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Norway Investments in Renewable Energy 'Could Change the World'

Norway Investments in Renewable Energy 'Could Change the World' | MaterialXpression | Scoop.it

Brandon Baker With more than $750 billion of holdings in its sovereign wealth fund, Norway is on the brink of potentially making renewable energy investments around the world.

Erna Solberg, who will be named Norway’s second female prime minister, has already heard proposals from her government to use sovereign wealth fund money to invest in sustainable companies and projects in developing countries, Climate News Network reported today. Leader of the conservative party, Solberg won the election in September.
She hasn’t publicly discussed the specific companies and projects the country might invest in, but there are already high hopes.
“If Norway actually does this, it will be an unprecedented shift in the global investment community and also for tangible action on climate change,” said Samantha Smith, head of the global climate and energy initiative at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
Financial analysts predict that other nations will follow Norway’s lead and also invest in renewable energy projects. Pension funds in Denmark and the Netherlands already support the renewables sector.

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At least some countries have positive balances and know very well what to do with the extra money!

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Brandon Baker With more than $750 billion of holdings in its sovereign wealth fund, Norway is on the brink of potentially making renewable energy investments around the world.

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#Renewable #Energy Is Getting Ready For A Boom That Could Rival Shale Oil And Gas

#Renewable #Energy Is Getting Ready For A Boom That Could Rival Shale Oil And Gas | MaterialXpression | Scoop.it
“The coming renewable rush could reshape our energy economy.”
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Electric Cars by the Numbers - The Epoch Times

Electric Cars by the Numbers - The Epoch Times | MaterialXpression | Scoop.it

The slow but steady rise of electric vehicles... http://t.co/zJoTR7MovW


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it's great to see the number of cars offered explode..
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5 reasons you should care about California’s new energy storage mandate | GigaOM Clean Tech News

5 reasons you should care about California’s new energy storage mandate | GigaOM Clean Tech News | MaterialXpression | Scoop.it

California energy regulator on Thursday approved what is the country’s first and very ambitious mandate for using storage technology to complement the growing amount of renewable energy flowing into the grid. The California Public Utilities Commission voted five to zero to approve the mandate, and it’s a big deal because it will rev up a new market for various technologies for banking electricity.

 

There are a wide variety of technologies just in the battery sector alone, and some are venture-backed startups that have been waiting for California to set the mandate. Here is what you should know about the new program and why you should care:

 

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California gives a major push for effective innovation on energy storage technologies.

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5 reasons you should care about California’s new #energy storage mandate #sustainability
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Graphene: 'Miracle material' will be in your home sooner than you think

Graphene: 'Miracle material' will be in your home sooner than you think | MaterialXpression | Scoop.it
Just under ten years ago, the Dutch-British physicist Andre Geim stumbled across a substance that would revolutionize the way people understood matter and win

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3D metal printing

How It's Made: 3D Metal Printing (Courtesy of Ex One)

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Other materials stories that may be of interest | The American ...

Other materials stories that may be of interest | The American ... | MaterialXpression | Scoop.it
Molecule-thick glass is world's thinnest, Guinness says At just a molecule thick, it's a new record: The world's thinnest sheet of glass. An accidental discovery by scientists at Corn.
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New and innovative materiais by accident... Not so much!

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Quip - Collaborative word processor for mobile

Quip - Collaborative word processor for mobile | MaterialXpression | Scoop.it

With Quip, you can make your edits right in the shared document, comment on a specific section, and even chat with the other authors directly while you're all making tweaks. Tracked changes show exactly how the draft has evolved.


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QUIP defines a new way of thinking wordprocessing... Maybe different but is with trying!

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Useful for collaborative editing of the text...

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Gorgeous implementation.  Get it!

Heiko Idensen's curator insight, September 21, 2013 1:22 AM

Quip läuft auf Desktop-Computern (PC und Mac), iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, und Android. Wo immer du auch bist, welches Gerät du auch benutzt - Quip ist dabei und funktioniert.

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Mit Quip können alle zur gleichen Zeit an derselben Version des Dokuments arbeiten.

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Ford Takes 3D Prototyping in a new Direction with Computer-Controlled Sheetmetal Former

Ford Takes 3D Prototyping in a new Direction with Computer-Controlled Sheetmetal Former | MaterialXpression | Scoop.it
We're all familiar with rapid-prototyping as it pertains to 3D printers and CNC machines, but car makers have had tougher challenges over the years because they need pieces stamped or pounded out of sheet metal to build their prototypes, which often...
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Architects are starting to 3D print houses—but without a house-sized printer

Architects are starting to 3D print houses—but without a house-sized printer | MaterialXpression | Scoop.it
A couple of months ago, Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars announced that he was building a curvy, loopy and for some reason, largely see-through building, to be made with the help of Enrico Dini’s D-Shape 3D printer.
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Tidal power has 'huge potential'

Tidal power has 'huge potential' | MaterialXpression | Scoop.it
The power of tidal currents around the UK’s coastline could provide more than 20% of the nation’s electricity needs, a report suggests.
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Materials database proves its mettle with new discoveries

Materials database proves its mettle with new discoveries | MaterialXpression | Scoop.it
Examples of materials discovered through new technique: Lithium-containing compounds called sidorenkites were identified as potential battery cathode materials through high-throughput computational exploration. No lithium-containing materials with the CO3 and PO4 chemical groups found in these compounds exist in nature — these materials are fully synthetic and unexpected. Depending on the specific metal in them, they take on distinct colors (shown in photo).
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Best of 2013: Energy-Efficient Buildings Off The Grid

Best of 2013: Energy-Efficient Buildings Off The Grid | MaterialXpression | Scoop.it

The phrase "off the grid" is quite literal: It means these buildings are not connected to the power grid or sewer systems. There is no need for trash collection and removal, and building materials are often harvested locally—making it beneficial for the environment and your wallet.

Off-the-grid architecture originally had mixed connotations, but off-the-grid living has moved beyond the typical remote shack with no lighting systems. New chemical-free stains and finishes transform reclaimed wood into rich materials for façades, while sustained rammed-earth and recycled steel lend a certain rugged appeal. It has also allowed architects to be more inventive in terms of space, creating structures that provide the privacy of typical homes—without the carbon footprint.

The future of off-the-grid looks promising—perhaps in 2014 we'll see the trend implemented in pre-existing structures in urban areas. Until then, check out the best (and most sustainable) off-the-grid buildings from 2013...


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Homes off the grid need energy storage and that is still the major issue, but TESLA is now making batteries for homes and someday they will be less costly.  For now such solutions are exotic and economically unreachable.

Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's curator insight, December 27, 2013 9:16 PM

Wouldn't it be good to stay in one of these buildings, even for just a short while ....I'm sure it would inspire more of us to think along the lines of sustainability for the built environment of the future. To think outside the box.

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Norway Investments in Renewable Energy 'Could Change the World'

Norway Investments in Renewable Energy 'Could Change the World' | MaterialXpression | Scoop.it

Brandon Baker With more than $750 billion of holdings in its sovereign wealth fund, Norway is on the brink of potentially making renewable energy investments around the world.

Erna Solberg, who will be named Norway’s second female prime minister, has already heard proposals from her government to use sovereign wealth fund money to invest in sustainable companies and projects in developing countries, Climate News Network reported today. Leader of the conservative party, Solberg won the election in September.
She hasn’t publicly discussed the specific companies and projects the country might invest in, but there are already high hopes.
“If Norway actually does this, it will be an unprecedented shift in the global investment community and also for tangible action on climate change,” said Samantha Smith, head of the global climate and energy initiative at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
Financial analysts predict that other nations will follow Norway’s lead and also invest in renewable energy projects. Pension funds in Denmark and the Netherlands already support the renewables sector.

To read the full article, click on the title.

 

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At least some countries have positive balances and know very well what to do with the extra money!

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Brandon Baker With more than $750 billion of holdings in its sovereign wealth fund, Norway is on the brink of potentially making renewable energy investments around the world.

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A Modular, Pre-fabricated Hospital in Puyo, Ecuador Surrounded by Gardens

A Modular, Pre-fabricated Hospital in Puyo, Ecuador Surrounded by Gardens | MaterialXpression | Scoop.it

The 'Hospital in Puyo' is composed of eight volumes, lined-up next to one another that are separated by lush green gardens.

The county of Puyo in Ecuador has received a new healthcare facility, composed of three rows of eight staggered volumes that are each shaped with the silhouette of a house. The long pavilions are arranged next to one another, and at certain points are physically connected by pitched roof structures from the exterior, with linking hallways along the interior below. Glazing runs along the inner and outer lengths of the walls, offering visitors, patients and staff of the hospital, views of lush green landscaping planted between openings throughout the site. The challenge posed when building the complex was that it needed to be constructed in record time– less than one year– while still emerging as a first-class leading facility for the area. To finish within the time frame, the architects developed a modular architecture, with a high degree of fabrication as seen by the identical nature of the building components.


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Great idea for a quality healthcare facility in developing countries.

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The +Energy House in Germany

The +Energy House in Germany | MaterialXpression | Scoop.it

From the architect:

The +Energy House lies down as a flat structure on the sloping site and forms at the upper floor a platform that connects inside and outside together and offers a magnificent view of the countryside. The two-storey structure incorporates mixed construction systems: concrete on the ground floor, with wood upstairs.

Additionally, dowelled laminated timber elements enable the structure to be entirely built without glues, with a clients request for pollution-free construction and ecological building materials.


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Wood Filament For 3D Printers - All About 3D Printing

Wood Filament For 3D Printers - All About 3D Printing | MaterialXpression | Scoop.it

 

Laywoo-D3 is a Wood Filament that allows you to 3D Print objects that look, feel, and behave like wood and works with your current 3D Printer!

 

The Laywoo-D3  is a 3D Printer Wood Filament that is a product of German engineering. This wood Filament is incredibly environmentally friendly as it is a mixture of 40% recycled wood and the remaining 60% is a polymer binding material.

This mixture allows the Filament to be heated for use in a 3D Printer but also gives the material and your end product a wood look, feel, smell, and behavior. You can even vary the shade of the wood color by adjusting the temperature of your Extruder before or during your project; you can find some programs here that make it easy for you to make wood patterns.

The Print temperature range for this Filament is between 185 degrees Celsius/365 degrees Fahrenheit to 230 degrees Celsius/446 degrees Fahrenheit. The Laywoo-D3 Filament doesn’t need a heated Print Bed in order to set properly which will save you on electricity consumption and/or if your 3D Printer doesn’t have a heated bed. If your 3D Printer is compatible with PLA Filament then it can also use the Laywoo-D3 wood Filament.

 

You can shop for Laywoo-D3 3D Printer Filament here. You can save money by Printing your own wood filament by using this Filament spool from the Thingiverse website. Below you can watch a 3D Printer in action Printing with the Laywoo-D3 Filament!

 


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Laywoo-D3 is using a straightforward approach to a wide range of filament compositions.

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Antifreeze, cheap materials may lead to low-cost solar energy

Antifreeze, cheap materials may lead to low-cost solar energy | MaterialXpression | Scoop.it
These nanoparticles of copper zinc tin sulfide are processed with a common antifreeze solvent to produce A process combining some comparatively cheap materials and the same antifreeze that keeps an automobile radiator ...
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Is it a Hackerspace, Makerspace, TechShop, or FabLab?

Is it a Hackerspace, Makerspace, TechShop, or FabLab? | MaterialXpression | Scoop.it
The past decade has seen the sudden, dramatic appearance of community spaces offering public, shared access to high-end manufacturing equipment. These spaces are interchangeably referred to as hackerspaces, makerspaces, TechShops, and FabLabs.
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Interior Inspirer

Download the paper: http://cs.co/ibsg-nrf Introducing a new home furnishings retail experience to meet the demands of today's digital savvy shoppers. An in-s...
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