Iconic Dutch dike renovation opens with energy-generating kites that can power 200 homes

November 21, 2017 by  
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The Netherlands’ legendary Afsluitdijk dike has been in use for 85 years but it needed a renovation — so the Dutch government turned to designer Daan Roosegaarde for help. Studio Roosegaarde recently unveiled their Icoon Afsluitdijk project featuring three eye-catching designs: Gates of Light, Windvogel, and Glowing Nature, with elements from clean power -generating kites to live bioluminescent algae . Studio Roosegaarde launched three striking designs at the Afsluitdijk. Icoon Afsluitdijk is intended to bolster the causeway’s iconic value, with the installations bringing light to the area after sunset. Related: Daan Roosegaarde unveils mind-expanding 295-foot SPACE installation in Eindhoven Gates of Light includes restored 1932 floodgates fitted with prisms that reflect light from vehicle headlights. If there are no cars by the Gates of Light – which the studio described as an example of a “futuristic and energy neutral landscape” – the structures don’t light up. Studio Roosegaarde said they were inspired to utilize retroreflection based on how butterfly wings reflect light. Windvogel could offer enough power for 200 households. The smart kites’ lines move back and forth in the wind to generate energy , much like a dynamo on a bicycle, according to Studio Roosegaarde. Glowing Nature is an exhibit in the dike’s historic bunkers featuring living algae. The bioluminescent microorganisms only light up when touched under optimal conditions and care. They could offer inspiration for light or energy solutions for the future, according to the studio. Roosegaarde said in a statement, “The Afsluitdijk represents a part of Dutch daring and innovation. We live with water, we fight with water, and we endeavor a new harmony…By adding a subtle layer of light and interaction, we enhance the beauty of the dike and form new links between man and landscape, darkness and light, poetry and practice.” Gates of Light will become a permanent part of the dike. Glowing Nature and Windvogel can be glimpsed until January 21, 2018. + Studio Roosegaarde Images courtesy of Studio Roosegaarde

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Bill Gates gives away $4.6 billion worth of Microsoft shares

August 15, 2017 by  
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Time and time again, Bill Gates has proven himself to be quite the philanthropist . In his latest charitable act, Gates has donated 64 million shares of Microsoft – which is worth a total of $4.6 billion. The donation will reduce Gates’ stake in Microsoft to just 1.3 percent (compared to 24 percent in 1996). Bloomberg reports that the donation is the biggest since he gave away $16 billion worth of shares in 1999 and $5.1 billion in 2000. The news was revealed in a filing to the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) on Monday. The filing doesn’t reveal the benefactor of Gates’ donation. Each year, Gates donates approximately 80 million Microsoft shares. The latest gift means that he has just 103 million shares left. The filing reveals that his wife, Melinda, holds nearly 425,000 Microsoft shares. If Gates continues to give away the shares, the philanthropist could reduce his stake in Microsoft to zero by 2019. To date, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is the largest holder of Microsoft Stock, followed by Gates, then the current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Related: Bill Gates launches $1 billion clean energy fund to fight climate change Even though the contribution is a massive sum in monetary terms, Bill Gates still holds the title of the richest person in the world. In fact, Bloomberg values Gates at $86.1 billion (down from $90 billion). Fortunately, he and Melinda have used their wealth to further progressive initiatives . They also intend to give away 95 percent of their wealth by the time they die — and that is commendable. Via Bloomberg Images via Flickr , Pixabay

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Bill Gates invests $2 billion in renewable energy

June 29, 2015 by  
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Bill Gates has announced plans to invest another $2 billion in renewable energy technology to help the fight against climate change . At the same time, the philanthropist emphasized he will not join a movement spearheaded by 350.org to divest from fossil fuel companies emitting the bulk of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Rather than divest, Gates says he will double renewable energy investments over the next five years. Read the rest of Bill Gates invests $2 billion in renewable energy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 350.org , bill gates , divest from fossil fuels , eco design , fossil fuel divestment , green design , renewable energy , stanford university divesting , sustainable design , the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

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Bill Gates tackles child mortality with $75M network of disease surveillance centers

May 8, 2015 by  
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Bill Gates wants to know why children are dying, and he’s paying $75 million to find out. Gates told The Atlantic about the most recent endeavor for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: a network of disease surveillance centers , designed to collect information on the ground in poor countries where medical treatment is often unavailable. According to Gates, once we know more about which diseases are occurring where and with what frequency, we will be able to do real work to help save the children of the world. Read the rest of Bill Gates tackles child mortality with $75M network of disease surveillance centers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bill and melinda gates foundation , bill gates , child mortality , disease surveillance centers , eradicating disease , gates foundation , healthcare in poor countries , philanthropy for health , vaccination needs

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HMMD unveils Himalayan Mountain Hut Competition winners

May 8, 2015 by  
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Bill Gates helps power up green battery maker Aquion Energy

April 5, 2013 by  
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Microsoft mogul adds his investment and name to support renewable energy solutions.

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Whole Foods goes ultra-local with Gotham Greens greenhouse in Brooklyn

April 5, 2013 by  
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Natural grocery chain partners to grow food on the roof of new store.

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Bill Gates Awards $100,000 Prize to Caltech for Energy-Generating Solar-Powered Toilet

August 16, 2012 by  
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Bill Gates helped to invent the personal computer and now, through his philanthropic foundation, he plans to help reinvent the toilet . On Tuesday, the billionaire awarded the California Institute of Technology with a $100,000 first-place prize for its work on a solar-powered toilet. The self-contained unit, which recycles water and breaks down waste into useable energy, has become the focus of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s efforts to provide sanitation to the developing world. Read the rest of Bill Gates Awards $100,000 Prize to Caltech for Energy-Generating Solar-Powered Toilet Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bill and melinda gates foundation , bill gates , California Institute of Technology , CalTech , hygiene , loughborough university , michael hoffmann , reinvent the toilet challenge , sanitation , solar powered toilet , University of Toronto

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Venger Wind Unveils World’s Largest Rooftop Wind Farm in Oklahoma City

August 16, 2012 by  
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Venger Wind and US renewable distributor SWG Energy just installed the world’s largest rooftop wind farm atop the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) in Oklahoma City. The project saw Venger Wind construct 18 V2 vertical axis wind turbines on the medical center’s roof as part of OMRF’s sustainability strategy to create a zero emissions research tower. Read the rest of Venger Wind Unveils World’s Largest Rooftop Wind Farm in Oklahoma City Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , Oklahoma medical research foundation , OMRF , swg energy , v2 wind turbines , venger wind , vertical wind turbines , wind energy , wind farm , world’s largest rooftop wind farm

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Bill Gates Gives $700K to Preserve Global Warming Law

October 22, 2010 by  
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We all know Bill Gates is a philanthropist — he’s got so much money it must be a blast for him to give it away to good causes. Well, he’s added one more to the list: Maplight.org recently reported that he gave $700,000 to the fight against California Proposition 23. If passed, Proposition 23 will repeal California’s law — called AB 32 for short– meant to curb global warming

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