TAG: Biosphere

This Glass Sphere Might Replace Solar Panels

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Solar panels are efficient at converting light from the sun into energy, but are extremely inefficient on cloudy days, as well as being unable to follow the rotation of the sun. Since sun-tracking solar panels are expensive, a new solution must be created. In comes the Rawlemon Spherical Solar Energy Generator. Check it: Glass isn’t cheap, but it’s more affordable than the aforementioned solar technology. The sphere is also aesthetically pleasing, which will encourage more people to join the green movement. What do you think? Bright idea, or a waste of time and money?

The Biosphere Project

Biosphere 2 - University of Arizona

In Santa Catalina, Arizona, the largest eco-research system on Earth rests near the mountains just north of Tucson. It’s called ‘Biosphere 2’, and its goal is to educate the public on the importance of conserving Earth’s ecosystem through smarter living and researching climate change. Built in 1986 by Space Biospheres Ventures, and now owned and maintained by the University of Arizona, Biosphere 2 is roughly the size of two and a half football fields, and is elevated 4,000ft above sea level. The glass facility has several biomes, each one unique to different Earth terrains. There’s a 1,900m rainforest, an 850m… read more