Portland commits to 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2050

April 13, 2017 by  
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Portland just announced that it plans to be completely powered by clean energy by 2050, making it one of the largest cities in the country to make the move. It’s an ambitious goal for the city, but Mayor Ted Wheeler believes that it is essential for the health of the planet and its citizens. The decision puts Portland in a growing group of 25 cities across the country who have committed to transitioning to green energy. In announcement this week, city leaders revealed plans to meet the city’s electrical needs with renewables within the next 18 years. After that the city plans to transition existing fossil fuel sources for heating and transportation over to green ones by the middle of the century. Related: Portland is now powered by water pipes and flushing toilets Portland has been working hard to encourage green energy – from supporting wind and solar energy growth to exploring more unusual methods like getting power from water pipes and flushing toilets . “Getting our community to 100 percent renewable energy is a big goal,” Ted Wheeler, Mayor of Portland. “And while it is absolutely ambitious, it is a goal that we share with Nike, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Google, GM, Coca Cola, Johnson & Johnson, and Walmart. We have a responsibility to lead this effort in Oregon.” Via CNBC images via Flickr ( 1 , 2 )

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What HPE wants the Internet of Things to learn from people

October 6, 2016 by  
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IoT tools can learn a thing or two about human processes, such as teaching, plumbing or even diagnosing cancer. Hewlett Packard Enterprise is trying.

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University of Leicester Unveils Green ALICE Supercomputer

August 31, 2010 by  
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The University of Leicester has just spent £2.2 million ($3.3 million) upgrading its computer system with a hi-tech, environmentally-friendly super ‘green’ computer.

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Forget Wave Power, Google and Others May Use Poo Power for Data Centers

May 19, 2010 by  
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Google has been tinkering with the idea of a floating, wave-powered data center for a while, but it looks like a better solution could come from a more basic power source:  manure.  Hewlett Packard has released a research paper that states that tech companies like themselves, Google and Microsoft could benefit from a partnership with dairy farmers, using the cattle waste for fuel. The research paper says that the dairy farmers could rent out land and power to the tech companies with a return on investment in waste-to-fuel systems in two years, making it a great arrangement for the farmers too.  Farmers want to build biogas plants where manure is processed and the methane produced is used in place of natural gas or diesel, but the cost of equipment is often too expensive for them to finance on their own.  This is where the tech companies come in. As companies move their larger and larger data centers into rural areas with plenty of land, teaming up with local farms seems to be a natural fit — farmers need a way to get rid of the vast amounts of waste and tech companies need an affordable, clean source of energy

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Affordable, High-Performance LED Bulbs Finally Hitting the Market

May 18, 2010 by  
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Major lighting companies are working tirelessly towards becoming the first to own the LED market.  The super-effiicient light source is the future of lighting, but so far, for most consumers the available LED bulbs have been too expensive and dimmer than the incandescent bulbs we’re used to. But that seems to be changing.  In the next few months, 60-watt equivalent bulbs in the $30 – $40 price range will be hitting the shelves.  In comparison, just two years ago, a 60-watt equivalent cost $90 and a 100-watt dimmable bulb went for $360

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China’s Telecom Sector Credits Telecommuting with Huge Emissions Reductions

May 14, 2010 by  
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China’s telecom sector released a report this week claiming that it had slashed CO2 emissions by 48.5 million tons in 2008 by increasing telecommuting, a greater reliance on electronic data storage and more efficient logistics.  This savings is comparable to the amount of emissions Sweden’s entire economy is responsible for each year. The report came from the WWF and China Mobile who had Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications carry out the study.  The report says the emissions savings came from all of the transportation, freight and paper and material production that was avoided by digitizing the sector

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Throw Out the Spare Tire, Replace It With an Electric Bike?

May 13, 2010 by  
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Volkswagen has debuted its first electric bike that conveniently folds down to a disc that fits in the spare tire compartment of a trunk.

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Sustainable Brick Made from Sand, Bacteria and Pee

May 12, 2010 by  
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It seems like pee, or more specifically urea, is becoming quite the sustainable ingredient.  Beyond being tapped as a good source of hydrogen , it’s powering batteries and is now being used to make sustainable bricks.

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