Deture Culsign…

A house within a house in Slovakia unfolds in layers

Sep 30, 2016: The main living quarters and auxiliary functions are organized in two layers in this house in Slovakia. Architecture firm Plural designed the building as a house-within-a-house with two separate garden areas with different functions. The building is located in Bernolákovo, a village and municipality in Western Slovakia. Sitting on a site surrounded by detached houses and garden plots, the house is set back from the street and provides a high level of privacy to its owners. Related: Modern...

Modelling The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Sep 30, 2016: Originally published on the ECOreport. Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein have achieved Germany’s renewable target for 2025. They already obtain 40% of their energy from renewables on an annual basis. A technological breakthrough, the digitization of industry, will be required to go further. This region of 4.5 million people expects to obtain 70% of its energy from renewables by 2025 and 100% [&hellip Modelling The Fourth Industrial Revolution was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Could Brexit Be An Opportunity To Rethink Carbon Pricing In The UK?

Sep 30, 2016: Originally published on Sussex Energy Group. By Steven Sorrell The UK’s exit from the European Union will make changes to UK carbon pricing unavoidable. Given the complexities and inefficiencies of the current policy mix, could Brexit be viewed as an opportunity for radical policy change in this area? And, if so, what is likely to [&hellip Could Brexit Be An Opportunity To Rethink Carbon Pricing In The UK? was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Bags made from movie film make recycling fashionable

Sep 30, 2016: Messie Design gets its name from “messie syndrome,” a reference to a compulsive refusal to throw items away. Turning the often distressing term on its head, their designs showcase how seemingly useless rubbish can be up cycled into something useful. The line of messenger bags, purses, and clutches each feature the overlooked medium of film, recycled into usable totes. Related: DIY: Learn how to make a beautiful braided rug from old fabric Each piece is adorned with hand-woven strips...

UK Energy Policy Is Economically & Morally Bankrupt

Sep 30, 2016: Originally published on Energy Post. By Peter Strachan and Alex Russell With its choice for Hinkley Point C – a £100 billion boondoggle – its enthusiastic support for expensive and environmentally harmful fracking, and its relentless attack on renewable energy, the UK government’s energy policy is both morally and economically bankrupt, write Peter Strachan, Professor [&hellip UK Energy Policy Is Economically & Morally Bankrupt was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Eni Plans 420 MW Renewable Energy Capacity In Egypt

Sep 30, 2016: Italian oil and gas company Eni has announced plans to develop a portfolio of renewable energy projects in Egypt, starting with 50 MW solar PV power plant. The first project of 50 MW solar PV will be built in Sinai, near Eni’s Abu Rudeis facilities. The project will be jointly developed by Petrobel, an equal [...]…

Attacks On Australian Solar & Wind Policies Turn To State Initiatives

Sep 30, 2016: Originally published on RenewEconomy. The assault on climate policies and renewable energy initiatives has taken a new form: having obliterated almost all of the effective policies at federal level, the focus is now switching to state-based targets, using the old arguments of higher costs and little abatement as the basis for the attack. The new stance [&hellip Attacks On Australian Solar & Wind Policies Turn To State Initiatives was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

The Future Of Our Planet Depends On Your Vote

Sep 30, 2016: Originally published on The Climate Reality Project. Vote or don’t vote? Making this choice is critical for expanding clean energy, creating more green jobs, and ensuring a healthy, sustainable future for all of us. Let’s face it: every US election is important. But this year’s election will shape not only our future as Americans, but [&hellip The Future Of Our Planet Depends On Your Vote was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Incumbents Opt To Retain Barrier To Australian Solar, Storage, & Shared Energy

Sep 30, 2016: Originally published on RenewEconomy. Last month, Andrew Vesey, the chief executive of AGL Energy, made a frank admission. Regulation in the energy industry, he said, were not designed to protect consumers. They were put in place to protect investors. “The consumer is the last thing in the regulator’s mind,” Vesey told the Energy Disruption conference [&hellip Incumbents Opt To Retain Barrier To Australian Solar, Storage, & Shared Energy was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Taking Self-Contained Solar Electricity To Farms

Sep 30, 2016: We hear plenty about the growing popularity of commercial and residential solar energy, but we hear too little about its role in farms. Dolf Ivener, founder of Sioux City, Iowa-based Hog Power Energy, is now plenty busy marketing his company’s Self-Contained Solar Generator (SCSG) to hog farmers. Ivener, a fifth-generation Iowa resident and farmer. says [&hellip Taking Self-Contained Solar Electricity To Farms was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Half Of EU Households Could Generate Their Own Renewable Electricity By 2050

Sep 30, 2016: A new report investigating the role of European citizen-owned renewable energy projects has concluded that over half of EU citizens could be generating their own renewable electricity by 2050. New research carried out by independent research and consultancy firm CE Delft for several European environmental organizations investigated and analyzed the role of energy consumers as [&hellip Half Of EU Households Could Generate Their Own Renewable Electricity By 2050 was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

South Korean production facility makes medicine out of dandelions

Sep 30, 2016: This herbal medicine production center in South Korea is dedicated to making various potions and remedies for liver, kidney and stomach problems out of dandelions. The timber and concrete production center and retreat, designed by Archihood WXY, opens up to embrace the elements and allow visitors to reconnect with nature. The Korean Dandelion Farm is located on the edge of a forest in Chungcheongbuk-do province in South Korea. It comprises a quiet retreat and a production facility for making remedies...

China’s National Energy Administration Proposes Solar FiT Cuts For 2017

Sep 30, 2016: Various Chinese media outlets are reporting a ‘draft’ and ‘unofficial’ proposal put forward by the country’s National Energy Administration to cut feed-in tariff levels for ground mount and distributed generation solar PV power plants for 2017. The draft version of the proposed modifications for the country’s feed-in tariff (FiT) levels for both ground mount solar [&hellip China’s National Energy Administration Proposes Solar FiT Cuts For 2017 was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Could Bank Of America Be On The Verge Of Bailing Out SunEdison?

Sep 30, 2016: Court documents filed in the SunEdison bankruptcy case have shed light on a possible way out for the one-time darling of the clean energy world, with information suggesting Bank of America may step up to the plate to save the company. Earlier this week I reported on the current goings on between SunEdison, which filed [&hellip Could Bank Of America Be On The Verge Of Bailing Out SunEdison? was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

New Siemens Low-Noise Wind Turbine Inspired By Flight Of The Owls

Sep 30, 2016: Siemens unveiled a new raft of wind turbine designs this week at the WindEnergy Hamburg trade show, including a low-noise wind turbine which the company explains was inspired by the silent flight of the owl. Announced on Wednesday, Siemens unveiled the SWT-3.3-130LN wind turbine, which operates at a reduced rotor speed and includes aerodynamic addons to its [&hellip New Siemens Low-Noise Wind Turbine Inspired By Flight Of The Owls was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Microsoft Sets New Renewable Energy Target Of 50% By 2018

Sep 30, 2016: Once the darling of the tech world, Microsoft is nevertheless still a software and hardware juggernaut, and the company has revealed that it intends to reach a renewable energy target of 50% by 2018. Microsoft’s chief environmental and cities strategist Rob Bernard, writing on the company’s Green Blog in the wake of his speech delivered to [&hellip Microsoft Sets New Renewable Energy Target Of 50% By 2018 was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Dystopian AR art installation shows how plants might adapt to rising global temperatures

Sep 30, 2016: Walk through the museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park and you will find yourself surrounded by both aquatic and terrestrial plant life straight out of a science fiction film. The scene is described by Thiel as featuring “plants [which] have mutated to cope with the increasing unpredictable and erratic climate swings.” As temperatures increase worldwide, Thiel’s research predicts that the native plants in the Seattle area will evolve to withstand climate change’s effects and develop into greenery...

Google’s Project Sunroof Wins UN Climate Change Award

Sep 30, 2016: Google’s revolutionary Project Sunroof has been announced as one of thirteen recipients of the United Nations ‘Momentum for Change’ climate change award winners. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) announced the thirteen recipients of its Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activity Award on Thursday, which springs out of the UNFCCC’s larger Momentum for [&hellip Google’s Project Sunroof Wins UN Climate Change Award was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Off-Grid Renewables Offer Unprecedented Opportunity to Achieve 100% Energy Access

Sep 30, 2016: Nairobi, Kenya - September 30, 2016 (www.investorideas.com newswire) More than 500 participants gathered in Nairobi today for the opening of the third International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC).

JLL (NYSE: $JLL) Earns Place on Dow Jones #Sustainability Index

Sep 30, 2016: CHICAGO, IL - September 30, 2016 (www.investorideas.com newswire) JLL (NYSE: JLL) announced today it is now included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America.

Toyota Aiming For 8.8 Billion Autonomous Test Driving Miles Before Tech Is Included In Vehicles

Sep 30, 2016: Toyota is aiming to achieve 14.2 billion kilometers (~8.8 billion miles) of autonomous test driving miles before it includes such technologies in its vehicles, going by comments made by Toyota president and CEO Akio Toyoda at the Paris Motor Show. I wonder if the company will really reach that figure before releasing something, though? There’s [&hellip Toyota Aiming For 8.8 Billion Autonomous Test Driving Miles Before Tech Is Included In Vehicles was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Solar-powered House to the Beach brings breezy West Coast vibes to Chicago

Sep 30, 2016: Despite the picturesque views, the lakeside plot posed a challenge, not only because of a 40-foot elevation difference between the road and lake, but also because of the Baha’i Temple next door. Rising 135 feet in the air, this monumental Chicago landmark is a show-stealer—the gorgeous spherical building is a curious oddity in the suburbs and the only surviving temple of its kind in the U.S. Rather than compete with the temple, the House to the Beach serves as a foil to the ornamental monument...

President Obama and Leonardio DiCaprio will meet at the White House to talk climate change

Sep 30, 2016: On Monday, October 3, President Obama will meet with Leonardo DiCaprio at a festival on the White House lawn to talk about taking on climate change. The South by South Lawn (SXSL) event will focus on “ideas, art, and action” for making positive change, including discussion with climate scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe and the US premiere of DiCaprio’s documentary Before the Flood. Inspired by Austin’s SXSW festival, SXSL brings together creativity and entrepreneurship for the...

Paris Motor Show EV Reveals Imply Major Auto Manufacturers Are Chasing Tesla’s Lead

Sep 30, 2016: The Paris Motor Show has, and will see, the reveal and/or debut of a large number of electric vehicles (production and concept) by major French and German auto manufacturers that are clearly following in Tesla’s footsteps, and intend to position as competitors (whether in real life or just via PR). How should someone interpret this? Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, [&hellip Paris Motor Show EV Reveals Imply Major Auto Manufacturers Are Chasing Tesla’s Lead was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ — 300 kW & 500 Kilometers (NEDC)

Sep 30, 2016: The all-electric Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ concept SUV — the forerunner of the company’s new product brand for electric vehicles, EQ — has made its official world premiere at the ongoing Paris Motor Show, giving us some new information on the concept car. The Generation EQ concept apparently features two electric motors (front and rear axles), [&hellip Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ — 300 kW & 500 Kilometers (NEDC) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

These 6 Wind Energy FAQs Will Make You A Fan

Sep 30, 2016: Originally published on The Climate Reality Project. Wind power is flying high. Learn why this clean energy source is so popular with the public and growing rapidly – and how much we can do with it. The news has been nothing but great lately for the wind energy industry. From plunging costs to exploding growth [&hellip These 6 Wind Energy FAQs Will Make You A Fan was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

South Australian Blackout May Lead To More Batteries & Micro-Grids

Sep 30, 2016: Originally published on RenewEconomy. Not everyone was going without power in the middle of the South Australia blackout on Wednesday. Those in off the grid remote areas, or simply off the grid in the big city, had everything working just fine. “Well, it is nice to find out there’s a power outage as without the [&hellip South Australian Blackout May Lead To More Batteries & Micro-Grids was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Renault Reveals The TREZOR — 2-Seat Electric Coupe With 350 Horsepower, 0–100 km/h In Under 4 Seconds

Sep 30, 2016: Amongst the interesting electric car reveals accompanying the Paris Motor Show is the Renault TREZOR, a 2-seat electric coupe with maximum power of 350 horsepower (260 kW), maximum torque of 380Nm, and a 0–100 kilometers/hour acceleration time under 4 seconds. Interestingly, the TREZOR motor is based on the Renault e.dams, “two-time winner of the Formula [&hellip Renault Reveals The TREZOR — 2-Seat Electric Coupe With 350 Horsepower, 0–100 km/h In Under 4 Seconds was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Solar Decathlon 2017 Will Be In Denver, Colorado

Sep 30, 2016: Originally published on Green Building Elements. By Dawn Killough The US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2017 student design competition, which challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive, will be held in Denver, Colorado in October 2017. Fourteen collegiate teams from around the world will be competing. “The [&hellip Solar Decathlon 2017 Will Be In Denver, Colorado was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

21 unarmed Dakota Access Pipeline protestors arrested during prayer ceremony

Sep 30, 2016:   Protestors demanding the end of construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline had another run-in with police this week when the Morton County Sherriff’s Department interrupted a peaceful prayer ceremony at two sites on the reservation. About 40 law enforcement officers arrived in armored vehicles and arrested 21 protestors total. The ceremony apparently involved the planting of willow and corn – hardly actions that could be mistaken by law enforcement as violent or threatening.   In...

Earth's oxygen levels are declining - and scientists aren't sure why

Sep 30, 2016: Related: The world will run out of breathable air unless carbon emissions are cut Via Forbes Images via Wikimedia Commons (1,2)…

Reclaim Power Kicks Off Around the World this October

Sep 30, 2016: Over the course of October, we are planning to carry out the world's largest ever coordinated actions against dirty energy and for clean community energy.

The Most Important and Misleading Assumption in the World

Sep 30, 2016: Why should we make policy using economic models that don’t reflect what should be obvious to a third-grader?

China Sees Its Lowest-ever Solar Power Bid At US¢7.8/kWh

Sep 30, 2016: China has seen its solar power bids fall to lowest-ever in a recent auction in the solar energy resource rich province of Inner Mongolia. According to media reports, the Chinese government conducted an auction for 1 GW solar power capacity in the Inner Mongolia province. A total of 50 solar power project developers and module [...]…

India’s NTPC To Complete 1 GW Solar Power Park By March 2018

Sep 30, 2016: India’s largest power generation company – government-owned NTPC – is on track to complete one of the largest solar power parks in the country. NTPC Limited is working on 1 GW solar power park at Ananthapur, Andhra Pradesh in southern India. The company has already allocated and commissioned 250 MW at the solar power park [...]…

Is Mainstream Corporate America Jumping on the Clean Energy Bandwagon?

Sep 30, 2016: It’s no secret that renewable energy is becoming cheaper, and while we’ve seen companies like Google and Microsoft investing in utility-scale renewables, what about mainstream corporate America? Are large corporations jumping on the clean energy bandwagon or are they dragging their feet? As a data analyst at EDF Climate Corps, I turned to the numbers for answers.

Engaging Industry in Addressing Climate Change

Sep 30, 2016: The mission of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), a two-year-old organization comprised of 10 major oil and gas companies, is one not commonly associated with the industry: to catalyze practical action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Intent on confronting the challenge of climate change head-on, the OGCI committed last October to support the Paris climate agreement’s target of capping the rise in mean global surface temperature since preindustrial times at 2 degrees Celsius by 2100, and has been working ever since to develop a plan for the industry to help advance this objective.

This mobile beach hut sells eyeglasses made from sea waste, milk bottle tops, and discarded land mines

Sep 30, 2016: Alex Symes of Alexander Symes Architect created an educational center on wheels in the form of Dresden Mobile, a portable structure helping to spread the word about closed loop recycling systems and eye health. Dresden Mobile features glasses made from sea waste, milk bottle tops, and discarded land mines, demonstrating how one man’s trash can easily become another’s treasure. The structure itself features recycled building materials, including gold polycarbonate cladding and cardboard pop-outs....

GE Renewable Energy Set To Commission Part of 200 MW Wind Project In India

Sep 30, 2016: GE Renewable Energy has announced a major milestone in development and deployment of new wind energy solutions in India. In a press release, GE Renewable Energy stated that it completed erection of 30 units of 1.7-103 wind energy turbines at Aspari I wind energy park in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The total capacity of [...]…

Energy News: Corporations Take Advanced Energy Into Their Own Hands; Solar + Storage like Peanut Butter and Chocolate

Sep 30, 2016: They say, “if you build it they will come,” but in the case of advanced energy, they might just build it themselves. Major companies are making major investments in renewable energy development: Amazon, Johnson & Johnson, and Apple are upping their commitments. Plus, energy storage (and particularly solar + storage) continues to change the game. That’s what in the news this week.

Overheard at Solar Power International: Musings on Solar Technology Trends

Sep 30, 2016: Last week marked yet another Solar Power International. We sat down with Joe Song, Senior Director at Sol Systems, to discuss some of the Sol engineering team’s biggest takeaways from this year’s show. Module price declines continue, and they are here to stay.