YouTuber designs a DIY solar device to help power Puerto Rico

January 5, 2018 by  
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Swaths of Puerto Rico still lack electricity . Jehu Garcia, film-making equipment company owner and YouTuber , wondered how he could help. He’s built his own do-it-yourself version of a Powerwall , and tackled the Puerto Rico power issue with his technical know-how by building a solar generator , and providing information for others to also build the DIY generators. Garcia created a solar generator , which he explained in his video is “essentially a small, lightweight, portable Powerwall .” The solar generator is a box “containing batteries , an inverter, a solar charge controller, and all kinds of different connectors to get the power in and out.” His 13-minute video details how to make the device, and the text below includes links to the various components a builder would need – costing around $550, a figure which includes the cost of a solar panel , an extension cord to connect the device to the panel, and around six light bulbs. “This is a complete system ready to deploy in Puerto Rico to light up a home and to give at least power communications or medical devices,” Garcia said in his video. The device can be equipped to offer around one kilowatt-hours worth of battery. Related: More than 20 organizations launch Solar Saves Lives to power clinics and food markets in Puerto Rico Garcia called for people to build the solar generators, and send completed devices or parts to Javier Camacho, a contact of Garcia’s in Puerto Rico. Camacho recorded a video sharing his experience on the island, saying, “We are at the mercy of the people that can actually put the grid on – or, we could help them. We could make something.” Camacho has access to a maker space, according to Garcia, with people who could build the solar generators. OZY reported there have been 15 installations so far. + Jehu Garcia on YouTube Images via Jehu Garcia on Instagram ( 1 , 2 )

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Google and BIG unveil designs for new green-roofed tech campus in Sunnyvale

January 5, 2018 by  
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Google and BIG have teamed up for yet another massive and spectacular Google campus—this time in Sunnyvle’s Moffett Park. Google recently unveiled plans for a new BIG-designed campus last month, following the acclaimed architecture firm’s work on Google’s Mountain View and London campuses . Located on Caribbean Drive, the 1.04-million-square-foot project could accommodate 4,500 employees and feature eye-catching terraced buildings topped with accessible green roofs. Designed to foster community and healthy living, Google’s new Sunnyvale campus will be flush with green space including on its roof. Unsurprisingly, the project will target LEED Gold and is expected to rack up points through its native, low-irrigation landscape and promotion of eco-friendly transit like cycling to work. Related: Google unveils giant green ‘landscraper’ for London HQ The massive site could also accommodate more than just office space. “Housing is part of our thought process in Moffett Park,” Mark Golan, chief operating officer of Google’s global real estate investments & development unit, told The Mercury News . “A new mixed-use community where you have live-work capabilities, makes a lot of sense. Housing and transportation are two huge issues for the Valley overall, and they are huge issues for Google. One of the best ways to address this is by creating mixed-use communities that allow people to live close to where they work, which allows for a vibrant community and also helps the transportation.” The project is not expected for completion until 2021 at the earliest. + BIG Via ArchDaily Images via Google

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Inspiring Arkansas mom built a house for her kids using YouTube tutorials

February 1, 2017 by  
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After fleeing her second abusive marriage in 2007, Cara Brookins needed four walls that made her feel safe. But she didn’t have the money to buy the kind of sanctuary she felt her four children, then aged 2 to 17, deserved. Driving past a tornado-ravaged house on the way to a cabin she had rented outside Little Rock, Arkansas, Brookins had a flash of inspiration. “You don’t often get the opportunity to see the interior workings of a house, but looking at these two-by-fours and these nails, it just looked so simple,” she told CBS News . “I thought, ‘I could put this wall back up if I really tried. Maybe I should just start from scratch.’”

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Swiss pilot plans to fly solar airplane to the edge of space

November 28, 2016 by  
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It might sound like the stuff of science fiction, but a Swiss pilot is preparing to fly to the edge of space in a solar-powered aircraft . According to Wired , Raphël Domjan is planning to fly his plane, SolarStratos , higher than any plane has gone before. His goal is to prove that renewable energy is not only equal to, but potentially greater than fossil fuels. Check out the video below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jw1TYssfSCg That goal, it seems, is a lofty one in both the literal and figurative senses. When the planned date arrives in late 2018, Domjan hopes to hop into SolarStratos and fly 25,000 meters into the sky, to the edge of space. After flying for two and a half hours, he is planning to spend 15 minutes in the stratosphere before slowly ascending back to terra firma. “Our goal is to be the highest plane ever, not only solar and electric,” Swiss pilot, Domjan told Wired . With this project, we take technology you can find in the supermarket and we put it to the limit. He adds that showing solar technology can take humans as far or further than petroleum fuels will send a strong message about the potential that clean technology holds. “We still have so many things to explore,” he adds. “Maybe exploration can be used to protect our planet.” Related: World’s first piloted solar-powered helicopter lifts off in Maryland But he needs more funding to make his mission happen. Since founding SolarStratos in 2014, Domjan has raised $5 million to make his experimental plane , which is expected to be released by solar aviation specialist PC-Solar by the end of this year. The finished plane will weigh just shy of 1,000 pounds, including two 19kw motors that produce about 50 horsepower. That much weight and power is just barely light enough to complete the missions; according to Wired, Domjan will have to lose about 20 pounds before he can attempt the feat. There’s also the problem of how he will breathe at 25,000 meters, where there’s only two percent of the oxygen available at sea level. Also, despite the funds already raised, the team needs another $5 million in the bank before they’re ready to take flight. Still, it’s a worthy mission – let’s hope the project lifts off the ground. Via Wired Images and video via SolarStratos , Youtube

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Rare white humpback whale caught on video off the coast of Australia

August 25, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Stormwatcher James Chambers was whale watching at the beach when he happened to capture an amazing sight on video: a rare glimpse of a white humpback whale , surfacing just off the coast of Queensland, Australia . Avid whale watchers speculate that Chambers’ video shows the world-famous Migaloo, one of the few white whales in the world. Avid whale watchers like to follow Migaloo as he travels north along the Australian coast, and a news helicopter spotted the whale shortly after Chambers, and posted the amazing footage on Twitter . There has been a lot of speculation since the two sightings as to the true identity of the majestic white giant, but the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection hasn’t been able to confirm that the whale in the videos is Migaloo. Chambers says on his YouTube page that he spotted seven or eight whales at the beach that day, but we’re guessing this humpback was his favorite. After all, it was his white whale. Via Mashable Images via James Chambers and News 7 

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India’s high-flying Hornbill House is a treetop paradise built with stone and mud

August 25, 2015 by  
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LIVE: Watch bloggers interview President Obama on Youtube right now

January 22, 2015 by  
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If you’re online right now, you might want to stop everything you’re doing to watch this live interview with President Obama and some bloggers. YouTube Vloggers Bethany Mota , GloZell Green and Hank Green of EcoGeek scored an interview with the President to discuss the top issues facing our country today, over a live YouTube stream that is available to anyone with an internet connection. Press play above to watch the live stream! Read the rest of LIVE: Watch bloggers interview President Obama on Youtube right now Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: barack obama , barack obama youtube , Bethany Mota , environmental issues , glozell , Hank Green , interview with Obama , interview with the president , live interviews , obama , obama interview youtube , president obama , SOTU , SOTU 2015 , YouTube , youtube interviews

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These Wallets Can Help Save Tigers from Extinction

December 1, 2014 by  
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Did you know that there are only 3,200 tigers left in the wild today? Between loss of prey and habitat, and being hunted to near-extinction (since many people mistakenly believe that tiger body parts have magical medicinal or aphrodisiacal properties), this majestic species is close to being lost to the world forever. Quagga is l aunching a limited edition line of vegan leather wallets to raise both awareness of tigers’ plight, and to raise funds towards their conservation . 3,200 wallets will be made in total, to mirror the number of wild tigers left alive, and proceeds from their sale will be used to expand their product line in order to help other endangered animal species in total. Check out Quagga’s Kickstarter campaign for more information, and be sure to visit (and share!) their YouTube video as well. + Quagga Kickstarter + Quagga + Quagga Wallets YouTube Video Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment 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: endangered species , endangered tigers , endangered wild tigers , Quagga , Quagga wallets , save the tigers , save tigers , tiger , tiger conservation , tigers , tigers in the wild , vegan leather , vegan leather wallets , vegan wallets , wild tigers

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Charming Wine Shop Built with Repurposed Shipping Pallets Pops Up in Poland

December 1, 2014 by  
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10 Must-See Documentaries You Can Stream on Netflix Right Now

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