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

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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

Laser-driven fusion energy leaves no radioactive waste – and it’s within reach

Dramatic advances in lasers could get us closer to fusion energy. An international team of 11 scientists are pursuing what was once thought to be impossible, according to the University of New South Wales (UNSW): fusion power with hydrogen-boron reactions. They describe this in their recently published study as the ideal clean fusion process: the technique needs no radioactive fuel elements and doesn’t leave toxic radioactive waste.

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Google signs new contracts to offset 100% of its energy use with solar and wind power

100 percent of technology giant Google’s energy use will now be offset with solar or wind power. Thanks to contracts in recent days with three wind energy plants, the company boasts more than three gigawatts of clean energy capacity. Google’s senior lead of energy and infrastructure Sam Arons said on LinkedIn the company is “the largest corporate purchaser of renewables on the planet.”

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Newly discovered property of graphene could lead to infinite clean energy

Physicists at the University of Arkansas have discovered a new property of graphene, an extraordinary material composed of ultra-thin, nearly 2D sheets of atoms, that could be exploited to generate endless, clean energy. While investigating the simple phenomenon of graphene’s ability to ripple and shake, physicist Paul Thibado and a group of graduate students uncovered a previously unknown behavior of graphene in which the wonder material buckles and twists in small, random fluctuations, potentially… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

‘We were blown away’ – researchers eliminate obstacle to fusion energy

Fusion powers the sun, and if we could harness it here on Earth, we could obtain unlimited clean energy. Scientists have been working on that aim for years, and now researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Texas A&M University just made a huge leap forwards – by figuring out what to do with a byproduct of the process, helium, which weakens the materials comprising a fusion reactor. In nanocomposite solids, helium doesn’t form into destructive… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Living solar panel wallpaper harvests energy thanks to photosynthesis

Researchers printed circuitry and cyanobacteria on paper, creating a wallpaper that harvests power. The cyanobacteria lived through the printing process, and then performed photosynthesis to harvest energy. Imperial College London described the product as a two-in-one solar bio-battery and solar panel, and said an iPad-sized piece of the wallpaper could energize a digital clock or LED light bulb. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New Japanese turbines harvest wave energy and protect coastlines from erosion

Surf’s up! Researchers from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology in Japan are working on a project with the goal of creating turbines that both harvest the renewable energy of tidal movement while simultaneously protecting coastlines from erosion. To accomplish this, turbines would be placed atop tetrapods, star-shaped concrete structures anchored to the sea floor with mooring cables, View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Florida residents prohibited from using solar energy after Hurricane Irma

Millions of Florida residents lost power after Hurricane Irma. But homeowners with solar energy installations couldn’t use them – or they’d be breaking the law. Florida’s electricity board made it illegal for people to power their houses with solar panels.

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World’s first electric dump truck stores as much energy as 8 Tesla Model S cars

Even the construction industry can “go green.” A collection of Swiss companies is proving this to be true by developing the world’s largest electric vehicle and in record time. The E-Dumper weighs in at a whopping 45 tons and has 700 kWh of storage capacity. That’s as much as eight Tesla Model S vehicles! To ensure it is as environmentally-friendly as possible, the E-Dumper’s base is a used Komatsu HD 605-7 dumper truck. The original has had its diesel engine removed, however; in its… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building