Month: August 2016

The hydrogen economy is much nearer than we think – The Ecologist

Hydrogen made from renewable electricity is already fuelling vehicles at affordable prices, writes DAVID THORPE. But now the ‘green’ fuel is set to go from niche to mainstream – powering not just cars, trucks and buses, but storing surplus renewable energy on sunny and windy days, then to be burnt in gas turbines or fuel cells to supply the grid with reliable power on demand.

Source: The hydrogen economy is much nearer than we think – The Ecologist

Nation’s Largest Wind Project Gets Approval – EcoWatch

Nation’s Largest Wind Project Gets Approval

Source: Nation’s Largest Wind Project Gets Approval – EcoWatch

The Iowa Utilities Board approved the nation’s largest wind energy project, which will power 800,000 homes once completed.

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The 2,000-megawatt Wind XI project should be completed by the end of 2019.

“Wind energy helps us keep prices stable and more affordable for customers, provides jobs and economic benefits for communities and the state, and contributes to a cleaner environment for everyone,” said Bill Fehrman, the CEO of the utility behind the project.

Four ways technology will change how we commute in the future | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

From self driving cars to streetlight sensors, we highlight some of the grand ideas for urban transportation from cities across the US

Source: Four ways technology will change how we commute in the future | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

 

Olli, a 12-passenger self-driving shuttle, uses the cognitive computing ability of IBM Watson and is being trialled in cities across the US.
 Olli, a 12-passenger self-driving shuttle, uses the cognitive computing ability of IBM Watson and is being trialled in cities across the US. Photograph: Local Motors

Columbus, Ohio, is a mid-size city known primarily as the home of Ohio State University, not as a hub of cutting edge technology for public transportation. But that is exactly what this city of 790,000 people plans to be.

By 2019, residents of Columbus could see autonomous shuttles cruising the Easton commercial district, motion-sensitive LED streetlights that also provide free Wi-Fi internet to the residential neighborhood of Linden, and 175 smart traffic signals that aim to ease traffic jams and speed first-responders’ paths through the city. Residents will also be able to use one app to plan and pay for trips that require multiple types of public transportation.

Columbus’s smart city evolution is taking shape thanks to $40m in federal funds the city recently won as part of the US Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge. The challenge drew applications from 78 cities.

The Pipe for Santa Monica Pier desalinizes 1.5 billion gallons of drinking water for California | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The infrastructure California needs to generate energy for electricity and clean water will change the state for years to come, but this need not blight the landscape. The Pipe is one example of…

Source: The Pipe for Santa Monica Pier desalinizes 1.5 billion gallons of drinking water for California | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

 

Solar-powered Pipe desalinizes 1.5 billion gallons of drinking water for California

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Solar Cost Hits World’s New Low, Half the Price of Coal – EcoWatch

Solar Cost Hits World’s New Low, Half the Price of Coal

Source: Solar Cost Hits World’s New Low, Half the Price of Coal – EcoWatch

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This surpasses the record set in May of a $29.90 per MWh bid in Dubai for an 800 megawatt (MW) solar project.

“This is the lowest price ever seen, for any renewable technology,” an analyst told Bloomberg. The low price is possible due to the rapid fall in cost of solar technology and the 12 MW solar plant’s location in the ideal conditions of Chile’s Atacama Desert.

Rejected recyclable waste up 84% in England since 2011, data shows – BBC News

The amount of household rubbish being rejected for recycling in England has increased by 84% over the past four years, government figures show.

Source: Rejected recyclable waste up 84% in England since 2011, data shows – BBC News

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The amount of household rubbish being rejected for recycling in England has increased by 84% over the past four years, government figures show.

A BBC Freedom of Information request found councils were unable to recycle 338,000 tons of waste in 2014-15 – up from about 184,000 tons in 2011-12.

But Department for Environment data shows total recycled waste rose from 10.7m to 11m tons a year in the period.

Sweden’s Green Port; Yangtze Porpoises & Leftover Cafes – Al Jazeera English

A port reducing shipping emissions; saving China’s Yangtze porpoise; and a ‘pay-as-you-feel’ junk food cafe goes global.

Source: Sweden’s Green Port; Yangtze Porpoises & Leftover Cafes – Al Jazeera English

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Gothenburg’s Green Port

Ninety percent of world trade is transported by ships at sea. Traditionally this has been considered a greener method of transport than road or air, but toxic pollution from ships kills tens of thousands of people every year.

The Port of Gothenburg, Scandinavia’s busiest shipping hub, is pioneering a number of methods to mitigate the effects of pollution from ships.

From plugging ships into onshore green energy supplies so they do not have to burn fuel whilst in dock, to pioneering a new ‘sniffer’ technique which monitors passing ships’ sulphur emissions.