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This Local Foundation Brings Bottles of Sustainable Light Around the World

When people think of solar-powered technology, they probably think of it as something complicated and costly—something only rich people would be able to afford. It’s also something that only looks good on paper but doesn’t seem feasible, especially in a third-world country like the Philippines. But what people don’t know is that somewhere out there,

2018-12-17T12:04:28+00:00Tags: |

A Tribe in Northern Minnesota Shows the Country How to Do Community Solar

Last summer on a reservation in northern Minnesota, students from Leech Lake Tribal College earned their solar installation licenses while they dug, drilled and connected five photovoltaic arrays. The panels shine blue on the plain, reflecting the sky as they generate roughly 235 megawatts of electricity a year, enough to help 100 families pay their

2018-12-13T07:54:16+00:00Tags: |

Ethiopia: Distributed Energy Systems – Best Path for Poverty Reduction

By Desta Mebratu Despite being a continent with abundant energy resources, a great chunk of the African population still lacks access to electricity. This could change by focusing on the use of distributed energy resources, writes Desta Mebratu (Prof.) (desta@africaleapfrog.org), CEO of African Transformative Leapfrogging Advisory Service. The closing event of the Nelson Mandela International

2018-12-13T07:34:13+00:00Tags: |

Switching to a home battery won’t help save the world

Home energy storage systems might save you money, but under current policies, they would also often increase carbon emissions. That is the conclusion reached by a team of researchers at the University of California San Diego in a study published recently in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. Conventional wisdom may suggest that these storage

2018-12-11T15:54:30+00:00Tags: |

Empowering Nigerian women through sustainable energy

Ensuring that women and girls have energy access is not just about women’s rights, it’s a fundamental human rights issue. A number of quantitative and qualitative studies have shown that clean energy access is linked with better chances for girls to complete primary education and for women to earn better wages, while it also contributes

2018-12-09T09:22:31+00:00Tags: |

Slaying The Gasoline Car

Envision Energy will produce batteries for $100 per kilowatt hour by 2020, the Shanghai company's founder and CEO said at Stanford University, predicting the price will drop to $50 only five years later and end the reign of the internal-combustion engine. Envision's analysts realized they could achieve these goals after the company purchased Nissan's battery division earlier this year,  CEO Lei Zhang said

2018-12-07T07:00:36+00:00Tags: |

Trash Into Fuel

Climate change is already upon us, leading to extreme weather patterns, environmental migration, and many other major consequences worldwide. So it’s bittersweet to realize that today, as you read this, we have the technology to make a difference. What’s stopping us? Admittedly that’s an entire article of its own — from politics to power and

2018-11-30T07:53:22+00:00Tags: |

Waste-to-Energy: Sustainability Solution or Ponzi Scheme?

Reusing and recycling can only go so far. The buzzy new phrase in the waste management industry is “zero waste,” meaning producing no waste at all. Even after reusing and recycling, there is always something left over. Many environmentalists view turning that waste into usable energy (Waste-to-Energy, or W.T.E.) as one practical step toward true zero

2018-11-28T06:21:24+00:00Tags: |

Preventative Care of Our Planet..

Parties to the Paris Agreement, virtually all countries, aim to hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently completed an assessment of the scientific literature related to warming to 1.5°C.1 Since

2018-11-26T11:46:35+00:00Tags: |

AAMI Addresses Sustainability for Medical Devices

Sustainability is becoming an increasingly important issue for the healthcare industry, particularly in the wake of the United Nation’s Climate Summit in late September. Recognizing the importance of sustainability, an AAMI standards committee is seeking members to help develop a technical information report (TIR) that addresses what environmental, health, and safety implications medical device manufacturers

Q&A: ‘Sustainable energy makes people bankable’

India’s investments in renewable energy are growing fast. The country plays an important role in global efforts to meet emission targets: its burgeoning middle-class has growing energy demands, while a large number of people still live in rural poverty without access to power. Harish Hande, co-founder of the Bangalore-based company SELCO, believes that renewable energy needs

2018-11-18T10:23:50+00:00Tags: |

Materials scientist creates alternative to batteries for wearable devices

A major factor holding back development of wearable biosensors for health monitoring is the lack of a lightweight, long-lasting power supply. Now scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst led by materials chemist Trisha L. Andrew report that they have developed a method for making a charge-storing system that is easily integrated into clothing for

2018-11-11T07:38:29+00:00Tags: |

Can energy become secure, affordable and sustainable..

Energy is at the root of modern economies and is vital to the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the internet of things. The challenge for policymakers is to craft policy frameworks that enable the three critical goals of energy security, environmental sustainability and affordability and access while the energy sector undergoes a fundamental transition. Maintaining a balance

2018-11-09T07:34:16+00:00Tags: |