Clean energy-producing Light Up wins the 2018 LAGI competition in Melbourne

October 18, 2018 by  
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New York-based NH Architecture and Seattle architectural practice Olson Kundig placed first and second respectively in the 2018 Land Art Generator Initiative design competition in Melbourne, Australia. Sponsored by the State of Victoria’s Renewable Energy Action Plan with clean energy targets of 25 percent by 2020, the international competition sought large-scale works of public art that generate renewable energy in visible ways for St. Kilda Triangle in the City of Port Phillip. NH Architecture’s winning proposal, named ‘Light Up,’ harnesses solar, wind and microbial fuel cell technologies to produce 2,200 MWh of energy annually — enough to power nearly 500 homes. NH Architecture’s winning Light Up proposal consists of a lightweight tensile shade structure topped with 8,600 efficient, flexible solar photovoltaic panels envisioned over Jacka Boulevard. Designed with the aim of “maximizing the public realm” without compromising views, the design makes use of tested components available on the market. The clean energy power plant was also designed to harness wind energy and uses microbial fuel cells to tap into energy from plant roots. Olson Kundig’s second-place submission ‘Night & Day’ also taps into the power of solar with 5,400 square meters of solar panels. The solar system is combined with two Pelton turbines and a hydro battery to operate 24 hours a day and produce 1,000 MWh annually. As an ideas competition, LAGI 2018 has no plans of realizing the winning submissions. The Light Up team will receive $16,000 in prize money while the runners-up will receive $5,000. Related: Olson Kundig solar sail proposal could power up to 200 Melbourne homes with clean energy “LAGI 2018 is a window into a world that has moved beyond fossil fuels — a world that celebrates living in harmony with nature by creating engaging public places that integrate renewable energy and energy storage artfully within the urban landscape,” said LAGI co-founders Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry. “Light Up and Night & Day are power plants where you can take your family for a picnic. They both show how beauty and clean energy can come together to create the sustainable and resilient infrastructure of the future city. These artworks are cultural landmarks for the great energy transition that will be visited by generations in the future to remember this important time in human history.” + LAGI Images via LAGI

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Repurposed Sydney brewery boasts a pioneering rooftop power plant

July 11, 2016 by  
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The project is part of A $2 billion scheme developed by Frasers Property and Sekisui House, which will include shops, a hotel, student housing and a public park . The metallic appearance of the plant contrasts with the existing brewery’s red brick facade. Related: Old slaughterhouse in Madrid is turned into an incubator for creative startups “The built form of the project needed to provide a memorable expression of this important new technology within the urban context while also meeting the demanding technical requirements of the cooling towers and enhancing the heritage significance of the buildings,” the designers said. The design firm added, “This project delivers significant community benefits through both the provision of a highly energy efficient method of supplying power as well as hot and cold water to a significant new mixed-use development on the fringes of the city as well as providing a model of how this new technology can be integrated with an important historic structure.” + Tzannes Via Dezeen Photos by John Gollings

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Kyocera starts construction on the ‘world’s largest floating solar farm’ in Japan

January 28, 2016 by  
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Japan may be lacking in real estate, since the entire country is smaller than the state of California, but that’s not stopping them from building an enormous solar farm. The Asian nation has begun work on a floating solar power farm that will generate enough electricity for 5,000 homes. Multinational electronics company Kyocera is behind the project, which boasts the designation of being the world’s biggest floating solar farm. Read the rest of Kyocera starts construction on the ‘world’s largest floating solar farm’ in Japan

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Mongolian eagle huntress who broke gender barriers steals the show at Sundance

January 28, 2016 by  
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A young Mongolian girl has broken through gender barriers by learning how to hunt with golden eagles (an activity traditionally practiced by men in her culture) – and her story has made its way to the Sundance film festival . Aisholpan previously turned heads in a series of photographs , fearlessly taking on the male-dominated tradition, and now she’s gaining international recognition on the big screen – and she was just honored in a Comanche naming ceremony in Utah. Read the rest of Mongolian eagle huntress who broke gender barriers steals the show at Sundance

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Two solar power plants usher in “the birth of large-scale solar in Australia”

January 25, 2016 by  
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Australia isn’t known as a ‘sunburned country’ for no reason. The sun-drenched continent is the perfect place for solar power generation. For some time, the land down under has boasted the highest rate of residential solar panel installations, but it’s been lagging behind in the development of large-scale solar projects . All of that is set to change as two solar power plants have officially opened for business . Read the rest of Two solar power plants usher in “the birth of large-scale solar in Australia”

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BIG unveils a luminescent geodesic dome biomass power plant, and it’s also a public park

February 25, 2015 by  
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This tulip-shaped solar plant is bringing reliable energy to Ethiopia

December 4, 2014 by  
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Development in rural African communities is often limited by lack of access to reliable power because hospitals, schools and businesses all require a steady source of electricity to be able to function. The government of Ethiopia is addressing this need using the AORA Solar- Hybrid system . The AORA system is ingenious because it is modular and uses less water than other systems, but perhaps best of all, the concentrated solar tower looks like a gorgeous energy-generating tulip high in the sky. Read the rest of This tulip-shaped solar plant is bringing reliable energy to Ethiopia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , AORA , AORA energy , AORA Tulip , AORA Tulip power plant , concentrated solar energy , concentrated solar power , Hybrid energy , Solar Power , solar power plant , solar thermal power , thermal power , thermal power plant , Tulip energy , Tulip power plant , Tulip solar , Tulip solar plant

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India To Build World’s Largest Onshore Floating Solar Power Project

July 4, 2014 by  
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India’s National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) is planning a 50 MW photovoltaic project that will be the world’s largest freshwater floating solar power plant! The estimated $64–$72 million project will be set over reservoirs and lakes in the southern state of Kerala. The project was developed with technical assistance from the Kolkota-based Renewable Energy College (REC), and the first pilot operation is due to go online in October, 2014. Read the rest of India To Build World’s Largest Onshore Floating Solar Power Project Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Dr. SP Gon Choudhury , floating solar array , floating solar power project , India , India to build world’s largest onshore floating solar power plant , kerala , Kolkota , National Hydro Power Corporation , solar power plants

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Michael Jantzen’s Sun Rays Visitors Center Generates Solar Electricity in the Desert

June 13, 2014 by  
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Michael Jantzen has unveiled a conceptual design for the Sun Rays Visitor Center, a steel and concrete educational facility that doubles as a solar electric power plant in the desert. The off-grid facility generates electricity by converting the heat of the sun reflected and focused in hundreds of installed mirrors into steam. The Sun Rays Visitors Center’s yellow radial form was inspired by the way sun rays reflect off of the mirrors and the center also consists of a viewing platform, office space, and exhibition area. + Michael Jantzen The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: michael jantzen , reader submitted content , solar electric power plant , solar electricity , Solar Power , solar power plant , sun rays visitors center

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Gorgeous Dutch Power Plant is Completely Clad in Delftware Tiles!

June 12, 2014 by  
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