Dubai announces plans for world’s biggest waste-to-energy facility

February 1, 2018 by  
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Dubai plans to deal with their garbage in a bold new way: with the largest waste-to-energy plant in the world. Gulf News and New Atlas reported the government announced plans for a facility that will handle as much as two million tons of solid waste yearly. That’s around 60 percent of the trash Dubai produces in a year. With a 185 megawatt (MW) capacity, the plant will generate power for around 120,000 homes. Dubai’s launching an ambitious effort to turn junk into energy . The waste-to-energy plant will treat around 5,000 metric tons every single day, and will generate as much power as 2,000 skyscrapers as big as the Burj Khalifa could consume – roughly two percent of Dubai’s annual electricity consumption, according to the Government of Dubai Media Office . Related: World’s largest waste-to-energy plant in China will be topped with green roofs and photovoltaics Dubai will raise the waste-to-energy plant on five acres of land, and will partner with Switzerland-based waste-to-energy technology company Hitachi Zosen Inova and Belgian construction company BESIX on the project. HV 132kV cables will connect the plant to the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)’s grid. DEWA CEO Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer told Gulf News, “This will be a new source of [power] supply for Dubai. This will improve security of supply.” Construction will commence in a few months, according to Dubai Municipality director general Hussain Nasser Lootah, and the plant should be operating before World Expo 2020 . There is another waste-to-energy plant in progress vying for the title of world’s largest planned for Shenzhen , China; Inhabitat covered its green design here . Both could be finished in 2020. New Atlas reported the Shenzhen plant is still on track to claim the prize, but if the Dubai project reaches its goals, it could snag the title, with an output around 20 MW greater than the Shenzhen plant. Via New Atlas and Government of Dubai Media Office via Gulf News Images via BESIX

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AeroMobil is launching a flying car that you can actually buy this year

April 11, 2017 by  
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We’ve been waiting for flying cars ever since the 1960s – and they’re set to become a viable reality this year. AeroMobil just announced that it is ready to launch its futuristic flying car – and you’ll actually be able to buy one in a few months. The company plans to show off the latest iteration of the car/plane hybrid next week in Monaco, with pre-orders starting later this year. According to the company, “AeroMobil is a completely integrated aircraft as well as a fully functioning four-wheeled car, powered by hybrid propulsion.” So far, we don’t know how much the futuristic car will cost, or any real specifics, but we do know that the company is aiming to revolutionize the way we get around. “AeroMobil aims to make personal transportation vastly more efficient and environmentally friendly by allowing significantly faster door-to-door travel for medium distance trips and in areas with limited or missing road infrastructure.?” Related: AeroMobil unveils futuristic flying car, plans to launch by 2017 AeroMobil revealed an early prototype of their flying car several years ago, and since then, they’ve been hard at work creating a car that fits within existing regulatory frameworks for both cars and airplanes, which means it will be a viable form of transportation in the very near future. They plan to show off the latest model at the supercar show Grimaldi Forum in Monaco from April 20 until April 24. + AeroMobil

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Tesla is now the second most valuable car company in the US

April 4, 2017 by  
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Environmental news hasn’t been very hopeful of late – except maybe from Tesla Motors . Elon Musk’s electric car company has surged in sales so far this year, delivering a staggering 25,000 vehicles to customers. That puts the company ahead of ahead of Ford as the second most valuable car manufacturer in the US—a clear indication that American consumers care about climate change and cutting air pollution. Part of that’s due to Tesla’s explosive growth as it enters its 14th year, but part of it’s also because Ford’s seen its sales slump by 7% compared to last year. Tesla’s lead is narrow: while it’s currently valued at $47 billion, Ford has dropped to $45 billion. That being said, Ford is still the larger and more established company, and Tesla is still taking losses as it continues to establish itself in the market. While Tesla saw about $7 billion in annual revenue in 2016, Ford blew it out of the water with $152 billion. Overall, Tesla also posted a loss of $773 million last year. Related: Elon Musk announces all new Teslas will be self-driving While it’s uncertain whether Tesla will continue to beat Ford in terms of market value, it seems Musk is banking on the company’s unique semi-autonomous technology to give him an edge. While Ford is planning to release fully autonomous vehicles by 2021 , Musk insists that semi-autonomous functionality will increase customer safety and improve drivers’ experiences long before fully-developed self-driving vehicles hit the market. Given the video that circulated a few months ago documenting Tesla’s Autopilot apparently predicting an upcoming accident , Musk may be on the right track. Via Recode Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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GenZe is a smart scooter that helps redefine urban mobility

January 16, 2015 by  
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Increasing traffic congestion—along with energy, pollution, parking and maintenance hassles—are definitely creating a demand for smart, two-wheel solutions for getting around cities, university campuses and other congested areas.  GenZe – a pioneer in energy-efficient, hassle-free transportation – has developed a brilliant solution to this issue with a new all-electric scooter platform set to reach the market in just a few months. Unlike some other electric transportation options, the GenZe will not rely on the development of a new power infrastructure. Its removable lithium-ion battery is rechargeable at any standard electrical outlet. In other words, it leverages America’s existing power grid and ubiquitous AC electrical sockets to make sure its riders keep moving, wherever they are. + GenZe The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric scooter , electric transportation , electric vehicles , GenZe electric scooter , GenZe scooter , GenZe urban travel , green commute , green commuting , green transportation , green travel , rechargeable scooter , urban commuting

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Republican ‘Warmist’: "I No Longer Believe There Can be Common Ground Between Conservatives and Environmentalists"

October 3, 2011 by  
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Photo: House GOP Leader via Flickr/CC BY D.R. Tucker, a Republican writer and radio show host, made a splash when he announced on Frum Forum that he had ‘converted’ to accepting the overwhelming scientific evidence that humans are causing the planet to warm. When I profiled his conversion in this Slate piece a few months ago, he was experiencing the backlash from br… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Big Coal Claims Inbreeding is Behind W. Virginia Birth Defects, Not Mining

July 13, 2011 by  
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Photo: Silvia Alba via Flickr/CC BY You may recall seeing the report a few months back in which scientists linked a spate of birth defects in West Virginia to the toxins released from nearby mountaintop removal mining operations. It may have seemed like a perfectly sound, scientific conclusion, but the coal industry insists that there’s another explanation: Inbreeding! Yes, it’s a truly tasteless legal maneuver aimed at e… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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The Best Source of Clean Energy: Superman! (Comic)

July 13, 2011 by  
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“I kinda miss fighting crime…” Here’s something a bit on the lighter side of things: This great comic by SMBC shows us the best source of clean energy. But let’s be careful about when we reach peak Superman! Better start working on those muons now… Via SMBC . On a more serious note, check out: Google Invests $280M in Residential Solar Power! … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Bangladesh Creates 300-Strong Special Task Force to Protect Endangered Bengal Tiger

June 13, 2011 by  
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Photo: Wikipedia , CC Protecting the ±400 Tigers Living in the Area Around 400 tigers live in the Sundarbans forest that stands between Bangladesh and India.

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Join Authors Stephen Palumbi and Carolyn Sotka for a Live Discussion on TreeHugger, Today at 3pm Eastern

June 13, 2011 by  
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Watch live streaming video from treehuggerlive at livestream.com This month, BookHugger presents

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Rush Limbaugh: Still the Nation’s #1 Climate Naysayer

June 13, 2011 by  
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Is Rush Limbaugh Our Preeminent Climate Skeptic? Rush Limbaugh is perhaps the most typical climate change naysayer to have a major media platform at his disposal. There are, or course, a host of well-known professional skeptics like the publicity hound Lord Monckton and the fossil fuel-funded Patrick Michaels , but these folks enter the media sphere with a single mission: to claim that currently accepted climate change theories are misguided.

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