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Smart Solar

Japan Floats New Nuclear Alternative Two companies in Japan have announced they will begin building two huge solar power islands that will float on reservoirs, following the inception of the Kagoshima floating solar plant as the country’s largest, which opened in late 2013 just off the country’s southern coast. The new direction comes as Japan looks to move on from ... Read More »

Planet Power

Scientists May Harvest Energy from Earth’s Infrared Emissions Physicists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) are developing a device described in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that would harvest energy from Earth’s infrared emissions into outer space. The power is modest, but tangible. Steven J. Byrnes, a postdoctoral fellow at SEAS, points out, “The ... Read More »

Eco-India

Strides Promised in Environmental Protection Following the lead of Jadav “Molai” Payeng, an Indian man who singlehandedly planted 1,360 acres of forest, India’s Rural Development Ministry will plant 2 billion trees along the nation’s 62,137 miles of highways to combat rural poverty and youth unemployment and improve the environment, which suffers from severe air pollution. According to the World Health ... Read More »

Shark Snooping

Sea-Surfing Robot Tracks Marine Life An unmanned, solar-powered Wave Glider robot has been deployed off the U.S. coast near San Francisco as part of an arsenal of ocean-observing technologies revealing in real time the mysterious journeys of great white sharks and other marine creatures. A new network that also includes data receivers on fixed buoys picks up signals from acoustic ... Read More »

Energy’s Sunny Future

New Technology Enables Solar Power to Go Global by Linda Sechrist “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” ~ Thomas Alva Edison in 1931 Energy Engine Humankind has sought for centuries to harness the Sun ... Read More »

Clever Collaborations

Renewables Gain Ground Worldwide Excess heat from London subway tunnels and an electric substation will soon be funneled into British homes, slashing energy costs and lowering pollution, according to the Islington Council. Germany’s renewable energy industry has broken a solar power record, prompting utility company RWE to close fossil fuel power plants that are no longer competitive. RWE says 3.1 ... Read More »

Doable Renewables

Engineers Detail a Clean Energy Future Stanford University researchers, led by civil engineer Mark Jacobson, have developed detailed plans for each U.S. state to attain 100 percent wind, water and solar power by 2050 using currently available technology. The plan, presented at the 2014 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference in Chicago, also forms the basis for ... Read More »

Homeport

Building Affordable, Sustainable Housing by Susan Post Homeport’s mission is to create and preserve healthy, stable and affordable communities throughout Central Ohio. Homeport not only builds the sustainable housing to make this mission a reality, but provides the educational resources to build thriving communities as well. “We are an education provider – we are truly committed to holistic health and ... Read More »

Musician with a Cause

Jack Johnson Plans Shows with the Planet in Mind by Meredith Montgomery Singer-songwriter Jack Johnson’s touring concerts have almost always doubled as fundraisers for local environmental nonprofits. “Early on, we recognized that we could not only fill a room, but also raise funds and awareness for nonprofit groups we believe in,” says Johnson. Then, as he started playing larger venues, ... Read More »

Sun Stove

Solar Grill Uses No Fossil Fuel David Wilson, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has invented a “baby barbecue” requiring no firewood, coal, gas or electricity to operate. The futuristic-looking, solar-driven contraption is suited for grilling, cooking or heating food, and can also be a space heater. The energy stored from a single day in the sun can ... Read More »

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