Tasmanian island to be powered by wave energy

February 3, 2021 by  
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In about one month’s time, a remote Tasmanian island will be powered by wave energy. If the test project is successful, King Island residents will enjoy renewable energy harnessed from wave swells. This will make the island one of the few places on Earth where three forms of clean energy are used. Currently, about two-thirds of the island’s energy needs are covered by wind and solar power. The island of 1,700 people is being used as an example of how renewable energy can be adopted in the modern world. The project has been backed by federal agents and other investors, and it is led by Wave Swell Energy, a progressive energy company based in Australia . Tom Denniss, the co-founder of Wave Swell Energy, explained how the wave energy harnessing system works. Related: First-of-its-kind device prototype harnesses renewable energy from ocean waves “It’s very much like an artificial blowhole,” Denniss said. “There’s a big underwater chamber that’s open out the front, so the water is forced into the chamber. It pushes that air back and forth. The movement of air that spins the turbine and produces electricity.” Studies have shown that Australia’s southern coast has the potential to generate huge amounts of wave energy . A study carried out by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) found that the huge swells of waves on the coast can generate commercially viable power. Research showed that if wave energy is well-harnessed in Australia, it could cover up to 11% of the country’s energy needs by mid-century. “Clearly there’s a massive wave resource . It’s definitely a resource worth pursuing,” Denniss said. “We’ll have something soon but it’ll still be relatively small. It’s the future we’re looking towards.” The project uses a boat-like structure that floats on water . The structure is expected to harness about 200kW of power, but Wave Swell Energy has plans for a bigger model. “This is just a demonstration of the technology at this stage,” Denniss explained. “The aim of the project is to get a good estimate and generate data on how much it produces in different-sized waves. We want to see all different-sized waves so that we know across the full range of conditions what the unit can produce.” + Wave Swell Energy Via The Guardian Image via Hans B.

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By 2035, all new cars sold in Massachusetts must be electric

January 5, 2021 by  
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has released a masterplan for the state that requires all cars produced and sold to be electric come 2035. The plan, dubbed  Massachusetts 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap ,  looks at various factors that contribute to carbon pollution. State administrators noted that cars are major contributors to carbon pollution, and any plan to achieve net-zero emissions must include the eradication of fossil fuel-powered automobiles. In a  press release , the governor highlighted the negative impacts of climate change caused by excessive carbon pollution. “The people of Massachusetts are experiencing record droughts, increased risk of wildfire, severe weather, and flooding in our coastal communities,” Baker said. “The costly impacts of climate change are on display in the Commonwealth, making it critical that we take action.” Related: Solar-powered Lowell Justice Center will be Massachusetts’ first LEED Platinum courthouse Kathleen Theoharides, the state’s Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary, said that achieving net-zero emissions requires efforts from everyone to make the plan successful. “We know that achieving Net Zero emissions by 2050 will require hard work and collaboration across all sectors of the economy,” Theoharides said. The new roadmap “establishes a blueprint that will help us achieve our climate goals in a way that is cost-effective and delivers significant benefits to residents across the Commonwealth, especially those in our most vulnerable communities.” In the report, which was released on December 31, the state has identified key areas of concern to help reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2050. Besides turning to electric cars, the report also outlines a shift from a fossil fuel grid to a renewable energy grid. According to the report, data indicates that low-income homes in the state do not have access to air conditioning as compared to more affluent homes. The plan looks at increasing temperatures due to climate change and notes that all homes will require clean energy to facilitate home air conditioning. Another area of focus will be new buildings. The state plans to prevent emissions from all upcoming buildings with improved building codes and construction policies. Massachusetts now becomes one of the few states with a clear roadmap toward net-zero emissions . However, the bulk of the work still lies in the implementation of the plan. + Mass.gov Via Clean Technica Image via David Mark

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VERGE Accelerate: Circular Pitch Session

November 10, 2020 by  
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VERGE Accelerate: Circular Pitch Session VERGE Accelerate is a series of fast-pitch competitions featuring leading clean economy startups. Today’s session highlights five entrepreneurs building solutions related to the circular economy. Hear expert reactions to each pitch and then cast your vote to help determine the winner, who will get to pitch in the main stage finals on Friday, October 30. Speakers Ana Carolina Oliveira, Head of Sustainable Finance, Americas, ING Anirudh Sharma, Co-founder, Lab Lead, Graviky Labs Diana Yousef, Founder & CEO, change:WATER Labs Kristin Kagetsu, CEO | Saathi Lauren Phipps, Director & Senior Analyst, Circular Economy, GreenBiz Lia Alvarez, CEO, Fair by Nature Rob Bernard, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Commonwealth Equity Partners Tom Chan, Cofounder, UNOCUP This session was held at GreenBiz Group’s VERGE 20, October 26-30, 2020. Learn more about the event here: https://events.greenbiz.com/events/ve…   Watch our other must-see talks here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwW3…   OUR LINKS Website: https://www.greenbiz.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/greenbiz LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/gree… Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/greenbiz_group Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreenBiz YanniGuo Tue, 11/10/2020 – 10:17 Featured Off

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VERGE Accelerate: Carbon Pitch Session

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VERGE Accelerate: Carbon Pitch Session VERGE Accelerate is a series of fast-pitch competitions featuring leading startups advancing the clean economy. Today’s session highlights five entrepreneurs building solutions related to carbon removal. Hear expert reactions to each pitch and then cast your vote to help determine the winner, who will get to pitch in the main stage finals on Friday, October 30. Speakers Aadith Moorthy, Founder & CEO, ConserWater Technologies Brandon Marques, VP of Strategy & Finance, Carbon Direct Elba Horta, Business Development Manager, Puro.earth Joel Makower, Chairman and Executive Editor, GreenBiz Lindsay James, Strategic Alliances Catalyst, Nucleário Max Nova, Founder, SilviaTerra Nicholas Eisenberger, Managing Partner, Pure Energy Partners Olya Irzak, CEO, Frost Methane Labs This session was held at GreenBiz Group’s VERGE 20, October 26-30, 2020. Learn more about the event here: https://events.greenbiz.com/events/ve…   Watch our other must-see talks here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwW3… OUR LINKS Website: https://www.greenbiz.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/greenbiz LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/gree… Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/greenbiz_group Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreenBiz YanniGuo Tue, 11/10/2020 – 10:14 Featured Off

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UK plans to ban the sales of plastic straws to tackle ocean plastic pollution

April 19, 2018 by  
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8.5 billion plastic straws are tossed out in the United Kingdom every year, according to a recent study cited by the government . They plan to take action — by ending sales of plastic-stemmed cotton buds and plastic drink stirrers and straws in a bid to reduce ocean plastic waste. The UK is cracking down on ocean plastic . The government announced the ban at the summit for the Commonwealth heads of government. Prime Minister Theresa May said, “ Plastic waste is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world…the British public have shown passion and energy embracing our plastic bag charge and microbead ban .” Related: Queen of England bans plastic bottles and straws at royal estates The ban won’t take effect immediately; the statement said the government would work with industries to ensure time to adapt and create alternatives. Plastic straws utilized for medical reasons could also be excluded from the ban. May challenged other countries in the Commonwealth, which includes 53 member countries across Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Caribbean, to battle marine plastic as well. The UK government is committing to £61.4 million, around $87.4 million, in funding for research and better waste management for developing countries , according to May, who said, “The Commonwealth is a unique organization, with a huge diversity of wildlife, environments, and coastlines. Together we can effect real change so that future generations can enjoy a natural environment that is healthier than we currently find it.” The UK government’s microbead ban went into effect in January of this year, and their five pence single-use plastic bag law has resulted in nine billion fewer bags distributed, according to the government. Another statistic the government drew on to back the plastic straw scheme is that one million birds and more than 100,000 sea mammals perish due to eating plastic waste and getting tangled in it. They also said there are more than 150 million metric tons of plastic in the oceans on our planet. + United Kingdom Government Images via Depositphotos and Carly Jayne on Unsplash

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Couple converts $7,000 Joshua Tree cabin into a sophisticated desert oasis

April 19, 2018 by  
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When Kathrin and Brian Smirke decided to buy an abandoned property in the desert landscape of Joshua Tree for $7,000, they knew that they had a massive undertaking on their hands. The old cabin , which dated back to 1957, had been left rotting in the desert for years. But with a lot of vision and hard work, the ambitious duo converted the 480-square-foot homestead into a beautiful desert oasis. The couple chronicled the massive renovation project they lovingly call “The Shack Attack” on their blog, We Are in Our Element . The poor state of the structure meant gutting the interior down to the base boards to start fresh. Over a period of two years, the couple revamped the cabin into a beautiful desert home. “We spent over a year planning, demolishing, building, planning again, building, and then finally decorating this little gem,” Kathrin explains. “What makes this home special is that we did a lot of the work ourselves, including the design, complete demolition, framing, plumbing, trim electrical, and we even built a lot of the interior fixtures and art.” Related: Stunning Lucid Stead Cabin Reflects the Colors and Movements of the Mojave Desert The process was quite detailed, with the Smirkes focused on reducing the project’s footprint at every turn. They also had to deal with several building restrictions included in the sale of the property, namely not being allowed to increase the square footage of the structure. Nevertheless, they were determined to fit a comfortable living room, kitchen, full bathroom, and bedroom that would accommodate a king-size bed into the compact space . Using various reclaimed materials, they converted the space into a light-filled home. Large sliding glass doors in the entrance and the bedroom open the interior up to incredible views as well as an abundance of natural light. Additionally, they managed to salvage some materials from the original building – Brian created a few decorative pieces by repurposing timber from the original structure. In the kitchen, Kathrin and Brian formed and poured the concrete countertops themselves and made the floating shelves out of leftover clear pine and plywood. At the back of the home is a compact sleeping area that fits a comfortable king-size platform bed. Again, multiple windows in the room add a light and airy touch to the small space. To take full advantage of the desert landscape , the couple put a lot of work into creating a seamless connection between the interior and the exterior. A large covered porch offers stunning views. But, without a doubt, the heart of the project is the outdoor bathtub, an old water trough painted white. Surrounded by a wooden deck, this is the ultimate space for relaxing while the desert sun sets. The Shack Attack is available to rent via Airbnb throughout the year. + We Are in Our Element Via Dwell Images via We Are in Our Element

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MIT claims that clean, limitless nuclear fusion energy is just 15 years away

March 9, 2018 by  
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You’ve probably heard about the promise of nuclear fusion before… many times. But when MIT is involved, it’s best to listen up. The university has teamed up with Commonwealth Fusion Systems , and they believe that clean, limitless power could be just around the corner. Thanks to the development of a new superconductor, the team believes that they can have a working fusion power plant on-grid within the next 15 years. Scientists have been trying to make nuclear fusion happen for decades, and for a good reason – it could provide nearly endless clean energy without the risks associated with nuclear energy. In the 1950s, scientists theorized that nuclear fusion was just a few decades away. Then, after that failed to materialize, scientists in the 1970s said that it was just a few more decades away. Cut to today, and it seems like we are no closer to nuclear fusion power… until now. Related: ‘We were blown away’ – researchers eliminate obstacle to fusion energy So what makes this time different, I hear you ask? The team says that a new type of superconductor that just became available is the breakthrough they were looking for. Part of the problem with making nuclear fusion happen is that you have to be able to heat things up to a mind-boggling 150 million degrees, which turns most containers into plasma. MIT and Commonwealth plan to use this new superconductor – made of steel tape coated with yttrium-barium-copper oxide – to make magnets that will help make nuclear fusion a reality. “This is an important historical moment: Advances in superconducting magnets have put fusion energy potentially within reach, offering the prospect of a safe, carbon-free energy future,” says MIT President L. Rafael Reif. + MIT Via Fast Company Images via MIT

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CSIRO’s 3D-printed titanium sternum and rib cage saves a cancer patient’s life

September 14, 2015 by  
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A 54-year-old cancer patient has a new lease on life thanks to the world’s first 3D-printed titanium sternum and rib cage. The life-saving implant was made by three leading medical technology groups in Australia. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) , medical device company Anatomics and medical-grade 3D printers Lab 22 banded together to print the partial rib cage layer by layer. Once printing was complete, the piece was shipped by courier half a world away to Spain and successfully implanted. Read the rest of CSIRO’s 3D-printed titanium sternum and rib cage saves a cancer patient’s life

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New Delhi Contemplates Closing Down Industrial Units for ‘Clean’ Commonwealth Games 2010

January 1, 2010 by  
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Struggling to get things sorted out and in place for the Commonwealth Games which start on October 3, 2010, the Delhi government is contemplating closure of industrial units in order to improve air quality of the city which has improved only slightly after introduction of CNG-powered public transport few years ago.

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