Two years ago, the marine life in the Gulf of Mexico was made to face one of the worst man-made calamities, an oil spill. Caused by a Deepwater Horizon explosion and massive oil spill on the part of BP, one of the world’s biggest oil companies, this leak damaged the ecosystem substantially. The company has finally agreed to pay a $4.5 billion penalty after pleading guilty for the incident.
Power generators have never been powered with urine before. Icky as it may sound, the concept could work as a win-win situation, helping users efficiently put away human waste and generate electricity in a green way. Keeping that in mind, four young whiz-kids, Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Bello Eniola and Faleke Oluwatoyi, all in their early teens, have come up with a one-of-a-kind power generator that works on urine!
There are indeed better ways to put your household waste to rest instead of having it all dumped inside waste bins. The concept of recycling and upcycling waste is quickly catching on. Recently, we came across this eye-catching innovation; a lighting solution to be precise called the Bubble Chandelier. Made completely from post-consumer soda bottles, the Bubble Chandelier is made from 60 two-liter soda bottles and is inspired by the cell-like shape of soap bubbles.
French automaker Renault has come up with a fabulously green way to shelter the cars that roll out of its assembly lines. The company has recently installed a canopy soaked through with solar panels that has been termed as “the world’s largest photovoltaic system in the auto industry”. The canopy generates green energy and also shelters the company’s cars beneath. Six of Renault’s production sites including Douai, Maubeuge, Flins, Batilly, Sandouville and Cléon will make use of these systems covering 40 hectares or 400,000 square meters in all.
The world’s largest wind-farm, the London Array has finally begun generating energy. Located in the Thames Estuary, the project will be worth 630 MW when completed. Currently, just 15 of the total 175 turbines have been installed, with the rest being set up. The remaining turbines are expected to be constructed by the end of this year.
Trust the Chinese to come up with some of the most unconventional ways to baffle and inspire the world. The country has chalked out a 78 million square foot site outside Chengdu in central China. The space will be developed into a one-of-a-kind city that will require no cars! To play home to nearly 80,000 residents, the city will be built from ground up, literally, and is a project by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. Called the “Car-Free City”, this project will significantly decrease the requirement of a car!
Nestled in the South Pacific lies a paradise-on-earth, called Tokelau. In essence a group of islands, this beautiful country has now been crowned as the world’s first nation to go 100% solar-powered! Using a one megawatt array spread across three atolls, Tokelau is capable of powering 1,400 residents’ lives with renewable energy, generating enough power to satisfy 150% of their electricity needs!
When it comes to putting trash to peace in the best possible way, Sweden deserves a standing ovation. The Nordic country has recently stepped into the spotlight with its energy generation program that uses garbage! The program has in fact been so successful, that Sweden has nearly run out of trash to feed this green monster! Currently, only 4% of Sweden’s trash ends up in landfills with the rest being used to generate electricity.
Samsung has been leading the world of technology and has turned into one of the world’s largest consumer electronics giants lately. The Samsung Heavy Industries has now moved towards the greener horizon and has announced plans for an 84-megawatt offshore wind farm. This will be Korea’s first and will be built jointly with Korea Southern Power Co in Jeju Island.
Whoever said you need a plush apartment to satisfy all your residential needs! Designer Michael Jantzen’s latest design beats the traditionally designed home and is in essence a huge transforming house made up of 5 modular sections! Each of these rotate to change the function of the home’s interior, allowing users to mix and match their homes as per their preferences!