Zeabuz is launching a self-driving electric ferry in Norway

October 28, 2020 by  
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Norwegian company Zeabuz has announced that it will be launching a self-driving ferry next year. This zero-emission ferry was first developed in 2018 by researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The ferry is expected to carry 12 passengers and will operate like an elevator, with passengers able to call the ferry to their location by pressing a button. The launch of the first self-driving electric ferry in Norway just goes to show the strides the country is making in developing water transport . In 2015, Norway was the first country to launch the world’s first electric car and passenger ferry . Related: 100% electric passenger vehicle and cargo ferry could help decarbonize sea travel According to Narve Mjøs, the director of DNV GL — a company that advises the maritime industry and organizes the Green Shipping Program in Norway — the country is on the right track when it comes to pioneering new technologies in water transport. Mjøs said that the use of new boats, like the one being launched by Zeabuz, provides a greener alternative to road transport. Further, he said that the process of automation via self-driving helps cut down operation costs. The newly launched ferry will operate along the canal that connects the port and the city center of Trondheim. Passengers will have a 1-minute travel time, rather than the 15 minutes it typically takes to walk between the two locations. The ferry also has the capacity to transport passenger bicycles, and it is designed to charge while docked. Riding the ferry will be free of charge, at least in Trondheim. Many countries are turning back to water transport, which was a popular means of travel before the invention of cars. For instance, Bangkok intends to launch 30 new electric ferries and 5,000 electric water taxis come next year. In July 2020, Uber announced plans to launch boat taxis along the Thames River in London. If such plans are actualized, we are likely to see a future with fewer cars and more zero-emission boats. + Zeabuz Via CNN Images via Zeabuz

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Snhetta completes worlds northernmost energy-positive building

September 16, 2019 by  
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Snøhetta has once again raised the bar for sustainable architecture with its completion of Powerhouse Brattørkaia, the world’s northernmost energy-positive building located in the Norwegian city of Trondheim. Designed with a sloped roof topped with photovoltaic panels, the eight-story, 18,000-square-meter office building produces, on average, more than twice as much electricity as it consumes daily. It feeds surplus renewable energy to neighboring buildings and the city transit system through a local micro-grid. The extremely energy-efficient structure has also received BREEAM Outstanding certification. Powerhouse Brattørkaia was created by the Powerhouse, a collaboration between Snøhetta, property company Entra, entrepreneur Skanska, environmental organization ZERO and the consulting company Asplan Viak to bring energy-positive buildings to Norway and the world. The group was also responsible for Norway’s first energy-positive building, Powerhouse Kjørbo. Per Powerhouse’s strict guidelines, all Powerhouse buildings are designed to produce more energy than they consume over their lifetimes — including construction, demolition and embodied energy, factors that are not normally included when considering energy usage. Related: Harvard unveils Snøhetta-designed HouseZero for sustainable, plus-energy living “Energy-positive buildings are the buildings of the future,” said Snøhetta founder Kjetil Trædal Thorsen. “The mantra of the design industry should not be ‘form follows function’ but ‘form follows environment.’ This means that the design thinking of today should focus on environmental considerations and reducing our footprint first, and have the design follow this premise.” Located by the waterfront in a city that receives little sunshine in the winter, Powerhouse Brattørkaia is wrapped in black aluminum and almost 3,000 square meters of solar panels to ensure maximum exposure to the sun throughout the day and the seasons. The building footprint also includes ample energy storage to supplement demand in winter. The building is equipped with other energy-efficient features, such as superior insulation, heat recovery solutions, seawater-driven heating and cooling systems and optimized access to natural light. + Snøhetta Photography by Ivar Kvaal via Snøhetta

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Cozy minimalist home in Norway is crafted as the epitome of hygge"

April 16, 2018 by  
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An hour north of Oslo, Danish studio Norm Architects have designed a family home they describe as the “epitome of hygge ,” a Scandinavian term for a mood of coziness and wellbeing. Set into a hillside, the Gjøvik House comprises a cluster of six interconnected timber volumes positioned to take in views of Mjøsa lake and the Norwegian woods. The overlapping areas of the timber volumes give rise to private pockets and cozy nooks, elements that the architects say are integral to the hygge concept. The 1,668-square-foot Gjøvik House was envisioned by the architects as a place “where you can truly hibernate while taking shelter from the frigid days of Nordic winter.” To blend the cluster-style home into the landscape, the architects clad the facade in vertical strips of timber that will eventually develop a silvery patina over time. Large glazed openings frame selected views of the landscape and bring in copious amounts of natural light. Related: 6 ways to make your life more “Hygge” – the Danish secret to happiness The interior features a similarly restrained materials palette of white walls, concrete , and wood paired with minimalist and modern furnishings. “The Gjøvik house, consisting of overlapping cubes of different sizes, makes for an intimate and dynamic family home with materials, levels and inbuilt, tailor-made furniture creating a minimal yet warm and secluded feeling,” wrote the architects. The spacious kitchen, located at the heart of the house, is awash in natural light and provides a contrast to the narrow nooks spread out across the home. + Norm Architects Images via Norm Architects

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Norwegian Mountaineering Centre mimics a dramatic snow-covered mountain

September 16, 2016 by  
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Winner of an invited competition from 2009, Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter’s Norwegian Mountaineering Center design is a 900-square-meter mountaineering center and gathering place for both locals and visitors. The building comprises a climbing hall , bouldering spaces, changing rooms, exhibitions, a cafe, library, and administration facilities. The tall climbing wall is sheathed inside the building’s jagged mountain-like form. Related: Timber-clad folk museum rises like a jagged-edged crown in Norway “The Norwegian Mountaineering Center is anchored in an innovative interpretation of nature’s fantastic dimensions and the dramatic experience of mountaineering,” write the architects. “This provides the structure with a characteristic volume communicating its contents with exciting and unique geometrical expression. Its outer skin is clad in a uniform surface, highlighting its originality and situation next to the train tracks of Raumabanen and the station area in the Åndalsnes town center.” The gray, brown, and white shingles that clad the exterior are arranged in a diamond formation. Diamond-shaped windows also punctuate the facade. + Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter Images via Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter , by AndrC? and So?renHarder

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Osmosis Power Is Off the Table Now

January 5, 2016 by  
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Not every energy technology that is explored is going to lead to a successful new power industry. Osmosis power was one of the more unusual technologies we’ve come across. But now, after a few years of investigation, it appears that this technology is not a viable option for larger scale power generation. Statkraft, the Norwegian company which had opened a pioneering research facility to explore the potential of osmotic power generation, has closed its operations .  Moreover, a recent research publication looking at the technology finds that biofouling , the accumulation of algae, bacteria, and other organic material on surfaces where they adversely affect the performance of the system, makes the technology unfit for power generation at the present time. It is not inconceivable that further technological developments might be developed that could make osmotic power generation a viable system. However, with so many other ways of producing power cleanly and inexpensively, and with the other challenges presented in using osmosis, it is likely that this option will remain shelved.

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AART Architects Norwegian housing development is shaped like a wooden mountain range

June 5, 2015 by  
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Luxury Villa Melkeveien is wrapped in sustainably sourced Kebony wood in Norway

February 12, 2015 by  
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Extremely High Numbers of Radioactive Reindeer Appear in Norway

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In a twisted take on Rudolph’s glowing nose, scientists have found that levels of radioactivity amongst Norway’s reindeer are higher this year than they have been for a long time. Although it’s been nearly 30 years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster , Norwegian scientists have measured radiation levels in reindeer populations in Central Norway that are more than five times higher than they were when last measured in 2012: 8,200 becquerel per kilo in Sept. 2014 versus 1,500 becquerel per kilo in Sept. 2012. Scientists also measured the levels of radioactivity in sheep populations and found those to be 4,500 becquerel per kilo at maximum. To put those numbers in perspective, 600 becquerel per kilo is the safety limit for human consumption of sheep meat. Read the rest of Extremely High Numbers of Radioactive Reindeer Appear in Norway Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: caesium 137 , chernobyl , food , mushrooms , norway , Norwegian , radioactive , reindeer , Wildlife

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Hike to This Beautiful Rustic Cabin and Take Refuge Deep in the Norwegian Mountains

September 18, 2014 by  
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Gorgeously Renovated San Francisco Home Combines Sleek Sophistication With the Warmth of Wood

September 18, 2014 by  
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