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Jan 23, 2020

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Segmented tower designer seeks commercial partner

Jan 23, 2020: A tower designer based in Nebraska is looking for a technology commercialisation partner or a technology licence agreement for its modular steel tower design.

The Union Flats is a LEED Platinum-certified housing community

Jan 22, 2020: Prefab architecture and energy efficiency go hand-in-hand at The Union Flats, one of the largest completed modular housing developments in Northern California. Located in Union City directly across a new public plaza and the local BART station, the transit-oriented community celebrates walkability and the outdoors with its amenities and proximity to green space.

Hundreds of red plastic crates are repurposed into a public mosque in Indonesia

Jan 22, 2020: One green-thinking firm, Parisauli Arsitek Studio, has managed to find a way of giving new life to hundreds of discarded plastic crates.

Carbon-negative snack company AKUA offers kelp jerky and pasta

Jan 22, 2020: Seaweeds are becoming quite the catch for health- and eco-conscious brands and consumers.

EDPR generation rises despite lower capacity

Jan 22, 2020: EDPR benefitted from a better wind resource in 2019 to boost its generation by 6% year-on-year to just over 30TWh despite its sell-down of 997MW of European wind capacity in July of last year and a further 199MW of US capacity.

Off-grid home is inspired by the iconic Australian Akubra hat

Jan 22, 2020: The Australian Akubra hat is one of the many symbols of the country, and one architectural team has used the hat's recognizable form as inspiration for a spectacular off-grid home in the small NSW town of Nundle.

Wind component manufacturer WTEC receives $75 million in financing

Jan 22, 2020: Santander Bank’s commercial banking division closed a $75 million asset-based revolving credit facility, a long-term loan, for component manufacturer Wind Turbine & Energy Cables Corporation (WTEC). Santander acted as administrative agent, sole lead arranger and sole underwriter on the loan. WTEC is a manufacturer wire, cable and steel products and services for use in the… The post Wind component manufacturer WTEC receives $75 million in financing appeared first on Windpower Engineering & Development.

Modular homes in Sweden are specially designed for solar panels

Jan 22, 2020: Swedish firm Street Monkey Architects has unveiled new solar-powered, prefabricated modular homes in Örebro, Sweden.

Ørsted academic partnership will assist in protecting right whales in U.S. offshore wind portfolio waters

Jan 22, 2020: Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind has partnered with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, the University of Rhode Island (URI) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) to launch the Ecosystem and Passive Acoustic Monitoring (ECO-PAM) project. Ørsted signed an initial memorandum of understanding with Rutgers University in May 2019 to support academic research activities related… The post Ørsted academic partnership will assist in protecting right whales in U.S. offshore wind portfolio waters appeared first on Windpower Engineering & Development.

What to know when setting two-row tapered roller bearings in wind turbine gearboxes

Jan 22, 2020: By Kyle Smith, principal application engineer, The Timken Company The evolution of wind turbine gearbox design has resulted in the use of an increased number of tapered roller bearings throughout the parallel shaft section to effectively manage both the radial and axial loads produced by helical gearing during operation. This arrangement includes a cylindrical roller… The post What to know when setting two-row tapered roller bearings in wind turbine gearboxes appeared first on Windpower Engineering & Development.

Luzinterruptus turns plastic waste into Death by Plastic eco-art for COP25

Jan 21, 2020: Made from plastic waste and transparent fabric, the glowing environmental art installation depicts a crime scene-like visual with a series of people-shaped sculptures lying on the ground.

CRA proposes reconfigurable roads and a floating garden to revitalize Luganos waterfront

Jan 21, 2020: Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) and Mobility in Chain (MiC) have unveiled a technologically savvy plan to better connect the Swiss city of Lugano with the beautiful Lugano Lake.

China plans to phase out single-use plastics by 2025

Jan 21, 2020: China is set to enact a plastic ban to phase out the production and use of many single-use plastic items by 2025.

Self-sustaining Ugandan surgical facility provides healthcare to underserved areas

Jan 21, 2020: The architects created a modular, easily replicable surgical facility to provide ambulatory surgical procedures for underserved populations in resource-poor regions.

New tiny home for glamping on Governors Island offers guests the best views of NYC

Jan 21, 2020: Outlook Shelter offers guests a glamping experience with city vistas they won't find anywhere else.

Women in leadership programme open for applications

Jan 21, 2020: The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) is seeking applications for its Women in Wind Global Leadership Programme, now in its second year.

Fund to support Russian localisation to be set up

Jan 21, 2020: Investment group Rusnano and billionaire Alexey Mordashov have announced plans to set up an investment fund for the localisation of electrical wind turbine equipment in Russia, according to local media reports.

Ørsted tops global sustainability ranking

Jan 21, 2020: Ørsted has been named the world’s most sustainable company, with an increased share of revenue derived from clean energy boosting its position in an annual ranking of billion-dollar firms.

Cross-laminated timber makes this Scottish home climate resistant

Jan 20, 2020: Scottish firm Mary Arnold Foster Architects has unveiled a stunning home made out of several timber “pods” and tucked into the idyllic landscape of the Scottish Highlands. Clad in cross-laminated timber (CLT) and covered with slats of charred larch, which provide the home with resilience, the Nedd home was built on concrete pillars and set in between two outcrops to minimize damage to the landscape.

NAWA reveals hybrid electric motorcycle at CES 2020

Jan 20, 2020: It’s not the first electric motorcycle on the market, but the NAWA Racer is currently the most talked about after a big reveal at CES 2020 in Las Vegas.

Modern farmhouse in Italy pays homage to its agricultural surroundings

Jan 20, 2020: Tucked into the rolling wheat fields of the Italian region of Le Marche, the Border Crossing House is a private residence that pays homage to the area's rich agricultural history.

"Embroidered filtering skin helps library regulate light

Jan 20, 2020: French design practice Serero Architectes Urbanistes has recently completed the new Bayeux Media Library, a light-filled cultural institution that connects the northwestern French commune’s historical roots to its future development zones.

Australian backers launch Windlab takeover bid

Jan 20, 2020: Australian investors Federation Asset Management has launched a takeover bid for compatriot developer Windlab, proposing to buy all the outstanding shares in the wind-solar hybrid project specialist.

Architect makes playful puzzle pavilion for Design Week Mexico

Jan 20, 2020: At the eleventh Design Week Mexico, Mexican architect Gerardo Broissin has created the Egaligilo Pavilion, an eye-catching structure made with large jigsaw puzzle-shaped concrete pieces. Installed on the grounds of Mexico City’s contemporary art museum Museo Tamayo, the boxy pavilion draws the eye with its puzzle-inspired form and bubble-like protrusions designed to deliberately obscure views of the interior. Inside is a lush garden that remains exposed to the outdoor elements thanks to small slits...

Vestas plans 'zero-waste turbines' by 2040

Jan 20, 2020: Vestas plans to eliminate non-recyclable waste from the manufacturing, operation and decommissioning of its wind turbines by 2040, becoming the first turbine maker to announce such a target.

Oil and gas sector 'could do much more for renewables'

Jan 20, 2020: Oil and gas majors’ unwillingness to invest effort and money in renewables may prevent technologies such as offshore wind from growing at the scale needed to fight climate change, according to a new International Energy Agency (IEA) report.

China trade deal no help for rising US wind costs

Jan 20, 2020: The recent US-China trade deal does not appear to alleviate the harsh tariffs on Chinese imports that have affected the US wind industry.

Ramboll helps Lombok locals build earthquake-resistant bamboo housing

Jan 17, 2020: Back in 2018 when Lombok was struck by several earthquakes, some of which measured up to magnitude 7, local communities around the seismic region were greatly affected by loss. After the series of earthquakes settled, there were over 500 dead, 129,000 homes damages and 445,000 people homeless.

Planet Beyond earbuds combine tech, sustainability and fashion

Jan 17, 2020: These high-tech earbuds double as unique jewelry.

The Haeckels Victorian-style bathing machine has a sauna inside

Jan 17, 2020: Is there anything better than self-care by the sea? UK-based skincare brand Haeckels is on a mission to reintroduce the local community of Margate Beach to the healing powers of the ocean.

Airstream unveils new 2020 camper with smart technology

Jan 17, 2020: Airstream is a long-standing American legend beloved by many roaming road warriors, but now the iconic campers have been given a sleek modern makeover.

New Marine Education Center in Malm raises climate change awareness

Jan 17, 2020: In Malmo, Sweden, the recently completed Marine Education Center is giving visitors a closer look at the effects of climate change and sustainable technology.

12 surprising things that arent vegan

Jan 16, 2020: It’s hard sticking to a vegan lifestyle.

Stunning, sustainable lodge blends into beautiful landscape

Jan 16, 2020: Romanian architecture firm BLIPSZ has created a near-autonomous holiday home that combines the charms of rural Transylvanian architecture with a sustainable and contemporary design aesthetic.

Children hurt after Delta jet dumps fuel on schools

Jan 16, 2020: On January 14, a Delta jet malfunctioned, dumping jet fuel over Los Angeles area schools. The incident affected over 50 people, including students from Park Avenue Elementary, San Gabriel Elementary, Graham Elementary, Tweedy Elementary, 93rd Street Elementary and Jordan High School.

Immersive, dystopian exhibit shows what life could be like post-climate change

Jan 16, 2020: As a wake up call to the possible effects of global warming, Superflux has created immersive art that explores the possible consequences of sea level rise for city dwellers in coastal areas.

Transparent, prefab tiny cabin offers the best views of the Italian Alps

Jan 16, 2020: If you need a little getaway, there is a beautiful, tiny cabin retreat in the Italian Alps calling your name.

Offshore wind spending reaches record high in 2019

Jan 16, 2020: A late surge of offshore wind farm financings in the fourth quarter helped make 2019 a record year for the sector, while total investments in wind power capacity rose 6% year on year, according to new figures.

Subsidy-free wind farm wins first Lithuanian tender

Jan 16, 2020: A 75MW wind farm has secured priority access to the grid with a zero-subsidy bid in Lithuania's first renewable energy tender.

Poland starts talks on 10GW-plus offshore plans

Jan 16, 2020: The government has unveiled a first draft of a long-awaited offshore wind act, which outlines more than 10GW of capacity to be awarded by 2028.

Passive solar community in Brazil combines social justice and sustainability

Jan 15, 2020: To empower a marginalized community in Brazil’s Maranhão state, São Paulo-based architecture firm Estudio Flume has completed Castanha de Caju, a new headquarters for a women’s agricultural cooperative that doubles as a a welcoming community hub.

Rolls-Royce unveils prototype for world's fastest electric plane

Jan 15, 2020: Innovation is the name of the game for luxury industry leaders like Rolls-Royce, so it’s no surprise they have a variety of sustainable travel projects in the works. Last month, Rolls-Royce released its newest project — an all-electric plane set to take flight later this spring.

The low-impact Bridge House hovers over a stream in Los Angeles

Jan 15, 2020: Starting with the foundation, the bridge design suspends a large portion of the structure, minimizing the impact on the landscape.

Couple turns old van into home-on-wheels for just $1K

Jan 15, 2020: IKEA offers an almost infinite amount of space solutions for any type of abode, but for one couple looking to convert an old van into a home on wheels, IKEA products were their saving grace. Ambitious couple Grace Aquino and her husband Marlon were on an extremely tight budget when they decided to turn their old van into a full-time home so that they could travel the world.

Snhetta to revitalize Midtown Manhattan with vibrant garden

Jan 15, 2020: Midtown Manhattan will soon become much greener thanks to New York City Planning Commission’s unanimous approval of Snøhetta’s design for a new privately-owned public space (POPS) in 550 Madison, a Philip Johnson-designed postmodernist landmark. Designed as a “vibrant sensory retreat,” the new public space will take the shape of a lush garden—the largest of its kind in the district—that will become a haven for both people and urban pollinators. The garden is being developed as part of...

EU unveils €1 trillion green spending package

Jan 15, 2020: The European Union’s (EU) €1 trillion green investment plan could help finance innovative technologies that deliver on climate neutrality, according to industry body WindEurope.

A nearly century-old Copenhagen school gets an eco-friendly makeover

Jan 14, 2020: Originally built in 1929, the building had long been hidden away from the surrounding neighborhood; this comprehensive transformation, completed in 2019, has now integrated the structure into the urban fabric.

This minimalist, solar-powered home stands strong against earthquakes

Jan 14, 2020: The modern, solar-powered home is situated on a hilly slope with the help of a protective and stabilizing wall along a surrounding orchard.

Wearable garden vest is nourished by wearer's own urine

Jan 14, 2020: With the potential to grow up to 40 crops, the lush, green vest is irrigated by urine filtered through reverse osmosis.

Quorn introduces carbon footprint labeling

Jan 14, 2020: By reading carbon labels, consumers may be motivated to make better and more sustainable choices.