Gorgeous solar-powered Colorado home produces almost all its own energy

May 16, 2017 by  
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Sustainability and a love for nature inspired Colorado-based CCY Architects’ design of the gorgeous Starwood Residence. Set on a ridge line, this luxury mountain home with floor-to-ceiling glazing overlooks the Roaring Fork Valley and Elk Mountains. Solar energy powers the energy-efficient Starwood Residence, which is capable of producing 70% of the energy that it consumes. The Starwood Residence lies low on the landscape with a series of sloping rooflines that appear to echo the surrounding mountain landscape. Weathered steel wraps the home to blend the building into the natural backdrop, while exterior sunshades maximize access to natural light and minimize solar heat gain in summer. In contrast to the steel-clad facade, the interior is richly layered with warm textures, from stone accent walls to Clear Vertical Grain (CVG) Douglas Fir siding. Large panoramic windows appear to extend the living areas outdoors. Related: Black Magic home sits lightly in a mountain oasis In addition to daylighting , the architects improved the home’s energy efficiency with exposed concrete floors—used almost exclusively throughout the home—that provide thermal mass to absorb and release passive solar heat in cold months. The nearly energy-sufficient home draws power from a 7-kw solar array , 12 evacuated tubes for solar thermal, and a ground source heat pump for radiant cooling and heating. The weathered steel siding contains a high percentage of recycled material and all the concrete used includes a minimum of 20 percent fly ash. + CCY Architects

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German Village Produces 500% of its Energy from Renewable Sources

September 16, 2014 by  
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Wildpoldsried , a Bavarian village of about 2,600 residents, is leading the way in Germany’s extraordinary renewable energy transformation . Over the past 17 years, the village has invested in a holistic range of renewable energy projects that include 4,983 kWp of photovoltaics , five biogas facilities, 11 wind turbines and a hydropower system. As a result, the village has gone beyond energy independence – and it now produces 500% more energy than it needs and profits from sales of the surplus power back to the grid. Read the rest of German Village Produces 500% of its Energy from Renewable Sources Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , bavaria , biogas , biomass , Energiewende , german , germany , green energy , hydrothermal , renewable energy , siemens , smart grid , Solar Power , solar thermal , wildspoldsried , wind turbines

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illy Launches sustainArt Cups to Support Emerging Artists and Sustainable Coffee

September 16, 2014 by  
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Italian coffee roasting company illy has unveiled a new limited edition cup collection to support emerging artists and raise awareness for coffee sustainability. Designed to follow the EXPO 2015 theme “Feeding the planet, Energy for life,” the cups feature the work of artists Esteban Piedra León, Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa, Elias Sime and Adan Vallecillo. The sets are available in both espresso and cappuccino cups with matching saucers. + illy 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: Adan Vallecillo , coffee , Elias Sime , Esteban Piedra León , Expo 2015 , illy , Milan world expo 2015 , Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa , reader submitted content , sustainable coffee

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Making Bio-Based Rocket Fuel

March 27, 2014 by  
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Rocket fuel is the latest in a long line of fuels being developed from bio sources instead of being produced from petrochemicals. Numerous other fuels have been developed from bio-diesel and synthetic gasolines to aviation fuels are now being made from microorganisms or from converting bio feedstocks. And now, scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Joint BioEnergy Institute have been able to produce a key component of JP-10 high energy fuel from bacterial sources. Pinene is a component that is used in fuels that are used for missiles and rockets. It is found in tree sap, but it is primarily extracted from crude oil. Since only a small amount of pinene can be produced from each barrel of crude oil, it is expensive and difficult to obtain. The researchers developed strains of E. coli which has been able to produce small quantities of pinene in the laboratory. There are still further steps to take before this becomes scalable and commercially viable, but the initial development has been the major milestone, and researchers on the project expect to be able to further improve the process as they continue their work. There is also a much stronger economic drive to develop bio-based rocket fuel as compared to other fuels. At present, petroleum-based JP-10 costs about $25 per gallon, so a difference of a dollar or two per gallon could be significant, as well as being able to produce fuel for space travel without needing ot rely on petrochemical sources. image: CC BY-SA 3.0 by Image courtesy of SpaceX/Wikimedia Commons via: Solar Thermal Magazine

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Ivanpah: World’s Largest Solar Thermal Energy Plant Starts Production in California

September 26, 2013 by  
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The much-anticipated Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System has kicked into action in California’s Mojave Desert. The 3,500 acre facility forms the world’s largest solar thermal energy plant, and has the backing of some major players; Google , NRG Energy , BrightSource Energy and Bechtel have all invested in the project, which is constructed on federally-leased public land. The first of Ivanpah’s three towers is now feeding power into the grid, and once the site is fully operational it will produce 392 megawatts — enough to power 140,000 homes and reduce carbon emissions by 400,000 tons per year. Read the rest of Ivanpah: World’s Largest Solar Thermal Energy Plant Starts Production in California Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bechtel , brightsource , california desert , California solar , first flux , first sync , Google , heliostat , Ivanpah , mojave , nrg energy , renewable energy , Solar Power , solar tower , solar-thermal energy        

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New Cooker Reduces Smoke by 80% and Safeguards Himalayan Glaciers

September 26, 2013 by  
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Black smoke from cooking stoves used in many developing countries is not only a serious health hazard that disproportionately affects women, it is also a major contributor to the increasing temperature of the atmosphere, and the subsequent decline of glaciers around the world. As a response to this problem, a new clean stove cooker has been developed in India by a Delhi research institute called TERI . The clean alternative has already been put to use in the town of Tanda in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Capable of reducing smoke by 80%, there are plenty of other features that make this cooker a godsend for people in developing nations. Read the rest of New Cooker Reduces Smoke by 80% and Safeguards Himalayan Glaciers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Black Smoke , cooking stove , Delhi Research Institute , glaciers , global warming , India , industrial revolution , Mud Stove , Tanda , TERI , uttar pradesh        

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Million Euro Dutch Wind Turbine Crowdfunded In 13 Hours

September 26, 2013 by  
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Could crowdfunding be the future of renewable energy? Windcentrale , a Dutch clean energy company that helps ordinary people invest in wind turbines, thinks it just might be. In only 13 hours, the company raised €1.3 million from 1,700 Dutch households, all interested in buying shares in a wind turbine in the center of the Netherlands. Each of the 6,648 shares represent about 500 kWh of clean electricity per year. They sold at a price of  €200 apiece. Read the rest of Million Euro Dutch Wind Turbine Crowdfunded In 13 Hours Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “wind power” , crowdfunded utilities , Crowdfunding , Netherlands , renewable energy , renewable energy europe , wind turbines        

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Green Skyscraper to Be Built on Top of Vancouver’s Historic Exchange Building

August 15, 2013 by  
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Home Depot’s “Bee-Friendly Plants” are Laced with Toxic Pesticides

August 15, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Bee populations have plummeted over the last decade or so and activists and farmers are very concerned about the impact this loss will have on our food supply . Consequently, Oregon temporarily banned neonicotinoids – pesticides thought to be a large contributor to their decline (along with fungicides and other factors) – as a proactive measure, and Europe has done the same. Meanwhile, all kinds of initiatives exist to revive bee populations, including Home Depot’s “bee-friendly” plants. Problem is, researchers have discovered that some of these plants contain even more pesticides than agricultural crops! Read the rest of Home Depot’s “Bee-Friendly Plants” are Laced with Toxic Pesticides Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bee populations plummet , bee research , bee-friendly plants , bee-killing pesticides , colony collapse disorder , food supply by bees , friends of the earth , fungicides , home depot , lowes , neonicotinoids , Pesticide Research Institute        

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Candy-Colored Urban Development and Environment Office Opens in Hamburg

April 9, 2013 by  
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