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Oct 24, 2017

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Snhetta unveils plans for Europes first underwater restaurant

Oct 23, 2017: Europe’s first underwater restaurant offshore of Norway will put a new spin on the meaning of “dining with a view.” Snøhetta just unveiled designs for “Under,” a submerged restaurant that will offer spectacular views of the seabed and double as a research center for marine life. Advanced heating pump technology that taps into the seabed’s thermal mass will maintain the restaurant’s comfortable interior temperatures year-round. Under—which translates to “wonder”...

The isolated Pacific graveyard where spaceships go to die

Oct 23, 2017: In one of the most remote corners of the Earth, below the Pacific Ocean, there lies the remains of spaceships. This extremely isolated location, about 2,250 km (about 1,400 miles) from land, goes several names, including Point Nemo (Latin for "no one) and the Oceanic Pole of Inaccessibility. Still, it's hard to beat "Spaceship Graveyard," for the location has served as the final resting place at which NASA has landed many ships over the years. “It’s a great place you can put things down without...

Greenbuild: The world's biggest green building expo is coming to Boston

Oct 23, 2017: The world's biggest conference dedicated to green building is coming to Boston this November, and you won't want to miss it. The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo will bring together experts, professionals and leaders in sustainable building for mind-blowing exhibits, learning activities, a Net Zero zone, and pavilions with the latest in green building technology.

Tesla Model 3 Photos Flooding Instagram — Florida, Texas, New York, Ohio (+ Interesting Employee Car Agreement Details Leaked)

Oct 23, 2017: In the past month, we've gotten multiple reports of Tesla Model 3s rolling around the streets of Florida, Texas, New York, and even Canada. Tesla staff, SpaceX staff, and reportedly Tesla engineers at certain stores needing to get familiar with the cars have been receiving early units. I finally decided to go grab some Model 3 spy shots from Instagram and Twitter in order to share the excitement here ... and I discovered that numerous new Model 3 photos have been hitting instagram in the past several hours Tesla Model 3 Photos Flooding Instagram — Florida, Texas, New York, Ohio (+ Interesting Employee Car Agreement Details Leaked) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subsc…

These optical illusion Star Wars lamps will take you to a galaxy far, far away

Oct 23, 2017: With the countdown to the next Star Wars film on, Star Wars-themed products have been floating around on the Internet, and some of the coolest ones are LED optical illusion lamps that light up with what appears to be a 3D image of Darth Vader or the Millennium Falcon, for example. They're said to have a lifespan of more than 50,000 hours. Related: Star Wars-inspired NASA observatory will offer galactic views in Cyprus…

Study finds pollution is more deadly than war, natural disasters, and disease

Oct 23, 2017: Environmental pollution isn’t just inconvenient, it’s also deadly. Every year, more people die from pollutants — from toxic air to contaminated water — than by all war and violence. That’s more than the death count of AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria —combined! This disturbing revelation was revealed in a new study, published in the Lancet medical journal. Scientists determined that one out of every six premature deaths (about 9 million in 2015) results from pollution; this results in...

Tryin’ To Make The World A Better Place — Help Us

Oct 23, 2017: We sometimes get carried away just covering what interests us, following our passions, and pursuing our obsessions. I think that's often quite useful — the stuff that interests us often interests you. However, the core aim of the site and one of my core life goals has long been to help make the world a better place, or "help society help itself" as I often put it Tryin’ To Make The World A Better Place — Help Us was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Indian Module Makers Beat Chinese Prices In 300 Megawatt Tender

Oct 23, 2017: In a major boost for the Indian solar module and cell manufacturers, Energy Efficiency Services Limited recently acquired 300 megawatts of modules for multiple uses. The order has come at a time when Indian manufacturers await a decision by the government to levy anti-dumping duties on Chinese modules. Indian Module Makers Beat Chinese Prices In 300 Megawatt Tender was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Bipartisan Former FERC Commissioners Reject Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s Plans To Subsidize Coal

Oct 23, 2017: A bipartisan group of former Federal Energy Regulation Committee Commissioners have filed a letter with their former agency opposing a recent proposal filed by Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry seeking to subsidize coal and nuclear plants.  Bipartisan Former FERC Commissioners Reject Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s Plans To Subsidize Coal was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Adani Plans Demerger, IPO For Renewable Energy Arm

Oct 23, 2017: One of India's leading conglomerates, Adani Enterprises, has announced plans to demerge the company's renewable energy arm and list it at the stock exchanges. Adani Plans Demerger, IPO For Renewable Energy Arm was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Here’s Why The Middle East Leads In Lowest Solar Tariffs

Oct 23, 2017: We have seen solar power tariffs in competitive auctions crash to unprecedented levels across the world over the last few months. These have been mostly led by companies bidding for projects in the Middle East, with some also involved in projects in South America, particularly Chile. So what are the possible reasons that made the Middle East a leader in low-cost solar power? Here’s Why The Middle East Leads In Lowest Solar Tariffs was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Fortum Looking To Sell Equity Stake In India’s Solar Assets

Oct 23, 2017: One of the leading foreign solar power developers active in India – Fortum – is planning to sell equity stake in its solar power projects, media outlets have reported. Fortum Looking To Sell Equity Stake In India’s Solar Assets was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

These beautiful ceramic heaters help Mexicos vulnerable communities stay warm

Oct 23, 2017: These wonderful ceramic nest heaters provide much needed warmth to vulnerable communities in the region of Chiapas, Mexico. The prototypes, designed by emerging Mexican studio Estudio äCo, utilize the properties of ceramics to dissipate and conserve heat. Both heaters, ECN02 (fire ceramic nest 02) and ECN03 (electric ceramic nest 03), retain temperature inside the ceramic decks as they are gradually heated. In turn, the decks are heated and raise the temperature of a confined space. Not...

Remote Burrito Delivery On Offer From Alphabet’s Project Wing

Oct 23, 2017: What if you could just whip out your phone, order a burrito on an app, and have it delivered to your location via a drone? Wouldn’t that be awesome? Well, now you can! Sort of… Remote Burrito Delivery On Offer From Alphabet’s Project Wing was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

India To Auction 4.5 Gigawatts Of Wind Power Projects By February 2018

Oct 23, 2017: Sticking to its announced road map to expedite wind energy auctions, India will put 4.5 gigawatts of capacity on the block by February 2018. India To Auction 4.5 Gigawatts Of Wind Power Projects By February 2018 was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Azure Power Wins 250 Megawatt Solar Project In India At Record Tariff

Oct 23, 2017: An auctioned organized by India’s largest power generating company, NTPC Limited, yielded the lowest-ever tariff for a solar project obligated to use Indian-made solar modules. Azure Power Wins 250 Megawatt Solar Project In India At Record Tariff was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Amazon Wants To Charge Electric Cars With Drones

Oct 23, 2017: Step in Amazon, with an alternative and potentially revolutionary solution -- charging by drones, on the move. Earlier this month the company was granted a patent for this very thing Amazon Wants To Charge Electric Cars With Drones was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Transparent solar technology represents 'wave of the future'

Oct 23, 2017: See-through solar materials that can be applied to windows represent a massive source of untapped energy and could harvest as much power as bigger, bulkier rooftop solar units, scientists report.

Indian Ministry Warns States Against Solar Power Curtailment

Oct 23, 2017: The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in India has once again issued a warning to states against the practice of curtailing solar power generation. Indian Ministry Warns States Against Solar Power Curtailment was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

First Utility-Scale Solar+Storage Project Auctioned In India

Oct 23, 2017: India’s first utility-scale solar power project equipped with storage capacity has been allocated in the islands of Andaman and Nicobar. First Utility-Scale Solar+Storage Project Auctioned In India was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Critics Say German Energiewende Is Moving Too Slowly

Oct 23, 2017: Several environmental NGOs in Germany suggest the country is not moving fast enough to transition to a low carbon economy. Critics Say German Energiewende Is Moving Too Slowly was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Take A Close-Up Peek At The Secret Apple Self-Driving Car

Oct 23, 2017: While the concept of a full-blown Apple vehicle might have bit the dust last year, we knew it didn’t mean the company was ruling itself out of the self-driving car market completely. Instead, it pledged that it was going to be focusing energy on building autonomous software for existing carmakers. Take A Close-Up Peek At The Secret Apple Self-Driving Car was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Tipping Point For Natural Gas: Huge Project Canceled in California

Oct 23, 2017: Low cost renewable energy is beginning to nudge natural gas aside. In the most recent and striking development, California’s massive 262-megawatt Puente gas power plant proposal has been shelved, perhaps permanently Tipping Point For Natural Gas: Huge Project Canceled in California was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

GE Renewable Energy Continues Strong 2017 Growth

Oct 23, 2017: GE Renewable Energy recorded yet another strong quarter with $3 billion in orders and double the growth in its international onshore wind orders, according to figures pulled out of GE's larger third-quarter earnings report published last week.  GE Renewable Energy Continues Strong 2017 Growth was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Rolls-Royce is developing mini nuclear power plants

Oct 23, 2017: A consortium led by Rolls Royce Motor Cars, famous for its high-end vehicles that could not look out of place in a Bond film, has crafted design plans for small-scale nuclear power plants. In an anticipated report to be released this week, the Rolls Royce-led group is expected to receive approval to further develop its designs, which may eventually be implemented and constructed in the United Kingdom. The aforementioned report comes from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy...

Innovation Needed To Decarbonize Steel & Cement Industries To Meet Paris Agreement

Oct 23, 2017: Innovation is needed to decarbonize the steel and cement industries in an effort to meet the Paris Agreement 1.5°C limit, according to new research published by the Climate Action Tracker which deems current technologies insufficient.  Innovation Needed To Decarbonize Steel & Cement Industries To Meet Paris Agreement was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Tesla Shanghai China Factory Confirmed … With A Twist

Oct 23, 2017: The Wall Street Journal reports that Tesla has agreed to build its first factory outside the US in Shanghai, China, but there's a catch. Isn't there always? Tesla Shanghai China Factory Confirmed … With A Twist was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Reminder: The Fight For 100% Renewable Is Political

Oct 23, 2017: As an increasing number of cities across the US pledge their commitment to purchase 100% of their power from renewable sources in the coming decades, some researchers questioned the feasibility of such energy policies Reminder: The Fight For 100% Renewable Is Political was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Tesla opens massive Supercharger station in Shanghai

Oct 23, 2017: Tesla aims to have more than 10,000 Superchargers available for electric vehicle charging this year, and the opening of the new world's biggest Supercharger station brought them closer to that goal. The large station boasts 50 Superchargers, reports Teslarati and Electrek, and is located at the Lilacs International Commercial Center in Shanghai. Related: Germany unveils plans for the world's largest EV charging station Via Electrek and Teslarati Images via…

Black butterfly wings provide inspiration for superior solar cells

Oct 23, 2017: Researchers took cues from butterflies to design thin film solar cells that can better absorb light. The rose butterfly, common to India, has soft black wings that help keep the insect warm from the sun's heat. The scientists mimicked the design of the butterfly's wings to create a solar cell that The Verge reports can gather light twice as efficiently. Related: Bio-inspired wind turbines with flexible blades are 35% more efficient Via The Verge and Phys.org Images via…

Strasser Capital receives the GO for its second green loan tranche: Double Certification for the MEP Green Financing Programme

Oct 23, 2017: Munich - October 23, 2017 (Investorideas.com Newswire) Strasser Capital GmBH has announced the second issuance under its MEP Green Financing Programme used for the long-term financing of the solar lease business model of its subsidiary MEP Werke GmbH.

Rainwater-harvesting pavilions mimic a lush rainforest at the Indianapolis Zoo

Oct 23, 2017: Artful rainwater design has taken root at the Indianapolis Zoo. RATIO Architects recently completed the Bicentennial Pavilion, an open-air events space modeled after a lush rainforest with 11 steel-framed “tree canopies.” Built primarily from natural materials, the pavilion is a beautiful example of multifunctional and sustainable design that provides 40,000 square feet of weather-protected events space while collecting and filtering 100% of its stormwater runoff. The Indianapolis...

The Uncertain Future of Fusion Energy

Oct 23, 2017: A giant reactor under construction seeks to achieve net energy gain, but some canny start-ups may get there first. Nuclear fusion has long been hailed as the clean energy source of the future, but has so far failed to live up to this promise. Though it was only three years between the first nuclear fission […] The post The Uncertain Future of Fusion Energy appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Solar Power Alone Won’t Solve Energy or Climate Needs

Oct 23, 2017: Recent reports that solar capacity will soon exceed nuclear capacity reveal an important fact. They also hide a crucial distinction needed to understand the context of energy production, and use and consequences of choices among supply options for the future, writes Jatin Nathwani of the University of Waterloo. Courtesy The Conversation. As executive director of the Waterloo Institute for […] The post Solar Power Alone Won’t Solve Energy or Climate Needs appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Innovation in Evaluation Accelerates as Energy Efficiency Programs Grow

Oct 23, 2017: As gas and electric utilities increasingly rely on energy efficiency as a resource, innovative ways to evaluate its impacts are emerging. Our new report Recent Developments in Energy Efficiency Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification presents examples of what pioneering states and utilities are doing to address challenges and take steps to evolve in a changing utility […] The post Innovation in Evaluation Accelerates as Energy Efficiency Programs Grow appeared first on The Energy Collective.

World’s Largest Fracked-Gas-to-Methanol Refinery Forced to Calculate Climate Impact

Oct 23, 2017: Last month one of the largest fracked gas projects in the Pacific Northwest was dealt a legal blow when its development permit was canceled for failing to fully account for the plant’s greenhouse gas emissions. The project, backed by Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW), would refine fracked gas into methanol, an industrial feedstock used in chemical production, that would be […] The post World’s Largest Fracked-Gas-to-Methanol Refinery Forced to Calculate Climate Impact appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Why Better Energy Data Equals Better Lives, Now More Than Ever

Oct 23, 2017: Better Data, Better Lives. That was the theme of the second World Statistics Day celebrated two years ago on October 20th, 2015. The holiday was designed for celebration every five years, but in light of recent attacks on climate science, it is critical to showcase the value of clean energy data now, more than ever. […] The post Why Better Energy Data Equals Better Lives, Now More Than Ever appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Performance-Based Regulation: Aligning Utility Incentives with Policy Objectives and Customer Benefits

Oct 23, 2017: A successful transition to a 21st Century Electricity System requires careful consideration of a range of issues that will ultimately redefine the regulatory framework and utility business model while creating new opportunities for third-party providers and customers to contribute to the operation of the electricity system.  In this second of a 7-part series published by Utility Dive, […] The post Performance-Based Regulation: Aligning Utility Incentives with Policy Objectives and Customer Benefits appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Innovative Satellite Launched for Monitoring Global Methane and Air Quality

Oct 21, 2017: Last Friday, the European Space Agency Sentinel-5p satellite went into orbit above the earth. Onboard is an imaging spectrometer instrument called TROPOMI, led by SRON (Dutch Space Agency) and KNMI (Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute) to monitor the amount of methane, ozone and other air quality-related pollutants in the atmosphere. There has been quite a buzz […] The post Innovative Satellite Launched for Monitoring Global Methane and Air Quality appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Futuristic solar home hidden inside 18th-century stone ruins

Oct 20, 2017: The stone ruins of an 18th-century Scottish farmhouse have been brought back to life as the envelope for a surprisingly modern solar-powered home. Nathanael Dorent Architecture and Lily Jencks Studio crafted Ruin Studio with layers like a palimpsest, from the 200-year-old farmhouse frame to futuristic and tubular interior shell. In addition to the use of photovoltaics, the dwelling was built to near passivhaus standards and boasts a super-insulated envelope. This unusual home located...

Tesla earns contract for world's first solar, wind and storage project

Oct 20, 2017: Tesla has won its first contract with Vestas, the world's largest wind turbine maker, to supply its Powerpack batteries for a project that combines solar power, wind power, and Tesla's storage technology in which is being described as the first such project in the world.

Hinckley unveils the world's first fully electric luxury yacht

Oct 20, 2017: Imagine silently slicing through the Long Island Sound on a yacht, wind tousling your hair. That's possible with Hinckley's new Dasher yacht, which they say is the world's first fully electric luxury yacht. There's little noise from boat motors thanks to the twin 80 horsepower electric motors and waterproof BMW lithium-ion batteries that move the boat quietly through the waves. Related:…

13 innovative, thought-provoking designs that broke new ground at the London Design Festival

Oct 20, 2017: student work new materials crazy ideas controversial new techniques Trashpresso by Pentatonic Trashpresso is a solar-powered mobile recycling factory. Furniture and home accessories company Pentatonic are at London's Somerset House demonstrating to the public how plastic bottles can be transformed to tiles. It's a potential model for recycling discarded materials in more remote areas of the world. 📷 @thecreativeedit_ #londondesignfestival @wearepentatonic @l_d_f_official...

Solar record-breaking China aims for 50GW installed in 2017

Oct 20, 2017: China, a consistent leader in solar power production and installation, is having another banner year, with 25 gigawatts of solar energy being installed in June and July alone by the People's Republic. It is estimated that China is quite capable of installing over 50GW of solar energy by the end of 2017. As of October 1st, approximately 42GW of solar energy had been installed, though the pace of installations is expected to slow in October. Although China's solar boom yields economic benefits, an...

LAVA unveils greenery-infused Garden Island to revamp Sydney Harbour

Oct 20, 2017: Related: + LAVA Via LAVA, green garden island, sydney harbour architecture, sydney harbour projects, australian architecture, sydney urban design,…

Trees grow on every balcony of this Hanoi university building

Oct 20, 2017: This university building in Hanoi weaves Vietnam’s tropical landscape into its checkerboard facade, with trees growing on every balcony. Designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects, the recently completed FPT University administrative building is the first phase in a greater masterplan to convert the campus into a “globally competition environmentally conscious university.” The university is part of Vietnam’s largest technology park, the Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park, on the outskirts of Hanoi. Completed...

Failed Palm Springs golf course is being repurposed into a sustainable community filled with olive groves

Oct 20, 2017: Related: Wind and solar-powered Thunder Valley Regenerative Community rises in South Dakota “Miralon is dramatically large in scope and vision,” said Freehold California Division President Brad Shuckhart. “It is like no other place in Palms Springs and yet it emerges naturally from the Desert. This is a community that looks boldly forward with environmental advances while embracing the region’s great architectural history.” “Evolving the existing golf course into habitat-sensitive,...

New concrete roof includes thin-film PV cells to generate power

Oct 20, 2017: Digital design and fabrication techniques allowed researchers in Switzerland to create a curvy, super thin concrete roof that will one day help a residential unit to produce more power than it consumes. Using the innovative methods, the researchers assembled the roof with much less materials than would otherwise be needed. The concrete roof is also equipped with thin-film photovoltaic cells to generate energy. Related:…