TAG: Renewable

Could Renewable Energy Be Cheaper?

Cheaper Renewable Energy

Traditional electricity generation has played an important role in creating the civilization that we call our world today. Electricity continues to be so important for general day to day activity and business such that we cannot imagine living in a world without electricity. It has been proven by numerous studies, however, that the way in which we have been generating power is not sustainable and thus burdensome on the environment and the world’s climate. Fortunately there are sources of renewable energy available to mankind for the generation of power, these include wind, water, biomass, geothermal and solar. Even though these… read more

Building with Nature’s Strong Point

Vietnamese Restaurant is Entirely Built From Bamboo

Bamboo is an essential ingredient for traditional Vietnamese architecture. It grows locally, very flexible and surprisingly, as strong as steel. Bamboos are some of the fastest-growing plants in the world and are of notable economic and cultural significance particularly around Asia, and it is widely used as a as a food source, medicine and textiles, as well as architecture. One breathtaking example, built entirely from the fast-growing grass is a restaurant called Bamboo Wing. Situated in the province of Vinh Phuc, near Hanoi, Vietnam, it showcases the majestic work by Vietnamese bamboo masters Vo Trong Nghia providing a gorgeous place… read more

The CampStove – Portable, Efficient and Smart

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While there exist many solar-feed beacons to provide efficient light and heat whilst indulging in the great outdoors, their productivity is often compromised when you need them most – as the sun sails vastly beneath the horizon and you find yourself shrouded in darkness. The CampStove, created by Biolite, is fueled by biomass, which is easily comprised of common woodland trimmings. These include twigs, wood pellets, and pine-cones. Such sources are abundantly scattered throughout woods and yards, and, as they require no tree chopping or other harmful practices, are considered renewable. Once trimmings are collected, they can be placed in… read more

Soundscrapers Could Turn Noise Pollution into Energy

Soundscraper Concept

Noise is one thing that there’s no shortage of in urban areas, and a new design concept for skyscrapers could enable large buildings to harvest that ambient noise and convert it into clean renewable energy. One entry to the 2013 eVolo Skyscraper Competition suggests that by building Soundscrapers (buildings covered with “electro-active lashes”) near high volume areas such as freeways or railways, urban areas could produce a fair amount of energy just from the vibrations coming from the ambient noises generated there. “The soundscraper takes advantage of city noise pollution by capturing airborne sound and converting it into usable energy…. read more

Acoustic Energy

Acoustic energy waves

While some of us get irritated by the noise, Jeong Ho You finds an innovation from it. Jeong Ho You, a mechanical engineer at the Southern Methodist University, says “Acoustic energy is everywhere”. With tiny resonating chambers, he wants to trap some of acoustic energy and convert it to low-amperage currents which can power small electronic devices. Similar to Ho You, Mark Sheplak, a research fellow at the University of Florida has worked with acoustic energy. In fact he has built an acoustic energy harvester for a NASA jet engine research project. He says “A lot of people wrote it off because there… read more

Solar Power on a Canal

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Gujarat, a State in India known for its medium and small scale industries is becoming a front-runner of clean energy compared to other states and recently a canal-topped solar power plant was inaugurated under its visionary chief minister Narendera Modi. This dual purpose project has grabbed the attention of the internet and other media sources recently making it trending news. This plant can generate 1 MW of power and the beauty is that it doesn’t require any land for solar panels! The entire solar panel is constructed above a 750 meter canal which passes through remote village of chandrasan. The entire cost of the project is… read more

Energy Storage Required

Energy storage

It is very easy to forget about the logistics of energy systems when there is so much drama and conflict surrounding the energy sources, but it is imperative that energy storage is not forgotten when a final renewable energy policy is implemented. Producing a vast amount of energy from renewable sources is excellent, but it is generally accepted that a successful renewable energy policy will produce more energy than the demand calls for, which would require storage and preservation if intentions are to not waste the energy. This is not a new concept, nor is it foreign. Refrigerators solved the… read more

Waste, Water and Waves

OPT's Power Buoy

As a result of the delay and unwillingness of the government to fund projects and studies related to future renewable energy technology, many have taken matters into their own hands. Granted, in some way or another, the government has had a role in the processes, but the primary force at work is an individual or group of individuals. As usual, these projects have taken time to come to fruition, but the team members have been committed and ultimately discovered possible components to a powerful renewable energy system in the United States. In Portland, Oregon, Ocean Powered Technologies (OPT), a New… read more

The Billion Dollar Islands

The Seasteading Institute's island dream

In the waters off the San Franciscan coast in the U.S., a chain of artificial islands are quietly being designed, with plans for their construction occurring sometime in the near future. These elaborate sanctuaries are the brainchild of Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel (famous for his early funding of Facebook), and have received monetary support from like-minded individuals such as Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, and other notable and affluent figures worldwide. A company called The Seasteading Institute has backed the construction of these islands. The idea was first presented to Peter Thiel by former Google engineer Patri Friedman, a leader… read more

Prompt Action Required

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Environmental policy, like many other areas of legislation, is not exempt from the slow-moving nature of the American government. As a result, it is difficult to convey the need for prompt action, especially in the case of progressive environmental legislation. However, America is in a situation which demands immediate action. Former Governor Mitt Romney presented his energy plan last week in Hobbs, New Mexico, and called for a boost in oil exploration along the East coast. In addition, he would reverse the suspension of oil drilling off of the coast of Virginia, which was handed down by President Obama following… read more