This self-sustaining Australian home harvests its own food, energy, and water

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Building a self-sustaining home can involve a higher upfront investment, but having it designed by experienced architects will make it pay off in the long run. Design-build CplusC Architectural Workshop renovated this 1980s terrace house in Australia into an environmentally friendly home that allows its owners to grow their own produce and track daily energy consumption.

The house, named Aquas Perma Solar Firma, is located in an inner suburb of Sydney and owned by a couple that works… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



World’s largest solar energy project will be 100 times bigger than any other on the planet

200 gigawatts of solar power. $200 billion. 100,000 jobs. Those are the numbers attached to what could be the biggest solar energy project in the world, under a deal signed by Saudi Arabia and Japanese conglomerate company SoftBank, Bloomberg and Reuters reported. The move could help Saudi Arabia, the largest oil exporter in the world, progress from oil to renewables.

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The companies storing energy in cold air

While renewable sources of energy are gaining strength in their ability to generate electricity, energy storage remains an obstacle standing in the way of wide adoption. To fill this gap, some companies are thinking outside the box and investing in developing energy storage that relies on cold air. “Compressed air is an interesting technology,” Ravi Manghani, director of energy storage at Greentech Media told the BBC. “It can be a form of bulk storage.” Alacaes in Switzerland is one company… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

MIT claims that clean, limitless nuclear fusion energy is just 15 years away

You’ve probably heard this before… many times. But before you click off to some other story (may I suggest this one about 3D printing is disrupting the architecture industry) check this out. MIT scientists, along with startup Commonwealth Fusion Systems, just announced that clean, limitless power from nuclear fusion might be just around the corner.  They believe that they can have a working power plant on-grid within the next 15 years.

Scientists have been trying to make nuclear fusion… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Renovated Adobe headquarters channels design giants creative energy

When it came time to renovate creative software powerhouse Adobe’s headquarters in San Jose, it was abundantly clear that creativity and color would be central to the renovation. The firm tapped Gensler for the artful 143,000-square-foot redesign that’s sensitive to the environment and pays homage to the San Jose community. An artistic approach was applied throughout the building that’s furnished with locally made decor, emphasizes open and collaborative working environments, and offers a dazzling… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Groundbreaking new energy storage device charges up in just 20 seconds

A new aqueous storage device can be fully charged in a mere 20 seconds. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and Kangwon National University scientists developed the device suited for portable electronics, and KAIST said in a statement it is safe and environmentally friendly.

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Dutch villa smartly taps into solar energy and optimal site conditions

EVA Architecten took the long view when designing Villa IJsselzig, a modern home optimized for energy efficiency and durability. Set next to the river Hollandse Ijssel, the villa respects the neighboring buildings by adapting a similar form but also quietly stands out with its distinctly contemporary design. Renewable energy including solar and a heat pumps power the home while the carefully positioned openings reduce unwanted solar gain.

Topped with a dark copper roof and reddish-brown… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

HOW TO: Turn your food waste into clean energy

Each year, 1.3 billion tons of food ends up lost or wasted in the world. That makes up 46 percent of the world’s garbage, 59 percent of which ends up in landfills. While the world’s food waste situation is what you’d call a “doozy,” consumers and companies like HomeBiogas are determined to turn food waste into clean, usable energy.

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What Is HomeBiogas?

HomeBiogas is one of several successful projects to come about from Kickstarter…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The 2018 Super Bowl stadium in Minnesota offsets 100% of its energy

The NFL’s Super Bowl LII (52) kicks off next Sunday—but football won’t be the only thing on our mind when the game begins. This year’s championship game will be held in Minneapolis, the northernmost American city to ever host a Super Bowl, at the LEED Gold-certified U.S. Bank Stadium. Designed by American architecture firm HKS, the energy-efficient NFL stadium and home of the Minnesota Vikings offsets 100% of its energy with renewable energy credits and employs energy-efficient technologies.

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These wirelessly-powered AA batteries pull energy from thin air

The Cota Forever BatteryTM is the world’s first wirelessly-powered AA battery, offering a more sustainable, convenient alternative to traditional disposable batteries. Through this technology, any device that requires AA batteries to function can be recharged from a distance through the air. Designed by Ossia, the Cota AA battery retrofits old devices by connecting them to a digital, wireless network. This means that an owner could remotely connect to and affect devices, even those not originally… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building