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May 29, 2016

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Foxconn Promises To Expand Sharp’s Solar Power Business

May 29, 2016: Taiwan-based manufacturer Foxconn has promised to utilise and expand Sharp’s solar power business which the former acquired recently. In a letter issued by Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou and Executive Vice President J.W. Tai, the company expressed intentions to make investments to expand Sharp’s solar power business. Such an expansion will fuel Foxconn’s own renewable energy [...]…

Home Energy Africa Reports Progress On 100 MW Solar Power Project In Ghana

May 29, 2016: Ghana-based solar power project developer Home Energy Africa Limited has announced major progress in the development of a 100 MW solar power project. The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded US$704,815 grant to Home Energy Africa for the development of 100 MW solar power project in Ghana. Home Energy Africa has selected [...]…

GE, Vietnam Sign 1 GW Wind Energy Agreement

May 29, 2016: President Obama’s historic Asia visit has yielded some benefits for clean energy development in Vietnam. US-based GE has entered an agreement with the government of Vietnam for development of 1 GW wind energy capacity in the country. The agreement was one of the several commercial agreements signed between the US and Vietnam during President Obama’s [...]…

ACWA Power Among Lowest Bidders For 170 MW Morocco Solar PV Projects

May 29, 2016: ACWA Power is at the forefront of solar power development in Morocco once again as it is reportedly among the 3 developers that placed lowest bids for a large-scale solar PV power complex. Three companies based in Saudi Arabia – ACWA Power, Fotowatio, and Alfanar – have reportedly placed the lowest bids for development of [...]…

Wilson Solar Grill Stores the Sun's Energy for Nighttime Fuel-Free Grilling

May 29, 2016: Many of us will be firing up our grills this weekend for some well-deserved barbecue time. After all, barbecuing is one of America's greatest pastimes, but it certainly isn't one of our most environmentally friendly. Whether you prefer charcoal, wood chips…

How To: 6 Steps To an Easy and Delicious Summer Fruit Pie

May 29, 2016: Step One: Make the Pie Dough You can use just about any recipe, but I use a modified version found in Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. 2 cups organic flour 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 8 tablespoons cold unsalted organic butter (if…

The 'Tower of Souls' Crematorium Would Turn the Ashes of Dead Bodies into Memorial Diamonds for the Structure

May 29, 2016: The concept behind SIN.studio's Tower of Souls is based on the path between the materiality of our earthly life and the immateriality of the following unknown. The tower consists of two fundamental parts: the Underground and the Overground. The Underground…

Solar-powered floating home in Portugal generates a year's worth of energy in just six months

May 29, 2016: Friday offers four different models for Floatwing, each providing different levels of autonomy depending on the type of installed equipment. The best-outfitted Floatwing is for off-grid applications and relies on solar energy, a wastewater treatment plant with advanced tertiary treatment, a mini supply water treatment plant, and stored fuel to achieve self sufficiency. In addition to renewable technologies, Floatwing’s carbon footprint is further reduced through the use of “low environmentally...

Agustina Bottoni's Monolithic Brut Barbecue Set is Made From Recycled Coconut Coir

May 29, 2016: "Brut" is a monolithic stool and barbecue set designed by Agustina Bottoni that is produced by casting a compound of cement and coconut coir (an agricultural waste). Bottoni's low-tech, DIY casting process uses accessible products - most of which are available…

5 buildings around the world that memorialize tragic losses of life

May 29, 2016: 9/ll Memorial image © Amanda Silvana Coen for Inhabitat; other images via Daniel Libeskind, Koji Fujii/Nacasa & Partners, 1 Week 1 Project, and jaime.silva on Flickr…

100+ Nissan Electric Vehicles Transported Champions League Trophy, Supported Final In Milan

May 29, 2016: When I think of soccer (or football, as it is called in most places), I think of prowess, coordination, and of the fluidity of dance. I think of intense competition. Now, one can also associate EVs & Nissan with soccer. Nissan supplied more than 100 electric vehicles during the exciting UEFA Champions League final in Milan — for [&hellip 100+ Nissan Electric Vehicles Transported Champions League Trophy, Supported Final In Milan was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

12 easy no-bake desserts perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth in summer

May 29, 2016: Are you looking for a way to satisfy your sweet tooth without turning on the oven? You’re in luck. We’ve whipped up a dozen delicious no-bake dessert recipes perfect for the summer season. These vegan treats—many of which are gluten-free as well—are easy to make and can be stored in the fridge or freezer and served as a chilled snack. Keep reading to see all 12 recipes. READ MORE>…

Tesla Model 3 Color Fun

May 29, 2016: We still have at least a year-and-a-half wait left until the Tesla Model 3 begins hitting the US market, but fan enthusiasm and anticipation is continuing to keep public attention on the electric sedan. With that fan/buyer impatience in mind, there was recently a post on the Tesla Motors Club forum where “AdrianEdson” shared his [&hellip Tesla Model 3 Color Fun was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Trumps Climate Change Adaptation Wall, Congresspeople Try To Stop #ExxonKnew… (Climate News Roundup)

May 29, 2016: We don’t cover climate change news a lot here on CleanTechnica, but there’s a lot of important stuff out there, and it is a key reason why CleanTechnica exists at all. Check out the top stories below for some quick climate education on this (probably abnormally hot) Sunday: We Got A Letter From 13 Members of Congress [&hellip Trumps Climate Change Adaptation Wall, Congresspeople Try To Stop #ExxonKnew… (Climate News Roundup) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Tesla Autopilot Crash, Model X Lemon Lawsuit, Volvo EV Concepts (Clean Transport News Roundup)

May 29, 2016: Need an EV news fix? Nearly 5,000 EV articles from us at CleanTechnica not enough? Have a look at the fun news and commentary in the articles below. Conventional Automaker Stuffs The Chevy Volt Goes To The Races Cruise Automation Testing Autonomous Chevy Bolt Hyundai Preparing 200-Mile Electric Car For 2018 Tesla Model 3 Helps The Chevy Bolt Volvo Cars [&hellip Tesla Autopilot Crash, Model X Lemon Lawsuit, Volvo EV Concepts (Clean Transport News Roundup) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Day 3 In A 2017 Chevy Volt

May 29, 2016: Originally published on Gas2. Day 3 with my Chevy Volt was eventful if only because I got a call from Fred Ligouri, Chevrolet’s product specialist in Michigan. He is the person who started the whole “How would you like to drive a Volt for a week?” thing. Fred had read yesterday’s story and wanted to give [&hellip Day 3 In A 2017 Chevy Volt was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Solar Bus Stop, Solar Airplane, Solar Bicycle… (Solar & Wind News Roundup)

May 29, 2016: Check out this solar and wind power news from around the interwebs to make this Sunday (or Monday?) a bit more interesting: Cool Or Interesting Small-Scale Solar Stories Polysolar’s New Solar PV Bus Stop In Canary Wharf, London Is The First In The UK Solar & Storage Could Save Thousands For Multifamily Affordable Rental Housing How Low-Income Households [&hellip Solar Bus Stop, Solar Airplane, Solar Bicycle… (Solar & Wind News Roundup) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Teslas Are Greener, But Are Still Cars

May 29, 2016: Teslas are much more benign environmentally than gasoline or diesel cars, but they are still typically single-occupant automobiles. Given the continued dominance of automobiles as the primary form of transportation in most countries, even in train-mad Europe as the chart shows, it’s critical to reduce the impact of them. The best information currently available about the relative climate [&hellip Teslas Are Greener, But Are Still Cars was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Carbon Pricing Under Binding Political Constraints

May 29, 2016: In a new working paper titled "Carbon pricing under binding political constraints,” MIT Institute for Data, Systems and Society doctoral candidate Jesse Jenkins and Sloan School of Management Assistant Professor Valerie Karplus discuss the political obstacles facing efforts to price carbon emissions — either via a carbon tax or emissions cap and permit trading system — and outline a set of starting points that are both politically palatable and steps toward effective policies to curb climate change.

Idaho mom built a tiny house for her family and their Great Dane

May 28, 2016: Macy Miller built her own tiny house in Boise, Idaho, but it isn't just Miller living there - she also shares the space with her kids, partner and one giant dog. Choosing to focus on experiences rather than stuff, the space requires some clever thinking and a few tight squeezes, but the whole gang lives happily together in just 196 square feet. READ MORE >…

BMW i Ventures Invests In Carpooling App Firm Scoop Technologies

May 28, 2016: A new strategic investment has been made in the carpooling app firm Scoop Technologies by BMW i Ventures, according to a new press release from BMW. For those not familiar with the firm, here’s a bit of an explanation: it’s essentially an app-operated carpooling service somewhat along the lines of Uber or Lyft, but one [&hellip BMW i Ventures Invests In Carpooling App Firm Scoop Technologies was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Tesla Model 3 Q&A, Chevy Volt Review… (Top 10 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week)

May 28, 2016: Check out the most popular CleanTechnica stories from the past week, and as always, I encourage you to dive into the interesting and informative comments that follow many of the articles! Top 12 Questions On Tesla Model 3 Answered 2017 Chevy Volt Review, Day 2 (via Gas2) $8500 For New Tesla Model S Brakes In Canada? “Hourglass” Coal-Killing [&hellip Tesla Model 3 Q&A, Chevy Volt Review… (Top 10 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Stephen Curry Latest Superstar To Buy Tesla Model X

May 28, 2016: The prominent NBA basketball player Stephen Curry reportedly just bought a Tesla Model X, going by a recent article published on Seeking Alpha. While the article did note that a Tesla salesperson had revealed to the writer that the customer just preceding the writer was in fact Curry, the focus of the article is on [&hellip Stephen Curry Latest Superstar To Buy Tesla Model X was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Tesla Gigafactory Grand Opening 2 Months Away

May 28, 2016: The Grand Opening event for the first Tesla Gigafactory will be taking place on July 29 — at the facility location just outside of Reno, Nevada. The news comes to us following the receipt of email invitations sent to Tesla owners who took part in the company’s Referral Program and managed to sell 5 or [&hellip Tesla Gigafactory Grand Opening 2 Months Away was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Tesla Autopilot 2.0 On Model S Test Mule?

May 28, 2016: It’s a certainty that Tesla is currently working on an upgraded “2.0” version of its Autopilot hardware suite — which is reportedly being developed with the intent of supporting fully autonomous driving. While there’s much speculation on the subject, not much solid info has been revealed about what exactly the company is working on. Images [&hellip Tesla Autopilot 2.0 On Model S Test Mule? was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Floating prefab homes overlook gorgeous river views in Thailand

May 28, 2016: Though Kanchanaburi is already famous for its floating houses, the X-Float stands out from its predecessors with its distinct design that blends a contemporary aesthetic with vernacular influences. Described as the “volumetric evolution of a raft,” the X-Float is crafted with a lightweight steel frame and clad with fiber cement siding and plywood. The prefab architecture was constructed offsite and then towed in place. Located at a bend of the River Kwai, the floating homes are carefully...

Google and Levi Strauss created a smart jacket that let's you control your phone

May 28, 2016: Google and Levi Strauss joined together to make a “smart” jacket that looks low-tech, but is literally woven full of technology. The interactive textile features conductive yarns and electronics that lets you use your smartphone without needing to pull it out of your pocket. Need a skip a song? Swipe your sleeve. Imagine how handy this kind of clothing could be while riding a bike or making your way through a crowd. READ MORE >…

How to make edible LEGO jello shot minifigs for your next summer soiree

May 28, 2016: vegetarian lego, agar agar, agar agar shots, vegan jello, vegan jello shots, vegetarian jello, jello lego, vegan lego pieces, edible lego pieces, edible legos, alcoholic jello, jello shot recipe, vegan snacks, vegan party foods, yuka yoneda…

The ingenious duvet cover trick that will change your life (VIDEO)

May 28, 2016: Step 1: Turn your duvet cover inside out and lay it flat on your bed so that the opening is at the foot of your bed. Step 2: Next, lay your comforter or blanket on top of your duvet cover and make sure that the corners are all matched up and aligned. Step…

8 scrumptious vegan BBQ recipes to enjoy this summer

May 28, 2016: ©woodleywonderworks Teriyaki Grilled Eggplant Grilling eggplant brings out a rich, smokey flavor, making each slice the perfect main dish to eat alone or pile on a bun. Try an Asian twist by adding some home-made Teriyaki Marinade. The porous eggplant will…

Utopian off-grid Regen Village produces all of its own food and energy

May 28, 2016: Danish architectural firm EFFEKT envisioned a future where self-sustaining communities grow their own food and produce their own energy. They incorporated that vision into their ReGen Villages, planned off-grid communities that address issues from climate change to the food crisis through sustainable design. They plan to start building these utopian communities this summer. According to EFFEKT's website, there are five principles behind the ReGen Villages: "Energy positive homes. Door-step...

Four stylish green grills for a sustainable Memorial Day

May 28, 2016: Like many Americans, you may be lighting up the barbecue this holiday weekend — but if you want to set yourself apart from the bands of boring black grills, take a cue from our guide to stylish green grills. From DIY creations to hot spots that also double…

How Air Pollution Leads To Heart Disease

May 28, 2016: While long-term exposure to air pollution has long been known to increase the risk of heart disease, the specific mechanisms behind the association have remained somewhat opaque. A recent decade-long study following the lives of over 6,000 US residents has shed some new light on the subject, though — revealing the way that people living [&hellip How Air Pollution Leads To Heart Disease was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

SolSmart: Helping Communities Go Solar by Cutting Costs

May 28, 2016: American cities have made excellent progress in installed solar. For example, the top 20 solar cities, which account for less than a 0.1 percent of total land area, account for six percent of solar capacity. But what’s really exciting is the potential, which is figured to be nearly 1,200 GW, or enough power 790 million homes a year – more than double the current population.

LEED Earth Project Pioneers: India’s First LEED v4 Platinum Building

May 28, 2016: ITC Sankya Data Center is the first LEED v4 Platinum building in India, and the first data center in the world to achieve this level of certification under LEED v4. With the Indian data center infrastructure market expected to total $2 billion in 2016—a 5.2 percent increase from the year prior—sustainable design, construction and operation practices for these buildings is critical.

Bosnian retiree handcrafts a stunning VW exterior from over 50,000 pieces of oak

May 27, 2016: Bojic, a resident of Celinac near Banja Luka, Bosnia, describes his timber car as a “labor of love.” He started with the bodywork of a regular Beetle and then covered it with timber tiling and custom wooden fittings, from a steering wheel to hubcaps, all of which were handmade in his garden workshop. Related: Toyota’s gorgeous Setsuna car is made from 86 handcrafted wooden panels All parts of the bespoke cruiser are fully functional. To top it all off, Bojic wears a custom hat covered...

Indian Solar-Powered Tuk Tuk Driving To Europe For EV Rally

May 27, 2016: The 2016 WAVE Trophy electric vehicle rally will be beginning just a few weeks from now — on June 11th, in the German city of Bremerhaven — giving enthusiasts from around the world the opportunity to showcase their vehicles. The rally will see participants travel over 1,000 miles — from Bremerhaven, through the Alsace region [&hellip Indian Solar-Powered Tuk Tuk Driving To Europe For EV Rally was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

'Nightmare' bacteria found in the U.S. resists all known antibiotics

May 27, 2016: Worry over drug-resistant bugs has been mounting. In China last November, bacteria resistant to "last-resort drug" colistin was detected in pigs and people. Other countries began to research, and Europe and Canada discovered the bacteria as well. Now, government officials announced the first case in the United States. A 49-year-old woman in Pennsylvania went to the doctor for symptoms akin to a urinary tract infection, and did not respond to antibiotics. She had not traveled during...

This Canadian passive house factory was built from its own prefab wood panels

May 27, 2016: The firm estimates the factory will produce 971 less metric tons of carbon dioxide each year, when compared to a facility built from concrete. A heat-recovery ventilation system and incredibly well-insulated walls help reduce carbon emissions, making the BC Passive House Factory an example of the very ideals it promotes. Screens made from two-by-fours make up the building’s facade, with each side featuring unique spacing between the wood to accommodate its relation to the sun. The firm stated,...

Eco-friendly Zagbox snaps together in a pinch for unique multipurpose storage

May 27, 2016: Title: Zagbox: unique and beautiful containers for display and storage Body: Ikea-style flat pack meets eco-friendly design and simple assembly in Zagbox, which is a line of containers for household objects designed to be beautiful, useful, and environmentally…

Awesome Tesla Fan Commercial With Carl Sagan Narration

May 27, 2016: A new fan-created Tesla ad is “one of the most powerful fan-based Tesla ads ever done,” according to our sister site Gas2. The new ad does a wonderful job using beautiful nighttime footage of the Milky Way interspersed with image of Tesla’s electric vehicles, SpaceX’s rockets, and a brief reference to the Hyperloop concept. Without [&hellip Awesome Tesla Fan Commercial With Carl Sagan Narration was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Halfbike 2.1 combines all the best things about biking and running

May 27, 2016: Last year, Halfbike became the most funded vehicle on Kickstarter. Now, after refining and perfecting the original design, they are back with Halfbike 2.1. Combining all the best parts from bike riding, running and scooting, Halfbike is a completely new way to get around. According to the designers, Halfbike "awakens your natural instinct to move" and is as fun for commuting as it is for just riding around. To ride, you stand in a natural walking position, but unlike a bicycle or scooter, you use...

San Francisco's first community-built living wall is a drought-resistant masterpiece

May 27, 2016: We’re talking about an enormous wall of plants in California, where a severe drought has robbed residents of much-needed water for several years. With that in mind, Goldberg and her team at Planted Design created the 1,200-square-foot living mural from 3,200 native, drought-tolerant plants. The mural also includes an ingenious irrigation system, fed by a 1,350-gallon recirculating rainwater collection tank. Copper gutters and 200 feet of irrigation help keep the plants happy in the midst of a water...

Join Building Trust's 2016 workshop for a chance to design + build a new school hall in Sierra Leone

May 27, 2016: Those looking to gain experience in the field of architecture and humanitarian design will have the chance to partake in a hands-on workshop to design and build a new school hall in Sierra Leone. The project, which has been in development with Building Trust International and We Yone Child Foundation for the past two years, will allow interested participants to gain experience in humanitarian design and several sustainable building techniques and architectural styles. Prospective designers and builders...

ACWA Power Among Lowest Bidders For 170 MW Morocco Solar PV Projects

May 27, 2016: ACWA Power is at the forefront of solar power development in Morocco once again as it is reportedly among the 3 developers that placed lowest bids for a large-scale solar PV power complex. Three companies based in Saudi Arabia – ACWA Power, Fotowatio, and Alfanar – have reportedly placed the lowest bids for development of [...]…

SCHMID Plans Solar Module Manufacturing Plant In Iran

May 27, 2016: Another European company has announced plans to set up renewable energy infrastructure in Iran after international sanctions on the country were lifted. According to media reports, SCHMID Group signed an agreement with the Industrial Development & Renovation Organization of Iran to set up a fully integrated solar photovoltaic module manufacturing unit in the country. After [...]…

IKEA reaches for net positive energy status in the next four years

May 27, 2016: IKEA, famed Swedish retailer after our own hearts, is taking a giant leap forward in the sustainability department. The chain has announced its goal to be “all in” to have a net positive impact on the environment with a multi-pronged strategy of renewable energy investments, energy efficiency techniques, emissions reductions in the supply chain. The company will even redesign some products to encourage more eco-friendly behaviors in its customers. The retailer’s efforts earned the company a...

India’s Tata Power Renewable Energy Wins 100 MW Solar Power Capacity

May 27, 2016: Subsidiary of one of India’s leading private sector power companies – Tata Power – recently won rights to develop large-scale solar power projects in the southern state of Karnataka. Tata Power Company recently reported that its subsidiary Tata Power Renewable Energy received letter of intent for development of two solar power projects with 50 MW [...]…

Sparkly clean floating river pool proposed for Australia's polluted Yarra River

May 27, 2016: Waterway pools have been gaining popularity around the world. From New York City's proposed floating + POOL to river pools already built in Zurich, Berlin, and Paris, people are working around the fact that many city rivers are polluted. One such waterway is the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia. Non-profit Yarra Swim Co. is working to make the river 'swimmable' once more, and one way they're pursuing those goals is by working with Arup to develop a Yarra Pool. According to Yarra...

Argentina To Get International Funding For 100 MW Solar Power Projects

May 27, 2016: Argentina is expected to receive international debt funding for implementation of solar power projects. According to recent media reports, the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), part of the Inter-American Development Bank, will provide funding for sola power projects with total capacity of 100 MW. Reports state that the IIC is willing to provide $27 million to [...]…