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Space Based Solar Power: Infographic

Space Based Solar Power: Infographic | green infographics | Scoop.it

What is space-based solar power? How does space-based solar power work? What are the benefits of using space-based solar power?

Find out this and more in this infographic from Energy.gov.

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Infographic: NRDC's Green Electronics Holiday Shopping Guide 2013

Infographic: NRDC's Green Electronics Holiday Shopping Guide 2013 | green infographics | Scoop.it

While shopping for the latest electronics device this holiday season, you can make sure it’s a gift that keeps on giving -- when it comes to energy (and dollar) savings and the environment – by following NRDC’s Green Electronics Holiday Guide.


The typical U.S. household already contains about 25 gadgets that consume 10 to 15 percent of your annual electricity bill. So choosing the most efficient models can substantially reduce home energy costs. The impact can be national, too, in lowering energy bills by several billion dollars per year while preventing the release of millions of tons of carbon dioxide, the main pollutant responsible for climate change, from the power plants that run these devices.

Learn more at the article link.

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The States And Cities That Lead (And Lag) In The Clean-Tech Economy

The States And Cities That Lead (And Lag) In The Clean-Tech Economy | green infographics | Scoop.it

When it comes to clean tech, America could do with some Californication. The state is beating everywhere else hands down, from public policy and capital invested to adoption of electric vehicles and smart meters.


A new ranking of clean-tech leadership from research firm Clean Edge gives the Golden State a score of 91.7 out of 100. The next highest ranked state, Massachusetts, comes in with a score of 77.8. Clean Edge’s state scores combine 70 indicators, while the metro scores look at 20 factors, including things like green buildings and levels of clean electricity.


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"A new ranking of clean-tech leadership from research firm Clean Edge gives the Golden State a score of 91.7 out of 100. The next highest ranked state, Massachusetts, comes in with a score of 77.8. Clean Edge’s state scores combine 70 indicators, while the metro scores look at 20 factors, including things like green buildings and levels of clean electricity."

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America’s E-Waste Problem – Infographic

America’s E-Waste Problem – Infographic | green infographics | Scoop.it

'Following up on an e-Waste post from awhile back, we thought we would put together an infographic about the state of e-Waste in the U.S.  It is a challenging problem for businesses and individuals everywhere, and the issue is much bigger than you may have thought...'


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Hein Holthuizen's comment, April 20, 2013 3:24 AM
thanks for this info
Lance LeTellier's comment, April 24, 2013 3:34 PM
Also, when recycling e-Waste, make sure it is processed in US rather than shipped to third-world countries where it likely sits for years in huge piles where the exposure to the environment causes toxic runoff.
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Smart Highways by Studio Roosegaarde

Smart Highways by Studio Roosegaarde | green infographics | Scoop.it

Glow-in-the-dark roads and responsive street lamps were among the concepts to make highways safer while saving money and energy at the Design Indaba conference in Cape Town earlier this month.


The Smart Highways project by Studio Roosegaarde proposes five energy-efficient concepts that will be tested on a stretch of highway in the Brabant province of the Netherlands from the middle of this year.

The first of the concepts is a glow-in-the-dark road that uses photo-luminescent paint to mark out traffic lanes. The paint absorbs energy from sunlight during the day the lights the road at night for up to 10 hours. Temperature-responsive road paint would show images of snowflakes when the temperature drops below zero, warning drivers to take care on icy roads.

There are two ideas for roadside lighting: interactive street lamps that come on as vehicles approach then dim as they pass by, thereby saving energy when there is no traffic, and "wind lights" that use energy generated by pinwheels as drafts of air from passing vehicles cause them to spin round. Additionally, an induction priority lane would incorporate induction coils under the tarmac to recharge electric cars as they drive...


Learn more about these innovative proposals and associated technology at the article link.

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Norm Miller's curator insight, March 25, 2013 1:15 PM

First we learned to sequence traffic lights.  Now we can capture energy for better road marking.  Next we will have computer guided car tracks that let us travel more efficiently as a group better utilizing existing highways.  Add in more fuel efficient or electric cars and we have a pretty good outlook for cleaner cities and less dependency on non-renewable resources.

Jim Gramata's comment, March 30, 2013 12:09 PM
If there is one area that needs focus and improvement it is highways. Agreed!
Anji Connell's curator insight, April 14, 2013 12:59 AM

Great idea No !

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Renewable Energy Revolution: Declining Costs, Surging Capacity

Renewable Energy Revolution: Declining Costs, Surging Capacity | green infographics | Scoop.it

The renewable energy revolution is under way. Renewable power generation now accounts for around 50% of all new power generation capacity installed worldwide.


The combination of rapid deployment and high learning rates for technology “has produced a virtuous circle that is leading to significant cost declines and is helping fuel a renewable revolution,” according to a new global study of renewable power generation costs in 2012 produced by IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency, which announced it isestablishing its global headquarters in the United Arab Emirates during last week’s Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.


Additions to global wind power generation capacity totalled 41 gigawatts (GW) in 2011, according to IRENA’s “Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2012: An Overview.” That’s in addition to 30 GW of new solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity generation capacity, 25 GW of hydro power, 6 GW of biomass, 0.5 GW of concentrated solar power (CSP), and 0.1 GW of new geothermal power capacity.

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ecOiko's curator insight, January 28, 2013 6:21 PM
Renewable energy revolution worldwide news, and in Cyprus our renewable energy production in 2012 increased by 24%. We have some fantastic renewable energy companies who can be found on www.ecoiko.eu
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Infographic: Making Internet Data Centers Green

Infographic: Making Internet Data Centers Green | green infographics | Scoop.it

With mobile communications more pervasive than ever, it seems is everyone is talking about cloud computing. While “the cloud” seems intangible, it is actually connected to a global network of physical data centers which are relatively high energy consumers.


Take a look at this infographic to learn more about data centers, their contributions to global CO2 emissions and how to make this rapidly growing industry cleaner and safer for the environment...

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Infographic: Save Energy, Save Green

Infographic: Save Energy, Save Green | green infographics | Scoop.it

The greening of IT systems coincides with the arrival of Cloud computing. Both share common traits of reducing costs, energy consumption & carbon emissions.

It enables on-demand network access to a shared pool of resources such as servers, storage, applications and services...

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Environmental Education & Our Planet [Infographic]

Environmental Education & Our Planet [Infographic] | green infographics | Scoop.it

Environmental Education and STEM: science, technology, engineering & math...

The environment is a compelling context for teaching and engaging today's students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)...

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How Green is the iPad? [Infographic]

How Green is the iPad? [Infographic] | green infographics | Scoop.it

The iPad is by far the most popular tablet on the market today, but have you ever wondered how large of an environmental footprint the iPad makes?

Sortable.com has put together an infographic that looks at how green the iPad really is, also look at:
- The total emissions produced by the iPad
- The environmental impact of the iDatacenter
- Electronic waste and how Apple is trying to decrease it

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Infographic: The metals that make our technology are running out

Infographic: The metals that make our technology are running out | green infographics | Scoop.it

This infographic by Camden Asay shows that we're fast running out of the stuff that powers our vehicles and our weaponry. But we've got even less time left with our gadgets. Yttrium and indium, two of the rare-earth elements that enable us to have TVs, computer monitors, and touch screens -- oh, and solar panels -- are on a fast track to complete depletion. At our current rate of use, we have less than 15 years' worth left. Of course, we'll probably become a little more efficient at deploying these resources ... but at our modern levels of demand for technology, efficiency really only postpones the inevitable...

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Home Appliance Energy Use

Home Appliance Energy Use | green infographics | Scoop.it

In the United States, over 20% of our total energy consumption is residential. In fact, we are the 7th largest per capita consumer of residential energy. Where is all of that energy going? Explore the interactive site to understand more about how we consume energy in our homes. 

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Infographic: What is Light Pollution?

Infographic: What is Light Pollution? | green infographics | Scoop.it

Light pollution refers to the various ways in which artificial light can negatively impact our natural environment. The four most common categories of light pollution are urban glow, glare, light clutter, and light trespass.

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Infographic: Clean Energy Entrepreneurs

Infographic: Clean Energy Entrepreneurs | green infographics | Scoop.it

Clean tech and energy innovators are working to find solutions for the rapidly changing environment, climate, and energy needs facing the planet.

From hydrogen-powered vehicles and energy-efficient appliances to eco-friendly packaging and alternative fuel sources, the ideas from the clean tech sector have the potential to change the world. But like any new small business owners, clean tech entrepreneurs need capital to fund their ideas that could help push the industry—and world—forward. Having investors can mean the difference between an idea never realized and launching a fledgling company into the marketplace.

Take a look at who is helping clean tech entrepreneurs fund their ideas and how small businesses accelerate the impact in this innovative sector.

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Data Visualization: Explore the United States of Energy

Data Visualization: Explore the United States of Energy | green infographics | Scoop.it

Finally… After almost 50 years of dependence on foreign sources to meet our growing energy needs, our country is finally in a position to begin reversing the trend. Through advances in drilling technology, discoveries of new oil and natural gas reserves and swift progress in the renewables sector, the United States is setting a course for energy self-sufficiency.

The complex story of energy in America and making it relevant to an increasingly distracted public remains one of our biggest challenges as energy industry communicators. In the information economy, there’s a lot of loose change. Content that lacks context. A rapidly growing punditocracy. An immense amount of noise.

Someone has to break through.


In the spirit of this endeavor, we created the United States of Energy map, the first data visualization piece of its kind to comprehensively detail our nation’s vast and diverse energy portfolio...

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All solar efficiency breakthroughs since 1975 on a single chart

All solar efficiency breakthroughs since 1975 on a single chart | green infographics | Scoop.it

The National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV), which is part of the U.S. National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), maintains a chart that shows efficiency records for all kinds of research solar technologies of all types (thin-film, single-junction cells, multi-junction cells, organic cells, quantum dot cells, etc). Above is the latest version as of April 2013.


On it, you can see the steady pace of progress and how different solar cell compositions compare to each other. Of course, these record-breaking cells were probably very expensive to manufacture and made only in very small quantities, so don't expect to see efficiency numbers like these in commercial PV... But over time, yesterday's record-breakers become today's mass-market products, so all this progress isn't just for the sake of breaking records either.

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ARUP's Urban Skyscraper: A Design Proposal for the Year 2050

ARUP's Urban Skyscraper: A Design Proposal for the Year 2050 | green infographics | Scoop.it

In the article entitled “It’s Alive,” the design team at engineering firm ARUP envision a city building in the year 2050 that includes flexible modular pods, urban agriculture, climate-conscious facades and intelligent building systems. ARUP hopes the proposal will ultimately answer the question, "As city living takes center stage, what will we come to expect from the design and function of urban structures and buildings?".


ARUP’s futuristic skyscraper will be a “smart” building that will plug into a smart urban infrastructure, and cater to an expanding and technological society. By 2050, the global population will reach nine billion, 75% of which will live in cities. Significantly, this date will also mark a generation of adults that have lived their entire lives engaging with smart devices and materials. The design theory is that the population of 2050 is likely to be in constant flux, and therefore buildings and materials that surround this urban lifestyle must also be capable of evolution and change.

ARUP has imagined a building of the future that produces more than it consumes. Alongside the sustainable construction, the design will feature photovoltaic capability to capture and transmit energy using on-site fuel cells. In addition, energy will be harnessed from elevators or similar internal systems, along with wind turbines and algae-producing bio-fuel pods...

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Whike true sustainabiity in buildings is probably not possible, this moves closer to it.

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Smart Grid – Where Power is Going [infographic]

Smart Grid – Where Power is Going [infographic] | green infographics | Scoop.it
Why should an everyday homeowner care that the smart grid can increase the U.S. electric grid's efficiency by 9 percent?

And what does that amount to in terms of energy and monetary savings? This infographic visually highlights those savings and what they actually mean to consumers.


The effort aims to connect the consumer with the smart grid, by explaining it simply and driving home the many benefits of smart grid technology, including: cost savings, energy efficiency, improved outage detection and resolution, as well as environmental benefits,.

“By highlighting the conveniences and benefits the smart grid can bring to consumers, the SGCC and its members can help consumers understand the smart grid just as they understand other, consumer-friendly, ‘smart’ technologies they wouldn’t consider living without – such as a smart phone, computer or television.”

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Sustainable Technology: Our phones are depleting natural resources [INFOGRAPHIC]

Sustainable Technology: Our phones are depleting natural resources [INFOGRAPHIC] | green infographics | Scoop.it
This infographic takes a look at this troubling technology trend, which is depleting the planet's supply of Rare Earth Elements.

Apple sold a record 5 million iPhones the first weekend the phone was on the market. And unlike in the iPhone’s early days, the latest Apple smartphones are not primarily being purchased by first time owners.

But did you ever stop to think about what happens to all those iPhone 3, 3GS, 4 and 4Ss now deemed out of date? While there are many recycling programs available, most smartphones are not efficiently thrown out.

Apple’s iPhones is far from the only culprit — most every smartphone, hard drive, hybrid car, satellite, MRI machine and GPS, along with dozens of other tech gadgets, are made from Rare Earth Elements.

This infographic takes a look at this troubling technology trend, which is depleting the planet’s supply of rare earth elements...

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USAID Motion Graphic: Powering Agriculture

USAID Motion Graphic: Powering Agriculture | green infographics | Scoop.it

Our world is continually coming up with new ways to use its resources and technological advancements to use them more efficiently. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that there are still people in the world incapable of creating enough food for their families and communities to thrive or sometimes even survive. This motion graphic created by Powering Agriculture, an initiative of the United States Agency of International Development (USAID), looks at how clean energy technology can be the answer.

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The Environmental Impact Of Your Pointless Googling

The Environmental Impact Of Your Pointless Googling | green infographics | Scoop.it

Those cat videos don’t come out of thin air. Each time you use the internet, massive data servers need power, and power causes emissions. While tech companies are trying to be more efficient and use renewable energy, there is still a cost to every search.

Backers of the Net have long pushed environmental benefits. And it’s true that the Net has allowed us to use less energy by dematerializing many essential activities.

Having said that, the Net’s environmental impact is not bupkis. Recently, campaigners have been sounding the alarm about the cloud-related expansion of data centers around the country, with well-known companies accused of using less-than-clean energy sources to power them.

This infographic by Wordstream points to both sides of the issue...

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Using the web and data to create competition for green buildings

Using the web and data to create competition for green buildings | green infographics | Scoop.it

The combo of competition, the web and data could be the key to getting more green building technologies, like LED lighting and solar rooftop panels, deployed, according to a new startup called Honest Buildings.

The six-month-old company, which plans to officially launch later this month, has created a site that aggregates building and energy info from sources like building owners, green building technology service providers and public databases to create a go-to site that is supposed to create both transparency and an ecosystem around green building technology...

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How The Internet Is Killing The Planet…

How The Internet Is Killing The Planet… | green infographics | Scoop.it

The Internet can be a hazardous place to mingle around, and it’s apparent people are taking all the precautions they can to protect themselves and their children. However, personal safety isn’t the only concern when it comes to the Internet. There are far more areas where the Internet is causing some serious physical harm, maybe not directly, but to the environment and indirectly to us. When everything is about how “green” something is, it is not hard to understand that someone analyzed the Internet in that way.

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The Carbon Footprint Of Spam

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Spam, besides cluttering an inbox, actually has quite the carbon footprint. How much exactly? This interesting infographic attempts to point that out.

This interesting infographic from WebpageFX Weekly attempts to explain exactly how spam impacts the environment.

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