Solar panels are roof mounted at Singapore amusement park. ...
IBM collaborates with Singapore to deploy emerging technology solutions to address society’s challenges. Smart analytics can be used to optimize energy consumption and delivery on the smart grid. …
… “Analytics and optimization-based techniques for managing the supply and demand of energy on a SmartGrid;” …
Via IBM: Singapore Smart Initiatives.
Eliminating waste sent to the landfill saves both money and the planet. Many GM plants " ... no longer send any production waste to landfills."
43 % send no production waste to landfills !
LINK to see plants by type and location.
The numbers are huge ... " ... 2 million tons ... will be recycled or reused ...additional 45,000 tons ... converted to energy at waste-to-energy facilities...."
Via: General Motors LINK
… “Ferro's existing Technology Center in Suzhou is currently being expanded to meet the increased demand from solar cell manufacturers in China.
The new Advanced Technology Center in Taiwan is expected to be completed by the end of 2010 and will be equipped with state-of-the-art solar cell printing and firing equipment.
Both labs will be capable of building prototype solar cells and will be complemented by a complete range of solar cell characterization instruments.” …
Via Ferro: Photovoltaic Technology Center (Link).
China is looking to use off shore wind farms to help power the country ... with a significant part of the population on the eastern shore this may prove to better than bringing coal generated power in from the west of China.
China will " ... bring online ... its first offshore wind farm, a 102-megawatt array located in the Yangtze River delta ..."
"... latest in a series of moves ... to pad its lead as the world’s largest market for wind power. ..."
" ... Azure International predicts that China will install 514 megawatts of offshore wind over the next three to four years. By 2010, ... expected to invest $100 billion to install up to 30,000 megawatts ..."
Via: SmartPlanet LINK
The UTS Tower in Sydney, Australia is may get a proposed upgrade - a solar skin. This PV "wrap" would turn the tower into a very green and energy efficient structure.
The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Tower "upgrade" is " ... Fueled by the university’s sustainability drive ... turn the building into a “landmark environmental tower” by wrapping it in a photovoltaic skin."
"The sustainable energy system, devised by postgraduate students in 2008, has been funded to allow students to build and test the project."
There are a number of propose upgrades including wind turbines and cogeneration ... the solar skin " ... stretches around walls and roof elements ... the building is covered in a lightweight composite mesh textile that can collect rain water, generate electricity and complement the plan’s passive ventilation system that uses natural convection."
Via: SmartPlanet LINK
GM is planning to sell an all electric small car in India ...
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" ... all-electric Spark will go on sale next year in India ... GM parners with Reva Electric Car Co. ... plug-in Spark can be re-charged at any standard socket in India, requiring no new infrastructure. That’s what’s limited sales of other alternative-energy cars in India so far...."
Via: ZDNet LINK
Taiwan has built a solar powered stadium that can generate 100% of it's powder needs and can send power to the grid when the stadium is not hosting an event.
" ... solar-powered stadium that can generate 100% of its electricity from the sun. ... can hold 50,000 spectators and is made with over 8,000 solar panels."
"...will officially open in July for the 2009 World Games. ... ntegrates many other sustainable features such as permeable paving and maximum use of domestic materials and local labor."
" .... [when] not being used, the government plans to feed surplus energy into the local grid, where it will meet approximately 80% of the neighboring area's demand. This equates to approximately 660 tons of carbon dioxide per year! "
Via: WholeTravel blog LINK
" ... In recent years, China's environmental protection sector swelled by 15-20% allowing many green businesses the opportunity to play a salient role ..."
China is full of business opportunities and is also looking to become / embrace the green movement. The China Green Business Summit - 2009 is being held May 13 - 15th in Beijing, China.
Via: China Green Business Summit 2009 LINK
We all know / should know that plants toke in CO2 and release O2 (or carbon dioxide into oxygen) - basically cleaning the air. This works in the home as well as in the great outdoors.
"Kamal Meattle used three just three indoor plant species to increase oxygen, filter air, and boost general health at a a New Delhi business park. ... Meattle's presentation at the TED 2009 conference details a large-scale success, ... In any living or working space, ... Areca palm, Mother-in-law's Tongue, and a "Money Plant"—can be used to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, remove organic compounds, and generally filter and freshen the ambient air. ..."
See the video >>>
Via: LifeHacker LINK
My family and I had Thanksgiving dinner at Longwood Gardens (Kennett Sq, Pa) - a beautiful garden that is getting more into being GREEN and their impact on the planet. As I was eating leftovers I noticed that the plastic container was not the #1, #2 or #5 that I expected ... but #7 (inside a recycling triangle) PLA and was marked as composable.
"PLA stands for polylactic acid, or Polylactide, ... produced by NatureWorks LLC. ... made from lactic acid. Lactic acid is made from dextrose by fermentation. Dextrose is made from starch and starch is made from carbon dioxide and water."
"Ingeo™ biopolymer is the world's first and only performance plastic made from 100% annually renewable resources. Corn-based Ingeo™ biopolymer ... Clear and strong like petroleum-based plastic, yet Ingeo™ biopolymer can be commercially composted."
The label shows the container comes from NatureWorks and is composable. I will see if it decompooses in my mulch pile (may take a while as it is probably inactive in the winter ...)
Look for a future post on my success with composting this ...
Via: NatureWorks LINK
Here is a bit of creativity ... recycling materials to make a solar hot water heater ...
"... beer bottles lie on a board in rows, all connected by hoses which allow cold water to flow through them and be heated by the sun."
"“I invented this for my mother. I wanted her to shower at any time more comfortably,” says Ma Yanjun, a carpenter, of Qiqiao village, Shaanxi Province."
For details to MAKE YOUR OWN check this LINK
Via: TerraPass Link
Corn based plastics are finding their way into more everyday items. Samsung is making a cellphone, the W510, that is made with corn based plastic ...
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"W510 is Samsung's first mobile phone with 'bio-plastic' made from natural material extracted from corns. ... Moreover, ...Samsung did not use any heavy metals, such as Lead, Mercury, and Cadmium, and applied water-soluble coating. "
"Samsung F268 ... does not contain BFRs (Brominated Flame Retardant) or PVC. ... has an alarm function to encourage users to unplug their charger when the devices are fully charged. ...also is following the Energy Star requirements as well,
"...W510 for the Korean market and F268 for the Chinese market will be launched in June"
"The Solar Ark, a unique, ark-shaped, solar photovoltaic power generation facility, offers activities to cultivate a better appreciation of solar power generation, and thereby of both ecology and science. ... is located in Gifu Prefecture, ... of Japan ..."
" ... at the center of the Solar Ark is the Solar Lab, a museum of solar energy and one of the more unusual museums in the world. ..."
"Since the Solar Ark was created, we have accumulated data on the power-generating performance of the photovoltaic system. At the photovoltaic conference in Europe, the thesis we delivered analyzing that data received an excellent response ..."
Via: Solar Ark Link
Here is a truly green building that combines green thinking and agriculture ... providing a family with greenhouse space for food and possible income.
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" ... high-rise apartment complex includes greenhouse spaces that enable a family of four to grow a variety of vegetables for their own consumption, with enough left over to generate additional income. ..."
"... design will be used to construct a building in Wuhan, China. ... Groundbreaking on the new building is expected to begin this year."
"Each apartment has ... greenhouse space measuring approximately 100 square feet. These climate-controlled areas ... will employ a system that utilizes soilless growing media ... a liquid fertilization system, and an advanced drip irrigation system. ... will use water recycled from the apartment units and rainwater harvested on the building's rooftop. The building will also feature solar heating and cooling systems and a geothermal system."
"Among its advantages are significant savings in energy, providing fresh, pesticide-free organic food, freeing agricultural land for forests, which contribute to the environment, preventing soil pollution by pesticides, and intelligent use of recycled water for irrigation."
Via: American Technion Society Link
Using more sustainable or recyclable materials is one of the next stet PC and laptop makers can do to help make their products more friendly ...
"Fujitsu plans to demonstrate a laptop PC with a case manufactured from wood ... The laptop, which is only a prototype, uses cedar wood for the case and also makes use of bio-plastics for parts. ..."
" ... laptop PC carries the names of Fujitsu and Monacca, a Japanese design team that specialises in wooden products ..."
" ... In 2002 it began working ... to produce a bio-plastic and the result of that project can now be seen on Japanese computer store shelves. Fujitsu's Biblo NX95 laptop has a 30 percent bio-plastic case"
Via: PCAdvisor.com Link
" ... Japan will urge citizens to carry their own chopsticks ... and go shopping with their own bags instead of using plastic ones, in a bid to more than halve the garbage it produces."
"Japan aims to reduce the total amount of garbage — produced by both industries and individuals — by 60 percent of the fiscal 2000 level to 25.3 million tons by fiscal 2015 under the plan posted on the ministry's Web site."
Via: Time.Com Link
China is manufacturing a mini car called the Nobel and plans to sell it in Europe. This tiny car has an intersting history including claims that is is copied from Mercedes-Benz's SMART car. See photos left (Nobel) and below right (M-B SMART).
The car is made by the Chinese maker Shuanghuan.
"The EU importer of the Xiao Gui Zu ... known as the Little Nobel, and now simply ‘Bubble’, ...has put the super mini car on the market in the EU."
"... The 1.1l, 68bhp motor is going on sale in Italy for just 9,000 Euros."
Via: China Car Times Link
Jan 7, 2008 - Hong Kong - "Hong Kong's two electric power companies agreed ... to ...rate of return on assets based partly on how much pollution they emit, an approach that could someday be a model for mainland China's ..."
"If either company exceeds regulatory limits for any pollutant, then it would be required to charge less for its electricity, reducing its allowed rate of return ...[if] manage to cut their pollution by even more than required, then they raise prices so as to earn bonuses ...on their rate of return. A complicated calculation also allows them to charge slightly more for electricity as they make progress in using more renewable energy."
Via: International Hearald Tribune Link
Ethanol ... Alcohol made from ... Corn!
Ethanol ... Alcohol made from ... Milk?
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"Fonterra, a New Zealand dairy cooperative, has started producing 30,000 liters of ethanol a day, which are being sold in Gull petrol stations around the country."
"New Zealand has had quite a few successful eco-initiatives in the past, ... plan to be the first carbon-neutral country ...".
"They also set a national target of 3.4% biofuel content for gas and diesel by 2012."
Via: AutoblogGreen Link
"SYDNEY, Australia (AP)—The Australian government on Tuesday (20-Feb-07) announced plans to phase out incandescent light bulbs ... Legislation to gradually restrict the sale of the old-style bulbs could reduce Australia's greenhouse gas emissions by 4 million tons by 2012 and cut household power bills by up to 66 percent, said Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull."
"Australia produced almost 565 million tons of greenhouse gases in 2004, official figures show."
"Under the Australian plan, bulbs that do not comply with energy efficiency targets would be gradually banned from sale. Exemptions may apply for special needs such as medical lighting and oven lights."
"Fluorescent bulbs are currently more expensive than incandescent bulbs, but use only about 20 percent of the power to produce the same amount of light and last longer, making them more competitive over time, advocates argue."
Via: LiveScience.Com Link
... "To meet Honda objectives for significant gains in both environmental and driving performance, the FCX Concept is equipped with a V Flow fuel cell platform consisting of a compact, high-efficiency fuel cell stack arranged in an innovative center-tunnel layout. This has allowed designers to create an elegant, low-riding, sedan form that would have been difficult to achieve in a conventional fuel cell vehicle. This new fuel cell stack is 20 percent smaller and 30 percent lighter than the current FCX FC Stack, yet its power output is 14kW greater. The drive motor has been positioned coaxially with the gearbox for a more compact design, with output increased by 15kW. Overall, the power plant is about 180kg lighter than that of the current FCX and about 40 percent smaller in volume. The result is improved energy efficiency and performance along with a more spacious interior. " ...
Via Honda Worldwide: Honda FCX Concept ...