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Jan 16, 2019

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100architects upcycles phone booths into resourceful community hubs

Jan 15, 2019: When was the last time you stepped into a phone booth? If you’re under 30, you might not even be aware that phone booths used to be on nearly every street corner as a means to contact your parents after the football game or call a taxi after dinner. Of course, there are those scenes from the original Superman that might jog your memory. Once cell phones became mainstream, the empty phone booths became easy fodder for graffiti, pollution, and public urinal use. But while the era of the phone booth...

Nordex signs 150-MW Texas wind deal

Jan 15, 2019: The Nordex Group recently announced a new wind contract with an undisclosed company for a 150-MW wind farm in Texas. In December, the company says it signed a deal to supply supply 48 turbines from the AW125/3150 series to an independent power producer. Nordex plans to deliver the first turbines for the Texas project in… The post Nordex signs 150-MW Texas wind deal appeared first on Windpower Engineering & Development.

Award-winning innovation center harnesses recycled rainwater and solar energy

Jan 15, 2019: Rio de Janeiro-based architecture firm Atelier77 recently completed CASA FIRJAN, an innovation center that’s been turning heads for its award-winning design and sustainable attributes. Recently crowned the Best New Building in the Annual Award of the Architect’s Institute of Rio de Janeiro, the project is a contemporary counterpart to the Palacete Linneo de Paula Machado, a historic twentieth-century building with French-inspired architecture. CASA FIRJAN has raised the cultural cachet of the...

Metal-clad Eco Cottage puts a modern spin on Irish rural architecture

Jan 15, 2019: Ballymoney-based sustainable architecture firm 2020 Architects has completed a new contemporary and low-energy home that offers a refreshing and sustainable take on the typical rural architecture found across Northern Ireland. Located in the coastal fishing village of Ardglass, the Black Cottage (also known as the Eco Cottage) champions low-cost construction and energy efficiency with its simple material palette and highly insulated timber frame. The project is clad in cost-effective black corrugated...

This luxurious tiny home is powered by Southern Californian sunshine

Jan 15, 2019: Who says a tiny house can’t be luxurious? Certainly not David Latimer and Taylor Mallon of New Frontier, designers of this comfortable and alluring solar-powered tiny home. The contemporary farmhouse style of their Orchid House allows for off-grid living without sacrificing comfort, and its entirely solar-powered. Though it was build it Nashville, the Orchid House currently resides on a undeveloped piece of property in the Southern California. The owner is an LA-based artist who decided a tiny...

Greenhouse gas emissions rose during 2018 after three year decline

Jan 15, 2019: After declining for three years, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the United States rose sharply in 2018. According to data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), power generation, natural gas, and oil consumption resulted in an emissions increase of 3.4 percent, marking the second largest annual gain since 1996. The only year that emissions increased at a more significant rate was 2010 when emissions went up 3.6 percent after a huge recession-driven decline the year before. Even...

T-REX to provide Macquarie with automated data management & services

Jan 15, 2019: T-REX, a software solutions provider for financing of renewable assets, and Macquarie Capital, the advisory, capital markets, and principal investment arm of Macquarie Group, have announced an expanded relationship in which T-REX will onboard assets to its proprietary Performance Data Service (PDS). T-REX PDS is intended provide Macquarie and its clients transparency into the performance of each… The post T-REX to provide Macquarie with automated data management & services appeared first on Windpower Engineering & Development.

FERC data suggests renewable capacity could be quadruple that of fossil fuels by 2021

Jan 15, 2019: According to an analysis by the SUN DAY Campaign of the latest data released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), natural gas dominated new electrical generating capacity in 2018. However, renewable energy sources (such as solar wind, geothermal, and hydropower) may be poised to swamp fossil fuels as new generating capacity is added over… The post FERC data suggests renewable capacity could be quadruple that of fossil fuels by 2021 appeared first on Windpower Engineering & Development.

California's "Skip the Slip" bill pushes for digital receipts

Jan 15, 2019: A legislator in the California Assembly has introduced a bill that, if passed, would require retailers to make digital receipts the default instead of paper. California Assemblyman Phil Ting (D - San Francisco) has introduced AB 161 - nicknamed “Skip the Slip.” And, if it becomes law, it would be the first of its kind in the United States. According to the web page for the bill, each year up to 10 million trees in the US are used to make the paper for receipts, and the process also takes...

First Tunisia tender rewards European firms

Jan 15, 2019: Four projects of 30MW each have been awarded under the first round of the 'authorisation regime', representing an investment of TND400 million (€115.2 million), the Tunisian government announced.

Iguanas reintroduced to island after 200 years

Jan 15, 2019: In 1835, Charles Darwin was the last person to officially see a land iguana on Santiago Island in the Galapagos. After that encounter, predators like the feral pig wiped the lizard out of that location. Now - nearly two centuries later - an initiative by the Galapagos National Park authority has reintroduced more than 1,400 land iguanas (Conolophus subcristatus) back to Santiago Island. Authorities said in a recent statement that on January 3rd and 4th, the land iguanas were taken from neighboring...

Ingeteam: 'We offer the best technology to our clients without any limitations'

Jan 15, 2019: Ingeteam spoke to Windpower TV about the advantages of being an independent company and learning from multiple different sectors.

Enel launches €1 billion green bond

Jan 15, 2019: Enel has launched a €1 billion green bond to finance clean energy projects including development of renewable energy projects, smart grid technology and demand response initiatives.

Nordex wins 4.75GW of orders in 2018

Jan 15, 2019: Nordex recorded a 73% year-on-year increase in orders in 2018 as we chart the German company's growth since 2014.

Swedish certificate proposal 'threatens investments'

Jan 15, 2019: The Swedish Energy Agency's (SEA) proposal to run the country's green certificate system until the end of 2030 could drive down prices and bankrupt early investors, the country's wind industry body has warned.

Win a trip for two to Buenos Aires, Argentina!

Jan 14, 2019: Ready to tango in Argentina's capital city? Get ready to embrace local culture, food and wine on the trip of a lifetime to Buenos Aires. Keep reading to find out how to win a trip for two. We've partnered with General Assembly to offer a lucky reader the chance to win a trip for two to Buenos Aires, including a $1,000 airline credit, four nights at a boutique hotel, a tapas tasting street food tour, a traditional dinner and tango show as well as a walking tour of some of the city's stories...

These AI-powered cameras can sense poachers and save wildlife

Jan 14, 2019: Animal poaching is on the rise as people find interest in ivory, fur, skins and more for their financial value. Previous technologies have tried to capture poachers in the act, but often failed because the poachers could ping cell towers and find (and avoid) the tracking technology. Now, Intel is debuting a smart system of cameras that relies on radio frequencies and artificial intelligence to catch the criminals and save the wildlife. We gave this technology a go at CES 2019, and here is how it...

Foie gras ban in California stands after court battle

Jan 14, 2019: The foie gras ban in California continues. After six years of court battles, the United States Supreme Court announced earlier this week that it would not hear a challenge to the state’s 2004 ban on the production and sale of foie gras, and that means that the 2017 ruling to uphold the ban will stand. Foie gras, which means “fatty liver” is butter-rich duck or goose liver that has been especially fattened, and it is a popular delicacy in French cuisine. Traditionally, it is seared and...

These are the most endangered species in the world

Jan 14, 2019: At the end of 2018, scientists announced that three bird species went extinct, and there are even more species that could vanish in 2019. Unlike past mass extinctions - which were the result of things like asteroid strikes and volcanic eruptions - the current crisis is mostly caused by human activities that have led to a loss of habitat. And, the Earth is currently losing animal species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the natural rate, which means we could see 30 to 50 percent of the planet’s species...

A bivouac is lightly perched on a rocky peak of the Italian Alps

Jan 14, 2019: Related: + Roberto Dini + Stefano Girodo Via Archdaily Bivouac Luca Pasqualetti at Morion…

Fiat Chrysler pays millions to settle emissions charges

Jan 14, 2019: Fiat Chrysler has reached a settlement with the Justice Department, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the owners of about 100,000 of their diesel-powered Jeep SUV’s and Ram pickups. After facing charges that the company had sold diesel vehicles in the United States that had improper software - allowing it to violate emissions rules - Fiat Chrysler has agreed to pay $800 million to settle the matter. The automaker will pay different state and federal agencies approximately $400...

Dangerous jellyfish have invaded Australian beaches

Jan 14, 2019: Bluebottle jellyfish have invaded Australia’s Gold and Sunshine Coasts. This past weekend, the jellyfish (also known as the Portuguese man-of-war) stung more than 5,000 people, and many of the victims weren’t even in the water. Just walking on one bluebottle jellyfish on the beach can bring the pain, and due to strong north-easterly swell conditions, the jellyfish have been pushed to shore. “I have never seen anything like this — ever. Not everyone reacts the same way, but there have...

Irena elects new director-general

Jan 14, 2019: The International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) has selected Francesco La Camera to be its next director-general, replacing Adnan Z Amin from April.

K2 Management lines up next CEO

Jan 14, 2019: Danish Consultancy K2 Management has appointed a new CEO after parting company with its former head last year.

Gujarat land allocation logjam threatens wind's viability

Jan 14, 2019: Nearly 2GW wind capacity from federal auctions is stranded in Gujarat because of land allocation issues.

Californias Monarch butterfly population hits 'potentially catastrophic' low in 2018

Jan 11, 2019: California’s Monarch butterfly population hit a record low in 2018 after dropping a whopping 86 percent from the previous year. According to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the total population has declined 97 percent since the 1980s, but this latest one year drop is “potentially catastrophic.” In the western part of the United States, monarchs migrate to California for the winter, traveling from Idaho and Utah. In 2017, the traditional California coastal sites like...

Trump threatens to halt federal disaster relief funding for California wildfires

Jan 11, 2019: President Trump has threatened to withhold federal disaster aid from California after a series of deadly wildfires devastated the state. For months, the POTUS has accused California of bringing the wildfires on itself because of poor forest management. But in a recent tweet, he took things further by threatening to halt federal aid, and this drew criticism from lawmakers in his own political party. “Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forest fires that, with proper Forest...

11 ways to be more self-sufficient in the new year

Jan 11, 2019: Self-sufficient living is all about providing for your own needs - and the needs of your household - without resources or help from the outside. To become more self-sufficient, you need knowledge and skills, plus motivation and a spirit of independence. The reasons for living a self-sufficient lifestyle can be political, social, or personal. But, whatever the motivation, learning how to become self-sufficient can offer a feeling of security, even in the event of a disaster. There isn’t a...

MVRDV proposes a glowing Times Square Taiwan with interactive media facades

Jan 11, 2019: Prolific Dutch architecture firm MVRDV has unveiled a bold proposal to transform Taipei’s Main Station into a “Times Square for Taiwan.” Designed as part of a consortium led by Nan Hai Development, the Taipei Twin Towers aim to reactivate the area with two high-rises clad in interactive media facades. The mixed-use project would offer new retail, office space, two cinemas, and two hotels, in addition to the unification and redevelopment of the existing plazas. Located on the east...

Net-zero home is designed to blend in with its natural, protected landscape

Jan 11, 2019: Related: + Project Architecture Via Archdaily Project Architecture, Tung House…

An adaptable timber house celebrates recycling in Ecuador

Jan 11, 2019: Ecuadorian architecture firm Natura Futura Arquitectura has teamed up with Frontera Sur Arquitectura to develop an inspiring example of social architecture in the town of Huaquillas, Ecuador. Dubbed La Comuna, the project is a double-story timber structure that not only provides a local family a place to live, but also a safer work environment for them to continue their recycling business. The building was constructed with six easily replicable modules that take inspiration from the local vernacular...

7 of the biggest eco-friendly and green living myths

Jan 11, 2019: When you decide to go green and adopt a sustainable lifestyle, you might think that some of the biggest steps you can take in the right direction are doing things like buying a hybrid car, dropping meat from your diet, or using eco-friendly products. But, over the years, we have been inundated with eco-friendly messages that are easily taken for granted, and some of them are filled with misinformation. So, to help you go green the right way, here is a list of seven of the biggest green myths that...

Former Danish PM nominated to Vestas board

Jan 11, 2019: Helle Thorning-Schmidt has been nominated to sit on the board of turbine manufacturer Vestas. Thorning-Schmidt served as Danish prime minister from 2011 to 2015.

EDF-Masdar win 400MW Saudi Arabia project

Jan 11, 2019: The 400MW Dumat Al Jandal project in Saudi Arabia will be built by a consortium of the French energy firm and the Middle Eastern developer after securing a $21.30/MWh offtake deal.

Recyclable art pavilion made of mesh pops up in Kolkata

Jan 10, 2019: West Bengal’s biggest annual festival recently saw the addition of an strikingly contemporary pavilion that’s 100 percent recyclable in Kolkata, India. Designed by Abin Chaudhuri of the firm Abin Design Studio, the metal mesh pavilion was one of many temporary pavilions—or pandals—constructed to honor the goddess Durga as part of a five-day Hindu festival called Durga Puja. Unlike the other pandals, which are typically built of natural materials and reference traditional motifs and artworks,...

This aerodynamic tiny home embraces flexible indoor-outdoor living

Jan 10, 2019: As anyone in the tiny home community knows, space comes at a premium. Most tiny home inhabitants look for ways to incorporate nature and the outside world into their living space. French tiny home builder Ty Rodou has made this goal easier with the release of the Ty Bombadil tiny home. This tiny home offers a breezy outdoor feel along with a very desirable feature -- an additional deck to provide outdoor living space. <!--more→ Of course, there is no reason to escape the indoor space,...

Endangered bluefin tuna sold for $3.1 billion to sushi tycoon

Jan 10, 2019: A recent predawn auction at Tokyo’s new fish market brought a record-breaking bid for the endangered bluefin tuna. Sushi tycoon Kiyoshi Kimura, who owns the Sushi Zanmai chain, paid $3.1 million for the enormous fish, more than double the price from five years ago. Kimura’s Kiyomura Corp has won the annual action in the past, but the high price of the tuna this year definitely surprised the sushi king. But, he says “the quality of the tuna I bought is the best.” The 612-pound (278 kg)...

Precycle, a zero-waste grocery store, opens in Brooklyn

Jan 10, 2019: For many of us, a trip to the grocery store results in a ton of waste, thanks to the mountain of plastic bags and food packaging. But some stores are trying to change that by going zero-waste and selling in bulk. Precycle is a zero-waste grocery store in Brooklyn that has opened for business, and they are avoiding all plastic by having their customers buy food from bulk containers. Katerina Bogatireva, the owner of Precycle, is from Latvia, and she says that in her home country food waste is not...

Millions of Christmas candles are heading to the landfill this month

Jan 10, 2019: The holiday season has come and gone, but part of our Christmas decorations will be here forever - or at least 1,000 years. Millions of candles are heading to the landfill this January, and when it comes to holiday waste, candles are some of the worst offenders says a new report from business waste management service BusinessWaste.co.uk. The popularity of candles is soaring. Not only were they on-trend for Christmas gifts, but the Scandinavian trend of “hygge” is also playing a big part in...

German offshore production growth slows

Jan 10, 2019: Offshore wind farms in the German North Sea produced nearly 5% more in 2018 than in the previous year, data released by transmission system operator (TSO) Tennet reveals.

Historic apartment is rehabbed into a bright and modern home in Barcelona

Jan 10, 2019: In Barcelona, Spain, a historic apartment in a block of flats dating back to 1900 has been transformed into a minimalist and modern home. Local design studio Alventosa Morell Arquitectes directed the renovation for clients who wanted a completely renewed space with greater access to daylight. Completed in 2017, the project, called the TS01 Interior Refurbishment, not only offers improved access to natural light and ventilation, but also uncovers original architectural details. Located in...

This AI food truck could bring fresh produce directly to you

Jan 10, 2019: It’s no secret that artificial intelligence is trending worldwide, which is why it is also a prominent component of CES 2019. But as interest in futuristic tech grows, so does consumer interest in fresh, local food. The farm-to-table concept continues to gain popularity, which is why Panasonic has proposed an innovative mash-up of these two seemingly polar opposites — an AI mobile delivery service that operates like an ice cream truck to bring local fruits, vegetables and other grocery items...

PNE repowers German wind farm to 21.6MW

Jan 10, 2019: PNE has completed repowering a wind farm in north-west Germany, halving the number of turbines, but more than doubling its output, the developer claimed.

Stable Senvion 2018 intake skewed by absent offshore orders

Jan 10, 2019: A 14% fall in order intake, when measured in Euros, in 2018 hides the fact that Senvion is diversifying and growing after securing 2GW of new orders.

Supply chain constraints threaten US installations

Jan 10, 2019: A rush to meet deadlines for securing production tax credits (PTCs) in the US could lead to project cancellations and postponements and put billions of dollars of revenue at risk, analysts predict.

An old post office is reborn as a bright and breezy beach house

Jan 9, 2019: A former post office has been revived as a bright and breezy beach house in Breamlea, Australia. Designed by St. Kilda-based design firm OOF! Architecture, the modern makeover—dubbed the Green Shutter House—was created for clients who had already adapted the post office into a home but were frustrated with the building’s lack of connection with the outdoors. The renovation process opened the front of the house up to waterfront views while introducing more natural light and ventilation to the...

Faux fur or real fur, which one is better for the planet?

Jan 9, 2019: Remember the days when anti-fur advocates would sling red paint onto the fur-clad fashion elite? The fur debate has come a long way since then, with many key players in the fashion world now becoming some of the biggest voices in the anti-fur movement. But, instead of ditching fur altogether, some brands have switched to lavish faux fur options, and that has pivoted the discussion. Instead of focusing on ethics and animal welfare, the issue is now environmental sustainability. Over the past couple...

Snhetta designs healing forest cabins for patients at Norways largest hospitals

Jan 9, 2019: Patients at two of Norway’s largest hospitals can now find respite in Snøhetta’s newly unveiled Outdoor Care Retreats. Designed for the Friluftssykehuset Foundation, the forest retreats offer a calm getaway where patients and their loved ones can benefit from the therapeutic qualities of nature. One of the retreats is located about a hundred meters from the entrance of Norway’s largest hospital, Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet, while its sister building is set near a woodland pond...