Oakland to celebrate "Clean Economy Week" October 15-19

August 6, 2018 by  
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Mayor Schaaf and VERGE 18 will showcase companies and community groups leading the charge to a prosperous, resilient and inclusive economy.

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Australian home builder to include a Tesla Powerwall in every new home

April 4, 2017 by  
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An Australian home builder has announced plans to include a Tesla Powerwall in all new homes. Arden Homes says they will outfit all their new homes with the energy storage technology through a partnership with solar energy company and certified Tesla Powerwall reseller Bradford Solar . The move is expected to slash electricity costs for homeowners. Tesla Powerwalls will now be standard in Arden homes as part of the Bradford Solar ChargePack. Solar panels on home rooftops will gather energy, which can then “be used to power your appliances, fed back into the grid , or stored for later use,” according to an Arden brochure . The pack also includes cloud-based monitoring so people can track energy consumption right from their smartphones. Related: Solar homes with Tesla’s Powerwall 2.0 are already cost-competitive with the grid in Australia The Tesla Powerwall, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery , allows homes to run on renewable energy whether the sun is shining or not, and can even power homes during an outage. Powerwalls can also help homeowners slash electric bills by up to 92 percent; according to Tesla , the battery charges when electricity demand is low, and therefore rates are low, and discharges when electricity demand is higher and rates are more expensive. According to Arden’s brochure, families could save around $2,500 every year on electric costs, and their five kilowatt (kW) Bradford Solar ChargePack allows a family of four to attain 90 percent self-sufficiency a day. Their six kW pack allows an Australian family to live with little dependency on the grid. Arden Homes are also designed to allow plenty of natural light to brighten up their dwellings through sun courts and large picture windows. 15 percent of Australian households – or around 1.5 million homes – are utilizing solar energy, and information released late last year showed the electricity generated in Australian solar homes with a Tesla Powerwall 2 is cost-competitive with the grid. + Arden Homes + Bradford Solar Via Futurism Images via Bradford Solar Facebook and Arden Homes Facebook

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How businesses are leading the push for truck efficiency

July 20, 2015 by  
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Walmart, FedEx and Pepsi are rolling out fleet improvements while equipment makers Wabash National, Cummins, Eaton are also leading the charge.

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Your Future Smartphone May be Charged by Sound

August 13, 2014 by  
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Imagine walking down Fifth Avenue in the heart of Manhattan while the sounds of the city surround you: the cabbie is honking his horn, the store owner is blasting music, and construction workers are carrying on a loud conversation. Now imagine that all of this noise gives your smartphone a battery boost! This scenario could be a reality soon thanks to scientists from  Nokia and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) , who have successfully charged a phone using zinc oxide nanowires that convert sound-caused vibrations into electricity — called the piezoelectric effect. Read the rest of Your Future Smartphone May be Charged by Sound Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: background noise , cell phones , charge , mobile phones , nanowires , Nokia , Queen Mary University of London , recharge , smartphones , sounds , traffic noise , zinc oxide

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Typing and Swiping Could be the New Energy-Efficient Way to Charge Your Smartphone

March 21, 2014 by  
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Zhong Lin Wang and his team at the  Georgia Institute of Technology  have come up with a generator that powers your smartphone with nothing more than typing and swiping. The idea is based on the  triboelectric effect , which produces an electric charge from the friction of two different materials rubbing together. It’s a breakthrough that has already been successfully incorporated into various objects, and could mean you never have to charge your phone again! Read the rest of Typing and Swiping Could be the New Energy-Efficient Way to Charge Your Smartphone Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: friction-based energy production , Georgia Institute of Technology , nanotechnology , polymer film , triboelectric nanogenerator , Zhong Lin Wang        

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Philips helps lead the charge on next-gen clean tech financing

November 18, 2013 by  
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Companies are funding clean tech projects with zero money down and by using capital from energy savings.

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Nissan Says There’s “No Charge to Charge” for New LEAF Owners in Texas

October 1, 2013 by  
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Nissan has announced that owners of the all-electric Nissan LEAF</a in the Dallas-Fort Worth and greater Houston areas will have free, unlimited access to the eVgo network of public charging stations throughout their first year of ownership. So what does that mean? Essentially, anyone who signs up for the new “No Charge to Charge” program will be able to drive for an entire year without having to pay for a single tank of gas! Read the rest of Nissan Says There’s “No Charge to Charge” for New LEAF Owners in Texas Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: charging stations , Dallas , Dallas electric vehicles , Dallas EV charging , electric car , electric vehicles , eVgo network , fort worth , free EV charging in Texas , green transportation , NISSAN , Nissan Leaf , Nissan’s no charge EV network , no charge to charge , texas , Texas electric vehicles        

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Classy Yield Cup Set Offers an Eco-Friendly Alternative to Plastic While on the Go

October 1, 2013 by  
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The Yield Cup Set offers the perfect alternative to plastic for people who are always on the go. It combines one pair of stainless steel cups secured together by a handcrafted leather casing and sturdy brass hardware. The leather is vegetable tanned within the United States and crafted in San Francisco, CA, and the stainless steel cups are both more durable and safer than plastic. Each set is available for $38. + Yield Design 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: green design , handcrafted leather , made in USA , on the go beverage solution , plastic alternative , reader submitted content , stainless steel cups , sustainable design , Sustainable Materials , Yield Cup , Yield Design        

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Rose-Like Nano Coating Could Keep Airborne Viruses Out of Planes

October 1, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock In another awesome project inspired by nature , scientists developed a new type of nano coating that makes a surface stay wet or keep it completely dry, and it never needs to be cleaned. Researchers at the University of Sydney created this newly discovered material by using raspberry-shaped nanoparticles that mimic the surface structure of a rose. Depending on the arrangement of these bundled particles, the surface can either repel water or soak it up like a sponge, and one of its many applications includes using it in airplanes to keep airborne viruses at bay. Read the rest of Rose-Like Nano Coating Could Keep Airborne Viruses Out of Planes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: airplane , biomimicry , dirt repelant , does not need to be cleaned , fungi , medical technology , Medicine , microscopic , miniature , mold , nanoparticles , News , operation , rain , reduce mold in bathroom , repels water , research , School of Chemistry , science , stain resistant , stainless , surgery , things inspired by nature , University of Sidney , water resistant , waterproof        

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New global commission connects climate change policy with results

September 26, 2013 by  
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Mexico's former president is leading the charge on behalf of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.

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