Digital Sustainability
18.4K views | +0 today
Follow
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Rescooped by Digital Sustainability from Tracking the Future
Scoop.it!

NASA’s cold fusion tech could put a nuclear reactor in every home, car, and plane

NASA’s cold fusion tech could put a nuclear reactor in every home, car, and plane | Digital Sustainability | Scoop.it

The cold fusion dream lives on: NASA is developing cheap, clean, low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR) technology that could eventually see cars, planes, and homes powered by small, safe nuclear reactors.


Via Szabolcs Kósa
more...
Krozen's curator insight, February 22, 2013 12:25 PM

Ubiquitous reactors just like most sci-fi cities. Reactors powering starships to toasters. well, we're a step closer!

Mike Grozelle's curator insight, September 11, 2015 12:54 PM

This technology is the next step in our technological evolution. There are some incredible advancements happening all over the world. Locally Lockheed and Martin is one of the front runners, claiming that they should have an Industrial/Commercial prototype completed in the next 4-5 years. The plan is to implement this technology in space travel,  fight on terrorism, regular travel, homes, energy applications and of course health and research and development. This is a great step for our time and the generations alive to observe it should be proud to say they witnessed the birth of free clean energy. Do not let the word "free" make your eyes too big. As this will definitely impact the way the world functions, it will inevitably be purchased or controlled by some private/governing body and we will definitely be paying for it. But the early projections claim that a small cold fusion reactor being placed in the cargo hold of a 747 would allow it to travel non-stop around the globe 7 times before needing to stop. As you can see the practical applications would be immense! I look forward to seeing this further develop and will be happy to see countries less fortunate being given the opportunity to have affordable energy for the first time ever. 


Mike Grozelle

Rescooped by Digital Sustainability from sustainable architecture
Scoop.it!

The Center for Interactive Research on Sustainability at the University of British Columbia

The Center for Interactive Research on Sustainability at the University of British Columbia | Digital Sustainability | Scoop.it
Located on a dense site next to ‘Sustainability Street’ at the University of British Columbia, the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability [CIRS] houses 200 researchers from private, public, and NGO sectors, who work together with the common mission of accelerating sustainability.

The 5,675m2 ‘living lab’ is organized around two four-story wings linked by a central atrium. The atrium serves as a building lobby and entry to a daylit auditorium, and as a social and educational space from which all of the project’s sustainable strategies are visible.

The CIRS building has embraced the ambitious sustainability goals of the Living Building Challenge, including those of net zero water consumption; waste water treatment on site; net zero energy consumption, and construction and operational carbon neutrality...
Via Lauren Moss
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Digital Sustainability from green infographics
Scoop.it!

Global Climate at Risk as Nearly 1,200 New Coal Plants Proposed [interactive infographic]

Global Climate at Risk as Nearly 1,200 New Coal Plants Proposed [interactive infographic] | Digital Sustainability | Scoop.it

The World Resources Institute (WRI) released a report, Global Coal Risk Assessment, that analyzes information about proposed new coal-fired plants and other market trends in order to assess potential future risks to the global climate.

The report finds that there are 1,199 new coal power plants in the works, totaling more than 1.4 million megawatts of capacity worldwide. That’s four times the capacity of all the coal-fired power plants in the U.S. Seventy-six percent of the coal plants are proposed for India and China, with the U.S. seventh in the world for coal power plants in development.
According to the WRI, if all of these projects are built, it would add new coal power capacity that is almost four times the current capacity of all coal-fired plants in the U.S.


View the locations of proposed coal-fired power plants by country in this interactive map at the article link.


Via Lauren Moss
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Digital Sustainability from green streets
Scoop.it!

Green and Healthy Buildings: monitoring consumption & ecology in the built environment

Green and Healthy Buildings: monitoring consumption & ecology in the built environment | Digital Sustainability | Scoop.it

According to the United Nations Environment Programme, buildings account for approximately 40 percent of worldwide energy use and are responsible for 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. They also play an important role in the health and wellbeing of those who inhabit them each day.

The mass of information about what makes a building green tends to concentrate on new and innovative designs that create beautiful photo spreads. While such examples are inspiring, they make up a very small percentage of all buildings in operation.

Green Buildings Alive is an environmental initiative aimed at collecting and sharing data on existing buildings between 10 and 60 years old. The data is collected from office towers in Australian Central Business Districts (CBDs) and shared on a public website.

 

For more on this innovative, environmental initiative that provides interactive visualizations of building-performance data to help understand the complexities and relationships among sustainability, health, and energy, read the complete article


Via Lauren Moss
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Digital Sustainability from green streets
Scoop.it!

Smart Cities and the Smart Grid

Smart Cities and the Smart Grid | Digital Sustainability | Scoop.it

Smart Cities and the Smart Grid: There are natural parallels between the Smart Grid and smart cities in terms of concepts and deployments, though cities have much more experience at evolution than the traditional electrical grid. After all, they have been adopting new technologies that disrupt the status quo for centuries. The Romans created aqueducts and fundamentally changed how water could be controlled and distributed in cities. Discoveries in hygiene and disease transmission and control allowed people to healthily live in population densities with minimized odds of large scale epidemics. And then automobiles exerted their influences on cities. In each case, city systems, policies, and people changed to accommodate new technologies, new knowledge and new practices.

 

Now, ambitious goals such as zero net energy buildings will change the relationships that physical structures have within cities, and in turn change the relationships that occupants (full or part-time) have within buildings and within cities.

 


Via Joan Tarruell, Stephane Bilodeau, Lauren Moss
more...
Seren's curator insight, August 26, 2013 5:09 PM

An article drawig parallels between ancient city grids and their evolution into the modern age.

Rescooped by Digital Sustainability from sustainable architecture
Scoop.it!

Center for Solar Energy & Hydrogen Research in Stuttgart

Center for Solar Energy & Hydrogen Research in Stuttgart | Digital Sustainability | Scoop.it

The new research building in Stuttgart is designed on a grid for a highly flexible workplace that serves as a dynamic framework for ongoing research activities. The Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research comprises offices, laboratories, meeting and conference facilities.

“The grid structure of the research centre ensures a high degree of mobility and freedom to change and expand the building”, explains Design Director Louis Becker, Henning Larsen Architects. “The building has a rational design and is organised in modules. 

Carefully integrated into the surrounding context, the building features various heights that relate to the city and adjacent buildings. The building will create a new, distinctive entrance to Stuttgarter Engineering Park and provide an insight into the ongoing research.

 

Read the complete article for details on the sustainable strategies and technologies utilzied in the design of this flexible, adaptable and green research building...


Via Lauren Moss
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Digital Sustainability from green infographics
Scoop.it!

Infographic: How Much Money Will Solar Panels Save?

Infographic: How Much Money Will Solar Panels Save? | Digital Sustainability | Scoop.it

Even as more affordable photovoltaics and government incentives for adopting renewable energy sources have made solar a financially attractive alternative in some areas, it can still be hard to find accurate, easy-to-understand information to help make the leap. The Solar Tool, developed by the Sustainable Design Lab at MIT and Boston-based design workshop MoDe Studio, aims to solve that problem for the city of Cambridge. Simply enter your address, and a comprehensive satellite map of Cambridge shows you how efficient your own

rooftop is for soaking up the sun’s rays, from excellent to poor, down to the square meter.


Via Lauren Moss
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Digital Sustainability
Scoop.it!

Scotland's renewable energy output increased by 45% in the first quarter of this year, compared with the same period last year.

Scotland's renewable energy output increased by 45% in the first quarter of this year, compared with the same period last year. | Digital Sustainability | Scoop.it
Scotland's renewable energy output increased by 45% in the first quarter of this year, compared with the same period last year.

 

UK government figures showed Scotland generated 4,590 gigawatt hours (GWh) of renewable energy in the first three months of 2012.

 

This was an increase of 1,435 GWh on the first quarter of 2011.

 

Scotland is aiming to generate the equivalent of 100% of its electricity needs from renewables by 2020.

 

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change also issued revised statistics for 2011 which showed that renewable electricity generation in Scotland was 13,735 GWh in 2011, an increase of 44.3% from 2010 and up 97.3% from 2006.

The Scottish government said that, assuming gross consumption in 2011 was similar to 2010, about 35% of Scotland's electricity needs came from renewables in 2011, beating its interim target of 31%.

 

'World leader'Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said the figures showed the country was making good progress towards the 2020 target.

He added: "The increase of 45.5% in renewable output in quarter one 2012 compared to quarter one 2011 is particularly encouraging when you consider that 2011 saw the highest output from renewable energy to date.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Digital Sustainability from sustainable architecture
Scoop.it!

H.2 Residence by 314 Architecture Studio

H.2 Residence by 314 Architecture Studio | Digital Sustainability | Scoop.it

314 Architecture Studio designed the H.2 Residence in a suburb of Athens, Greece. The building consists of three residential areas; each residence has two small bedrooms and one master. Outside the building, an atrium provides light to secondary areas of the house while working as a funnel for the exit of hot air to reduce energy consumption during the summer months.

The bioclimatic design and the positioning of the building with fixed louvers and the design of their exposures saves natural heating energy, while the connection between the building and water creates a natural cooling. The houses are equipped with underfloor heating systems and the materials used in floors and walls are natural. The colors and materials of this building are used to create a sense of harmony, modernity and at the same time luxury while the sculptures of Gianni Aspra dominated the walls of living rooms creating emotions and abstract mood. Finally the roof gardens with glass stairwells offer unlimited view of Argosaronic...


Via Lauren Moss
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Digital Sustainability from Tracking the Future
Scoop.it!

First Self-Assembling Quantum-Dot-in-Nanowire System: A “Game-Changer” for Solar PV?

First Self-Assembling Quantum-Dot-in-Nanowire System: A “Game-Changer” for Solar PV? | Digital Sustainability | Scoop.it

Working at the frontiers of photonics and nano-scale semiconductor fabrication, an international team of researchers from universities and laboratories in Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, and the US have “demonstrated a process whereby quantum dots can self-assemble at optimal locations in nanowires, a breakthrough that could improve solar cells, quantum computing, and lighting devices”


Via Szabolcs Kósa
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Digital Sustainability from sustainable architecture
Scoop.it!

Henning Larsen Architects: Low-energy office building in Denmark

Henning Larsen Architects: Low-energy office building in Denmark | Digital Sustainability | Scoop.it

The new office building of Energinet.dk in Ballerup has achieved the lowest energy class possible by means of optimizing the design and geometry. The building has an annual energy consumption of only 47,7 kWh/m2. Incorporating solar panels, ground water cooling and heat pumps in the project would further reduce the annual energy consumption.

A flexible and easily comprehensible layout consists of three elements: meeting facilities on the ground floor, a uniting atrium and workstations on the top floor, which floats above the sloping landscape.

The atrium is identity-creating, open and active. A significant part of the environmental objective has been to ensure a high degree of flexibility. The open design as well as the light walls and simple, reusable elements will make it easy to change the interior layout in the future.


Visit the link to view more images of this low-energy design in Denmark...


Via Lauren Moss
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Digital Sustainability from sustainable architecture
Scoop.it!

New York's 1st Net Zero Energy School

New York's 1st Net Zero Energy School | Digital Sustainability | Scoop.it

The first net zero energy school in New York State broke ground today; the school, located on a 3.5-acre site in Richmond, Staten Island, will be a 444-seat primary school.


Roger Duffy, FAIA, SOM Design Partner and head of the firm’s Education Lab called this project, “an extraordinary opportunity to help define the next generation of energy efficient school buildings for New York City and beyond.”
Bruce Barrett, Vice President of Architecture & Engineering described the intentions for this project: Using this unique project as a vehicle, the SCA (New York City School Construction Authority) will explore new and higher levels of sustainability by embarking on the construction of a Net Zero Energy School Building. Recognizing Mayor Bloomberg’s and New York City’s commitment to sustainability in general, and to energy conservation specifically, we have challenged ourselves to go beyond building code and design standards to realize innovative energy and carbon reductions exceeding our current achievements. We want to push the envelope on this advanced green project, which will be our ‘sustainability lab.’

 

View more renderings and find more details at the article link.


Via Lauren Moss
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Digital Sustainability from green streets
Scoop.it!

Green and Healthy Buildings: monitoring consumption & ecology in the built environment

Green and Healthy Buildings: monitoring consumption & ecology in the built environment | Digital Sustainability | Scoop.it

According to the United Nations Environment Programme, buildings account for approximately 40 percent of worldwide energy use and are responsible for 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. They also play an important role in the health and wellbeing of those who inhabit them each day.

The mass of information about what makes a building green tends to concentrate on new and innovative designs that create beautiful photo spreads. While such examples are inspiring, they make up a very small percentage of all buildings in operation.

Green Buildings Alive is an environmental initiative aimed at collecting and sharing data on existing buildings between 10 and 60 years old. The data is collected from office towers in Australian Central Business Districts (CBDs) and shared on a public website.

 

For more on this innovative, environmental initiative that provides interactive visualizations of building-performance data to help understand the complexities and relationships among sustainability, health, and energy, read the complete article


Via Lauren Moss
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Digital Sustainability from green infographics
Scoop.it!

Infographic: Making Internet Data Centers Green

Infographic: Making Internet Data Centers Green | Digital Sustainability | 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...


Via Lauren Moss
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Digital Sustainability from green streets
Scoop.it!

From relic to revolutionary: streetcars revitalize city transit | SmartPlanet

From relic to revolutionary: streetcars revitalize city transit | SmartPlanet | Digital Sustainability | Scoop.it
More than a half-century after streetcars were abandoned and burned, at least a dozen U.S. cities are working to revive them.

 

The revitalization of Portland, Ore.’s Pearl District, where empty warehouses were replaced with art galleries and abandoned rail yards gave way to multi-family housing, truly began for some when a streetcar line opened there in 2001. As the streetcar shuttled passengers around the once-decrepit neighborhood, it also swept billions of dollars of investments into the revived community.

What’s more, streetcars can protect the environment. “If you have clean electrical energy sources and feed them into the tram system,” said

Patrick Condon, a professor at the University of British Columbia and author of Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities- “it is greenhouse gas zero.” That combination of smart urban development and eco-friendly transit, he said, means more sustainable cities by 2050. “The real benefit of thinking about trams is not the vehicle itself,” Condon said, “but rather how the whole city works and how you move from place to place in a way that’s elegant, comfortable and greenhouse gas zero.”

 

Read on for details and examples that feature the potential positive benefits of reviving the streetcar- a 'clean alternative to cars'.


Via Lauren Moss
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Digital Sustainability from green infographics
Scoop.it!

Global CO2 emissions

Animated time-lapse video of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions in map form, spanning the 18th century until this current first decade of the 21st centur...

 

This is not a complete data set, but the video still shows the striking connection between CO2 emissions and  the historical geography of industrialization.


Via Seth Dixon, Lauren Moss
more...
Seth Dixon's comment, August 2, 2012 2:21 PM
I'd love to take credit for this, but I didn't create this video, but am simply sharing a resource that I found online with the broader community. Follow the YouTube link to see info about the creator there (Cuagau1).
Mark V's comment, September 4, 2012 11:41 AM
Frightening and guilt inducing. The US and Europe the biggest historical violators, plus living in the northeastern part of the country which shows the highest concentrations.
Rafael CAYUELA's curator insight, February 3, 2014 3:18 PM

Interesting and well done..

Rescooped by Digital Sustainability from The Great Transition
Scoop.it!

EU Commission pays lip service to renewable revolution

EU Commission pays lip service to renewable revolution | Digital Sustainability | Scoop.it

The European Commission adopted a new Communication on renewable energy today but its weak approach (no new targets - only promises for a framework past 2020) confirms that the fossil-fuel and gas industry has won the lobbying war. The fact that gas companies will now be able to get money from the renewables funding pot is a tragic joke. 


Via Willy De Backer
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Digital Sustainability from green streets
Scoop.it!

Megacities: Three Ways to Fix US Suburbs from the Inside Out

Megacities: Three Ways to Fix US Suburbs from the Inside Out | Digital Sustainability | Scoop.it
The US suburbs might be unsustainable, but changing the living arrangements of tens of millions of Americans isn’t as easy as simply changing their tastes in geography. Here’s three problems and three potential fixes for our neighbours in the sprawl.

 

Changing the living arrangements of tens of millions of Americans isn’t as easy as simply changing their tastes in geography. Sure, cities are getting more desirable for young, creative Americans, but how many can afford to stay in the city when they start a family and need to move out of their closet-sized studio? And can you blame the couple that wants their own patch of green without having to wake up the sound of garbage trucks and revelers at 4 AM?

The suburbs resemble that escape hatch from the pressures of city life. It’s the easy way out. Walking 5 blocks to the dirty, either freezing or boiling subway to wait for a train and get to the crowded and overpriced grocery store, or hop in your car, drive five minutes, and not have to carry your groceries more than 60 collective feet.

 

But the suburbs are far from perfection, breeding inefficiencies and inequalities of the economic, environmental and demographic form. They can’t be unbuilt though, so here’s a list of current problems and potential fixes for our neighbours in the sprawl...


Via Lauren Moss
more...
No comment yet.