The world’s first subsidy-free offshore wind farm is being built in the Netherlands

March 21, 2018 by  
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The world’s first unsubsidized offshore wind farms are currently under construction in the Netherlands . The underlying economics of offshore wind energy have become so favorable in the country that the projects will require no public funds to be completed. “Thanks to drastically lower costs, offshore wind farms are now being constructed without subsidy,” Dutch Economic Affairs and Climate Minister Eric Wiebes told Climate Action . “This allows us to keep the energy transition affordable. Innovation and competition are making sustainable energy cheaper and cheaper, and much faster than expected too.” Scheduled to begin operations in 2022, the two wind farms are being built by Swedish energy firm Vattenfall. The electricity created by the wind farms will be sold on the open market, competing with fossil fuels. The wind farms will be located 14 miles off the coast of the Netherlands and will fill an area of 137 square miles. Once operational, the farms will produce enough energy to power 1.5 million homes. While the wind farms are being billed as subsidy-free, their construction benefited from the Dutch government accepting some risks involved in the project, such as covering the cost of grid connection. Related: World’s first floating wind farm performing better than anticipated The Netherlands has taken swift action to develop its clean energy capabilities. In 2017, the 600-megawatt, 150-turbine Gemini wind park off the Dutch coast opened as one of the largest wind farms in the world. “As a country we were heavily dependent on fossil fuels , and our way to renewables has been bumpy,” Dutch minister for the environment Sharon Dijksma told MIT Technology Review . “So this government decided that we needed to step up the pace.” The low-lying European country has much at stake in how the world deals with climate change . If the Netherlands were to face a powerful flood, “we would have a massive breakdown, it would tear the country into pieces and the economy would collapse,” Dijksma said. “So this Armageddon scenario has to be fought against.” Via MIT Technology Review Images via Depositphotos (1)

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The Buitenhuis is a tiny house you can rent in the woods of the Netherlands

March 20, 2018 by  
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Chris Collaris Architects and the designers from Dutch Invertuals just unveiled a series of beautiful tiny house rentals designed to bring people closer to nature. Slated for construction in Droomparken—a series of holiday parks located across the Netherlands—the minimalist Buitenhuis cabins let guests enjoy a peaceful living space surrounded by scenic parkland. While these tiny cabins are just over 400 square feet, their strategic design makes that space feel much larger. A floor-to-ceiling glass door serves as the entrance and opens up to an almost entirely glazed wall, which creates a bright, airy interior and it provides stunning views of the surroundings. Related: Timber cabin on wheels lets you hit the open road in luxurious comfort Each home is two stories, with the living space on the ground floor and a sleeping loft on the second. The Buitenhuis cabins will be placed in Droomparken locations all across the Netherlands, but every tiny home will have a customized interior designed by Dutch Invertuals artists and based on the wishes and needs of the guests. The team at Dutch Invertuals designed the Buitenhuis to bring guests closer to the nature. By providing a window onto the parkland and an interior environment that mirrors the natural world, they hope to create a space where anyone can “retreat peacefully into nature, immersing [themselves] in personal rituals and feeling the Earth’s warmth – either in solitude or the company of loved ones.” The Buitenhuis design was unveiled at Dutch Design Week last year, and construction on the various Buitenhuis locations has already begun. Guests can choose from a variety of lodging options at the parks, such as campsites, luxury chalets, and bungalows—and now they can also enjoy the view from the comfort of a brilliant tiny home . + Dutch Invertuals + Chris Collaris Architects Via Archdaily Photography by Ronald Smits and Tim van de Velde via Dutch Invertuals  

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AXA: 4C warming makes the world uninsurable

December 18, 2017 by  
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Insurance giant vows to quadruple green investments, as Dutch bank ING strengthens its policy on coal investments.

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10 Minutes with Mats Lederhausen

December 18, 2017 by  
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The founder and CEO of Be-Cause on paranoia, listening to customers and studying the top priorities of your company’s CEO.

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Magical Frost Light burns on the power of melting ice

September 26, 2017 by  
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Watching ice melt has never been cooler. Dutch architecture firm Edhv Studio transforms melting ice into electricity in Frost Light, a beautiful and brilliant lamp that harnesses the power of natural energy. The renewable light source taps into the magic of thermodynamics and shows how energy can be harvested from unexpected places. Frost Light is made up of four main components: an LED with hidden wires inside a metal plate, a block of ice, a base of solid aluminum, and a long metal funnel that extends to an upturned ice block mold. When the ice block is set on the metal plate, the melting process and resulting temperature difference generates enough electricity to power an LED for approximately three hours. The water drips down the funnel into a bucket that serves as a mold for new ice blocks. Related: Incredible ICEHOTEL shows off stunning fantasy-like rooms carved from ice and snow Frost Light was created as part of design collective Dutch Invertuals’ Power Play, an exhibition that addresses how natural energy can be transformed into valuable products or objects. The eye-catching melting ice lamp also made a recent appearance as part of Dutch Invertuals’ Harvest exhibition for futuristic designs at the London Design Fair earlier this month. + Edhv Studio

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The Hague has been colorfully converted into the ‘World’s Largest Mondrian’

February 20, 2017 by  
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Richard Meier ‘s architecture is widely recognized for its bold geometric shapes and stark white exteriors . However, a new initiative in Holland has just added a world of color to the Meier-designed City Hall of the Hague, converting it into the “world’s largest Modrian painting”. The act, which would normally be considered an act of architectural travesty, is actually part of the Mondrian to Dutch Design campaign, a year-long centennial celebration to honor the Dutch art movement, De Stijl. https://vimeo.com/202903231 The year-long celebration of the De Stijl movement, which originated in Leiden in 1917, will be held throughout Holland this year. The art style involved the use of abstract geometric forms and primary colors, and Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian quickly became the face of the movement and group. Related: The Hague’s elegant new light rail station masters curved glass and steel As the Hague is home to the world’s largest Modrian collection, it seems only fitting that the building would be colorfully converted to kick off the celebration. The “Mondrianization” adaptation was carried out by Madje Vollaers and Pascal Zwart, from the Rotterdam-based design studio, Studio Vollaerszwart , who will be giving the same colorful treatment to other buildings throughout the city. Art lovers will also be able to enjoy a year-long calendar of events that will continue to shine the light on the impact of the De Stijl movement. + Modrian to Dutch Via Archdaily Images via The Hague  

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How the oil and gas industry can help save the world

October 25, 2016 by  
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Royal Dutch Shell, SABIC and Dow/DuPont are already making strategic moves.

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GreenBiz announces advisory board for Hawaii clean energy conference and expo

October 25, 2016 by  
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Here are 15 thought leaders and key stakeholders to help guide VERGE Hawaii 2017.

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The plurality of ‘the next big thing’

October 25, 2016 by  
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Sponsored story: NRG Energy takes a nuanced perspective on innovation in electricity markets.

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Diageo, PepsiCo make the connection on food-water risk

October 25, 2016 by  
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Ceres and WWF hope that more companies will join this wake-up call to the water risks in supply chains.

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