Renewable energy is indeed a fantastic way to reduce carbon emissions, generate energy and add a dash of green to an electricity grid, and the state of Iowa has just proven all of this! Environment Iowa released its most recent report based on the benefits of wind energy use in the state and the numbers these sheets of paper have thrown up are encouraging to say the least. Using wind energy, the state has avoided a whopping 8.4 million metric tons of climate-altering pollution, which is nearly as much as pulling 1.7 million cars of the street.
Energy cannot be created nor destroyed, but it sure as hell can be used over and over again! The Islington Council, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, UK Power Networks and Transport for London has joined hands to reuse and recycle waste energy to power homes in London. The project will harvest waste heat energy from the London Underground and an electrical substation for use in homes! To be run through the Islington Council Bunhill Heat and Power heat network, the project will use heat expelled from a a London Underground ventilation shaft and the other from a sub-station owned and operated by UK Power Networks.
There is no thinking twice indeed that the hospitality industry is moving towards the greener side of affairs and leading the way is the Hilton Worldwide organization. The hospitality company has managed to reduce its energy use by a whopping 12.2 percent and carbon output by 12.8 percent since the year 2009! This has resulted in the company saving nearly a quarter of a billion dollars from energy efficiency projects over the past 4 years, an amount that’s simply not ignorable!
Well, if you don’t have an iPhone, or to be more precise, if a broken iPhone is what you’ve got, you’ve also got the raw material for some pretty pieces of artwork! Gadgets like the iPhone do meet their end sooner or later by way of accident and instead of mourning the demise of old iPhones, repair company, Twice Used, is using broken iPhone components to create fabulous furniture pieces and art! Using throw-away parts including broken shells, screens and the like, Twice Used has come up with a range of awe-striking creations.
American electric carmaker Tesla Motors, has finally stepped onto British soil! The company opened its first outlet in the UK in the Westfield Shopping Centre in London’s White City. The showroom will sell left hand drive versions of the Model S at this showroom, while a right hand drive version of the car will only be made available after March 2014. The car will come with a pricetag of £49,000, after the £5,000 government grant and we think this will indeed attract quite a few takers in the United Kingdom.
The jolly folks at Volvo have managed to stun the world with some jaw-dropping innovations quite often before and has done so again with this fantastic pavilion we spotted recently. Created by Los Angeles-based Synthesis Design + Architecture, this tensile pavilion sports solar panels and is foldable too! Once deployed, the pavilion’s solar panels soak in energy from the sun and use this to charge the car beneath, in this case being the new electric hybrid Volvo V60. The pavilion can then be folded completely and fitted inside trunk of the car!
Smoking cigarettes destroys your lungs, but that isn’t all the damage these death-sticks do. Cigarette butts are known to choke drains and pollute the environment, given the fact that they take particularly long to blend back into nature. The City of Vancouver decided to give the environment some relief from these destructive cigarette butts and came up with the first recycling program to put to rest these remnants of human vices. Cigarette Waste Brigade pilot project kicked-off with the installation of 110 recycling receptacles.
German auto-manufacturing giant Volkswagen has finally given its lovable hatchback, the Golf, an electric overhaul. The company has announced the all electric version of the Golf and will show off the car at the LA Auto Show. The 2015 e-Golf chucks away the gas and diesel engines and uses an electric motor instead. The motor manages to churn out about 115 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. Powered by a 24.2-kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack, the e-Golf takes 10.4 seconds to touch the 60mph mark, good enough for an urban electric ride.
Social networking is a great way to stay connected with people you wouldn’t want to regularly pick up a phone and call but let’s face it; these activities do cast a blotch of carbon on the environment. Keeping this in mind, the world’s largest social network today, Facebook, has decided to take a green jump. The company has decided to have an entire data center powered by wind energy. Located in Altoona, Iowa, the data center will be 100% powered by wind energy from a nearby windfarm project.
The United Kingdom seems to have fallen head-over-heels and completely in love with electric cars and government figures prove just that! The sale of EVs in UK has taken a 25% leap and is currently at a record high! According to a government report, new registrations under the government’s £5,000 grant scheme touched 1,149, the highest recorded number since the initiation of the scheme in January 2011. This news does re-enlighten our hope for a greener future where people around the world will step away from environment-killing fossil fuels and settle for much greener and less carbon-emitting options, like EVs!