Cinder-block walls still bear Day-Glo paint murals inside the former laser tag arena that once hosted epic battles among New Jersey teens who breathlessly chased each other in a high-tech version of the incredibly low-tech game of tag. Nowadays, AeroFarms has taken over the cavernous building to operate one of the country’s biggest vertical farms.
Interested in making an investment that promises a 100 percent return on your money, and then some? Buy a low-cost, open-source 3-D printer, plug it in and print household items. In a recent study published in Technologies (DOI: 10.3390/technologies5010007), Michigan Technological University Associate Professor Joshua Pearce set out to determine how practical and cost effective
A team of University of Colorado Boulder engineers has developed a scalable manufactured metamaterial — an engineered material with extraordinary properties not found in nature — to act as a kind of air conditioning system for structures. It has the ability to cool objects even under direct sunlight with zero energy and water consumption. When applied
About half of the population of the Himalayas has no access to electricity. Until recently, the 700 residents of Lingshed village were among them. Located in the Ladakh region of the Himalayas, the remote village is nearly a day's trek from the nearest road, which itself is impassable during the long winter months. In August 2016, a
The Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development has allocated budget for various municipalities across the country to install solar street lights in the respective localities in the current fiscal year. “People’s participation approach” model will be adapted while installing these solar street lights. The ministry has so far allocated Rs 500 million to 143
In other countries, corporate sustainability is not about the bottom line as much as mutual responsibility for the future. I know the topics and content at European conferences are different from events in the states because I’ve attended equally self-selecting green business conferences across America, such as VERGE, Sustainable Brands and Sustainable Purchasing Summit. At these
With the start of the new year, business leaders around the world are contemplating how to take their companies to the next level when it comes to sustainability. And despite what’s happening in Washington, American businesses are rising the occasion — cutting carbon emissions, conserving water and energy, and engaging employees around their goals. If
The number of U.S. jobs in solar energy overtook those in oil and natural gas extraction for the first time last year, helping drive a global surge in employment in the clean-energy business as fossil-fuel companies faltered. Employment in the U.S. solar business grew 12 times faster than overall job creation, the International Renewable Energy
When Sidhant Pai visited a local rubbish dump in his home city of Pune, India, he was struck by the size and intensity of the operation. Large black crows swooping overhead, roaming pigs, overwhelming odours and groups of waste pickers collecting plastic bottles in large white sacks. There are an estimated 15 million people globally
In the case of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan and the Department of the Interior’s Stream Protection Rule, low- and middle-income American families will shoulder the heaviest burden because they don’t have the income flexibility to accommodate higher home energy bills. Read more at the Detroit News
Electricity is the only form of energy we really know how to decarbonize. Replace technologies that still run on combustion, like gasoline vehicles and natural gas heating and cooling, with alternatives that run on electricity, like electric vehicles and heat pumps. Get as much of our energy consumption as possible hooked up to the power grid.
2.3 billion people are living around the world in energy poverty and lack access to reliable electricity or live off the grid completely. Of this population, over half spend about $27 billion annually on mobile phone charging and lighting with kerosene, candles, flashlights, or other fossil fuel-powered technologies. Read more at Reducing Energy Poverty Not
When it feels easy to pay for something, it might just make us feel less connected to what we’re buying, a new U of T Scarborough study says. “Debit and credit cards rule the marketplace, and while going cashless is convenient, that convenience may come at a price,” says Avni Shah, an assistant professor of
For those of us who pay fuel bills, saving energy by insulating our homes or perhaps installing solar panels seems to make perfect sense. It saves money, therefore as rational human beings why don’t we all do it? It’s a question that preoccupies Dr Franz Fuerst from the Department of Land Economy. Read more at
A Nordic model for sharing energy between neighbouring countries could help increase energy access in the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). A current ASEAN action plan for energy integration seeks to establish a regionwide electricity grid and energy market but the plan has suffered from long delays. The Nordic power pool model recommends
Government and private sector leadership continue to work together to transition new clean-energy technologies from lab to market. Read more at The Whitehouse Blog Learn more at The Materials Project: Massive trove of battery and molecule data released Act Now
A new study quantifies the lifesaving benefits of aggressive solar growth. Read more at Solar power is already saving lives in the US. Here's how. - Vox Here are five ways to invest in solar and wind renewable energy Act Now
Nissan has entered the energy market, revealing plans last week for the U.K.'s first vehicle-to-grid (V2G) pilot scheme and launching a new domestic energy storage system for the European market. Under the V2G pilot, developed in partnership with Italian utility Enel and National Grid, 100 Nissan LEAF owners in the U.K. will use special bi-directional
Across East Africa more than 300,000 households previously without electricity are powering homes and devices with solar panels and using mobile money to pay for it. Their power provider is M-KOPA, an energy startup with IPO ambitions already backed by $52 million in VC. Read more at Techcrunch Learn more at Entrepreneurs are the Foot Soldiers
How much of U.S. electricity supply comes from wind, and how does that compare with other countries?
The United States is the world's top producer of electricity generated by wind, a title it has held since 2008. U.S. wind power totaled nearly 182 million megawatthours (MWh) during 2014, equal to 4.4% of U.S. electricity generation and more than three times the wind power generated in the United States in 2008. The top