Solar record-breaking China aims for 50GW installed in 2017

October 20, 2017 by  
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China , a consistent leader in solar power production and installation, is having another banner year with 25 gigawatts of solar energy being installed in June and July alone. It is estimated that China is capable of installing over 50GW of solar energy by the end of 2017. As of October 1, approximately 42GW of solar energy had been installed, though the pace of installations is expected to slow in October. Although China’s solar boom yields economic benefits, an self-interest understanding of the need to protect the environment also drives the movement. “Any harm we inflict on nature will eventually return to haunt us,” said Chinese President Xi Jinping at the National Congress of China’s Communist Party. “This is a reality we have to face.” Much of the recent growth has been concentrated in the non-utility distributed solar sector, in part because China is pushing a new program called Top Runner, which aims to install more efficient solar panels in smaller projects. By any measure, China is absolutely dominating the global solar race. In 2016, the nation of nearly 1.4 billion people installed 34GW of solar power, the most ever by any country in a single year. In contrast, the United States , in the second place position for added capacity in 2016, added only 14.6GW of solar power. Related: China announces plan to ban sales of fossil fuel cars and shift focus to EVs Although China’s solar energy domination has proven to be valuable in the export market, with many of the components for solar systems around the world being produced locally, the domestic impact of its deliberate, consistent investment in solar energy is undeniable. In transforming its energy economy, out of necessity and strategy, China may provide important global climate leadership in a time when the United States has ceded its authority in this realm. “Taking a driving seat in international cooperation to respond to climate change, China has become an important participant, contributor, and torchbearer in the global endeavor for ecological civilization,” said President Xi Jinping. “[China must] develop a new model of modernization with humans developing in harmony with nature.” Via Electrek Images via Depositphotos and Wikimedia

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New concrete roof includes thin-film PV cells to generate power

October 20, 2017 by  
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Digital design and fabrication techniques allowed researchers in Switzerland to create a curvy, super thin concrete roof that will one day help a residential unit produce more power than it consumes. Using the innovative methods, the researchers assembled the roof with much less materials than would otherwise be needed. The concrete roof is also equipped with thin-film photovoltaic cells to generate energy. Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) recently unveiled the prototype for a sinuous, self-supporting concrete roof. The roof is comprised of multiple layers, including concrete , heating and cooling coils, insulation, and more concrete fitted with thin film solar cells. The prototype was around 25-feet-tall, with a surface area of around 1,722 feet squared. The average thickness of the concrete was around two inches; the support surfaces had a thickness of 4.7 inches and the edges of the roof were just around one inch thick. Related: The company that offered integrated solar roofs before Elon Musk A cable net supporting a polymer textile provided the formwork for the concrete roof. The researchers used a precise concrete mix, fluid enough to be sprayed but firm enough to not flow off. Professor of Architecture and Structures Philippe Block said in a statement, “We’ve shown that it’s possible to build an exciting thin concrete shell structure using a lightweight, flexible formwork, thus demonstrating that complex concrete structures can be formed without wasting large amounts of material for their construction.” The prototype has already been dismantled to make room for other experiments, but in 2018, the roof will be erected atop materials science and technology research institute Empa ‘s HiLo Penthouse. Guest faculty will live and work in the penthouse, which is expected to produce more energy that it uses thanks to the concrete roof’s solar cells and what ETH Zurich described as an adaptive solar facade . Via ETH Zurich Images © Block Research Group, ETH Zurich/Michael Lyrenmann and © Block Research Group, ETH Zurich/Naida Iljazovic

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India Outlaws All Animal Testing for Cosmetics and Their Ingredients

June 29, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock In a bold and historic move, India has become the first South Asian nation to ban all animal testing for cosmetics . On Friday the Drug Controller General announced the ban, adding that the use of modern, non-animal tests for cosmetics and their ingredients will now be mandatory. Similar laws are already in place in the European Union and Israel, and the much needed change in India’s law comes after extensive campaigning by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals , Humane Society International , and multinational retailers such as LUSH and The Body Shop . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal cruelty , animal testing , animal testing ban , cosmetic testing , cosmetics , Humane Society International , humane treatment , India , LUSH , PETA , the body shop        

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California Passes First State Cap-and-Trade Program in US

October 21, 2011 by  
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Russell Neches / CC BY 2.0 California has become the first state in the US to adopt a state-administered cap-and-trade program, LA Times reports. Yesterday, the California Air Resources Board voted unanimously for the carbon pricing scheme. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Fracking Wastewater Disposal Plan Could Send Contaminants Over Niagara Falls

October 21, 2011 by  
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Rinaldo Wurglitsch / CC BY 2.0 The contentious debate over hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in New York State just took a turn towards the weird. As Care2 reports, natural gas companies and the Niagara Falls Water Board have agreed to a plan for fracking wastewater disposal … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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High-Yield Wormwood Could Lead to Cheap Antimalarials

January 18, 2010 by  
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Image credit: Hljod.Huskona /Flickr Around the world, fighting malaria has become a race to treat afflicted patients before the disease, caused by a microorganism that lives blood, can become resistant to the regimens. Currently, the most effective treatment is based on Artemisia annua , commonly known as sweet wormwood, which has been naturalized in countries where malaria is endemic. The problem is that Artemisia annua tends to be a low-yield plant, making it an unprofitable crop for farmers and a sc..

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Mission Viejo Tests New BigBelly Solar Powered Trash Compactors

December 24, 2009 by  
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Mission Viejo , California has become the latest in a string of cities to try out a new sustainable street-scale solar powered trash compactor called the BigBelly Solar Compactor .  In partnership with its waste hauler Waste Management , the city hopes to cut trash pickups from street containers by up to 80%, which in turn would help cut greenhouse gas emissions , reduce fuel use, and shave some costs off the city’s waste hauling budget. The city is starting with two BigBelly solar compactors at its Civic Center, and it anticipates a successful trial.  Solar technology and battery storage technology are rapidly approaching the point where solar equipment can operate without the need for direct sunlight every day, so look for more urban street fixtures to go solar in the near future

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