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    Kyocera TCL Solar Completes Third Floating Solar Power Plant in Hyogo Prefecture

    Kyocera_Solar_Japan_2015Kyocera TCL Solar has completed construction of its third floating mega-solar power plant in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Kyocera and Century Tokyo Leasing jointly established Kyocera TCL Solar LLC in August 2012 for the purpose of constructing and operating multiple solar power plants in Japan. Due to the rapid implementation of solar power, securing tracts of land suitable for utility-scale plants is becoming increasingly difficult in Japan. In order to utilize Japan’s abundant water surfaces, Kyocera TCL Solar began installing floating solar power generation systems last year.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on June 1, 2015
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    500 solar-powered street food carts to make NYC greener

    MOVE-system-solar_mobile-food-cart_NYMOVE Systems is a start-up in NYC that has joined hands with the NYC City Council to change the way we look at food carts. Being among the busiest cities in the world means a lot of people who do not have the time to nestle down in a restaurant for a snack. Food carts are among the most popular eateries across the Big Apple. MOVE is committed to provide 500 new energy-efficient food carts to street food vendors around the city. Called the MRV100, the hybrid cart is equipped with solar power, offers rechargeable batteries, plug-in hybrid technology and alternative fuel hookups. This will help do away with the propane tanks that are currently used, which are neither safe nor environment-friendly. The carts proposed by MOVE are said to reduce climate change-causing gases by 60% and smog-causing NOx pollution by 95%. A little number crunching and we can deduce that this is equivalent to cancelling the pollution from 200 propane-fuelled carts!

    Posted in Alternative Energy on May 20, 2015
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    Vancouver pledges to use 100% renewable energy

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    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.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on April 22, 2015
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    California is the first state to get 5% of its power from the sun

    californiaIt’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!

    Posted in Alternative Energy on March 31, 2015
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    CloudSolar enables people to own and monitor solar panels set up remotely

    cloudsolarWhile 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!

    Posted in Alternative Energy on March 31, 2015
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    Maya Pedal project repurposes old bicycles to create water pumps and more

    maya-pedal-1Like 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!

    Posted in Alternative Energy on March 31, 2015
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    French law requires all new commercial buildings to have green roofs or solar panels

    france-italy-green-roof-solar-panels-2In an effort to increase its energy-efficiency quotient, France has just passed a law that requires every new building constructed in a commercial area to either sport solar panels or a green roof! A move like this will help the nation boost its solar energy production, while decreasing its complete reliance on polluting energy sources. France has been left behind in green energy generation and this law will also help change skylines and make the country environment friendly!

    Posted in Alternative Energy on March 26, 2015
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    Carnegie Perth Wave Energy Project will generate electricity and fresh water in Perth

    perths-carnegie-wave-energy-project-1There’s an ocean full of opportunities out there, literally, and the Carnegie Perth Wave Energy Project in Perth is looking to make the best use of it all! Just off the coast of Perth in Western Australia, CETO technologies will generate energy from the swell and convert it into usable electricity. At the same time, the project will also generate desalinated water, fit for human use. Three submerged 240-kilowatt buoys will be hooked onto the seabed with hydraulic water pumps. As the system bobs up and down with the waves, pressurized water is pushed through power turbines, generating electricity.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on March 24, 2015
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    Goodyear unveils a tire capable of generating electricity for EVs

    Goodyear-Energy-Generating-Tire-1One of the very few stressful situations that electric vehicle owners face today is range anxiety. People looking to invest in EVs or currently owning one do spend hours of time imagining what it’d be like to be stranded on a lonely highway, far away from an EV charging station. A few unlucky souls have faced nightmarish situations like these in the past too. However, Goodyear is looking to change this scenario and has shown-off a new heat-gathering, electricity-generating tire concept at the 2015 Geneva International Auto Show!

    Posted in Alternative Energy on March 16, 2015
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    Beautiful wind turbines from the future will double up as homes

    dutch-windwheel-conceptual-design-11The future is bound to be sustainable and for that, we’ve got to make moves in the present. That’s just what the Dutch Windwheel Corporation has drawn up. In an attempt to visualize the future of Rotterdam, the institution has crafted a beautiful mashup between a wind turbine and a dwelling space. It’s made of steel and glass and is decked with three inset circles, built to perform different functions. The outer ring rotates to treat visitors to spectacular landscapes, the middle one hosts 72 stationary apartments for residents within the building while the inner circle is the actual wind turbine. The ingenious waste management system ensures that the waste produced by residents is converted to biogas while the rainwater harvesting and recycling processes will keep everyone well hydrated.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on February 27, 2015
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