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Oceanlinx – Oscillating Water Column Device

Posted on Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Oceanlinx  have developed an advanced Oscillating Water Column Device. Thanks to a solid international support, this Australian project is absolutely in the forefront of wave energy technology.

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These African farmers carved an important message to the world – into the soil

Posted on Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Most people in Western countries reflect on Africa as a continent in which poverty is rife and economic opportunities are lacking. While this may be true in some cases, it’s a fixable problem. This is the message a group of farmers and villagers in Zambia seeks to share with the world – in the …

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Vertical farming startup raises $200M

Posted on Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Plenty, a San Francisco vertical farming start-up, has raised $200m (£154m) from big-name investors that include Japanese media giant SoftBank, Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt and Amazon boss Jeff Bezos. Plenty said it would use the money to expand in the US and abroad. The firm, founded in 2013, has an indoor …

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Montreal supermarket is Canada’s first to grow produce on its own rooftop garden

Posted on Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

When the Montreal borough of Saint-Laurent began pushing for green roofs, a supermarket wondered if it could do regulations one better. Fast-forward a few years and IGA Extra Famille Duchemin now claims to be the first grocery store in Canada to sell produce grown on its own roof. High above its LEED Gold-certified …

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Grocery Stores Slash Emissions with Honeywell’s Low Global Warming Refrigerant

Posted on Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Festival Foods, one of the largest independent grocery store chains in the US Midwest, is the first supermarket chain to build a new store with refrigeration equipment designed to run Honeywell’s reduced-global-warming refrigerant, Solstice N40 (R-448A). This will lower the store’s emissions as well as […]

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Refrigerants With Low Global Warming Potential

Posted on Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

With the ratification of the Montreal protocol in 1987, chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) and hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) refrigerants, such as R11, R12, R22, and R123, have been or will soon be phased out due to their high ozone depleting potential (ODP). Subsequently, the HVAC&R industry turned to hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants as substitutes. Due …

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Chile launches demonstration of alternative refrigeration technology

Posted on Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

A supermarket in Chile has become the first in the country to adopt new refrigeration technology in an effort to both showcase alternatives to hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and a national commitment to more climate-friendly refrigeration technologies. HFCs were introduced as a replacement to ozone depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) but have a global …

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MIT robot swims through water and gas pipes to detect leaks

Posted on Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Beneath the cities around the world runs a complex web of pipes, carrying water and gas to buildings, homes and businesses. These miles of pipes are necessary to everyday life, but they are unfortunately vulnerable to the wear of pressure and time. Leaks in these pipelines often remained undiscovered until …

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Flexible solar panels recycle indoor light

Posted on Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Integrating solar panels into windows and walls seems to be the obvious next step for the technology, but what about all of the light indoors? What if there could be a way to harness, or recycle, that light energy along with the light from the sun? Researchers at Virginia Tech have proven …

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Sandpoint town square home to first public Solar Roadways panel installation

Posted on Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Over 2 years after the laying a bunch of solar harvesting hexagonal panelsat its Idaho electronics lab, and 11 months after revealing its more powerful and more colorful third generation units, Solar Roadways has completed its first public installation. The City of Sandpoint, Idaho, is playing host to the proof of …

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