FLASHES & RELEASES

21 Jan

2018

Hot electron research could open up greater efficiencies for solar energy

Hot electron research could open up greater efficiencies for solar energy

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency | UNITED STATES
Published by : Eco Media Asia

Hot electron research is heating up solar and renewable energy research, according to the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. Nanoscientists there uncovered quicker ways to convert power from light to energetic or hot electrons – and their methods could allow for higher efficiencies for solar power.Argonne researchers and collaborators created hybrid nanomaterials – smaller than the width of human hair – “to…

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19 Jan

2018

Shanghai flying car tower to clean the air with a 50,000-plant vertical forest

Shanghai flying car tower to clean the air with a 50,000-plant vertical forest

Green Transportation & Logistics | CHINA
Published by : Eco Media Asia

Flying cars seem to be moving from the realm of science fiction to reality – and Richard’s Architecture + Design (RA+D) helmed by architect Richard Moreta Castillo has already designed a net-zero tower pioneering drone car infrastructure. The Smart Power Long tower, a condominium building planned for Shanghai, features landing pads for flying cars. The futuristic concept is super green, according to RA+D, and will feature a vertical…

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17 Jan

2018

Self-sufficient Arval HQ is completely powered by geothermal and solar energy

Self-sufficient Arval HQ is completely powered by geothermal and solar energy

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency | ITALY
Published by : Eco Media Asia

The new headquarters for car rental company Arval uses geothermal and solar energy to achieve complete self-sufficiency and zero-emission status. Pierattelli Architetture designed the building with huge photovoltaic steel wings lined with over 1000 flexible solar panels to maximize its energy-collecting capabilities. The architects designed the headquarters, known as the Photovoltaic Bolt, as a Climate House…

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15 Jan

2018

German city offers ingenious alternative to single-use coffee cups

German city offers ingenious alternative to single-use coffee cups

Eco Products & Services | GERMANY
Published by : Eco Media Asia

What do you do when you arrive at a coffee shop and realize you’ve forgotten your reusable mug? Many of us, in need of caffeine, would guiltily accept the disposable cup that may or may not be recyclable. But the city of Freiburg, Germany came up with an inventive solution. They created the Freiburg Cup, which coffee lovers can snag for one Euro and return to participating stores to be cleaned and used again – up to 400 times.In…

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13 Jan

2018

Bjarke Ingels Group unveils plans for massive solar-powered sports complex in Austin

Bjarke Ingels Group unveils plans for massive solar-powered sports complex in Austin

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency | UNITED STATES
Published by : Eco Media Asia

They say everything is bigger in Texas, but the state’s newest sports arena is going to be really BIG. Bjarke Ingels Group just unveiled plans for the new East Austin District, a solar-powered sports and entertainment center that will include the city’s first pro sports stadium and large-scale music arena. The modern complex will be topped with a series of red photovoltaic roofs in a checkerboard layout. The massive 1.3 million-square-foot…

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11 Jan

2018

Colossal cardboard temple pops up in Chiang Mai in just one day

Colossal cardboard temple pops up in Chiang Mai in just one day

Green Building Materials, Construction & Design | THAILAND
Published by : Eco Media Asia

A titanic Thai-inspired temple just popped up in Chiang Mai—but instead of gold leaf and teak, this one’s built entirely of cardboard. Assembled in less than a day, the prefabricated building is the latest work of Olivier Grossetete, a prolific French artist who specializes in cardboard architecture. Those who hope to gaze upon the temple of cardboard should hurry—the ephemeral building will come down on Sunday for recycling.Temples are…

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09 Jan

2018

World’s first solar panel mural unveiled in San Antonio

World’s first solar panel mural unveiled in San Antonio

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency | UNITED STATES
Published by : Eco Media Asia

In a world where solar farms are shaped like giant pandas, there’s certainly room for some solar butterflies. Determined to beautify our cities by converting solar panels into creative works of public art, the Seattle-based Land Art Generator Initiative just unveiled the world’s first solar mural installation, called La Monarca, by San Antonio artist Cruz Ortiz with creative direction from artist Penelope Boyer. La Mariposa solar…

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07 Jan

2018

Historic French building stuffed with plastic bags looks ready to explode

Historic French building stuffed with plastic bags looks ready to explode

Others | FRANCE
Published by : Eco Media Asia

A shockingly large number of plastic bags appeared to fill a historic stone building to near bursting in Bordeaux last month. The eye-catching installation is the most recent work of Luzinterruptus, a design collective famous for raising environmental awareness with luminous art installations. Created for the FAB Festival de Bourdeaux, the temporary artwork, titled The Plastic We Live With, turned into a light installation at night evocative…

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05 Jan

2018

Trump’s first big brawl with China may center on solar panels

Trump’s first big brawl with China may center on solar panels

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency | UNITED STATES
Published by : Eco Media Asia

The Trump Administration has signaled its intention to take a significantly tougher approach to trade with China, where most of the world’s solar panels are produced. This stance follows President Trump’s campaign promise to protect American jobs from being outsourced to other countries. Due to increasing international competition in the solar industry, at least a dozen solar companies have closed factories in the United States. In response to Chinese…

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03 Jan

2018

“Cannabis walls” add warmth to this eco-friendly home in Israel

“Cannabis walls” add warmth to this eco-friendly home in Israel

Green Building Materials, Construction & Design | ISRAEL
Published by : Eco Media Asia

Cannabis is good for more than just medicine—industrial hemp has its uses in eco-friendly architecture too. Haifa-based studio Tav Group built Ein Hod, an eco-minded home for artists, using hempcrete, a bio-composite made from hemp hurds, hydrated lime, and water with desirable thermal properties. Located on a hillside in a rural Israeli village, the beautiful terraced home is optimized for passive solar energy and natural ventilation to further…

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01 Jan

2018

Recycled materials make up this quirky solar-powered hotel in West Africa

Recycled materials make up this quirky solar-powered hotel in West Africa

Others | CAPE VERDE
Published by : Eco Media Asia

This beautiful sun-soaked retreat on Cape Verde’s island of Sao Vicente prides itself on sustainability. Ramos Castellano Arquitectos designed the Terra Lodge Hotel using recycled and found materials, water recycling systems, and a rooftop solar array. The hotel draws the eye with a gridded timber frame constructed from unfinished African wood that partially encloses private verandas. Built predominately from lime-plastered concrete, the Terra…

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30 Dec

2017

The world’s first 100% solar-powered train launches in Australia

The world’s first 100% solar-powered train launches in Australia

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency | AUSTRALIA
Published by : Eco Media Asia

The world’s first 100% solar-powered train is now gliding down tracks in Byron Bay, Australia. The Byron Bay Railroad Company refurbished a three-kilometer, or almost two-mile, stretch of tracks and restored a heritage train, outfitting it with a 6.5 kilowatt (kW) solar array with flexible solar panels. A limited service launched over the weekend, with full service set to commence in January.Byron Bay Railroad Company restored…

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28 Dec

2017

Building integrated solar panels from Dubai produce clean energy — and color

Building integrated solar panels from Dubai produce clean energy — and color

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency | UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Published by : Eco Media Asia

The United States could obtain 40 percent of its energy solely from rooftop solar (with sufficient political will). But what if solar panels could also boost architectural aesthetics? Dubai-based Emirates Insolaire hoped to do just that with their Kromatix technology, providing an alternative to the blue or black panels that adorn many roofs. Plus, their solar products aren’t limited to rooftops — they can also be integrated in…

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26 Dec

2017

Steven Holl unveils office clad in colorful photovoltaic glass for Doctors Without Borders

Steven Holl unveils office clad in colorful photovoltaic glass for Doctors Without Borders

Green Building Materials, Construction & Design | SWITZERLAND
Published by : Eco Media Asia

Steven Holl Architects just beat out a slew of other firms with plans for the new Doctors Without Borders headquarters in Geneva. The energy-efficient “Colors of Humanity” building features an innovative facade made of multi-hued photovoltaic glass and it’s topped with a lush green roof.The New York-based architect’s design was chosen over various proposals from architecture firmsaround the world. According to Mathieu Soupart, Logistics…

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24 Dec

2017

New smart grid solution heals itself amid central grid outages

New smart grid solution heals itself amid central grid outages

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency | UNITED KINGDOM
Published by : Eco Media Asia

Renewable energy may offer emissions-free electricity, but it isn’t always easy for electrical grids to integrate that energy. Dutch company Alfen is launching their answer to the dilemma. The Cellular Smart Grid Platform (CSGriP) allows a central grid to be divided into smaller cells that can operate independently, if necessary, and even self-heal.CSGriP provides energy from sources like biogas, solar…

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22 Dec

2017

Black butterfly wings provide inspiration for superior solar cells

Black butterfly wings provide inspiration for superior solar cells

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency | UNITED STATES
Published by : Eco Media Asia

Researchers recently took cues from butterflies to design thin film solar cells that can better absorb light. The rose butterfly, common to India, has soft black wings that keep the insect warm with the sun’s heat. Mimicking the design of the butterfly’s wings, the scientists created a solar cell that The Verge reports can gather light twice as efficiently.California Institute of Technology and Karlsruhe…

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20 Dec

2017

The world’s first floating wind farm just switched online

The world’s first floating wind farm just switched online

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency | UNITED KINGDOM
Published by : Eco Media Asia

Five massive wind turbines floating in the sea near Scotland have started sending energy to the grid. Statoil, a Norwegian power company, has been working on the 30 megawatt Hywind Scotland project for several years, and it’s now up and running. The wind farm can power around 20,000 homes.Hywind Scotland is around 15 miles from Peterhead in Aberdeenshire. As the farm’s wind turbines are floating, they can be…

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18 Dec

2017

New concrete roof includes thin-film PV cells to generate power

New concrete roof includes thin-film PV cells to generate power

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency | SWITZERLAND
Published by : Eco Media Asia

Digital design and fabrication techniques allowed researchers in Switzerland to create a curvy, super thin concrete roof that will one day help a residential unit produce more power than it consumes. Using the innovative methods, the researchers assembled the roof with much less materials than would otherwise be needed. The concrete roof is also equipped with thin-film photovoltaic cells to generate energy.Researchers…

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16 Dec

2017

Spectacular origami pavilion made of recycled plastic pops up in Columbus, Indiana

Spectacular origami pavilion made of recycled plastic pops up in Columbus, Indiana

Green Building Materials, Construction & Design | UNITED STATES
Published by : Eco Media Asia

This gorgeous origami-inspired building in Columbus, Indiana is made entirely from recycled plastic – and it lights up at night with a beautiful LED display. Students at the IU School of Art, Architecture + Design in Bloomington, led by Professor Jiangmei Wu, designed the Synergia pavilion as an experiment in building complex structures inspired by biological forms, soap bubbles, and crystal patterns.The temporary pavilion sits on the site…

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14 Dec

2017

Ultra-green house in Seattle marries aesthetics and sustainability

Ultra-green house in Seattle marries aesthetics and sustainability

Green Building Materials, Construction & Design | UNITED STATES
Published by : Eco Media Asia

This ultra-green house for a Seattle family of four has achieved an exceptional level of sustainability without compromising on aesthetics. Shed Architecture & Design designed and Hammer & Hand built the Madrona Passive House as a net-zero residence for former Microsoft program manager and renowned environmental advocate Jabe Blumenthal. With a super-insulated envelope and passive design features such as heat recovery systems,…

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