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Printing Solar Panels in the Backyard

Imagine what you might do if you could print your own solar panels. That's kind of the dream behind Shawn Frayne and Alex Hornstein's Solar Pocket Factory -- although they see it more as the "microbrewery" of panel production rather than a tool for everyone's garage. With over $70,000 of backing from a successful Kickstarter campaign, the inventors are now working on refining the prototype. If all goes well, by April they'll have a machine that can spit out a micro solar panel every few seconds. In the meantime, Frayne stopped by Flora Lichtman's backyard with a few pieces of the prototype to explain how the mini-factory will work.


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Brittney's curator insight, November 23, 2013 10:53 AM

Amazing, this is why the future looks so bright!

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Des salades sur les toits de NYC / Vegetables on rooftops in NYC

Des salades sur les toits de NYC / Vegetables on rooftops in NYC | Lateral Thinking Knowledge | Scoop.it

On la surnomme La Pomme, les bâtisseurs de cette ville ont délibérément créé un poumon vert de 300 ha (Central Park) entre les tours, dernièrement elle a transformé sa High Line en promenade verte de 2,3 km à travers Manhattan et voilà qu'on y produit désormais des salades Gotham Greens sur ses toits en utilisant de l'énergie renouvelable !
Décidément, New York montre que Paris est une capitale bien en retard sur le développement durable.

 

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Nicknamed Big Apple, the builders of this city have deliberately created a green lung of 300 ha (Central Park) between the towers, lately it has turned in his High Line Green 2.3 km walk through Manhattan and there now produces Gotham Greens vegetables and culinary herbs on rooftops using renewable energy!
Certainly, New York City shows that Paris (France) is a city well behind sustainable development.


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Reprogramming Existing City Infrastructure for #Sustainability - Triple Pundit

Reprogramming Existing City Infrastructure for #Sustainability - Triple Pundit | Lateral Thinking Knowledge | Scoop.it

Across the world, innovative solutions to urban needs are emerging from new uses for existing structures and systems. Officials are joining hands with engineers and corporate R&D teams to improve access to essential resources like water, energy and sunlight, and increase social and environmental wellbeing by reimagining the potential of the resources they already have. They are reprogramming the city.


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luiy's curator insight, October 9, 2013 5:08 AM

Take Lima. For those living on the edges of Peru’s capital, access to clean drinking water is a problem. Small wells supply most of the water, which one resident describes as “unpleasant and polluted,” and in the summer “there isn’t much available.”


Engineers at the local University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC) decided to tackle the issue by making innovative use of two of the city’s more abundant resources: its humid air (which can reach 98 percent humidity), and the billboards that reach into it. They installed a humidity collector and water purifier into the top of one advertising structure in the village of Bujama, creating the UTEC Water Billboard. It can produce 96 liters of clean drinking water a day for local residents, which flows down a pipe to a tap at the base of the structure. Resident Francisco Quilca says it has provided him and his neighbors with a new, pure water source, and wishes it could exist “on the door of every house, in every village.”

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How an Industrial City Reinvented Itself as a Sustainability Hub

How an Industrial City Reinvented Itself as a Sustainability Hub | Lateral Thinking Knowledge | Scoop.it

The city of Nantes, the fifth largest in France, is a place of rich history dating back at least as far as the second century.  Economically, Nantes was long a port and shipbuilding center of considerable significance. 
But the shipping and shipbuilding industry in western Europe began a serious decline in the 1960s and 70s, and the last major shipbuilding facility in Nantes closed in 1986. 
The proud city needed a new identity in order to remain relevant. That new identity became, first, culture and then, sustainability. Today the two have come together in some highly innovative ways that have led the European Union to designate Nantes as its "Green Capital" for 2013.

The EU’s annual green designation was created by the European Commission in the last decade, with Stockholm selected as the first honoree, for 2010. The prestigious competition involves a lengthy application process and is judged on the basis of twelve overlapping environmental criteria:

Response to climate change
Transportation
Urban green spaces
Land use
Nature and biodiversity
Air quality
Noise pollution
Waste reduction and management
Water consumption
Wastewater treatment
Green municipal management
Dissemination of best practices

The 2013 award for Nantes included specific praise for the city’s efforts regarding climate, transportation, water, and biodiversity...


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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, December 18, 2012 12:17 PM

Nantes is the fifth largest city in France and in it's earlier life was a hub for shipping and ship building. The proud city needed a new identity in order to remain relevant.  That new identity became, first, culture and then, sustainability.  Today the two have come together in some highly innovative ways that have led the European Union to designate Nantes as its "Green Capital" for 2013.