Massive new data center to be built in chilly Norway to offset energy use

August 21, 2017 by  
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Every like and tweet costs energy, which isn’t great for climate change. That’s why the American-Norwegian data company Kolos is building a new data center in northern Norway. Designed to be the largest in the world, it will be powered strictly by renewable energy sources and the cold climate and low humidity will help offset energy demands. Kolos partnered with architecture design firm HDR to finance and design the center, which will make internet use significantly more sustainable. Data centers require huge amounts of power due to their cooling demands, so why not put one in a fjord that sits within the Arctic Circle ? Kolos’ proposal will be a fortress of data, the design of which is inspired by Norway ‘s spectacular landforms, mountains and glaciers. Related: How Sweden plans to heat homes with internet searches Kolos says the new facility will rely mostly on wind and hydroelectricity harvested from the surrounding waterways to meet its energy needs, reducing energy costs by 60 percent. The project will provide a record-breaking 1,000 MW of power and about 2000 to 3000 new jobs. + Kolos + HDR Via New Atlas

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Students collaborate with starchitect Daniel Libeskind to design university building

March 28, 2017 by  
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Dramatic interlocking volumes and sharp angles define the new green-roofed Central Building at Leuphana University in Germany. Studio Libeskind designed the project in collaboration with students at the university, where Libeskind works as a part-time professor. The result is a distinct zinc-clad building that will serve as an incubator for new ideas, innovation and research. The 139,930-square-foot building, located on the university’s main campus in the southern part of Lüneburg, integrates a Research Center, a Student Center, spaces for seminars and an auditorium into a single structure. Interlocking volumes facilitate cross-disciplinary interaction and collaborative learning. Related: Daniel Libeskind unveils spectacularly green physics center at Durham University Upon entering the building, visitors are greeted by a swooping triple-height atrium awash in natural light coming through a half dozen skylights . Stairs and bridges puncture the volume and communicate the complexity of the space. The cafeteria and workshops are located on the ground floor, labs and offices occupy the upper floors, and the three-story Seminar Center with a curved roof forms the main entry. Exposed concrete and canted walls are combined with smoked oak parquet throughout the building, and red-painted walls provide way-finding and orientation. Related: Daniel Libeskind unveils design for the new green-roofed Lithuanian Modern Art Center in Vilnius The building will operate at zero emissions thanks to its remarkably efficient design and the use of renewable energy sources. Sustainable design features include a green roof, a grey water system and an innovative Cobiax structural system. + Studio Libeskind + Leuphana University

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JaK Studio to Built London’s First ‘Invisible’ Eco-Home

June 3, 2014 by  
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Colorful LEDs Transform Industrial Shipyard into Giant Origami-Like Light Show

June 3, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Colorful LEDs Transform Industrial Shipyard into Giant Origami-Like Light Show Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Adriatic sea , architectural lighting , Art , croatia , dean skira , LED lights , LED spotlights , lighting designer , lighting giants , Philips LED spotlights , pula , shipyard art , shipyard machines , skira , uljanik industrial shipyard

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Israeli Company Sol Chip Developing World’s First Everlasting Solar Battery

July 25, 2013 by  
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Researchers at Sol Chip are working on an ambitious project to create the world’s first everlasting solar battery . It is hoped that the battery will be able to recharge even in low-light environments to power just about any mobile electronic device. Sol Chip’s current prototype of the technology combines photovoltaics with microchip technology . So far the battery has been limited to an output of 8.4 volts of power, which is enough to power a limited array of outdoor devices. Read the rest of Israeli Company Sol Chip Developing World’s First Everlasting Solar Battery Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: batteries , green technology , microchip technology , microchips , mobile electronic devices , rechargeable solar battery , renewable energy sources , Sol Chip , Sol Chip solar battery , solar battery , solar battery design , Solar cells , Solar Power , solar technology        

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Songjiang Hotel: Construction Begins On Chinese Eco-Resort Nestled into 100-Meter-Deep Quarry

June 28, 2013 by  
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Construction has started on the sustainable hotel resort built into a 100-meter high cliff in the Songjiang district just outside Shanghai. Looking like a gorgeous villain lair from one of the James Bond movies, the 19-story hotel complex will have a huge waterfall pour down from its roof and two of its first floors submerged in the water. Read the rest of Songjiang Hotel: Construction Begins On Chinese Eco-Resort Nestled into 100-Meter-Deep Quarry Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , Atkins architecture , geothermal energy , green roofed hotels , hotel resort China , renewable energy sources , Shimao Group , Songjiang , Songjiang Hotel , sustainable hotel China , Sustainable Hotels        

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RMJM Unveils Proposal for Cloud-Shaped Cultural Center in Taichung, Taiwan

June 28, 2013 by  
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Whetar’s Contra-Rotating Wind Turbines Could Produce 5 Times More Power

June 10, 2013 by  
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London-based manufacturer Poduhvat has developed a wind turbine which they claim can produce five times more energy than traditional wind turbines with the same rotor size. The contra-rotating Whetar turbine is almost completely silent and it can generate 43,8 MW/h per year with under 50% load capacity. Read the rest of Whetar’s Contra-Rotating Wind Turbines Could Produce 5 Times More Power Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “wind power” , green technology , Poduhvat , Poduhvat turbines , renewable energy sources , silent wind turbines , Whetar Wind Turbines , wind energy , wind turbine design , wind turbines        

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Solar Impulse Departs for Dallas on Second Leg of Sun-Powered Flight Across America

May 22, 2013 by  
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The Solar Impulse just successfully completed the first leg of its cross-US journey, traveling from San Francisco Bay Area to Phoenix. The solar-powered giant continues its record-breaking flight today at 5 a.m. departing from Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport to Dallas in the team’s attempt to be the first to fly across the the country without using a single drop of fuel. Read the rest of Solar Impulse Departs for Dallas on Second Leg of Sun-Powered Flight Across America Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Andre Borscberg , Andre Borscberg Solar Impulse , bertrand piccard , Bertrand Piccard Solar Impulse , energy efficient plane , fuel-free plane , lightweight airplane , renewable energy sources , solar impulse , Solar Impulse Cross America 2013 , solar panels , Solar Power , solar powered aircraft , solar powered plane        

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DR Congo: World’s Largest Hydropower Plant on Track for 2015 Groundbreaking

May 22, 2013 by  
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Work on the world’s largest hydropower plant is expected to start in October, 2015 following commitments from the World Bank and other development agencies to finance its construction. South Africa has also agreed to buy more than half of the energy that would be generated at the 4800 MW Inga 3 plant at Inga Falls on the Congo River. Preliminary reports show that a series of dams on this section of the river would have a relatively small environmental and social impact, but International Rivers and other non governmental organizations warn that virtually none of this power would improve the lives of local residents in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Read the rest of DR Congo: World’s Largest Hydropower Plant on Track for 2015 Groundbreaking Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa , African Development Bank , Democratic Republic of Congo , DRC , Environment , hydropower , International Rivers , News , off grid solutions , renewable energy , South Africa to buy DRC energy , world bank , world’s largest hydropower plant        

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