Chinese fishery installs immense floating solar farm for extra income

February 6, 2017 by  
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A fishery in eastern China now doubles as a solar power station. An immense array of photovoltaic panels has been installed across 300 hectares to generate not only clean electricity , but additional money for the fishery. Lines of solar panels stretch over the waters of a fishery in Cixi City, which is in the Zhejiang Province in eastern China . People’s Daily Online reports with a 200 megawatt (MW) capacity, it is the biggest solar power station constructed on a fish farm in the country. The panels will be connected to the state grid and will provide the fishery with an annual income of 240 million RMB, which is around $34 million. Fish should still be able to thrive in the waters underneath the panels; People’s Daily Online says the panels will provide shade, but PV Magazine also noted they were intentionally spaced out to allow sunlight to filter through, which is necessary for the fish to grow. Related: $11 million floating solar testbed in Singapore will be the largest in the world The huge station can generate enough power for 100,000 households, and could maybe even replace 7.4 tons of coal, according to People’s Daily Online. The solar panels should generate an impressive 220 million kilowatt-hours of electricity every year. PV Magazine reports there’s a similar 120 MW installation in China in the Jiangxi Province, but clearly the Cixi City project is much larger. The new solar system certainly wasn’t cheap; it cost 1.8 billion RMB, or $260 million. But Electrek reports the floating solar farm will pay for itself in about seven or eight years. The fishery turned renewable energy plant could offer a model for other fisheries or coastal areas around the world; PV Magazine reports construction just finished in late 2016, so it’s time to see how the fish farm functions with solar panels atop their pond. Via Electrek , People’s Daily Online , and PV Magazine Images via Max Pixel and screenshot

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Massive fish farms fill 2.6 hectare foundation of world’s wannabe tallest skyscraper

July 15, 2015 by  
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When Broad Sustainable Buildings (BSB) unveiled plans for a 220-story prefab tower—Sky City—that would not only surpass the Burj Khalifa as the world’s tallest, but that would be built in just 90 days , the company drew excitement around the globe. But two years on, the project has floundered amid permitting issues and financial concerns. And as the Sky City foundations languish in Changsha, farmers in the region have taken over the site to dry grain, produce watermelons, and even establish a fish farm—all in plain view. Read the rest of Massive fish farms fill 2.6 hectare foundation of world’s wannabe tallest skyscraper Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Broad Sustainable Building , BSB , changsha china , china architecture , china urbanism , farming foundations , fish farm , prefab skyscraper , sky city , urban sustainability , World’s tallest tower

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Backyard BI(h)OME is a low-cost tiny home with a tiny environmental footprint

July 15, 2015 by  
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Standalone luxury villas with underwater bedrooms float like a pontoon

July 15, 2015 by  
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The market for luxury living at sea will soon no longer be cornered by yacht industries, as an Asian firm is seeking to build standalone villas that float like a pontoon. Complete with a variety of add-on structures and the ability to dial up the eco-efficiency to owners’ preferences, the Seascape project by BMT Asia Pacific could revolutionize how people live. Read the rest of Standalone luxury villas with underwater bedrooms float like a pontoon Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bmt asia pacific , bmt asia pacific seascape , floating vacation homes , floating villa yachts , floating villas , seascape project , seascape villas , underwater bedroom

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Tesla’s Gigafactory to be the largest building on Earth?

July 15, 2015 by  
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Tesla is constructing a building completely powered by renewable energy that can hold enough battery power for 500,000 Tesla cars . And it’s going to be huge. It’s quite possible that calling it the Gigafactory is more literal than we initially thought. Read the rest of Tesla’s Gigafactory to be the largest building on Earth? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: battery bank , battery pack , elon musk , net-zero energy , renewable energy , tesla battery bank , tesla battery power , Tesla Gigafactory , tesla renewable energy

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Super skinny 1.8m-Width House slots into a narrow Tokyo lot

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