Earth911 Conscious-Shopping Guide: Best Solar Panels

May 14, 2019 by  
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Can Wind Turbines Be Recycled?

August 7, 2017 by  
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At the end of 2016, there were 321,320 wind turbines spinning across the globe. As the wind energy industry matures, one trend is clear: Wind turbines are getting larger and taller, and have greater electricity generation capacity. There are now…

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Detailed flowchart shows the complete lifecycle of US energy use

August 16, 2016 by  
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San Francisco company Otherlab has created a massive interactive “ Energy Literacy ” flowchart that shows all of the energy used in America. The company debuted the chart at an event run by Reinvent , a company dedicated to bringing innovators together to address the world’s most pressing problems. Pulling data from the Department of Energy and other sources, the diagram is the first of its kind to depict the complete flow of energy throughout the US economy. While this was a massive undertaking, perhaps it’s not so surprising considering the source. Otherlab is run by serial entrepreneur and MacArthur genius Saul Griffith, who once famously calculated the carbon footprint of every single action in his life . When he presented the chart, he told his audience, “I think we may be the first three or four people to read every footnote in every energy agency document ever produced.” The left side of the diagram shows where our energy comes from – the majority from coal , less than 1 percent from solar . By highlighting a section, readers can track a single energy source to its various ends, seeing just how much energy ends up wasted along the way. For example: with natural gas the waste is substantial, with only half of the generated energy being used. Related: Americans used less energy in 2015, but more wind, solar, and geothermal power Some of the major uses of our energy should come as no surprise, such as that used for basic infrastructure. Other uses, like the energy used by US military jets, may raise questions readers didn’t even realize they had. By charting out the connections between all of these industries and our energy production, Griffith hopes it will be possible to better understand the economy and for policy decisions to be made with more accurate information. + Energy Literacy Via Co.Exist Images via Energy Literacy and Kevin Dooley

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As oil plummets to $30 a barrel, renewable energy soars

January 15, 2016 by  
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Over the course of a year, the value of a barrel of oil fell from $110 to around $30 at the start of 2016. Over this same period, global annual investment in renewable energy continued to demonstrate strong growth, rising 4 percent over the previous year to reach an all-time high of $329.3 billion in 2015. “These figures are a stunning riposte to all those who expected clean energy investment to stall on falling oil and gas prices,” says Michael Liebreich , founder of the London-based research arm of Bloomberg LP. “They highlight the improving cost-competitiveness of solar and wind power.” As the world works to implement the Paris climate agreement, they’ve got the wind at their back as market forces seem to finally be working in the planet’s favor. Read the rest of As oil plummets to $30 a barrel, renewable energy soars

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New artificial leaf technology could revolutionize renewable energy production

August 31, 2015 by  
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The big challenges standing in the way of a full frontal assault on petroleum by the clean energy industry are the cost of production and a dearth of ways to store the energy after its produced. But a team from Caltech’s Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) came up with new technology that could bridge that gap: an artificial leaf that mimics the process of photosynthesis by plants. The artificial leaf efficiently produces and chemically stores energy using nothing but the sun’s rays. Read the rest of New artificial leaf technology could revolutionize renewable energy production

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Macro Sea revamps 100-year-old factory as shabby chic student housing in Berlin’s hippest neighborhood

August 31, 2015 by  
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Clear Blue makes the case for taking street lights off the grid

September 18, 2013 by  
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Off-grid streetlights powered by on-site solar or wind technology could cut costs for real estate developments.

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Meet Robyn Beavers, NRG Energy’s new power player

September 10, 2013 by  
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How can you reinvent the energy industry? Make it cleaner, more dynamic and resilient. And hire the person who got Google to go solar.

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Virtual energy storage: Using buildings as batteries

October 11, 2012 by  
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How to save tens of billions of dollars, create a catalyst for the renewable energy industry, improve utility profitability, strengthen security and slow global climate change.  

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Why some "green" cleaners get poor grades

October 11, 2012 by  
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What makes dishwashing soap a sustainable product even as a solar lamp doesn't make the grade?

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