Cooking the books to spoil the Clean Power Plan

October 12, 2017 by  
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The new EPA chief Scott Pruit has highly exaggerated the costs of a policy that makes economic sense.

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Tiny Homes: The 5 Weirdest Things (That No One Talks About)

February 23, 2016 by  
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For most of my adult life, I’ve lived in small houses, little cottages really. It’s helped keep my possessions minimal and my costs low. These days I still have a reputation for living with less, but the 900 sq ft, 1-bedroom suite I share with my…

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Innovating our way out of water shortages

November 16, 2015 by  
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The current trend with water utilities is that water conservation is critical and water prices need to increase. Utilities have to cover their costs while confronting lower use and revenue. Essentially, water prices must rise to cover rising fixed costs despite declining volumes.What if we turned this thinking around? Lower water use results in paying less driven by technology innovation?

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Renewable energy costs to drop 40 percent in next two years

February 2, 2015 by  
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A new report released by the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA) has exceptionally good news for the future of renewable energy . Costs are set to drop by almost 40 percent in the next two years, with solar PV leading the pack in cost decreases, and “biomass for power, hydropower, geothermal and onshore wind… all now provid[ing] electricity competitively compared to fossil fuel-fired power generation.” Read the rest of Renewable energy costs to drop 40 percent in next two years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , abu dhabi , biomass , costs , fossil fuels , geothermal , green economy , green energy , green jobs , grid parity , IRENA , renewable energy , Solar Power

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heri&salli design a minimalist Viennese Guest Room made from wooden pallets

February 2, 2015 by  
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Architecture studio heri&salli designed a set of Viennese Guest Rooms with the main furnishings made entirely from wooden pallets and timber. Designed for Vienna’s Gegenbauer Vinegar Brewery, each room features a ‘Viennese Guest Bed,’ a multipurpose piece of furniture constructed from piled up squared timbers. The rooms feature a minimalist and industrial character reinforced by the uncovered ceiling beams, brick walls, and exposed pipes. + heri&salli 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: Gegenbauer Vinegar Brewery , heri&salli , reader submitted content , vienna , Viennese Guest Rooms , wood furniture , wood pallets

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Grid-Tied Renewables Savings Outweigh Costs

November 8, 2013 by  
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The additional costs associated with adopting renewable energy are frequently used to argue that it is too expensive to adopt renewables. However, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory has taken a look at the costs and offsets from renewable energy use and finds “The answer: the cost is a tiny fraction of the ultimate savings.” Although the costs for the equipment needed to integrate renewables into the existing grid are not insignificant, the associated savings in reduced fuel costs are far greater. Cycling fossil power plants to generate power intermittently also increases wear on the equipment, which leads to increased maintenance costs. But overall, the savings are far more than the increases. The other key finding is that, as renewables continue to be integrated into the grid, the continuing costs will become smaller. Making the systems able to work with renewables connected to the grid is something that gets easier and less expensive. So, in a way, the early adopters have made an even bigger contribution to improving the energy infrastructure. via: Ars Technica

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New Solar Cell Material Offers Both Cheap and Efficient Power

October 24, 2013 by  
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Another potential path for ever cheaper solar power is now being researched by scientists investigating the use of perovskite minerals to make solar cells. Perovskites are a very cheap material that have good light capturing properties as well as good conductivity. The advantage that perovskites offer is a great combination of inexpensive production combined with good efficiency in energy production. Current laboratory experiment versions of perovskite-based solar cells have efficiencies of about 15 percent. Although there are other solar cells with greater efficiency, the figure for perovskite cells is higher than other cheap-to-manufacture methods. The advantages provided with perovskite materials come from requiring a far less intensive manufacturing process. While fabricating silicon-based solar cells requires careful and expensive processing of silicon to a high degree of purity (not to mention the energy intensity of that manufacturing), cells using perovskites are made by spray applying materials to a glass or metal foil substrate, described as a “solar cell [that] can be fabricated as easily as painting a surface.” Perovskite-based solar cells might eventually be able to be produced for 10 to 20 cents per watt, as compared to present soalr panels which are around 75 cents per watt. image: by Andrew Silver, USGS via Wikimedia Commons via: MIT Technology Review

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Don’t forget water in the true cost of biobased packaging

October 9, 2013 by  
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How do the costs of PET plastic stack up against corn- and sugar-cane-based bioplastics?

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Infographic: the Costs and Benefits of Fracking

August 22, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Natural gas is a growing industry, yet many people still aren’t aware of what the process consists of or even that it could be happening right on your doorstep. Hydraulic fracturing — more commonly known as “fracking” — is a new, highly controversial technique of energy extraction and there have been big debates on the possible effects it might have on the earth. Keep reading to view a new infographic gives a detailed explanation of some of the consequences of fracking. Read the rest of Infographic: the Costs and Benefits of Fracking Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: fracking , fracking infographic , gas drilling , hydraulic fracturing infographic , hydraulic fracturing natural gas , infographic , natural gas extraction , oil derrick        

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The HOT Smart Watch Transforms Your Hand into a Mobile Phone Receiver

August 22, 2013 by  
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If you make calls on a Bluetooth headset, you may have noticed that every once in a while passersby may throw you a quizzical look before realizing you are talking to another human being instead of yourself. The HOT Smart Watch from PH Technical Labs kicks the eccentricity factor up a notch by turning your hand into a phone receiver . By holding your cupped hand up to your ear, you can clearly hear the person at the end of the line without having to fish your cell phone out of a bag or pocket. To hang up, the user simply waves their hand “goodbye”. Read the rest of The HOT Smart Watch Transforms Your Hand into a Mobile Phone Receiver Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Android , bluetooth headset , cell phone , fast company , hot watch , ios , kickstarter campaign , led light , mark tepper , mobile applications , mobile device , pedometer , ph technical labs , phone receiver , physical gestures , touch-screen , wireless technology        

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