Garbage from Hurricane Irma will now help power Florida

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Hurricane Irma left a mess of destruction in its wake. But in Florida, some of that trash will be put to good use: as electricity. Garbage will be burned in waste-to-energy plants; one such plant in Hillsborough County, where Tampa is located, can power around 30,000 homes.

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Trump’s DOE invests $62 million in concentrated solar power

President Donald Trump doesn’t usually mention solar power, unless it’s talk of covering his beloved border wall in solar panels. But his Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced a huge investment in concentrated solar power (CSP). They claim the solar industry has reached the 2020 SunShot Initiative utility-scale solar cost goal, so they’re looking into new priorities.

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Compact OffGridBox provides drinking water and power where it’s needed most

An Italian company has developed a compact solution for communities that lack access to clean drinking water and electricity – the OffGridBox. Measuring 6x6x6 feet, the container box features everything necessary to generate, convert and store solar energy, as well as collect, treat and distribute clean drinking water. But the system does have drawbacks – including a $15,000 price point that’s hard to justify in certain corners of the world. Read on to learn how the founders are trying to make their… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Elon Musk has a simple plan to power the US entirely on renewable energy

With all the talk in the US about bringing back more coal and opening more oil reserves, it can be discouraging for those of us dreaming of a sustainable energy future. But Elon Musk, who is always looking at what we can do, rather than what we can’t, has laid out a feasible plan for moving the US entirely onto renewable energy. Speaking at the National Governors Association meeting this week, Musk talked about powering the entire country with just 100 square miles of solar panels.

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Light-filled cancer center harnesses the healing power of nature

The healing powers of nature have been put to good use in the recently completed Maggie’s Oldham. London-based architecture studio dRMM completed this cross-laminated timber building, one of the United Kingdom’s many Maggie’s Centers that provide free practical, emotional, and social support for people with cancer. Nature surrounds the light-filled building both inside and out, from the garden that the center floats above to the tree that grows through the building.

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Tesla to power ‘almost all’ Superchargers with solar after disconnecting them from the grid

Tesla is on a mission to accelerate the advent of sustainable energy and is doing just this by improving its Supersolar charging stations. Designed to quickly charge electric automobiles, the charging stations have received criticism because they rely on “dirty fossil fuels” to power up electric vehicles. While electric cars are still better for the environment than those with internal combustion engines, Tesla founder Elon Musk isn’t about taking shortcuts, therefore, announced that “almost… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Switzerland votes to ban nuclear power and invest in renewable energy

The country of Switzerland has officially taken the next steps to meet its goal of generating 4,400 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of renewable energy by 2020, and 11,400 GWh by 2035. Over the weekend, approximately 42% of the Swiss population turned up to vote in a national referendum. As Swiss Info reports, voters chose to endorse a new energy law that promotes renewable energy and bans nuclear power plants. This is the eighth time in recent history Swiss citizens have voted on the issue.

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Iceland’s “Thor” volcano power plant can generate 10X more energy than oil or gas wells

Tapping into geothermal energy is nothing new, but Iceland is taking things majorly next level by drilling nearly 3 miles down into a live volcano to tap boiling hot magma. The well is likely the hottest hole on the planet, reaching oozing magma that reaches 800 F. If the project – nicknamed Thor after the Norse god – is successful, it would mean clean energy for the country that is ten times more productive than conventional oil or gas wells.

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Finland’s Green Party says humanity must embrace nuclear power

Nuclear energy should be an option as humanity shifts away from fossil fuels, according to a recent opinion piece penned by four members of Finland’s Green Party. The party strictly opposed the controversial fuel source in the past, but these four members say we’re losing the fight against climate change and no longer have the luxury of picking between renewable energy and nuclear power.

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Is tidal power finally coming of age?

A British company is trying to show that underwater turbines are a viable source of hydroelectricity, by winning a share of $363 million worth of electricity generation contracts being offered up by the U.K. government. As Bloomberg reports, Atlantis Resources Ltd. Wants to build power turbines under the ocean in Scotland, and their success wouldn’t only mean a whole pile of cash but also provide another option for producing clean energy—harvesting energy from ocean tides and currents. The company… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building