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Dec 08, 2019

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The Energy Executive and the Homeless: Sleeping on Concrete

Dec 9, 2019: By Llewellyn KingThe British call it sleeping rough. We call it for what it is: homelessness.It starts the day when all the support systems -- fragile as they often are -- fail. When there is no home to go to; no bed to sleep in, no meal to eat, no toilet to use, no place to wash even a face -- just the hard, cold and often wet streets that offer no succor. The hospitality of a concrete..

Cybersecurity expert Tom Alrich writes about Russian Cybersec capabilities penetrating grid operations

Dec 8, 2019: Tom is the keynote speaker at the IEEE Smart Grid Cybersecurity workshop in Atlanta this week, " Developing Your Supply Chain Cyber Risk Management Plan ".He is one of the many voices in the cybersec "sound studio" with a very favorable signal/noise ratio that I find worth listening to. All well researched and substantive insights and no BS - that's what I like about..

Energy (Brazil): the decision dilemma

Dec 8, 2019: Energy (Brazil): the decision dilemma'This year's PV auctions (solar farms) closed prices for long-term future delivery for less than half the current prices offered on the deregulated market.This fact is a watershed! It should significantly change decisions of those who have the responsibility to take care of the energy (power, gas, biomass, etc.) bill.When comparing alternatives..

Cost Reduction Practices - TOU

Dec 8, 2019: Cost Reduction Practices - TOUrafael.herzberg@gmail.com  A very simple, cost effective and even easy strategy is to transfer electricity consumption to the most economical, off-peak hours.Time of use rates (TOU) include peak and off-peak hours. Their costs are very different.If there is a drive "to go for it"  it is about  discovering opportunities to "shift..

Florida Nuclear Plant Awarded Extension to 2053

Dec 8, 2019: Just this past Thursday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission signed off Florida Power and Light’s most recent extension application for their Turkey Point nuclear power plant. The decision means Turkey Point should be up and running until 2053. It should also be noted that this is the first time the commission has signed off to extend  the operating lifespan of nuclear reactors to 80..

Eighteen energy related podcasts featuring Offshore Wind, Hydrogen, Grid, Floating Offshore Wind and Renewable Heat

Dec 7, 2019: In response to listener requests for access to the full series, please find the location for all 18 (to date) of the energy 'chinwag' podcasts.Click on the link then spool downwards.  Enjoy!https://anchor.fm/astutenewenergy…

What to Give Utility Customers for the Holidays

Dec 7, 2019: Want to thank your customers for their continued business, strengthen customer relationships, and improve your customer experience (CX) all in one swoop? If so, consider offering some holiday goodies this year. Of course, you already provide the basics of reliable power, consistent customer care, prompt outage response, and helpful energy tracking. So, think about how you can go beyond these..

How to Get Solar Power on a Rainy Day? Beam It From Space

Dec 7, 2019: Sound far-fetched? Not according to NRL electronics engineer Paul Jaffe; to him, the time has finally arrived. To the naked eye, however, it looked like a whole lot of nothing. The only evidence that anything was happening came from a small coffee maker nearby, which was churning out 'laser lattes' using only the power generated by the system. The laser setup managed to..

BlackburnNews.com - Utility wants residents wired for safety during holidays

Dec 7, 2019: I've read a lot of utility safety tips over the years, but this story focuses on something that generally doesn't get mentioned -- plugging outdoor lights into a GFCI. Coming up with something new to tout is always a good idea.

Is Carbon Pricing the Key to a Clean Energy Future? I surely hope not.

Dec 7, 2019: I must admit, I'm not grasping how carbon pricing of electricity will incentivize and accelerate growth in renewable resources, so I tried to make it personal using an analogy that I can relate to. Here's is my understanding of how the carbon tax on electricity would work using a gasoline carbon tax analogy- I welcome all comments/corrections.Let's go ahead an place a carbon tax on..

Shmas Bangkok Green Link wants to add over 30 miles of greenways to Bangkok

Dec 6, 2019: In a bid to reconnect the city to nature and encourage residents to adopt healthier lifestyles, the project links major neighborhoods and transportation nodes with lush linear parks with diverse programming.

Minimalist home in the Brazilian countryside is made from mining waste

Dec 6, 2019: Brazilian architectural firm Gustavo Penna Arquiteto e Associados (GPA&A) has unveiled a tiny, minimalist home with a small stature that conceals a powerhouse of sustainable design.

Families in China create an eco-community of timber, A-frame cabins

Dec 6, 2019: Spanning more than 20 acres in China's Mogan River Valley, Wiki Tribe Park consists of multiple A-framed cabins made out of cross-laminated timber.

Flowing marine research center inspired by tsunami waves

Dec 6, 2019: This proposed marine research center is inspired by tsunamis — inside and out.

Museum of Plastic pops up during Art Basel Miami Beach

Dec 6, 2019: Inhabitat speaks with Lonely Whale executive directory Dune Ives about the Museum of Plastic.

As China rapidly adopts clean energy, use of traditional stoves persists

Dec 5, 2019: Old habits are hard to break. A new study of replacement of traditional wood and coal burning stoves with clean energy in China suggests that, without a better understanding of the reasons behind people's reluctance to give up traditional stoves, it will be difficult for policies in China and elsewhere in the world to succeed in encouraging this shift towards clean energy.

Impress loved ones with these homemade foods for holiday gifts

Dec 5, 2019: Everybody has to eat, and a food gift doesn’t hang around forever, taking up space.

Study shows how plant-based catering can greatly reduce events' carbon footprints

Dec 5, 2019: A recent analysis published by the Center for Biological Diversity’s Catering to the Climate report finds that replacing meat with plant-based menu offerings at conferences, corporate gatherings and holiday parties can greatly reduce the impact of these events.

Microwave treatment is an inexpensive way to clean heavy metals from treated sewage

Dec 5, 2019: A team of researchers studying new methods to remove toxic heavy metals from biosolids -- the solid waste left over after sewage treatment -- found the key is a brief spin through a microwave.

Solar-powered Dutch home produces all of its own energy with surplus to spare

Dec 5, 2019: The Energy Plant House combines solar panels, passive solar strategies and a highly insulating envelope to achieve its energy-plus goals.

Fusion by strong lasers

Dec 5, 2019: Nuclear physics usually involves high energies, as illustrated by experiments to master controlled nuclear fusion. One problem is how to overcome the strong electrical repulsion between atomic nuclei which requires high energies to make them fuse. But fusion could be initiated at lower energies with electromagnetic fields that are generated by state-of-the-art free electron lasers emitting X-ray light. Researchers describe how this could be done.

Scientists see defects in potential new semiconductor

Dec 5, 2019: A research team has reported seeing, for the first time, atomic scale defects that dictate the properties of a new and powerful semiconductor. The study shows a fundamental aspect of how the semiconductor, beta gallium oxide, controls electricity.

This durable, recyclable cooler is made from bamboo, wool, steel and aluminum

Dec 5, 2019: Called the Wooly Mammoth, this cooler strives to solve the problem of trashed coolers filling landfills, where they remain for generations.

Luca Curci Architects proposes a self-sustainable Vertical City of the future

Dec 5, 2019: Italian architecture firm Luca Curci Architects has unveiled the Vertical City, a futuristic proposal for urban development comprising a series of modular, zero-energy skyscrapers anchored into the ocean floor.

These DIY backyard saunas are just what you need to stay warm and toasty this winter

Dec 4, 2019: Are you dreading the dark, frigid months of winter? A DIY sauna is the cure for those cold-weather blues.

Historic schoolhouse is reborn into a contemporary hotel in the Columbia River Gorge

Dec 4, 2019: Historic preservation meets modern hospitality design in The Society Hotel in the Columbia River Gorge.

Perkins and Will designs modular, affordable housing for the homeless

Dec 4, 2019: In response to the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles, Perkins and Will’s Los Angeles studio has proposed DOME.

Chic B&B in New South Wales is inside a shed made of upcycled materials

Dec 4, 2019: If you are thinking about going down under for a vacation, make sure to check out this beautiful B&B located in a shed in New South Wales.

Sustainable holiday gift ideas for your friends

Dec 4, 2019: Check out this green gift guide to give every friend on your list the gift of sustainability this holiday season.

Acquisitions in Renewable Energy: Solar Integrated Roofing Corporation (OTCPINK: $SIRC) Finalizes Acquisition Agreement with Milholland Solar Electric and Roofing

Dec 4, 2019: POWAY, CA - December 4, 2019 (Investorideas.com Newswire) Solar Integrated Roofing Corporation (OTCPINK: SIRC), an integrated solar and roofing installation company specializing in commercial and residential properties with a focus on acquisitions of like companies to build a footprint nationally, announced today that the company has finalized its terms and acquisition agreement with Milholland Solar Electric and Roofing.

Ten Clean Energy Stocks For 2019: Still Party Time

Dec 3, 2019: by Tom Konrad Ph.D., CFA 2019 has become another blockbuster year for the Ten Clean Energy Stocks model portfolio and, to a lesser extent clean energy stocks and the broad stock market as well.  I’m frankly surprised to see the party continuing.  The continued spiking of the metaphorical punch bowl by the Federal Reserve with […] The post Ten Clean Energy Stocks For 2019: Still Party Time appeared first on Alternative Energy Stocks.

Striking, sinuous home outside of So Paulo is inspired by the shape of native pine trees

Dec 3, 2019: The Pinhão House boasts a unique, elliptical volume with various levels and a leaf-shaped roof that juts out over a covered swimming pool, which is also integrated into the home's curved shape.

Cedar Haven is a forest retreat made with reclaimed logs

Dec 3, 2019: Blending contemporary design with natural materials, Washington-based residential architecture firm Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl Architecture completed a stunning timber home that feels like an extension of its alpine forest environment. Created for a homeowner who wanted a residence that echoed the tranquility of its mountain surroundings, the aptly named Cedar Haven was built mainly from stone and timber—much of which was reclaimed from the site itself. Several salvaged logs and other found objects...

Olson Kundig designs worlds first Recompose facility for composting human remains

Dec 3, 2019: Olson Kundig has unveiled designs for the flagship facility of Recompose, a company that will offer a new and sustainable after-death care service, in which human rains are gently converted into clean soil.

A family builds an impressive, 300-square-foot tiny home to travel the world

Dec 3, 2019: Their custom tiny home on wheels, as functional as it is beautiful, features all of the creature comforts of a contemporary family home.

Dutch company collects plastic pollution from rivers to make parks and products

Dec 3, 2019: Plastic pollution is a worldwide problem, with piles of debris along coastlines, on roadsides, in landfills and floating in waterways. Environmentally conscious companies are looking for ways to clean up the mess while simultaneously seeking out methods to recycle products into other products. One Dutch company, The Recycled Island Foundation (RIF), is tackling both problems with one solution — Litter Traps.

Breaking Solar Stock News: Solar Integrated Roofing Corporation (OTCPINK: $SIRC) Finalizes Acquisition Agreement with Milholland Solar Electric and Roofing

Dec 3, 2019: POWAY, CA - December 3, 2019 (Investorideas.com Newswire) Solar Integrated Roofing Corporation (OTCPINK: SIRC), an integrated solar and roofing installation company specializing in commercial and residential properties with a focus on acquisitions of like companies to build a footprint nationally, announced today that the company has finalized its terms and acquisition agreement with Milholland Solar Electric and Roofing.

Patagonias Black Hole Bags are made from recycled plastic bottles

Dec 2, 2019: Patagonia is setting the bar for high-quality and sustainable products with its new line of bags made from recycled plastic bottles.

Gains in one type of disruption force are offset by losses in another

Dec 2, 2019: Simulations show that halo currents can serve as a proxy for the total force produced by vertical disruptions.

Students fight urban sprawl with a subdivision for two LEED Platinum houses

Dec 2, 2019: In an effort to fight urban sprawl and accommodate the growing population in Lawrence, Kansas, nonprofit Studio 804 has created a subdivision for two sustainable homes to show how urban density can be achieved in established neighborhoods.

Sigurd Larsen completes a luxurious, treetop hotel cabin in a Danish forest

Dec 2, 2019: The tiny treehouse is elevated 26 feet in the air and is accessible by a wooden bridge that leads directly into a stunning, luxurious interior.

Eco-friendly subscription boxes to gift this holiday season

Dec 2, 2019: Giving the gift of a subscription box can provide year-round enjoyment for any recipient.

Potential solution to overheating mobile phones

Dec 2, 2019: Researchers have developed a revolutionary way to encode computational information without using electrical current. As a global first, this could lead to faster technological devices that could efficiently use energy without overheating.

Tesla Cybertruck is an electric pickup truck with Blade Runner appeal

Dec 2, 2019: Elon Musk has unveiled the Tesla Cybertruck, an impressive, unique and fully electric pickup truck.

Timber Woody office in France embraces Paris' largest park

Nov 29, 2019: Nicknamed “Woody” after its timber build, the office is located on the eastern edge of Paris right next to the Bois de Vincennes.

Prefab homes on stilts include solar panels, water collection systems and organic gardens

Nov 29, 2019: Bali-based architect Alexis Dornier has unveiled a beautiful, eco-friendly concept for a series of prefabricated homes that are elevated off the landscape on stilts.

6 helpful ways to give back to nature this Thanksgiving

Nov 28, 2019: Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and it is the best time to reflect on our planet and give thanks for nature and all of its glories.

This tiny farmhouse features a quaint reading nook

Nov 28, 2019: New York-based tiny home builder Willowbee Tiny Homes has managed to combine a comfy farmhouse aesthetic with a sophisticated and space-efficient tiny home.

New way to identify, manipulate topological metals for spintronics

Nov 27, 2019: A recent study gives researchers an easier way of finding Weyl semimetals and manipulating them for potential spintronic devices.

Thermo-chemical power generation integrated with forced convection cooling

Nov 27, 2019: Scientists combine forced convection cooling with thermo-electrochemical energy conversion to create a self-sustaining liquid cooling system. A liquid electrolyte is circulated through a cell to cool a hot object, and the reversible chemical reaction in the cell generates a higher electric power than the hydrodynamic pump work required to drive the liquid through the cell. This technology resolves the longstanding unaddressed issue of the loss of free energy component of the thermal energy.