• Category Archives: Awareness and Hype

    Greenpeace Organization activists spread anti-coal message in Chicago

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    The Greenpeace Organization has been around for a while now and has sure learned their ways around spreading green messages to the masses. Environment conservation activists who’ve been putting every effort into saving the planet earth from an ecological breakdown, the guys at Greenpeace split up into two groups to bring some green to the city of Chicago. One group scaled a 450 foot coal plant and dropped down a banner from the top of a bridge in an attempt to stop a coal-filled barge from sailing. In the second event, a group of Greenpeace activists emblazoned a smokestack with the words “Quit Coal”.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on May 27, 2011
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    Google uses sea water to cool down Finnish data center


    A few years ago, Google pulled out a fat wad of cash to purchase a Finnish paper mill, which now, plays home to a state-of-the-art data center. What makes this one different is the way it keeps cool and calm. The search engine giant is making use of sea water to cool this data center down, using a quarter-mile of seawater tunnels, previously used by the paper mill. The challenge faced however is corrosion issues. Sea-water is known to corrode just about every metal it lays its hands on. Currently, Google is busy working on ways to desalinize the water as much as needed and at the same time reduce the impact caused by this data center on the surroundings.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on May 25, 2011
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    Coal power station in Tarong, Australia, to smoke less

    microalgae_1.jpeg The coal power station in Tarong, Australia, is all set to cut down on the pollution it emits using an algae system from OriginOil. The plant by Australian firm MBD Energy will hook on to a system that will capture flue-gas emitted from the coal-fired power station with the help of a bio-based carbon capture storage device. Using the captured Co2, the micro-algae reproduce more algae biomass which can then be put to use for fuel and plastic manufacturing. Currently, the system will be used on a test basis at the one hectare site and if it does manage to prove its worth, MBD Energy will hook it on to a larger 80 hector site in future.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on May 25, 2011
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    Japan plans a Solar Powered nation by 2030

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    Although Mother Nature hasn’t been kind to them, Japan knows what good credit and a nuclear free eco-system can bring. In a continuing effort to cut down their carbon footprints further, Japan is soon going to begin a “universal solar panel initiative” for all their structures in the tine frame of 20 years.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on May 24, 2011
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    Greenest town in UK, Wadebridge in Cornwall aims for 7MW solar generation by 2015

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    Wadebridge, Cornwall, is now a stride closer to achieving its goal of being the first solar powered town in the UK. Solar panels are slowly spreading across the Wadebridge area. Currently, 10 solar systems have already been installed and the town aims to have 1MW of solar generation capacity installed by 2012 and 7MW by the year 2015! A non-profit organization, the Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (WREN), is busy setting up solar panels on the roofs of homes, collecting a feed-in tariff for the same, which will then be used for the community fund.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on May 20, 2011
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    PepsiCo introduces five fully recyclable and compostable cups

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    With garbage piles forever increasing, companies around the globe are looking for greener alternatives to their products. We’ve had green cups come by from Starbucks before. PepsiCo, in yet another green initiative, has five recyclable and compostable cups on offer for food service customers in the U.S. The cups are ideal for restaurant, theme park, stadium and college use, while selecting the type of cup depends completely on the type of local recycling and composting disposal facilities. The green cups come with fully recyclable clear plastic caps too.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on May 18, 2011
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    Largest toy distribution facility in United States soaks in solar energy

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    Toys and electronic retailer, Toys ‘R’ Us has decided to quit playing around with the usually-polluting forms of energy, opting to go green instead with solar panels on the roof of its facility in Flanders. Located in suburban Flanders, New Jersey, the firm plans to cover up about 70% of its entire facility roof with solar panels in the near future. The project will generate around 5.38-megawatts of clean and green energy from the sun and will be one of the largest rooftop solar installations in the whole of Northern America. With the roof spanning across 32 acres, 20 acres (869,294 square feet) of the roof will be covered with solar panels.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on May 12, 2011
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    Florida Avenue Baptist Church hooks on to solar energy for renewable juice

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    Spirituality requires a touch of eco-friendliness too. A Baptist congregation in Washington thinks prays to be best answered when powered by solar energy. The Florida Avenue Baptist Church recently hooked on a bunch of solar panels on the roof of the church to soak in the sun’s and power up using solar energy. The 10-kilowatt uses 44 solar panels arranged on the church’s flat roof put into place by Washington-based Volt Energy. That’s not all. Pastor Earl Trent Jr. also went ahead to state that the church has set up its own Green Ministry to help encourage and educate the people at large in regards to renewable energy, energy efficiency, electric vehicles and sustainable agriculture.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on May 10, 2011
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    Starwood hotel giant to recycle soap and distribute world-wide with the Clean the World campaign

    Starwood- Hotels-&-Resorts-1.jpg Very soon, Starwood Hotels and Resorts will stop tossing out all the used soaps and bottles from guestrooms, instead having them recycled and distributed worldwide in an attempt to spread global hygiene, as part of the Clean the World initiative. The hospitality firm will recycle the soap and bottles from as many as 500 Starwood hotels in North America, recycling an estimated 1.6 million pounds of hotel soap annually. This will then be distributed across the world to keep away hygiene-related diseases in countries like Haiti, Japan, Zimbabwe, Uganda, India, Honduras, Mexico and Albania.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on May 2, 2011
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    Data centers go greener by the day, thriving on renewable energy instead

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    Data centers are known energy hogs. These plug into the grid and suck in a load of energy, to keep the internet up and running. Lately however, we’ve seen a rise in green-energy powered data centers that power up using renewable energy sources instead of simply plugging into the grid. And powering a data center with solar energy or wind energy isn’t a piece of cake either! It takes a load of solar panels to soak in the sun to keep these energy-hungry monsters alive. Take the DataScan Technologies data center for example. This one uses the second-largest solar array in Georgia that generates about 285,500 kWh hours of electricity annually. Plugging into solar energy has helped this data center save carbon emissions by 205 metric tons!

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on May 2, 2011
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