The City of London will be powered with 100% renewable energy by October 2018

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The City of London, the historic “Square Mile” central district of London, will soon switch onto clean energy in a big way. Starting in October 2018, the City of London will source one hundred percent of its power needs from renewable energy sources by installing solar panels on local buildings as well as making investments in larger solar and wind projects and purchasing clean energy from the grid. Though no longer actually a square mile, closer now to 1.12 square miles, the City of London is a… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Researchers develop self-healing concrete powered by fungus

Scientists at Binghamton University have developed the first application of fungi in self-healing concrete. In a paper recently published in the journal Construction and Building Materials, Binghamton University assistant professor Congrui Jin and her team outline the ways in which a special species of fungi, Trichoderma reesei, may act as a sealing agent when mixed with concrete. “This idea was originally inspired by the miraculous ability of the human body to heal itself of cuts, bruises and… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This Living Light is powered by a houseplant

 

The lamp works using photosynthesis. As organic compounds are released in the soil, bacteria generates electrons and protons. Those in turn are used as a battery to power the light. The healthier your plant is, the more photosynthesis takes place and the more energy you generate, which is a pretty cool way to gauge how happy your plant lamp is.

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Living Light produces up to 0.1mW of energy, which isn’t enough to light an entire… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Dutch designer creates a wooden motorcycle powered by algae

An algae-powered wooden motorcycle? The concept isn’t too far out, considering algae has been used to create everything from eco-friendly sneakers to living lamps that absorb CO2. There’s even an entire algae-powered building in Hamburg! Because the use of algae as a fuel is lesser known by the public, Dutch designer Ritsert Mans and scientist Peter Mooij created a wooden motorcycle that uses algae oil for fuel.

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The team was interested in showing casing how algae… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The world’s most efficient 5-seater car is powered entirely by the sun

Forget electric vehicles, a team of students at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) recently developed a solar car for five occupants that is completely powered by the sun. Called Stella Vie, the vehicle stands apart because it is designed to carry five occupants and is more efficient than all solar cars before it. Even with fewer solar panels on its roof, the car is capable of a range of about 1,000 kilometers on a warm, summer day in The Netherlands.

Stella Vie was named in… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

First Apple Store in Southeast Asia is 100% powered by renewable energy

This weekend, Singapore welcomed its first Apple store in a beautiful glass-fronted building that blends minimalist design with nature. Designed by Foster + Partners and Apple, this long-awaited flagship store—called Apple Orchard Road—takes cues from Singapore’s lush environment and features mature trees inside and outside the shop. Home to the world’s largest Genius Grove, Apple Orchard Road is considered one of Foster + Partners’ “greenest Apple spaces yet” and is entirely powered… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New project could see UK electric trains powered by off-grid solar

 

In what’s being touted as a “completely unique” idea that could have “wide impact with commercial applications on electrified rail networks all over the world,” a new project could see electric trains powered by trackside solar panels that work independently from the main power grid.

The Guardian reports that Imperial College London has teamed up with climate change charity 10:10 to look into using trackside solar panels to power trains. As part of the project, researchers… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This electricity-free LED lamp is powered by living bacteria

Dutch designer Teresa van Dongen has unveiled a fascinating LED pendant lamp that is powered by living, electrochemically active bacteria. Called “Spark of Light,” this lamp builds on van Dongen’s previous work harnessing bioluminescent bacteria. The lamp is completely self-contained, and can operate without a plug or batteries. However, the organisms within do need to be fed to continue producing light.

The spherical lamp is made of four separate compartments containing the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Beautiful, odorless tabletop ecosystem is powered with food waste

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According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), around 1.3 billion tonnes of food is lost or wasted every year. This staggering amount of food waste and its negative effects on the environment provided the impetus for BIOVESSEL. Unlike most compost bins, this sculptural composter is beautiful and odorless thanks to its computer-generated design that optimizes airflow. The easy-to-use system uses 500 to 600 grams of composting worms within… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Liberland may be the world’s first sovereign nation powered by algae

The winning proposal is a pedestrian-friendly design that supports a growing populace with stackable horizontal structures. Called Inverted Archeology, this groundbreaking technique constructs the city-state in consecutive temporal layers to form a self-sufficient, compact, dense, integrated and resilient urban fabric. Algae, strains of which don’t require significant sunlight to proliferate, would be grown on the underside of buildings to provide a clean source of energy.

The design specifically… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building