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Technological Ecosystems of the Future - from Joel Barker (JB) and Scott Erickson (SE)
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China's low-carbon electricity on track to be greater than entire U.S. grid in 15 years

China's low-carbon electricity on track to be greater than entire U.S. grid in 15 years | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Things change. Even China is steering in a new direction, and though it'll take it time to get there, it's a necessary move for the planet. SE

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Israeli solar power plant to generate electricity day and night | Green Prophet

Israeli solar power plant to generate electricity day and night | Green Prophet | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Solar energy is a pretty hot topic right now. It’s cheaper, cleaner and more sustainable than traditional energy sources. But the problem has remained of what to do at night. SE

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Huge wind farm will help not harm rare birds, says Supreme Court

Huge wind farm will help not harm rare birds, says Supreme Court | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A new 370MW onshore wind farm, slated to be "the world's most productive", gets the go ahead. A court ruling suggests it will even help rare bird species. SE

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New navigation module to help future freighters act as their own sails

New navigation module to help future freighters act as their own sails | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers the Fraunhofer Institute's Center for Maritime Logistics and Services have developed an algorithm designed to optimize the use of wind power in the hybrid merchant shipping vessel. SE

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WaveNET – the floating, flexible wave energy generator

WaveNET – the floating, flexible wave energy generator | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Scotland's Albatern is putting a modular spin on renewable energy generation. WaveNET is a scalable array of floating Squid generator units that convert wave motion to electricity. SE

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Hybrid Semiconductors might Smash PV Efficiency through the Roof

Hybrid Semiconductors might Smash PV Efficiency through the Roof | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A team at University of Cambridge have harvested so-called ‘dark’ spin-triplet excitons with close to 100% efficiency, a breakthrough achievement which could vastly improve the efficiency of hybrid solar cells that use both organic and inorganic...SE

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Are Solar Panels Facing the Wrong Direction?

Are Solar Panels Facing the Wrong Direction? | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

New study finds that west-facing panels are far superior for cutting peak demand. SE

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Counter intuitive? That's why it took so long to discover. SE

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NASA wants YOU to come up with the best wave energy technology

NASA wants YOU to come up with the best wave energy technology | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

The agency is offering up open source modeling software to scientists, engineers and garage inventors too. SE

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A 14-year-old girl invented a cheap water purifying system that could help millions

A 14-year-old girl invented a cheap water purifying system that could help millions | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

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Deepika Kurup, a 14 year-old girl who was awarded the  $25,000 prize in The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, is living proof of how nurturing talent can help young, bright people go very far. SE

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Solar Wind Energy's Downdraft Tower generates its own wind all year round

Solar Wind Energy's Downdraft Tower generates its own wind all year round | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Maryland-based Solar Wind Energy, Inc. is looking to turn wind power on its head with the Solar Wind Downdraft Tower, which places turbines at the base of a tower and generates its own wind to turn them. SE

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Sunseeker Duo makes first solar-powered passenger flight

Sunseeker Duo makes first solar-powered passenger flight | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Solar Flight has announced that husband and wife team Eric and Irene Raymond have taken to the skies together, making the Duo the first solar-powered airplane passengers. SE

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Following the Solar Brick Road to Clean Energy and Smart Roadways

Following the Solar Brick Road to Clean Energy and Smart Roadways | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Sometimes big ideas come from unexpected places. A proposal to power the entire United States with solar energy, without wires or solar farms, by using solar cells to pave roads and parking lots, is certainly a big idea. SE

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Solar farms can enhance biodiversity and sequester soil carbon too

Solar farms can enhance biodiversity and sequester soil carbon too | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

New research, backed by conservation groups in the UK, suggest solar farms may offer opportunities for a more biodiverse countryside. SE

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Solar energy's space requirements are even less if we consider that the same space can be shared with other uses.  A great dual use is sequestering carbon in the soil while preserving and enhancing biodiversity.

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Construction finishes on two floating mega-solar plants in Japan

Construction finishes on two floating mega-solar plants in Japan | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Construction has been completed on two enormous floating solar power plants located in the Nishihira Pond and Higashihira Pond in Kato City, Japan. SE

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Intricate 3D printed ceramic bricks would cool homes with evaporation

Intricate 3D printed ceramic bricks would cool homes with evaporation | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Based on the age-old idea of evaporative cooling, these digitally fabricated bricks are designed to cool a building without the use of electricity. SE

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Custom 30 Foot House: The (not so) tiny towable home

Custom 30 Foot House: The (not so) tiny towable home | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

For those who like the thought of living in a compact space but don't want to get too cramped, the Custom 30 Foot House by Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses may be of interest. SE

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A new way to harvest solar energy using metal nanoparticles and plasmon resonance

A new way to harvest solar energy using metal nanoparticles and plasmon resonance | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Solar cell technology has improved dramatically over the past couple of year, yet it will be a long time before multi-junction cells – then kind that can reach efficiency well over 40% – will become affordable to small home owners. SE

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Floating off-grid greenhouse can feed two families

Floating off-grid greenhouse can feed two families | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Italian design office Studiomobile has teamed up with the University of Florence's Professor Stefano Mancuso, who is the director of the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology, to produce a prototype floating greenhouse in a bid to improve food security in areas with little arable land. The Jellyfish Barge operates off-grid and produces its own clean water via an onboard system of solar distillation. SE

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Rooftop Solar Panels Are Almost All Facing the Wrong Direction

Rooftop Solar Panels Are Almost All Facing the Wrong Direction | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

If you're thinking that solar panels face south to capture the most sunlight and thus the most energy, then you'd be absolutely correct. Yet, solar experts are saying that rooftop panels should be installed facing west. This surprising turn can be explained by quirks in our electrical grid. SE

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How a 3D-Printed Wind Turbine Could Power Your Gadgets

How a 3D-Printed Wind Turbine Could Power Your Gadgets | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

3D printers are a technology with tons of potential applications, we just have to dream them up. Polish 3D printer manufacturer Omni3D decided to dream big with its wind power project. SE

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Norway's Turning Power Plant Emissions Into Fish Oil

Norway's Turning Power Plant Emissions Into Fish Oil | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

With millions of tons of carbon dioxide billowing into the atmosphere from our power plants, one possible solution to the pollution is carbon capture—sequestering the greenhouse gas before it ever leaves the plant. SE

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Quantum dot breakthrough could lead to cheap spray-on solar cells

Quantum dot breakthrough could lead to cheap spray-on solar cells | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers at the University of Toronto have manufactured and tested a new type of colloidal quantum dots (CQD), that could lead to much cheaper, spray-on solar cells. SE

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Could this little-known biomass generator start an energy revolution?

Could this little-known biomass generator start an energy revolution? | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

It could be the most important portable power plant you've never heard of. It's called the "Power Pallet" and it is essentially a combined biomass refinery and generator that fits on a single pallet and can kick out up to 20 kilowatts of electricity. SE

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China wants 70,000 megawatts of solar by 2017, triple what they currently have

China wants 70,000 megawatts of solar by 2017, triple what they currently have | Five Regions of the Future | Scoop.it

A step in the nice direction for a country that has huge problems with pollution. SE

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