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Global atlas for renewable energy goes online

Global atlas for renewable energy goes online | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

“The Global Atlas provides a powerful new tool in international efforts to double the world’s share of renewable energy by 2030”

The Global Atlas is the largest ever initiative to help countries assess their renewable energy potential, and companies bringing together data and maps from leading technical institutes and private companies worldwide. It currently charts solar and wind resources, and will expand to other forms of renewable energy over 2013 and 2014.


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Zonnestroom in 2013, de wereld en Nederland

Zonnestroom in 2013, de wereld en Nederland | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Duurzaamnieuws bericht: Een stevig onderbouwd rapport van IHS Solar geeft een overzicht van de verwachtingen voor zonne-energie in 2013. De belangrijkste conclusies zijn dat de mark
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28 Affordable 3D Printers You Can Buy Now

28 Affordable 3D Printers You Can Buy Now | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Engadget does a roundup of the printer scene, including some interesting new technologies
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Duurzame energie komt eraan, dankzij burgers

Duurzame energie komt eraan, dankzij burgers | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Energie komt straks niet meer van grote centrales alleen. Burgers organiseren steeds meer kleinschalige initiatieven om zelf stroom te produceren. ...
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Will Work For

Will Work For | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
WillWorkFor envisions an alternate present and an inevitable future.
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Vertical sustainability: Moveable ‘green walls’ | Sustainable Cities Collective

Vertical sustainability: Moveable ‘green walls’  | Sustainable Cities Collective | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
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Strong potential growth for storage, distributed generation and microgrids

Strong potential growth for storage, distributed generation and microgrids | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
IEEE announced today the release of a new report that they commissioned.
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First website for crowdfunding for alternative energy funds

First website for crowdfunding for alternative energy funds | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Examiner.comFirst website for crowdfunding for alternative energy fundsExaminer.com23, 2012, Solar Love reported that the first crowdfunding website for renewable energy site, Sunny Crowd, is now up.

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Waste-to-Energy: Green Power Generation

Waste-to-Energy: Green Power Generation | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

Waste-to-energy (WTE) is the process of creating energy in the form of electricity or heat from the incineration of a waste source. But how does the process generate green power?

A form of energy recovery, such processes produce electricity directly through combustion or produce a combustible fuel commodity.

 

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Vila Alstrup in Demark: energy-plus design

Vila Alstrup in Demark: energy-plus design | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

The house on the shore with a view of the Wadden Sea is an energy-plus house, which means that it produces more electricity and heat than it uses.


This was achieved without compromising on the exclusive qualities of a large home, including panoramic sea-views. The architecture uses clear and simple expression, open and transparent to the sea and more closed and private towards the neighbors. The unusual geometry of the volume is combined with a calm and unpretentious detailing, and a restrained material palette.

Designed with ‘passive house’ principles, the home is compact in form, with large windows facing the view to the south-west, to make optimal passive use of the sun’s heat. The angle also respects the shoreline protection zone, creating a triangular floor plan. The sloping roof is angled to optimize the performance of the solar heating cells. Passive solar heat gain is absorbed and accumulated in the interior concrete walls and floor slabs, while the south-west facing balcony and overhangs shade the facades and control the amount of seasonal solar energy. The balcony is a free-standing concrete slab completely eliminating any cold-bridging to the interior...

 

Read more about this contemporary and contextual green design at the article link...


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Sweden wants Norway's trash (and lots of it)

Sweden wants Norway's trash (and lots of it) | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—Sweden is hungry for trash and has turned to Norway for an offer it would find hard to refuse, no pun intended. Sweden is asking its neighbor for trash. Sweden's success is Sweden's problem.
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Butterfly Wings Inspire Holographic Solar Panel Coatings

Butterfly Wings Inspire Holographic Solar Panel Coatings | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
The iridescent material is water-resistant which can improve the output of solar panels by keeping them clean and dry.
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An Infographic Breakdown Of The World’s Greenest Cities

An Infographic Breakdown Of The World’s Greenest Cities | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

"In each of these cities, there are notable statistics worth mentioning. Amsterdam has one bike for every 0.73 people, Copenhagen has legislation requiring all new buildings to have green roofs (this will add 5,000 square meters of vegetation), and only 44% of New Yorkers own a car, compared to 95% of Americans overall."

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World passes 100 GW installed PV capacity mark

World passes 100 GW installed PV capacity mark | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Behind the headline news from the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) that the world has passed the 100 GW mark in cumulative installed photovoltaic capacity, is the ongoing story of a shift away from Europe.
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Futuristic Highways in the Netherlands Gow in the Dark on Prochan.com

Futuristic Highways in the Netherlands Gow in the Dark on Prochan.com | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
A futuristic highway that can save energy and improve road safety is set to be installed in the Netherlands by mid-2013.


Two companies, Studio Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure, came up wi
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Reused Sea Container House - Construction21

Reused Sea Container House - Construction21 | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Construction21.eu, the European platform for green building practitioners
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This Breathing Office Building Makes You Feel Like You’re Outside

This Breathing Office Building Makes You Feel Like You’re Outside | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Sometimes, a skyscraper isn’t just a skyscraper. It’s a community gathering space, a building that offers respite from typical stale indoor office environments, a model of sustainability for others to follow, a breathing--but not living--entity.
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New Technology Pipes Daylight into Windowless Rooms

New Technology Pipes Daylight into Windowless Rooms | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
An innovative technology from a recent South Korean and British joint venture promises to deliver natural daylight to windowless spaces through a series of high-tech pipes, without heat gain or los...
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Rethink Business - Join the circular economy revolution

Rethink Business er et dansk initiativ, der tager lederskab i at skabe den revolution, der skal til for at imødegå de ressourceudfordringer og miljøproblemer...
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Google and Landsat Create Time-Lapse Videos Showing 40 Years of Environmental Destruction in the Amazon

Google and Landsat Create Time-Lapse Videos Showing 40 Years of Environmental Destruction in the Amazon | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Landsat and Google Earth Engine collaborate to create time-lapse videos from over 40 years of data collection.
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Why Investors Care about Sustainability — and What Managers Should Do about It

Why Investors Care about Sustainability — and What Managers Should Do about It | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

NBS Thought Leaders offer guidance on sustainable business models for the 21st century. Thought Leaders are leading academics and practitioners: world experts on sustainability issues.


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Bootleg Bâtard: Building community by nourishing neighbors

Bootleg Bâtard: Building community by nourishing neighbors | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

I was so glad to see this project reach it's funding goal (and then some) recently on Kickstarter. In just three weeks 125 people pitched in "to turn Bootleg Batard from an idea into a community of caring, sharing, inspiration and excitement".   With their first goal met, Melina Kelson and Pete Podolsky are now able to begin building "a traditional oven and helping to forge a community centered on naturally good, real food."

 

<snip> "Five years ago, Melina Kelson and Pete Podolsky dug up the sod around their small, suburban Skokie, Illinois, home and transformed it into organic, edible landscaping. Since then, they have watched their garden (featured in Chicago Magazine) become a place where the community unites.

 

Friends of all ages pitch in to help turn the soil, pull weeds, plant and harvest the bounty. Since then, friends and neighborhood “farm hands” are invited back for canning parties and to share and celebrate the harvest each year. Strangers and neighbors ask questions about planting gardens of their own. They share ideas and frequently taste (and bring home) delicious, wholesome varieties of produce and plants they may not have known about before. Neighborhood school kids tour the garden and local scout groups help harvest food to donate to area food banks."

 

Click through to learn more about this wonderful project.

 

-- Sue.


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Breakthrough Energy Movement

Breakthrough Energy Movement | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

"We are holding an international conference this November, with top researchers, inventors, business leaders and policy makers. The program will cover the past, present and future in breakthrough energy technologies. This conference is meant to serve as an evolutionary catalyst to initiate a global movement to unite, take action and FREE THE ENERGY."

 

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10 Awesome Gadgets To Reuse Water

10 Awesome Gadgets To Reuse Water | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Meet some of the coolest ideas to save water.
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If Your Neighbor Has Solar Panels, You’re More Likely To Go Solar (Solar Power Is Contagious)

If Your Neighbor Has Solar Panels, You’re More Likely To Go Solar (Solar Power Is Contagious) | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
 
Someone is considerably more likely to install solar panels on their home if others in their area have already installed them, according to new research from Yale and New York University.
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