FLASHES & RELEASES

23 Oct

2017

Report: solar power is the fastest growing source of new energy

Report: solar power is the fastest growing source of new energy

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

The world is going green at an unprecedented rate. In 2016, renewable energy accounted for two-thirds of all new power added to the world’s grid, according to a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) — with more solar brought on board than any other technology. Overall, the growth in renewable power is estimated to be twice as large as gas and coal combined over the next five years.According to the report, new solar growth even…

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21 Oct

2017

Transformable solar building changes shape to teach people how to live sustainably

Transformable solar building changes shape to teach people how to live sustainably

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

How do you persuade people to adopt sustainable lifestyles? A team of Swiss architecture students believes in the power of demonstration—and they’ve designed and built the eco-friendly NeighborHub to prove their point. Conceived as a collaborative community space, the NeighborHub is a transformable, shared space that demonstrates innovative solutions, from renewable energy and water management to biodiversity and sustainable mobility.The…

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19 Oct

2017

Off-grid camping just got so much better with these solar-powered teardrop trailers

Off-grid camping just got so much better with these solar-powered teardrop trailers

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

Explorers could venture way off the grid thanks to a new collaboration between teardrop trailer maker Vistabule and solar power company Sunflare. Sunflare makes bendy solar panels a few micrometers thick that can be taped to any surface – so they’re the perfect solution to adorn the top of the Vistable camper, conforming to its unique shape. The lightweight solar panels add virtually no weight to…

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17 Oct

2017

Bicycle highway in the Netherlands built using recycled toilet paper

Bicycle highway in the Netherlands built using recycled toilet paper

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

People in the Netherlands use an estimated 180,000 tons of toilet paper every year. Because this amounts to a lot of trees, last Fall the Dutch province of Friesland repurposed the product to make a bicycle highway. The stretch of roadway, about 0.6-miles-long, connects the Frisian capital of Leeuwarden to the town of Stiens. It is the first bicycle lane in the world to be paved with toilet paper — but few can tell the difference.In the…

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15 Oct

2017

Solar SILO home uses light to feel much larger than its actual size

Solar SILO home uses light to feel much larger than its actual size

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

Daylight, fresh air, and greenery fill this self-sufficient solar home that feels much larger than its actual size. Students from the Missouri University of Science and Technology designed this net-zerodwelling, named SILO, short for ‘Smart Innovative Living Oasis.’ Inspired by farmhouse architecture, SILO blends a rustic aesthetic with cutting-edge technology to create a homey and completely automated dwelling that ensures stress-free comfort…

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13 Oct

2017

World’s first solar-powered, indoor vertical farm sprouts in Philadelphia

World’s first solar-powered, indoor vertical farm sprouts in Philadelphia

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

Future-farming experts Metropolis Farms have opened the world’s first solar powered, indoor vertical farm in the heart of Philadelphia. Although the City of Brotherly Love currently hosts only about eight acres of urban farming due to lack of traditional agricultural land, Metropolis Farms seeks to take advantage of the urban jungle to provide a new model for local agriculture in the city. Rather than receiving sunlight from the open…

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11 Oct

2017

Student-built solar-powered tiny home represents new vision for the American dream

Student-built solar-powered tiny home represents new vision for the American dream

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

The future of tiny home design is looking very bright. A team of students from Sacramento State, working under the name Sol Vespiade, have designed a beautiful self-sustaining tiny home that reflects a new sustainable way of living for future generations. The solar-powered, 400-square-foot home on wheels – with a seriously comfy interior – is a powerhouse of energy generation that offers the ultimate in flexible, off-grid living.    The…

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09 Oct

2017

Beach plastic audit in the Philippines reveals which businesses are the worst polluters

Beach plastic audit in the Philippines reveals which businesses are the worst polluters

Resource Recovery & Environment Management | PHILIPPINES
Published by : Eco Media Asia

1.88 million metric tons of mismanaged plastic litters the Philippines every year. Greenpeace Philippines and the #breakfreefromplastic group decided to clean up some of that junk at Freedom Island – and they’re calling out the businesses most responsible for the pollution. Nestlé topped the list, followed by Unilever and Indonesian company PT Torabika Mayora.The Philippines is the third worst…

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07 Oct

2017

New Japanese turbines harvest wave energy and protect coastlines from erosion

New Japanese turbines harvest wave energy and protect coastlines from erosion

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

Surf’s up! Researchers from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) in Japan are working to create special turbines that harvest the renewable energy of waves while simultaneously protecting coastlines from erosion. The turbines are designed to be anchored to the sea floor with mooring cables near tetrapods (star-shaped concrete structures designed to reduce erosion) or natural barriers such as coral reefs. These structures…

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05 Oct

2017

These vegan “Star Wars” sneakers are made with discarded pineapple leaves

These vegan “Star Wars” sneakers are made with discarded pineapple leaves

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

The pineapple is strong with these sneakers—literally. A collaboration between Star Wars and London-based shoemaker Po-Zu, the limited-edition “Silver Resistance” high-top combines silver woven linen and Piñatex, a leather alternative engineered from the fibers of discarded pineapple leaves. The sneaker, which is handcrafted in Portugal, also features a rubberized Rebel Alliance badge, a quilted rear panel, a removable memory…

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03 Oct

2017

Bollinger Motors unveils new 4-door electric sport utility truck

Bollinger Motors unveils new 4-door electric sport utility truck

Green Transportation & Logistics | UNITED STATES
Published by : Eco Media Asia

This summer little-known Bollinger Motors revealed the world’s first fully electric Sport Utility Truck – the Bollinger B1. With its squared off, rugged looks, the Bollinger B1 is easily inspired by the iconic Land Rover Defender. But now Bollinger has taken the EV a step further with a new four-door version. The first image of the four-door Bollinger B1 shows how the electric four-door Sport Utility Truck will look in a new orange color, which Bollinger…

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01 Oct

2017

3-hectare desert farm in Jordan can grow 286,600 pounds of veggies each year

3-hectare desert farm in Jordan can grow 286,600 pounds of veggies each year

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

Vegetables are sprouting in the desert at the Sahara Forest Project’s recently inaugurated launch station in Aqaba, Jordan. The project draws on the sun, saltwater, and carbon dioxide to grow foodand generate clean energy and freshwater. The new three-hectare launch station will be able to grow around 286,600 pounds of vegetables a year, and produce over 2.5 gallons of water a day.The Sahara…

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29 Sep

2017

Lilium’s all-electric flying taxi could travel from Manhattan to JFK in 5 minutes

Lilium’s all-electric flying taxi could travel from Manhattan to JFK in 5 minutes

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

A startup from Germany has secured $90 million to build the all-electric flying taxi of the future. Albeit still under development, Lilium’s five-seater commercial jet could be ready for take off as soon as 2019, and, according to a company statement, it could get users from Manhattan to JFK airport in just five minutes. The Verge reports that the $90 million will be used to build the company’s five-seat commercial Lilium Jet, as well…

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27 Sep

2017

Japan’s new mushroom solar farms produce sustainable energy and food

Japan’s new mushroom solar farms produce sustainable energy and food

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

Japan’s agricultural sector could find a much-needed boost with an innovative approach to growing that combines solar power generation and mushroom cultivation. Sustainergy, a Tokyo-based renewable-energy startup, in collaboration with Hitachi Capital and Daiwa House Industry, is determined to generate a total 4,000 kilowatts of solar power on two underutilized farm sites in Japan. Not only would the 2,000 kw output…

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25 Sep

2017

Solar roof tiles help power this secondary school in rural Kenya

Solar roof tiles help power this secondary school in rural Kenya

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

Schools in rural Kenya often suffer through frequent power outages, and energy from the national grid can be expensive. But solar roof tiles from Strauss Energy offer a cheaper, renewable alternative. At the 275-student Gaitheri Secondary School in Murang’a County, the reliable source of electricity has enhanced students’ performance since they can study at night, and allowed the school to give computer lessons.Strauss…

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23 Sep

2017

Lotus-inspired public space collects rainwater to reduce Da Nang’s runoff footprint

Lotus-inspired public space collects rainwater to reduce Da Nang’s runoff footprint

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

Urban stormwater runoff poses serious risks to safety and the environment – and cities around the world are taking note. HUNI Architectes tackled Da Nang’s runoff footprint with their competition-winning design for the Da Nang City Center Square in Vietnam. Designed with SUDS (sustainable urban drainage systems), this attractive lotus flower-inspired square will create a vibrant public space and destination that collects and reduces stormwater…

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21 Sep

2017

Meet the solar-powered electric motorhome we’ve all been waiting for

Meet the solar-powered electric motorhome we’ve all been waiting for

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

Tesla and Cummins are making waves right now with their new electric-powered semi trucks, but one other long-range vehicle has yet to make a significant jump to greener pastures – until now. German camper manufacturer Dethleffs has unveiled the e.home concept – a solar-powered electric motorhome.The idea of an electric motorhome would seem like a great idea, until you realize that many of the remote locations that you’d be traveling to…

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19 Sep

2017

Are gyroscopic vehicles the future of urban travel?

Are gyroscopic vehicles the future of urban travel?

Green Transportation & Logistics | RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Published by : Eco Media Asia

This gyroscopic vehicle – controlled by a joystick – may just be the future of urban commuting. Russian studio Dahir Insaat designed the futuristic pods to provide a radical green solution for cities looking to curb urban transportation problems. The gyroscopic glass-dome cabins use an innovative take on the classic gyroscopic system to enable the vehicles to be completely self-balancing. With just two wheels, the pod’s movements…

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17 Sep

2017

Life-saving LifeArk snaps together like LEGO to provide emergency off-grid housing

Life-saving LifeArk snaps together like LEGO to provide emergency off-grid housing

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

Architect Charles Wee didn’t have grand plans to save the world—but that’s exactly what his incredible LifeArk could do. Designed for disaster relief, LifeArk is a prefabricated, modular building system for quickly deployable and affordable housing that can operate 100% off the grid. These self-sustainable life-saving homes, which can be scaled up into communities, can pop up virtually anywhere to float on water or be anchored on land. Thanks…

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15 Sep

2017

Solar-powered robotic umbrella tracks the sun to provide shade

Solar-powered robotic umbrella tracks the sun to provide shade

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

What if you could sit outside in the shade all day without ever having to move your umbrella? That’s the vision ShadeCraft brings to life with Sunflower – the world’s first autonomous robotic shade that tracks the sun. The umbrella is solar-powered – and it can even charge other devices. Photovoltaic panels keep the Sunflower umbrella moving to shade users. But the umbrella also serves as a portable source…

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