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IKEA renewable electricity offer could save customers £300 per year

Posted on Friday, February 23rd, 2018

IKEA is working for 100 percent renewable energy — producing as much as they consume by 2020 is their goal — and they want their customers to be able to live more sustainably too. They partnered with Big Clean Switch to help people switch to clean power. Using a collective switch model, they’re securing “an …

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Nation’s Largest Wind Farm Coming to Oklahoma

Posted on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

The Wind Catcher Energy Connection project, which includes a massive 800-turbine wind farm under construction in the Oklahoma panhandle, is getting closer to lift-off. Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), a subsidiary of major utility American Electric Power, announced this week a settlement with various parties, including Walmart, allowing the $4.5 billion project to move …

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Energy from rubbish to power Addis Ababa

Posted on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Rapidly increasing urbanisation in Africa means two things: more waste and greater demand for electricity. In Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, a new waste-to-energy plant is set to tackle both problems at the same time, by helping to dispose of three-quarters of the city’s rubbish while generating enough electricity to power …

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Put the Right Plant in the Right Place and Stop Digging

Posted on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

“Your garden’s so pretty! How do you do that?” my neighbor gushed. She: stylishly walking her dog; me: wet and muddy squatting down pruning broken limbs recently revealed by melting snow. I was about to explain I enjoy tending my garden and with a little effort her garden could be …

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Stretchable fabric powers gadgets with sweat

Posted on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

There has been a lot of advancement in performance fabrics over the last decade. Exercise clothing is made to move with us, help moderate our temperatures and wick away sweat to keep us comfortable. Researchers at Binghampton University have developed a fabric that could fit those needs, but it would …

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World’s first solar fuels reactor for night passes test

Posted on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

International solar thermal energy researchers have successfully tested CONTISOL, a solar reactor that runs on air, able to make any solar fuel like hydrogen and to run day or night – because it uses concentrated solar power (CSP) which can include thermal energy storage. The promise of solar fuels is …

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How Crushed Volcanic Rock in Farm Soil Could Help Slow Global Warming

Posted on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Volcanic plains tend to be fertile farmland. A new study explores how spreading crushed volcanic rock on farms can increase carbon storage and crop yields. Credit: SounderBruce/CC-BY-SA-2.0 Pulverizing volcanic rock and spreading the dust like fertilizer on farm soils could suck billions of tons of carbon from the atmosphere and …

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Tesla’s latest smart power grid experiment begins in Canada

Posted on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Tesla’s experiments with smart power grids are headed further North. Canada’s Nova Scotia Power recently finished setting up a pilot project that will use a combination of Tesla’s Powerwall 2 home batteries and utility-grade Powerpack batteries to create a more reliable wind power system. The Elmsdale-based Intelligent Feeder Project fills gaps in the electrical grid by topping up …

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All-female high school team invents solar-powered tent for homeless

Posted on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

As Daniela Orozco picks off excess plastic bordering a 3D-printed box, she recalls how many homeless people she saw on her way to school when she was a high school freshman. Just one. Four years later, the number has multiplied. People live on a main thoroughfare near the school, at …

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New paper batteries can be discarded with zero ecological impact

Posted on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Where others might look at substances like urine, blood and sweat and cringe, Juan Pablo Esquivel sees untapped sources of energy. Not for powering large engines but rather to produce small amounts of electricity that could play a vital role in the burgeoning telemedicine market. Today Esquivel, a 35-year-old electronics engineer, is …

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