Reporting your company’s carbon footprint can save $1.5 million a year

August 12, 2015 by  
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Voluntarily reporting carbon emissions can pay for proactive businesses, according to new research out of Oxford University.

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Ultralight Nemus Cajalun Bike is Made From Hollow Wooden Tubes

August 12, 2014 by  
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German bike manufacturer LignoTube Technologies designed their ultralight Nemus Cajalun bike by combining layers of veneer, real wood and alumnium. Thanks to its veneer composite pipes (called LignoTUBEs), the bike weighs less than 20 pounds, but retains plenty of durability and strength. The Nemus won the 2014 Red Dot Award for product design in the Outdoor, Leisure, Sports and Fun category. Read the rest of Ultralight Nemus Cajalun Bike is Made From Hollow Wooden Tubes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bike design , German bike design , green transportation , LignoTube Technologies , nemus Cajalun bike , red dot award , Red Dot Award bike , ultralight bike , wood bike , wood tubes bike

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American Graphite Technologies Begins Development of a 3D Printer that Prints Graphene

October 11, 2013 by  
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Graphene model by James Hedberg From stone , to plastic bottles , and even metal , there is a growing list of materials that can be extruded by a 3D printer. Now, American Graphite Technologies is trying to add graphene to that list. Graphene is one of the world’s strongest materials thanks to its unique, atom-sized interlocking lattice structure, but at the same time it’s also a classically hard to manufacture material. Researchers from the US company have teamed up with with Kharkov Institute of Physics in Ukraine to change that by making the material 3D printable. Read the rest of American Graphite Technologies Begins Development of a 3D Printer that Prints Graphene Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: American Graphite Technologies , graphene , Kharkov Institute of Physics , meta-materials , microscopic , nano-weave , nanostructured carbon , new material research , research , science , Science and Technology Centre in Ukraine        

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Co+Labo’s Tiny Pee-Powered Barn House Shelters Two Humans, Two Horses

October 11, 2013 by  
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GreenBiz Group will flip the switch on first ballroom-size microgrid

October 10, 2013 by  
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The microgrid will be a living demonstration of the technologies driving innovation and sustainability on a larger scale.

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Bird Groups and Wind Turbines Getting Along

September 26, 2013 by  
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It has been widely assumed for years that two groups that don’t get along are wind power advocates and bird protection groups. But, in a move that shows how far things have come, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is looking at installing a wind turbine at its headquarters . The Society has applied to install a 100 meter (328 foot) tower for a wind turbine near its headquarters in Bedfordshire. This is not a complete reversal on the part of the RSPB, and there have been cases where the RSPB has objected to wind farms. But it shows how wrong the old stereotype is. The Society’s perspective is that “renewable energy is an essential tool in the fight against climate change, which poses the largest threat to the long-term survival of birds and wildlife.” Furthermore, they believe that, “so long as proper due diligence is conducted and potential wildlife impacts mitigated, … developing wind power is a smart move.” More advanced understanding of bird migration patterns and habits has helped with the placement of wind farms in places where bird fatalaties can be reduced. Other technologies that monitor bats and birds, and intermittent disabling of wind farms during migration periods also help to further reduce the numbers of animals killed by wind turbines. And, in terms of numbers killed, buildings still remain a far greater threat to birds than wind turbines. image: CC BY-SA 2.0 by Brian Robert Marshall/Wikimedia Commons via: NA Windpower

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Wind Ship “Vindskip” Would Use Its Hull As a Sail

September 24, 2013 by  
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In another approach to improve cargo ship design using wind power , Lade AS has developed plans to construct a hybrid cargo ship. The Vindskip, (“ wind ship ” in Norwegian) would use its own hull to channel wind as a sail or airplane wing does. Powered partially by a natural-gas fired engine, the external design of the ship would generate lift to assist its forward movement. In order to travel in the most optimal conditions possible, Vindskip’s systems would constantly calculate both the direction and speed of the wind. Using the “ apparent wind ” (the wind as moving objects experience it), Lade AS claims, these systems would allow Vindskip to have a positive pull at a minimum of 45 percent of its time en route, traveling at speeds of +16 knots. The company estimates this design would reduce emissions by 80 percent and fuel costs by 60 percent. While a small model was tested at Cranfield University’s wind tunnel with success, the projected efficiencies have yet to be tested at full scale. hat tip: @TobiasBuckell image via Lade AS

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EV-Sharing in Paris – Update

September 23, 2013 by  
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A few years ago, we covered Paris’s plans to initiate an electric car sharing program . Through the Autolib car sharing program, which boasts over 1800 vehicles and 800 charging stations, the French capital now ranks among the world’s leaders in EV presence and charging locations . Autolib’s system was built by a subsidiary of Bolloré, the company that helped create the compact Bluecar. This system focus on being extremely user-friendly, by monitoring the relative location and battery charge of each vehicle. Members of the program can simply swipe their cards at a charging station and use a nearby car with the best charge. Only cars with a 40 percent or higher charge are released to members, and an agent will even contact drivers who’ve ventured past the last charging locations in the suburbs or drive with a battery that has a charge lower than 20 percent. As IEEE Spectrum reports, more EVs on the road means more familiarity with seeing and driving them–and less local air pollution should they have been fossil fuel powered instead. With ample charging locations and shorter distances, in an urban environment, shared EVs can also shine well within their range. That being said, the convenience of personal vehicle ownership, for those who can afford it and even when space is at a premium, is a challenge all car sharing programs will continue to combat. The Autolib program in particular has its share of critics among EV car sharing supporters, who say the program’s focus on being flexible means its members are more likely to have their own personal cars as well, and that programs that allow the reservation of vehicles have much more success in reducing personal automobile ownership. The Autolib program has also not yet generated profits, although general director Morald Chibout believes the program will become profitable sometime in 2014. via: IEEE Spectrum image CC BY 2.0 by Francisco Gonzalez

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9 Amazing Wearble Technologies That Will Make You Feel Like a Superhero

August 18, 2013 by  
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Ever wish you could deflect bullets with your chest or increase your physical endurance ? Scientists are hot on the trail of creating wearable technologies that will allow the human body to accomplish superhuman feats. Soon, wearers will be able to detect unseen obstacles, avoid harmful projectiles, and boost the power and force of their movements. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biomechanics , efficient movement , Fashion , increased endurance , modern fashion , superhero , superhuman , wearable technology        

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Why small companies will lead the second chemical revolution

January 11, 2013 by  
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Lehigh Technologies is a prime example of how upstarts and disruptors are poised to transform the industrial economy using green chemistry.

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