John Dabiri Uses Biomimicry to Design Cheaper, More Efficient Wind Farms Inspired by Schools of Fish

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Wind turbine designs have improved significantly in recent years, but wind farms are still pretty inefficient. That’s because traditional wind turbines — the ones with three huge blades — interfere with each other. Putting two or more large turbines in close proximity produces wind blocks and vortices that decrease the efficiency of the overall wind farm. But CalTech biophysicist and MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” winner John Dabiri discovered a solution to that problem by studying the movement of schools fish . He found that vertical-axis wind turbines with blades that resemble fins can work together to more efficiently harness wind energy. Read the rest of John Dabiri Uses Biomimicry to Design Cheaper, More Efficient Wind Farms Inspired by Schools of Fish Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , bioinspiration , biomimicry , John Dabiri , renewable energy , VAWTs , vertical axis wind turbines , wind energy , Wind Farms , wind turbines , windmills        

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Mitchell Joachim Wants to 3D Print Cities Using ‘Smart Trash’ From the World’s Overflowing Landfills

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The world’s landfills are literally overflowing. According to 2008 figures (and we’ve added a few people since then), America alone produces a whopping 1.35 billion pounds of garbage every day – and that’s with many of us recycling and reusing more than ever. Many see waste as an unfortunate consequence of our consumer society, but designer Mitchell Joachim sees it as an untapped resource that could be used to create affordable shelters for booming global populations. Read the rest of Mitchell Joachim Wants to 3D Print Cities Using ‘Smart Trash’ From the World’s Overflowing Landfills Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D printing , cities , Green Building , green materials , landfill , mitchell joachim , recycling , Smart Trash , trash , upcycling , Waste        

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‘Move the Hut’ Lawsuit Filed Against Architect Tom Kundig for Building on an Untouched Ridgeline in Methow Valley, WA

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We never would have expected Tom Kundig  to be embroiled in legal battle with a community of conservationists, but the characteristically eco-minded architect was slapped with a lawsuit a few weeks ago by residents of Methow Valley, WA. As it turns out, one of Kundig’s newest construction, dubbed the Flagg Mountain Hut (which he also co-owns), protrudes into the viewshed of a pristine ridge in the valley. Though the new home will feature many of the eco-friendly and site-sensitive elements we’ve seen in Kundig’s other designs , the community is not happy with the project and they’ve launched a campaign asking the owners to Move the Hut off the ridgeline and out of sight to preserve the beauty and character of the valley. Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll. Read the rest of ‘Move the Hut’ Lawsuit Filed Against Architect Tom Kundig for Building on an Untouched Ridgeline in Methow Valley, WA Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architecture lawsuit , green design , move the hut , olson kunding , tom kundig , tom kundig court , tom kundig lawsuit        

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California Increases Solar Power Installations by 26 Percent in 2012

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Photo via Shutterstock California is pushing to increase its investment in  solar power , setting a lofty goal of 3,000 megawatts of power by 2017. Last year, the state boosted its solar installations 26 percent over 2011. That’s an additional 391 mW of power. All told, that brings the state’s total solar capacity to 1,629 mW, which is enough to power 150,000 homes. Read the rest of California Increases Solar Power Installations by 26 Percent in 2012 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: California energy initiative , California energy investment , california green energy , California Public Utilities Commission , California solar , California solar increase , California Solar Initiative , california solar power , California solar power 2012 , California solar power increase , green power , Pacific Gas and Electric , San Diego Gas and Electric , solar panels , Solar Power , southern california edison        

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