Egypt set to open its first solar farm – and it’s the largest in the world

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Egypt, the most populous Arab nation, has long relied on environmentally taxing fossil fuels. Over 90% of electricity is generated from oil and natural gas in the country that subsidizes fossil fuels making them a cheap option for its 96 million citizens. However, the government plans to change courses and put itself on the clean energy map with the inauguration of the world’s largest solar park, the Benban Complex, under construction in Egypt’s Western Desert and said to open next year. The first… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



First paper straw factory in decades to open as UK bans plastic

As the United Kingdom moves forward with its planned ban on single-use plastic products, the first paper straw factory to open in decades is rising in Wales to meet the consumer need. Transcend Packaging, the owner and operator of the new plant, has already reached out to 1,361 McDonald’s restaurants throughout the United Kingdom, as well as other restaurants, to provide them with more environmentally friendly straws. “We spotted a huge opportunity, and we went for it,” Transcend sales and marketing… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This stunning brick “cave house” in Vietnam is open to the elements

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Denmark fires up its Copenhill power plant, with ski slopes set to open next year

Six years ago, Bjarke Ingels Group unveiled plans for a ski slope power plant that could provide the city of Copenhagen with electricity, hot water, and a steady stream of recycled materials. We never thought it’d see the light of day – but fast forward to 2017, and Copenhill is nearly complete. The waste-to-energy plant is currently operational, and by the end of next year it will be topped with 30 rooftop trees, the world’s tallest artificial climbing wall, and a 600-meter ski slope. Inhabitat… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Mysterious giant hole cracks open in Antarctica

A giant hole the size of the American state of Maine or Lake Superior has suddenly, ominously, appeared on the surface of Antarctica and scientists are not quite sure how it came into being. ”It looks like you just punched a hole in the ice,” said atmospheric physicist Kent Moore, a professor at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus.

The phenomenon, known as a polynia, occurs when open ocean water is surrounded by solid sea ice, leading to changes in the surrounding ice and… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The world’s longest hiking trail is officially open

The Great Trail in Canada is aptly named – it’s now the longest hiking trail in the world at 14,864 miles. It was built over around 25 years, and snakes through 13 provinces and territories. The trail, which is comprised of over 400 individual trails, just officially opened the end of August.

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Startup is developing kelp farms in the open ocean to make carbon-neutral biofuel

Could a robotic kelp farm offer a cleaner fuel that could be used in cars or airplanes? Startup Marine BioEnergy will soon begin testing their kelp elevator, a kelp farm that can move up and down in the water with the help of drones to best access sunlight and nutrients, near Catalina Island in California. They think using the kelp, they could make a biofuel that’s cost-competitive with fossil fuels.

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Modular shed-like addition turns a 1930s bungalow into an open, light-filled home

A 1930s Californian Bungalow in Sydney received a modern shed-like addition that maximizes the potential of the original structure. Architect Prineas designed the addition as a modular structure that’s easy to build and replicate for optimal flexibility.

The Allen Key House comprises an original 1930s bungalow and an modern, modular addition conceived as a shed-like structure. The latter emphasizes the kitchen and entertaining areas and acts as the true heart of the home.

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Timber cabin on wheels lets you hit the open road in luxurious comfort

Seek adventure on the open road without leaving the comforts of home—that’s the charm of ESCAPE, a Wisconsin-based company that designs and builds RVs that look like tiny towable cabins. We’re always impressed by ESCAPE’s line of tiny homes on wheels and their latest addition, Escape ONE XL, is no exception. Clad in charred wood siding, the ONE XL was launched this month and comfortably sleeps up to eight inside a surprisingly lavish modern interior.

We’ve seen many tiny… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Watch this groundbreaking new solar device open and move like a flower

Smartflower is a solar panel that can’t stay still. Inspired by the sun-tracking behavior of certain blooms, the portable all-in-one unit rotates its solar-module “petals” throughout the day for maximum exposure. This format, claims Smartflower Energy Technology, the Austrian firm behind the Smartflower, allows the system to be 40 to 50 percent more efficient than traditional photovoltaic arrays.

The Smartflower’s day starts at sunrise when it deploys its panels, which are backed… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building