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Nov 24, 2017

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EIB loans €150 million for eight Italian projects

Nov 23, 2017: ITALY: The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a €150 million loan, its biggest for the Italian wind industry this year, to finance eight wind farms with a total capacity of 165MW.

Geologists discover fossils from 13 ancient tree species in Antarctica

Nov 23, 2017: It may be hard to believe, but forests once sprawled across Antarctica. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee geologists recently climbed the slopes of McIntyre Promontory in the Transantarctic Mountains to uncover fossil fragments from 13 trees that greened Antarctica more than 260 million years ago - before the first dinosaurs ever walked the planet. Related:…

Lookout Loop bird observatory in Latvia doubles as a temporary shelter

Nov 23, 2017: This bird observatory in Latvia is a beautiful loop structure that doubles as a temporary shelter. Design studio Ulf Mejergren Architects conceived it as a sculptural element that would allow visitors to enjoy expansive views of the wetlands and rest before continuing on one of the paths that the Pape Nature Park offers. The observatory rises from the ground like a dock, with three pairs of curved stair sections joining in a loop, leaving a void in the center. The stairs gets wider closer to the...

Man to launch himself in homemade steam-powered rocket to show the Earth is flat

Nov 23, 2017: One man plans to launch himself 1,800 feet into the air in a rocket he made himself this weekend - in a quest to prove Earth isn't round, but flat. Mike Hughes, a 61-year-old limousine driver, describes himself on his website as "the only man to in history to design, build, and launch himself in a rocket," and also said he doesn't believe in science. His ultimate goal is to launch several miles above our planet to capture photographic evidence we live not on a globe, but a disk. Related...

"The stuff nightmares are made of:" thousands of bluebottles on Australian beach

Nov 23, 2017: An Australian couple happened upon an astounding sight recently while strolling on the beach. At Barlings Beach in New South Wales, Brett Wallensky and partner Claudia came across thousands of bluebottles, or Portuguese man o'wars, washed up on land. Such a freaky sight could be more common as climate change impacts our world. Related:…

German slang wraps around MVRDV-designed building for Munich

Nov 23, 2017: German architecture takes a playful turn in WERK12, a mixed-use building designed by MVRDV that’s just broke ground in Munich. Located in a post-industrial site in the emerging Werksviertel neighborhood, WERK12 draws inspiration from its industrial heritage and modern graffiti culture. To set the mood for the stylish spaces within, MVRDV teamed up with artists Engelmann and Engl to wrap the building in 5-meter-tall German slang lettering that light up at night. Located near Munich’s...

Nordex launches sound reduction package

Nov 23, 2017: GERMANY: Nordex has unveiled two new products to reduce sound levels but increase yield.

Recycled bedsprings transformed into an art pavilion at Dubai Design Week

Nov 23, 2017: Old copper bedsprings have been transformed into a surprisingly chic exhibition space at this year’s Dubai Design Week. Fahed + Architects designed Pavilion Abwab (“doors” in Arabic) to house a curated selection of 47 designs by design talent from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia (MENASA). The cloud of mesh metal made of locally sourced materials takes inspiration from nature and showcases the firm’s commitment to environmentally friendly practices. The temporary...

3,000-year-old underwater castle discovered in Turkey's largest lake

Nov 22, 2017: Lake Van in Turkey is the country's biggest lake - but that isn't its only claim to fame. Van Yüzüncü Yil University archaeologists and a team of divers recently discovered an underwater fortress far below the surface. The ancient nation of Urartu could have built the castle during the Iron Age, around 3,000 years ago. Related:…

6 Vegan and vegetarian turkey alternatives for Thanksgiving

Nov 22, 2017: VEGAN WHOLE TURKEY GARDEIN STUFFED VEGGIE TURKEY ROAST TOFURKY VEGETARIAN FEAST QUORN TURK’Y MAGIC VEGAN LOAF MAKER FIELD ROAST CELEBRATION ROAST VEGAN WHOLE TURKEY Going meat-free on Thanksgiving doesn't have to mean giving up the bird— VegeUSA's…

Picturesque Swiss Alps town wants to pay new residents to move there

Nov 22, 2017: A two-week vacation in the Alps is great, sure. But what about a 10-year stay where you'll be paid to live in a charming chalet and sip hot cocoa amongst snow-capped mountains? Indeed, as Travel+Leisure shares, the tiny Swiss village of Albinen, near Leukerbad in the canton of Valais is offering new residents a hefty  annual paycheck—25,000 francs ($25,200 USD) per adult and 10,000 francs ($10,000 USD) per child, to be exact—to live in the village for at least a decade. Of course, there...

3D-printed pod homes for the homeless could hang from NYC buildings

Nov 22, 2017: Creative agency Framlab has proposed a type of parasitic architecture for housing New York City’s growing homeless population. Called Homed, the temporary housing solution comprises partly 3D-printed hexagonal pods that use scaffolding to attach to the sides of unused, windowless building facades. The modular units could be easily customized for different uses and transported from site to site. In an estimate by the Coalition for the Homeless, over 61,000 people are sleeping in New...

Another EERE success story—Unique software offers tool for securing transmission grid at maximum efficiency

Nov 22, 2017: Coordinating with a CFD program from WindSim, the INL team developed General Line Ampacity State Solver (GLASS), which offers the ability to blend data from weather monitors and electric utility system data with CFD-enhanced weather analysis algorithms. Windpower Engineering & Development…

Elon Musk's Boring Company asks LA to start digging a tunnel within city limits

Nov 22, 2017: Will The Boring Company get the green light from Los Angeles to start dig traffic-killing tunnels? Elon Musk's venture recently filed an application with officials for approval to commence digging within city limits. A Boring Company spokesperson said the tunnel could stretch from Hawthorne - where Musk's other company SpaceX is located - "along the 405 to Westwood, with a number of stops along the way." Related:…

The rustic exterior of this abandoned barn hides a surprising space to get away from it all

Nov 22, 2017: This neglected old barn in Norway will soon be hosting tourists from all around the world, thanks to its recent makeover helmed by architecture studio OPA Form. The renovated structure now features a modern sleeping module that can fit a family of four and offers stunning views of the picturesque valley Myrkdalen on the west-coast of Norway. The architects infused the original wooden building with new life by adding a module that’s practically invisible from the outside. The exterior looks as...

No UK low-carbon support budget beyond 2020

Nov 22, 2017: UK: The UK government has announced it will not set a new budget for low-carbon resources until its effect on consumer bills is reduced.

Vestas to set up nacelle and tower factories in Russia

Nov 22, 2017: RUSSIA: Vestas has signed the first order of a binding framework agreement and announced plans for new factories in the country.

NASA video shows dramatic shift in Earth's seasons as a result of climate change

Nov 22, 2017: It can be hard to visualize just how much climate change has impacted Earth's seasons. To help, NASA released a new illustration that drives home the dramatic shift that has taken place over just a few short decades. So this week, when you are sitting around the table with that climate change-denying uncle, just show them this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oIcJBiynvw Touted as the most complete view of biology on Earth to date, the visualization takes data from satellites since 1997...

Goldwind Announces New GW 6S Offshore Smart Wind Turbine Platform

Nov 22, 2017: Goldwind has more than 40 GW of capacity worldwide, Goldwind's Permanent Magnet Direct Drive (PMDD) technology is shaping a new standard in wind energy. Windpower Engineering & Development…

IEEFA: Spain demonstrates the high cost of political interference in power markets

Nov 22, 2017: The Spanish government’s recent move to block closures of inefficient power plants presents the latest example of a trend toward expensive political interference in electricity markets. Windpower Engineering & Development…

Further price drop in another citizen-dominated auction

Nov 22, 2017: GERMANY: Citizens' projects again dominated the German federal agency's onshore auction, as it awarded contracts for slightly more than 1GW of projects.

London buses swap out diesel for a coffee-based biofuel

Nov 22, 2017: Related: Could coffee help fight cancer? Via CNN…

Reports suggest higher RES target could save money

Nov 22, 2017: EUROPE: A tipping point has been passed where increasing the level of renewable energy in the European Union (EU) beyond targets contained in current proposals could reduce CO2 emissions from electricity generation by 55% by 2030 while cutting overall costs.

Projects 'could be built entirely by autonomous robots'

Nov 22, 2017: NETHERLANDS: Developments in artificial intelligence (AI) could lead to an onshore wind farm being built entirely by robots, according to energy specialists.

SGRE wins 60MW in Greek orders

Nov 22, 2017: GREECE: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has announced three new turbine orders from two customers in Greece, totalling 60MW.

Foster + Partners Apple Park Visitor Center opens to the public

Nov 22, 2017: Apple fans and architecture buffs can now sneak a peek at Apple’s massive spaceship campus at the new Apple Park Visitor Center, opened Friday. As with all the campus buildings and the new Apple stores, Foster + Partners led the design effort at the new Visitor Center, wrapped in a transparent envelope below an incredibly thin floating carbon-fiber roof. The combination of glass and carbon fiber is becoming a hallmark of Apple architecture and stores, including the campus’ Steve Jobs Theater...

NASA confirms asteroid came from another solar system - and it's incredibly bizarre

Nov 21, 2017: The presence of an elongated asteroid hurtling through our solar system prompted a call to action from observatories throughout the world. It's the first confirmed object from another star according to NASA, and it may be as long as a quarter mile. And while the rocky asteroid may not really be piloted by aliens - it could give us clues into the formation of other solar systems. Related:…

Scientists warn of more severe earthquakes in 2018 as Earth's rotation slows

Nov 21, 2017: You wouldn't have felt it, but sometimes the Earth's rotation slows down. Sure, the fluctuations are minute - maybe a millisecond here or there. But two geophysicists think there could be more destructive quakes next year because of the phenomenon - but it also could help us forecast the earthquakes. Related: Via Science Magazine Images via…

This brilliant project turns plastic waste into 3D-printed benches for Amsterdam

Nov 21, 2017: Rotterdam-based studio The New Raw is rallying citizens to turn their household plastic waste into stylish public furniture. Their Print Your City! Initiative explores the idea of combing 3D printing with recycling as a way to re-design urban space. The first prototype to come out of this call to action is the XXX bench designed for the Municipality of Amsterdam. According to recent reports, Amsterdam residents generate 23 kg of plastic waste per person annually. Rotterdam-based studio The New...

Too much antimatter is hitting Earth and scientists aren't sure why

Nov 21, 2017: Cosmic rays immerse the Earth, but amidst the particles coming from the depths of space is too much antimatter. Scientists have known there are too many high-energy positrons, the antimatter equivalent of electrons, than they'd expect. Now a group of researchers from the United States, Mexico, Germany, and Poland attempted to shine some light on the mystery, and if they're right, according to the Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences (IFJ PAN), "the excess positrons in cosmic rays...

Man quits his job, travels 31,000 miles in a renovated van with his cat [video]

Nov 21, 2017: It turns out dogs aren't the best travel companions, cats are! In 2015, a man named Rich East quit his corporate job, renovated a camper van and took off with his rescue cat, Willow. Since then, he and the friendly feline have traveled more than 50,000 kilometers (over 31,000 miles) in a camper van. In addition to seeing Australia's six states and two territories, East and Willow have explored many of the country's lesser-trekked paths. https://youtu.be/1EKDeXTboc0 Rich explains on...

This prefab Escape Pod rotates to catch the suns rays

Nov 21, 2017: Dreaming of your very own backyard escape? The cozy Escape Pod may be just what you’re looking for. UK-based firm Podmakers designed and crafted the Escape Pod, a cedar shingle-clad prefabricated unit that can be tailored to suit a variety of uses, including garden room and writer’s studio. The spherical unit takes inspiration from nature, from its round organic shape to the extensive use of timber inside and out. Designed to meet local UK planning laws, each 7-square-meter Escape...

Brilliantly renovated Rusty House is wrapped in a layer of rusted steel

Nov 21, 2017: Exposed raw building materials and soft fabrics mesh together in this small house in the Czech Republic, renovated by OK PLAN ARCHITECTS. Wrapped in a layer of pre-rusted sheet metal (CorTen), the Rusty House is a minimalist residence that surprises passersby with its unusual exterior and maximizes the potentials of its tiny plot. After living in the house for twelve years, the owner decided to renovate the interior of the house and “soften” the appearance of the main living space. OK PLAN...

Belgian high-voltage line completed

Nov 21, 2017: BELGIUM: Transmission system operator (TSO) Elia has inaugurated the 47km, 380kV Stevin line that will transport energy produced by new offshore wind farms to the mainland's grid.

Six Yummy Organic Pumpkin Recipes You Can Make for Thanksgiving!

Nov 21, 2017: Pumpkin Breakfast Shake The anti-oxidants in pumpkin will get you feeling refreshed, so why not start your day with a healthy pumpkin shake? For the sweet treat, combine 1 cup canned organic pumpkin, 1 cup coconut milk or regular milk, 1 frozen banana, 1…

Group wins grant to develop drone inspection system

Nov 21, 2017: UK: A consortium of robotics companies, aircraft manufacturers and researchers has been awarded a grant to develop a surface inspection system for offshore wind turbines using drone technology.

Iconic Dutch dike renovation opens with energy-generating kites that can power 200 homes

Nov 21, 2017: The Netherlands' legendary 20-mile long Afsluitdijk dike has been in use for 85 years. When the Dutch government decided it needed a renovation, they turned to designer Daan Roosegaarde. Studio Roosegaarde recently unveiled their Icoon Afsluitdijk project featuring three eye-catching designs: Gates of Light, Windvogel, and Glowing Nature, with features from clean power-generating kites to live bioluminescent algae.

US onshore wind cheaper than other renewables

Nov 21, 2017: UNITED STATES: The levelised cost of energy (LCOE) for onshore wind is down more than 6% from last year, new analysis shows.

Blockchain platform launched to market local wind power

Nov 21, 2017: GERMANY: The west German city of Wuppertal's municipal-owned energy company has launched a blockchain-based trading platform, allowing customers to buy certified local wind and other renewables generated electricity.

The rapid disappearance of 5 billion passenger pigeons shows no population is safe from extinction

Nov 21, 2017: Once upon a time, five billion passenger pigeons spread across the continent in flocks so big that they could block out the sun and spread for hundreds of miles. Then, in just a few decades, they were gone. Now, scientists have found the cause for their devastating decline, and it reveals how fragile even large populations of animals can be. A new study shows that passenger pigeons have existed since the Ice Age in large populations. But as hunting humans came along, they lost their genetic...

Offshore to offset policy shifts as Make ups outlook

Nov 21, 2017: WORLDWIDE: Policy transitions and competition from other renewables will challenge onshore markets, but innovation and cost reductions in the offshore sector will more than offset the lowered onshore outlook, according to Make Consulting.

This restaurant in London has a gorgeous living wall that purifies air and absorbs noise

Nov 21, 2017: The main hall of this restaurant in London has a daylit greenhouse at its heart with a beautiful vertical garden covering an entire wall made from terracotta cells. Architecture studio Fusion DNA designed this verdant structure for Nando's Putney Kitchen restaurant, creating a space that offers a moment of relaxation and peace amidst London’s bustling urban activity. The vertical garden occupies the restaurant main hall and features a glass roof that provides ample daylight that allows...

VIDEO: VBMS unveils resin-free cable hang-off

Nov 21, 2017: NETHERLANDS: Cable installation specialist VBMS has unveiled a new type of cable hang-off that removes the need to use potentially harmful resins.

Port plans for Massachusetts power station

Nov 21, 2017: UNITED STATES: A real-estate developer in Massachusetts has acquired a retired coal power station with the potential to become an offshore wind hub.

Timber-clad stfold cabin embraces the Scandinavian coastline

Nov 21, 2017: Natural light and stunning coastal views fill the enviable Østfold cabin, a cedar-clad dwelling in southeastern Norway. Designed by Norwegian studio Lund+Slaatto Architects, the coast-hugging cabin is undoubtedly contemporary yet its pitched roof pays homage to the local traditional architecture and the former building onsite. Surrounded by pines and rocky terrain, the home features light-colored timber inside and out to help it blend into the landscape. The 60-square-meter Østfold...

Nebraska grants TransCanada approval to build the Keystone XL pipeline

Nov 20, 2017: Nebraska just gave the go-ahead for Keystone XL, giving TransCanada the final permit they need for the hotly contested oil pipeline. After nine years and 4.3 million petition signatures against the pipeline, TransCanada could move forward with the project thousands have protested against. But Nebraska's Public Service Commission didn't approve the company's preferred route - but an alternative route TransCanada portrayed in the past as unworkable. Related:…