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Innovative map displays solar potential of individual buildings

Innovative map displays solar potential of individual buildings

| October 1, 2014

When it comes to sustainability-focused design and business models, it probably takes a whole lot to impress the folks at Fast Company’s Co.Exist. Eduardo Berlin, an architect and designer from Cambridge, Massachusetts, has done just that. Berlin’s project, dubbed Mapdwell, plots “the solar potential of every individual roof in cities like Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts, […]

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Off-the-grid solar light production

Off-the-grid solar light production

| September 15, 2014

Solar lights present an incredibly promising method for bringing electricity to areas of the world that are off the traditional electric grid. However, it’s not as simple as shipping solar panels and lights to remote and developing areas. For one thing, these communities need training and human capital in order to set up and maintain […]

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New self-dimming light bulb conserves energy

New self-dimming light bulb conserves energy

| August 28, 2014

Now here’s a bright idea: A light bulb that dims itself, thereby conserving energy and helping keep electric bills under control. Until now, homeowners had to install special dimmer switches in order to be able to control the brightness of lights. Romantic dinner? Turn ’em down low. Performing surgery in your kitchen? Leave ’em blazing. […]

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Nest collaborates on smart fan

Nest collaborates on smart fan

| August 25, 2014

Don’t you hate when you have to turn your fan up or down to make it warmer or cooler in the room? It’s the WORST. Okay, that was a joke. Adjusting your fan speed is probably the easiest thing you’ll do in your day. And yet, like everything else, it’s becoming automated. And, hey—if automation means […]

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Goal Zero has designed portable, weather-proof solar power

Goal Zero has designed portable, weather-proof solar power

| August 18, 2014

Solar power technology has evolved by leaps and bounds over the past several years. Today, scientists and manufacturers are scrambling to find newer and better ways to harness the power of the sun to produce clean energy. We’ve written before about how groups are working on bringing solar power to remote parts of the desert […]

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Waste-to-energy plants successful in Europe, controversial in US

Waste-to-energy plants successful in Europe, controversial in US

| August 12, 2014

A recent report by Columbia University’s Earth Engineering Center reveals that diverting day-to-day waste to incinerators instead of landfills can actually generate electricity for 13.8 million households, and produce several other forms of energy simultaneously. But, given the reputation of these waste-to-energy (WTE) plants in the U.S., is burning better than burying? WTE plants remain […]

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Boston developing solar-powered benches

Boston developing solar-powered benches

| July 8, 2014

We don’t ask much of park benches—we just want a place to sit and rest and enjoy a nice day outside. But what if benches could provide more than a place to rest—a lot more? Cisco is funding the development and installation of “smart benches,” known as “soofas” throughout parks in the city of Boston. […]

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This new Hyundai car has a very interesting fuel source

This new Hyundai car has a very interesting fuel source

| March 25, 2014

Imagine pulling into your local gas station and seeing the following fuel options: Unleaded, Unleaded Premium, Diesel, Poop. Er, what?! Please forgive the rather indelicate nature of this discussion, but it’s simply too fascinating to pass up. A new car manufactured by Hyundai has been designed to accept a fuel source that stems from human […]

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‘Digester eggs’ are creating renewable energy in Brooklyn

‘Digester eggs’ are creating renewable energy in Brooklyn

| March 21, 2014

While we all sleep, eat, and go about our lives, there are waste treatment plants using special tanks to turn last week’s discarded pizza crusts into fuel that can be used to heat homes or provide electricity. Joel Rose investigated these plants for “The Salt” on NPR. The Newtown Creek plant in Brooklyn houses eight […]

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The e-QBO gives solar power a face lift

The e-QBO gives solar power a face lift

| March 10, 2014

Italy is bringing solar power to the streets. Literally. A group of Italian designers have created an innovative, portable product that harnesses solar power and makes that power available for a variety of applications. The product is called the e-QBO, and it’s turning a lot of heads — both literally and figuratively. In a country where […]

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Germany’s incineration industry is suffering from a surprising problem

Germany’s incineration industry is suffering from a surprising problem

| February 24, 2014

Now here’s a problem we don’t write about very often: Germany does not have enough trash. You read that correctly. It’s important to note that this surprising assertion comes according to the multiple companies fighting over quotas and the income generation that comes from processing waste, so it should be taken with a giant grain […]

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