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    Dubai international airport now has the largest solar energy system

    Dubai Airports and Etihad Energy Services today announced the successful installation of a solar energy system comprising 15,000 photovoltaic panels at Dubai International’s Terminal 2 – the largest at any airport in the region. With a capacity of 5MWp, the solar project will generate 7,483,500 kWh energy annually for Dubai Airports, resulting in savings worth AED3.3 million. 

    The project will reduce existing Terminal 2 load by approximately 29 percent, while also slashing annual CO2 emissions by 3,243 metric tonnes, which is equivalent to 53,617 tree seedlings grown for 10 years or 688 passenger vehicles driven for one year.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on July 16, 2019
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    The 4 Greenest Cars to Buy This Year

    With rising concerns on the use of plastic and the burning of fossil fuels resulting in climate change, many drivers across the globe are investing in environmentally friendly cars. Back in the late 1990s, Toyota released the first mass-produced hybrid car, the Toyota Prius. Since then, almost every big-name car manufacturer has one line of hybrid or electric cars to choose from. As technology continues to develop, new innovations are being made to make electric and hybrid cars the norm. If you want to take action and make our world a little greener, take a look at four of the greenest cars available today.

    1. 2019 Toyota Prius 

    Being the first mass-produced hybrid car, it’s only right to keep the Toyota Prius on our list. The 2019 Toyota Prius Prime continues to make driving greener with a 640-mile total range with 54 miles per gallon. With high fuel efficiency and tax incentives, getting into this car is cheaper than ever. You can even get available electronic all-wheel-drive with 50 miles per gallon—the highest mpg of any vehicle that has electronic AWD. Other specs include:

    • – Driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System
    • – Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) Pre-Collision System
    • – Backup Camera Display
    • – Engine immobilizer
    • – 1.8-Liter, 4-cylinder Aluminum DOHC 16-Valve with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i)

    If you want to make your car even greener, you can take some matters in your own hands. Keep a tire pressure gauge in your glove compartment as under-inflated tires make your engine work harder and burn more fuel. You should also remove any unnecessary weight, such as heavy luggage, as more weight also requires your engine to work harder. Finally, schedule regular maintenance tune-ups with oil changes, which is around once every twelve months for most Prius models. 

    2. Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e 4MATIC SUV

    If you’re looking for a luxury hybrid car that blends performance with innovative green technology, the Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e 4MATIC SUV is the way to go. This Mercedes can not only rush from 0 to 60 in 6.2 seconds, but it can also return to 56 miles per gallon. With its EQ Power gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain and 2.0L inline-4 turbo engine, this GLC is a force to be reckoned with. 

    Before taking the plunge and investing in a car like this, you can always schedule a test drive at a Mercedes dealership near Houston or a dealership near Bangor, to see if this is the green car for you. No matter where you live, see why these features are worth investing in:

    • – Mercedes in-car WiFi
    • – Active Distance Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist
    • – Smartphone integration
    • – Active LED headlamps
    • – Active Parking Assist
    • – COMAND navigation with 8.4-inch screen

    Having a luxury car doesn’t mean you can’t be environmentally conscious. Mercedes-Benz and other luxury car brand manufacturers are stepping up to the plate and creating cars with intuitive technology to make our world a little bit greener. 

    3. Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

    With a clean aerodynamic shape and advanced technology, the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is another top contender for the greenest car this year. With 58 MPG combined, and 57 city and 59 highway MPG, you can certainly go the distance in this sleek hybrid. Or, you can opt for the Ioniq electric, so you never have to stop for gas again. And, the Ionic plug-in hybrid blends the best of both worlds with a mile range up to 630 miles with EV/gas combined. Take a look at what else the Hyundai Ioniq has up its sleeve:

    • – Available Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
    • – Available Lane Keep Assist
    • – Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
    • – Wireless device charging
    • – Proximity key
    • – Available Integrated Memory System

    Dubbed as the most fuel-efficient car in America, the Hyundai Ioniq has made a name for itself in the world of environmentally friendly vehicles. Not only does this car save the planet, but it also saves you money with less spent on gas.

    4. BMW i3

    Another luxury brand that’s making waves in the eco-friendly car industry. Electrify inspiration in this fashionable sedan anywhere you go with its 153-mile range. Running only on electricity, the BMW i3 can get you from the border of Mexico up to LA without paying a cent on gas (even with traffic!). This revolutionary BMW can fully charge in under 6 hours so you can get from point A to point B in no time. Here’s what else this green sedan offers:

    • – Eucalyptus wood and olive leaf tanned leather are some natural interior design options
    • – Easy to charge at home or at public stations
    • – Receive federal and state tax incentives
    • – Automatic climate control
    • – Comfort Access keyless entry
    • – On-board computer with Check Control
    • – Bluetooth wireless technology

    With over 58,000 charging stations nationwide, be prepared to see more of these BMW i3 sedans driving around town. You’ll also have peace of mind knowing you’ll never run out of power with convenient charging stations nearby, anywhere you go.

    Wrapping Up

    2019 has been the year of change, and it’s not over yet. With both standard car manufacturers and luxury car brands tapping into the eco-friendly car market, you can expect to see a difference on our planet in years to come. These four green cars only tap the surface of the dozens of car brands and models who make eco-friendly cars. When looking for one of your own, find one that matches your lifestyle and personality, and we thank you for being conscious about keeping our world clean.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on July 13, 2019
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    Solar Powered Cylindrical Flower Bed Automatically Waters Plants in Japan

    Katsushika Ward in Tokyo, Panasonic and Katsushika Full-of-flowers Urban Development Promotion Council have concluded an agreement on technical cooperation concerning the “Flower Merry-Go-Round” three-dimensional (3D) flower bed, which automatically waters followers by using solar electricity. The Flower Merry-Go-Round is a cylindrical 3D flower bed and is equipped with an automatic sprinkler that powers a pump with solar electricity. This technology enables to maintain and manage a flower bed at low costs. The flower bed has a 12W solar panel on its top and a programmable timer for adjusting the watering time in accordance with season and plant. The capacity of the water tank is 200L. The flower bed is developed mainly by Katsushika Full-of-flowers Urban Development Promotion Council along with local companies,

    For the flower bed, 104 flower pots (13 rows x 8) can be installed, and sunlight can be evenly applied by turning the flower pots by hand (they can be turned by 360°). The height and diameter of the pot are 1,880 and 900mm, respectively. Panasonic’s mist generator will be used to the Flower Merry-Go-Round as a cooling measure so that people can stay in public spaces with comfort in summer. The power supply of the mist generator is not powered from the solar panel of the Flower Merry-Go-Round. Katsushika Ward aims to install the flower bed at the sites of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic/Paralympic Games.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on June 14, 2019
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    South Korean researchers develop a simple and efficient process to make clean energy from carbon dioxide

    A group of South Korean researchers on Tuesday said they have developed a simple and efficient process to make clean energy from carbon dioxide (CO2), which is cited as a major cause of global warming.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on June 4, 2019
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    Nissan x OPUS Concept Camper uses Second-life EV Batteries to Power ‘off-grid’ Adventures

    Nissan Energy and OPUS Campers have collaborated on a smart camping concept that uses second-life Nissan electric vehicle batteries to deliver up to a week’s worth of remote power for “off-grid” adventures. The Nissan x OPUS concept integrates the recently unveiled Nissan Energy ROAM, a portable, all-in-one, weatherproof power pack harnessing Nissan’s EV battery technology for convenient, emission-free and silent power on the go.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on February 20, 2019
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    In less than three years, India sees three-fold rise in solar power generation capacity, currently at 10,000+ megawatts

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    In 2014, India’s solar power generation capacity was 3,000 megawatts (MW). In less than three years, this figure has risen three-fold and India now boasts of an installed capacity to churn out 10,000 MW of solar energy.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on March 14, 2017
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    Ingenious Indian duo creates powerful home wind turbine to end ‘energy poverty’

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    Two ingenious Indian brothers, Arun and Anoop George, decided to ditch conventionality and embrace atypicality – On a micro level to power homes with sustainable energy, and on a macro level to achieve their goal of eliminating ‘energy poverty’. Goodbye rooftop solar panels, hello wind power! In their start-up called Avant Garde Innovations, these two brothers have begun working on leveraging wind energy to generate power, resulting in the development of a ceiling-fan-sized, residential wind turbine that they aim to launch in the second quarter of 2017. The turbine is expected to be priced at approximately USD 750.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on March 10, 2017
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    7,000 Indian railway stations soon to be powered by the sun

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    Subject to implementation of the plans announced in India’s 2017 Union Budget, pretty much all railway stations in the country will soon be powered by solar.

    In the Union Budget speech made on February 01, 2017 by India’s Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, it was announced that the 7,000 railway stations will run on solar power very soon, across India. This is in line with the Indian Railways’ mission to implement solar power capacity to the tune of 1,000 megawatts (MW).

    Posted in Alternative Energy on February 23, 2017
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    New breakthrough in clean energy – A hummingbird-inspired flapping wind turbine

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    In Tyer Wind’s opinion, scientists’ ability to precisely apply human and animal movement understanding to the working of machines has not met with much success so far. Ordinary and not so effective turbines have therefore dotted the wind energy sector. By leveraging his self-pioneered 3D Aouinian kinematics, Anis Aouini therefore decided to disrupt and revolutionize that space with a unique wind turbine, modeled on articulations of the hummingbird, a bird that exhibits ‘sustained hovering’. The final outcome is an impressive new breakthrough – an ingenious flapping wind turbine from Tunisia.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on January 25, 2017
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    World’s first solar panel road officially opened in France’s Normandy village, as part of clean energy trial

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    One kilometer and 2,800 square meters of solar panels in French village Tourouvre-au-Perche was officially inaugurated by Ségolène Royal, France’s Minister of Ecology, on December 22, 2016. Marking the launch of the world’s first solar panel road, this is also part of France’s ultimate aim to cover 1,000 kilometers of roadways with solar panels. Royal stated that she’d like to see solar panels installed on one in every 1,000 km of French highways.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on January 6, 2017
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