World’s First PV-Powered Solar Water Heating Solution Delivers Net Solar Value

Posted on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 by

Article by Terri Steele Solar Savvy Communications solarsavvy@cox.net On July 4, 2013, Sun Bandit parent Next Generation Energy launched an ‘all hands on deck’ effort to identify and clear the many hurdles inhibiting widespread solar water heating adoption – and to achieve the certification and street cred to bring its innovation Sun Bandit to market. The initiative has […]

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Dutch Trains Are World’s First to Run on 100% Wind Power

Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 by

The Netherlands, aka Windmill Country, is now operating 100 percent of its electric trains with wind energy. As of Jan. 1, 600,000 daily train passengers have been traveling completely carbon neutral, according to an announcement from the Netherlands’ principal passenger railway operator, NS. Dutch electric trains are running on 1.2 billion kilowatt-hours of wind […]

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Solar-powered Watly provides internet, energy, and drinking water for Ghana residents

Posted on Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 by

When it comes to renewable energy in developing nations, sometimes a solid multitasker is the way to go. That’s the idea behind the Watly system, a solar-powered machine that stores electricity, purifies water, and connects local residents to the internet. After running a pilot program with a stripped-down version of the machine in Ghana, the […]

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Fruit Walls: Urban Farming in the 1600s

Posted on Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 by

From the sixteenth to the twentieth century, urban farmers grew Mediterranean fruits and vegetables as far north as England and the Netherlands, using only renewable energy.These crops were grown surrounded by massive “fruit walls”, which stored the heat from the sun and released it at night, creating a microclimate that could increase the temperature by […]

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Can ‘Dragon Water’ Power the Planet With Renewable Energy?

Posted on Friday, November 13th, 2015 by

An ambitious project is being launched to drill deep into the Earth’s crust to harness super-heated “dragon water” that would generate massive quantities of renewable energy. Unlike traditional geothermal heat, which exploits hot rocks to produce steam for turbines, this project goes far deeper—to where the pressure and temperature are huge but the potential benefits […]

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China, Brazil, and the U.S. all unveil new climate goals

Posted on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 by

Three of the world’s biggest polluters — China, Brazil, and the U.S. — all announced new strategies to tackle climate change today. China unveiled its long-awaited pledge for the U.N. climate talks to be held in Paris this December. (Such pledges are known in wonk-speak as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, or INDCs.) The country is committing […]

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Amazon to build large 80-MW solar farm in Virginia

Posted on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 by

The solar farm called Amazon Solar Farm US East will be built in partnership with Community Energy and will help clean up the environmental impact of Amazon’s Virginia data centers since the state is largely powered by coal. The new solar farm in Accomack County could start feeding clean energy to the data centers as […]

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Samso a symbol for a greener future

Posted on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 by

Before dawn one morning in October, a handful of Americans gathered at a lonely pier on Samso, a small Danish island about four hours from Copenhagen. Bundled in layers of fleece and wool, the Americans, mostly from islands off the Maine coast, had come to get a closer look […]

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UC Davis and Honda Unveil Smart Home For a Zero-Carbon Future

Posted on Friday, April 4th, 2014 by

Honda and the University of California, Davis aren’t particularly known for constructing homes, but an ambitious project places the two entities at the forefront of designing homes capable of producing more renewable energy than they consume. With advanced lighting, geothermal heating and cool and a 9.5 kilowatt solar photovoltaic system, the […]

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Algae converted to crude oil in less than an hour

Posted on Friday, December 20th, 2013 by

The day when planes, trucks and cars are commonly revved up on pond scum may be on the near horizon thanks to a technological advance that continuously turns a stream of concentrated algae into bio-crude oil. From green goo to crude takes less than an hour. The goo contains about 10 percent to 20 percent […]

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