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How to Build a Completely Off-the-Grid, Self-Sustaining Home

By |2020-02-21T14:39:30+03:00June 27th, 2015|Categories: Alternative Energy, Environment & Planet, Home Improvement & DIY, Lifestyle|Tags: , , , , , |

With the problems resulting from climate change appearing daily in our news, a trend has slowly been emerging to go back to nature and live in a totally self-sustaining home. These houses are being designed by a company called Earthship based in New Mexico. The idea behind these homes is that they are “off-the-grid,” meaning that they try to rely as little as possible on public utilities. The man behind Earthship, Michael Reynolds, came up with the idea back in the 1970s. He had three

Electronic Waste: Where Does It All End Up? – Infographic

By |2020-02-19T13:54:59+03:00June 15th, 2015|Categories: Alternative Energy, Environment & Planet|Tags: , , , , |

How much e-waste or e-scrap we are wasting every year? The answer is 20 to 50 million metric tons of electronic waste, and we only recycle 10% to 18% worldwide. Some of the most used electronics that are usually replaced are television, printers, portable devices like cellphones, USB, and music players. Although electronic waste is the fastest-growing portion of the municipal waste stream, because they are full of valuable resources, including silver, gold, titanium, fossil fuels, aluminum, iron, tin, copper and much more. Many of

Renewable Energy Finally Makes Sense… And That’s Why It’s A Threat

By |2020-03-02T20:56:56+03:00March 22nd, 2015|Categories: Alternative Energy, Environment & Planet, Science & Technology|Tags: , , |

Renewable Energies: For some time now, we’ve had the technology to comfortably make the transition away from fossil fuel based energy. Unfortunately, it was not convenient economically. Solar panels and wind turbines were quite expensive and offered very few incentives to those brave enough to invest in this emerging market. Fortunately, thanks to renewable energy programs, who offer loan guarantees, a rising threat to the established power companies has become a reality. Plants fired by coal are rapidly losing their market share and costs for renewable energy are

Why Now Is the Perfect Time to Go Solar

By |2020-03-03T21:16:43+03:00March 15th, 2015|Categories: Alternative Energy, Environment & Planet|Tags: , , , , |

With the world's energy costs skyrocketing, there's no better time to adopt an alternative energy lifestyle. Solar power is an easy way to make the energy switch, especially for homeowners today. If you're looking for a more efficient, cost-effective way to live, read on for just a few reasons why now is the perfect time to go solar. Reliable Energy and Pricing When your home runs off the grid, it's at the mercy of the power company and current energy costs. This means your utility

How Solar Energy Makes Everyday Life Functional and Beautiful

By |2020-01-31T23:39:58+03:00December 1st, 2014|Categories: Alternative Energy, Environment & Planet|Tags: , , , , |

Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde is not a stranger to the art of combining solar energy with art and architecture... These first few shy steps into incorporating solar energy and utilizing it for our everyday lives, in order to make them more beautiful, but most of all, more practical and energy-conservative, shows not only great promise but also great ambition. His recent project for Smart highways that glow in the dark left many enthusiastic about what he has in store for future projects. And their enthusiasm

The First Wave Energy Converters for Latin America

By |2017-11-18T13:30:19+03:00September 19th, 2014|Categories: Alternative Energy, Environment & Planet|Tags: , |

In the state of Ceara, which is in the northeastern part of Brasil is one of the first wave energy converters for Latin America. This 2012 project features a land secured system that reaches into the ocean and harvests the motion of the waves, converting the kinetic energy into clean electricity. The project was done by the submarine laboratory at Coppe , developed by Tracetebel Energy and supported by the government of Ceara. The floating disc modules consist of a 10 meter diameter floating buoy

IBM Solar Collector Magnifies Sun By 2000X

By |2019-04-05T21:39:27+03:00July 14th, 2014|Categories: Alternative Energy, Environment & Planet, Science & Technology|Tags: , , |

A team at IBM recently developed what they call a High Concentration PhotoVoltaic Thermal (HCPVT) or, in simple words, a solar collector. It is a system that is capable of concentrating the power of 2,000 suns, they are even claiming to be able to concentrate energy safely up to 5,000X, that’s huge. The process of trapping the sunlight produces water that can be used to produce filtered drinkable water, or used for other things like air conditioning, etc. Scientists envision that the HCPVT system could

How Will the World Change by 2025?

By |2020-03-23T19:40:42+03:00July 3rd, 2014|Categories: Alternative Energy, Environment & Planet, Science & Technology|Tags: , , |

Having analyzed huge volumes of data regarding the scientific studies and patent applications, the company Thomson Reuters, a child agency of Reuters, came up with a list of ten innovations that promise a dramatic world change by 2025. Intellectual Property and Science Department of the company initially identified ten areas of scientific research which are most often referred to in the scientific literature. This information was combined with data on the areas with most of the patent application claims. Here are Top Ten Innovations of