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Bill Gates wants to reinvent the toilet: Solar-powered, hydrogen and electricity producing

Bill Gates wants to reinvent the toilet: Solar-powered, hydrogen and electricity producing | Greener World | Scoop.it

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has launched a search for a new toilet better suited to developing countries to help prevent disease and death. "Toilets are extremely important for public health, and the flush toilets we use in the wealthy world are irrelevant, impractical and impossible for 40 per cent of the global population, because they often don't have access to water, and sewers, electricity, and sewage treatment systems", Gates said.

 

The recently organized Toilet Fair was described as a swirl of about 200 inventors, designers, investors, partners and others passionate about creating safe, effective, and inexpensive waste management systems.

 

Universities from Britain, Canada, and the United States were awarded prizes in a competition launched a year ago challenging inventors to come up with a better toilet.

 

First place went to the California Institute of Technology for designing a solar-powered toilet that generates hydrogen gas and electricity.

 

Loughborough University came in second for a toilet that transforms waste into biological charcoal, minerals, and clean water.

Third place went to the University of Toronto for a toilet that sanitises human waste and recovers minerals and water.


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Can We Replace U.S. Coal Power with Clean Energy? | The Energy Collective

Can We Replace U.S. Coal Power with Clean Energy? | The Energy Collective | Greener World | Scoop.it
Image Coal electric power generation is under enormous regulatory pressure to substantially reduce stack emissions.  The EPA requires huge reductions in most coal plant emissions including carbon dioxide (CO2).  As a result, most new coal power plant...

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Tiny Tokelau to be world's first solar-powered country

Tiny Tokelau to be world's first solar-powered country | Greener World | Scoop.it
A project to convert the tiny island nation of Tokelau to all solar power is nearing fruition, as workers finish the first of three major pa...

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China Targets 5 Million Electric Vehicle's by 2020

China Targets 5 Million Electric Vehicle's by 2020 | Greener World | Scoop.it

China’s State Council has released plans to introduce subsidies to customers and manufacturers of electric vehicles (EV’s) in an attempt to encourage the numbers produced and sold. Even though only 8,159 EV’s have been sold in China, the government is adamant that it will encourage production and sales to increase, in order to achieve its massive target of 5 million EV’s by 2020. The aim is to reduce the country’s dependence on oil imports, and reduce its carbon emissions.

 

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How Smarter Cities Get Started | Sustainable Cities

How Smarter Cities Get Started | Sustainable Cities | Greener World | Scoop.it
Many of the environmental, social and economic forces behind the transition to Smarter Cities are common everywhere; however, the capabilities that enable cities to act in response to them are usually very specific to individual cities. They depend on factors such as geographic location, the structure and performance of the local economy, the character of local communities, and the approach of leaders and stakeholders across the city.

The relationships between those stakeholders and communities are crucial. Cities may aspire to encourage economic growth amongst small, high-technology businesses; or to stimulate innovation in service delivery by social enterprises; or to switch to more sustainable patterns of travel and energy usage. To act successfully to achieve any of these aims, long and complex chains of connections between individuals need to work effectively, from city leaders, through their organisations, to community and business associations such as small business forums, neighbourhood communities, and faith groups, to individual companies, their employees and citizens across the city...


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Modular construction delivers model for New York Housing in record time | Building Design + Construction

Modular construction delivers model for New York Housing in record time | Building Design + Construction | Greener World | Scoop.it

A 65-unit supportive housing facility in Brooklyn, N.Y., was completed in record time using modular construction with six stories set in just 12 days.

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New Polymer Solar Cells You Can See Through Could Cover Skyscrapers and Tablets

New Polymer Solar Cells You Can See Through Could Cover Skyscrapers and Tablets | Greener World | Scoop.it
New Transparent Polymer Solar Cells Could Cover Skyscrapers and Tablets...

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10 High-Tech, Green City Solutions for Beating the Heat

10 High-Tech, Green City Solutions for Beating the Heat | Greener World | Scoop.it

From a solar mansion in China to a floating farm in New York, green buildings are sprouting up in cities around the world. Among their many benefits are curbing fossil-fuel use and reducing the urban heat island effect...


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Sustainable Glass Home in USA Opening Up Towards a Perfect Landscape | Green Architecture | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com

Sustainable Glass Home in USA Opening Up Towards a Perfect Landscape | Green Architecture | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com | Greener World | Scoop.it

Proudly nestled in a wooded property in Washington State, USA, Port Ludlow Residence is a contemporary residential project implemented by the creative team at FINNE Architects. The impressive 2400 square feet glass home sits along a high bank, with great views of the water. Here is more from the architects regarding the structure of the project: “The main living volume is completely glazed, with 12-ft. high glass walls facing the view and large, 8-ft.x8-ft. sliding glass doors that open to a slightly raised wood deck, creating a seamless indoor-outdoor space. During the warm summer months, the living area feels like a large, open porch. Anchoring the north end of the living space is a two-story building volume containing several bedrooms and separate his/her office spaces“.


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