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Jun 01, 2020

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Living Building Challenge-targeted Watershed improves Seattles water quality

Jun 1, 2020: Watershed aggressively reduces its energy and water usage compared to conventional construction of the same size.

States sue over Trump administration's fuel efficiency rollback

Jun 1, 2020: Twenty-three states and Washington, D.C. have sued the Trump administration over rollbacks in fuel-efficiency standards, citing poor science and threats to public health.

Qatar to create 16 sustainable floating hotels for World Cup

Jun 1, 2020: As construction of the Lusail International Stadium continues, Qatar, the country set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, is also beginning to address the impending question of crowd accommodation. The massive number of fans traveling to the Middle East to enjoy the soccer competition will need a place to stay.

The Advantages of Aluminum as a Conductor Material

Jun 1, 2020: Copper or aluminum? Choosing conductive metals for different industries and applications can be a challenge. Copper has become the standard in cables and wires because of its excel-lent conductivity and malleability. However, it is relatively heavy and expensive compared to aluminum. Switching to aluminum, which is lighter and significantly less costly than copper, is a… The post The Advantages of Aluminum as a Conductor Material appeared first on Windpower Engineering & Development.

RWE and Sumitomo target offshore wind off Akita

Jun 1, 2020: Interest is growing in offshore wind off the coast of Akita prefecture in the north-west of Japan’s main island, with groups led by RWE and Sumitomo recently announcing they are working to secure development rights for two fixed-bottom foundation sites.

Composite repair institute Abaris resumes classes at Nevada facility

May 29, 2020: Abaris Training Resources, a composite materials training institute, will resume classes on June 1st, 2020 at its Reno, Nevada location after being closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. “The Abaris team is excited to be getting back to work and will start with two of the most popular courses: ‘Composite Essentials for Engineers’… The post Composite repair institute Abaris resumes classes at Nevada facility appeared first on Windpower Engineering & Development.

Green design and history meld at unique Delas Frres Winery

May 29, 2020: A recent passion project with a dedication to earth-friendly practices resulted in the conversion of a historical landscape into the Delas Frères Winery in the Rhone Valley, France.

New rules allow hunting of Alaskan bear cubs and wolf pups

May 29, 2020: The National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are easing hunting rules on some of Alaska's national preserves and at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Conservation groups have criticized the new rules as cruel and extreme.

Covid-19 weekly updates: 25-29 May

May 29, 2020: Here are the key ways in which the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the wind power industry over the past week.

These prefab micro-apartments are made of shipping containers

May 29, 2020: Thanks to Containerwerk, a local building firm that specializes in upgrading used shipping containers with a new and unique insulation process, the My Home housing project offers a sustainable alternative to traditional building techniques.

Equinor to lead oil and gas majors' renewables spending

May 29, 2020: Ten oil and gas majors are expected to invest $17.5 billion in wind and solar over the next five years, but most of this outlay will be spent by just one company, according to new analysis.

Robert De Niro and partners to open a garden hotel in Poland

May 29, 2020: If a glimpse into history is on your bucket list, a stay at the soon-to-open Nobu hotel in Poland can help put a check in that column.

Utility cash brings full-scale 15MW Nezzy2 within reach

May 29, 2020: Aerodyn-engineering has joined forces with utility EnBW to accelerate the commercial development of the radical 15MW Nezzy2 twin-rotor offshore floater. Eize de Vries met company representatives at the test site.

GoSun Flow is a portable water purifier and sanitation station powered by solar

May 28, 2020: The GoSun Flow portable solar sink and shower couldn’t have come at a better time.

Why are toothbrushes so hard to recycle?

May 28, 2020: Dentists tell us to use three or four toothbrushes per year, but most end up in landfills. How can we recycle or reuse our best tools for dental health?

Is rope-based descent emergency evacuation at the end of its tether?

May 28, 2020: The use of rope-based descent (RBD) systems for emergency evacuation in the wind energy sector could be reduced given the encouraging market response to Evacuator, a fireproof, rapid descent system capable of getting single and multiple crew members working at heights of up to 300 m to safety in an emergency situation. Evacuator can mean… The post Is rope-based descent emergency evacuation at the end of its tether? appeared first on Windpower Engineering & Development.

UK residents enjoying record low emissions

May 28, 2020: By now, almost everybody has heard about record low CO2 emissions brought on by coronavirus lockdowns. But new data shows not only that the U.K.'s emissions are the lowest they've been since the 1920s, but there's reason to hope they might not shoot back up to pre-pandemic rates as soon as life returns to quasi-normal.

New map exposes secrets of Antarctica's green snow

May 28, 2020: Antarctica’s peculiar green snow is spreading.

UNStudio to transform Gyeongdo Island into a sustainable tourism destination

May 28, 2020: The project celebrates the island's natural beauty.

Principle Power secures Tokyo Gas backing

May 28, 2020: Japanese natural gas company Tokyo Gas has invested $22 million in floating foundation firm Principle Power.

German energy firms in bid to halt E.on-RWE deal

May 28, 2020: Eleven German municipal and regional energy companies have filed legal action with the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to stop the proposed merger of RWE and E.on.

Airy Santa Monica Canyon home embraces views of nature and art

May 27, 2020: Reclaimed materials, a world-class art collection and an indoor/outdoor lifestyle combine in this recently completed Los Angeles residence designed by Santa Monica-based firm Conner + Perry Architects. Built for Los Angeles natives, this luxurious four-bedroom family home with large windows and a natural material palette was thoughtfully inserted into a wooded Santa Monica Canyon.

Italy's Relaunch Decree helps homeowners install solar photovoltaic systems for free

May 27, 2020: Relaunch Decree offers homeowners in Italy free solar power systems.

An abandoned Chinese village is reborn as an interactive art destination

May 27, 2020: The recently completed Holland-Dafang Creative Village transformed a dilapidated village into a new hub for the arts.

Green-roofed villa blends into a Costa Rican jungle landscape

May 27, 2020: Hidden in the lush mountains of Costa Rica is Atelier Villa, a green-roofed residence that opens up to gorgeous surroundings.

"Wither" artistically represents deforestation in the Amazon

May 27, 2020: While all eyes are on the national and international headlines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, it appears no one is watching and protecting the rainforest, which is experiencing a "newly deforested area" that is "71% larger" than previous records, according to The Wall Street Journal.

'Plunging investment may harm energy transition', IEA warns

May 27, 2020: Wind power investments are set to fall 2% in 2020, while total energy spending could see its largest drop in history as the Covid-19 pandemic prompts a plunge in expenditure for every major sector.

Blade recycling remains challenge, says WindEurope

May 27, 2020: Wind turbine blade-recycling technologies exist, but are not yet all available at an industrial-scale and are not yet economically competitive.

Babylon Bridge features hanging gardens over the Seine

May 26, 2020: Inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the proposed bridge would be covered with greenery on multiple levels.

LEED Platinum-certified Half Moon Bay Library targets net-zero energy

May 26, 2020: At three times the size of its predecessor with a recently minted LEED Platinum certification, California’s Half Moon Bay Library is an impressive community resource in more ways than one.

Heatherwick Studio completes nature-filled EDEN apartments in Singapore

May 26, 2020: Greenery spills down the sides of EDEN, a nature-filled apartment building in the historic Newton district of Singapore.

Montreal unveils plans for award-winning Biodiversity Corridor

May 26, 2020: Following decades of car-oriented growth that replaced swaths of greenery with asphalt, the city of Montreal is attempting to bring nature back.

Designers propose sustainable housing in response to COVID-19 lifestyle changes

May 26, 2020: In response to how COVID-19 continues to reshape our lives, Studio BELEM proposes a live/work housing scheme.

Industry’s hydrogen experiment steps up a gear

May 26, 2020: Major offshore wind developer Ørsted is leading a group of Danish businesses from the demand and supply side to develop a hydrogen production facility, while WindEurope launches an initiative to back the role of the technology in decarbonising Europe.

SGRE lines up first 14MW orders for nearly 3GW

May 26, 2020: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has won its first provisional orders for its new 14MW turbine unveiled less than a week ago, with tentative agreements for projects off the coasts of Taiwan and the US.

Off-grid bamboo bungalow embraces nature in Thailand

May 25, 2020: Set approximately 1,200 meters above sea level in a rural area, the remote property has no electricity, water supply or even other buildings nearby. As a result, the architects created TREE Sukkasem VILLA, a self-sustaining home that combines traditional Thai design and contemporary elements.

Geothermal-powered dorm minimizes its carbon footprint in Quebec

May 25, 2020: The new dorm complements the boarding school's existing architecture while raising the bar for sustainable design.

How to make vegetable broth with scraps to reduce food waste

May 22, 2020: Get ready to make flavorful, comforting recipes with this tutorial on how to make your own broth to reduce food waste.

Migrating monarch butterflies get the right-of-way in new agreement

May 22, 2020: A new nationwide right-of-way agreement aims to protect migrating monarch butterflies.

U.S. rabbit populations contend with lethal virus, RHDV2

May 22, 2020: Wildlife officials recently announced outbreaks of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus Type 2 (RHDV2) ravaging Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and California. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) deems RHDV2 as seriously contagious and nearly always fatal amongst domestic and wild rabbit species and their close relatives, hares and pikas.

Ancient Mayan-inspired Casa Merida operates off the grid in Mexico

May 22, 2020: The self-sufficient Casa Merida stays naturally cool, unlike its neighbors that rely heavily on AC.

Indian energy giants to form renewables JV

May 22, 2020: Two of India’s biggest fossil fuel and power groups aim to collaborate to explore opportunities in renewables — including offshore wind — in their domestic market and abroad.

LEED-seeking apartments house formerly homeless families in San Francisco

May 22, 2020: The development is not only a champion of humanitarian architecture but also embodies sustainable principles including high-density living and energy-efficient design.

Why joint tenders aren't working: German wind urges rethink

May 22, 2020: No wind developers submitted bids to compete against their solar PV counterparts in Germany’s fifth technology-neutral clean energy tender, prompting the head of the German wind energy association (BWE) to call again to scrap the joint auctions.

Covid-19 weekly updates: 18-22 May

May 22, 2020: Here are the key places, projects and plans that the pandemic has impacted the wind power industry over the past week.

Icebreaker approved, but with conditions that make it 'economically unviable'

May 22, 2020: The US’ first freshwater wind farm in the Great Lakes has finally been given the green light, but with operating constrictions that are “fatal” to the development.

Tiny minimalist cabin in the Pyrenees uses natural materials

May 21, 2020: Don't let the simple aesthetic of this cabin fool you! The Weekend Shelter by Agora Arquitectura conceals a powerhouse of passive design.

Crowds fill national park for Yellowstone reopening

May 21, 2020: As visitors poured in on May 18, cars with license plates from all over the country filled parking lots and hardly a mask was in sight.

US renewables hit milestone in surpassing coal output

May 21, 2020: Both the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) and the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysts (IEEFA) have revealed that, from March 25th through May 3rd, utility-scale solar, wind and hydropower collectively generated more electricity than coal! This record 40-day timespan has edged over 2019's run of 38 days when U.S. renewables first beat coal last year.

Architects design COVID-19 mobile testing labs for underserved communities

May 21, 2020: Perkins and Will is teaming up with multiple designers to find ways to reuse buses as mobile testing labs.