FLASHES & RELEASES

22 Feb

2018

New 1 km solar road opens in Jinan, China

New 1 km solar road opens in Jinan, China

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

China is getting in on the solar road-building action. A one-kilometer stretch of solar highway developed by Qilu Transportation Development Group just opened for testing near Jinan, the capital city of China’s Shandong Province. According to Quartz the expressway has three layers: the solar panels rest in the middle, with insulation below and transparent concrete on top.Solar panels sprawl across 5,875 square…

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20 Feb

2018

2017 was the UK’s ‘greenest year’ for energy

2017 was the UK’s ‘greenest year’ for energy

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

The United Kingdom recently marked its greatest year ever for the use of clean energy, breaking 13 national renewable energy records in the process. According to a report by the National Grid, the UK generated more power from renewable sources than fossil fuels for the first time throughout the month of June. Great Britain also achieved its first full 24 hours of electric power without burning coal in April. These and other achievements…

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18 Feb

2018

Dutch utility plans massive wind farm island

Dutch utility plans massive wind farm island

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

TenneT, the primary Dutch electric utility company, is planning to construct a “windfarm island” in the North Sea. This island would serve as an operational hub for a network of nearby offshore wind farms with a facility much larger than any existing centers. The plan, already in its advanced stages, proposes Dogger Bank, 125km (78 miles) off the East Yorkshire coast of England, as a potential location for the wind farm island. Once constructed,…

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16 Feb

2018

New double-pane quantum dot solar windows generate power with better efficiency

New double-pane quantum dot solar windows generate power with better efficiency

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

Researchers at an American national laboratory have now employed quantum dots for double-pane solar windows that offer shading, insulation, and, of course, generate energy – with greater efficiency. The Los Alamos National Laboratory team drew on a new window architecture utilizing two layers of low-priced quantum dots, tuned to take in distinct parts of the solar spectrumThe double-pane windows were equipped…

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14 Feb

2018

Wind power supplied 43.6% of Denmark’s energy in 2017

Wind power supplied 43.6% of Denmark’s energy in 2017

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

Denmark set a new renewable energy record in 2017 by obtaining nearly half of its power from wind. The renewable source supplied 43.6 percent of electricity demand, beating the nation’s prior record of 42 percent in 2015. In just a few years, the country could obtain 50 percent of its power from wind.Denmark’s wind turbines were particularly active in 2017, generating 14,700 gigawatt-hours in 12 months for a new…

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12 Feb

2018

London store recycles 60,000 plastic bottles for 3D-printed interior

London store recycles 60,000 plastic bottles for 3D-printed interior

Others | UNITED KINGDOM
Published by : Eco Media Asia

You can tell that Bottletop, a “sustainable luxury” brand that transforms castoff materials into chic carryalls, takes its zero-waste philosophy to heart. Case in point? Its new flagship store on London’s Regent Street, which boasts a 3D-printed interior derived almost entirely from recycled plastic bottles. Together with Krause Architects and Ai Build, Bottletop conscripted a troop of Kuka robots to print sections…

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10 Feb

2018

Floating solar rig from Columbia University harvests hydrogen fuel from seawater

Floating solar rig from Columbia University harvests hydrogen fuel from seawater

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

Engineers at Columbia University have created a “solar fuels rig,” which floats on the ocean, captures solar energy, then uses that energy to extract hydrogen from seawater. Hydrogen is a clean source of energy, though methods to extract it have often proven too costly or energy intensive to be viable. A typical hydrogen extraction system uses water electrolysis, in which H2 and O2 are separated by sending an electric current through water and divided…

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08 Feb

2018

Marco Casagrande’s Solar Powered Fishermen Attract Oysters in Taiwan

Marco Casagrande’s Solar Powered Fishermen Attract Oysters in Taiwan

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency | TAIWAN, ROC
Published by : Eco Media Asia

Located off the island of Xiamen near Kinmen, Taiwan, four soaring fishermen sculptures rise from the beach at low tide. Designed by Marco Casagrande, the public art installation becomes partially submerged at high tide, which will collect oysters growing on the fishermen’s “legs” over time. At night, the fishermen twinkle with solar powered LED lights. Guarding the trail that appears at low tide outside of Great Kinmen, two fishermen…

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06 Feb

2018

Boston just officially banned single-use plastic bags

Boston just officially banned single-use plastic bags

Others | UNITED STATES
Published by : Eco Media Asia

Boston just became Massachusetts’ 60th town to pass a ban on plastic bags. Mayor Martin Walsh recently signed the measure, which will go into effect next December – and a statewide ban is pending before the legislature.357 million single-use plastic bags will be used in Boston this year, according to Metro. Councilor Matt O’Malley, lead sponsor of the measure, said 20 tons of plastic bags are tossed into Boston’s…

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04 Feb

2018

MIT’s winning solar-powered dome tree habitats for Mars mimic earthly forests

MIT’s winning solar-powered dome tree habitats for Mars mimic earthly forests

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

If humans start constructing cities on Mars, we have an opportunity to build sustainably from the start. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) team designed an environmentally friendly city for the red planet that mimics a forest, with solar-powered dome tree habitats connected with roots, or tunnels. Their vision, called Redwood Forest, recently won first place in the Mars City Designcompetition’s architecture category.As…

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02 Feb

2018

Gorgeous Belize eco-resort will offer 100% carbon neutral villas

Gorgeous Belize eco-resort will offer 100% carbon neutral villas

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

A new eco resort in Belize is pulling out all of the stops by offering an inventory of carbon-neutral luxury residences – a first for the Caribbean. Itz’ana Resort & Residences will feature a green building portfolio unprecedented in the area. The complex – designed by Boston-based architect Roberto de Oliveira Castro – will offer four- and five-bedroom villas that are carbon neutral, built with locally-sourced materials and…

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31 Jan

2018

SunPower’s new solar shingles are 15% more efficient than conventional photovoltaics

SunPower’s new solar shingles are 15% more efficient than conventional photovoltaics

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

SunPower has achieved a 15 percent efficiency increase in its panels in part by incorporating a novel design: solar shingles. For only $9 in additional costs from adding solar cells, the San Jose-based manufacturer’s P Series solar panels can be structured like shingles, maximizing direct sunlight exposure and raising efficiency. Many of the features incorporated into the P Series solar panels were created by Cogenra, a solar panel producer…

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29 Jan

2018

Retractable solar sails to help power “world’s most eco-friendly cruise ship”

Retractable solar sails to help power “world’s most eco-friendly cruise ship”

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

Peace Boat has been sailing the world since 1983, laboring to build a culture of peace through education – and they just unveiled a new Ecoship that could take to the seas in 2020. A closed-loop water system, whale-inspired hydrodynamic hull, and retractable solar sails are among the features that make this vessel, according to Oliver Design, the “world’s most eco-friendly cruise ship.” Cruise ships aren’t typically known for sustainability.…

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27 Jan

2018

Manta5’s new electric water bike lets you cycle on rivers and lakes

Manta5’s new electric water bike lets you cycle on rivers and lakes

Green Transportation & Logistics | NEW ZEALAND
Published by : Eco Media Asia

Forget about biking on boring old roads. New Zealand-based company Manta5 has created a hydrofoil bike that allows cyclists to glide atop water. Equipped with a battery and a quiet 400-watt electric motor, the Hydrofoiler XE-1 is poised to make a splash in the cycling world.  Guy Howard-Willis glimpsed New Zealand’s coastline and waterways while riding his bike, and he dreamed of cycling right on the water. He met cycling…

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25 Jan

2018

Clever switches use your OCD tendencies to save electricity

Clever switches use your OCD tendencies to save electricity

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

Do you have a habit of forgetting to turn off the lights? Thai designer Pakaporn Teadtulkitikul has a smart solution for those of us with obsessive-compulsive tendencies. Meet the OCD Switch, a clever light switch that takes advantage of our preference for pattern and symmetry to encourage users to turn the lights off and save electricity. When turned on, the switch is visually misaligned with its background, only to be set back in its proper…

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24 Jan

2018

Elevated bamboo peace bridge for the Korean Demilitarized Zone unveiled by Shigeru Ban and Jae-Eun Choi

Elevated bamboo peace bridge for the Korean Demilitarized Zone unveiled by Shigeru Ban and Jae-Eun Choi

Green Building Materials, Construction & Design | KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
Published by : Eco Media Asia

South Korean artist Jae-Eun Choi is teaming up with prolific architect Shigeru Ban to bridge a peaceful relationship between North Korea and South Korea. The artist and architect propose to install a garden-lined bamboo bridge called “Dreaming of Earth” within the Korean DMZ area, which has grown into a unique wildlife sanctuary over the decades of tension between the two countries. The ambitious project includes…

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23 Jan

2018

How the world’s first floating city could restore the environment

How the world’s first floating city could restore the environment

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency | FRENCH POLYNESIA
Published by : Eco Media Asia

The world got a little closer to the first floating city when the Seasteading Institute signed a memorandum of understanding with the French Polynesian government earlier this year. Not only could floating cities offer a sustainable place to live, but they could also potentially help coral reefsrecover and provide a habitat for marine life, according to Joe Quirk, Blue Frontiers co-founder and Seasteading Institute…

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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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