World’s first streetlights powered by footsteps installed in Las Vegas

November 8, 2016 by  
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America’s largest rooftop solar array completed in Las Vegas

July 12, 2016 by  
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The glitz and glamour of Las Vegas can only be matched by one feature: the size of things. The Nevada city is known for giant hotels, enormous buffet spreads, and—for the lucky few—big winnings. Now, Vegas is also known as the home to the nation’s largest rooftop solar array , which was installed atop the new expansion of the convention center at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino . The roof holds 26,000 individual solar panels that together produce approximately 25 percent of the energy the convention center uses. The convention center installed the first part of its rooftop solar array in 2014, and a $70 million expansion to the venue was just added. The expansion created 350,000 square feet of additional event space, enabling the owner of the convention center, MGM Resorts International, to add eight acres of solar panels for a total of 28 acres in the array. Now that the entire array is complete, it will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 1,300 homes. The solar array’s energy production will also reflect the statewide goal of sourcing 25 percent of all energy from renewable sources. Related: World’s largest commercial rooftop solar array is on a shopping mall in the Philippines Fortune reports that the falling price of solar panels has made projects like this one more attractive because businesses can produce electricity for the same or less cost than buying grid power. Ironically, though, it isn’t likely that Mandalay Bay and the other casinos currently sporting rooftop solar arrays will disconnect from the grid completely, no matter how much energy they can produce on their own. That’s because the state’s regulators would charge the casinos tens of millions of dollars to do so, since the utilities rely so heavily on revenue from the busy tourist spots. Via Engadget Images via Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

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Tiny bacteria ‘wind farms’ could power your smartphone

July 12, 2016 by  
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Bacteria are often associated with disease – but in the future they could serve as a potent power source. University of Oxford researchers recently used bacteria to spin rotors in tiny ‘ wind farms ‘ – and they think these microscopic engines could power small electronic components like smartphone microphones. If you’ve ever looked at bacteria under a microscope, you’ve probably seen a lot of random movement. Under ordinary circumstances, there’s not yet a way to get power from that spontaneous motion. Oxford researchers immersed a ” lattice of 64 symmetric microrotors ” into fluid filled with bacteria, and found the bacteria organized their movement in such a way that the microrotors spun in opposite directions – kind of like a wind farm. This organized movement creates a steady stream of power. Related: Can bacteria help curb the spread of the Zika virus? The paper’s co-author Tyler Shendruk said in an Oxford press release , “When we did the simulation with a single rotor in the bacterial turbulence, it just got kicked around randomly. But when we put an array of rotors in the living fluid, they suddenly formed a regular pattern, with neighboring rotors spinning in opposite directions.” We probably won’t be powering homes with bacteria any time soon – but this teeny power source could be beneficial for micromachines . The team said these little wind farms could also drive ” devices that are self-assembled and self-powered .” Another paper co-author, Julia Yeomans, said ” Nature is brilliant at creating tiny engines, and there is enormous potential if we can understand how to exploit similar designs.” + Science Advances Via Gizmag Images via Sumesh P. Thampi1, Amin Doostmohammadi, Tyler N. Shendruk, Ramin Golestanian, and Julia M. Yeomans

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World’s tallest hybrid timber tower by Shigeru Ban coming to Vancouver

July 12, 2016 by  
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Pritzker laureate Shigeru Ban has been tapped to design his first building in Canada: an innovative high-rise set to be the world’s tallest hybrid timber tower once complete. Created in collaboration with real estate developer PortLiving , the luxury tower will be developed in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour neighborhood. As with all of Ban’s projects, the Vancouver project will showcase an environmentally sustainable design approach and a pioneering use of materials. ? Shigeru Ban has designed residential projects around the world, from the Metal Shutter House in Manhattan to the Curtain Wall House in Tokyo, however, the Vancouver residential development will be the architect’s tallest structure designed to-date. The building will be set in one of the last available locations in Coal Harbor, and is expected to set a new standard for luxury urban development, sustainability, and engineering innovation. Related: 10 Incredible Designs by Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban ? “We are honoured to be working with Shigeru Ban and his team to bring a visionary design and new landmark to the City of Vancouver ,” said Macario (Tobi) Reyes, founder and CEO of PortLiving. “We are extremely excited by Shigeru Ban’s decision to bring his craft to the Pacific Northwest, where we expect he will be embraced for his environmentally-sustainable approach, creative integration of outdoor living, and his leadership in innovation.” Specific project details and designs will be revealed later this year. + Shigeru Ban Images via PortLiving

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First urban park on Las Vegas Strip is an oasis in the middle of the desert

May 25, 2016 by  
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Rather than cutting down trees to put up a parking lot, !melk designed a park to take over a previously paved section of the Vegas strip, occupying approximately six acres between New York New York and Monte Carlo. The Park, which opened April 4, is a water-wise urban microclimate with 250 shade trees and over 7,000 individual plants—native and adapted varieties—as well as several fun water features. Several 60-foot-tall shade structures were manufactured by a ship-building company in the Netherlands, and are outfitted with lights to illuminate the park at night. Related: Las Vegas gambles on green with world’s first solar kinetic street lights This area of Las Vegas, owned predominantly by MGM Resorts International, sees more than 40 million visitors each year. Due to the high foot traffic on the Strip, the Park has the potential to become the most visited park in the world. By comparison, New York City’s Central Park receives around 42 million visitors each year, so the competition is stiff. In fact, the top six most heavily trafficked city parks are located in NYC, so the new park in Las Vegas is bound to make history, even if it doesn’t steal the top spot. “[The Park] celebrates the Mojave desert, using its colors, patterns, materials and vegetation,” said Jerry van Eyck, Founder & Principal, !melk landscape architecture & urban design, in a statement. “Amidst the hectic hustle and bustle of the Strip, we were able to create something that is not just sustainable, but also genuinely authentic to the City. In addition to its iconicity, The Park reinstates what Vegas once was: an oasis in the middle of the desert.” + !melk Images via Hans Joosten

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Spend a night in an apartment atop the Eiffel Tower

May 20, 2016 by  
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Plenty of tourists visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris every year, but not many can say they’ve made it their vacation home. Next month, four lucky contest winners will have the chance to stay in an apartment on the 300-meter tall landmark’s first floor during the upcoming UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament. The competition, which opened this week, is being held by vacation rental company HomeAway , which will transform part of the tower into a temporary luxury apartment. Winners will be able to bring five friends and family members and spend one night in the Eiffel Tower , as well as the chance to dine in the tower for dinner and breakfast and appreciate the view. HomeAway will also put up the lucky winners for an extra three nights in one of the company’s Paris vacation rentals. Roundtrip airfare for the winners will be provided by Expedia. This is the first time that guests have ever been invited to sleep in the Eiffel Tower. HomeAway has hired interior designer Benoit Leleu to create and furnish the one-of-a-kind apartment. Guests will be treated to an amazing view of the city’s historic landmarks in the apartment’s lounge, including the Arc de Triomphe, the Grand Palais, Sacre Coeur on Montmartre and the Seine River . Related: UGE’s Vertical Axis Wind Turbines now provide green power for the Eiffel Tower There are four prizes available, and entering the competition is easy. All you need to do is give a short answer explaining what you would do if the Eiffel Tower apartment were yours for the night, along with your contact information. If you’re interested in this chance of a lifetime (and who wouldn’t be?) you can enter here . You have until the end of May to sign up for a shot at the prize, and the winners will be announced June 10th. + HomeAway Via The Big Story

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These portable triangular solar modules charge up in a jiffy

May 20, 2016 by  
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyYbZV3aGOY The designers suggest their fast-charging Portable Solar Modules are ideal for outdoor activities – though they are admittedly vague with details since this is still a conceptual design. Charged in any place where sunlight is present, the panels are said to be capable of charging mobile phones , cameras, tablets and other electric devices. They also have a mirror panel interface which makes it easy to ascertain how much of a charge they are carrying at any given time. Related: Quantum Dot solar windows could turn any window into a power source Highly portable, the solar panels are ideal for travel. They can be attached to a backpack, or simply folded out. Their modular nature provides ample opportunity to be creative, and why not? We may as well have a good time while harnessing the sun’s infinite power, right? + Red Dot Award Via Yanko Design

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Matthew Rosenberg’s mixed-use towers will reshape the Las Vegas landscape

February 5, 2015 by  
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Solar Trees Now Power the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” Sign

January 14, 2014 by  
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While the bulk of the energy usage may be happening just a few blocks north, Las Vegas is going a little bit greener by powering the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” with three solar trees. For years the sign has been a marker that lets people know that they have arrived in Sin City. Now the sign will also act as a symbol of the city’s commitment to renewable energy. To realize their Clean Energy Project , Nevada worked with Green Chips , a non-profit focused on sustainability and the Clark County Commission to erect a three-tree solar installation next to the sign. The installation not only provides much needed shade for tourists, it also powers up what may be one of the world’s most photographed locations. Read the rest of Solar Trees Now Power the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” Sign Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Clean Energy Project Nevada , Green Chips Nevada , green energy Southern Nevada , las vegas , Las Vegas goes solar , Las Vegas sign solar tree , Las Vegas sustainability , solar installations , Solar Power , solar power initiatives , solar trees , Southern Nevada sustainability , sustainability Southern Nevada , Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign , Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign going green , Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas solar powered        

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New Mexico Highlands University Student Centre Responds to Desert Climate with a Sun-Tracking Louvered Facade

July 31, 2013 by  
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