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80. Net Zero Evolution - Secret is keep it ridiculously simple! - YouTube

The secret to building an affordable, net-zero home that produces as much energy as it consumes is harvesting passive solar energy. Take a tour of Architect,...
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The Rise of Net-Zero Homes

The Rise of Net-Zero Homes | Green Energy Futures | Scoop.it
Over the course of a year a net-zero home will generate as much energy as it consumes. They've been around for less than 10 years, but these buildings and the thinking behind them are taking North America by storm. ...
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The idea of net-zero homes has gone from concept to mainstream reality in seven short years!  Learn the top three secrets to getting to zero!

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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 | Green Energy Futures | 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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Organic Social Media's curator insight, November 14, 2013 6:28 PM
5 reasons you should care about California’s new #energy storage mandate #sustainability
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California gives a major push for effective innovation on energy storage technologies.

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Green energy: Sewage, biomass and gas from willows - Beacon News

Green energy: Sewage, biomass and gas from willows - Beacon News | Green Energy Futures | Scoop.it
What if there was an environmentally friendly way to solve sewage problems for Canadian towns, villages and hamlets, and in process generate green energy?

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Organic Social Media's curator insight, November 11, 2013 7:11 PM
Small towns and villages need a natural, cost-effective way to treat sewage – and create #greenenergy #sustainability
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eBay turns on first-of-its-kind fuel cell-powered data center | GigaOM Clean Tech

eBay turns on first-of-its-kind fuel cell-powered data center | GigaOM Clean Tech | Green Energy Futures | Scoop.it

E-commerce giant eBay has switched on a data center in Utah that is primarily powered by thirty fuel cells — devices that turn fuel like natural gas into electricity through a chemical reaction. eBay’s new data center will use the local power grid only as backup power, and eBay says this architecture is not only an environmental step, but makes the data center more reliable and immune to grid blackouts.

 

In addition to eBay’s unprecedented use of fuel cells for a data center, the company has also invested in a project where clean power company Ormat will install technology at nearby natural gas pipelines (on the compressor stations) to capture the heat waste from these stations and turn it into electricity. eBay will use this electricity (5 MW of it) back at the data center, in a move which will help lower eBay’s overall carbon footprint.

 

This data center is the first of its kind in the world, and highlights how data center operators are looking to experiment with cleaner power sources as the growing number of data centers in the world suck up ever more energy resources. eBay’s use of the grid as a backup only, also shows how data centers want to see how they can become independent from the grid, which can experience black outs of of their control.

 

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78. Net Zero 101 - The secret of building super energy efficient net-zero homes - YouTube

Net-zero homes first appeared in 2007, but they are taking North America by storm. In part 1 of our Chasing Net-zero series we talk to net-zero pioneer Peter...
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Net Zero 101 is part of a four part series on Chasing Net Zero at www.greenenergyfutures.ca

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E47 Rocket Mass Heaters: A better burning wood stove

Fire. Taming it, mastering it, working with it, it's a foundational human activity. There is nothing so hypnotic as sitting around a campfire, listening to i...
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Geothermal for your house?

Geothermal for your house? | Green Energy Futures | Scoop.it
By Trevor Gould For the longest time, traditional heating and cooling methods have been used in the majority of the world’s households. Yet thanks to the industry’s continuous innovation, a hyper-efficient solution is now widely available in the form of geothermal heating and cooling.

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India Breaks 2 GW Solar Barrier

India Breaks 2 GW Solar Barrier | Green Energy Futures | Scoop.it
A new update from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in India has proclaimed the country has passed the 2 GW landmark for grid-connected solar.

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