Switching over to renewable energy is perhaps the only way to preserve fossil fuel reserves and keep the environment cleaner. Adding a dash of green to its surroundings, Vancouver, Canada, has now committed to a future powered by 100% renewable energy. The announcement was formally made by the city authorities at the ICLEI World Conference 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. The city is now one amongst more than 50 around the world that have made this pledge for a greener tomorrow.
Disposing off a used battery isn’t child’s play and these little devices that power up small gadgets are known to be extremely polluting. Apparently, a single battery can pollute more than 20 square meters of the ground around it. This is also why there is an urgent need to recycle batteries as often as possible. To encourage this, Volkswagen and DDB Russia came up with a solution, as part of the Think Blue campaign. Together, the agency and the automobile manufacturer developed a vending machine that only accepts batteries as currency!
Being a technology giant and keeping the environment intact at the same time isn’t an easy task. However, Apple is doing all it can to preserve nature and do minimal harm to planet earth! To begin with, the company has partnered with The Conservation Fund to purchase about 36,000 acres of private forestland. This land is located in Maine and North Carolina. The area will be sustained and harvested for packaging products in the future!
Facebook wants the world to signup, like, comment and share, and in order to do so, the company has stumbled across a way to “take the internet” to remote areas. Facebook will use solar-powered drones to “beam internet to devices on-ground”. This will enable people who aren’t connected to the grid to go online!
Electricity will fuel the world in the future, reducing our dependence on fossil fuels substantially. One of the biggest catalysts of this change, besides all the electric cars that have been taking to the streets lately, is the Gogoro Smartscooter. With a range of 60 miles on a full belly of electricity, the Smartscooter can have its drained battery swapped for a fresh one Gogoro Energy Network “Go Station, instead of being plugged into a wall socket.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the beginning of development in Cancun, architect and designer Richard Moreta Castillo has announced a breathtaking offshore platform for 2020. Called the Grand Cancun eco-complex, this offshore platform will pack luxury amenities like underwater dining, shopping facilities and much more. But the sheer size of the project and the luxuries it comes packed with isn’t what makes it attention-worthy. This structure is green too!
It’s always sunny in California. This is probably the biggest reason why the state is the first to get 5% of its power from the sun! According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, California is now the forerunner in solar energy by producing a whopping 9.9 million megawatt hours of energy in 2014. Also, let’s not forget the fact that the report takes into account only “utility-scale” energy production. This means by including the amount of energy generated by the solar panels installed privately by residents, California will have generated much more than the aforementioned figures!
The sun has tons of uses humankind still hasn’t made the best use of, and this solar oven set up in Parkent, Uzbekistan, is one of the many solar applications that’s receiving attention from around the globe. Constructed to resemble an Aztec temple, this solar furnace is capable of producing temperatures hot enough to heat metal. The curved surface of the furnace’s mirrors measure 175 feet up and across. These direct a beam with a four foot diameter.
While installing a solar panel at home and using the sun’s juice to power up your television might sound like a great idea, the task of setting up a system like this isn’t always as simple. Often, people interested in solar energy are faced with hurdles like angled roofs and improperly structured terraces that are a hostile environment for solar panels. To make things easier, a Boston-based startup called CloudSolar has come up with a solution!
Like every good thing that comes to an end, bicycles too have a lifespan, post which, they’re meant to be scrapped. However, there’s a greener and more environment friendly way to put to rest your old bicycle. Guatemalan NGO Maya Pedal has come up with an innovative way to turn old bicycles into useful contraptions. The NGO transforms old retired bicycles into pedal-powered machines. These include functional water pumps, blenders and tile makers too!