Can Los Angeles use the Hoover Dam as a giant battery?

September 12, 2018 by  
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Sure, it’s an ambitious plan — but the hurdles could be more historical than technical.

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Here’s new research attendees are debating at the Global Climate Action Summit

September 12, 2018 by  
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A roundup of reports, indexes and solution handbooks issued in collaboration with the GCAS gathering.

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From Atlanta to Denver, Emrgy offers plug-and-play hope for hydropower

March 13, 2018 by  
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CEO Emily Morris is proving there’s a market for distributed energy that harnesses clean power from canals.

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Reconsidering the sustainability of hydropower

June 15, 2017 by  
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A new framework makes it more straightforward to evaluate projects against more than 20 social, environmental, technical and economic factors.

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Reconsidering the sustainability of hydropower

June 15, 2017 by  
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A new framework makes it more straightforward to evaluate projects against more than 20 social, environmental, technical and economic factors.

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Weaving clean energy into low-income communities

June 15, 2017 by  
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The challenges of including disadvantaged households and communities in the renewables movement haven’t largely gone unaddressed.

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Norway’s most stunning hydropower plant is now a tourist destination

September 14, 2016 by  
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Most of Norway’s electricity comes from hydropower, geothermal power and wind, and now the government is aiming to use those very industries to draw in additional tourist traffic. The Øvre Forsland hydroelectric power plant in the forested mountains of Helgeland, a Norwegian province just south of the Arctic Circle, is one of those such destinations. The 30-gigwatt-hour plant, designed by Stein Hamre , complements the surrounding natural environment, rather than standing out as an eyesore. Related: Norway moves up zero emissions target to 2030 “The plant has been designed to reflect the characteristics of the landscape, which is located on the river bed in a clearing at the edge of a spruce forest,” said the architects in a statement. “The main inspiration for the design was the verticality and the irregularity of the spruce trees.” The government hopes that hikers will come to the gorgeous plant and want to learn about hydroelectricity. Who wouldn’t want to visit this idyllic mountain scene? + Stein Hamre Architecture Via The Guardian Images via Bjørn Leirvik

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Costa Rica celebrates 113 days of 100-percent renewable energy (and counting)

August 23, 2016 by  
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Costa Rica is much more than a lush, green tourist paradise; it’s also a green energy pioneer. The small Central American nation has generated 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources for the past 113 days , and the run isn’t over yet. The country, which draws clean energy from a variety of renewable sources, still has its sights on a full year without fossil fuels . With a 113-day stretch of 100-percent renewable energy under its belt and several months left in the year, Costa Rica is edging closer to its target. Costa Rica could be on track to match the record set with its renewable energy production last year, which accounted for 99 percent of the country’s electricity. That included 285 days powered completely by renewable sources, according to the Costa Rican Electricity Institute . Related: Costa Rica achieved 99-percent renewable energy use in 2015 Costa Rica is able to take advantage of a multitude of renewable energy sources because of its unique climate and terrain. Most of the nation’s renewable energy comes from hydropower, due to its large river system and heavy tropical rainfalls. Solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal energy also play key roles. The tropical nation aims to be free from fossil fuels in just five years. With hefty investments in geothermal energy projects and a forecast for more heavy rains in the coming years, that goal could be accomplished even sooner than originally planned. Via Treehugger Images via Shutterstock ( 1 , 2 )

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INFOGRAPHIC: The exciting future of sustainability

July 18, 2016 by  
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Modern civilization has been relying on non-sustainable energy sources that pollute the earth. Once we learned the depth of the problem, people from around the globe started coming together to come create solutions for greener energy.  Thanks to these thinkers, we now have some incredible new technologies like smarter batteries  and salt power, and things are only getting more exciting as time goes on. To learn more, checkout this infographic created by Ohio University’s online Master of Engineering Management program. + Ohio University’s online Master of Engineering Management program.

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LAGI Glasgow showcases new energy art designs along Scotland’s canal banks

June 9, 2016 by  
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The LAGI Glasgow exhibition demonstrates three distinct and unique designs that employ renewable energy generation without sacrificing eye appeal. Each more fantastic than the one before, the installations pay homage to the site’s natural surroundings, while incorporating some of the latest evolutions of clean energy technology, such as bladeless (or “vortex” style) wind turbines . Air, water, and light are all treated as sources of potentially endless value, within clean energy projects designed and executed by multidisciplinary teams from multiple continents. Related: The world’s largest floating wind farm will be operational next year ‘Wind Forest’ is the aptly named grove of towering wind turbines created by Peter Foster Richardson of Glasgow’s own ZM Architecture and Scottish environmental artists Matthew Dalziel and Louise Scullion or Dalziel + Scullion . The artificial forest will transform 100 Acre Hill into a wind energy farm, sporting 100 4 kW single bladeless wind turbines , in three distinct groves, each painted in a slightly different shade pulled from the palette of the surrounding landscape. This part of the exhibition was designed and constructed with assistance from UK-based electrical engineer Ian Nicoll of Qmulus Ltd  and Peter Yeadon at Yeadon Space Agency , headquartered in Brooklyn. The forest will also feature a number of man made boulders, intended as a reference back to the site’s glacial origins. The second of three parts of the exhibition shines a spotlight on the unique power hidden in Earth’s most abundant resource: water. ‘Watergaw’ is a hydropower installation comprised of water-callers and wind-callers, representations of natural features at the exhibition site. This design stems from the collaborative efforts of Glasgow-based ERZ Studio , along with Scottish born artist Alec Finlay , and Berlin-based artist Riccardo Mariano . Mariano is responsible for the brilliant rainbow in the sky above the water element, which can be seen from the city below. A host of other consultants participated in developing and honing the design. For its energy generation feats, Watergaw centers around a micro-hydro turbine installation at Monkland Canal and an array of seven small-scale vertical axis wind turbines. The final portion of the LAGI Glasgow exhibition is ‘Dundas Dandelions,’ so named for its resemblance to a white puff of dandelion seeds waiting to be swept off in the wind. It’s a fantastic conglomeration of various models of wind turbines, kinetic (torque) generators, and piezoelectric disks which, working in concert, are capable of producing as much as 500 MWh of clean energy each year. For this dazzling spectacle, which is illuminated at night, two local firms Stallan Brand Architectural Design and Pidgin Perfect joined forces with the Glasgow Science Festival and University Glasgow, with support from California’s M-Rad Architects . LAGI Glasgow kicks off June 9 and will run through July 29, 2016. + LAGI Glasgow Images via LAGI

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