Toyota is building a giant power station that turns biowaste into hydrogen fuel

December 1, 2017 by  
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Toyota is building a massive power plant that will churn out 1.2 tons of hydrogen every single day. That’s enough for the daily driving needs of almost 1,500 cars . They described the project as the “world’s first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel cell power generation plant” – and it will allow them to power their operations at the Long Beach Port entirely with renewable energy . The Tri-Gen facility in Long Beach will generate around 2.35 megawatts of electricity when it switches online in 2020. The generation station itself will be 100 percent renewable – it will transform California agricultural waste into hydrogen, electricity, and water. FuelCell Energy developed the Tri-Gen technology. Related: Toyota’s new Texas headquarters will get 25% of its power from the sun Toyota views the power plant as a major step towards a hydrogen society. Hydrogen from Tri-Gen will power fuel cell vehicles moving through the Long Beach Port – including Mirai sedans and Toyota’s heavy duty truck known as Project Portal. Group vice president for strategic planning Doug Murtha said in a statement, “For more than twenty years, Toyota has been leading the development of fuel cell technology because we understand the tremendous potential to reduce emissions and improve society.” The power plant fits in with Toyota’s goal to reach net zero carbon dioxide emissions as part of their Environmental Challenge 2050 . Toyota’s Environmental Challenge 2050 also includes goals for promoting next-generation zero-emissions cars, cutting down on water use, and building a recycling -based society. In their statement, Toyota reiterated their commitment to expanding hydrogen infrastructure. There are currently 31 retail hydrogen fueling stations in California, and Toyota has partnered with Shell – the first such collaboration between an oil and a car company – to develop new hydrogen stations. + Toyota Images via Toyota and FuelCell Energy

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Israel building world’s tallest solar tower to power 130,000 households

January 5, 2017 by  
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Three years after Israel first announced plans for an enormous solar power station, the project is progressing nicely. The 121 MW Ashalim Solar Thermal Power Station is under construction in the sunny Negev desert, and currently ranks as Israel’s largest renewable energy project to date. When it begins operating sometime in 2018, the power station will feature an 820-foot-tall solar tower, which will be the tallest in the world. This solar project , as well as others in development, will give Israel a huge push forward toward its goal of supplying 10 percent of its energy needs with renewables by 2020. Once completed, the project will power 130,000 households. The Ashalim solar project was initially projected for completion by the end of 2017, but a recent update shifts the timeline into 2018. The solar power station features a field of over 50,000 mirrors spanning 740 acres, which reflect the sun’s energy back to a centrally located tower. Concentrated solar power (CSP) systems like this one are fast becoming the trend in large-scale solar power projects, because of their high energy output. Once operational, the solar tower will generate around 310 megawatts of power, which equates to about 1.6 percent of the country’s energy needs, according to Israel’s Electricity Authority. Related: Israel Announces Plans for 121 MW Solar Power Station in the Negev Desert The Ashalim solar tower is backed by BrightSource Energy , General Electric (GE) and NOY Infrastructure & Energy Investment Fund, and it is just one of three plots that make up the power station. A second solar-thermal plot will store solar energy after sunset, and a third will house photovoltaic solar technology to produce even more energy. Despite it’s staggering height of 820 feet and designation as the world’s tallest CSP tower, the Ashalim solar power plant doesn’t come close to taking the title of “world’s largest,” which currently belongs to Dubai’s 1,000-MW CSP project . However, Israel’s largest renewable energy project does set the bar quite high by contributing toward the nation’s energy goal, which quadruples current clean energy production. Via Times of Israel Images via Brightsource Energy

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London mayor halts orders for Thomas Heatherwick’s double-decker buses

January 5, 2017 by  
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Orders for the much-anticipated redesigned double-decker buses that hit the streets of London in 2011 will be discontinued under Mayor Sadiq Khan. In a money-saving gambit, Transport for London (TfL) stopped orders for the New Routemasters designed by Thomas Heatherwick , on the grounds that they are too expensive. During his campaign, Khan suggested the modern buses manufactured by Wrightbus be discontinued to free up money to freeze fares for four years. Transport for London just confirmed that suggestion in Khan’s first Business Plan : “New capital investment will be reduced significantly as we discontinue purchases of New Routemaster buses. We will carry on investing in the fleet however, by retrofitting 3,000 vehicles with Euro VI standard emission technology by 2020.” Related: London mayor announces plan for two new bike superhighways The New Routemasters were greeted with excitement when they were unveiled in 2010 ; people praised Heatherwick for bestowing a “London look” on the buses. The vehicles boast three doors and two staircases, and succeeded the iconic old Routemaster buses. As the buses jaunted more frequently through the city, Heatherwick said he was glad the bus became “part of London’s landscape and personality.” Passengers did grumble that the buses were too hot, so TfL added windows that could open. Former mayor Boris Johnson bought the first 600 buses for £354,000 each in 2012, and 200 more in 2014 for £325,000 apiece. The New Routemaster buses are hybrid diesel-electric vehicles, but many people now think electric batteries have overtaken the older technology. A spokesperson for the mayor told The Guardian TfL would invest in “a new generation of buses” designed to benefit London’s air quality. The business plan says “a significant number of new green buses will be unveiled” in 2020 or 2021. Via Dezeen and The Guardian Images via Heatherwick Studio

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Visitor center disguised as a hill to welcome visitors to Denmarks historic Kal Castle Ruins

January 5, 2017 by  
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The beautiful historic ruins of Kalø Castle are unmissable, but its planned visitor center might not be too easy to spot. Danish architectural firm Arkitema Architects unveiled their winning proposal for the historic site’s visitor center, a hill-shaped building designed to blend into the surrounding hilly landscape. The unusual building is crafted as an extension of the Mols Bjerge National Park in Denmark to keep focus on the ruins and existing architecture. Located in eastern Jutland just 20 kilometers from the Danish city of Aarhus , the Kalø Castle Ruins are a major tourist attraction that holds a dramatic history dating back to the 14th century. Thus a new visitor center was needed to accommodate the approximately 150,000 tourists that visit the ruins annually. Arkitema Architects designed a building to meet that scale of need but wanted to preserve the existing views. The resulting design is one that disguises the visitor center as a natural landform. Related: This green-roofed visitor center will be nestled under a hill in Denmark The gently sloping hill-shaped building will be constructed of timber and brick and cover two floors connected by a large staircase that doubles as a meeting point. The visitor center will also house an exhibition area, gathering space, and a restaurant with panoramic views of the ruins. The roof will be accessible to visitors as well. The project is slated to open to the public in 2019. + Arkitema Architects Via ArchDaily Images via Arkitema Architects

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Independent research shows "global warming hiatus" was indeed false

January 5, 2017 by  
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) unleashed a huge controversy two years ago with a paper refuting a slow down in ocean warming . Now a group of researchers have used independent data to prove the notion of a “global warming hiatus” in recent years was in fact not true. According to Phys.org, the 2015 study by NOAA showed that modern buoys used to measure ocean temperature have a tendency to show slightly cooler temperatures than the previous ship-based systems did, even when measuring the same part of the ocean at the same time. And as the new system replaced the old one, the researchers realized that some of the “real-world warming” was missed in the transition. After they corrected for what they called a “cold bias,” the NOAA researchers published a paper in the journal Science stating that oceans have actually warmed by 0.12 degrees C per decade since the year 2000 – or nearly twice as fast as the as the 0.07 degrees C per decade in the previous 30 years. This showed that the “global warming hiatus” many thought was happening actually was not. Related: The oceans stalled global warming, but they’re about to unleash the heat The findings caused a huge kerfuffle amongst climate change skeptics, who attacked the NOAA researchers – and led a House of Representatives committee to subpoena emails from the scientists involved. But this recent study, conducted by the University of California, Berkeley and Berkeley Earth and soon to be published as a paper in the journal Science Advances , uses independent data to show that despite the uproar by skeptics, the NOAA’s findings were correct. “Our results mean that essentially NOAA got it right, that they were not cooking the books,” lead author Zeke Hausfather, a graduate student in UC Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group, told Phys.org . Hausfather and his college Kevin Cowtan at the University of York in the UK extended the NOAA’s study by taking into account several different further kinds of water temperature data. The results they got matched the NOAA’s results exactly. “In the grand scheme of things, the main implication of our study is on the hiatus, which many people have focused on, claiming that global warming has slowed greatly or even stopped,” Hausfather said. “Based on our analysis, a good portion of that apparent slowdown in warming was due to biases in the ship records.” Via Phys.org Images via Unsplash and JDmcginley , Pixabay

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World’s Largest Fat-Fueled Power Station to Open in London

May 10, 2013 by  
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Great Britain’s biggest water company, Thames Water, has teamed up with green utility company 2OC to run what is expected to become the world’s largest fat-fueled power station. The East London facility will be powered by spent cooking…

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SunVolt Power Station Can Charge Gadgets as Fast as a Wall Outlet

August 20, 2012 by  
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It’s easy to get worked up about portable solar chargers. Yes, it’s awesome to make your own clean energy, and it’s wonderful not to be tethered to an outlet every time your phone needs a boost of juice. But what many solar charger manufacturers don’t tell you is that their devices need anywhere from 6 – 12 hours in direct sunlight before their internal batteries are fully charged, and it may take another six hours for them to transfer that power to your device. Bummer. Unless you’re using the SunVolt portable power station, that is. Read the rest of SunVolt Power Station Can Charge Gadgets as Fast as a Wall Outlet Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Don Cayelli , Gomadic , kickstarter , portable power station , solar charger , SunVolt

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Chelsea Football Club Bid to Turn Iconic Battersea Power Station Into a Stadium

May 9, 2012 by  
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The future of London’s renowned Battersea Power Station has long been debated, and numerous bids have been offered up with the hopes of giving the building a new life. Its potential renovation has made news yet again, and this week the structure finds itself at the center of a takeover feud. Chelsea Football Club submitted a £1 billion plan to construct what would be one of the world’s most iconic football stadiums, readapting the industrial structure. However, officials say the Grade II* listed building is unsuitable grounds for the football club. Read the rest of Chelsea Football Club Bid to Turn Iconic Battersea Power Station Into a Stadium Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Battersea Power Station , chelsea football club , eco renovation , green renovation , london’s mayor election , sustainable design , takeover bid

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State Line Power Station, A Dirty and Dangerous Relic, Will Soon Shut Down

May 7, 2011 by  
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video via ran.org The US may lack a comprehensive climate and energy strategy to mitigate coal use and ramp up the use of renewable energy, but it does have the EPA and father time combining to put pressure on utilities to close down aging coal fired power plants now. The cost of a retrofit required by new national standards for nitrogen oxide and mercury emissions have influenced Virginia-based Dominion Resources to close the State Line Power Station, a plant first constructed in the 1920s…

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