Inside Kathy Hannun’s quest to provide accessible household geothermal energy

May 16, 2018 by  
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It’s about the consumer-friendly product, yes, but for this ex-Googler, it’s especially about the right employees.

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When cheap doesn’t cut it: Why energy buyers should look at value, not just cost

May 16, 2018 by  
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As renewables are mainstreamed, the cheapest energy project may no longer create the best value.

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Apple invests millions in a carbon-free aluminum smelting method

May 11, 2018 by  
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For over 130 years, aluminum , a material in many Apple products, has been produced in the same dirty, greenhouse gas -releasing way. That could all change soon: Apple is partnering with aluminum company Alcoa Corporation and metal company Rio Tinto to commercialize technology that, according to Apple , “eliminates direct greenhouse gas emissions from the traditional smelting process.” Fast Company reported the tech giant is investing $10.1 million in research and development. Rio Tinto and Alcoa are coming together to form Elysis, a joint venture company, with the goal of packaging the technology for sale in 2024. Not only is Apple betting big on the venture, the governments of Quebec and Canada are investing around $47 million. Elysis will be based in Montreal and will employ 100 people to work towards commercialization of what Alcoa called the world’s first zero-carbon aluminum smelting technology. Apple said they’d be offering technical support. Related: Apple’s new recycling robot can disassemble 200 iPhones in a single hour Alcoa said in Canada, “the technology could eliminate the equivalent of 6.5 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, if fully implemented at existing aluminum smelters in the country. That represents an amount roughly equal to taking nearly 1.8 million light-duty vehicles off the road.” Apple chose eight materials to zero in on to seek cleaner production methods, and aluminum is one of those. The company said back in 2015, three of their engineers started a search for an improved method of mass-producing aluminum, and they found it at Alcoa. The company’s founder, Charles Hall, pioneered the old method in 1886, but it uses a carbon material that smolders throughout the process, so greenhouse gases are released. But then Alcoa developed a new process that utilizes an advanced conductive material rather than carbon. The smelting process releases oxygen , not carbon dioxide. Rio Tinto brings smelting technology development experience to the joint venture, which will work towards larger scale production. Alcoa CEO Roy Harvey said in the company’s statement, “This discovery has been long sought in the aluminum industry, and this announcement is the culmination of the work from many dedicated Alcoa employees. Today, our history of innovation continues as we take aluminum’s sustainable advantage to a new level with the potential to improve the carbon footprint of a range of products from cars to consumer electronics.” + Apple + Alcoa Via Fast Company Images via Apple

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Architects propose a giant circular park in the sky for Asti, Italy

May 11, 2018 by  
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This giant green-roofed ring designed for Asti, Italy pairs a car park with a beautiful public space. The project, designed by architects Angelo Salamone and Ilaria Filippi of AS-DOES , is an example of how green infrastructure can create a functional and attractive community space. AS-DOES presented this car park as a proposal for a competition organized by Asti Servizi Pubblici S.p.A. The contest called for solutions to tackle the redevelopment of Piazza Campo del Palio in Asti. Every project needed to address how to revitalize the area and make it safer and more functional for citizens. Related: Striking new footbridge rehabilitates formerly derelict area of French city The multi-story elliptical car park functions as a covered overpass with a large green roof. The project provides vast open spaces , areas for parking and space for commercial and cultural activities. The designers incorporated green space to make the location more appealing and to provide a place for recreation. The green roof gives visitors incredible city views, too. The roof is an ideal location for friends to gather and play ball or skate. The ground floor of the car park has a central square that can be used for a variety of purposes, including as a venue for performances, local events or markets. + AS-DOES

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This tiny cabin in Australia lets you go off-grid in style

May 11, 2018 by  
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For those looking to get back to nature, this tiny cabin in rural Australia provides a picturesque retreat without sacrificing comfort or style. Located on the remote Kimo Estate and designed by Anthony Hunt Design and Luke Stanley Architects , JR’s Hut is a beautiful A-frame cabin built with sustainable Australian hardwoods . The minimalist cabin was designed to provide guests with a remote, off-grid option to disconnect and enjoy the area’s stunning natural beauty. Kimo Estate is a popular wedding venue set in the rural area of Gundagai, New South Wales. The JR Eco Hut is located away from the main venue, in the midst of a beautiful, expansive landscape. Related: Go way off-grid in this beautiful bamboo hut tucked into Bali’s lush mountains All of the cabin’s materials were locally sourced and assembled on-site by a two-person team. Sustainable Australian hardwoods were used throughout the cabin’s A-frame volume, which is topped with pitched roofs covered in galvanized steel. A glazed front wall brings natural light to the interior while also providing stunning views. The serene, minimalist interior, which is furnished with a small seating area and queen-sized bed, allows guests to enjoy the remote location in optimal comfort. A wood-burning fireplace keeps the space warm and cozy during the chilly nights, but when weather permits, the outdoor deck is the heart of the beautiful cabin . + Kimo Estate + Anthony Hunt Design + Luke Stanley Architects Via Archdaily Photography by Hilary Bradford Photography via Anthony Hunt Designs

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How PwC is using VR to help ‘see’ the sustainable future

May 3, 2018 by  
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Megadrones, self-driving cars and 3D-printed buildings are in this virtual reality system’s plan for a future that has beat climate change.

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Wells Fargo pledges $200 billion for low-carbon economy projects

April 19, 2018 by  
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The money will go towards companies and projects involved with clean technologies, renewable energy and more.

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Meet Daisy, Apple’s latest robot for recovering and reusing iPhone components

April 19, 2018 by  
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She can disassemble up to 200 smartphones in an hour.

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Investors keep early-stage cleantech alive with lessons learned

April 4, 2018 by  
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The cost to fund and grow young science and hardware startups has dropped in recent years, says the investors of a new firm.

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Investors keep early-stage cleantech alive with lessons learned

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The cost to fund and grow young science and hardware startups has dropped in recent years, says the investors of a new firm.

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